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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Are Romantic Comedies Dead? [CINEMA IN NOIR]

Well, someone had to ask. This question was posed by The Hollywood Reporter in a recent article titled R.I.P. Romantic Comedies: Why Harry Wouldn't Meet Sally in 2013. This piece examined the dire state of the genre, discussing the youth-obsessed casting, the inability to actualize characters and the almost complete distance from the reality of modern dating. The writer caps off the argument with a quote from director Michael Sucsy, who says "Audiences aren't tired of romance; they're tiring of formulas." (Ironically, though this true statement is from the guy who helmed The Vow, which is just the kind of movie that the article--and many audiences like myself--is fighting against).

I've lately been more partial to romantic comedies that are told from a male perspective because I find them to be more honest and realistic, as I've written about in a previous post. The romantic comedy genre also desperately needs to come into the year 2013 with some fresh ideas (while there are good romantic comedies out there, there are still an overwhelming number that are not even watchable). We talked more about this and reviewed the latest romcom, Baggage Claim, during our "Cinema in Noir" reviews segment today (which includes Don Jon and Rush).

We also discuss director John Singleton's recent op-ed piece in The Hollywood Reporter, which asks Can a White Director Make a Great Black Movie? Before you answer with a resounding yes, of course!, read the piece because he's not posting an issue with white directors helming black movies. But rather white directors who don't consult with any black writers or historians, etc, as they craft a black film. The headline is a bit misleading as he does give credit to those directors who have made exceptional black films. We discuss our take on the piece.

Lastly, we chat about this weekend's ALMA awards and the habitual lack of Latino American representation on the big time. We're not talking about the few Latino actors who play supporting roles in American film, but rather Latino American actors who are part of a largely Latino American cast. It's very rare to see an English-language film with a Latino cast, so we talk more about that and what Hollywood needs to do to combat that.

Listen to the latest episode of "Cinema in Noir" here.


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