Documentary Preview: Showtime’s “The Real Charlie Chaplin” — Movie Nation

Vintage footage, archival recordings and “dramatic recreations” aim to give us an intimate and revealing portrait of the Cinema’s First True Superstar. This gets a limited theatrical release and pops up on Showtime Dec. 11.

Documentary Preview: Showtime’s “The Real Charlie Chaplin” — Movie Nation

Classic of the Week: The Kid (1921)

The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin and co-stars Jackie Coogan. Them film follows the story of Chaplin’s The Little Tramp character who finds an abandoned baby and raises him to boyhood, until authorities try to take him back to his mother.

Very much unhappy, an unwed mother abandons her baby, putting him in an expensive automobile with a handwritten note: “Please take love and care for this orphan child.” Two thieves steal the car and leave the baby in an alley, where he is found by The Tramp. After attempting to to hand off the boy on different people passing by, he finds the note and it melts his heart. He takes the boy home, names him John and rearranges his furniture for him. The mother ends up having a change of heart and goes back for her child, but she learns that the car has been stolen, she faints.

Five years go by. The Kid and the Tramp live in the same quaint room; they have little money but lots of love. They support each other in a little scheme: the Kid throws stones to break windows so that the Tramp, wotking as a glazier, can be paid to repair them. Meanwhile, the mother has become a rich actress and does charity by giving gifts to poor children. By chance, as she is doing so, the mother and the Kid not knowing so, cross paths.

The Kid later gets into a fight with another local boy as people watch the debacle. The Kid wins, making the other boy’s older brother mad, who attacks the Tramp as a result. The mother breaks up the fight, but it starts over once she leaves and the Tramp keeps beating the older brother over the head with a brick tied between strings until he scurries off. Shortly after, the mother coaxes the Tramp to call the doctor after Kid gets sick. The doctor finds out the Kid is not the Tramp’s real son and notifies authorities. Two men come to take the boy to an orphanage, but after a fight and chase, the Tramp and the Kid stay by each others’ sides. When the mother comes back to see how the boy is doing she comes runs into the doctor, who shows her the note (which he had stolen from the Tramp); she recognizes it as the one she left with her baby years ago.

This film is filled with humor and love and teaches about how to over come being poor, falling in love and helping others. Although this film is from the 1920’s, it is still just as effective and touching today, making you cry and warming your heart, as well as making you appreciate what and who you have in your own life. Although the Tramp isn’t the best parent to the Kid, he knows in his heart that he would never ever give him up like his mother did. He tries his very best to give the boy a decent life and the boy is overly grateful.

Charlie Chaplin, who is truly one of the greatest actors and filmmakers of all time, puts so much love, humor and heart into everything he did. In this film, you can feel his love for the boy and can feel his heartbreak when the boy is being taken away, because you actually see Charlie cry and if you look close enough you’ll notice his makeup is streaked. Not many movies today make you feel every emotion the characters feel. This is a true classic and masterpiece that everyone should watch at least once in their life.

There is not much adult stuff in this film. There is nothing sexual, just kisses between the Tramp and the Kid. There is one use of the word “ass” and a middle finger used by a kid but it’s not used as flipping off and seen briefly. The Tramp smokes some, but it was a very common thing then. Slapstick humor is throughout. Also some very emotional scenes, but other than all this, it is great for kids and adults alike. A very powerful, heartfelt film, so funny, yet sweet and yet heartbreaking at times too. A truly wonderful work of art that will bring out every emotion every time. 5+ 5/5

The Problem With Turning Cruella Into A Feminist Icon

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When Disney dropped the first Cruella trailer on us in February they faced some much deserved controversy. The main question everyone was asking was: why Cruella? This is not Disney’s first attempt at creating a new franchise that sympathises with a villain, but it’s the first one that requires you to perform some extreme mental gymnastics in order to find a reason to feel for the villain in question. But Cruella’s irredeemability aside, the real problem that the film presents is highlighted by its cringy quoting of “I am woman; hear me roar.” Said women everywhere: we didn’t ask for this.

