It’s officially February which means blogs everywhere are going to be talking about all things love, hearts, flowers and romance. I know that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but being the squealing little fan girl that I am, I love a good love story.
I’m joining in on this week’s Writer’s Workshop hosted by Mama Kat to talk about five of my favorite romantic movies.
(1) Clueless was probably one of my first favorite romantic movies. And despite the pure cheesiness of it all (or maybe because of?) I would still watch it anyplace, anytime. For the ridiculously fun fashion (I still want Cher’s closet), the witty writing, the Paul Rudd of it all, the fact that it’s a modern interpretation of Emma by Jane Austen disguised as a dumb high school movie and the blazing chemistry between Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd. This staircase scene towards the end of the movie has been giving me #allthefeels for 21 years and that number is majorly stressing me out right now. (stream it on Netflix immediately)
(2) I guess it’s no surprise given my previous answer that I was all about 10 Things I Hate About You which is another class novel modern interpetation – this one is secretly not so secretly Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare. And I’m pretty sure it was the exact moment that every girl in the world fell in love with Heath Ledger. He had us at Can’t Take My Eyes off of You. Also, Joseph Gordon Levitt slightly before we decided he was a hottie and my first indication that tiny white girls who like hip hop are secretly everything. My bestie in high school and I would watch it nearly every day and she still can’t walk into her home town movie rental place because she never returned it. (Rent it on Amazon for $3 or buy it for $10 because honestly.)
(3) In college I discovered Gone With the Wind. I stayed up late one night with a friend to watch the two disc mammmoth of a movie only to realize a couple hours in that we had watched the second disc first by accident. Whoops. My friend was like, “kay thanks byyyyyeeeee” but even out of order I was riveted and started the whole thing over – watching disc one and then disc two again for continuity’s sake. Gone With the Wind is a classic for good reason – it’s story of the Civil War is heartbreaking, it’s love story is timeless and also a bit heartbreaking. Scarlet O’Hara is a girl we can all relate to – especially on our worst days (at least I can) and reminds us that it’s worth it to climb back up to the top after every set back. And that some times you need to be honest with yourself when you are over your high school crush. Preferably before you alienate everyone. (You can buy that 2 disc DVD for $10 or stream it for $4 and not risk watching it out of order).
(4) The Decoy Bride is a recentish movie that earned my #obsessed seal of approval- I think attempted to bully every female I know into watching it. I’ve seen it at least half a dozen times since I discovered it a couple years ago and it’s not just because it stars David Tennant (i.e. the 10th Doctor) and Kelly Macdonald (aka the girl who voiced Merida from Brave – Seriously). This movie had everything I love – funny premise, sort of dorky writer girl who is awesome and you will love her and want to be her a little bit, Scottish accents everywhere, that guy from Ugly Betty that you LOVE, chemistry flying off the screen but with actors who look like real people and not Hollywood Cyborg Pretties. It’s New York’s Hottest Club in romcom form. (Stream it on Netflix and then watch it over and over and over.)
I’m so dorkily obsessed with this movie that I couldn’t pick just one picture to show you guys. #sorrynotsorry
(5) Last but definitely not least is Amelie which is in French but don’t worry – between subtitles and the fact that this movie is so brilliant you will absolutely forget you don’t speak French (unless you do, then, you know, awesome) – you will have no trouble following along. First off, visually, this movie is just stunning. The geniuses behind this film make every tiny detail take your breath away a little. Second, Audrey Tautou might be one of the best actresses of our time. Third, the chemistry and just overall feel of the movie is #allthefeels concentrated. You can almost bottle the feels and sell it for a fortune. Or selfishly horde them forever. (And you can stream it on Netflix now – you’re welcome)
What is your favorite romantic movie?
What movie should I fall in love with next?
This week’s Writing Prompts were:
1. Write about your proposal. Were you surprised?
2. List your top 5 favorite romance movies.
3. Tell us about a crush you had and/or have.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Friendly
5. February 4th is National Thank A Mailman Day. What did your mail carrier deliver that you would like to thank them for?
6. Write a poem to your love for Valentine’s Day.