Category: Romance

“Sliding Doors”

Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Not for the faint of heart, especially those of us prone to overthinking and falling into the trap of wondering “what if?” This film delves into the ultimate “what if?” and illustrates two completely separate and different lives. All separated by a pair of sliding doors. It’s interesting to ponder on this subject and think about what butterfly effect moments I’ve been blissfully unaware of in my own life at any given time. Fate’s a funny thing.

The cast is brilliant, albeit an unlikely pairing. A strong chemistry develops and a harrowing tale of life’s path and our place in the organized chaos really hit home for me. All thanks to a Tik Tok leading me down this rabbit hole.

“The Sure Thing”

8.2

Shout-out to a Twitter mutual for this recommendation! She must have known I have a soft spot for “type A meets an endearing, yet maddening type B, and they learn balance from each other while hurtling towards a happily ever after” films.

John Cusack at the height of his charm and powers. Daphne Zuniga playing the perfect better half that is charmed just enough by his shenanigans that she overlooks the annoyance while an unlikely bond forms. Thank your deity of choice she didn’t fall for the total square. Walter’s heeding of John Keating’s advice from “Dead Poet’s Society” pays off in the end… Carpe diem, indeed!

The advice, delivered as only the legendary Robin Williams could: “Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.”

Well worth hunting down a DVD copy on Amazon!

“Tár”

7.1

What you expect to be a film about classical music and hustle and bustle of the inner workings of a professional symphony turns into a study of power, connection, and the people behind the music.

As a big fan of Mahler, especially his 5th symphony thanks to “Somewhere in Time,” I was sold on this in the first 10 minutes. Surprisingly, this film only drags for about 20 minutes of its two and a half hour runtime. The rest has Aaron Sorkin-esque tension that keeps you waiting to see what’s around the next corner.

Is it for everyone? Probably not. Is it Oscar bait? Oh yeah. Was I impressed when the credits rolled? Definitely.

“The Invitation”

6.2

Initially, it gave strong “Crimson Peak” vibes. Leaving the theater, I was left feeling I should have watched “Ready or Not.”

Few solid jump scares and creepy scenes, but overall an incredibly predictable and underwhelming story, brought to the screen by a cast who had moments of great, but we’re overall alright. Maybe with a few tweaks to the story, it would have worked better?