Random Movie Recommendations: Rom-Coms

So, I don’t know who all remembers this feature, but it pops up pretty rarely since I am more of a TV rather than movie person. Anyway, it’s fairly simple, I pick a theme and then recommend two or more movies that I recently watched and thought the world should know about. There is no in depth analysis, but really just a short and sweet paragraph or so to let you know why people should watch it.

Here we go! This time I really want to showcase some great Rom-Coms (short for Romantic Comedies). Despite a lot of critics complaining about them, I KNOW that people have been craving a comeback of that genre. There is nothing wrong with some formulaic love story every now and then, because that in no way means it cannot be entertaining and memorable. These are my picks:

Set It Up

I have been screaming about this movie for what feels like weeks now. First of all, the casting is more than stellar, I adore every single person on this movie and would have watched it if it had been a potato sack commercial. Luckily, it was not and instead I got one of the best romantic comedies in recent years. I know, I know, that is high praise, but here’s some reasons why it works so well.

While it does play into certain stereotypes, it simultaneously fights against them. Women aren’t given an expiration date or are made to choose between love and a career. There are no double standards for gender roles and friendships are shown how they are supposed to be – supportive with that kick in the butt when necessary. People struggle with what they want in life and make mistakes and there are consequences, all the while this movie is highly entertaining with both hilarious and relatable dialogue and quotes that I’ll probably reference to friends for years to come.

And on a side note, if you are a writer, this movie gives some really good advice. Never thought I’d take advice from a Netflix flick either, but here we are!

Ibiza

Okay, fine! I only watched this because Richard Madden was in it and I haven’t really seen him in a movie or show since Game of Thrones. Not going to lie, I don’t hold Ibiza in the same high regard as Set It Up, but it was still a lot more fun than I thought it would be.

Granted, this isn’t exactly my kind of humour, so that’s probably part of why I wasn’t head over heels into it, but if you are looking for some women who aren’t afraid to have a fun time and an adorkable love interest – Ibiza delivers. Gillian Jacobs and Richard Madden were just the right amount of awkward and cute, their scenes were the best part for me. It gives you that total vibe of a summer romance that could be more if you are brave enough to try.

When We First Met

Before starting this movie, I messaged my friend how I thought the movie would end I was 100% right. As I mentioned in the opening of this post, I don’t think there is anything wrong with movies, especially in this genre, being a little predictable and it didn’t bother me here either. It doesn’t change the fact that When We First Met is a feel-good movie and exactly the right thing if you just want to be entertained.

Overall, it’s a little like Groundhog Day with a twist, a movie with ideas that may have been executed before and in better ways also, but that’s still enjoyable. It stays down to earth and has a cast you will surely recognise from other shows and movies. I always like when you have those worlds-collide-moments.

Have you watched either one of those movies? Would you be interested in getting some rom-com type movie recommendations with teen characters as well? Let me know in the comments below!

Random Movie Recommendations #2

The mood has struck me again to do one of these random recommendation posts. (You know the drill, those aren’t really reviews, but just very brief thoughts on the films!) If you’ve kept up with my trailer rambles, you’ve probably noticed that I am a bit frustrated by the lack of romantic comedies or romance movies in general. When I was younger, I feel like they were coming out each week and now there is a trailer for a movie like that maybe once a week. So, that’s why I chose it as the theme for this post!

Home Again

I’ve had this movie in my trailer round up a couple of times and now that I finally watched it, I can only say that I am in love! I know that some people were concerned about the romantic aspect or the amount of love interests for Reese’s character, but let me tell you, worry not! I sat in that movie with the biggest grin on my face, awe-ing every other minute and completely falling in love with everyone.

What you can’t see from the trailer is that the three twenty-something guys are actually in the film business and that just made the whole story even more appealing to me. Also, it’s not so much about the romantic aspect in general, but family and a sense of belonging and knowing who you are and what’s important to you. I thought it was done in an incredibly sweet and funny way, I could have watched those people for hours and hours more.

