• linkedin

Archives for : Domhnall Gleeson

Single During the Holidays? Here are the Top 5 Films to get you through the Season

It’s cuddle season!  And that means everywhere you look couples are constantly holding each other.  Whether it’s at a family gathering or Christmas shopping at the mall; they are everywhere.

The holidays can be rough on anyone for many reasons.  But, being single during a time that is better spent with a significant other can be a bummer.  Luckily, my go to medicine (Movies) will always put situations like these into a much better perspective.

These 5 films will help singles get through the holiday season; each for completely different reasons.

5. Shopgirl

So, I can hurt now, or hurt later

For the Moving On:  Shopgirl shows how heart breaking a strictly sexual relationship can be when one person starts to want more.  No, it isn’t like Friends with Benefits.  This film is dark, deep, and emotional; and has some comic relief thanks to Jason Schwartzman.  After situations like these, one can feel hopeless to find someone that they “think” they can feel that strongly for again.  Shopgirl will show you just how possible it is to move on.  And how whatever you thought you felt for the wrong one, is nothing in comparison to the feelings you will feel for the right one.

4. Loser

You think you could turn it down just a skosh?

For the Nice Guys: This film gives hope for both, the good guys and girls.  Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs) is one of the sweetest and most genuine characters I have ever seen in a film.  Selfless, non-confrontational, and the perfect example of how the nice ones may not get a “happy ending” as quick as others.  But eventually someone will see the good in you, and appreciate it when you least expect it.

3. Swimfan

Don’t tell her you love her!

For the Psycho: Hopefully none of us have acted quite as insane a Madison Bell (Erika Christensen) did over someone that wasn’t interested in her.   I know this is an odd choice, but if you are the type that is desperate to like anyone (like the first person that’s nice to you).  Then maybe this film will make you rethink that non-existent relationship you are about to form in your head.  Or maybe one of your last relationships was with that “stage 5 clinger” that texts you and ends up having a texting convo with themselves…Either way, Swimfan will make you feel relieved to not be dealing with any form of a psychotic relationship.  (For a little gender reversal of this story-line, I also recommend FEAR.  And for the original try Fatal Attraction)

2. 500 Days of Summer

The feeling I never felt with you

For the Realist: Anyone who dated someone that used the “I’m just not looking for a relationship right now” line must know by now that it was complete bullsh**.  You know; you have probably used that line too.  “I’m not looking for a relationship” means I’m not looking for a relationship with YOU.  This film just proves the theory that when you meet the right person, you both just know.  If something is holding you guys back from committing as a couple, you are probably not meant to be.  500 Days of Summer portrays a realistic story about dating and breaking up.  After watching this film, you might be less controlling of your feelings, or stop expecting certain qualities in a partner.  When it happens, it just happens naturally.

1. About Time

All the time traveling in the world can’t make someone love you

For the Regrets:  At first sight, this film seems like it is going to be a mushy love story that will want to make you gag.  But it is not!  It is SO much more than that.  This movie is about appreciating the love in our lives; from our family, our friends, even our random acquaintances.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is an incredibly charming relationship in the film.  But this relationship didn’t come about until after multiple tries by a man who can travel back in time (still a great movie, I swear).  The important lesson learned is not to wish for second chances, but to treat each moment like it’s your last.  Take the chance by letting someone know how you feel before it’s too late.  And if they aren’t interested, at least you tried and you won’t have any regrets!


Movie Review: “About Time” will Capture your Heart

Lately, I have been a little bit of a cynic when it comes to romantic comedies.  As much as I still enjoy a really cute predictable one, Don Jon managed to slap some sense into me.  The false expectations that we get from romantic films can really alter your view of a relationship.  So even though I was excited to see this film, I expected that I wouldn’t be able to relate to the time traveling and romance.  However, About Time is the kind of movie that makes you want to fall in love.

The creators of Love Actually and Notting Hill have brought us another charming and delightful love story.  This time they have added a bit of time travel.

At age 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers that he can travel back in time.  His father (Bill Nighy) explains to him that the men in his family have always been able to do this, and that it must be kept secret.  Now, he can only go back to a time that he remembers and was actually a part of.  So no, he can not go back in time and stop Abraham Lincoln from getting shot.

For Tim, this power was meant to be used to find love.  Sadly, this is not as easy as you would think.  “All the time travel in the world can’t make someone love you.” Finally one night, with out having to use his powers, he meets the girl of his dreams.  Mary (Rachel McAdams) is a smart, adorable, and oddly insecure woman who could not be more perfect for Tim.  They hit off immediately.  Unfortunately, after Tim foolishly travels back in time to help a friend, Mary knows him as a complete stranger.  This leads to multiple “first time” meetings, until he can win her over again.

I have to say, this is one of the best onscreen couples I have ever enjoyed watching.  Though you would think the time travel aspect of it would maybe lessen the relationship, it only makes you appreciate it more.  McAdams and Gleeson portray such a realistic relationship with a genuine love for each other.  It may not be steamy, sexual, off the charts chemistry.  But it is the real respect and caring for one another that makes them so engaging.  Not to mention some super cute moments.  But this romance is only part of the story.

Surprisingly enough, the bigger picture behind this film isn’t about love, it is about life.  Through some incredibly touching moments between Tim and his father, we are shown just how important is to take time and notice the little things in life.

The film really makes you wonder.  If you had the power to travel back in time, what would do? Where would you go?  Who would you talk to?  Ultimately, you are given a second chance and you want to take advantage of it.  Tim gets braver and bolder at each “try again” he attempts.  What About Time really teaches you is how we should not waste time wishing for second chances.  Instead, we should be treating every moment like it is our last.

Rated R for language and some sexual content.

About Time hits theaters November 1st.

About Time Official Trailer HD

Originally posted on