Category: Romance

“Infidelity”

4.5

So… it’s pretty much all in the title on this one. Navigating a drought in new releases in theaters, I found this one in the indie film section in iTunes. As someone who has watched and loved Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” I’m here to tell you that this acting is just as bad, if not worse. Basically, everyone cheats on everyone, it’s all English dubbed like an old Godzilla movie. All around strange. Save yourself the hour and a half.

“The World to Come”

7.9

Brett’s Movie Reviews After Dark… (cue funky bass line)

You wouldn’t know it from the trailer, but this is not, in fact, an A24 horror flick.

Instead, it’s the film this Valentine’s day for the ladies out there who are getting ready to hit send on a social media post swearing off men. The two main characters hear you and raise you a steamy romance that scratches an itch neither of their husbands can collectively figure out how to, probably because one of them is sad Casey Affleck again. Who’s confidence is as flaccid as his… You get the picture. The other guy is just a straight-up abusive asshole. Neither have any redeeming qualities, so as a viewer, we see this coming a mile away.

I do have to say, the women have a great onscreen chemistry and dynamic that plays out in a way that seems very natural and unforced. In my continued flogging of the “Fifty Shades” franchise, Anastasia would have been better off in colonial America, apparently.

“Land”

8.3

Tired of living in a society? Striving to find a significant other? Contemplating moving to a remote cabin to live out your days? Well, have I got the movie for you!

It’s actually a touching tale about an attempt to outrun grief, losing all hope, then having a connection with a fellow human to restore the life force within. You’ll go through the full spectrum with this one. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll facepalm at the absurdity… You’ll leave hopeful for humankind. Cinematography as beautiful as the story. Highly recommend.

“About Hope”

7.8

It’s a fantastic romantic film, with a great cast and a well-grounded story. Despite being a Christian film, it has a subtlety in the messaging that is becoming the norm and helping these positive portrayals of monogamy and courtship be much more palatable.

Getting into the nitty-gritty of the storytelling, it’s predictable, but effective. Admittedly hit a little close to home for the guy who goes to movies by himself to write his blog… But we’ll try to keep this focused on the film. Recommend for an opposite of 50 shades valentines day date.

“Our Friend”

8.1

They had me in the first half, not gonna lie. I felt I was watching a group of narcissists feed off of each other until their ultimate, deserved demise. Then, the story blossoms in the third act that you’ll have to watch through a layer of tears as the hits just keep coming. Taking you to a beautifully dark place where the emotions of the finale of life reside.

Casey Affleck is officially sad guy now. He’s continuously kicked in the balls guy and does it better than anyone else in Hollywood. Jason Segal rocks it as the loveable loser with a heart of gold. Dakota Johnson expands her skillset in yet another outstanding dramatic performance.

Bring some tissues, and be prepared to call a loved one/loved ones afterwards. Another tremendous entry in the “dying person” genre, a la “Me, Earl, and the dying girl.”