In our latest Movie Talk, we discuss Nacho Vigalondo’s sci-fi black comedy Colossal, in which Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, an unemployed writer who moves back to her small hometown in an attempt to make a fresh start. There, she reconnects with childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who helps set Gloria up with furniture for her empty house, and gives her a job waitressing at the bar he owns.
Shocked to learn there is a monster currently devastating the city of Seoul, Gloria gradually realises it has a supernatural connection to the playground she stumbles through each morning after all-night boozing sessions with Oscar and his friends Garth and Joel. Could this monster be… a metaphor?
If you haven’t seen Colossal, beware: we discuss plot spoilers!
We haven’t done a Movie Talk in a while – possibly because the romantic comedy isn’t actually a very popular genre right now. Most of the recent romantic films in cinemas are dramas or weepies, and even when they’re funny, they’re mostly ‘dramedies’.
Lone Scherfig’s WWII-set film Their Finest follows Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), who gets a screenwriting job at the UK Ministry of Information. Much to the disgust of her new colleague Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin), Catrin is charged with writing a patriotic war movie about the Dunkirk evacuation, with female heroes, and veteran actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) playing a supporting role. As Catrin develops genuine pride in her work, she’s romantically torn between the sarcastic, cerebral Tom and her husband, war artist Ellis Cole (Jack Huston).
We live in beard-centric times. Even Victoria Police is getting some pushback on its longstanding policy that all officers must be clean-shaven. In The Hot Guy, Adam grows a Beard of Sorrow, hoping to make himself less attractive, but to his dismay, it only makes him hotter.
Anthony has a tradition of growing a beard every summer and then shaving it off again, despite all his friends saying he looks great with a beard. Mel even started a blog to memorialise his lost beards.
But this year, Anthony has not shaved off the beard! He still has it right now! We decided to sit down for a chat about beards in movies and TV, and whether they’re hot or not…
In our ongoing series examining romantic comedy tropes, this time we take a look that the ways in which romcoms ramp up the tension by inventing reasons to keep the hero and heroine apart…
Another conversation in which Mel and Anthony discuss some of our favourite romcom tropes…
Today we came across an article about how ludicrously unaffordable Dakota Johnson’s studio apartment from How to Be Single would be, which answers Mel’s question from last week about which part of New York it is. Turns out it’s in Williamsburg.
This made us dedicate our next Movie Talk to romcom clichés we hate, beginning with implausibly affordable romcom homes.
In our day jobs as film critics we like to keep a sharp eye on romantic comedy. How to Be Single was released in cinemas yesterday. It’s directed by Christian Ditter (who helmed Anthony’s guilty fave, Love, Rosie), and stars Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, Rebel Wilson and Alison Brie.
Mel reviewed the film at Junkee, and will be discussing it on The Rereaders, the podcast she co-hosts. But we’ve also decided to devote the first of our Movie Talk chats to it. Here’s our conversation. If you care about having the ending of this film spoiled, beware, because we spoil it big-time.