A MOVIE LOVER’S FAVORITES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PANDEMIC #26: Born Yesterday

A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #26: Born Yesterday (1950.) Judy Holliday stars in this film and beat Bette Davis in All About Eve and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard to win the Academy Award. Her performance isn’t like any other you’ve seen on screen. The scene where Judy Holliday beats Broderick Crawford at gin is a classic. After you watch this movie, I hope you love it as much as I do.

A MOVIE LOVER’S FAVORITES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PANDEMIC #25: That Thing You Do

A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #25: That Thing You Do (1996.) This charming fable about a 1965 one hit wonder band is written, directed, and stars Tom Hanks. All the things we cherish about him are manifested in this movie. The scene in which the band first hears their song on the radio is one of the best cinematic depictions of joy you’ll ever see. When life and the Pandemic feel overwhelming, watch this movie, and your spirits will be lifted.

A MOVIE LOVER’S SEARCH FOR ROMANCE: DATING TIP #10

Remember that you’re never too old or too anything (sick, busy, etc.), to have wonderful romantic experiences. I’ve had many great romances since my divorce, and I firmly believe there are more in my future. We can find love at any age under any circumstances. If you want romance in your life, don’t give up!

A MOVIE LOVER’S FAVORITES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PANDEMIC #22: Notting Hill

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A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #22: Notting Hill (1999). This delightful film stands above the usual Rom-Com fare because of its wit and intelligence. The protagonist is a man suffering through all the emotions usually depicted by female leads in this genre. Hugh Grant is at his understated best, and the rest of the cast, including Julia Roberts, shines. It will warm you on a cold night

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GREAT REVIEW!

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On August 17, 2020, Readers’s Favorites gave my book, A Movie Lover’s Search for Romance, this great review.

Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite

A Movie Lover’s Search for Romance by Joanna J. Charnas is the non-fiction memoir of the author’s post-divorce dating life in her 40s and 50s. Charnas brings the reader into a thoroughly documented and thoughtful field as she finds herself determined to make a match. In what started as a series of crushes deemed unattainable, Charnas begins to take the quest seriously to put singlehood to bed—both literally and figuratively speaking. Each chapter delves into an experience with a new man, some budding into actual relationships and others that are DOA. Through it all, Charnas keeps an open mind and an open heart, accepting dates with men who she might not have previously considered a suitable match, but allowing herself the opportunity to embrace the encounters as she pins the episodes to themes from her favorite movies.

A Movie Lover’s Search for Romance is likely one of the most honest dating memoirs I’ve read. Joanna J. Charnas holds nothing back in detailing her state of mind, highs and lows, and brushes with men who were seemingly Mr. Right in addition to the Mr. Right Nows and Mr. No Mores. Adding her love of cinema and attaching this to men and scenarios, including input from some of the dates themselves, imparts a bit of levity to situations that a less tolerant writer might not have been able to concede. My favorite chapter is Kiss of Death, where Charnas dishes on men saying they want one thing when in fact they really want another, and the exact moment she knows the prospect is kiboshed. These are almost universal situations that virtually any person who has dated will be able to relate to. It’s rare to find a book on dating life where the author continues to engage as she snuggles up to age sixty. Charnas is a delight to read and her optimism and experiences are nothing short of extraordinary.