In a time when progressive and anti-capitalist feelings are on the rise, particularly among the younger generations who form the primary target audience of popular media, there seems to be a dissonance within the storylines of the 21st century. Curiously, it is the villains…

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Greatest Sports Films of All Time

  1. The Sandlot – 1993
  2. Olympic Dreams – 2019
  3. Ali – 2001
  4. The Blind Side – 2009
  5. Rocky II- 1979
  6. Invincible – 2006
  7. Caddyshack – 1980
  8. The Phenom – 2016
  9. Rudy – 1993
  10. The Longest Yard – 1974
  11. Tin Cup – 1996
  12. Fire in Babylon – 2010
  13. More Than a Game – 2008
  14. Personal Best – 1982
  15. Gunnin’ For That No. 1 Spot – 2008
  16. Ping Pong – 2002
  17. Cool Runnings – 1993
  18. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story – 2004
  19. Ultimate X: The Movie – 2002
  20. Remember the Titans – 2000
  21. White Men Can’t Jump – 1992
  22. Without Limits – 1998
  23. Breath – 2017
  24. Step Into Liquid – 2003
  25. A League of Their own – 1992
  26. Invictus – 2009
  27. North Dallas Forty – 1979
  28. Beyond the Mat – 1999
  29. Love & Basketball – 2000
  30. Friday Night Lights – 2004
  31. The Armstrong Lie – 2013
  32. The Boxer – 1997
  33. Seabiscuit 2003
  34. He Got Game – 1998
  35. Major League – 1989
  36. The World’s Fastest Indian – 2005
  37. McFarland, USA – 2015
  38. The Natural – 1984
  39. Goon – 2011
  40. Looking For Eric – 2009
  41. 42 – 2013
  42. Racing Dreams – 2009
  43. The Rookie – 2002
  44. Bend it Like Beckham – 2002
  45. Eddie the Eagle – 2016
  46. Happy Valley – 2014
  47. Girlfight – 2000
  48. The Karate Kid – 1984
  49. Diego Maradona – 2019
  50. Hoosiers – 1986
  51. John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection – 2018
  52. Whip It – 2009
  53. The Way Back – 2020
  54. Eight Men Out – 1988
  55. Warrior – 2011
  56. The Hurricane – 1999
  57. The Other Dream Team – 2012
  58. Downhill Racer – 1969
  59. Pelotero – 2011
  60. Miracle – 2004
  61. Cinderella Man – 2005
  62. Jerry Maguire – 1996
  63. Tyson – 2008
  64. The Heart of the Game – 2005
  65. Field of Dreams – 1989
  66. Meru – 2015
  67. Heaven Can Wait – 1978
  68. Up For Grabs – 2004
  69. A Prayer Before Dawn – 2017
  70. Riding Giants – 2004
  71. The Damned United – 2009
  72. Foxcatcher – 2014
  73. Sugar – 2008
  74. The Pride of the Yankees – 1942
  75. Bigger, Stronger, Faster – 2008
  76. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg – 1999
  77. Undefeated – 2011
  78. Next Goal Wins – 2014
  79. Rocky – 1976
  80. Bull Durham – 1988
  81. The Hustler – 1961
  82. Win Win – 2011
  83. One Day in September – 1999
  84. Breaking Away – 1979
  85. Senna – 2010
  86. Bang the Drum Slowly – 1973
  87. Dogtown and Z-Boys – 2001
  88. The Color of Money – 1986
  89. The Crash Reel – 2013
  90. Touching the Void – 2003
  91. The Fighter – 2010
  92. Million Dollar Baby – 2004
  93. The Bad News Bears – 1976
  94. Raging Bull – 1980
  95. Horse Feathers – 1932
  96. Hoop Dreams – 1994
  97. The Endless Summer – 1966
  98. Fighting With My Family – 2019
  99. Ford V Ferrari – 2019
  100. The Wrestler – 2008
  101. Creed – 2015
  102. National Velvet – 1944
  103. I, Tonya – 2017
  104. Murderball – 2005
  105. Moneyball – 2011
  106. When We Were Kings – 1996
  107. Athlete A – 2020
  108. Skater Girl – 2021
  109. Slap Shot – 1977
  110. Chariots of Fire – 1981
  111. The Freshman – 1925
  112. Brian’s Song – 1971
  113. The Set-Up – 1949
  114. Fat City – 1972
  115. The Harder They Fall – 1956
  116. Grand Prix – 1966
  117. Phar Lap – 1983
  118. Damn Yankees! – 1958
  119. Fear Strikes Out – 1957
  120. This Sporting Life – 1963

Free Guy (2021)

Free Guy is a 2021 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi. The film follows the story a bank teller named Guy who finds out that he is actually a non-player character in an open-world video game and becomes the hero of the story, trying to save his friends from being deleted by the game’s creator.

