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Love in the Time of Monsters: the pinnacle of all human achievement

Love in the Time of Monsters is absolutely incredible. In fact, it may go down in cinema history as one of the best films ever created. Now that I think about it, it could become recognized as one of the hallmarks of all human achievement. But, I could be biased.

"Two sisters travel to a cheesy tourist trap where they battle toxic monsters dressed in bigfoot costumes in order to save the ones they love."

But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me backpedal and explain where the journey of this movie began for me personally. Imagine a 20 something guy in 2004, somewhere in North Hollywood, CA, wandering into Odyssey Video and discovering a giant collection of incredible 70's and 80's horror movies on VHS.  I was only there for the 99 cent Tuesday rentals, as suggested to me by one of my roommates, Andy Gunn. 

We spent many late night hours laughing, gawking, wincing, and discussing some of the most bizarre and obscure 80's horror movies ever made in the confines of…

What If

A medical-school dropout (Daniel Radcliffe) tries to hide his attraction to his new friend (Zoe Kazan), a bubbly artist who already has a boyfriend. What If is criminally underrated and deserves to be seen and enjoyed. It stars an eager young Daniel Radcliffe who fits the role of romantic semi-leading man nicely. He has an energy and youth that pulls you into his character and makes you forget all about Harry Whatsizname.

Zoe Kazan is also excellent as the love interest. She hits notes of cool and hip that accurately represent the 20 something generation while remaining likable.

What If is a relatable story to me, too, because as a young guy I was often relegated to the dreaded friend zone. This meant that I befriended girls and dwelled in that confusing place between friendship, and something possibly romantic. In this story, Daniel's character (Wallace) gets friend zoned hard and must difficultly navigate this confusing relationship.

If you like old-fashioned 90's romantic com…