Sunday, June 16, 2013

MY TOP FIVE - Romantic Comedies

Like most girls, I am a sucker for a romantic comedy. I would happily dedicate an afternoon to watching Julia Roberts movies whilst consuming a block of milk chocolate and drinking G&T's. So I'm going to share with you my Top 5 favourite RomComs, most of which I saw as a young girl and hold a lot of sentimental attachment to all these years later.

FIVE: Love Actually (2003)

The cast of this film is insane; all-star and huge! And it works! America have tried to re-create this film with such shitty ones like Valentines Day and New Years Eve but you just can't top a film like Love Actually.
There are so many beautiful love stories in this film it's really hard to pick a favourite, but I have to go for the one between Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia. The fact that they both don't speak the same language and find a connection between each other is just beautiful. And he learns her language! Colin Firth, you beautiful.

FOUR: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Rob Reiner directed some memorable films in the 1980s, such as The Princess Bride, Stand By Me and This is Spinal Tap. And then he came out with this film, When Harry Met Sally.
There are so many great moments in this film; Harry informing Sally men and women can't be friends because sex always gets in the way, Sally's fussy way of ordering meals at diners, and of course the orgasm scene with the infamous line, 'I'll have what she's having.'
I love the scenes that break up the film, where we see elderly couples who tell the stories of how they met. Although told by actors, these are true stories of how real life couples met. They are mostly humorous but also really sweet.
You also get the impression that this movie was influenced by Woody Allen's film Annie Hall, with it's witty banter and, that Sally's outfits seem to be heavily influenced by that which Diane Keaton wore as Annie Hall.
It's hilarious, believable, romantic and makes you feel all warm inside - all the things you want from a romantic comedy. 

THREE: Say Anything (1989)

This is my number one 'go to movie' when I'm feeling sad or just need to fall asleep to the sound of Lloyd Dobler's fumbling voice.
This is Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) debut feature film as a Director and he also wrote this one too. John Cusack plays the fumbling Lloyd Dobler who is completely infatuated with the class valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Sky). He is determined to win her affection despite her protective father.
This is the kind of movie that makes you think, 'Guys just don't 'whoo' girls anymore.' And why not? The persistence of Lloyd is so admirable and he's never annoying about it either. I would give anything to have a boy play In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel on a boombox outside my bedroom window. 
This movie makes you cling on to the idea that romance isn't dead even when you're only 18-years-old.

Favourite Line - Lloyd Dobler: "She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen."

TWO: Bridget Jones' Diary (2001)

I think it's pretty hard to find a lady that doesn't enjoy this movie. It's a modern interpretation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and it has Colin Firth reprising his role as Mr Darcy, I mean come on, swoon! 
This movie is so unbelievably hilarious and there are so many memorable moments i.e. the granny panties, sliding down the fireman pole, the playboy bunny costume, etc.
I'd hate to paint a sad picture of myself, but when I was living on my own I would often find myself watching this movie. The opening titles scene in the film (link below) is so relate-able as a single girl living on her own. 
And Hugh Grant plays an arrogant asshole that your knees can't help but buckle for in this film.  

ONE: Notting Hill (1999)

This is my number one rom-com because, I saw this film at a very young age and fell in love with it's story then and have loved it ever since.
I love the thought of a famous actress falling for an everyday guy like William Thacker. Anna Scott (Roberts) may screw him over quite a bit, but there are so many beautiful moments in this film and hilarious moments too! Who can forget Hugh Grant trying to climb over a fence and constantly saying, 'whoopsa-daisies' every time he slips.
My Favourite Moment from this film is my all time favourite moment from a romantic-comedy ever. Which makes sense being my number one pick in this post. I love quoting it and get a little teary every time I see it (I am such a sucker).

Favourite Line(s) -
Spike: There's something wrong with this yogurt.

William: Ah, that's not yogurt, that's mayonnaise...
Spike: Ah, right-o then.
[continues to eat it]

Favourite Moment 

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