Category Archives: Romance

ALITA – BATTLE ANGEL (2018): New Trailer From Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Rosa Salazar…

Alita - Battle Angel (2018)
Alita – Battle Angel (2018)

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, co produced by James Cameron and starring Christoph Waltz, Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly and Eiza González, Alita – Battle Angel is an action-packed story. One set several centuries in the future and about hope, love plus empowerment.

The protagonist played by Salazar is a young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world…

Nice trailer. How absolutely beautiful was that moment when Ed Skrein’s character got smashed? I just can’t wait to see all the visual effects come together.

I’m going to confess that as soon as I saw James Cameron’s name, I couldn’t help but think ‘So this is why the next Avatar movie is delayed?’ I’m quite sure that’s nonsense but you understand.

Another thought that crossed my mind is, ‘Why do Alita’s eyes have to be so large?’ Perhaps it’s explained in the manga series that I’ve never read. Perhaps.

Michelle Rodriguez, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. also star.

Alita – Battle Angel Release Dates: July 20th, 2018 (UK & US)…

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HAMPSTEAD (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson
Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson

Hampstead is a story of unexpected love between a widow and a man who is technically homeless but not quite. It’s also a film you can watch without having to work too hard. The acting isn’t terrible and the story, though predictable, it moved along quite nicely and provided some small moments of amusement.

What I enjoyed most about Hampstead is the fact that Hampstead is a real place and one of the the most beautiful parts of London, England. It was great to see the beauty of Hampstead captured so well. Pparticularly during spring and summer.

Should I find myself watching it again, it will likely be so I can experience Hampstead the place on film once more. It’s worth it for that.

Another reason you you may watch could be if you’re a big fan of Keaton and /or Gleeson. Otherwise it’s an OK romance / comedy.

For me at least,  It’s Complicated (2009) is still probably my favourite of the mature romance category.

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PERMISSION (2017): New Trailer From Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall…

Permission (2017), Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall
Permission (2017), Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall

Written and directed by Brian Crano, Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall star in Permission, a comedy drama about a woman soon to be proposed to.

The same woman also listens to a friend who suggests that she should date other men before committing to forever with her her boyfriend…

The precise nature of my thoughts when I read the synopsis went something like: ‘Oooooh… this sure isn’t going to end well… probably.’ Nevertheless though, I’d still quite love to be surprised, for entertainment value purposes.

Gina Gershon, François Arnaud, Raúl Castillo, Michelle Hurst and Morgan Spector also star.

Permission Release Dates

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NEWNESS (2017): New Trailer Starring Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa…

Newness (2017), Laia Costa, Nicholas Hoult
Newness (2017), Laia Costa, Nicholas Hoult

Starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, Newness is the Drake Doremus directed drama / romance about two millennials navigating a relationship affected by the challenges that come with today’s social media-driven hookup culture…

As I watched this trailer, the last Doremus movie I saw and liked came to mind. Namely Like Crazy (2011) which stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. I found myself thinking, didn’t he already explore this ‘young love’ theme in Like Crazy? As I watched some more, I did eventually notice the difference in that this time he’s exploring open relationships not long distance relationships. Therefore I’m slightly intrigued. I just don’t yet know if I’m curious enough to take the chance and watch. The amount revealed in this trailer certainly doesn’t help matters.

Newness Release Dates

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NAKED (2017): It’s…

Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans
Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans

Naked is another movie that’s inspired by Groundhog Day (1993). Except this time, instead of a weatherman, a future groom is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he learns what he’s supposed to learn to become a better person.

Directed by Michael Tiddes, part of my issue with Naked is that Marlon Wayans’s character just wasn’t trying hard enough to make it to the wedding. Some of the movie  felt quite silly and sadly not as smart as such a story ought to be. Wayans’s character ended up being too over the top in pats to be amusing. I’ve basically concluded that I’ll probably have to stick to a younger me’s memories of Senseless (1998), one of the few Wayans performances I really enjoyed. There’s also the Scream parody films Scary Movie too, I think.

This year alone I’ve seen 3 movies all for the first time and about characters re-living the same day over and over again. There are a few well executed moments in Naked but not enough to make this movie the kind I recommend.

Watch it if you must, but only if you simply must.

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EVERYTHING EVERYTHING (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Everything, Everything (2017), Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Everything, Everything (2017), Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

Based on the book by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything is directed by Stella Meghie and it’s the classic story of a girl (Maddy) who falls in love with the boy next door. The most interesting part of the story for me is the fact that Maddy has been confined to her home since infancy due to illness.

The two main characters in this movie are teenagers played by Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. It’s therefore clear that teenagers are the target demographic; not that that stopped me from being most curious about the story of Maddy’s mother – a character we don’t really get to know too much about. I think that as a non-teenager myself, I’ve in the most part exhausted my interest in most largely-teenage movies. Except maybe in instances where a story is really, truly compelling and well cast.

As far as teenage romances go, I’m quite sure that teenage me would have really enjoyed this movie. Non-teenage me found it OK. Non-teenage me is also very glad that she hadn’t read the book prior to watching this movie. Otherwise there’s a chance that I personally would have found much less to look forward to towards the end.

The thing that stood out most for me about Everything, Everything is that its main stars Stenberg and Robinson are promising young actors. I now find myself looking forward to watching Stenberg in writer / director Ama Asante’s upcoming drama / romance about a bi-racial teenager struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Yes, yes, I know that it’s yet another teen-centric movie, but it’s Ama Asante. She wrote and directed Belle (2014), don’t you know?

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HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (2017): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Alex Sharp…

How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp
How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Alex Sharp are the stars of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a John Cameron Mitchell directed comedy / romance about an alien. An alien that’s touring the galaxy but breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe – the London suburb of Croydon…

I’m in for the alien activity and the costumes. I also can’t say that I didn’t find the line in the official synopsis about Croydon amusing.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties Release Dates: May 18th, 2018 (UK)…

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THE BIG SICK (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a feature length movie about an interracial relationship between a caucasian female and a Pakistani male before, but I really like the way the struggles that come with the resultant culture clash and other challenging life events are captured with humour in The Big Sick.

What the lead actors Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan did acting-wise, as the couple in the interracial relationship has resulted in a funny, romantic and definitely dramatic movie; a movie that does a good job of delivering laughs as well as a certain realism to the events that take place. 

Some of the realism is likely helped by the fact that The Big Sick is based on the actual lives of the film’s writers – Nanjiani and wife wife Emily V. Gordon. But really, director Michael Showalter and all the other actors involved, including Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Adeel Akhtar all deliver well balanced performances.

I for one have zero complaints about the The Big Sick. Certainly not in regards to the pace of the story. You’ll likely shed a tear or two, especially if you’re not, how you say…? ‘completely dead inside.’

One more thing… wasn’t the ending just beautiful?

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