Archive for the ‘romcom’ Category

Nola Darling is a bitch. There you go. She’s terrible. The sort of neo-feminist, who wears sexy dresses and then gets upset when men react to it in a way that she doesn’t like. Bitch, please. Either be sexy and realize that some men can’t deal with independent strong women. Or try not to be sexy. She tries so hard to be that independent strong women who doesn’t give a shit, but she’s constantly bothered with how other people perceive her to be. She wants to be loved and adored, but hates being criticized. Well, sorry, but that’s not how it works. Compared to this character, Madonna is the ultimate feminist.

Nola Darling is entertaining though. She’s an artist living in Brooklyn, in the hip Fort Green area. She has three boyfriends. Just because she can.  One is a married business man, some kind of sugar daddy who ‘sponsors’ her art. The other is a nerdy bike delivery guy who’s not the smartest kid on the block, but who makes her laugh. And the third is a narcissistic photographer who puts her on a pedestal almost as high as his own. They all know that they are not exclusive in her life as she sets rules before she dates men. It’s a luxury life. Living cheap in Brooklyn (the landlord is her godmother who gives her a low rent), adored and loved by many (friends, family, neighbors), and talented on top of all that. The perfect life! Yet, having three boyfriends does take his toll at one point. And that rent still needs to be paid, especially when nobody seems to buy her art. Moreover, one event really freaks her out and messes up her mind. Walking back home, she gets harassed by a man, who doesn’t take no for an answer. He grabs her by the arm and insults her. It’s 2017, so that’s as bad as being raped. She needs to go to the shrink and confronts her boyfriends with macho behavior. In the mean time it inspires her to make anonymous street art that seems to be getting more credit than the pieces she exposes in galleries.

It’s an interesting series. Topic wise. It’s moralizing and political at times. Yawn. But it kind of summarizes what’s been on people’s minds the past couple of years. It’s directed by Spike Lee. So, it’s not strange that there are some ‘controversial’ parts to it. It’s based on his debut movie from back in 1986, but the main story is translated to our modern time. Some of the side stories are really cool. Some aren’t. Most don’t feel real.

The characters are intriguing to watch tough. The acting is good. The soundtrack is incredible. But most of all, the editing is cool. The characters talk directly into the character in certain scenes. There’s a nice selection of still pictures shown in between moving pictures, like you’re browsing through a Humans Of Brooklyn-book. But the coolest editing idea of all is the insertion of the album covers of the music that is played in the previous scene. That’s fucking awesome!

It’s a good series. The first episodes are great. Then it kind of becomes tedious and annoying (when the moralizing begins). But some scenes in the last episodes make it worth watching until the end. The Thanksgiving dance sequence is a classic!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3713588

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The Big Sick – (*)

Posted: December 13, 2017 in 1/2, 2017, romcom, USA

NO!

The first part is a bad remake of Ae Fond Kiss. A Pakistani muslim meets western girl but is supposed to do the traditional arranged marriage thing and hides that important cultural identity until quite late in the relationship. No points for originality.

The second part is a ‘tearjerker’ about the girl being hospitalized and put in an induced coma. The Pakistani guy stands by her side and is confronted with her parents. No points for drama, because there isn’t any. It’s BORING! and annoying.

All of this is covered with ‘humor’, because the Pakistani character didn’t choose to become a lawyer or a doctor, but tries to be a stand up comedian. With the focus on ‘tries’. There is not one funny scene in the whole movie.

NO!!!

How much did movie critics get paid to write something positive about this movie?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5462602

Hitch – *(*)

Posted: November 10, 2017 in 2005, romcom, USA, X1/2

Hm.

This is a very light romantic comedy. One that you keep watching, while you’re busy doing something else. Not that bad to switch channels. Not that good to stay focused all movie long.

There’s no chemistry between the lead actors. Weird. Cos, on paper, it looked like a great match. Maybe it’s the awkward dialogues. Who knows.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386588

 

SMS Für Dich – **(*)

Posted: September 13, 2017 in 2016, Drama, Germany, Romance, romcom, XX1/2

Long Distance Flight movie #2

In this romantic tale from Germany, a children’s book illustrator struggles with life after her fiancée was killed in a car accident. Several months go by and she can’t find inspiration for new material. A good friend convinces her to come back to Berlin and another acquaintance suggests she should start communicating with her deceased boyfriend in order to cope with the loss. She starts using her old cell phone again (she had kept in a removal box) and decides to send a message to the number of her dead friend. There is no reply and she continues communicating this way.