Free City is an online, open-world video game developed by Soonami Games. Its source code was stolen from an unreleased game called Life Itself, developed by Walter “Keys” McKey (Joe Keery) and Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer), and used by Soonami’s head developer Antwan (Taika Waititi) to create Free City. Keys has taken a job at Soonami, while Millie spends time in the game as her avatar Molotov Girl to find evidence of code that she and Keys had written and to prove that they are the rightful owners of the code.

In the game, Guy, a non-player character (NPC), works as a bank teller and spends time with his best friend and co-worker, bank security guard Buddy (Lil Rel Howery), unaware that his world is a video game. One day, he sees Molotov Girl, who is singing the song that he says his dream girl will like and starts to depart from his programming. He finds a pair of sunglasses from player who tries to rob his bank, through which he sees Free City from the player’s head-up display (HUD). Guy speaks to Millie, who thinks he is another player named “Blue Shirt Guy” and not an NPC. She tells him to level to above 100 before she will speak to him again. Keys and his coworker Mouser believe Guy to be a hacker disguised as an NPC and unsuccessfully try to ban him from the game. Rather than leveling up through catastrophic acts, Guy opts to perform good deeds, completing missions within Free City to reach level 102. Through his good deeds, which stand out from the other players, result in “Blue Shirt Guy” becoming a worldwide sensation.

This is a wildly entertaining film and laugh out loud funny at times. Ryan Reynolds is not always the best actor, but as his character, bringing with it humor, action and romance, he was great. Jodie Comer was equally great as both Millie Rusk and Molotov Girl and Joe Keery did a fine job as Keys McKey. Taikia Waititi’s character was a money hungry head of a ginormous video game company who was extremely irritating, mean and selfish, so it was hard to see much outside of that as far as acting goes, because he was so hard to like, the character. Lil Rel Howery was just mediocre at best as Buddy, because he was super cheesy and annoying, like to the point of wanting to jump in the movie and tell him to shut up or stop it.

Other minor characters were super cheesy and immature as well. Channing Tatum’s character, for example, Benjamin Buttons, Keith’s game character said everything Keith said on his headset, making him look like a super goofball, just like Keith, who is an adult living with his mom and playing video games all the time. There is tons of extreme violence that could’ve been toned down and quite a bit of foul language. The effects are outstanding and there is some great old songs in the film as well. A few characters wear the same thing the whole (or most of) the movie, which gets old, but they are from the video game world.

A fun, humorous and action-packed film that is wildly entertaining and funny. It is a bit long at nearly two hours. This may be an action comedy, but it isn’t quite as adult and well done as Reynolds’s Deadpool films. This is like a Ryan Reynolds version of Ready Player One. But it is an enjoyable movie for the most part, despite being lengthy and some of the humor being so silly. The story can be hard for some to follow, being world within a world theme. But what do expect when you try to take a story that’s been done before and add humor and romance? Something that lacks in greatness, that not even special effects can save despite its entertainment factor. 13+ 3/5

Classic of the Week: Big (1988)

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish to be “big” and is then transformed to an adult overnight. The movie also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow (as young Josh), John Heard and Robert Loggia.

This is a clever, fun-filled, funny and cute film. It has inspired other films with similar plots like 13 Going on 30 and Little, which box office hits, but not nearly as well received as Big. This movie has all the elements that make it such a wonderful film, humor, entertainment, cleverness, romance, drama, emotions and heart. It is one that can be watched over and over without getting old. Tom Hanks is absolutely perfect in this role, as is David Moscow, both adding teenage adorableness, making this movie an enjoyable watch for both teens and adults alike.

Josh discovers as a kid what it’s really like to be an adult, doing it childlike, bringing both advantages and disadvantages. He gets a job as a toy designer, most kid’s dream job, but has trouble with his relationship with Susan Lawrence (Perkins). After telling her that he is really a child, Susan takes it as a fear of commitment and ignores his statement. He lives like the person he really is, a boy in a man’s body, having an apartment filled with kid-like things, from a trampoline, to a pinball machine, to bunk beds. Susan starts to fall for Josh, who shows her how to have more fun in life, when at first she is embarrassed by him and his naivety. He for the first time starts to fall for her too, until he has to go back to being a boy.

