Category Archives: Romance

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015): There Is Something I Liked

Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey)
Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey)

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in Fifty Shades Of Grey, the Sam Taylor Johnson directed film adaptation of E.L. James’ best selling book of the same name.

There has been plenty of well publicised negative feedback about the quality of writing in the book and subsequently, the film. But all that seems to have caused minimal damage to the movie’s overall commercial success. Clearly the story of the masochistic relationship between a university student (Anastasia Steele) and a handsome, rich businessman (Christian Grey) is just too appealing; thanks to some rather steamy content and a definitely mysterious Mr. Grey, a man audiences can’t help but be desperate to understand.

For me, there are no particularly stellar performances in the film. I remember laughter escaping my lips in response to some of the dialogue. Had the book been better written, perhaps the movie would be too. Nevertheless, by the end I did find myself quite curious about the tortured Mr. Grey. Though absolutely not curious enough to ever pick up the book(s), in the event that the follow up films were to be cancelled.

Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson
Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson

Whether it’s the love story, sexy content or even the dialogue, if you’re planning to watch, I hope you’ll find one or two things in the movie worth the experience. Oddly enough, my favourite thing about the this movie is probably not what one might expect. For it is  the following line delivered by Christian Grey within the first ten minutes.

The harder I work the more luck I seem to have’.

Happy Film Loving

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BAREFOOT (2014): The Good & Bad Things

Barefoot (2014), Scott Speedman, Evan Rachel Wood
Barefoot (2014), Scott Speedman, Evan Rachel Wood

Barefoot is the story of the ‘black sheep’ of a wealthy family, played by Scott Speedman and the unexpected romance that blossoms after he meets a psychiatric patient portrayed by Evan Rachel Wood.

To get straight to the point, I didn’t find myself connecting enough with the two protagonists. I felt aware the whole time and especially in the beginning that I was watching Evan Rachel Wood playing a psychiatric patient, rather than getting swept into the world of the story.

Directed by Andrew Fleming, Barefoot also stars J.K. Simmons and Kate Burton – Both of whom I adore, but I’m afraid even they couldn’t save the film. Besides a few good songs on the soundtrack, there are minimal notable highlights.

The plot is certainly interesting. Unfortunately it just wasn’t executed particularly well. I’d sooner recommend watching something like Silver Linings Playbook (2012) instead. Like Barefoot, it’s a romantic drama / comedy about two misfits with their own unique problems who end up falling in love – and it’s far more convincing.

Barefoot, only if you really must 🙂

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BLENDED (2014): Fun Family Comedy

Blended (2014), Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
Blended (2014), Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

The story and themes of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s Blended are not new, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Blended is the kind of family comedy film to see if you’re in the mood to relax with a movie.

The most memorable moments for me came courtesy of the character played by Terry Crews, who shows up several times in the movie.

Blended (2014), Terry Crews
Blended (2014), Terry Crews

If you’re already a fan of the Actors, Sandler, Barrymore and Crews, then you’re more likely to really have fun. Though I don’t love all his movies, I am a Sandler fan.

A taster of his personality is in the following fun Jonathan Ross interview.

Happy Blended 🙂

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HITCH (2005) The Two Best Scenes

Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Eva Mendes
Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Eva Mendes

Will Smith and Kevin James were well cast in their roles for 2005’s romantic comedy, Hitch. Smith, a Date Doctor/ Consultant and James, the ‘dating-life challenged’ singleton in desperate need of professional help.

Hitch works, in the most part because of the excellent chemistry between the two male leads. I had no issue at all with the film… that is until the last 20 minutes, by which I mean what happens romantically between Mendes and Smith’s characters.

Those last 20 minutes left me unable to recall another time when an element of a story felt so incredible forced. I just couldn’t buy it. The issue isn’t that what happened actually happened, but it’s the way it was written and executed.

It’s always a shame when something that takes place in a film completely forces you to remember that the people on screen are definitely ‘pretending’ because it doesn’t feel as real and realistic as it ought to.

Thankfully however, the memory of the films two funniest scenes will continue to shine bright in my memory. Kevin James’ show stopping dance moves and that little issue the issue with the crayfish. Watch it to experience those moments.

Directed by Andy Tennant; Eva Mendes and Amber Valletta also star.

Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Kevin James
Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Kevin James
Hitch (2005), Will Smith
Hitch (2005), Will Smith

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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IF I STAY (2014): The Good & Bad Things

If I Stay (2014), Chloe Grace Moretz
If I Stay (2014), Chloe Grace Moretz

Directed by R.J. Cutler and based on a best selling book by Gayle Forman, If I Stay is the story of a teenage girl (Mia, played by Chloe Grace Moretz) chasing her dreams of a career in music with the support of a loving boyfriend, family and friends.

One carefree afternoon, Mia’s world is turned upside down after an accident leaves her and several other people in a bad way. Now stuck in a coma, Mia is faced with the most important decision of her life.

Though not a perfect movie, there were parts that I enjoyed in If I Stay. Two of the best scenes featured Mia and her grandpa. Namely the scene where he talks to her in the car and the one when he’s in the hospital by her bedside.

If I Stay (2014), Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato
If I Stay (2014), Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato

Jamie Blackley’s performance as Adam, Liana Liberato in the role of the best friend and the actors playing Mia’s family are good. I did however find myself not entirely buying into the anguish portrayed by Moretz after the accident. Something to do with the absence of tears perhaps…

Did anyone else find themselves expecting Mia to be able to walk through people and walls in the hospital? She wasn’t technically a ghost so maybe it’s just me.

Watch it if you find yourself very curious indeed, especially since the concept is rather interesting.

Happy If I Stay 🙂

G

STUCK IN LOVE (2012): Family, Love & Writing

Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins
Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins

Written / directed by Josh Boone and starring talent that includes Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lilly Collins, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman and Nat Wolff; Stuck In Love is a well acted family drama.

Watch it for a look into a year in the life of a family that consists of a successful Writer, his ex wife, their teenage children and particularly how all parties navigate through their own experiences of love.

This movie is definitely not too emotionally taxing. Actually… that may depend on how closely you relate to the character you identify with the most. Still, overall it’s a pleasant watch.

There’s also potential value for any Writers/ aspiring Writers and anyone generally curious about other families. I know I always am.

Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell
Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell

My favourite part is all the scenes Kristen Bell is in because her fun character is unlike any I’ve ever seen her play before.

Happy Stuck In Love 🙂

G

EAT PRAY LOVE (2010): Eat & Love, Clearly The Best Parts

Eat Pray Love (2010), Julia Roberts
Eat Pray Love (2010), Julia Roberts

Eat Pray Love had to be watched because I wanted to know the story of a person who chooses to  drastically change their life because what they have no longer makes them happy.

Said woman (Liz), played by Julia Roberts, decides to embark on a three part journey, travelling from Italy to India then Bali in a period of twelve months. As you can imagine, she meets many interesting people en route.

If you’ve ever been to Italy or dreamt about going, you’ll love the first part of this movie. You’ll like it because it’ll remind you of what makes travelling great and particularly, all the things to adore about Italy. Those curious about what it can mean to be on a ‘spiritual journey’ will get the most out of part two.

Eat Pray Love (2010), Javier Bardem
Eat Pray Love (2010), Javier Bardem

Filipe, (Javier Bardem) and pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth is a personal highlight of the final part of this movie. I particularly like his response to Liz when she says ‘I am so sick of people telling me I need a man.

Watch it if you’re curious about what he says and the adventure such as the one liz chooses.

Happy Eat Pray Love 🙂

G

LOVE, ROSIE (2014): In Love, Timing Is Everything

Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins, Sam Claflin
Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins, Sam Claflin

Love, Rosie: a story about two people who’ve been friends for a very long time and share feelings for each other but somehow they never seem to get it together.

It’s the kind of predicament where you find yourself thinking, if only one of them spoke honestly, just once about what was in their heart, things would be very different.

But, sometimes everything is supposed to be just as it is at that time. Of course this is not at all comforting when you’re in the middle of it all and timing is not on your side.

Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins
Love, Rosie (2014), Liliy Collins

This is one of those love stories that isn’t too typical of the romantic comedy genre and the onscreen chemistry between Sam Claflin and Lily Collins, the leads of Director Christian Ditter’s movie is really quite something.

Watch it for the reasons above, and wonder how Lily Collins got that British accent just right. There’s also a a beautiful father/ daughter relationship to enjoy.

Happy Love Rosie 🙂

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