Category Archives: Romance

THE AFTERMATH (2019): New Trailer From Keira Knightley, Aleksander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke…

The Aftermath (2019), Alexander Skarsgård
The Aftermath (2019), Alexander Skarsgård

Directed by James Kent; The Aftermath is a World War II drama / romance starring  a Keira Knightley, Aleksander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke.

At the centre of the story is a British colonel and his wife who are assigned to live in Hamburg, Germany during the post-war reconstruction. Tensions soon arise between them and the German who previously owned the house…

It’s probably too early to say it but I may already have my favourite trailer of this month. This story looks so very compelling thanks to the edit, music, cast, etc. There’s also the fashion. I’m definitely already loving all the clothes and coats on Knightley.

Kate Phillips, Jannik Schümann, Fionn O’Shea and Tom Bell also star.

The Aftermath Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (UK); April 26th, 2019 (US)…

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HERE AND NOW (2018): New Trailer From Renée Zellweger, Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon Baker…

Here And Now (2018), Sarah Jessica Parker
Here And Now (2018), Sarah Jessica Parker

Directer Fabien Constant’s Here and Now stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a singer in New York who finds a new perspective on her life and dreams following grim diagnosis.

Other key cast includes Renée Zellweger, Simon Baker, Common, Taylor Kinney, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Potts…

Seems like the kind of interesting human story I could enjoy. The mix of acting talent is kind of  unexpected whilst holding some promise.

Lastly, I find curious about Parker’s singing voice – assuming that we’ll get to here it in the movie.

Here & Now Release Dates: November 9th, 2018 (US)…

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NAPPILY EVER AFTER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Nappily Ever After (2018), Sanaa Lathan
Nappily Ever After (2018), Sanaa Lathan

Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Nappily Ever After is the story of an African American woman named Violet; particularly her journey to self love / acceptance through her relationship with the hair that naturally grows out of her head.

Starring Sanaa Lathan, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle and Lyriq Bent, I watched this one because I too have been on my own journey with my afro hair and wanted to see if Violet’s story reflected mine in any way. The similarities are in regards to my experience of some people’s perception of afro hair. Another similarity is my own fantasies and long term wish for my  tightly curled hair to be easier to manage – but without first needing to chemically treat it or actually shave my head.

What I enjoyed most about Nappily Ever After is the self love and acceptance message. A message worth internalising for every human being, regardless of the hair on their head. In fact, it reminded me of one of my favourite quotes of all time by writer / feminist Audre Lorde… ‘If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.’ 

I think overall, the most memorable moment in the movie will always be the scene where Violet shaves her head and all that it meant for her journey.

I only wish that Nappily Ever After hadn’t been quite so predictable in parts. Nevertheless, I say watch it if you’re curious enough about this particular journey of self love and if you just don’t quite get what the big deal about afro hair may be. This movie doesn’t have all the answers, but it’s certainly a start.

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WHERE HANDS TOUCH (2018): New Trailer From Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…

Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg
Where Hands Touch (2018), Amandla Stenberg

Written / directed by Amma Asante (Belle 2013) and inspired by true events, Where Hands Touch is the story of Leyna, a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

Key cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, George MacKay…

The phrase ‘inspired by true events’ has me wondering about the actual truth that inspired this story. This movie may move me as much as Belle did. What I’m almost certain of is that this story is going to break my little heart.

Tom Goodman-Hill, Alec Newman, Olivia Vinall, Will Attenborough and Simon Harrison also star.

Where Hands Touch Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US); 2018 (UK)…

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WAITING TO EXHALE (1995): The Things I Liked…

Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston
Waiting To Exhale (1995), Whitney Houston

Directed by Forest Whitaker (I had no idea he directed! The shame…) and based on Terry McMillan’s novel of the same name, Waiting To Exhale tells the story of four very different female friends and their relationships with the opposite sex.

Starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, this one’s perfect for a fun ‘girls night in.’ There’s comedy, romance,  drama – definitely drama and the kind of female relationships that remind you of how great it is to have reliable girl friends. Whitaker’s film smartly deals with a number of recognisable and well-acted predicaments faced by many women seeking a life partner.

