Category: Romance

“I Carry You With Me”

8.1

First, this is a love story. Then, it’s a family drama. Then, it’s a life and death struggle for survival action thriller. Then, it’s a documentary chronicling the political fallout and collateral damage of immigration policy. I could have gone for any one of these and been satisfied, but they checked every boxed and blew every one of them out of the water.

Cinematography-wise, the face closeups, I think, were intended to convey intimacy between the two lovers but ended up just being distracting for me as half of them were out of focus. I was also driven insane by the unnecessary shaky cam used throughout for no apparent reason. These were my only two gripes about the film.

The beauty of food and the way it can transcend countries and language barriers, bringing people together. The power of love, regardless of distance or any other barrier that may be dropped in the couple’s way. This film is all about facing insurmountable odds, sacrifice, and love. It was well worth the subtitles.

“Finding You”

8.2

With these types of movies, I typically judge them by the feeling I’m left with leaving the theater. Does it give me the butterflies? This one checked all of the boxes and left this forever bachelor inspired.

Uptight person who needs to learn how to relax from their polar opposite counterpart? Check.

Gorgeous leads who have spectacular chemistry? Check.

Beautiful locale? Check.

Overbearing manager/parent who makes it a forbidden love? Check.

Just enough twist on the story we’ve heard a million times before so we don’t mind rendition 1,000,001? Check.

Just wait until you find out the “you” that she finds… it’s going to blow your mind.

This film reminded me heavily of “Letters to Juliet” and “Leap Year,” which still stand as two of my favorites. Come to think of it, it’s also checking boxes that make it similar to “Somewhere in Time” as well. It’s also possible that this pounced on me in a time of sappiness to have a more significant impact. Totally possible. Either way, the cast was perfect, the story was exquisite, and the end product was *chef’s kiss*.

Side note: This rendition of “Whiskey in the Jar” was much different than the one I typically listen to.

“Trust”

7.1

Well, the title says trust, but the story says paranoia. I’m a little tired of Hollywood glorifying red flags as “passion” and “depth.” No. Both of these people are terrible and shouldn’t be together. Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be. The blonde may have game for days on top of being gorgeous, and I mean, I’m not mad that Victoria Justice is here for the party… but damn, this is all toxic. Not a redeeming quality in sight.

Technically speaking, it’s a bit run of the mill, but an entertaining ride full of twists and turns for a tight hour and a half.

“The Love Witch”

8.1

Following the theme of strong femme fatales… “The Love Witch!”

Luring in her prey like a Venus Fly Trap, and allowing their own character flaws lead to their downfalls. Very Hitchcock, but very original in its interpretation and execution of the art of cinema. Fascinating to see a filmmaker make the artistic choice to light and shoot on film to form a piece that looks like it’s from the 60’s… when it was actually filmed less than 10 years ago. Fascinating to learn the backstory of the making of this film and be introduced to it through the lens of “The Last Drive In w/Joe Bob Briggs.” Have to plug Shudder every once in a while for its masterful curation of the horror genre for the streaming world.

This one is really hard to explain, but if you’re looking for something “out of the box”… definitely check it out.

“Listen to Me”

8.8

Highly recommended, greatly hyped… Lived up to and exceeded every expectation!

Apparently I’ve missed many golden opportunities to utilize the phrase “lifting cars” in my dating life over the years.

This movie checked all of my boxes for great love stories and relationship dynamics to drive the story. You have the guy with the “perfect” life that isn’t as it seems. Who wants to blow it all up to follow his passion instead of the plan, similar to the gang in “The Breakfast Club.” Then you have the awkward couple who clicks as friends but never quite has the spark… Similar to Becca and Jesse in “Pitch Perfect.”

In the vein of “Pitch Perfect,” this film does a great job of shining a light on a niche extracurricular college activity and the fascinating characters that are drawn to it. At the helm of the team is chief Brody, of all people, who may have moved from east coast to west, but kept his shorts from his time in Martha’s Vineyard all those summers ago.

In closing, I leave you with this…