Category: Romance

“A Rainy Day in New York”

7.9

I liked this more than I guessed I would have supposed at first glance. It’s a definite Woody Allen film. Hard-on for New York City, clunky dialogue at times, rushed, yet witty storytelling.

An awkward savant serves as our main character, who fumbles his way from beautiful woman to beautiful woman. Selena Gomez, of all people, bringing down the house as the unsuspecting love interest. All the while, his girlfriend stumbles her way through equally awkward yet less rewarding encounters. Al set against strikingly beautiful set pieces, shot in a way that only Allen can pull off.

If you’re in the mood for an oddball romance, this one hits the spot.

“A Very Merry Mixup”

7.2

Sometimes, fate has a funny way of getting us to the right place at the right time. Even if it isn’t our plan.

As rough as this one got in the middle, with an imbalance between the douche and the dreamboat, it really sticks the landing and gets you misty-eyed by the time the credits roll.

This one checks all the boxes. If you want to find love, owning or frequenting an antique shop is an excellent place to start. Bonus points if a few generations pass it down. Moral of the story: it’s incredible what can happen when you combine a mind full of trivial knowledge with actually listening to the woman you plan to woo.

“Love and Monsters”

8.5

WAY better than this film had any right to be. A strong message of living your life with a sense of bravery anchored in purpose. Beautiful special effects, world building, and storytelling. A cast with a natural chemistry, perfectly assigned to their roles. All set to a rocking soundtrack with a masterful mix in of classics. Like I said, on paper this makes no sense, but it works beautifully and had me terrified, cheering, tearful, and ultimately satisfied. Glad to still have gems like this one out of the woodwork in the hot mess that is watching movies in 2020.

“Somewhere in Time”

8.9

“Someone from a half remembered dream…” <- Different movie, but it sums this one up fairly well.

This one caught me off guard. I was just on a history kick this morning, reading about the Grand Hotel. Fast forward to this afternoon, I’m teary eyed at Superman getting his heart broken by Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. John Barry (of James Bond fame) knocks it out of the park with the soundtrack that goes over the top in all the right ways to match the emotional swells of the story that unfolds.

The dream-like cinematography was a nice touch, and really added to the aesthetic of the story, which itself is a dream of sorts on the part of both main characters. Playing like a Jane Austen novel, the story checks all of the boxes. Doubly forbidden love (neither the universe nor her evil manager help in any way), a connection that transcends time, and a whirlwind timeline. The backdrop of Mackinac Island is breathtaking, and must have saved the production a small fortune, as the island is a time capsule of the time period in which the story takes place. I now understand why there is a vacation package at the resort for a yearly gathering of appreciation for this film.

The chemistry between the two leads is off the charts! The feeling of deja vu and/or destiny that emanates from the screen is uncanny, and draws the viewer in to the love story, and will leave you yelling at whichever screen you choose to view this on. The film definitely wears its heart on its sleeve. Highly recommend as a hopeless romantic and as a film critic.

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“Words on Bathroom Walls”

8.8

Such an emotionally raw film… A harrowing tale of a high school senior not only navigating the treachery of high school, but doing it while also living with Schizophrenia. The relationships between characters was really something to behold. Such complexity, yet such familiarity with each character. It’s been a long time since a film hit me in the feels with such an impact. A few cliches, but important lessons to be learned. An incredible piece of cinema, and a breath of fresh air on the big screen!