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Lovesick

When I typically partake in a movie double feature — like I did Sunday — I vary the genre. A comedy paired with a thriller. A romance with a drama. A documentary followed by a sci-fi.

But yesterday?

I double downed on romance. Figured these two particular films were so completely different, they couldn’t possibly overlap.

Shows what I know.

Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro.  Lawrence and Cooper are crazy — as in, he just got out of the hospital and she probably needs one — and end up being just what the doctor ordered for each other.  DeNiro is also crazy.

Pretty much all of us are a little crazy, right?  That’s why this movie works.  It’s funny and it’s real and it manages to work in a reference to Dancing with the Stars….how can it miss?

Imagine how surprised I was to find Anna Karenina much the same.

Clearly the costumes are much better.  (Cooper wore a garbage bag for much of Playbook.)  And director Joe Wright placed his actors on an actual stage for many scenes, which I found brilliant but distracting.

But Anna and her oh-so-good-looking lover are indeed crazy.  Most of the people in the story are varying shades of crazy, too.  And there is a long scene of ballroom dancing that is also integral to the storyline.

But alas, no silver lining.

Favorite places

While re-watching 500 Days of Summer recently, I found myself wondering…

What are my favorite buildings in Manhattan?

The lovesick architect Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was able to find inspiration in Los Angeles.  I live in New York City, home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world.  What speaks to me?

The Lucerne Hotel

When I was looking for my first apartment in the city back in 2006, this Upper West Side building immediately caught my eye.  The realtor had made an appointment for me at a nondescript high-rise across the street; I just wanted to talk about this beautifully ornate structure.

I soon learned it was a boutique hotel with a decidedly European influence — a French restaurant occupies the entire ground floor — and that had it just undergone a major renovation.

But at the turn-of-the-century, The Lucerne was a residence hotel.  Eugene O’Neill is one of its more storied occupants.  I’m sure it was less grand back then, but the man knew his architecture.

I wish the darn thing would go co-op now!