Category Archives: Romance

TO ALL THE BOYS – ALWAYS AND FOREVER (2021): New Trailer From Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Janel Parrish…

To All The Boys: Always and Forever (2021), Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Netflix
To All The Boys: Always and Forever (2021), Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Netflix

In To All the Boys – Always and Forever, Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back for the third and final story of Lara and Peter.

Continuing their romantic life, we’ll get to see both of them grow up while facing good and hard times with friends and family.

Directed by Michael Fimognari; additional key cast includes Janel Parrish, Madeleine Arthur, Lisa Durupt, Sarayu Blue.

The first instalment was a good teen movie. The second was OK. My fingers are crossed that this one will be a worthy finale.

Momona Tamada, Emilija Baranac, Kayla Deorksen and C. Ernst Harthand also star.

To All the Boys – Always and Forever Release Dates: February 12th, 2021 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (2020): New Trailer Starring Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi…

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020), Natasa Stork, Greenwich Entertainment
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020), Natasa Stork, Greenwich Entertainment

From writer/director Lili Horvát; Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is a new drama/romance about Márta (Natasa Stork), a 40-year-old neurosurgeon.

After Marta falls in love, she leaves her shining American career to return to Budapest and start a new life with the man. The only problem is, the love of her life claims that they have never met before.

Who’s the one seeing/ imagining things, him or her? I sure hope the reveal/explanation is satisfying.

Also, on a random side note, I can’t help but wonder how much work it took to fall in that very unique and interesting way at 0:40 into this trailer. I suspect that plenty of rehearsal must have been required.

Viktor Bodó and Benett Vilmányi, Zsolt Nagy, Andor Lukáts, Zsolt Nagy and Péter Tóth also star.

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

MALCOLM & MARIE (2021): New Trailer Starring Zendaya and John David Washington

Malcolm & Marie (2021), John David Washington, Netflix
Malcolm & Marie (2021), John David Washington, Netflix

Director Sam Levinson’s latest drama/romance has Zendaya and John David Washington as Malcolm & Marie.

Malcolm & Marie is the story of a director and his girlfriend’s relationship. One that is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics’ responses

First and foremost, I love the lighting. It’s not often that black and white movies are as immediately appealing, visually as this.

I’m completely in for what looks like an intriguing relationship story and very promising dialogue. The kind of dialogue that would work brilliantly on a live theatre stage.

Thank goodness, we don’t have to wait too long for this one.

Malcolm & Marie Release Dates: February 5th, 2021 (US), Netflix

Happy Film Loving

G

LOCKED DOWN (2021): New Trailer Starring Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mindy Kaling, Ben Kingsley…

Locked Down (2021), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anne Hathaway, Warner Brothers
Locked Down (2021), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anne Hathaway, Warner Brothers

Locked Down is the latest comedy/romance starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

From director Doug Liman; the story is about a couple’s attempt a high-risk, high-stakes jewellery heist at at London’s Harrods department store.

Additional key cast includes Mindy Kaling, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Boynton, Jazmyn Simon and Stephen Merchant.

This looks like the first high profile film about life during the pandemic. I’m definitely watching to see aspects of my life reflected back at me. Especially since it’s set set in London, England. I also just want to see how well this turns out. You know, considering the constraints of shooting while a pandemic is still going on.

I know for sure that I already love Ejiofor’s line at 0:45 into this trailer. It’s just so delightfully British, isn’t it?

Dulé Hill, Mark Gatiss, Bobby Schofield and Shereen Gray also star.

Locked Down Release Dates: January 14th, 2021 (US), HBO Max; March 5th, 2021 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

SYLVIE’S LOVE (2020): The Things I Liked…

Sylvie's Love (2020), Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha
Sylvie’s Love (2020), Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha

I found plenty to enjoy in writer/director Eugene Ashe’s romance/drama Sylvie’s Love. A delightful movie that’s dreamy, stylish and romantic in a way that’s both old fashioned and modern; thanks to the visual style, costumes, lead character and the 1957 setting.

Starring Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Aja Naomi King and Regé-Jean Page; Sylvie’s Love is just the kind of well-acted escape one needs from time to time. It’s a film that deals with the kind of predicaments/challenges most, if not all of us can relate to when it comes to friendships, romantic relationships, family and life, in general.

I enjoyed Sylvie’s Love as a story that happens to be about more than the romantic love between Sylvie and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a young man with dreams of becoming a saxophone player. In my mind, the movie should almost be called ‘Sylvie’s Loves’ because it’s also, to a significant extent about her professional aspirations/love. For, she is a woman determined not to lose herself and what matters to her, regardless of external pressures from various angles.

Don’t be surprised if, by the end, Sylvie’s Love has you reflecting on just how helpful it is to have people in your circle looking out for your relationship.

For those who enjoy jazz music, like a little romance and or the costume design in shows such as The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, you’ll likely be glad you watched this one.

