Opinion Battles Round 19 – Favourite Romantic Comedy

Its time for the next round of Opinion Battles! This time is one of my absolutely fave genres: Favorite Romantic Comedies! The issue here is that I love tons of them. This round had tons of great choices! I went with one that I could watch over and over again and it was While You Were Sleeping! Sandra Bullock is just fantastic…Its a holiday movie and romantic comedy, so tons of reasons to watch it over and over again in the year (not that I really need one).

Head over to Movie Reviews 101 and check out everyone’s choices and vote for who you agree with most! ūüôā

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Opinion Battles Round 19

Favourite Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedies have become the go to date movie where we get to see how people go about getting into relationships. We have had some of the most iconic storylines in recent years and decades with people being able to relate to certain characters involved in the films and this is why they are so popular. Today we are going to be picking our favourites out there, so let’s see what we got.

If you want to take part in the next round of Opinion Battles the subject will be Favourite Clive Owen role which I know is a very small selection but we could get some strange choices. The deadline for this choice is 1st October 2016 and email your choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

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Valentine Marathon: No Reservations (2007)

Next up in the Valentine Marathon is another little movie with a lovely actress that I haven’t watched in a while, Catherine Zeta-Jones. ¬†I’ve never even heard of this one until it popped up on Netflix. ¬†When you put rom-com, food/cooking and a fine cast together, there is no question how this one, No Reservations, ended up on my rundown.

Let’s check it out! ūüôā

NO RESERVATIONS (2007)

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Director: Scott Hicks

Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Bob Balaban, Brian F. O’Byrne

¬†Kate is one of the best chefs in town running the kitchen at 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan. She lives by a set of rules and her life is the restaurant neglecting everything else that she needs. ¬†Her boss, Paula (Patricia Clarkson) makes her go to therapy to hopefully ensure that she won’t offend any more clients. ¬†However, when her sister has an accident, she is given the role to take care of her young niece, Zoe (Abigail Breslin). While she’s away, Paula hires an opera singing, Italian cuisine-inspired Nick (Aaron Eckhart) to help out in the kitchen. Somehow, Nick makes her throw her rulebook out the window as she becomes more and more attracted to him.

No ReservationsI don’t know if it happens to other people but writing reviews for romantic comedies get a little challenging after writing a whole bunch. ¬†A lot of times, its not so much to look at. ¬†No Reservations was one that I enjoyed. ¬†It was surprisingly fun to watch and although there was emphasis on food, the story itself was pretty formulaic and predictable. ¬†I’m not saying thats a problem for me but that is a flaw that most romantic comedies tend to have. ¬†Just being objective. ¬†While it was an extremely simple story, the cast really made this a lot better than what it should be. Looking at the cast, can you doubt any of their skills? I’m not such a connoisseur of Catherine Zeta-Jones but she is a classy lady. ¬†Aaron Eckhart has been an increasing favorite and lets not even get me started on my personal favorite of Abigail Breslin. ¬†And although Patricia Clarkson has only supporting roles most times, I can’t remember one that I didn’t like.

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Whats a romantic comedy without talking about the chemistry of the leading man and lady? We’ve already established that the cast is what won me over in No Reservations. ¬†Catherine Zeta-Jones plays the very uptight Kate and because of that, sometimes the things she says and does are pretty funny. ¬†She’s not so good at dealing with people: not her therapist, not customers who criticize her food, or people who question her lead in the kitchen and especially not a little girl that she had to suddenly take on. ¬†And thats how the balance of her when we see Aaron Eckhart’s Nick jump on screen, there’s a lot of funny moments. ¬†Her issues are suddenly diminished because of his appearance even without her knowing it and when she does break out of her shell and takes life out of her kitchen and focuses on the more important things, her character becomes even more lovely to watch.

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Aaron Eckhart’s character, Nick is written pretty standard but somehow he adds a little flare and charm to it. ¬†Who expects this guy who comes from Italian cuisine and Kate expects him to challenge her master chef position but in fact, he turns it around and shows her respect making her think that he wants to be there because he praises her cooking but still keeping his style. ¬†He comes in singing opera and having the whole kitchen do it with him and then he’s the one that helps Kate convince and open up her niece’s appetite and then he kind of charms his way into her life by opening her eyes to the world outside of her rules. Aaron Eckhart has this rebellious charm always and anyone else with less presence on the screen with this role wouldn’t have had the same effect.

