Movie Reviews

While the Duke Was Sleeping

While the Duke Was Sleeping

While the Duke Was Sleeping (The Rogue Files#1) By: Sophie Jordan


Sometimes the man of your dreams . . .

Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it’s pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can’t hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn’t fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn’t sure what she wants more . . . the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn.

. . . is not who you think.

An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the
ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There’s no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn’t matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.


I’ve never really had a desire to read While You Were Sleeping fanfic and in fact didn’t really want to read this book, but I was interested in the sequel, and I’m weird and like to read series in order. So I read this book and it was exactly what I was expecting. It was basically a novelization of While You Were Sleeping with a few changes and the period twist.

It was a fine book. I liked the character of Poppy and I always love a Scottish hero. I wasn’t a fan of her sister or the Duke, but then I don’t believe I was supposed to be. The other characters were mildly interesting but didn’t put forth enough presence to make me care about them.

I’m not sure what year this was supposed to take place. If it was Regency then there were several inaccuracies. There were horses and buggies, though, so I’m not sure. It’s a romance, so historical accuracy is not necessarily necessary, but it’s something that I appreciate an attempt to be made.

Honestly, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series. I didn’t hate While the Duke Was Sleeping, but it didn’t really spurn me on too experience more in this world.



Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)

Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)



Ian Samuels


Shannon Purser

Kristine Froseth

RJ Cyler

Noah Centineo


A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.


I was starting to think my new favorite genre was going to be high school romance. Between Love, Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before I was questioning everything I’d thought before. Sadly, the streak has ended with Sierra Burgess is a Loser.

There was too much going on in this movie. You had Sierra, Shannon Purser, and her con of Noah Centineo. You had her attempts to get into Standford. Her relationship with Veronica, Kristine Froseth. Her poetry assignment. Also, just general teenage girl in high school. It was too much and everything suffered from it.

I had a hard time getting into the romance because I couldn’t read their texts and they weren’t read out loud. Maybe if my TV was closer or I’d been watching on a laptop I could have seen them, but because I couldn’t I missed out on a lot of the romance building. Because of that I found it difficult to believe Noah forgiving Sierra when everything was revealed. It felt rushed and unbelievable.

I hated the wardrobe for Sierra. I loved that she wasn’t super skinny, but I thought her clothes were purposefully very unflattering. Even a high school girl that didn’t care about fashion wouldn’t wear some of the stuff they had her in. They played it up way too much and it pissed me off. She was larger, but that didn’t mean they had to dress her the way they did.

Overall, I thought Sierra Burgess is a Loser was messy and had too much teen angst.


Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)


Jon M. Chu


Constance Wu

Henry Golding

Michelle Yeoh

Gemma Chan


This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.


This should have been called Obscenely Wealthy Asians. I feel like crazy rich doesn’t do it justice.

Rachel, Constance Wu, has been in a relationship with Nick, Henry Golding, for over a year and is pretty much smitten. He’s gorgeous and nice and intelligent and honestly what more could you want? He’s the total package, when he asks her to come to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore she agrees, knowing that she’s going to meet his family.

Nick is absurdly naïve when it comes to the meeting of the family. It is ridiculously obvious that he should have better prepared Rachel for this meeting and because of it she had several setbacks and potential setbacks that could have easily been avoided. Why he was such a dunce, not sure, his excuse was he didn’t care about those things and he didn’t think she would either. It’s a shit excuse and his gorgeous sister, Gemma Chan, kind of calls him on it as well as Rachel.

Rachel rises to the occasion and shows just how intelligent and amazing she is, and Nick eventually proves that he’s probably worth all the hassle. The problems weren’t really resolved so I’ll be interested to see if there’s a sequel, but for now we’ve got a nice little happily ever after bow.

Gemma Chan delivers one of the best burns ever at the end of this movie. The entire theater reacted when I watched. It was awesome.

Crazy Rich Asians was a unique romcom that still hit all the marks that I expect and need.



Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon (2018)
Greg Berlanti
Nick Robinson
Jennifer Garner
Josh Duhamel
Katherine Langford
Alexandra Shipp
Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
Keiynan Lonsdale
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.
This movie…oh my god. This is a new favorite. I was so not expecting the absolute sweetness and all around beauty of this movie. What in the world is happening that I have now found two high school romance movies that I love? The world has gone mad!
Simon, Nick Robinson, is a normal teenage boy. He has a core set of friends he’s very close with, his family loves and supports him and he loves and supports them, and he lives an average upper middle class, probably actually upper class, life. Except he’s got a secret, he’s gay. He’s told no one, even though he doesn’t believe any of the people that matter will care, it’s not something he wants to share. He’s afraid it will change how people think of him and that’s honestly so relatable and heartbreaking.
One of my favorite romance tropes is falling in love with an anonymous person through their letters and Love, Simon does this perfectly. It takes it a step further, though, and raises the stakes. Simon’s emails are discovered by another student who then blackmails him. I wanted to destroy the kid that was doing this and for once I could understand and empathize with the angsty teenage motivation behind awkward encounters.
Love, Simon is an amazing high school romantic comedy that I would highly recommend to anyone that loves romances. It’s sweet, fun, and fills me with all kinds of warm happy emotions.

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)


Mark Waters


Matthew McConaughey

Jennifer Garner

Emma Stone

Michael Douglas


While attending his brother’s wedding, a serial womanizer is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends.


This is the Christmas Story, only instead of learning that you shouldn’t be a scrooge the lesson is you shouldn’t be a man whore. Er, that love can be long lasting? Um, that even if something bad happens it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? Whichever.

Matthew McConaughey is a professional photographer who takes pictures of half-naked women and makes a killing doing it. He has no problem finding bed partners but has avoided love. On the eve of his brother’s wedding he is visited by three ghosts.

The first nearly drowns him in all the women he’s bedded while also showing him that he had in fact loved before and that his parents loved each other before they died.

The second shows him how much his brother loves him and that people he cares about think he’s a joke.

The third shows him the woman that he allowed to get away being happy with another man. She also shows him his grave with only his brother mourning.

He realizes that loves isn’t bad and that having a real partner in life is a good thing. He fixes everything that he’s ruined, and starts up a relationship with the woman he loves.

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is predictable, it doesn’t paint a nice picture of women, which is disappointing, but Jennifer Garner’s character isn’t bad.