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Film Review: Alex Strangelove (2018)

At first glimpse, Alex Strangelove looks like a mere rip-off of Love, Simon but far from its smiliar LGBTQ+ lead characters, this coming-of-age film has a charm of its own with Daniel Doheny adorably playing the role of Alex Truelove and his quest – with the help of his supportive friends – to lose his virginity to his awesome girlfriend / bestfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein).

Unlike Love, Simon – this isn’t as wholesome and as realistic in terms of how accepting the high school kids are and virtually just about everyone around Alex. That is where it falters a bit in my opinion. Alex Strangelove is a clich√© yet poignant and optimistic movie in an unforgiving high school setting moving towards acceptance, rather than just mere tolerance when it comes to sexuality and individuality. It is beautiful yet too ideal a scenario that we only see on TV and the big screen – this time, through my smartphone.

That being said, Alex Strangelove is a step forward towards education. A step towards acceptance. We’ve already made some progress. One step at a time. One step at a time.

Director: Craig Johnson
Cast: Daniel Doheny, Antonio Marziale, Madeline Weinstein, Daniel Zolghadri, Nik Dodani, Fred Hechinger

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Film Review: Love, Simon (2018)

Synopsis: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

I am absolutely delighted by this movie adaptation! The book didn’t do much for me but this one just made me appreciate it more in a way. Nick Robinson was very charming and funny as the closeted High School teenager blackmailed by a fellow student!

I also love Duhamel. It thought he’d be awkward as the ‘awkward’ dad but he’s incredibly charming here. Jennifer Garner was her usual amazing self and she and Nick had the best scene in the movie methinks. Their heart to heart talk is so beautiful it made me tear-up right then and there.

I loved that Berlanti did not demonized Martin’s (the creepy blackmailer) character here but I was maybe hoping that one of the most intense scenes would be Simon confronting Martin about HIM taking away his right to come out in his own terms.

Super sulit! I wished more people would watch it. Too bad, it’ll be affected by the Infinity War but if you’re looking for an alternative watch, then you should really check this out.

Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Keiyan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Logan Miller, Talitha Bateman, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell, Drew Starkey, Clarke Moore, Joey Pollari, Mackenzie Lintz

Love, Simon was based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. (Read my review HERE)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Love, Simon opens in Philippine cinemas on May 9, 2018 courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

My Hot Picks for Movies to Watch Out For!

I’ve been binge-watching film trailers on YouTube the whole day and thought of sharing with you guys my top favorites so far – the interesting ones that got me all excited to go watch them on the big screen! It’s just a shame that most of this films won’t probably be getting any local releases but I’m keeping my fingers crossed right now. Check these trailers out!

1. Krystal
Director: William H. Macy
Cast: Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, Rosario Dawson, William H. Macy, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, Felicity Huffman, Rick Fox, Jacob Latimore, T.I., Amy Parrish

Plot: A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her. (IMDb)

This kinda reminds me of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha’s The Rebound where the young guy fell for the older girl, they got together but at the end they’d realize their priorities in life. Hah! This looks cute and funny though! Nick Robinson looks absolutely adorable here!

US Release Date: April 13, 2018 (The film had its premier back in November 2017 at the Virgina Film Festival)

2. On Chesil Beach
Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. (IMDb)

Now, this looks absolutely fantastic! This is looking to be another Ronan’s possible entries to next year’s Oscars. I haven’t personally read the book but I’ve read a summary of it before and it’s really interesting and uhm, sad.

US Release Date: May 18, 2018 (The film had its premier back in September 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival)

3. The Seagull
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Billy Howle, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen

An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Boris Trigorin, a successful novelist and her lover. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate who is in a relationship with Konstantin, falls in love with Boris. (IMDb)

Now, this one has Oscars written all over it! Based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, the film doesn’t lack in its star-power with former Academy Award nominees Benning and Winningham providing support for Ronan. Moss looks absolutely brilliant here as well! I hope they’d show this one locally!!!!

US Release Date: May 11, 2018 (The film will premiere on April 21, 2018 at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival)

4. Adrift
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

Based on the true story of survival, a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. (IMDb)

I loved Shailene! Even the horrendous Divergent film series was made bearable by her. She’s also fantastic in Big Little Lies!¬† Now, I am hoping that this one will pick up steam and get her the attention leading up to next year’s Awards season. On to the film, I did a bit of a research and it tells me that the guy in the trailer (played by Claflin) was not really discovered along with his wife. Uhm, so there ya go…

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And of course, I am just waiting for Avengers: Infinity War three weeks from now and Love, Simon (whose books I’ve read but didn’t like) which is getting a late release here but I’m really excited to watch it because it’s gotten tremendous support and good praises from the film community!