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If we talk child actresses, Abigail Breslin in her younger roles always took my heart away. ¬†She is not only adorable but she has this strong character that makes her really fun to watch. ¬†Plus, she knows how to use those emotions and capture a role. ¬†In here, she’s a little girl who loses her mother suddenly and is forced to live with her aunt who really doesn’t understand her really well, nor does she actually care enough and doesn’t even seem to make that much effort. ¬†Zoe’s role in this is the bridge to Kate and Nick’s relationship and the little adventures that Nick and Zoe have are absolutely fun to watch: making pizzas and pancakes and making a pretty boring and routine lifestyle that Kate leads into something with a lot more excitement.

Overall, No Reservations is a romantic comedy that took me by surprise and it was a pleasant surprise. ¬†I might not remember it or run out to add it to my collection right away but it gave me a few laughs here and there. ¬†Aaron Eckhart and Catherine Zeta-Jones brought on a really sweet chemistry and Abigail Breslin made me smile because she was so lovable and adorable to watch. ¬†Its a little formulaic and predictable but somehow this somehow charmed me ūüôā

Have you seen No Reservations? What are you thoughts on Aaron Eckhart/Catherine Zeta-Jones/Abigail Breslin? Do you have any favorite movies with them?

Unboxing Arcade Block & Valentine’s Marathon! :)

Can you believe January 2015 is over? I’m actually pretty happy because this month has been dragging on forever.

Maybe its because its so busy at work or its because I’m really sick right now but regardless, its over with and we’re moving onto February in a few hours (or maybe you’ve already stepped into February).

For the last month or so, I’ve been obsessing over gaming videos on YouTube. ¬†Its actually one of the reasons why the whole posting, watching movies and reviewing movies has been really slow. ¬†I just needed a little break, I guess. ¬†But, if you don’t watch gaming videos, well, there are a few of them which are absolutely hilarious to watch. Now, I’m totally tapping into my nerdy side. I’ll probably do a post on that eventually.

Which leads us to our first line of business. ¬†Mostly because I landed on one of these unboxing videos a while back, I discussed it with my boyfriend and we decided to order the Arcade Block on a 3 month subscription just to see how it is. ¬†You know, if we like what we get and all that. ¬†Everyone seems to post unboxing videos so we sat together and did one. ¬†My boyfriend doesn’t like me to film his face much and I’m ridiculously sick so its more of a shaky camera sweeping through what we got in the box.

Please excuse the nasal voice and clearing my throat, I was trying really hard to not cough. ¬†Once I start, I won’t stop for a while…

Here’s the video:

I was going to edit this video but I just don’t have the brain power to do it right now. ¬†Hopefully you’ll find it mildly entertaining because seriously, we totally loved what we got.

If you can’t see the video, here’s a picture of all the goodies in it:

Arcade Block January 2015

January 2015 Arcade Block

Oh, and the boyfriend was wrong in the video (not 6 or 7 pieces), that certified Mega Bloks Halo thing had a whole lot of pieces and here’s what it looks like:

Halo Mega Bloks

Mega Bloks Halo Covenant Ghost

Honestly, I’m pretty excited about getting February’s Arcade Block now ūüôā

Moving on… February being here tomorrow¬†means Valentine’s marathon from February 1st to 14th. ¬†Last year, I focused on Nicholas Sparks movies. ¬†This year, I’m pretty much winging it. ¬†I do have a general list written up and I’ll be hoping to post at least one review per day. ¬†It’ll be mostly romantic comedies and maybe romance dramas. ¬†I’ve been really neglecting those sorts of movies so I’m pretty happy about it. Especially since my brain on meds can only handle that.

I’m going to leave it at this now. ¬†It sounds like the logical thing to do to relax a little with a rom-com and hopefully let my body rest and maybe feel better tomorrow. ¬†This bug is pretty intense.

Review going up tomorrow, my friends! ūüôā Remember to drop by again.

What do you think about the Arcade Block and/or the unboxing video? What movies do you watch during Valentine’s?

The Right Kind of Wrong (2013)

Finally getting back to my long list of backlogged movie reviews to write.

In my first flight to Vancouver, I ended up watching an always wonderful Mary Poppins (which I don’t think I reviewed yet oddly) and the very mind-boggling Enemy (review HERE). After that whole transfer and running to catch my transfer, I finally had a very empty 12 hour flight to Hong Kong. ¬†It was great stuff because I got to stretch out and enjoy a few movies comfortably. ¬†If Enemy taught me anything, its that I needed to watch something less intense. ¬†As I shifted through the many more selections on the long haul flights, I landed on Canadian productions and The Right Kind of Wrong. ¬†I’m sure a lot of us has wondered how Ryan Kwanten will do nNOT being the idiot in the form of Jason Stackhouse. ¬†Of course, there was Dead Silence before this, which I reviewed HERE! Horror is not my forte so I can’t judge his acting from that but rom-coms are totally in my ballpark so I was excited.

