It's February, which means that we've already had a full month of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks! This has been so much fun, and I'm looking forward to playing along for another month. In case you missed them, here are the previous themes and my corresponding posts:
And so, now we move on into January with a pretty popular film genre...
I tried to cover a wide range of films here. I wanted to touch upon a classic, I wanted to touch upon a more intellectual comedy. I wanted to touch upon what you might expect from the genre. I wanted to just go there, and then I kind of wanted to touch upon the greatest of all Romantic Comedies that isn't really a Romantic Comedy even though it kind of is (it's, like, so many, many things) and so I have my three choices AND a bonus this week!
Most people think of Katharine Hepburn and they see this severe actress, serious minded and completely in control, and yet in the late 30's, Cary Grant took her by the hand and made her fun and flirty and relatable and hilarious. The two were a magnetic and charming pair, and 1938's Holiday is a perfect example of how great they were together.
|Harold and Maude|
Quirky, indeed, and funny in the way that makes you smile as apposed to barrel laugh, but this film is so oddly charming, funny and romantic (but, like...yeah) because it feels so incredibly clever in the way it spins both aspects of the genre. This was like pre-Wes Anderson quirks for the romantic soul.
|10 Things I Hate About You|
When I think of the teen genre of romantic comedies, this is probably the best of the best, at least in my eyes. This is how you make Shakespeare relevant (and it doesn't hurt that this modern telling of his famed comedic classic, 'The Taming of the Shrew', is better than any Shakespearean adaptation I've ever seen) and this is how you make romance funny.
|Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind|
I almost feel like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is so perfect at everything that it doesn't even really have a genre. It's a comedy, but it's a romance, but it's a drama, but it's a character study, but it's a quirky adventure story, but it's a dissection of memory, but it's...so many other things. Like, I just adore this movie so much it hurts. It is the greatest Romantic Comedy that isn't really (or I should say "isn't JUST") a Romantic Comedy!