ABC Film Challenge – Romance – T – Titanic (1997) Movie Rob’s Pick

This is Movie Rob’s pick, head over to his site for his many reviews[as Jack sketches her in the nude] “I believe you are blushing, Mr. Big Artiste. I can’t imagine Monsieur Monet blushing.” – Rose

[amused by her comment, focusing more on the sketching, denying his blushing, remindering her] “He does landscapes.” – Jack

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (Theater, video, DVD, 7 Jul 2013, 6 Sep 2015, 24 Feb 2016, 27 Feb 2017 and 12 Nov 2017 and 3 Sep 2018)

Link to original review – HereHereHereHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – On the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, a young vagabond and an engaged upper class young girl fall in love and must try and stay together to survive as the ship begins to sink.

My Take on it – As soon as I saw the theme for this month’s ABC challenge by Darren, I knew that this film would be among my choices.

I have loved this film ever since I first saw it over two decades ago and that has so much to do with the fact that IMHO, this is one of the best films depicting a very realistic romantic relationship between its characters.

The love story between the two central characters is developed extremely well throughout the film and the fact that they take their time helping us get acquainted with them (as well as with each other) is so helpful in making this seem even more believable he entire time.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are both superbly cast here and the chemistry between them is so easy to feel the entire time.

James Cameron is a stickler for detail and he was able to make a film that relies so heavily on its attention to details that it makes everything about the ship, its passengers and the events of this disaster look so thought out that it gives even more gravitas to the whole premise.

They are able to make us understand and feel what kind of life was lived aboard such a ship for both the rich and the poor respectively.

I love the fact that this film isn’t merely a love story but manages to keep things interesting as a thriller too because there are so many scenes that help make things feel even more exciting and thrilling as things move along.

The score (and Oscar winning song by Celine Dion) by James Horner adds a new dimension to the story and it helps make the story feel even more exciting and breathtaking throughout the whole film.

This film won 11 (of 13) Oscar nominations and is quite deserving of being one of only three films to ever have won that many awards.

This is among my favorite films and it’s so thrilling to watch it whenever I can.

I can’t wait to see it again soon!

Bottom Line – Excellent film that does an amazing job making the love story between the two main characters feel so realistic. They take their time developing the characters and slowly build up their relationship to a point where it is quite believable that such a love can truly happen. Winslet and DiCaprio are both superb in the leads and the chemistry between them is amazingly portrayed every step of the way. This film’s attention to details is what makes it near perfect and we get a clear sense of what life must have been like aboard this famed ship.  The story is mainly a love story about two very diverse people yet it still manages to keep things exciting and thrilling as the impending doom inches closer and closer. The music by James Horner adds so much to this film and helps keep things even more thrilling and breathtaking the entire time. This film won 11 Oscars and is quite deserving of being one of the three films to ever receive that many awards. This film is among my all time favorite movies and always keeps my adrenaline pumping no matter how often I get the chance of watching it.  Can’t wait to see it once again. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  James Cameron instructed the actors playing the officers to keep order amongst the extras in the sinking scenes. Jonny Phillips ad-libbed the moment when he whips around with the gun and shouts “keep back, or I’ll shoot you all like dogs!” After the take, James Cameron ran up to him and told him it was great and to do it again, and Phillips asked “What did I say?”, having been too caught up in the moment to realize what he was doing. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – E – Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)

This Entry is From Movie Rob, check out his site for more reviews here“I think God has a lot to answer for. And I don’t think you can change the world; not much anyway. ” – David

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young Israeli girl falls in love with an American pilot stationed in Jerusalem during World War II.

My Take on it – When one watches a romance film, the most important factor in it should be the question – Can we truly believe that these characters could fall in love under the circumstances shown?

This film fails miserably in that test because it’s quite hard to imagine these character getting together plausibly.

Tom Hanks is a great actor, but I wouldn’t usually classify him as a romantic lead in a drama and he and co-star Christina Marsillach has almost no chemistry together throughout the film.

The overall idea is a good one, yet the fact that the story is so typical of movies is problematic because all that is original here is the setting itself and not the forbidden love aspects presented.

A lot of the scenes in the film come across as humorous instead of poignant and dramatic as one would expect from a story like this.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that is just not presented well enough. The love and chemistry between the characters is almost non-existent and is sorely missed from such a tale.  The forbidden love aspect of this story has been used and re-used so many times that nothing really feels original with the idea besides the setting of it all.  Many of the scenes come across as being laughable instead of poignant which takes away so much from what this kind of film is attempting to do.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sarah and Victoria’s family are Sephardic (or Sephardi or Separdim) Jews who because of the diaspora, lived in North Africa, Spain and Portugal around 1,000 AD. They spoke a language called Ladino, which is an amalgam of Spanish, Hebrew and Aramaic. The etymology of “Sephardic” is from a country mentioned in the book of Obadiah in the Hebrew Bible, and is believed to be representing Spain. The Sepharic were exiled from Spain by the Alhambra Decree of 1492. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – Y – Yoda

ABC Film Challenge Non-Review Selection

I won’t be doing reviews for everything letter, so here are my pick for today.

ABC Film Challenge




Why I’ve Picked this choiceIn the world of sci-fi there is two major franchises which took the world by storm, Star Trek and Star Wars, you will usually find people that are more favourable to one over the other, the fans have always been loyal. The characters in both franchises have become memorable, but for me one stands out in the Star Wars universe for the fans, Yoda, the oldest Jedi that has along the way been involved in training all the modern Jedi’s be it Luke, Anakin or Obi-Wan. The words of wisdom wrapped in a riddle are ones fans quote and the master is easily one of the easiest to recognise figures in modern pop culture.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci- Fi – X – X-Force

ABC Film Challenge Non-Review Selection

I won’t be doing reviews for everything letter, so here are my pick for today.

ABC Film Challenge

Sci- Fi



Why I’ve Picked this choiceX is another one of these hard letters, I have used X-Men in the past too, I wanted something different and I have picked X-Force, yes, I know it is in the same universe, but the sequence we watching with the parachuting and how everything went horribly wrong is easily one of the funniest surprising scenes of 2018, the cameo of who was the Vanisher also will make you laugh.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – Q – Quantum Leap

ABC Film Challenge Non-Review Selection

I won’t be doing reviews for everything letter, so here are my pick for today.

ABC Film Challenge



Quantum Leap

Why I’ve Picked this choiceQ is fast becoming the hardest letter each month, when it comes to sci-fi I feel we need to throw a spotlight on this ambitious television show, Quantum Leap which followed a scientist Sam Beckett leaping through time into different people’s bodies and lives, each episode offered him a new challenge and falling just short of 100 episodes this was one series that last 5 years that can get an audience to enjoy what they are seeing,

Let me know if you have seen it and just what your thoughts on the show were.