FilmStruck Friday: Our Song (2000)

Welcome to this week’s installment of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP (with the exception of the first Friday of the month), you’ll find a review of a movie available through TCM and Criterion’s FilmStruck streaming service. Today, a story of three young women growing up in Brooklyn: Our Song (2000). Happy viewing! Lanisha (Kerry Washington), Maria (Melissa Martinez), and Joycelyn (Anna Simpson) are … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: Our Song (2000)

Eight Days of Christmas, Day 8: Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

On the eighth day of Christmas, TMP brings to you… a snow-filled rom-com to view! Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating today. Happy viewing! And happy holidays! We’re capping off this year’s Eight Days of Christmas with a recent FilmStruck discovery of mine, a delightful 2001 Sundance hit called Christmas in the Clouds. A more recent film than you’re used to seeing here on … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 8: Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

Movies with dad: Learning to Love His Daughters’ Favorite Rom-Coms

My sister and I share a frequently-celebrated ritual of “Sister Movie Time,” a movie night hangout session often filled with the “chick flicks” of our youth. “Of our youth” is the key here. We discovered these films years ago, mostly when we were in middle school or early high school, and have been watching them on loop ever since. Naturally, given our ages at the time of … Continue reading Movies with dad: Learning to Love His Daughters’ Favorite Rom-Coms

“Favorite things about…” Nostalgia Edition: Crossroads (2002)

The favorite film: Crossroads, a 2002 road trip dramedy directed by Tamra Davis The synopsis: Lucy, Kit and Mimi were best friends as children, but by the time they graduate from high school they’ve grown apart. Reuniting to dig up an old box of dreams that they buried when they were young, the pregnant Mimi invites her two old buddies to take a road trip … Continue reading “Favorite things about…” Nostalgia Edition: Crossroads (2002)

Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

After her husband passes away, 70-year-old Laura Henderson (Judi Dench) decides that it’s time to find some hobbies to keep herself occupied. Ever the eccentric, when a friend tells her to “buy things,” she buys an old theater instead of jewelery or clothes. Needing someone to oversee the productions at the theater, Laura hires Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins), an out-of-work man who has a … Continue reading Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Ira & Abby (2006)

Ira Black (Chris Messina) is 33 years old and unhappy. He’s a Ph.D. candidate in psychology, but is having trouble writing his dissertation. He’s in an on/off relationship with a woman named Leah, and they don’t treat each other well. Though a student of psychology, he visits a psychologist himself, and has been for twelve years with little success. When we meet him, Ira is … Continue reading Ira & Abby (2006)

Classics of the Corn: Get Over It (2001)

Berke Landers (Ben Foster) is your typical high school jock. He’s popular, he’s a star of the basketball team, and he’s dating Allison (Melissa Sagemiller), one of the most sought-after girls in school. But when Allison dumps Berke, he starts to lose his mind a little bit. He decides he’ll audition for the school’s spring musical, knowing that Allison will also be performing in it, … Continue reading Classics of the Corn: Get Over It (2001)

Eight Days of Christmas: Favorite things about… Serendipity (2001)

The favorite film: Serendipity, a 2001 romantic comedy directed by Peter Chelsom for Miramax The synopsis: Christmas shopping season is in full swing in New York City when Jonathan Trager heads to Bloomingdale’s to buy a pair of black gloves for his girlfriend. The store has only one pair left, and Jonathan gives the gloves up so they can be bought by Sara Thomas, who … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas: Favorite things about… Serendipity (2001)