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Not all love stories are happy. Not all tragedies are sad. Not everyone is exactly how they seem, and not every story goes exactly how you would think.
For Mark, life was easy, and he was content… He had no way of knowing he was truly empty inside until he stumbled upon something that made him feel more alive than ever before. Once he felt that way, he could never go back.
A modern tale of love, sex, murder, and everything in between.
I am truly in love with this movie. I watched it, and then turned around and watched it again the next day. The Big Sick follows Kumail Nanjiani in the true story of how he and his wife met and the turmoil they went through with his culture and her going in to a coma shortly after they got together. The Big Sick starts out as your average romantic comedy. It made me laugh and cringe and say cheesy shit like “awww”. Shortly in to the film though, Emily falls sick and goes into a coma right after a nasty break up between the two caused by his culture and family expectations. After that he must face her parents and his feelings for her… This movie is a perfect combination of multiple different genres. I found myself laughing, immediately followed by sadness and happiness. All the characters have great depth, with shining performances actually coming from Ray Ramona and Holly Hunter as Emily’s parents. Their relationship with their daughter and marriage is as important to you as the main story. What makes this movie even more heartfelt is the fact that it is incredibly accurate to the true story. It is a wonderful story that I may never get tired of seeing.
Passengers is a a movie a lot of people have a HUGE issue with, and I can understand why. Despite the problems though I actually found it quite enjoyable. How enjoyable? Well, according to my updated top 10 list it is now my third favorite movie! Passengers follows Jim Preston and Aurora Lane (I enjoy the fact that she is a journalist and writer with the same last name as Lois Lane) played by Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. These two people are among thousands that are aboard a space ship heading to a distant world to build a new life. All is well until their hibernation pods get woken up ninety years too early and the movie turns in to a Cast Away in space that evolves into a love story that THEN evolves into and awesome sci-fi thriller! Now, the big problem everyone has with it is that [SLIGHT SPOILER] after a year aboard the ship Jim has gone insane despite all his best efforts and wakes up Aurora as well, effectively damning her to a life alone with him aboard the ship and stripping the life she wanted away from her… Yes, I realize that is a terrible and unforgivable act, that is why I said i understood the hate! However as the quote goes, “A drowning man will always try to drag someone down with him. It ain’t right, but the man’s drowning.”… I enjoyed this movies immensely. I thought the story was great and original- though it basically being a Cast Away in space it is fun to see all the ways that Jim embraces his bad situation. The acting of the two leads was amazing and knowing how hard it was for them to be “romantic” towards each other because of their close friendship in the real world their chemistry on screen was superb. On top of all that, the rewatchability of this movie is very high. You have lots of fun and laughs, spiced up with moments of action and character arc that round out to a great sci-fi in my personal opinion. Get past your animosity for this film and just enjoy it.
The Mindy Project is very clearly the brain child of Mindy Kaling, and I love it. It is a Romantic Comedy movie, in TV form… The Mindy Project follows Mindy Lahiri. An OBGYN at a practice in New York. She is quirky, bubbly, and wants nothing more than for her life to be a fairy tale. Although it is Mindy that makes the show what it is, it is her friends that add so much more to it. You have Danny, Jeremy, Tamra, Betsy, Beverly, and my personal favorite Morgan. Being an OBGYN, she works a lot. So, the show is often followed in the hospital setting where Mindy kicks off her high heels for scrubs and is one bad-ass doctor!.. Though this show kicks away many of the stereotypes of Indians and women, at the heart of it all it is still a rom-com. The first season is mainly the single life of Mindy Lahiri, but then comes the string of boyfriends and hook ups in her quest to find her one true love. Something fantastic the show does though is make all of her boyfriends be AMAZINGLY written characters with depth. Although the whole time, if you are familiar with the genre, you know who she will be with, you could also believe her ending up with any of these men!.. Though season four has hit a downward spiral for me; super sad, changing the story line, losing an important character… I am confident it will come back around to the wish fulfillment show it has always been.
TiMER is a Romantic comedy drama (rodramedy?) set in an alternate universe or future, I’m not quite sure, where people can get a timer installed in their arm that will tell them the exact moment they meet their soul mate. I love this premise. It is incredibly original and the only thing I can think of that is similar is In Time… This movie is VERY indie. I don’t recognize any of the faces, or any of the people/companies that made it! To me though that is actually very refreshing. It’s nice to see a movie scratched own to its bare essentials. The downside is that the acting is just “meh”, and parts of the movie make little to no sense. I wouldn’t say this is a great movie, it is merely okay. It was more the experience and the originality that kept me hooked, and I think it will get you too!
Based off the book of the same name, Silver Linings Playbook is my all time favorite movie, and one of the few movies that has ever hit me on a deep and emotional level. Silver Linings stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both agreed to do this for very little money because they loved it so much! Silver linings follows Pat (Bradley Cooper), and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Both have multiple severe mental illnesses, and are at a constant struggle every single day. Pat, after having a break down from his wife cheating on him, went to a psych ward. The movie starts as soon as he is released, having a new outlook on life and a Two goals; To get his wife back, and find a silver lining to everything. That’s where Tiffany comes in! Tiffany recently lost her husband in a car accident that she blames her self for, and than lost her job for “sleeping with everyone in the office”. Tiffany agrees to send letters from Pat to his Ex, if he helps her win a dance competition. To me, this movie is simply brilliant. It takes mental illnesses and people who have suffered tragedies, turning it into a very real and beautiful love story with characters most films are afraid to use. I understand there are a few scenes that make people uncomfortable, but those are all very real and because of that, uncomfortable. Silver linings also features big names, that really add to the movie, including Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker. De Niro takes a role you wouldn’t expect him to ever play and nails it, escalating the movie even more. Tucker has a small role, but brings life to the few scenes he is in. In the end Silver Linings, though unconventional and difficult to watch at times, is a very real and beautiful movie. I highly recommend it.
Aloha is about a military contracting officer, who is a workaholic but screws up a mission. He then gets sent back to Hawaii where he tries to reconnect with his last love but ends up falling for his bubbly liaison. When the trailer started I thought it was going to be a war movie, then I thought comedy, then I figured out it was romance. And you know what? That’s not a bad thing! Romance isn’t evil, just cause we have had some real shit piles doesn’t mean they can’t be good. And with this cast we have a chance for it to be great. I love the choices too. Bradley Cooper because he has done war, comedy, serious, romance. Why not all together? Emma stone…. because Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t available. No, well yes, but I mean i like her. I’m very happy she is in it. I’m really happy to see John Krasinski! I’ve missed Jim… If you read my Monuments Men review you will know I believe Bill Murray has the power to make any terrible movie watchable. Alec Baldwin is hilarious. Rachel McAdams is good, her and Cooper have good chemistry. And hopefully because of all this Danny McBride won’t bog it down too much. Aloha looks like your typical love story. Emotionally unstable guy peruses girl. Girl doesn’t want him. Girl that’s his friend peruses him, he resists. They eventually fall in love. I honestly don’t Care! I’d watch anything with these people, and it actually looks good! That scene with silent John Krasinski and Bradley Cooper knows what he is saying! That’s hilarious, and I’m very much looking forward to this movie.