Film Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

REVIEW: Needle in a Timestack (2021)

Time travel, in itself, is an endlessly fascinating concept. How would it work? Would it change history? How far back could you go? When you add to this the notion of finding your soulmate, it gets a little more complicated and emotive. No matter how…

Comedy, Film Reviews, International Film, Romance

REVIEW: I’m Your Man (2021)

For some reason, a small subset of cinephiles feel duty bound to turn against any slightly whimsical foreign language film that becomes a surprise hit in English speaking markets. Financial successes like Amélie (2001) tend to be dismissed as pretentious, twee exercises in emotional manipulation….

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Saint Narcisse (2021)

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was renowned for his heart-stopping beauty. Unfortunately for him, it was his inability to peel himself away from his ravishing reflection that ultimately led to his death. This stark warning about the perils of poring over every inch of our faces…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Dating & New York (2021)

Men and women can’t be friends, but they can be best friends with benefits. At least, that’s if they mock-up, sign and laminate a contract in agreement to keep their relationship simple and not catch feelings for one another. However, as we find in Jonah…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021)

In 1944, W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge gave ordinary Americans a window into the lives of expatriates who had spent most of their lives in Southern Europe. It touched on the glamour and excitement that comes with the jet set life, while also pointing…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Here After (2021)

There is no good way to start this one, I’m afraid, as one could turn Here After back to front and still not find much worth highlighting. Cristina Ricci comes to mind, being the promotional team’s royal flush, but is barely in it for more…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021)

A cosy romance may be the last thing you would expect as a follow up to the hedonistic Never Goin Back (2018) from director Augustine Frizzell, but it’s good that a new director is already showing range, especially when you consider that she’s also directed…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Love Type D (2021)

Romantic comedies – or “comedies of manners” as they were originally referred to – have been delighting cinema goers since the 1920s. Big on-screen partnerships such as Grant and Hepburn; Gable and Colbert; Hudson and Day dominated the box office with their light-hearted approach to…

Film Reviews, Romance

TRIBECA REVIEW: 7 Days (2021)

Let’s be real, after the past year and a half, the words “quarantine romance” are probably among the least appealing descriptors a movie could have. But it turns out that there’s an exception to every rule, and it’s not so much that no one should…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Monday (2021)

Modern romantic dramas are few and far between, so I tend to lap each one up like John Mills drinking the beer at the end of Ice Cold in Alex. I prefer romantic dramas to rom-coms, but we don’t get many and those we do get…

Film Reviews, International Film, Latest, Romance

REVIEW: The Affair (2021)

Every couple of years we get an adaptation of a trashy potboiler that blends Dynasty-style romantic melodrama with a tragic historical event that had a devastating impact on the lives of millions. These stories tend to devote more time to adulterous affairs than they do…