In the mean time, a sports journalist receives a new cell phone number at work and starts receiving these weird messages from a girl who confesses all of her thoughts and feelings. He gets so intrigued that he decides to look for her. When they meet its love at first sight. The only problem is: he has not told her that he receives her messages…

It’s a classic movie. With no surprises. It’s been done before, just updated to the messaging times we live in. There is humour and there is an old-fashioned love interest. If this movie was made in the nineties with Tom hanks and Meg Ryan or in the fifties with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, they would have been global box office successes. But this one comes from Germany and got a limited release. Too bad. Great acting. Good story. Recommended.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5193460

Kebab Connection – **

Posted: August 13, 2017 in 2004, Comedy, Germany, romcom, XX

You know when a movie is old when a) people don’t use cell or smart phones to communicate with each other and b) people smoke in public rooms. However, Kebab Connection is from 2004. Not that long ago. It just looks like it was made back in the eighties. And that was probably the point.

Finally, after ordering a Döner Kebab (that’s a fact), the time was right to watch this German romcom about a young aspiring movie maker of Turkish descent whose aspiring actress girlfriend turns out to be pregnant. It’s a Romeo & Julia love story set in Hamburg. There’s little drama, but quite a lot of humor. It feels fresh. But it also feels like it was made with a very low budget. There are plenty of references to classic movie scenes. The acting is good. It’s quite entertaining. And at times original. It’s simple, somewhat naive, amateur and very positive. A old fashioned feel good movie. And sometimes, that’s all you need.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0177882

Café Society – *

Posted: February 1, 2017 in 2016, romcom, USA, X

Nerdy Jew goes to Hollywood in the hope his rich uncle will give him a job in the movie industry. There he meets his uncle’s hot secretary and falls in love. Unfortunately, the girl already has a boyfriend even though she loves spending time with her new ‘best friend’. When her boyfriend breaks up, he’s quick to use her vulnerability to score. All goes fine until the ex boyfriend divorces from his wife and tries to get back with the secretary. Yes, HIS secretary.

This very predictable romcom lacks romance nor comedy. It’s an incredibly boring story told by an uninspired storyteller and performed by actors who miss the talent of reciting funny dialogue and lack chemistry when put next to each other.

It’s the kind of movie that makes you understand why some people find Woody Allen (director) and Kirsten Stewart (the secretary) overrated. It’s the kind of movie that proofs again that Jesse Eisenberg (the nerdy jew) is a very boring and annoying actor to look at.

Oh, but the set design and recreation of thirties Hollywood en New York safe it from being a total waste of time.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4513674

 

Love Come Back – **

Posted: January 2, 2017 in 1961, romcom, USA, XX

Movie Night with my mom. Her choice: an oldie with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. A fun one! Of course, the story evolves around a huge misunderstanding, but it gets quite complicated for a simple screwball comedy. Two competitors in the advertisement industry vie for the same clients. One (Rock Hudson’s Jerry) always gets them, because he’s a) a man; b) a professional liar and c) gives them exclusive gifts. The other (Doris Day’s Carol) is a) a woman, b) dead honest and c) just always too late. There’s rumor about a new product being launched, called VIP and Carol wants to find its inventor before Jerry does. However, as she gets to the inventor’s house she meet Jerry (who she never met before) and who pretends to be the inventor himself.

It’s all a bit far fetched. But it’s a screwball comedy from the sixties, so who cares. It’s nice to watch the set design and the advertisement world, realizing that the team from Mad Men must have looked at this movie as well. It’s also interesting to see how Rock Hudson acted at his peak being a woman’s idol, still being in the closet, but adding ‘hints’ in certain scenes about his sexuality, which are only obvious decades later.

The end is a bit abrupt and over the top. But the movie surprisingly stood the test of time. There’s a certain charm about romcoms from the past that don’t explicitly show sex and lust, but hint at it. And Doris Day is a cool feminist model, too conservative of course, but still. After watching Mad Men which takes place after this movie was released and focuses on the struggle of women in the advertisement world, it’s pretty cool to see Day perform  an independent, single living, creative and ambitious professional gal. Learn from her, Peggy Olson!

Oh, and if there’s ever a biopic about Rock Hudson, Hugh Jackman should play him! Just watch Rock with a beard!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055100/