Bella Vida by Letty

Let’s Discuss Movies ~ New RomComs

There’s nothing I love more than stories. I’m always reading books and watching movies. One genre I always watch no matter how sappy or corny is the romance genre. Here are few recent ones I’ve watched.  Let me know if you’ve watched them and what you think.

One Day

Release Date: August 19, 2011
Genres: Drama | Romance
Director: Lone Scherfig
Writers: David Nicholls (screenplay), David Nicholls (book)
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and Patricia Clarkson

After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Emma are revisited each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.

What a cute concept; friends who are also soul-mates.  There’s so much potential there.  Now,  I like Anne Hathaway but I did not like this movie beginning with the horrible fake British accents.  Please don’t do that.  I did enjoy the character she played who was not only smart but also strong.  It is because her character was so smart and strong that I cannot imagine her wasting her time with someone who was weak and self centered.  I don’t want to give away the movie BUT what happens to her is the best part of the movie for me because it made the story stronger.  I gave it one star.


Love in Transit (Amor en Tránsito)

Release Date: 2010
Director: Lucas Blanco
Writers: Roberto Montini, Lucas Blanco
Stars:Sabrina Garciarena, Verónica Pelaccini and Lucas Crespi

Love binds four strangers together in this delightful romantic comedy with an ensemble cast. Mercedes has a boyfriend in Barcelona. As the stresses of a long distance relationship begin to take their toll, she looks forward to the time they’ll be together again. But before Mercedes can leave Buenos Aires, she’s got some business to take care of. Everything changes, however, when Mercedes meets Ariel, and a new love begins to blossom. Meanwhile, in Argentina, Juan searches for his one true love, only to happen across the vulnerable Micaela. Abandoned by her latest lover, the enchanting beauty soon recognizes that romance can arise when you least expect it.

I like the way the the plot criss-crosses the lives of these characters and neatly gave us a beginning and an ending. The characters were each interesting in their own unique ways. I gave this three stars.


Dysfunctional Friends

Release date: 2012
Director: Corey Grant
Writer: Corey Grant
Stars: Stacey Dash, Reagan Gomez-Preston and Wesley Jonathan

Nine estranged friends are reunited after their larger then life friend unexpectedly dies. The friends who haven’t seen each other in years are all forced to stay at their deceased friends estate for the weekend and must reconnect with each other working through all of their issues in order to each collect their inheritance.

This is a great movie to watch together with your girlfriends. Starring a huge cast of familiar faces, there’s plenty of drama to discuss and loads of funny scenes. There were no surprises though as it was pretty predictable. I gave this three stars.


Bride Flight

Release date: 2008
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Writer: Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
Stars: Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver and Elise Schaap

Set in the 1950s, a forbidden love, an impossible choice, a secret pact. Eager to escape the damp and suffocating atmosphere of post-war Holland, Dutch beauties Marjorie, Ada and Esther meet each other on the immigration flight to New Zealand, en route to join their future husbands, who are already settled there.During the flight the three young women befriend Frank, a young man who is also immigrating to seek a prosperous life in New Zealand.

If you like big epic romantic stories that take you to far away places you’ll like this one. I gave it four stars.

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