Friday, March 3, 2023

The Donor Party: Movie Review

Terrible premise, low-level comedy, but some solid attempts at real topics.
The premise is all kinds of wrong, but if you can get it past it, the rest of the movie is not terrible. For a sex comedy about tricking men into accidentally impregnating a woman on purpose, the scale has to be how terrible it is. I had many concerns at the beginning, only some of which remained concerns. First, the lead character is an hysterical 40-ish woman desperate to get married and have a baby.   2023

Directed by: Thom Harp

Screenplay by: Thom Harp

Starring: Malin Akerman, Erinn Hayes, Ryan Hansen, Rob Corrdry, and Jerry O'Connell

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Love at First Kiss: Movie Review

A slow rom-com but not without some unique charms.
A Netflix Spanish rom-com starring Álvaro Cervantes, I immediately thought of Crazy About Her, but Love at First Kiss is not that. This is slower, light on the comedy, and attempting to be an introspective rom-com which gives it a different tone for the genre but does still hit most of the expected plot points. The basic premise features a man who can foresee the entirety of the relationship play out when they share their first kiss.   2023

Directed by: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa

Screenplay by: Cristóbal Garrido, Adolfo Valor

Starring: Álvaro Cervantes, Silvia Alonso

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Free Skate: Movie Review

Slow and dark, a story of trauma, abuse and perseverance.
Left for dead on the side of a Finland highway after fleeing Russia, a young elite figure skater is trying to start a new life with her grandmother and a skating rink in Finland. That’s how Free Skate starts. It’s a slow, dark, trauma-filled exploration of life in the figure skating world, and that’s before we even get into the darker more trauma-filled story that the movie eventually tells.   2022

Directed by: Roope Olenius

Screenplay by: Veera W. Vilo

Starring: Veera W. Vilo