Monday, May 30, 2005

Romantic movies

Well, I was just reading that last post, and I blush to see all the typos! I DO know how to proofread (sort of), so I can only blame the late hour and my excitement over seeing one of my favorite movies again!

Speaking of movies, I finally got around to seeing Revenge of the Sith today. Definitely entertaining, and Hayden Christensen is really a hottie (though I read recently he lost the 20 pounds of muscle he put on for this film and is now back to Shattered Glass dimensions again. Sigh. But he was cute in that, too). Great romance, though, this movie ain't. I didn't believe for 2 seconds that it was Great Love that made him do crazy/evil things like mow little kids down with a light saber. It just didn't move me the way the best romantic movies do, so I decided to go through my DVD shelf and see what some favorites are. Here are a few:

1) Roman Holiday (natch!), Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sabrina, Charade, How to Steal a Million. (All Audrey, of course, so at the top of the list)
2) Last of the Mohicans ("I will find you!")
3) Romeo and Juliet (the Zeffirelli version, not the Leo Di Caprio shoot 'em up, though that one had its moments, too)
4) Shakespeare in Love (passion, nudity, and Shakespeare quotes, plus some witty references to Marlowe, John Webster, tourism, and ticket gouging! I am so there)
5) The English Patient (love those Fiennes boys, I guess)
6) Titanic (best costumes ever, unless in Shakespeare in Love)
7) Persuasion (my favorite of the Austen adaptations)
8) Lost in Translation (never would I have thought a Bill Murray movie could be so romantic, but it was)

Anyway, that's just a few. I'm sure I'll think of 12 more as soon as I get off-line. :) I'm always looking for new-to-me movies, and always curious to hear what other people think are "romantic" cinema moments, so let me know what some of your own faves are! In the meantime, I think I'll pop in Breakfast at Tiffany's and cry over that dang cat again. Tomorrow it's back to work.


Gena Showalter said...

Ah, man. I hope he puts the muscle back on. I was *so* digging Hayden in SW. I even wanted to visit the dark side for a bit...

Kelli McBride said...

What! No CASABLANCA???!!! I just die every time I see that movie. It's funny, it's patriotic, and it's so romantic.

Here's a partial list:

1. Scarlet Pimpernal with Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews
2. Indiscrete with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman
3. Love Actually with Hugh Grant and ensemble - lots of wonderful stories including one with Colin Firth
4. Valmont with Colin Firth. God, I so loved him in that movie and hated when he died
5. Captain Blood & Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland
6. Strictly Ballroom
7. Bridges of Madison County - when she has her hand on the door handle of the truck, I'm shouting: "Get out of the freaking truck and run to him!!!!"
8. You've Got Mail - I cry every time when they're at the bridge and Meg says, "I wanted it to be you."
9. Empire Strikes Back - for there to be no really hot love scenes, the relationship between Han and Leia is wonderful, building to the very romantic exchange: "I love you." "I know."

The Best Worst Romantic Movies
1. Barbara Cartland's "Ghost in Monte Carlo." So hokey but I love it.
2. Sahara with Brooke Shields and Lambert Wilson. Really hokey, and Brooke can't act, but Lambert Wilson is a hottie.

Amanda McCabe said...

And there's Say Anything--I wanted a Lloyd Dobler when I was in high school!!!

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