Category Archives: Romance

SET IT UP (2018): New Trailer Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Glen Powell…

Set It Up (2018), Lucy Liu
Set It Up (2018), Lucy Liu

Directed by Claire Scanlon, in Set It Up Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell play two corporate executive assistants who hatch a plan to match-make their two bosses played by Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu…

This one should hopefully be good for when I’m in the mood for some ‘easy viewing.’ I like Diggs and Liu. The latter especially because I’m forever a massive fan of her character (Ling Woo) in Ally McBeal.

Set It Up Release Dates: June 15th, 2018 (US)…

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DESTINATION WEDDING (2018): New Trailer From Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Dj Dallenbach…

Destination Wedding (2018), Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves
Destination Wedding (2018), Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves

Written / directed by Victor Levin, Destination Wedding is a new  comedy / drama/ romance about two unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.

Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Dj Dallenbach star…

The humour. I’m in for the humour. Especially after the line ‘Having met you, I understand why it’s a condition.’

Destination Wedding Release Dates: August 24th, 2018 (US)…

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MARY SHELLEY (2018): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley, Douglas Booth…

Mary Shelley (2018), Elle Fanning
Mary Shelley (2018), Elle Fanning

Biography / drama Mary Shelley is about the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. A relationship which resulted in Mary Shelley writing her famous gothic novel Frankenstein.

Directed by  Haifaa Al-Mansour; Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley and Douglas Booth star…

I’m in for the story of a woman who overcame and gave us an example of how to turn heartbreak into something beautiful.

Additional supporting cast includes Jack Hickey, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, Tom Sturridge and Ben Hardy.

Mary Shelley Release Dates: May 25th, 2018 (US); July 6th, 2018 (UK)…

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LIFE ITSELF (2018): New Trailer Starring Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Wilde…

Life Itself (2018), Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac
Life Itself (2018), Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac

Written and directed by Dan Fogelman, Life Itself  is a movie about people from New York to Spain whose lives intersect over the course of different generations…

Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas and Olivia Wilde star…

If you were thinking ‘wait a minutes. that synopsis sounds kind of familiar’, you’d be right, for director Fogelman is the creator of This Is Us, a hit TV show about the lives of the members of one family captured over the course of different generations.

I like This Is Us. It pretty much makes me cry at least once every episode. That’s because what’s captured very well in the writing is so true. One might also argue that I’m easily moved. I expect the same thing will likely happen with  Life Itself  – but of course, a different story with new characters.

Olivia Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson and Laia Costa also star.

Life Itself Release Dates: September 18th, 2018 (US)…

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THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Shape Of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer
The Shape Of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer

Set in Cold War era America, circa 1963, director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale and fantasy / romance about a lonely mute called Elisa. Played beautifully by Sally Hawkins, Elisa falls in love with ‘amphibian man’, a sea creature captured for a secret classified experiment due to take place at Elisa’s work building where she cleans.

Featuring good performances by all, including Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, I found Hawkins to be particularly captivating as Elisa. Her great performance along with the beautiful visuals, filming style – the way the camera barely stood still combined with the editing and pacing managed to keep me engaged.

The Shape Of Water is generally a well executed movie. Nevertheless, I’m not as enthused post viewing as I thought I might be. I understand the film’s message about love and how there are near to zero limitations in terms of where one can find it. Still, perhaps it’s just the kind of film, though good, it doesn’t inspire a certain level of excitement within me. It could have something to do with not really seeing myself ever falling in love with ‘amphibian man’. It could also be that the ‘love can be found anywhere’ message is one I’d already fully digested. Lastly, maybe I loved the first half more than I did the second half, where things got really serious. Yes, that may be it. I think I had more fun when Elisa was happy and tap-dancing in her corridor!

Richard Strickland’s (Shannon) voice and suit before the true nature of his character is revealed, the capabilities of ‘amphibian man’ and Hawkins’ performance are my favourite things about The Shape Of Water. 

Watch it if you’re curious. Maybe you’ll be more wowed and enthused than I. It is the Best Picture Academy Award winner after all.

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ON CHESIL BEACH (2017): New Trailer From Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Emily Watson…

On Chesil Beach (2017), Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan
On Chesil Beach (2017), Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan

Ian McEwan’s best selling novel On Chesil Beach has been adapted into a movie starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle and Ann-Marie Duff.

Set in England in 1962, Ronan and Howle play a young couple whose idyllic romance collides with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure…

I’m in to see the way the story deals with gender politics. Such an interesting subject, considering the early 60s setting.

Side note: I had no idea that red hair looked so good with that particular shade of blue.

Directed by Dominic Cooke; Samuel West,Bernardo Santos, David Olawale Ayinde and Bebe Cave also star.

On Chesil Beach Release Dates: May 18th, 2018 (US), June 15th, 2018 (UK)…

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KEEP THE CHANGE (2017): New Trailer Starring Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon, Jessica Walter…

Keep The Change (2017), Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon
Keep The Change (2017), Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon

Written / directed by Rachel Israel, Keep The Change is a romantic comedy set in New York City.

Starring Jessica Walter, Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon, it’s the story of two people who meet in a support group…

It looks different, possibly funny, it’s set in New York and I may learn a thing or two.

Jennifer Brito, Christina Brucato and Evander Duck Jr. also star.

Keep The Change Release Dates: March 16th, 2018 (US)…

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IRREPLACEABLE YOU (2018): It’s…

Irreplaceable You (2018), Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Irreplaceable You (2018), Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Regardless of how much I wished and hoped, Irreplaceable You which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman is not a good movie.  However sweet the premise of the love story may be and as tragic as the story’s end is, the execution was not satisfying.

It’s odd to say this of a movie about a young couple whose love story is cut short by terminal illness but, I kept thinking where’s the heart, the soul? Why am I not connecting to this story – let alone the characters?

Overall, I don’t think I really bought much of what was happening throughout. My viewing session kept being interrupted by thoughts of ‘this is not great’ and ‘The Fault In Our Stars (2014)’ did a much better job of telling a similar story.

What I know for sure is that story editing, the writing, cliches and perhaps insufficient chemistry between the two leads has something to do with why Irreplaceable You isn’t great. There were a few moments where I thought ‘this is where it takes a turn and gets better’ but it never did.

If I had to pick a thing or two I liked, I’d say the moment in Central Park during the ‘Did you know’ game because I learned one or two things I didn’t already know. There’s also Jacki Weaver. However small the part or disappointing a film, ‘Queen Weaver’ never seems to give a bad performance. I haven’t watched all her movies, of course but I always buy everything she’s selling. The Voices (2014)for example.

 The Fault In Our Stars, definitely watch that instead. Really.

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