Happy Valentine’s Day! I love this Valentine’s Day Movie Meme that is going around online. I first saw it when I checked out this great film blog FILMflare, and I thought would be idea to put myself in the mood for VDay. I’m a romantic after all, so I was too hard for me to do. Read, comment, and keep it going! Here goes:
What is your favorite romantic comedy?
For me it’s (500) Days of Summer. There aren’t many rom-coms that stands up in repeat viewings for me, but this one definitely does. This movie really appealed to both my romantic idealism and humor-ladened sense of realism. I’ve always had quirky sensibilities so I love the little bits of innovation (the exceptions vs. reality split screen was ingenious) and the perfect blend of adorable moments (Joseph Gordon-Levitt's impromptu dance number? Awesome every time). Some may call it an anti-romantic movie, but I think it shows how important each relationship is to our lives and shapes us into the people we become.
What is your favorite romantic drama?
Bright Star all the way. I have already blogged about how romantic and beautiful this movie is in sight and sound. What’s more romantic than the story of one of the greatest Romance poets, John Keats? Incredible acting on part of Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw in bringing this period to live. I cry every time I watch it without fail.
Worst romantic movie you’ve seen? Mostly anything with Katherine Heigl. Take your pick between 27 Dresses, Life As We Know It, The Ugly Truth, etc. I can only hope for a world where she isn’t allow to make any more romantic comedies.
How do you feel about majority of romantic films being labeled “chick flicks”? This is rather unfortunately but yeah, anything that is viewed as being “romantic” is specifically marketed to and thought to cater only to women. Secretly, I think alot of men enjoy romance just as much but our society is very much one where men have to hide their emotions. I think we would be better off if men would be more open.
Favorite on-screen couple?
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in Before Sunrise and the sequel Before Sunset. To me, this is one of the most romantic film experiences ever captured. We follow these two people as they wander through the streets of beautiful European cities (Vienna and Paris, respectively) and learn of their hopes, fears, desires, and love for each other that stands over time.
Favorite off-screen couple? Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams. The Notebook gaves us a glimpse into the passion and fun that they probably shared. I know I’m not the only one that wished they were still together.
Best kiss in a movie? I will not be able to forget that amazing scene in the library in Atonement. For me, it was everything you could want in terms of being swept away. The fact that it was (SPOILER!) the only kiss that they were able to share makes it all that amazing. Watch it here.
Favorite romantic scene?
I have so many but I would have to take it back to the 90’s with Untamed Heart between Adam (Christian Slater) and Caroline (Marisa Tomei). Sweet melodrama at its best.
Who are two film characters you wished had gotten together but never did?
I love the movie Love Actually and I always wished that Keira Knightly’s character could have been with Andrew Lincoln’s character. He seemed to be such a sweetheart and the scene with the cue cards was very creative and thoughtful. Its tough to be in love with your best friend’s girl.
Two actors you think would have great chemistry but have never done a film together? That’s a tough one. I’ll go with Chris Messina (Ira & Abby, Devil) and Abbie Cornish (Bright Star). He is an underrated actor with a sexual appeal (it’s his lips!) I would like to see more of in film, and she is an equally great actor that can match his passion.
Favorite romantic song in a film (doesn’t have to be from a musical)? Kissing You by Des’ree from Romeo+Juliet
Best score from a romance film? I didn’t want to bring up a movie I had already before but I loved the score from Bright Star. So gentle, subtle and lovely. Hear some of the music here.
Most romantic film quote?
“…If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love … I love … I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” - Darcy to Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice
A film you’d recommend to watch on Valentine’s Day
I would suggest to anyone to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. What is more romantic trying to erase someone you can not get out of your heart and head only to determine that no matter what, you want them back? Its sweet without being sappy and fun without losing its tenderness. Another brilliant performance from Kate Winslet and surprisingly great Jim Carrey in a dramantic role.