Get ready to fall in love with ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’

It’s February and it’s a month of love. So every Friday in February, I’ll be watching and reviewing classic romantic movies throughout the month. So let’s celebrate love in honor of Valentine’s Day. Welcome to Forever Alone February. Didn’t expect that titled now did you?

It’s the month of love and it’s only fair that we talk about some of the most iconic romantic movies. So I thought it was only fitting to go with the most iconic Netflix original movie there is right now. So let’s talk about “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” I was going to do “Sarah Burgess is a Loser” but I have some thoughts and tea to spill on that movie.

It’s not like in the movies. It’s real.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” is based on the book written by Jenny Han. The movie was directed by Susan Johnson and released exclusively through Netflix in August of 2018. It starred Lana Condor (“Deadly Class” and “X-Men: Apocolypse”) as Laura Jean and Noah Centineo (“The Fosters” and “Sarah Burgess is a Loser”) as Peter. Those are pretty much the two to remember throughout this movie.

Meet Peter and Laura Jean

The movie follows Laura Jean, your typical teenage girl with a secret stash of letters that she wrote to five boys that she had crushes on at a point in her life. One day, the letters get out to those boys and her left gets turned upside down. She starts a fake relationship with one of the boys that got a letter, Noah, in order to get his ex-girlfriend off of him and Laura Jean’s sister’s ex-boyfriend for admitting his feelings for her. The two set up ground rules but quickly must come to terms with the repercussions that have spawned from their deal.

I really enjoyed this movie. The acting in it was extremely good, especially for actors that don’t really have a lot of things under their acting belts. Lana and Noah just had this chemistry about them. They were absolutely adorable together and just the perfect on-screen couple. It was like they were meant to be in these rolls.

The main flaw of the movie is that it spent too much time on certain plot points and then just totally skips over certain points that you want to see more of. It does tell an extremely good story but it would have been nice to have a little more info on certain things.

It’s time to rate Noah Centineo

So I thought it was only fitting that we need to rate Noah Centineo and how he came off in this movie….also how hot he was. I’ll be rating him on a scale between 1 to 10. 10 is for Peter Kavinsky and 1 is paper bag blowing in the wind. I’m just going to assume you haven’t figured out what I’m going to rate him in this movie.

Noah gets a perfect 10 in this movie. Like he’s literally perfection. Not just basing it on looks and that hot tub scene, just the way he portrays Peter just makes him seem like the nicest unrealistic boy in the world. You literally have no choice but to love him. You think he’s going to come across as a total asshole but then he doesn’t. He just comes off as someone who actually cares and is invested into the feelings of others. This role is why Noah Centineo was called “the internet’s boyfriend.” I’m okay with this and you should too after watching this movie. In fact, Netflix made a Yule Log of Noah in the hot tub. Click here to watch it. It’s rather calming and soothing. You’re Welcome.

Verdict

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” is an extraordinary movie. While I wish it would have dived more into some background things, I really enjoyed this movie. The main characters were likable and had such amazing chemistry. The acting was extremely well done and just made you really get into the movie. I recommend checking this movie out on Netflix because it is definitely worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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‘Cruel Intentions 3’ was a step in the right direction

Because there’s a review for the first and second one, I felt like we need to finish off the franchise because it’s only fair. After watching “Cruel Intentions 2,” I came into “Cruel Intentions 3” will little to no expectations. I pretty much just went in hoping and wish that it wasn’t as bad as the second one. That one was a fucking trainwreck.

The moral of the “Cruel Intentions” series

Click here for the review for Cruel Intentions|Cruel Intentions 2

If you want to be so much like Kathryn, then let me be your Sebastian.

“Cruel Intentions 3” was released in 2004 as a direct-to-DVD sequel. No one from the original movie returned and honestly, for the best. The only thing that ties this movie to the two before is that the main female is related to the queen bitch Kathryn. It stars Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek”) and Kristina Anapau (“True Blood”) as Jason Argyle and Cassidy Merteuil respectively.

The movie follows Jason and Cassidy as they use the people around them in bets that get them money, power, and sex. Things get a wild when Jason’s roommate gets involved and things start to get a little real and the bets take a more manipulative toll on the people around them. It’s pretty much a new take of the plot we have had in the last two movies. It’s nice to see them not use the same plot points.

This movie is a hundred times better than “Cruel Intentions 2.” It felt more like a movie and I could tell that they put more effort into it. It was more of a sequel than the one before it. It’s still not up to the level of the first one. That’s pretty hard to do because it’s iconic.

Meet Cassidy and Jason. They aren’t step-siblings so this isn’t creepy

The acting in it is still iffy but it’s not as noticeable with this one because the actors portrayed their characters so much better. It was way more believable this time around. It could be that they are all new characters but either way, I liked the characters more. As I said, it probably has to do with the fact they are new characters and not characters that I’ve already known and liked before they got new actors. They aren’t as good as OG Kathryn and Sebastian but they are better than the versions in “Cruel Intentions 2.”

Now I will say this: this movie came across as softcore porn. There’s actually a couple of very graphic sex scenes that are pretty much softcore porn. It’s actually kind of awkward sex scenes too. They don’t really add things to the movie. It’s kind of like they just threw in some sex scenes to make it spicy.

When it comes to the main plot of the movie, there is too much going on to keep up. There’s multiple plots points going on and it gets hard to follow at some points. Is it really necessary to have multiple bets going on? There’s also more side characters that don’t really do anything. Some set up a plot point for it to make sense and then other times it’s kind of like “Why are you here?” One thing that “Cruel Intentions 2” did right was it let the plot flow naturally and not have too much going on. This is just too much thrown at you for the sake of filling time.