It’s not the perfect movie, but it is the perfect escape. It’s easy to watch, makes you feel good and is great for a girl’s night out!

Carrie Pilby

I may not be a genius, but I could relate to Carrie on SO many levels! She loves reading, she sometimes has a difficult time going out and meeting new people, her dating life is a catastrophe … and so on! I haven’t read the book it is based on, but I am curious about that too now.

This may not be a RomCom so much as a comedy on the verge of drama, but in general, I just adored the casting and the vibe of the entire movie. It had such a charm to it, had some sharp dialogue, was hilarious but it also got you thinking a lot. It’s about finding your place in the world and the right people that will accompany you on the way. And, it’s about making the decisions that are right for you and that you can live with.

I highly recommend this for a binge on a rainy fall/winter day!

What are some comedies you’ve watched and liked lately? Have you watched either one of my films?

 

Man Up (Movie Review)

As a little surprise I won’t be talking about the new show Rosewood today (which just really isn’t worth talking about, everything interesting got revealed in the first episode). Instead I want to talk about Man Up!

As always some facts up first:

Genre: Romance/Comedy
Length: 88 min
Cast: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Olivia Williams, Ophelia Lovibond, Rory Kinnear, Stephen Campbell Moore, …
Director: Ben Palmer
Writer: Tess Morris

Nancy (Lake Bell) is a cynic and despite her sister’s encouragement just doesn’t really put herself out there into the dating world. However, fate intervenes and she gets mistaken for someone’s blind date. Instantly hitting it off with Jack (Simon Pegg), she decides to play along. Obviously this can’t go on forever.

I just love everything that has Simon Pegg in it, because I can’t help but smile every time I see him, so he was also the reason I checked out this movie. I do not regret it! Lake Bell and Simon Pegg play off each other perfectly. A lot of the time it comes down to the leads and their chemistry and this time it was fizzy and weird yet so delightfully good. Unlike in many other Romantic Comedies these days the romance doesn’t feel thrown into your face or unrealistic – it develops and therefore feels a lot more genuine. Also, it’s just really funny and clever – not simply a cheesy flick. In addition to that the story seems original, because I definitely haven’t heard of stealing someone’s blind date before.

There maybe were a few elements I could have done without, like Sean – Rory Kinnear‘s character. The ending looses a bit of the smart wittiness, but remains cute. Who wouldn’t want a happy ending after all? Ultimately, this was so much fun to watch and it is truly a feel-good movie.

Fazit: Honestly one of the best British Rom-Com’s of the year!

This was rather short and sweet. What do you think? Would you watch Man Up?

Lust for Love Review

I feel like writing today, so here’s my recommendation #2 for Valentine’s Day: Lust for Love! Again, beware of Spoilers ahead!

Here the basic facts:

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Length: 85  minutes

Cast: Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Beau Garrett, Caitlin Stasey, Enver Gjokaj, Karim Saleh, Miracle Laurie, Felicia Day, Jonathan Oldham, Maurissa Tancheroen …

Director/Writer: Anton King

Astor has dreamed to be with Mila his whole life. So, when they finally get together, he’s the happiest man on the planet. Too bad Mila doesn’t feel the same way and breaks up with him before the relationship really started. To win her back, Astor seeks the help of Cali, Mila’s former best friend, who’s supposed to make him a real player with women. Things get complicated when feelings don’t just evolve for Mila but Cali as well and Astor has to choose who he really wants to be with.

Let me start by saying that I adore this movie – there is literally nothing I don’t love about it! (Except maybe for the fact that it was too short and I could have watched it all day long!)

