Romantic comedy is a subgenre of comedy and slice-of-life fiction, focusing on lighthearted, humorous plot lines centered on romantic ideas, such as how true love is able to surmount most obstacles. One dictionary definition is "a funny movie, play, or television program about a love story that ends happily". Another definition suggests that its "primary distinguishing feature is a love plot in which two sympathetic and well-matched lovers are united or reconciled". Romantic comedy films are a certain genre of comedy films as well as of romance films, may have elements of screwball comedies. However, a romantic comedy is classified as a film with two genres, not a single new genre; some television series can be classified as romantic comedies. In a typical romantic comedy the two lovers tend to be young and meant for each other, yet they are kept apart by some complicating circumstance until, surmounting all obstacles, they are reunited. A fairy-tale-style happy ending is a typical feature; the basic plot of a romantic comedy is that two characters meet, part ways due to an argument or other obstacle ultimately realize their love for one another and reunite.
Sometimes the two leads meet and become involved then must confront challenges to their union. Sometimes they are hesitant to become romantically involved because they believe that they do not like each other, because one of them has a partner, or because of social pressures. However, the screenwriters leave clues that suggest that the characters are, in fact, attracted to each other and that they would be a good love match; the protagonists separate or seek time apart to sort out their feelings or deal with the external obstacles to their being together, only to come back together. While the two protagonists are separated, one or both of them realizes that they love the other person. One party makes some extravagant effort to find the other person and declare their love; this is not always the case as sometimes there is an astonishing coincidental encounter where the two meet again. Or one plans a sweet romantic gesture to show. With some comic friction or awkwardness, they declare their love for each other and the film ends on a happy note.
Though it is implied that they live a ever after, it does not always state what that happy ending will be. The couple does not get married, or live together for it to be a "happily after"; the ending of a romantic comedy is meant to affirm the primary importance of the love relationship in its protagonists' lives if they physically separate in the end. Most of the time the ending gives the audience a sense that if it is true love, it will always prevail no matter what is thrown in the way. There are many variations on this basic plot line. Sometimes, instead of the two lead characters ending up in each other's arms, another love match will be made between one of the principal characters and a secondary character. Alternatively, the film may be a rumination on the impossibility of love, as in Woody Allen's film Annie Hall; the basic format of a romantic comedy film can be found in much earlier sources, such as Shakespeare plays like Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Some comedy films, such as Knocked Up, combine themes of romantic comedies and stoner comedies, creating a new subgenre that can be more appealing to men, as it may be to women.
Known as "bromance", such films use sexual elements which bring the two characters together. Films in this genre include American Pie 2 and Wedding Crashers. Having sexual elements in the movie is starting to become more popular in romantic comedy movies. In all of Nicholas Spark's movies there is some type of sexual scene though these movies are aimed more towards women, they can be considered to be aimed more towards women because of the hopeless romantic love scenes that are present in his works. The convention underlying a romance book or film is there is two people male and a female, who fall in love with each other, they have a good situation going on for a while, but the couple finds a major obstacle in their way, which starts to pull them apart or makes one of them leave. Before they can overcome this obstacle, one realizes that they are perfect for each other and proclaims their love for the other; the films end with the couple either getting married, engaged, or giving some indication that they live "happily after".
Over the years, romantic comedies have been becoming more popular to both males and females. They have begun to spread out of their traditional structure into other territory; this territory explores more complex topics. These films still follow the typical plot of "a light and humorous movie, etc. whose central plot is a happy love story" but with more complexity. These are a few ways romantic comedies are adding more complexity into the genre. Two ways they are adding to the complexity are through the general obstacles that come between the couple and the general morals that the characters feel throughout the entire film; some romantic comedies have adopted extreme or strange circumstances for the main characters, as in Warm Bodies where the protagonist is a zombie who falls in love with a human girl after eating her boyfriend. The effect of their love towards each other is that it starts spreading to the other zombies and s
Johan Reinhard is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He is a senior research fellow at The Mountain Institute, a visiting professor at Catholic University, Argentina, an honorary professor of Catholic University, Peru, a research professor at Future Generations University. Reinhard is famous for his discoveries of Inca mummies, including Mummy Juanita and frozen sacrifices on the peaks of the Andes in Peru and Argentina, he has explored the sacred valleys of the Himalayas and performed underwater archaeology in some of the world's highest lakes. His investigations have led him to present theories to explain the mystery of the Nazca Lines, pre-Hispanic ceremonial sites built on Andean mountain summits, the ancient ceremonial centers of Machu Picchu and Tiahuanaco. Born in Joliet, Illinois, Dr. Reinhard began his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, before going on to receive his Ph. D. in Anthropology from the University of Vienna, Austria. Much his current research focuses on the sacred beliefs and cultural practices of mountain peoples and in the preservation of their cultural patrimony in the Andes and the Himalayas.