Let’s check it out! ūüôā

The Right Kind of WrongDirector: Jeremiah Chechik

Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Ryan McPartlin, Kristen Hager, Catherine O’Hara

Leo (Ryan Kwanten), a recently divorced dishwasher who is ridiculed by his ex-wife’s, Julie (Kristen Hager) success by launching a blog called “Why You Suck” about his flaws and shortcomings when they were together. Refusing to look at these “obviously” false accusations, he lives life by himself the best he can until one day, he meets Colette (Sara Canning), a soon to be wed girl at her wedding. ¬†He crashes it and professes his love for her, pointing out that he is in fact the right man for her. The pursuit continues after the marriage is finalize even after the resistance of Colette’s husband (Ryan McPartlin). ¬†The question now is will he succeed in letting Colette see what he does?

The Right Kind of Wrong

Romantic comedies are almost always formulaic but regardless, the successful ones will pull out that feel good element with the right characters and the decent premise and even the good enough humor to keep the audience watching. ¬†The Right Kind of Wrong is definitely not the best romantic comedy I’ve seen (Rotten Tomatoes rating would say that its horrible), but I’ve also seen much worse. ¬†There is nothing wrong with being a dreamer and as outrageous as the premise of this is and probably wrong on many levels for wanting to be the cause of a divorce. ¬†There are certain aspects that I did like quite a bit.

The Right Kind of Wrong

What is fresh about The Right Kind of Wrong is the idea of a man chasing after an woman and doing absolutely stupid things. ¬†Most of the time, its the other way around. ¬†Most rom-coms are about some woman being the love-crazed person that tries to find her love and does some desperate thing. ¬†I appreciate the premise this one was putting out even if it was a little out there. ¬†Leo Palamino was technically nearing the behaviors of a stalker because he would track down how to approach Colette but at the same time, Colette is a married woman so to start by trying to change her mind is already a wrong thing. ¬†I’m guessing thats why you have The Right Kind of Wrong to justify the movie title.

Aside from the unusual premise, it was also filmed in the very beautiful Banff in Alberta, Canada.  The scenery and the setting was simply lovely to look at. With its hills, mountains and nature, it really was a treat to watch.

The Right Kind of Wrong

I’m not going to hate on this one despite its absurdity at times. ¬†The story had a fresh attempt and it did give me a few laughs here and there, the cast was who won me over. ¬†Ryan Kwanten was pretty good at being Leo Palomino. ¬†He was a guy that did a lot of weird stuff to get a girl but between all that, he also went through an awakening of his own. Well, its normal and expected because he’s just doing the exact same thing a girl in a romantic comedy would. ¬†Still, I thought it was entertaining to watch at the very least and I think he brought a lot more life to his character Leo than maybe the script even would’ve had.

The Right Kind of Wrong

Next up are the lovely ladies in this movie. ¬†Our leading lady is Sara Canning. ¬†I could not remember where I had seen her before while I watching this one (and I keep blanking out). ¬†*checks IMDB* Right, she was in Vampire Diaries for a few seasons. ¬†I think the best part of this one was Sara Canning. ¬†She’s a pretty good actress all on her own. ¬†She brings some good charisma to her character as Colette. ¬†Moving right along, who can ignore the brief role of Catherine O’Hara as Colette’s mother. ¬†Honestly, she has some of the most awkward but pretty funny lines in this one. ¬†Her appearance, her encouragement to Leo and her re-bonding with her daughter brought on a bit of humor and I think I grew to like her character a lot.

Overall, I’m not saying this is a full-on winner and more than a month later as I write this up, I’m not even sure I remember everything that went on (which isn’t usually a good thing) but I do remember my feelings towards it. ¬†Maybe it was being trapped in a flight that made me enjoy this more than I probably would but I thought The Right Kind of Wrong was okay. ¬†It gave me a feel laughs, a nice setting and some engaging cast. ¬†It kind of lost its steam nearing the end when things got a little predictable but it still has a charm.

Just remember, romantic comedies are pretty much, comedies so they can’t please everyone easily unless you like its humor. ¬†But I’m sure you all know it already ūüôā

Did you see The Right Kind of Wrong? Did you think it was more right or wrong? What do you think of Ryan Kwanten?