Lastly, if you’re wondering whether Sylvie’s Love shares strong similarities with the impressive If Beale Street Could Talk, (2018) the answer is ‘only in the sense that both stories feature the love stories of two young black Americans. Meaning, Sylvie’s Love isn’t going to completely shatter your heart due to a tragic and hugely unjust, racially motivated event.

Happy Film Loving

G

BRIDGERTON (2020): The Things I Liked…

Bridgerton (2020), Phoebe Dynevor, Netflix
Bridgerton (2020), Phoebe Dynevor, Netflix

Set during Regency-era England, Bridgerton is the kind of series most decide to watch because they’re fans of classic costume dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Emma (2020)

Other reasons include the reputable production company behind it (Shondaland), the young and undeniably attractive cast, the romance-centric story, plus the show’s general look and feel; mainly the colourful costumes and cinematography. As for me, I tuned in to Bridgerton for most, if not all the above reasons. 

Following the first episode, I realised quickly that I’d got myself into another period drama that’s very similar to the others. You know, the kind where the young adults from rich and powerful families are either excited or fretting about getting married off to an acceptably wealthy suitor. 

Created by Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton is a tale of wealth, lust, and betrayal as seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. It is a show I watched through to the very end because it gave me just enough to keep going. Even though so many of its themes I’ve seen many times before. The good news is that it is well-acted and the cinematography and costumes are a delightful feast for the eyes. 

Bridgerton (2020), Regé-Jean Page, Netflix
Bridgerton (2020), Regé-Jean Page, Netflix

Some key ways Bridgerton is different compared to other costume dramas include the sex, there’s a lot of it. Not quite ‘Game of Thrones a lot,’ but close. There’s also the diverse casting and the way the show satisfyingly adapts modern music to fit the period. 

Bridgerton and one of the most successful ‘costume dramas’ of all time,  Downton Abbey also share some themes. Yet, even though I quit watching Downton after a certain character died in a fatal car crash, I’d say its a better-executed series than Bridgerton. Well, the seasons I watched anyway. 

What frustrated me most about Bridgerton, besides knowing that it isn’t quite as good as the very best, is the way the young characters made mistakes that could have been easily solved with effective communication. Perhaps I’m simply too mature to find some of the antics of the young adult characters in Bridgerton more entertaining than annoying. 

Luckily, there are highlights to enjoy. Particularly in regards to some camera work, cinematography, costume design and the soundtrack. Are all these so good that it’s worth dedicating the eight, hour-long episodes to watch it all? Perhaps not, especially if you’ve seen plenty of period dramas. But, as always, give it a chance if you’re very curious. It may be just what you need. 

Happy Film Loving 

G

LITTLE FISH (2020): New Trailer From Jack O’Connell, Olivia Cooke, Soko…

Little Fish (2020), Olivia Cooke, IFC Films
Little Fish (2020), Olivia Cooke, IFC Films

New sci-fi/romance Little Fish stars Jack O’Connell and Olivia Cooke; a couple fighting to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship.

Little Fish is directed by Chad Hartigan; with additional key cast including Soko, Raúl Castillo and David Lennon.

I’m very interested because of the compelling predicament and as a fan of O’Connell. Also, I need to know if they’ll get a vaccine in time and how the virus chooses its victims.

Mackenzie Cardwell, Ross Wirtanen, Heather Decksheimer, Natalie Farrow, Ronald Robinson, Wyatt Cameron, Morgana Wyllie, Monique Phillips, Paul Almeida and Toby Hargrave also star.

Little Fish Release Dates: February 5th, 2021 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

HAPPIEST SEASON (2020): The Things I Loved…

Happiest Season (2020), Dan Levy, Kristen Stewart, Hulu
Happiest Season (2020), Dan Levy, Kristen Stewart, Hulu

I haven’t seen all the Christmas movies due for release in 2020 just yet. Especially since it’s not even December as I write this. Nevertheless, let’s just say that it’s going to take something very special to dethrone Happiest Season as my favourite Christmas film of the year.

I found plenty to enjoy in this Clea Duvall co-written/directed story about needing to be exactly yourself, wanting your family’s acceptance and trying hard not to ruin Christmas.

First, there’s the good performances by all, particularly Mackenzie Davis who I’ve been a fan of since Always Shine (2016). Then comes the musical score that I believe is near perfection.

Additionally, Happiest Season manages to feel fresh, even though the holiday/romance/comedy film category is far from new. And the ‘freshness’ is, in part because the central characters are a young lesbian couple. However, it’s simply good writing, editing, acting, music and all else necessary that makes Duvall’s movie the perfect holiday film experience I’ve been needing. Happiest Season is also funny in all the right places. Plus, it features a good mix of memorable dramatic moments too. I say, watch it at once! Because it’s good.

Lastly, like myself, by the end you may feel that you’ve finally come across your favourite Kristen Stewart performance. Especially if you’re not too busy appreciating the noteworthy family wisdom, plus the good examples of friendship and kindness in the story.

Happy Film Loving

G