Category Romance

Aloha

There’s an irritating tendency with a few movie critics, reviewers and pundits sometimes where they judge a film more on its production and development history than on the film itself. If a movie runs into trouble during filming or runs over budget or the director has issues with the lead actor, well, sometimes critics smell blood. […]

Love is Strange

Like a piano concerto, the opening moments of this film have an improvised feel to them. We watch as a couple wake up, get dressed and prepare for an extremely busy day. One of them, Ben, is frantic and easily distracted in these moments. His partner, George, smiles amusingly at Ben; George is the calming […]

31 Days of Halloween: Habit

Ambiguity can be very effective in a horror film, and few modern horror films push the ambiguity factor as far as writer/director/star Larry Fessenden’s 1997 indie film Habit. Shot in New York City, Habit tells the story of alcoholic artist type Sam (Fessenden) who begins a passionate relationship with a woman named Anna (Meredith Snaider) […]

31 Days of Halloween: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

This film is Francis Ford Coppola’s blood-soaked love letter to the horror films of yesteryear. It is as gorgeous and as visually amazing as a silent film, but filled to the brim with flesh, gore and guts. Oh, and blood, lots and lots of blood. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is so impressive to look at, in […]

31 Days of Halloween: Only Lovers Left Alive

      For the month of October, we’re going to try something a little bit different here at Top Shelf Movies. For the next thirty-one days, every day we’ll look at a different horror film. Horror movies are fun to watch all year round, but there’s something extra special about talking about these flicks in […]

About Time

Richard Curtis, as either writer or director, has been responsible for romantic comedy standards such as Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral. His films overflow with great dialogue and strong performances; all of his films also always involve a dig against someone named “Bernard” (allegedly because Curtis had an ex who left him […]

The One I Love

     The One I Love is a tricky movie to write about, since this is a film that works best if you arrive to it completely fresh. Do not watch the trailer. Do not go on its IMDB page, or look for its score on Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t even look at the poster. Do […]