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|80 T6||L'étudiante et Monsieur Henri (2015) - Mar 20, 2018
"Hard to rate this as it sometimes slips into cliche & parts you see coming miles off. On the other hand well played by the leads, can be very warm & human, has some sharp repartee that is acidly funny. A lot filmed indoors in one of those lovely old French apartments but well paced without being "action". Summed up - definite watch......& gets a tick from my wife who's more critical than me! "80" where 80 = some holes but overall very well done & entertaining, a bit above just a casual watch"
|60 T3||The Housekeeper (2002) - Feb 20, 2018
"Technically fine but uninvolving and shallow. Romance? - not really, just need. Comedy? not really, too artificial and, in a way, predictable. Setup takes too long yet ending seems stagy and rushed. Because it is well staged and acted it is not unwatchable. 60 where "60" is "very ambivalent on this one, rewatch value nil"."
|87 T8||Gururi no koto (2008) - Feb 18, 2018
"What a pleasant surprise this was. See zae's comments on this one, nails it. Great acting by the 2 principal leads esp Reiko Kataoka whose character changes radically throughout. The entire cast is excellent also with relevant subplots that help the movie along. You are given an initial seemingly stereotyped story but then "life" steps in with big challenges that are realistic and not overdone. It's a romance but one where the cliches that go with that genre are pretty much absent. Get this."
|82 T7||Dieci Inverni (2009) - Feb 14, 2018
"Basically the synopsis covers it. More a romance than comedy tho there are some light moments. Very watchable & probably bit sharper/harder than When Harry Met Sally but not quite as good. Maybe tries to cover too much ground to get the 10 years timeframe in. Both leads do well but I didn't quite get involved emotionally. One cracking "ships pass in the night" open air scene near the end. Good watch but just misses outstanding, perhaps as a series giving the cast more time would've been better"
|80 T6||Bread and Tulips (2000) - Feb 14, 2018
"Funnily enough I'd decided to rate this 80 before coming to comment, exactly the predicted score. Though nowhere near a "masterpiece" this is a pleasant enough watch and so I'd say get it but just for a casual evenings viewing, mildly funny in parts but more a romance than my idea of a rom-com. The second half was way better than the start with closing scenes the best of the lot IMO so stick with it. Partner factor, it is a romance after all -LOL- wife seemed to mostly agree, maybe she'd say 85."
|75 T5||Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) - Dec 15, 2017
"Very simple, cliched and generic....and a hoot. Put brain into neutral and enjoy. The horror is pretty mild really and that is not a complaint, just a comment. Rated 75 where "75" is "excellent for a casual watch", add 10 if a fan of h........g vampires."
|70 T5||Qissa (2013) - Dec 15, 2017
"Very difficult to rate for me, extremely well played cast & storyline, a delusional father desperately insists that last of his 4 girls is actually a boy and raises child so, he so dominates wife that she goes along, noone else has a clue (incl other 3 girls)bar a (small part) wresting coach. All the time (for me) there's a fine sense of "this will end badly". Culturally I "get it" to here. But final act goes surreal & (for me) spoilt it -maybe a person steeped in the culture would "get it"."
|80 T6||A Heartful of Love (2005) - Nov 30, 2017
"Time slip movie done right. Cliched, yes, but it's in a style that the Japanese can do so well when the overwrought scenes are avoided- the gentle ordinary life examined. Recommended. Side note - must be action fans will probably not like this one. "80" where 80 means above average though it does require that the viewer is sympathetic to the pacing and plotline."
|70 T5||If You Could Only Cook (1935) - Nov 04, 2017
"About as substantial as fairy floss and about as sweet............but if you're in the mood for some 30's era silly romance this isn't bad at all and thoroughly watchable. Good performances all round and some giggles. Rated 70 where 70 means- not a classic but a good one in the 30's rom-com style. Will certainly bring a smile to your face if you're looking for an older style of movie. This one may be pleasant surprise, it was for me."
|65 T4||The Battle of the Sexes (1959) - Nov 04, 2017
"Enjoyable but dated comedy, very much in the UK mode of the time. Needs a bit of patience as some of the roles and situations are cliched. Modern audiences may find it a bit bland. Rated 65 where 65 = OK with reservations, viewer will need to have some sympathy for the time it was made"