  • I love the cast, because it feels like a long overdue reunion of one of my favourite shows on the planet: Dollhouse. For everyone who knows the show, you’ll understand this: It’s like Topher got a day off to play with the dolls and he decided to let everyone fall in love with him. That alone should get you to want to watch it! But everyone on the movie is just amazing – I mean the minor characters were casted with real stars like Felicia Day or Caitlin Stasey (Reign) to name just a few.
  • It is one of the rare cases where the music from the Trailer was actually used during the movie and I love that as well.
  • The story is sweet and hilarious and cool at the same time and just strikes the right balance for me. You root for Astor the entire time, because he’s just so relatable that you ship him with everyone he meets. I personally would have even liked to see him with Miracle Laurie‘s character Jenny, just because she seemed to be genuinely interested in him and that even though she wasn’t even part of the main cast.
  • Last but not least, it’s just one of those movies that’s really beautiful to watch.

So, after Not Another Happy Ending this is my other go-to-movie for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy it and tell me what you think!

The DUFF: Book vs. Trailer

In my Taylor Swift Book Tag I mentioned how much I was looking forward to reading the DUFF (=Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger and now I finally got around to it. As you may or may not know, I buy a lot of the books I read after watching the trailer for their movie adaptation and this one was no exception. All throughout the comments on YouTube people complained about how different the movie looked from the book. I thought this was just the usual annoyance that came with movie adaptations barely ever being faithful to their underlying material, but now I can tell you that the two are really nothing alike. I don’t know what the studio was thinking when they produced this film, but it has nothing to do with the story the book tried to tell.

So, basically the movie looks like a typical generic teenage RomCom – nothing wrong with that. Themes like the one from “She’s All That” and “Mean Gilrs” have been copied a million times for a simple reason: they work. I’m not one to judge them for that and quite honestly I would watch it for the simple reason that it has Robbie Amell in it, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s not the book.

Warning: from here on there will be Spoilers for the book (and possibly the movie)!

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger is about Bianca Piper, a cynic girl who deals with her problems by entering into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with the person she hates the most: Wesley Rush. She starts avoiding her friends and bottles up her emotions which inevitably leads to a lot of chaos. Despite what the trailer suggests, the story is a lot deeper and deals with multiple issues that not only teens are confronted with. Here are some of the major differences I’ve spotted:

  • Bianca doesn’t come to Wesley for help. She despises him and solely uses him as a means of escape, well until it turns into something else. It’s different than in the movie though. She doesn’t want to change her appearance, or herself in general, to make anyone like her and he doesn’t fall for her just because she’s slowly changing for the better, but because they have a genuine connection. Bianca knows that for the people who really care about her, she doesn’t have to pretend.
  • I have no idea who Bella Thorne is supposed to be. There is no mean girl in the story. Of course there are the obligatory bitchy cheerleaders, but not a particular mean girl who rules the school. Was that really necessary to add?
  • There is some hope in me that they will deal with the family issues of the characters in the movie, even though it doesn’t look like it from what I could tell from the trailer. But I thought it was important to have Bianca’s father’s alcoholism and her mother being away all the time as well as Wesley’s judgmental grandmother, his sweet little sister and so on in the book. The cast list doesn’t really reassure me though … we’ll see.
  • The movie makes it look like the goal of it all is to make Bianca datable for prom – she doesn’t even go to prom! Neither does she go to the Homecoming or any other school dance, because they just aren’t her thing. There better not be some big showdown at prom …
  • The Nest just doesn’t exist. Seems sad to me, since I really wanted to see Joe.
  • I suppose there will be a lot less sex in the movie. Just an educated guess.
  • I suppose the only thing that will be the same in the movie and the book is moral of the story, which means that Bianca soon discovers that everyone who has friends feels like the Duff at some point.

I hope it came across that I really don’t think the stories have anything in common. I mean not even the set up is the same. Have you read the book? Let’s talk about it!

NaNoWriMo Week 1

So, the first week of NaNoWriMo is coming to it’s end and this is a little recap of how it went. If you don’t know what I am talking about, click here to read my previous post!