This film is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking. It does have mild sexual innuendos, a few scenes showing drinking, mild violence and quite a bit of harsh language, so not for younger viewers. The storyline of this film is so creative and better than any movie it has inspired, the acting is superb, just overall a wonderful motion picture that lets out your every emotion. Not a dull moment, entertaining for beginning to end. No wonder it was made into a Tony nominated stage musical. A true masterpiece. 13+ 5/5

Poms (2019)

Poms is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Zara Hayes, starring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Alisha Boe, Phyllis Somerville (in final film role), Charlie Tahan, Bruce McGill and Rhea Perlman. The film is about a group of women from a retirement community who choose to start a cheerleading squad.

Martha, a woman dying of cancer, decides to stop further treatment and moves from her apartment in New York to a retirement community in Georgia called Sun Springs. When Martha arrives at Sun Springs, she meets supervisor Vicki, who gives her a tour of the place, who explains to her that every resident must belong to one of their community clubs.

Martha moves into her new house and meets her new next door neighbor Sheryl. That night Martha isn’t able to sleep due to loud noise from Sheryl’s house, forcing her to call the community’s security chief Carl to stop the noise. Sheryl and her friends sneak into Martha’s house to hide from Carl. where she convinces Martha to allow them to hide out there. From then on. Sheryl wants to be Martha’s friend and invites her to different events, but Martha turns them down.

Sheryl learns that Martha was cheerleader but had to quit before her first game to care for her ill mother. Sheryl says that Martha should try cheering again. After thinking about it, Martha visits Sheryl at the school she’s a substitute teacher at and coaxes Sheryl to help her start up a cheer club in Sun Springs.

After getting Vicki to allow them to start the club and recruit the minimum requirement of eight members, Martha and Sheryl hold tryouts, where six women join. When Vicki tells them they need to find a new place to practice, Sheryl gets them a spot at her school’s pep rally, where they go viral online after a school cheerleader videos them and uploads it to the internet. In the video, one of the Sun Springs cheerleaders injures herself during the routine. After club is ended, Martha and Sheryl decide to join a cheer competition and coaxes the other ladies to get the club back together, despite being the oldest squad at the tournament.

This film proves that it’s never too late to try something new or to start over again, to reach out when you need help and that perfect doesn’t exist and that everyone is special in their own ways. This is a fun, cute, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking (at times) film. It is one that mostly middle aged and elderly women will enjoy. It is fairly entertaining, but mostly cute and has the feel of most comedy films with elderly women like It’s Complicated and Book Club. It’s not awful, but not outstanding either. Just because a movie has an A-list cast, doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be fantastic.

The messages of this film is what really makes it a good, but it still isn’t great, not even close. The cute story, feels like a retired elderly person wrote it and it was their first time as a screenwriter and they tried their hardest to be Nancy Meyers. It is a fun movie, but the cutesiness is too much and takes away from what could have been a really good motion picture. I didn’t love, nor did I hate it. It is a feel good movie and the acting is really good from all of the main cast members. The soundtrack is great and makes you want to get up and dance, which is only a few things great about this movie.

An enjoyable film, but not award winning fantastic. It has its good and not so good. 13+ 3/5

