Formulaic af but Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang do have actual chemistry here. Is it romantic chemistry? No. Is it good cinematic chemistry? Yes. They are both solid likeable leads and for a modern Netflix Christmas movie, it’s not absolutely god awful. There are much bigger pieces of modern Christmas direct-to-streaming piles out there.
I have fond, fond memories of Swingers.
Swingers is one of these experiences you had to have when it first came out. As a late teenager at the time (closer to my twenties), what Vince and Jon do in this movie was pretty much what I was doing (except the whole Vegas thing and saying 'beautiful babies' a lot). Hanging out with friends, trying to look cool, going to new clubs and bars, buying expensive drinks (or stealing others at…
Gondry is in complete control with The Science of Sleep. He wrote and directed this absolute wonder of a film. You can feel his playful energy in every frame, with Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg throwing themselves into Gondry's head and really understanding his vision.
It's filmmakers like Gondry, who when they have total ownership over their material, make you see the pure magic that cinema can provide. Glorious!