Category Archives: Romance

OPHELIA (2018): New Trailer From Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Tom Felton…

Ophelia (2018), Daisy Ridley, IFC Films
Ophelia (2018), Daisy Ridley, IFC Films

Starring Daisy Ridley, Naomie Watts, Clive Owen and Tom Felton, Ophelia is the Claire McCarthy directed re-imagining of William Shapeare’s famous Hamlet.

Set in medieval-era Denmark, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince. Their secretive love affair begins and soon outside forces threaten to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Now Ophelia must decide where her devotion will ultimately lie…

I’m in to see the Hamlet story from this new perspective. I’m also equally interested to watch Ridley in a role other than her very high profile Star Wars projects.

Another thing, is it just me for whom Keira Knightly came to mind while I looked at Ridley in this trailer?

Devon Terrell, Sebastian De Souza, Dominic Mafham, Daisy Head, Adriana Hercigonja and Mia Quiney also star.

Ophelia Release Dates: June 28th, 2019 (US)…

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WHAT MEN WANT (2019): It’s…

What Men Want (2019), Taraji P. Henson, Paramount Pictures
What Men Want (2019), Taraji P. Henson, Paramount Pictures

What Women Want (2000), the Nancy Meyers directed comedy starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt is definitely a movie I remember enjoying. I only wish that I could say the same about the movie’s recent remake, What Men Want.

Starring Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield and Tracy Morgan, the plot of both movies is centred around an executive who wakes up at the hospital after an accident, and is suddenly able to hear the thoughts of the opposite sex. This is clearly a predicament that lends itself well to comedy. It’s just that there are very few laughs to be had in director Adam Shankman’s movie.

The biggest issue with Shankman’s film is the disappointing script. I found that the clichéd and seemingly lazy plot choices worked to make continuing to watch What Men Want into a tedious and humourless endeavour. Furthermore, there are a number of decisions made by Traraji P. Henson’s character that I just didn’t buy as something she would do or allow to happen… drunk and upset or not.

Where acting skills are concerned, I’m quite sure that What Men Want really isn’t close to the best we’ve seen from Henson. I wish very much that I could pinpoint a favourite dramatic / humorous moment. Unfortunately, all that really comes to mind as favourites are the black and white hounds tooth jacket and the movie’s sunny location.

If you’re very curious, sure, take a chance and give Shankman’s movie a go. Otherwise you’re highly likely better off watching What Women Want (2000). I said it.

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THE PERFECT DATE (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Perfect Date (2019), Noah Centineo, Netflix
The Perfect Date (2019), Noah Centineo, Netflix

The Perfect Date, Netflix’s latest teen comedy / romance gave me a few more laughs than expected. Granted my expectations weren’t especially the highest to begin with. Yet, even with an only adequately engaging first third, I found director Chris Nelson’s film to be a fun, ‘easy viewing’ experience that left me with no regrets.

The Perfect Date story centres around teenager Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) as he goes about executing a smart new plan that will pay for his tuition just in case he gets into Yale university. It’s a plan that has him getting hired to be a stand-in boyfriend for any occasion.

While trying to balance his new venture and life’s other demands, Brooks ends up growing up in a way that often happens much later for many adults. In addition to the rather nicely executed coming of age theme, another key highlight is Centineo’s natural charm, and the evolution of his character’s relationship with his father.

The chemistry between the leads, Centineo and Laura Marano coupled with good dialogue and acting talent made their scenes together some of the most fun to watch and listen to.

Out of all the costumes Brooks wore throughout the film, including for his new business, my favourite is his initial Yale University interview outfit; a getup that to my surprise still amuses me every time I think of it.

Watch The Perfect Date if you’re intrigued. It’s really not that similar to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) and though not perfect, it’s quite fun, especially if you’re a teenager.

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THE TOMORROW MAN (2019): New Trailer From John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton…

The Tomorrow Man (2019), John Lithgow, Blythe Danner
The Tomorrow Man (2019), John Lithgow, Blythe Danner

Written / directed by Noble Jones, The Tomorrow Man stars John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil and Katie Aselton. It’s a drama / romance about two people trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff as they aim for love.

The challenge is that both have quite a bit of baggage. One is preparing for a disaster that may never come while the other spends their time shopping for things they may never use…

This trailer started off kind of creepy but I’m glad to say that it now looks like one of those heart warming affairs. in fact, I’m quite looking forward to finding out the qualities Danner’s Ronnie and Lithgow’s Ed find most endearing about each other.

