Though Love Simon (2018)is still very much my favourite high school movie in a while, I liked how good director Susan Johnson’s filmwas at taking me back to that time when I too was a high schooler with an all consuming crush.
Besides the gift of reminiscing, I enjoyed seeing John Corbett in his role as a father to three daughters. I also definitely liked the look and design of the teenage protagonist’s bedroom – even though it’s not how I’d like my teenage room to look.
Overall, I’d say that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is an adequately entertaining movie that felt very teenage. This is probably why my non-teenage self found some of the mistakes the teenagers in the movie made, quite frustrating to watch.
Lead by Lana Condor, the entire cast did a good job and I’m not that mad at the end result.
You’ll likely guess how things will play out soon after the film starts but I say watch it anyway. Especially if reminiscing about high school won’t hurt. And definitely watch it if you’re in high school. I’d probably have loved it more if I’d been in high school when this movie came out.
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle and Ann-Marie Duff, I’m glad I made it to the end of On Chesil Beach. Though a seemingly slow-moving story, I didn’t completely hate watching life unfold for a young couple whose idyllic romance in 1962 England collides with issues of sexual freedom, societal pressure and more.
The romance at the heart of the story is pleasant enough but when I think of On Chesil Beach, whatI’ll first recall is the gorgeous blue hue of Ronan’s beach outfit. Besides that, I’ll remember director Dominic Cooke’s movie becauseit had me thinking about two key topics that have always intrigued me. The first one being effective communication, which sadly isn’t always possible when in the heat of the moment – and as a result can lead to some fairly unfortunate circumstances. The second and most heartbreaking subject is that of how a toxic parent child relationship can negatively affect the child’s life, particularly when truth and / or reconciliation plus therapy don’t happen.
Overall, I don’t think ‘enjoyed’ is quite the right word for how I feel about this movie. The performances were good even though it took me a few minutes to stop seeing Cillian Murphy in Howle’s role – not that Howle did a bad job, mind you.
Overall, On Chesil Beach is a film I watched that I neither loved nor hated. I guess the value of it for me personally is in all the thinking it had me doing about effective communication and toxic parent child relationships. And yes,, that gorgeous beach outfit blue.
See it if you’r so curious. Just remember, it’s definitely heartbreaking.
Like Father, a Netflix comedy / drama about a workaholic woman who goes on her honeymoon with her father after being ditched at the alter is a good movie.
Directed and co-written by Lauren Miller Rogen, I particularly enjoyed the writing and not just because I found the script funny. Whilst simultaneously moving and amusing me, Like Father did a good job of portraying an example of a challenging father / daughter relationship. The story alsohelped confirm some of the necessary elements for any kind of reconciliation to even be possible.
If I had to choose, my overall favourite moment in Miller’s movie is the fun Newlywed / honeymooners game. Like father really helped further solidify my general ‘deep like’ for Bell I also love that Like Father reminded me of the beautiful bass of KelseyGrammer’s voice.
Watch this one if the story intrigues you and especially if you like the cast. As you do that, I’m going to take a few moments to consider when my next New York trip might be. I may alsobegin to plan my Royal Caribbean Cruise itinerary; just a couple of possible side effects of watching this movie.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosa Salazar and Gael García Bernalare the stars of The Kindergarten Teacher. A new drama about a New York teacher who becomes obsessed with one of her students who she believes is gifted.
The Kindergarten Teacher is directed and co-written by Sara Colangelo…
Such an interesting trailer. I’m drawn to it for reasons including Gyllenhaal and a need to find out if the young boy is indeed a prodigy. Maybe the teacher is mistaken – or worse mentally ill.
Assuming that the young boy is indeed gifted, my heart too would desperately want his father to come to his senses – but kidnapping…?
Parker Sevak, Michael Chernus, Anna Baryshnikov, Ajay Naidu, Daisy Tahan and Ato Blankson-Wood also star.
Based on the best selling novel by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto is a new drama / thriller about a world-renown opera singer who’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America. Things take an unfortunate turn when she becomes trapped in a hostage situation.
Directed by Paul Weitz; Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Christopher Lambert star…
I want to tune in because of Moore and Watanabe. My only concern is that the whole experience may fall short because it’s very obviously not Moore singing.
I wonder if I’d be as apprehensive if I thought the opera singer’s singing voice actually sounded like it could belong to Moore.
Thorbjørn Harr, Sebastian Koch, Melissa Navia, Bobby Daniel Rodriguez, Olek Krupa and Elsa Zylberstein also star.
Black Panther is a traditional superhero movie in the way that its’ a fun, partly humorous, definitely colourful and action-packed visual experience. It’s the classic story of a hero rising to defend the many from a destructive outside force. This time, instead of the main location being somewhere that’s recognisably the United States, the main setting is a fictional African nation named Wakanda.
Directed by Ryan Coogler of Creed (2015)and Fruitvale Station (2013), including all that this movie means in terms of representation, Black Panther is also memorable for me thanks to the great visuals and the ways in which the story is that little bit different from other superhero movies. There’s also the undeniable cool factor thats courtesy – in part of the stunt work, and shooting style.
I liked all the performances and particularly enjoyed seeing Andy Serkis in a role I wasn’t expecting him to play. The smart, empowered and powerful female characters were another highlight.
In terms of what’s next for the franchise, the way Black Panther ends certainly has me very intrigued about how the follow-up will unfold. Particularly since I’msomeone who’s quite aware of the nature of humans when it comes to power and resources.
No doubt you’ve probably already seen this one but in case you haven’t, watch it because it’s a good and fun… and Marvel.