Double feature: After an hour or so of jaw-clenched globetrotting, “Casino Royale” evolves from a movie that has nothing whatsoever to do with the lighthearted, technique-heavy “Trouble in Paradise” to one whose parallels with that early confection become increasingly pronounced.
Double feature: “Cactus Flower” and “Christmas in Connecticut” are two films whose humor stems from an invented domestic life with imaginary family members. In the former, the made-up family is a compassion-inducing source of woe; in the latter, it is a beacon of bliss from which others take comfort.
Double feature: The surface similarities between “My Cousin Vinny” and “My Blue Heaven” are easy to spot: both feature Italian-American stereotypes unleashed upon prototypically white-bread milieus, for broad comic effect. Both entangle their protagonists – sartorially inclined toward flashy suits, tonsorially favoring glossy pompadours, romantically susceptible to compact spitfires – with local authorities, setting the stage for convoluted but ultimately triumphant hijinks.
Double feature: Here are two films to submit in favor of the “nurture” side of the eternal “nature vs. nurture” debate.
Double feature: Some films depict journeys, while others are so suffused with local flavor and a sense of place as to constitute journeys in and of themselves. “Junebug” and “My Life as a Dog” are two such films, transmitting the charms, eccentricities, and sadnesses of the American South and the Swedish countryside, respectively.