Love, Simon (2018)
Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
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.
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.
Draft Day (2014)
At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
I don’t like to watch sports. For some reason people think it’s because I don’t understand them. That’s not the case. I’ve played my share of sports and spent a lot of time watching them while growing up. There are just other things I’d rather be doing with my time. Like watching sports movies.
Draft Day is a side of football that I’m not too familiar with and I loved all the strategy, planning, and relationships behind everything. I really felt for Kevin Costner’s character. Finds out his woman is pregnant while he’s having to deal with everyone screaming at him because they don’t trust his decisions. Poor guy.
Jennifer Garner seemed a bit young to be in a relationship with Kevin Costner but oh well. Her character was a nice strong female. The only female character pretty much, except for his overbearing mother.
I liked this side of sports. I would recommend this movie.