Category Archives: Romance

WHERE HANDS TOUCH (2018): New Trailer From Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…

Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg
Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg

Written / directed by Amma Asante (Belle 2013) and inspired by true events, Where Hands Touch is the story of Leyna, a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

Key cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…

The phrase ‘inspired by true events’ has me wondering about the actual truth that inspired this story. This movie may move me as much as Belle did. What I’m almost certain of is that this story is going to break my little heart.

Tom Goodman-Hill, Alec Newman, Olivia Vinall, Will Attenborough and Simon Harrison also star.

Where Hands Touch Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US); 2018 (UK)…

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WAITING TO EXHALE (1995): The Things I Liked…

Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston
Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston

Directed by Forest Whitaker (I had no idea he directed! The shame…) and based on Terry McMillan’s novel of the same name, Waiting To Exhale tells the story of four very different female friends and their relationships with the opposite sex.

Starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, this one’s perfect for a fun ‘girls night in.’ There’s comedy, romance,  drama – definitely drama and the kind of female relationships that remind you of how great it is to have reliable girl friends. Whitaker’s film smartly deals with a number of recognisable and well-acted predicaments faced by many women seeking a life partner.

The entire cast performed well and a major highlight without a doubt is Bassett’s portrayal as ‘a woman scorned’ in an unforgettable and very quotable scene. I first watched Waiting To Exhale when I was eighteen years old. I didn’t know it until this most recent viewing but this movie, along with a few other memorable Bassett films really helped form part of what makes me the independent and empowered lady that I am today. No wonder I love Bassett so!

Waiting To Exhale is clearly a number of things to me. It’s also a good reminder of a couple of truths. Firstly, that we should never take leave of our senses when presented with the option to get involved with a married man. Second, one must always think twice, thrice, then think again and then some more before sacrificing one’s own dreams for someone else’s. 

The friendship dynamic between the women brought Sex & The City to mind and I just love the way the film’s  strong sisterhood theme is beautifully punctuated by a perfect ending. Watch it for the sisterly love, the moments of humour and that good Angela Basset scene! Did I mention that the soundtrack for this movie was a massive success?

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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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WHAT MEN WANT (2019): New Trailer From Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey…

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

What Men Want is a new comedy / fantasy / romance about a woman who gains an unexpected edge over her male sports agent colleagues when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.

Directed by  Adam Shankman; key cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey…

I remember watching and liking What Women Want (2000) starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. So I actually can’t wait to see how this version will play out. So far, I have zero complaints about the trailer.

Additional cast includes Erikah Badu, Aldis Hodge, Deja Dee, Tamala Jones and Chris Witaske.

What Men Want Release Dates: January 11th, 2019, (US); January 25th, 2019 (UK)…

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OVERBOARD (2017): The Things I Liked…

Overboard (2017), Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris
Overboard (2017), Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris

Starring Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez and Eva Longoria, Overboard is a comedy / romance about a very spoiled, wealthy yacht owner who ends up the target of revenge at the hands of his mistreated employee.

Directors Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg’s movie is exactly as I thought; just the kind of fun ridiculousness I could enjoy – especially when in the mood for an ‘easy-going comedy / romance movie.’

I was moved, amused and the dynamic between Faris and Longoria’s characters is a personal highlight. In fact, I liked the chemistry between the entire cast. There’s a a togetherness and sense of community between them that shone through and made me smile.

I think I wasn’t more enthusiastic at trailer viewing stage because of how the last Eugenio Derbez movie – How To Be A Latin Lover turned out. It might even be safe to say at this point that Derbez has crossed over from the Latin American market straight into my movie loving heart. Something I’m sure had more than a little to do with his characters personal growth as the film progressed.

Having not seen the 1987 version of this movie, I haven’t a clue how they compare. Either way I say watch it when in the mood for an ‘easy’ film and because Faris is always fun.

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (2018): New Trailer Starring Stephan James, Regina King, KiKi Layne, Ed Skrein, Pedro Pascal…

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Regina King
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Regina King

If Beale Street Could Talk is the latest from Moonight 2016 director Barry Jenkins and the story of a Harlem based woman desperately scrambling to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime, while carrying their first child.

Based on the book of the same name by American novelist and social critic James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk stars Stephan James, Regina King, KiKi Layne, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein… 

I didn’t fully understand the significance of the title of this movie until I read the synopsis. I doubt there could have been a more perfect title.

As for the story, it would be great for it to end well, but considering the period in American history that it’s set, the chances aren’t great. Nevertheless, how beautiful is it that this trailer was released on Baldwin’s birthday, August 2nd.

Dave Franco, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris and Aunjanue Ellis also star.

If Beale Street Could Talk Release Dates: November 30th, 2018 (US); January 18th, 2019 (UK)…

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LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Love & Friendship (2016), Kate Beckinsale
Love & Friendship (2016), Kate Beckinsale

Based on the novel Lady Susan by Jane Austen and starring Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel and Chloë Sevigny,  Love & Friendship tells the story of a lady who takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate, whilst harbouring a cunning secret plan to play matchmaker for her daughter and herself during her stay.

Directed by Whit Stillman, I was drawn to this comedy / drama because of the humour in the trailer. Post viewing though, I’d say that as much as I enjoyed the costumes and Beckinsale’s performance, Love & Friendship isn’t particularly great. The film is amusing in parts – for example some of Beckinsale’s dialogue and some of the awkwardness of the ‘silly man’ character played by Tom Bennett were entertaining. However, overall, the experience just  isn’t especially memorable.

There were moments where I found myself being hyper aware of the fact that I was watching actors in costume having fun pretending; especially when Sevigny was on screen. Maybe I just wasn’t expecting to see her in a period piece. Perhaps she was miscast or it’s likely that the film simply wasn’t that enthralling. I do know that the general awkwardness which was most evident in some of the editing didn’t help matters.

I can’t deny the costumes can be quite arresting, so I say watch it if you really must.

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