The entire cast performed well and a major highlight without a doubt is Bassett’s portrayal as ‘a woman scorned’ in an unforgettable and very quotable scene. I first watched Waiting To Exhale when I was eighteen years old. I didn’t know it until this most recent viewing but this movie, along with a few other memorable Bassett films really helped form part of what makes me the independent and empowered lady that I am today. No wonder I love Bassett so!

Waiting To Exhale is clearly a number of things to me. It’s also a good reminder of a couple of truths. Firstly, that we should never take leave of our senses when presented with the option to get involved with a married man. Second, one must always think twice, thrice, then think again and then some more before sacrificing one’s own dreams for someone else’s. 

The friendship dynamic between the women brought Sex & The City to mind and I just love the way the film’s  strong sisterhood theme is beautifully punctuated by a perfect ending. Watch it for the sisterly love, the moments of humour and that good Angela Basset scene! Did I mention that the soundtrack for this movie was a massive success?

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TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE (2018): The Things I Liked…

To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018), Lana Condor
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018), Lana Condor

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the story of a teenage girl whose secret love letters to five crushes end up being delivered is not a bad movie.

Though Love Simon (2018) is still very much my favourite high school movie in a while, I liked how good director Susan Johnson’s film was at taking me back to that time when I too was a high schooler with an all consuming crush.

Besides the gift of reminiscing, I enjoyed seeing John Corbett in his role as a father to three daughters. I also definitely liked the look and design of the teenage protagonist’s bedroom – even though it’s not how I’d like my teenage room to look.

Overall, I’d say that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is an adequately entertaining movie that felt very teenage. This is probably why my non-teenage self found some of the mistakes the teenagers in the movie made, quite frustrating to watch.

Lead by Lana Condor, the entire cast did a good job and I’m not that mad at the end result.

You’ll likely guess how things will play out soon after the film starts but I say watch it anyway. Especially if reminiscing about high school won’t hurt. And definitely watch it if you’re in high school. I’d probably have loved it more if I’d been in high school when this movie came out.

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ON CHESIL BEACH (2017): The Thing I Liked…

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

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle and Ann-Marie Duff, I’m glad I made it to the end of On Chesil BeachThough a seemingly slow-moving story, I didn’t completely hate watching life unfold for a young couple whose idyllic romance in 1962 England collides with issues of sexual freedom, societal pressure and more.

The romance at the heart of the story is pleasant enough but when I think of On Chesil Beach, whatI’ll first recall is the gorgeous blue hue of  Ronan’s beach outfit. Besides that, I’ll remember director Dominic Cooke’s movie because it had me thinking about two key topics that have always intrigued me. The first one being effective communication, which sadly isn’t always possible when in the heat of the moment – and as a result can lead to some fairly unfortunate circumstances. The second and most heartbreaking subject is that of how a toxic parent child relationship can negatively affect the child’s life, particularly when truth and / or reconciliation plus therapy don’t happen.

Overall, I don’t think ‘enjoyed’ is quite the right word for how I feel about this movie. The performances were good even though it took me a few minutes to stop seeing Cillian Murphy in Howle’s role – not that Howle did a bad job, mind you.

Overall, On Chesil Beach is a film I watched that I neither loved nor hated. I guess the value of it for me personally is in all the thinking it had me doing about effective communication and toxic parent child relationships. And yes,, that gorgeous beach outfit blue.

See it if you’r so curious. Just remember, it’s definitely heartbreaking.

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WHAT MEN WANT (2019): New Trailer From Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey…

What Men Want (2019), Taraji P. Henson
What Men Want (2019), Taraji P. Henson

What Men Want is a new comedy / fantasy / romance about a woman who gains an unexpected edge over her male sports agent colleagues when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.

Directed by  Adam Shankman; key cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey…

I remember watching and liking What Women Want (2000) starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. So I actually can’t wait to see how this version will play out. So far, I have zero complaints about the trailer.

Additional cast includes Erikah Badu, Aldis Hodge, Deja Dee, Tamala Jones and Chris Witaske.

What Men Want Release Dates: February 8th, 2019, (US); March 22nd, 2019 (UK)…

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