Sophie Thatcher, Eve Harlow, Wendy Makkena, Tyler Aser and Liz Cameron also star.

The Tomorrow Man Release Dates: May 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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THE PERFECT DATE (2019): New Trailer Starring Noah Centineo, LAURA MARANO, Camila Mendes…

The Perfect Date (2019), Noah Centineo, Netflix.

Directed by Chris Nelson; Noah Centineo, Laura Marano and Camila Mendes’s new comedy / romance is about teenager Brooks Rattigan.

To help him save up for college, Brooks creates an app that enables him to get hired to play the perfect stand-in boyfriend for any occasion…

This is one I’ll watch when the mood for an ‘easy viewing’ romance movie hits and I don’t mind too much that I probably already correctly guessed the ending .

I see a similarity or two to Centineo’s last film, To All The Boys I Loved Before (2018), and I find myself wondering about the ways in which the formula may be different here.

Blaine Kern III, Matt Walsh, Odiseas Georgiadis, Sue-Lynn Ansari, Joe Chrest and Trina LaFargue also star.

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The perfect Date (2019)

The Perfect Date Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (2009): The Thing I Liked…

Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009), Isla Fisher
Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009), Isla Fisher

Confessions Of A Shopaholic is a P.J. Hogan directed comedy / romance about Rebecca (Isla Fisher), a college graduate who lands a job as a financial journalist. Rebecca’s job requires that she advises others about money; the only thing is, she doesn’t quite have her own finances together.

Being in the mood for an ‘easy viewing’ movie experience, film that didn’t ask too much of me is a key reason I watched Confessions Of A Shopaholic. It’s certainly not the best romantic comedy out there. Yet it has some charm. My favourite moment features John Goodman. Particularly when his character is seen dancing and it’s the punch line for one of the jokes in the movie. I also quite enjoyed Kristen Scott Thomas’s character as the Editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine. 

As for the fashion, there is a certain purple frilly top / dress seen towards the end of the movie that I liked. However something tells me that had I also fallen in love with more of the clothes featured, perhaps the whole film experience would be that little bit more memorable. Rather than mainly feeling like a mixture of scenarios that brought to mind similar situations that I’d already enjoyed watching in other movies. 

Whether you’re a shopaholic or not, there’s probably a little something to appreciate in Hogan’s film. Even if that thing is the general existence of movies that don’t ask too much of you.

Watch it if you’re curious.

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TELL IT TO THE BEES (2018): New trailer From Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Gregor Selkirk…

Tell It To The Bees (2018), Anna Paquin, Good Deed Entertainment
Tell It To The Bees (2018), Anna Paquin, Good Deed Entertainment

Based on the Bestselling novel by Fiona Shaw, Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger and Gregor Selkirk are the stars of Tell It To The Bees.

Directed by Annabel Jankel and set in 1950s small-town Britain, a doctor’s relationship with her young patient’s mother has her patient worried and soon enough, the whole town talking…

The young boy’s emotional journey is what intrigues me most. I also can’t help but think of Carol after seeing this trailer. I therefore envisage that it’ll prove near impossible to to avoid comparing the two films; especially bearing in mind the things they have in common.

Kate Dickie, Emun Elliott, Rebecca Hanssen, Lauren Lyle and Joanne Gallagher also star.

Tell It To The Bees Release Dates: May 3rd, 2019 (US); June 7th, 2019 (UK)…

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SECOND ACT (2018): The Things I Liked…

Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez, STX Entertainment
Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez, STX Entertainment

As a fan of the two Jennifer Lopez romance / comedies, The Wedding Planner (2001) and Maid In Manhattan (2002) the news of Second Act, a brand new movie in the same genre and starring Lopez was something I simply had to see.

Set in New York City (of course!) and directed by Peter Segal, Second Act is about an underestimated retail worker who reinvents her life and her life-story, leading to her finally landing her dream job and more.

Even though Second Act is similar to the other Lopez romance / comedies mentioned – in a few ways, there’s still a difference or two that I didn’t see coming. Generally, I enjoyed the humour and watching the dynamic between the three main female characters. The fact that Leah Remini and Lopez happen to be close friends in real life somehow only added to my experience of this movie.

Other personal highlights include the way Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens were styled, the New York City setting plus the wise and very accurate wisdom shared at the very end.

Watch Second Act especially if you like Lopez and the two Lopez movies mentioned. Segal’s film is definitely a little different in a good way; and who knows, perhaps you may even prefer it. Maid In Manhattan and The Wedding Planner remains my favourites.

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