Category Archives: Drama

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE (2018): The Things I Liked…

To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018), Lana Condor
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018), Lana Condor

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the story of a teenage girl whose secret love letters to five crushes end up being delivered is not a bad movie.

Though Love Simon (2018) is still very much my favourite high school movie in a while, I liked how good director Susan Johnson’s film was 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.

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ON CHESIL BEACH (2017): The Thing I Liked…

On Chesil Beach (2017), Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan
On Chesil Beach (2017), Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle and Ann-Marie Duff, I’m glad I made it to the end of On Chesil BeachThough 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 because it 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.

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GREEN BOOK (2018): New Trailer From Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini…

Green Book (2018), Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
Green Book (2018), Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

Green Book is a 1960s set story of the friendship between a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist.

Directed by Peter Farrelly; key cast includes Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini…

The dynamic of this clearly great friendship reminds me so much of The Intouchables (2011). I’m in for this reason, the beautifully edited trailer and the brilliant cast.

Don Stark, P.J. Byrne, Iqbal Theba, Brian Stepanek and Sebastian Maniscalco also star.

Green Book Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (UK)…

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LIKE FATHER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Like Father (2018), Kelsey Grammer, Kristen Bell
Like Father (2018), Kelsey Grammer, Kristen Bell

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 also  helped 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 Kelsey  Grammer’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 also  begin to plan my Royal Caribbean Cruise itinerary; just a couple of possible side effects of watching this movie.

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THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (2018): New Trailer From Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosa Salazar, Gael García Bernal…

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018), Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018), Maggie Gyllenhaal

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.

The Kindergarten Teacher Release Dates: October 12th, 2018 (US)…

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BEL CANTO (2018): New Trailer From Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Christopher Lambert…

Bel Canto (2018), Ken Watanabe
Bel Canto (2018), Ken Watanabe

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.

Bel Canto Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US)…

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BLACK PANTHER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman

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’m  someone 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.

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LIZZIE (2018): New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Kim Dickens…

Lizzie (2018), Kristen Stewart
Lizzie (2018), Kristen Stewart

Directed by Craig William Macneill, Lizzie is a new psychological thriller about the  infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny and Kim Dickens star…

Well done, trailer maker! I’m now most excited to see Sevigny do a great job in this role –  Stewart too especially since I’m already thoroughly convinced buy her Irish(?) accent.

Jeff Perry, Jamey Sheridan, Ivylyn Nickel, Denis O’Hare and Fiona Shaw also star.

Lizzie Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US), November 18th, 2018 (UK)…

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