Category Archives: Romance

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993): The Things I Liked…

Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray
Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray

As a seasoned film fanatic, one might be forgiven for thinking that I’d already watched the 90’s classic movie, Groundhog Day (1993). It’s really only recently that I can finally claim to know what people are referring to when they describe their lives as feeling very much like Groundhog Day

Starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, Chris Elliott and Stephen Tobolowsky, the Harold Ramis directed fantasy / comedy is about a weatherman who finds himself reliving the some day over and over again.

Murray’s character, Phil the weatherman becomes naturally frustrated with his predicament after several days – and similar to the main character in Before I Fall (2017),  a mystery I watched recently with a similar premise, he decides to make the most of the situation. Phil’s way of doing this turns him into quite the scoundrel – and so begins the entertaining mischief.

I want to say that my favourite character in this movie is the groundhog; it kind of is even though he/she only appears approximately once or twice. As entertaining and charming as Phil is, I also rather enjoyed Ned Ryerson, the enthusiastic old friend who happens to be lousy at reading social queues. Another highlight was recognising a young Michael Shannon among the cast.

Groundhog Day is a good hour and a half of light entertainment – and one I recommend if the film’s premise intrigues you. The movie definitely brought me closer to understanding why it is that Bill Murray has such a sizeable following. I can also say that I much prefer Groundhog Day rather than Before I Fall (2017) because of the humour and uncomplicated way the story is told. It also probably helps that I relate to this story more than I can to the things that happen in Before I Fall.

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THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017): New Trailer From Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg…

The shape Of Water (2017), Michael Shannon
The shape Of Water (2017), Michael Shannon

Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works in a hidden high-security government laboratory and is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Also starring Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones, The Shape Of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963…

Director Guillermo del Toro is all the reason I need to watch this one, but I’ll add the cast and the intriguing ‘secret experiment’ to the list. For some reason, when I read the words ‘high-security government laboratory’ and ‘secret classified experiment,’ Captain America – The First Avenger (2011) came to mind.

The Shape Of Water Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US)…

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BREATHE (2017): New Trailer From Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Diana Rigg…

Breathe (2017), Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy
Breathe (2017), Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy

Directed by Andy Serkis; starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville and Diana Rigg, Breathe tells the story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio renders him paralysed…

I’m somewhat intrigued by this movie. I say only somewhat because the story seems quite similar to The Theory Of Everything (2014) – a film which still remains fresh in my mind. I’m also probably a little more curious about director Andy Serkis’s other upcoming movie Jungle Book – due in 2018 and based on the famous Rudyard Kipling story.

Breathe Release Dates: October 13tth, 2017 (US); October 27th, 2017 (UK)…

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BLIND (2017): New Trailer From Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott…

Blind (2017), Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore
Blind (2017), Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore

In Blind, theMichael Mailer directed drama / romance, Demi Moore is the neglected wife of an indicted businessman and Alec Baldwin is the blind man she falls in love with…

The story is intriguing and I’m an Alec Baldwin fan. I want to know more about the kind of person that would commit violence against a blind man. Lastly, I’m looking forward to learning about Baldwin’s secrets for how to play a blind character well.

Blind Release Dates: July 14th, 2017 (US)

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HOME AGAIN (2017): New Trailer From Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Candace Bergman…

Home Again (2017), Reece Witherspoon

In Reese Witherspoon’s latest movie, she plays a single mom in Los Angeles who allows three young guys to move in with her and things take an unexpected turn. Written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer; Michael Sheen, Candace Bergman, Pico Alexander, NatWolff and Alex Alcheh also star…

I just really want to see this because I like Reece Witherspoon and it would be good to see her in a more fun(ish) movie, this one being a comedy / drama / romance.

Home Again Release Dates: September 8th, 2017 (US); September 29th, 2017 (UK)…

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CAROL (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett
Carol (2015), Cate Blanchett

Set in 1950s New York, Carol is a story of the romantic love between an aspiring photographer and an older woman. Directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett (‘Queen Blanchett’, in my heart) and Rooney Mara, I enjoyed the film most for the beautiful musical score, the make-up, costume and the general look and feel  of New York in the 50s.

Carol has some well-executed tense moments, especially considering the forbidden and often unspoken nature of the love between Blanchett and Mara’s characters. I did also find myself feeling a little detached from the story; something I blame on the film taking too long to reveal the true cause / nature of the tensions between Carol and her husband. I did eventually become less detached, particularly as the feminist theme became more and more apparent – by which point I felt terribly sorry for Carol and Therese, given their circumstances and society at the time.

Watch Carol for the story, because it’s beautiful and you never know, you may be inspired to try harder with your style after looking at the costumes in this movie. I was certainly inspired. That is until the next morning when I awoke and considered my priorities.

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FIFTY SHADES DARKER (2017): It’s, You Know…

Fifty Shades Darker (2017), Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
Fifty Shades Darker (2017), Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Everyone I’ve met who has watched any of the Fifty Shades movies knows that they’re the kind of films unlikely to win, let alone be nominated for any seriously prestigious  awards. I’m sure there are others out there who think otherwise; I just haven’t met them.

A friend warned me to stay away from the books because ‘they’re not well written’. I’ve wisely heeded her advice. The reason I’ve gone ahead and watched the second movie, Fifty Shades Darker, even though there was very little in the first instalment that proved particularly memorable is… my mild curiosity about Christian Grey. Particularly how his ‘challenges’ will be explained. I’m a sucker for trying to understand people, you see.

In the movie, some light is indeed shed on Christian’s past, though nothing especially memorable sticks out. We meet a few of the women that have been in Grey’s life before Anastasia Steele (Johnson). There’s more of all the stuff people couldn’t stop talking about in the first movie. A few other things happen. Things that you’d need to watch the movie to find out about  because I just remembered how nonsensical I found most of it. I literally uttered the words, ‘What is this nonsense?’

Directed by James Foley; Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan did the best they could with the material they had. I guess this period of their careers can be labeled as the ‘laughing all the way to the bank’ as people criticise their movie’ phase.

At this point I have to wonder if the Fifty Shades films have become that thing I love to hate. Maybe. Also, everyone knows that ‘haters’ are often fans, albeit confused or in denial. If I’m a fan, I’m mostly a fan of how the writer E.L. James has succeeded regardless of her apparently questionable writing ability. 

Fifty Shades Darker; watch it if you must. But only if you must.

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A GHOST STORY (2017): New Trailer From Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Grover Coulson…

A Ghost Story (2017) Rooney Mara
A Ghost Story (2017) Rooney Mara

In A Ghost Story, Casey Affleck is a deceased husband who returns as a ghost in a white sheet to re-connect with his grieving wife (Rooney Mara)…

Written and directed by David Lowery, what I like most about this trailer, besides its main star Rooney Mara is the featured music. As for my feelings about the film, I have to confess that it all looks mighty depressing – unlike 1990’s Ghost. Therefore I’ll just make sure I’m in the right mood for it. By which I don’t mean a depressed mood. Merely a mood where I’m open to the ‘exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence’ – for approximately two hours.

A Ghost Story Release Dates: July 28th, 2017 (US)…

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