Category Archives: Romance

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953): The Things I Liked…

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox

Watching movies that were made long before the 90s and 80s isn’t something I do very often. Yet, recently I came across film footage of Hollywood icons Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Two ladies who were looking incredibly stunning while walking together.

A few Google searches later, and there I was watching director Howard Hawks’s 1953 comedy/musical classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. A fun movie in which Monroe and Russell play two showgirls named Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw. The ladies are two best friends who happen to be stunning. So stunning in fact that I would have fit right in among the admires Lorelei and Dorothy attracted everywhere they went in Hawks’s film. Fans including a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, and a rich, enamoured old man, among many others.

I see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a movie that fits into the ‘perfectly pleasant, easy viewing’ category. There’s some mild to moderately amusing humour, the story moves along at a good pace, and visually, there’s much to enjoy; whether you’re taking in the production design or the very beautifully created costumes by Travilla.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

As someone who’s near enough always been aware of Monroe’s iconic status, it wasn’t until this movie that I finally understood. To put it in no uncertain terms, the lady is so incredibly magnetic, that I have to wonder whether a camera has ever loved a person more. Travilla’s costumes, Ben Nye’s makeup and the skills of those in charge of hair certainly helped, but of course, there’s a lot more to that special magnetism than the beautiful shell.

My favourite thing about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Two things. Firstly, the touching friendship between Lorelei and Dorothy. Secondly, all the stunning fashion! Watch it for the fashion. The story is pleasant enough – but THE FASHION!

One more thing. Here’s the link to the film footage that got me here – in case you’re curious. You see?

Happy Film Loving

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THE LOST HUSBAND (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Lost Husband (2020), Leslie Bibb, Six Foot Pictures
The Lost Husband (2020), Leslie Bibb, Six Foot Pictures

Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb and Nora Dunn’s latest movie The Lost Husband is a film I enjoyed a little more than I expected to.

Directed by Vicky Wight, it’s a story that focuses on Libby (Bibb), a newly single mother who’s trying to put her life back together after her husband dies. And she starts by moving – along with her two children to her no-nonsense aunt’s goat farm in central Texas.

What stood from the very beginning for me as The Lost Husband played is the rather pleasant musical score. Then I noticed the films even pacing and the way it’s arguably not quite as clichéd as the Hallmark movies you may or may not have seen (*wink, wink). Particularly since this story is that little bit more complicated, among one or two other reasons.

Being in the mood mood for an ‘easy viewing’ movie experience with a little romance is the reason t I decided to watch The Lost Husband. The trailer also had me wanting to see Libby make it through the grief so she could start having fun again.

As Libby met the colourful town folk and started to learn more about farm life, largely from Duhamel’s farm manager character, James, it soon became clear that Libby was going to be all right. That’s around the time I started wishing that I too had an aunt who lived on a farm. That is until I remembered my irrational fear of earthworms, bugs and many other animals.

The only thing that I wish wasn’t quite so about The Lost Husband is its use of a specific cliché involving a group of jealous and unpleasant women during a scene in the town market. Some of the writing and acting in said scene stood out for the wrong reasons. Yet, I till say that if you’re intrigued enough, then give The Lost Husband a chance. Especially when it’s time for an ‘easy viewing’ film session.

There’s also the simple pleasure of Duhamel in a Cowboy hat. You know, in case watching Libby get her life back on track and the idea of a virtual farm-based escape doesn’t quite cut it.

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THE HALF OF IT (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Half Of It (2020), Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Netflix
The Half Of It (2020), Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Netflix

At the beginning, writer / director Alice Wu’s movie The Half of It doesn’t appear to be particularly different from the high school films you may have seen before. Yet, as you continue watching, it soon reveals itself to be more than you expected.

Starring Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer and Alexxis Lemire, Wu’s film turns into a beautiful, sweet and well written story about two high school students who bond over the girl they both secretly love. 

As someone who’s always been partial to well told stories of beautiful friendships, The Half of It ticks a lot of  boxes for me. From the scenes that showed the growth of the bond between seventeen year old Ellie (Lewis) and Paul (Diemer), to the film’s pacing, dialogue and the believable performances by the young talented cast. As I watched The Half of It, I found myself interested, engaged and often moved.

I also like that Paul and Ellie’s friendship isn’t the kind that doesn’t get tested. It is in fact the smart way the story navigates those all important tests through the key themes that emerge which made me like Wu’s movie even more. 

Watch The Half of It because it’s good but also for a beautiful friendship story that features the kind of connection and love that absolutely anyone would be lucky to have. After all, as per the film’s trailer, ‘Not every love story is a romance’ 

Happy Film Loving 

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LITTLE WOMEN (2019): The Things I Liked…

Little Women (2019), Saoirse Ronan, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Little Women (2019), Saoirse Ronan, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Little Women is a book I have not read. As such, besides that Friends episode where Rachel spoils the story for Joey, I didn’t really know much beforehand.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel about four sisters coming-of-age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War, there are three things that stood out most and in a good way while watching director Greta Gerwig’s remake.

Firstly, the beauty that is the gift of sisterhood. Beauty that is there when you’re happy with your sister, when you’re mad at your sister and when times aren’t so great. I like how accurately and honestly Gerwig captured the magic of these moments.  Second, I’ve always been partial to stories of girls and women who are determined enough to decide on the life they want and go after it; regardless of other’s expectations. An even more impressive move during far less liberated periods in women’s history. 

Lastly, unrequited love. The presence of this theme in Little Women resulted in my favourite and some of the most moving moments in the whole film. Particularly the one that takes place in a field with Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan’s characters. 