His anthropological field research since 1980 has focused on the Incas and sacred landscape in Argentina, Chile and Peru. During 1989–1992 he directed an underwater archaeological research project in Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, that resulted in the discovery of rare Inca and Tiahuanaco artifacts, he has lived more than ten years in the Himalayas, conducting anthropological research in Nepal, but he has undertaken investigations in Tibet, Bhutan and the Garhwal Himalaya. His studies in Nepal included culture change among the Raji of nomadic hunter-gatherers to settled agriculturalists. While in Nepal, he directed Peace Corps Training Projects and was a member of teams that made some of the first rafting descents of Trisuli and Sun Kosi rivers. Elsewhere in South Asia, in 1977 he studied Muslim fishermen in the Maldive Islands. While living in Austria during 1972, he participated in an underwater archaeological study of a Neolithic site at Mondsee. In 1965 and 1967, he was a member of teams which undertook nautical archaeological research of Roman shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea off southern Italy and of an Iron Age Villanovan village in a northern Italian lake in 1965.
His interest in the Iceman led to his study in recent years of the role of sacred landscape in Neolithic religion in the central Alps. Johan first began mountain climbing in 1964 in the Alps and in the mid-1970s in the Himalayas, including participating on the successful 1976 American Everest Expedition and making a first ascent in 1979 of the South Face of Buni Zom in the Hindu Kush, his climbs in the Andes began in 1980 with ascents of mountains in Ecuador, he climbed the majority of Andean peaks over 6,500 m —several of them solo. A historian of Andean ascents for the American Alpine Club noted in the early 1990s that Johan had climbed more high-altitude Andean peaks than any other person. While sky diving in the 1960s–1970s, Johan participated in 150 jumps in Europe and the US, including in snow, in water, at night, in large free fall "stars," besides having made jumps with groups from over 20,000 feet in 1963— world records at the time. In 1979 he made one of the first crossings by a westerner of the Great Indian Desert by camel, in 1980 one of the few land crossings of Tierra del Fuego in Chile, in 1980 one of the few crossings of the Llanganatis mountain range in Ecuador to reach the Amazon.
Reinhard participated in underwater archaeological investigations of sacred lakes of the Incas, including in the crater lake of Licancabur in 1981–82, a lake at 19,100 ft on Paniri volcano in 1983. During 1987 and 2004, he dove in lower-lying lakes near Cuzco, in the highlands of Ecuador in 2009, while in 2007 and 2010 he was a member of teams that investigated sacred lakes of the Aztecs on Toluca volcano in Mexico and underwater archaeological sites in Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan in 2010, he has investigated traditional religious beliefs and climbed sacred mountains in Greece in 2002, in Bali, Indonesia during 2007, in Venezuela and the Holy Land in 2012. He has served as a cinematographer for the BBC, the Smithsonian Institution, the Scientific Film Institute of Germany, his research has been featured in several TV documentaries, including National Geographic, BBC, NOVA, PBS, Discovery, he is an avid photographer and his images have appeared in over a hundred newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic, Newsweek, etc. and with thousands of these images available on his website.
He has lectured on cruise ships traveling in the Caribbean, along the Pacific coast of South America, to Antarctica, the Galapagos, Easter Island, lectured on round-the-world flights for the National Geographic Society. He speaks Spanish and German, in Nepal he analyzed two unwritten languages: Raji, a Tibeto-Burman language, Kusunda, a linguistic isolate. While making over 200 ascents in the Andes, he led expeditions resulting in the discovery of more than 50 high altitude Inca ritual sites, he directed teams th
KCB Bank Uganda Limited, is a commercial bank in Uganda. It is licensed by the Bank of the central bank and national banking regulator; the bank focuses on meeting the banking needs of corporate entities. As of December 2012, KCB Uganda had assets of UGX:335.5 billion. Kenya Commercial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of the KCB Group of companies. In November 2007, the first branch of KCB Uganda opened in Kampala, Uganda's capital city, following licensing by the Bank of Uganda. Since the bank has opened fifteen more branches in the country. In May 2012, media reports indicated that KCB Uganda was planning to acquire a licensed financial services institution in Uganda within the next two years; as of August 2016, KCB Uganda had sixteen branches in all the regions of Uganda, including at the following locations. Arua Branch - Arua Gulu Branch - Gulu Lira Branch - Lira Fort Portal Branch - Fort Portal Jinja Branch - Jinja Hoima Branch - Hoima Kampala Road Branch — Kampala Road, Kampala Main Branch Ben Kiwanuka Branch — Ben Kiwanuka Street, Kampala Luwuum Street Branch — Luwuum Street, Kampala Sixth Street Branch — Sixth Street, Industrial Area, Kampala Oasis Mall Branch — Oasis Mall, Kampala Central Division, Kampala Ndeeba Branch - Ndeeba, Kampala Mbale Branch - Mbale Mbarara Branch - High Street, Mbarara Kikuubo Branch - Kikuubo - Kampala Forest Mall Branch - Forest Mall, Lugogo Bypass, Kampala The chairman of the board of directors is Aga Ssekalaala, Jr.