Category Archives: Romance

LITTLE FISH (2019): The Things I Liked…

Little Fish (2020), Jack O'Connell, IFC Films
Little Fish (2020), Jack O’Connell, IFC Films

Little Fish, Jack O’Connell and Olivia Cooke’s sci-fi/romance about a memory loss virus that threatens to erase the history of a couple’s love and courtship is more cleverly-executed than expected.

It’s important to note that director Chad Hartigan’s Little Fish is a story that focuses more on the couple’s relationship rather than the science of the virus. Little Fish is a beautiful yet heartbreaking love story. One that for me, proved quite watchable in the most part because both leads are great performers. And the portrayal of life with memory loss is captured well. It’s just unfortunate for me that my favourite moments do not happen until close to the end.

I did believe the relationship between O’Connell and Cooke’s characters, However, I didn’t find myself as absorbed with it all; likely in part, on account of the story edit or general editing style. Additionally, the timing of the release of Little Fish may not help everyone’s enjoyment of it. Particularly since it may feel more than a little too real, pandemic-wise for some.

When forced to weigh Little Fish against other movies that spend at least 90% of the time looking closely at a central romantic relationship, I wouldn’t say that Hartigan’s film is my favourite. I’m afraid that ‘coveted title’ belongs to Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones’s Like, Crazy (2011).

Overall, I say give Little Fish a chance if you’re curious. After all, a fair number seem to enjoy it. And there truly is a clever moment or two near the end. Just be sure to pay attention.

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LOCKED DOWN (2021): The Things I Liked…

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

Locked Down has some memorable moments. Yet, overall, director Doug Limans romance/comedy about a couple’s attempt at a high-risk, high-stakes jewellery heist during the Coronavirus pandemic isn’t great.

Starring Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ben Kingsley; the most memorable scenes for me feature Kingsley and Ben Stiller. There’s also the scene that has my favourite line of dialogue in the whole movie: ‘Live wild or die, Linda.’ My love of this line is more to do Chiwetel Ejiofor’s delivery of it, more than anything thing else.

As for what’s seriously wrong with Locked Down, it doesn’t help that I found the chemistry between Hathaway and Ejiofor lacking. This lack then fed into their relationship feeling underdeveloped. It’s then no surprise that I didn’t buy the evolution of the characters; including the decisions they made.

To put it another way, both the film’s central relationship and the story needed more time. Because it had an overall silly and unbelievable quality which I doubt was intentional. The issue isn’t the performances, but near enough all else, especially the story.

I can understand that Locked Down exists in part, because of a desire to take advantage of a locked-down London. It’s therefore unfortunate that the thoughts running through my mind while watching the movie include:

I wonder if the actors regret saying yes to this script?

This kind of feels like a literal dream, but a bad one. A bad script for an actual dream that could have been very exciting.

How on earth did Harrods allow themselves to be used for this? That is assuming the Harrods scenes were shot in the famous luxury department store.

Should you watch this movie? I mean, if you’re extraordinarily curious, do. Otherwise, I say wait for a quality lockdown film. One that’s taking its sweet time to be developed and developed right.

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FALLING FOR FIGARO (2020): New Trailer From Joanna Lumley, Hugh Skinner, Danielle Macdonald, Shazad Latif…

Falling for Figaro (2020), Danielle MacDonald
Falling for Figaro (2020), Danielle MacDonald

From director and co-writer Ben Lewin; Falling for Figaro is a new comedy/romance starring Joanna Lumley, Danielle Macdonald, Shazad Latif and Hugh Skinner.

Set in the Scottish Highlands; Macdonald plays a brilliant young fund manager who leaves her unfulfilling job and long-term boyfriend to chase her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer.

Meryl Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) definitely came to mind as this trailer played. Though, it does look like MacDonald’s character can at the very least hold a tune; unlike Miss Jenkins.

As a fan of this cast, I can’t wait for all the delightful humour to unfold.

Rebecca Benson, Bhav Joshi, Mark Weinman, Margaret Fraser, Jo Cameron Brown, Saskia Ashdown, Vanessa Borrini and Christina Bennington also star.

Falling for Figaro Release Dates

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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

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  To all the Boys – Always and Forever (2021).


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), Netflix…

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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)…

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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

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Malcolm & Marie (2021).


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

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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

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Locked Down (2021).


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)…

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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.

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