Category Archives: Romance

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 🙂

G

TOP FIVE (2014): Chris Rock. Funny, Current And Real, Like Always

Top Five (2014), Rosario Dawson, Sherri Shepherd
Top Five (2014), Rosario Dawson, Sherri Shepherd

The Chris Rock written and directed Top Five is for everyone who had been missing the comic’s famous humour – as well as all fans of the funny.

Top Five is certainly not a stand up comedy set in the traditional sense – and the story keeps getting more and more interesting as it all unfolds.

Top Five (2014), Tracy Morgan
Top Five (2014), Tracy Morgan

You’ll also find several very welcome cameos. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll say no more about that. Don’t look up who, allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised.

Rosario Dawson, Dawson, Gabrielle Union, J.B. Smoove and Tracy Morgan also star.

Happy Top Five 🙂

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014): Watch For Eddie Redmayne’s Award Worthy Transformation

The Theory of Everything is the love story of acclaimed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane.

The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

For those hoping that The Theory of Everything will delve deeply into the science Hawkings is famous for, that’s not the emphasis here.

High quality performances are seen all round including the portrayal of Jane by Felicity Jones. However, it’s Eddie Redmayne’s incredible 2015 Best Actor Oscar winning turn as Hawking that generates nothing if not the utmost respect for his talents and handwork.

Redmayne manages to expertly embody Hawking’s physicality, emotions and famously mischievous sense of humour through the various stages of his life before and from the onset of motor neurone disorder.

The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne
The Theory Of Everything (2014), Eddie Redmayne

Directed by James Marsh, this biography / drama for me, is about the beauty of friendship, love and most of all, what is possible with the human spirit.

As Hawking put it himself:

“There should be no boundary to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope’.

Happy The Theory Of Everything 🙂

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ALOHA (2015): More Bradley Cooper Please!

Aloha (2015), bradley Cooper
Aloha (2015), bradley Cooper

More Bradley Cooper Please! It’s hard not to feel this way after his brilliant Oscar nominated performance in American Sniper (2014). Not to say that his new movie, Aloha is a similar kind of film, of course.

Writer/ Director, Cameron Crowe – the man responsible for the1996 hit, Jerry Maguire is back with the story of a celebrated military contractor (Cooper) who must choose between two love interests, played by Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.

Love triangles are notoriously tricky, particularly if you’re the one to do the choosing. So lets look forward to seeing how things turn out for the parties involved in Aloha. Maybe we can get a few tips.

Jennifer Lawrence is no where to be seen in this one. But you will find two great comedy Actors in the shape ofAlec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Danny McBride of Pineapple Express (2008)This Is The End (2013) and other Seth Rogen/ Judd Apatow films.

Happy Aloha 🙂

G

KNIGHT OF CUPS (2015): The Trailer That Keeps on Giving

Knight Of Cups (2015), Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett
Knight Of Cups (2015), Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

If you’ve glanced upon a few of my posts, you may know that I adore the work of Cate Blanchett. But what I’m yet to properly express is my appreciation for the talents of Christian Bale. To talk about that I need another post.

Today however, I sat at my computer as usual, hopeful for some new trailer delights – when Knight of Cups (2015) happened.

First I saw Director Terrence Malick’s name and like a good and loyal canine, up my ears went. Then Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett’s faces appeared. (Yes and yes!) By this point I was sure that my excitement had peaked. But then…

Natalie Portman! I haven’t seen my dear ‘Lady Portman’ in something amazing since Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010). So right now, happiness is most definitely me.

The idea that I’ll be able to maintain any semblance of calm on the day I go see Knight of Cup is very, very wrong. Until then, I have this…

It’s not particularly the best / most thrilling trailer I’ve ever seen, but the talent… Oh the talent!

Happy Knight of Cups Trailer 🙂

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THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (2014): The Good Things

That Awkward Moment (2014), Zac efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller
That Awkward Moment (2014), Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller

The following are three of the best things about Zac Efron’s That Awkward Moment (2014). A story about twenty-something friends living and dating in New York. It’s definitely not a perfect movie – for reasons including, ironically, awkwardness. But these snippets of dialogue are indeed memorable. I’ve even found myself quoting one or two to friends.

1) ‘New York’s charm is that you’re surrounded by things you can’t have’. ‘New York’s charm is it makes you think you can have them’. 

Having been there myself and experienced the energy, I can confirm that both statements are true.

2) ‘Jason. You weren’t there for me. On a day when I really, really needed you. And being there for someone when they need you, that’s all relationships are, Jason. That’s all they are’

Delivered whilst perfectly composed and with all pauses mid-sentence only working to make the statement more impactful in the moment – regardless of how simple the idea and words may be.

3) ‘Guys, in High School I was voted as most likely to have the best eyes’ 

My favourite! This one line makes me giggle every single time.

Happy That Awkward Moment 🙂

G

THE ONE I LOVE (2014): So, Here’s Something Different…

The One I Love (2014), Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Moss
The One I Love (2014), Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss

It is well documented that repetition inevitably gets dull and people end up switching off. This is the case with many romantic comedies and generally any genre that repeats the same themes and plot lines continuously and with minimal difference.

The One I Love (2014) can be accused of no such thing. Yes. the narrative contains a classic stage in the long term relationship lifecycle. But the execution is a very refreshing and unexpected difference.

The story is about a married couple trying to find their way back to that great past period in their relationship where happiness was the default setting, and as they begin their journey, rather peculiar things start happening.

I find The One I Love to be more of a drama than a romantic comedy, but it has been labeled as all three (comedy, romance and drama) simultaneously.

Watch it because of the two impressive lead actors. Watch it for the different kind of execution. Watch it because you’re somewhat bored of the formulaic nature of romantic comedies and need something else. And watch because you want to be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s the trailer.

Happy The One I Love 🙂

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