In terms of how I feel about Gerwig’s film overall, it’s very well acted by all involved. I especially enjoyed Chalamet, Ronan and Florence Pugh’s performances. Beyond that and the standout moments I’ve referenced, I can’t say that I love Gerwig’s movie. This is in part because I’m not quite a fan of the editing. The way it jumped back and forth to different time lines proved more annoying than fully necessary. Perhaps the story was to big to tell in the allotted time. Furthermore, I found that Little Women really became most interesting from Meg’s wedding onwards. The unfortunate thing about that is Meg’s wedding doesn’t take place until approximately two thirds into the movie.

Big fans of the book will probably like this film far more than I did. For everyone else, I say follow your curiosities – even if it was a Friends episode that ignited it. 

Happy Film Loving

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THE HALF OF IT (2020): New Trailer From Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Enrique Murciano, Becky Ann Baker

The Half Of It (2020), Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Netflix
The Half Of It (2020), Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The half of It (2020).


From writer / director Alice Wu; starring Leah Lewis and Daniel Diemer The Half Of It is the story of two high school students who bond over the girl they both secretly love

Additional key cast includes Enrique Murciano, Becky Ann Baker and Alexxis Lemire.

I’ll see this one because it’s a teen movie that seems to be more mature than most. The first evidence being the absence of the usual ‘over reaction’ when Ellie’s new friend Paul finds out that she didn’t say she too has feelings for the girl he loves.

I have an idea or two about how this story will play out, but how nice it would be to be surprised.

Catherine Curtin, Collin Chou, Wolfgang Novogratz, Haley Murphy, Alex D. Jennings, Joe Lanza, Billy Thomas Myott, Alexandre Bagot and Veronica Wood also star.

The Half Of It Release Dates: May 1st, 2020 (US) / Netflix…

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ALMOST LOVE (2019): The Thing I LIked…

Almost Love (2019), Kate Walsh, Scott Evans, Vertical Entertainment
Almost Love (2019), Kate Walsh, Scott Evans, Vertical Entertainment

Almost Love, a comedy / drama about a group of friends in New York City who are navigating love and romance in the smartphone era is not quite what I expected.

Written and directed by Mike Doyle, my reasons for wanting to see this one include how such an intriguing premise would be executed and some of the key actors whose works I’ve enjoyed in the past. Namely Michelle Buteau, Kate Walsh and Patricia Clarkson. Additionally, as a fan of Chris ‘Captain America’ Evans, I felt it time to satisfy myself curiosity about the talents of his sibling Scott Evans.

There are indeed some amusing moments in Doyles movie and good performances too, especially by Evans, Walsh, and Clarkson. What didn’t prove too great is unfortunately the story edit. As Almost Love follows the evolution of four romantic relationships; for me personally, only one of them proved adequately interesting. The other stories didn’t appeal so much because of their cliched reality and also because I found elements of the execution annoying. 

The thing that confirmed my ‘it’s not so great’ feelings about Doyle’s movie is the ending. I did not in any way buy how two of the love stories were concluded. Part of this may be because I don’t agree with at least one of the decisions but even still, it seemed as though Doyle was running out of time and decided to just wrap things up whether it made sense or not. In this way, perhaps the meaning behind the film’s title ‘Almost Love’ is really about couples deliberately choosing to settle. If that were true, I’d still have preferred for all the relationships to be more interesting and engaging. Part of the problem is that four is simply too many relationship stories to tell well in just one hour thirty four minutes.

Besides the beautiful song that plays before the credits role, another highlight of Doyles’s film is the perfect delivery of the below line:

He’s eating dairy?

Poor thing.’ 

If you’re especially curious, perhaps give it a chance. 

Happy Film Loving

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THE LOST HUSBAND (2020): New Trailer From Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Kevin Alejandro, Nora Dunn…

The Lost Husband (2020), Leslie Bibb, Josh Duhamel, Six Foot Pictures
The Lost Husband (2020), Leslie Bibb, Josh Duhamel, Six Foot Pictures

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Lost Husband (2020).


Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Nora Dunn and Kevin Alejandro are the stars of The Lost Husband, the story of Libby (Bibb), a newly single mother trying to put her life back together after her husband dies.

Based on the best selling book by Katherine Center and directed by  Vicky Wight, Libby and her children move to her estranged Aunt’s goat farm in central Texas, and soon they meet James (Duhamel).

I want to see Libby overcome, get her life back in order make for a great farm girl. That way I can believe I too could learn to do it too… should the opportunity arise.

I’m also just in for a little romance during these ‘social distancing’ times.

Georgia King, Carly Pope, Herizen F. Guardiola, Nora Dunn, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Callie Hope Haverda, Ashlyn Rainn Holmes, Roxton Garcia, Grey Acuna, Stone Garcia and Marquel Skinner also star.

The Lost Husband Release Dates: April 10th, 2020 (US)…

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ALMOST LOVE (2019): New Trailer Starring Michelle Buteau, Kate walsh, Colin Donnell, Scott Evans…

Almost Love (2019), Kate Walsh, Scott Evans, Vertical Entertainment
Almost Love (2019), Kate Walsh, Scott Evans, Vertical Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Almost Love (2019).


Almost Love is a new comedy / drama starring Michelle Buteau, Kate Walsh, Scott Evans and Colin Donnell.

 Written / directed by Mike Doyle; the subject matter is romance in the smartphone era.

The humour, promising cast are why I’m intrigued. It helps that I’m already a fan of Buteau, Clarkson and Walsh.

Brian Marc, Augustus Prew, Patricia Clarkson, Pun Bandhu, Zoe Chao, Nadia Dajani, Lino Del Core, John Doman, Sienna Hubert-Ross and Gareth Keegan also star.

Almost Love Release Dates: April 3rd, 2020 (US)…

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