Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentines Day; Time for Romance

These are my answers to the Valentine's Day Movie Meme, from Meredith @ Forever Classics

Romantic films are certainly not my speciality but this looked fun so I thought I'd give it a try.  Bare in mind I really don't watch a lot of romantic films.  I dislike most rom-coms and I hate weepie melodramas.  I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to see Titanic but funnily enough loved it.  And from the answers below, you might think I've got a pretty wierd idea of romance.  Don't hold it against me...

1. What is your favorite romantic comedy?

Kevin Smith’s Mallrats is all about two guys getting their girls back.  Fortunately one of the guys is Brodie (Jason Lee) and he’s been too busy playing video games and collecting comics to notice that his girl has been spending hours in the toilet crying over their relationship.  She dumps him and so begins a mission to the mall to get the girl back.  Along the way there is an angry father, the antics of Jay and Silent Bob and Ben Affleck’s asshole from the ‘Fashionable Male’ shop to contend with.

Then there’s 500 Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and featuring a great non-linear narrative and some bruising truths about real life romance.

And one last one that made me laugh my ass off.  Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson crash weddings in the appropriately titled Wedding Crashers.  Rachel McAdams is charming and Isla Fisher is deliciously nuts but the boys steal the show with motor-mouth dialogue and a crude, lewd take on romance and the lengths men will go to bed women.

2. What is your favorite romantic drama?

Titanic is the one to beat.  Tragic, short-lived, passionate, crossing classes, forbidden, doomed.  Everything you want from a romance.  

Sticking with the early heart throb days of Leo, Baz Lurhman’s Romeo & Juliet is another one that has all the essential ingredients and serves them up to perfection.

3. Worst romance film you've seen?

Don’t think this counts as romance but it’s the worst film ever anyway.  Sex Lives of the Potato Men

4. How do you feel about the majority of romantic films being labeled "chick flicks"?

Annoyed for the huge amount of ‘chicks’ who hate the stuff.  Emasculated when I have to admit to liking some of them… especially Titanic. 

5. Favorite on-screen couple?

Leo and Kate as Jack and Rose in Titanic.  Rich, uptight, trapped and miserable Rose learns how to live, love, spit and screw when she meets poor but happy, free-spirit Jack. 

6. Favorite off-screen couple?

Brangelina the sexy, naughty buggers.

7. Best kiss in a movie?

Human Traffic

Check the clip from 8.46 (but you really need to see the rest of the film to get it)

or Titanic on the prow

8. Favorite romantic scene?

The sex scene in Team America.  Especially the uncut version.

Also the moment Ed Norton’s narrator grabs Marla’s hand as the buildings fall in the last shot of Fight Club.

Jack draws Rose wearing ‘only this’ (her necklace).  Sexy, romantic and perfect foreplay for the main event in the back of a steamed up car.

9. Who are 2 film characters you wished had gotten together, but never did?

Patrick Swayze as Bodhi and Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah in Point Break.  Is it wrong that I’d have loved to see them just make out at the end of that movie before Bodhi surfs into oblivion?  Soaking wet from the sea with a pair of handcuffs.

Or Borat and Pamela.

10. Two actors you think would have great chemistry, but have never done a film together?

Isla Fisher and Amy Adams.  Keep your thoughts pure.

11. Favorite romantic song in a film (doesn't have to be from a musical)?

Don’t hate me but I love Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ from Armageddon

‘Only a Woman’ from Team America

12. Best score from a romance film?

Love Titanic’s apart from the actual Celine Dion song which is a bit blah.  The rest, though extremely similar to the main song, is stunningly wonderful.

13. Most romantic film quote?

‘You met me at a very strange time in my life’ Fight Club

‘I promise I will never die’ Team America

‘Put your hands on me Jack’ Titanic

14.  A film you'd recommend to watch on Valentine's Day?

I reckon Wall-E’s first hour is pretty romantic and flawless.  Dirty Dancing will keep many girls happy as far as I’m aware.  Brokeback Mountain for some raunchy intense in-tents man-love.  Titanic if you want a real weepie with epic tragedy.  Recent indie Like Crazy might make you more grateful for what you have.  500 Days of Summer if you recently got dumped.  The Artist if it’s still on at a cinema near you.

You might as well join in, go on!  What's the move's that get in you in the mood for love? 

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