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A Slight Look at the Enormous Fun of Roxanne (1987)

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I adore romantic comedies. Aside from musicals, I think it's my favorite genre. That being said, I don't fall in love with them as easily as the protagonists do with each other. If a romantic comedy is going to win me over, it has to actually embody romance and comedy -- it needs to have genuine heart, laugh-out-loud hilarity, and extraordinary chemistry between its leads. The best rom-coms came from classic Hollywood, without a doubt, but I do have a weakness for more modern ones. I don't know how to explain it. If they're bad, they come off as incredibly cheesy and I hate them for wasting my time. If they're good, I'm theirs, hook, line, and sinker.

One such film is 1987's superb Roxanne, an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah. Martin is C.D. "Charlie" Bales, the big-nosed chief of the local volunteer fire department in the small town of Nelson. Hannah is Roxanne, a graduate student staying in Nelson as she f…

The Pink Panther (1963): An Appreciation

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When I first saw The Pink Panther, it was the 2006 Steve Martin version, which I'll admit is still kind of a guilty pleasure even though it has practically nothing to do with the 1963 film. When I saw the original, I was... underwhelmed. The second viewing, however, proved to be more successful. My mom would comment about how Peter Sellers did comedy that hardly anyone does anymore and because of that, I forced myself to pay more attention. By my third screening, it was clear to me: I love The Pink Panther and it deserves every bit of praise it can get.
If you've never seen the movie but have grown up with an awareness of pop culture icons Inspector Clouseau and the cute, mischievous cartoon feline, you might be surprised with the One that Started it All. For one thing, Clouseau isn't the leading man -- suave and brilliant David Niven is. The Pink Panther isn't just one screwball moment after another, either. There is romance, gorgeous scenery and sets, marvelous cost…

Indiscreet (1958): Cary and Ingrid's Affair to Remember

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It's such a shame that Ingrid Bergman didn't do more comedies. A brilliant, flawless actress, Bergman could do it all, and 1958's Indiscreet is proof that she could handle comedy just as well as she could drama. To make it even more enthralling, Indiscreet is the second (and sadly final) pairing of Bergman and her friend Cary Grant after their 1946 work, Notorious.

Ingrid is a stage actress who has become lonely. She has many friends and she is close to her sister and brother-in-law, but something is missing -- until Cary shows up at her apartment one evening. Even though he warns her that he is separated from his wife, he and Ingrid embark on a passionate affair over many months with the understanding that it would be impossible for him to get a divorce. Their happiness is overwhelming... until Ingrid learns one little thing: Cary isn't married at all and never has been. (You can watch the full film on YouTube here!)
Bergman and Grant's friendship and previous co…