The first week went really well so far and I didn’t have a hard time reaching my daily goals. I am currently at a word count of 10,859 words, which means I am about 20% done (YAY!). Yet, it wasn’t all easy peasy the entire time and here’s why:

When you first start considering doing NaNoWriMo, there are a couple of things they tell you to do or not do. First, it is recommended that you put your inner editor in the kennel while writing, since it’s all about quantity and not quality. I can tell you, that is something I am not capable of doing! Of course you’re allowed to rewrite stuff if you start to contradict yourself or just changed your mind about something, but you’re not supposed to keep re-reading what you already wrote and to try and find a better way of saying it. But that is exactly what I am doing every other day. I just can’t continue to write something new if I am not happy with what I’ve already written. And at some point during the past week I just freaked and thought my story was an utter failure, because something just wasn’t right. I know, I know … the first draft is never that good and I can edit it all I want when the month is over, that is if I managed to finish it, but the thing is, I didn’t dislike the story in general, I was just unhappy with parts of it. So, I decided to not follow another recommendation.

While you’re writing, you can tell the whole world that you are doing NaNoWriMo, but you don’t actually show your story to anyone. If you want to work on it after the month is over, it is a great idea to show people the final version in order to get feedback, but you’re not exactly supposed to do this while you’re still working on it. It completely makes sense, because before you know it, everyone has an opinion on what is best and how it could continue, even though you are quite capable of coming up with these things all on your own. But I needed help and confirmation that I wasn’t going entirely over board and in the wrong direction with my story. I showed it to one person and as of today, she is still the only person who was granted a glimpse at my writing. I talked with her and she confirmed my suspicions about a problem in my story and gave me feedback, which immensely helped me fix it. In addition to that, she also boosted my confidence and gave me new motivation. I don’t know if this will work for everyone, but I was stuck and knew that I needed an outside opinion to keep the story from turning into a full blown disaster.

So, breaking the “rules” worked for me, but I am interested in seeing how it will go the second week. Motivation usually starts to drop around that time, but I am still determined to reach the 50,000 words and to finally finish a writing project. If you’re wondering what I am writing about, I still want to keep it a secret, but I can tell you that it is a Contemporary Romantic Comedy (aka ConRomCom) with the title Break Up Buddy. If you suspect that it is cheesy at times, you are absolutely correct, but that is just me – forever the hopeless romantic.

I hope your week proved as fruitful as mine! Read you tomorrow for the finale of Doctor Who!

Two Night Stand Review

Lately, I’ve mostly written about all the new TV shows (and that’s still not over to be honest), but I thought it was time that I change it up a bit. So, what could possibly be more awkward than your first One Night Stand? How about getting snowed in and having to stay at your One Night Stand’s place for another day? That’s exactly what happened to Megan in Two Night Stand and believe me, it was beyond strange at first. Here’s my mainly spoiler-free review!

If my two sentences in the beginning didn’t sum the story up, the Trailer definitely did. Before we start with my thoughts though, here are some facts:

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 85 minutes

Cast: Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Leven Rambin, …

Director: Max Nichols

Okay, so this was a typical RomCom; one of those stories that makes women delusional about relationships. I know that it barely ever (if ever at all) happens that people fall in love after a One Night Stand, but it’s still kind of nice to watch. I’m a huge Miles Teller fan and I always liked Analeigh Tipton – whether it was on America’s Next Top Model or Crazy, Stupid, Love – and they definitely were the ones carrying this movie. Her “Girl Next Door”-look is complimented by his lovable idiot-vibe. Everything was really reduced, since it all played pretty much in one place and that worked just fine for me. Although I was surprised by Alec’s (Miles Teller) reason for wanting to have a ONS, there wasn’t anything groundbreaking in it.  Of course it was funny and sweet, but it got sort of ridiculous towards the end.

Ultimately it might just be a movie that you watch when you are actually snowed in. As in, there is nothing else to do, so why not watch “Two Night Stand“. What are your thoughts about the movie? I have to admit, I expected more from it after watching the Trailer.