Verdict

“Cruel Intentions 3” is a much better movie than “Cruel Intentions 2.” It’s still nothing compared to the first movie but it was a step in a better direction. The fact that it had little to do with the original helped it greatly. What didn’t help it was that the plot had too much going on. The sex scenes were meh and felt placed to make the rating. Honestly, I wouldn’t have minded seeing this become the television show. The characters were new and likable. I honestly want to know what happens to them after the awkward transition at the end.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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High school gets dark and twisty in ‘Heathers’

The 1980’s were such a strange time. They had big hair, weird fetishes for hairspray, scrunchies, and obsessions for Rob Lowe. Nothing says this more than the movies that came out during this time. This was probably going to be an unpopular opinion movie review because this movie got so hyped up and it ended up leaving me going “is that it?” It’s time that talk about the movie “Heathers.”

Fuck me gently with a chainsaw

“Heathers” was released in 1989, 1988 internationally, and is a black comedy movie. For those that aren’t aware of what a black comedy movie is, it’s just a movie with dark humor. It makes fun of taboo issues. The movie actually has a pretty decent cast of people that would be heavily featured in the 1990s. Shannen Doherty from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Winona Ryder from a security tape from Saks Fifth Ave., and Christian Salter from “Interview with the Vampire.” It was directed by Michael Lehmann. He really didn’t do anything major.

Sums up this movie perfectly

The movie follows a high school clique, named Heathers. 3 of the members are named Heather. The main character of the movie is a girl named Veronica who begins to question whether or not being popular is worth it. She meets the broody and rebellious new boy at school who shows her a different more dangerous way of life. Once Veronica realizes what the new boy in town is up to, she quickly tries to stop it without ruining the flow of the queen bee.

For me, I think that this move was a tad bit overhyped. It was hyped up like “Mean Girls.” I thought the movie wasn’t bad. In fact, there it’s rather funny in parts with the dark humor. Like it’s fucked up humor. One scene is a girl fake hanging herself and her mother walks in. The girl then reveals that she’s fine just by making a typical teenage girl lines. It’s that kind of humor The movie wasn’t what I expected it to be. I knew it was going to be fucked up but not that fucked up.

The acting in the movie is okay. It’s your typical late 80s/early 90s teen movie. It’s nothing to write home about but it did add to the over the top nature. I can honestly see why people literally love this movie and it has a cult following. It was ahead of its time. If it was made near this time period, then it would have been made differently and probably more successful.

Verdict

“Heathers” wasn’t a bad movie. Looking back, I enjoyed it more than I originally thought I did. It’s iconically over the top. Like there are moments in the movie where I just look and go “what the actual fuck?” I do recommend watching it and making an opinion for yourself. Personally, I probably wouldn’t watch it again or go out of my way to watch it. I can also see why it’s a successful musical.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

I thought this was fitting since this was my face for most of the movie.

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‘Cruel Intentions 2’ is a bittersweet symphony

Get ready! This is one of those movie reviews where I watch a movie so you don’t have to. “Cruel Intentions” has become one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s so iconic that I can’t think of the 90s without thinking about this movie. It’s because of my love for “Cruel Intentions,” I decided to find and watch the sequel to it because why not. I now regret my decision and I hope that you won’t make the same mistake I did. 

Me after watching this movie.

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It’s a bitter sweet symphony

“Cruel Intentions 2” was the direct-to-sequel to “Cruel Intentions.” It was actually never intended to be a film. The film that we know of today was originally supposed to be a pre-sequel series entitled “Machester Prep.” It took the characters from the first film and set up the early years for Sebastian and Kathryn. The series recorded and produced three episodes before it could air. They took those three episodes, added more scenes to it, and called it “Cruel Intentions 2.” Sigh. 

Filmed by the same person that created the original, “Cruel Intentions 2” followed Sebastian as he moved in with his father and new stepmother. Sebastian must quickly adapt to his new school as well as dealing with his step-sister Kathryn. The two quickly clash due to their similar personalities. The films follow them up as they grow to use each other to help get ahead at their school and in life.

They must have been drunk/high when they though they looked like a young Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar

Within in the first five minutes, I knew what kind of movie that this was going to be. I went in with low expectations but this movie wasn’t very good at all. It had all the characters and setting but didn’t capture what made the first movie so good. I get it was a television show but shots looked low quality. The movie also relied on some of the same plots of the original movie. Like the iconic kiss between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair was in the movie again. It was a farce compared to the original. And yes, I just used the word farce.

The acting in the movie was okay. There was no chemistry between any of the actors, especially the ones playing younger Sebastian and Kathyrn. For two character that was step-siblings with sexual tension, there was little to none there. The actors also don’t look anything like the actors from the first movie. It would have been nice to get someone that looks close to Ryan Phillippe and Sarah, especially when it was only a few years prior to “Cruel Intentions.”

Production of “Cruel Intentions 2” came across very rushed. While I praise the fact they made it seem like one movie and not three separate episodes put into one, the added scene doesn’t really add anything to the movie. It’s just extra nudity that I could have really done without. It felt like it was just there for the rating. They also spliced two different movies soundtracks together. Using the music from “Cruel Intentions” is absolutely fine, but music from “Jawbreakers” was also used. I don’t know if this was supposed to happen but it’s just weird.

The actual writing of the movie isn’t bad at all. If they would have shown some effort and created a better movie/show, it wouldn’t be so bad. Better actors that actually looked similar to the original actors and better production would have made it enjoyable. But this movie lost my interest before the start of the second episode. It was rather hard to watch. 

Verdict

“Cruel Intentions 2” isn’t anything like “Cruel Intentions.” I would recommend just watching once just so you can know the backstory behind Sebastian and Kathryn. There’s no replay value to it what so ever. Honestly, I could have done without it. I can see why it got canceled as a television show.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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