Greatest Love Stories in Film

  1. Casablanca – 1942
  2. In the Mood For Love – 2000
  3. Titanic – 1997
  4. The Notebook – 2004
  5. Roman Holiday – 1953
  6. If Beale Street Could Talk – 2018
  7. Say Anything – 1989
  8. Beauty and the Beast – 1991
  9. Moonstruck – 1987
  10. Atonement – 2007
  11. Sylvie’s Love – 2020
  12. Circle of Friends – 1995
  13. The Apartment – 1960
  14. When Harry Met Sally… – 1989
  15. The Princess Bride – 1987
  16. Dirty Dancing – 1987
  17. It Happened One Night – 1934
  18. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004
  19. The Sound of Music – 1965
  20. Swing Time – 1936
  21. An American in Paris – 1951
  22. Sleepless in Seattle – 1993
  23. The Graduate – 1967
  24. Sabrina – 1954
  25. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961
  26. Out of Africa – 1985
  27. Sense and Sensibility – 1995
  28. Love is a Many-Splendored Thing – 1955
  29. The Bridges of Madison County – 1995
  30. Lady and the Tramp – 1955
  31. Grease – 1978
  32. Pillow Talk – 1959
  33. An Officer and a Gentleman – 1982
  34. Annie Hall – 1977
  35. Gigi – 1958
  36. Wuthering Heights – 1939
  37. It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946
  38. West Side Story – 1961
  39. Gone With the Wind – 1939
  40. Love Story – 1970
  41. Ghost – 1990
  42. The Shop Around the Corner – 1940
  43. Sunrise – 1927
  44. Roxanne – 1987
  45. Splendor in the Grass – 1961
  46. Dark Victory – 1939
  47. Jerry Maguire – 1996
  48. Porgy and Bess – 1959
  49. The Awful Truth – 1937
  50. Bringing Up Baby – 1938
  51. City Lights – 1931
  52. From Here to Eternity – 1953
  53. The African Queen – 1951
  54. The Way We Were – 1973
  55. My Fair Lady – 1964
  56. Now, Voyager – 1942
  57. On Golden Pond – 1981
  58. Camille – 1937
  59. Anna Karenina – 1935
  60. The Postman Always Rings Twice – 1946
  61. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? – 1967
  62. A Place in the Sun – 1951
  63. Marty – 1955
  64. Double Indemnity – 1944
  65. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – 1988
  66. Working Girl – 1988
  67. To Have and Have Not – 1944
  68. The Vow – 2012
  69. The Goodbye Girl – 1977
  70. A Star is Born – 2018
  71. Barefoot in the Park – 1967
  72. The Quiet Man – 1952
  73. Silver Linings Playbook – 2012
  74. Two For the Road – 1967
  75. A Star is Born – 1954
  76. Body Heat – 1981
  77. Pride & Prejudice – 2005
  78. Pride & Prejudice – 1940
  79. Emma – 2020
  80. Emma – 1996
  81. Bridget Jones’s Diary – 2001
  82. Jane Eyre – 1943
  83. Jane Eyre – 1996
  84. Jane Eyre – 2011
  85. Woman of the Year – 1942
  86. Coming Home – 1978
  87. Top Hat – 1935
  88. Girl Shy – 1924
  89. The lady Eve – 1941
  90. The Philadelphia Story – 1940
  91. Hannah and Her Sisters – 1986
  92. Brief Encounter – 1945
  93. The Age of Innocence – 1993
  94. Holiday – 1938
  95. Notorious – 1946
  96. Funny Face – 1957
  97. His Girl Friday – 1940
  98. Meet Me in St. Louis – 1944
  99. A Room With a View – 1985
  100. Broadcast News – 1987

Most Visually Stunning Films of All Time

  1. Barry Lyndon – 1975
  2. Children of Men – 2006
  3. Days of Heaven – 1978
  4. Pan’s labyrinth – 2006
  5. Spartacus – 1960
  6. The Master – 2012
  7. Vertigo – 1958
  8. Fanny and Alexander – 1982
  9. Chinatown – 1974
  10. Blade Runner – 1982
  11. 2001: A Space Odyssey – 1968
  12. Contempt – 1963
  13. Floating Weeds – 1959
  14. Pierrot Le Fou – 1965
  15. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  16. The Godfather – 1972
  17. The Godfather Part II – 1974
  18. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp – 1943
  19. Gravity – 2013
  20. The Revenant – 2015
  21. The Tree of Life – 2011
  22. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 2014
  23. Hugo – 2011
  24. The Night of the Hunter – 1955
  25. Arrival – 2016
  26. Mank – 2020
  27. Mullholland Dr. – 2001
  28. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – 1971
  29. Gone With the Wind – 1939
  30. La La Land – 2016
  31. The Red Shoes – 1948
  32. Maleficent – 2014
  33. Carnival of Souls – 1962
  34. Suspiria – 1977
  35. Big Fish – 2003
  36. Russian Ark – 2002
  37. Life of Pi – 2012
  38. The Lovely Bones – 2009
  39. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004
  40. 1917 – 2019
  41. The Sound of Music – 1965
  42. The Wizard of Oz – 1939
  43. Black Swan – 2010
  44. Star Wars – 1977
  45. Amelie – 2001
  46. Interstellar – 2014
  47. Belle De Jour – 1967
  48. Cries and Whispers – 1972
  49. Lawrence of Arabia – 1962
  50. No Country for Old Men – 2007
  51. Wild Strawberries – 1957
  52. Persona – 1966
  53. Melancholia – 2011
  54. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – 2001-2003
  55. The Truman Show – 1998
  56. The Matrix – 2001
  57. Don’t Look Now – 1973
  58. 8 1/2 – 1963
  59. Apocalypse Now – 1979
  60. Black Narcissus – 1947
  61. The Spirit of the Beehive – 1973
  62. Samsara – 2011
  63. Cloud Atlas – 2012
  64. Solaris – 1972
  65. In the Mood for Love – 2000
  66. Playtime – 1967
  67. The Impossible – 2012
  68. The Shining – 1980
  69. Fantasia – 1940
  70. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – 1964
  71. Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968
  72. Schindler’s List – 1993
  73. Metropolis – 1927
  74. The Passion of Joan of Arc – 1928
  75. Enter the Void – 2009
  76. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961
  77. Harry Potter Series – 2001-2011
  78. Titanic – 1997
  79. A Clockwork Orange – 1971
  80. Braveheart – 1995
  81. The Pianist – 2002
  82. The Road – 2009
  83. Amadeus – 1984
  84. Skyfall – 2012
  85. Raise the Red Lantern – 1991
  86. The Phantom Carriage – 1927
  87. Alphaville – 1965
  88. Eraserhead – 1977
  89. House – 1977
  90. The Birds – 1963
  91. Spirited Away – 2001
  92. Paprika – 2006
  93. Princess Mononoke – 1997
  94. Howl’s Moving Castle – 2004
  95. The Secret of Kelis – 2009
  96. Loving Vincent – 2017
  97. The Triplets of Belleville – 2003
  98. Kirikou and the Sorceress – 1998
  99. The Searchers – 1956
  100. The Last Emperor – 1987

The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021)

The Last Letter from Your Lover is a 2021 British romantic drama film directed by Augustine Frizzell, base on Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Felicity Jones, Callum Turner, Joe Alwyn, Nabhaan Rizwan and Shailene Woodley.’

It modern time, Ellie Haworth, who recently broke up with her long time boyfriend, has to write an article about the recently deceased editor of her paper. Finally getting passed the archivist Rory to access the editor’s archive, she finds a letter to someone called “J,” from “Boot.” Affected by the emotional feelings between the mystery couple, Ellie becomes determined to know the indentities of the couple and how their love story had ended.

In the mid-1960’s, wealthy socialites Jennifer Stirlng and her husband Laurence travel to the French Riviera for a summer vacation. Foreign correspondent Anthony O’Hare comes to interview Laurence at a dinner party. Jennifer overhears Anthony insulting the Stirlings and their indulging lifestyle, causing Anthony to apologize to Jennifer. Anthony invites the Stirlings out to eat the next day, but Laurence is taken away on a sudden business trip, leaving Jennifer and Anthony to spend the summer together until he returns. They start to write letters using pennames “J” and “Boot.” Neither act upon their blossoming chemistry, until Jennifer impulsively tries to kiss him. When he turns away from her, she runs away. Days later, a letter penned by Anthony comes to her, coaxing to her to meet him at Postman’s Park in London. They start a crazy affair, spending time together where can be safely with him.

Romantic drama films involving affairs have been done time after time, some are very well done, others, not so much. This one is different, as is a story within a story, taking place in present day London and 1960’s French Riviera and London. It can be rather slow at times, making it a bit boring, but it never passion, in the today or past settings. There are many really good things about this film. All the stars are equally fantastic in their roles, the soundtrack, cinematography and costumes are all fabulous, fitting film perfectly.

I used to not be a big Shailene Woodley fan until I saw her in this movie and my opinion instantly changed, except I’m not sure whether she’s supposed to be British or not like her two lovers, as her accent is very weak if is supposed to be. She looks beautiful every second of this film, unlike most of her roles where she plays a tomboy. Her looks are very Jackie Kennedy-esque. Woodley has proved she can take on much deeper roles and is far past Divergent, the series that made her a household name.

This movie has the feel of a Bronte, Austen, or Woolf novel and reminds me a bit of the book and film Atonement, which is also a story within a story and features an affair, the only thing is, Your Last Lover probably won’t be nominated for any major awards, as the story is a bit unoriginal. Jojo Moyes is a modern day Austen meets Bronte. She knows how to write romance and stir emotions, maybe not quite as good as her influences, but not half bad either. This story takes you on journeys from the age of the mini-skirt to modern time and does it so well, not spending too much time in either world.

There film is so deep and full of emotion, both good and bad. So many critics are panning this movie, but they don’t see it for its true art. Yes, they spend a lot of time showing Jennifer (Woodley) and Anthony (Turner) making out and making love, but that is really one of the few bad things about this movie. It can be slow at times, like I said as well and maybe there are bit too many affair films, but that’s all. It is still great film otherwise. Don’t let the bad reviews deter you from watching this one.

18+ 4/5