Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Valentine's Edition, Pt. 3


It's Thursday, and so it's time for more Thursday Movie Picks.  It's still February, so that means that we are still maintaining our Valentine's Day theme, and this week we're talking about confessions or declarations of love.  We've all seen them, those monologues where the main character (and sometimes not so main character) just lays it all out on the line.  Sometimes it's long and elaborate.  Other times it's short and sweet.  Sometimes it's full of blistering passion, sometimes it's angry passion, frustrated passion, lustful passion...other times it's soft, tempered, comforting.  Sometimes it's absolutely broken.  

This week, I tried to find a little of each...and I found clips!

10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger, 1999)
I've said it here before and I'll say it a million times more, 10 Things I Hate About You is the most perfect teen movie ever made.  Going even further, it's one of the best Shakespeare adaptations ever made.  Going even further, it's one of the best ensembles of the 90's.  Like, I'm not joking here; it's a wonderful, wonderful movie.  Now, to the scene at hand...the closing poem.  MY GOD...the heartbreak.  Why Julia Styles didn't become a HUGE star after this is beyond me.  Her performance is absolute perfection.  She nails all of the caulloused layers here to create a young girl turned off by the world around her, blossomed under the tropes of love and then destroyed when that love broke all her walls down.  This moment is perfection.

And here it is:



Love, Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003)
I love this movie.  It has many, many detractors, but I find this so clever and charming and fun and so I endlessly recommend this because haters just need to suck it.  Now, when it comes to declarations of love, I don't think there is any as sweet, charming and perfect as this one.  In fact, I'm a dude and I'd swoon for this.  Just...just watch it.


Good Christ, I'm crying.

Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
And now we come to that declaration so full of passion it's angry.  Brokeback Mountain, as a film, is full of passion, even when it's at it's most passive, because it understands that deep down, passion is what makes this love so universally felt.  In this legendary moment, accompanied by that phrase we all can't help but repeat, that passion is FELT!


32 comments:

  1. Excellent choices! I love Love Actually and that scene and cannot believe Lincoln called his character 'a stalker' lately. I think TWD and fame really turned him into a moron

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    1. I haven't seen The Walking Dead, so I wasn't even aware he was on the show. LOL...he's not a stalker!!! UGH, some people should keep their opinions to themselves :-P

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  2. Great picks! I almost went with Love Actually but with Colin Firth's scene.

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    1. There are so many great scenes to choose from in Love, Actually!

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  3. Love these choices! I so nearly included Brokeback Mountain in my list :)
    Love Actually is such a perfect pick this week, too!
    - Allie

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  4. Love, Actually is underrated. It's not my favorite movie, nor my favorite romance, but it's a lovely little film that gives us some real endings instead of just uniformly happy ones. I'm not sure why it gets a bad rap, but it deserves to be thought of better than it often is.

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    1. Yeah, I think the bad rap comes from spawning trash like Valentine's Day, which tried to follow the same formula and failed.

      But it's unfair to lump them together. This version is vastly superior.

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  5. Terrific picks!

    You could do three out of Love Actually alone, I love the one you chose, so sweet.

    Brokeback is so raw and that scene so full of repressed pain, I love the film but just can't watch it very often, it's too draining.

    A Heath Ledger mini theme! 10 Things is one of the best Shakespeare adaptations and that supporting cast is aces. I'm not a Julia Stiles fan but I do like her here.

    I didn't do scene clips for my picks but did highlight the declaration of love.

    Pride & Prejudice (2005)-Lovely adaptation of the Austen classic with Keira Knightley & Matthew MacFayden well matched as the headstrong Elizabeth Bennett and the reserved Mr. Darcy who secretly loves her. They are surrounded by a perfect supporting cast.
    *Memorable Declaration-During a sweeping rainstorm in an isolated pavilion the drenched Darcy declares that he loves Lizzie most ardently!

    Last of the Mohicans (1992)-Exciting, intense beautifully filmed reading of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel. Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe bring an electric chemistry to their characters which enhances all their scenes but particularly their romantic ones. Pitch perfect music score adds an extra dimension to the effectiveness of the film.
    *Memorable Declaration-Under a waterfall fleeing from attacking Indians Nathaniel tells Cora when he must leave her “You be strong, you survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.”

    Somewhere in Time (1980)-At the premier of his first play writer Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is approached by a mysterious old woman who presses a locket into his hand with the words “Come back to me!” Years later Collier now a successful but blocked playwright impulsively takes a trip to an old resort where he spies a picture of once famous actress Elise McKenna (a breathtakingly beautiful Jane Seymour) from 70 years hence and becomes obsessed with her. Believing she is his destiny he searches for a way to travel back to her time. Preposterous but uber romantic time travel fantasy with the well matched leads and the gorgeous Mackinac Island selling the plot’s various implausibility’s for those able to suspend belief. Very involving if you like romantic movies.
    *Memorable Declaration-In the guise of the character she is portraying on stage Elise goes off script and staring straight at Richard says: “The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? "Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognize you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say... I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you."

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    1. My father LOVES Somewhere in Time...I saw it countless times as a kid. Trying to rewatch it as an adult was less successful. I just couldn't respond to it like I wanted to.

      But that score!

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  6. Great picks! I don't know about 10 Things I Hate About You being THE greatest teen movie ever - at the very least Mean Girls, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Breakfast Club have legitimate claims to that title - but it is excellent, a super-clever Shakespeare adaptation, and has two star-making performances (Stiles and Ledger). Stiles did become a bit of a star after this, but stepped back after a while (she went to college and after that didn't work as much).

    The haters of Love Actually really can suck it. It's not a perfect film but damn close, and if you don't feel all warm and fuzzy watching it, you probably don't have a heart.

    Brokeback.... I just can't. Now I'm crying. At my desk. At work. Thanks a lot, Drew. ;-)

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    1. 10 Things is so perfect though. I mean, you could make a case of Bueller or Mean Girls (I find The Breakfast Club to be highly overrated) but there is something so clever and fun and spot on memorable about every part of 10 Things...

      And you're welcome...a good cry never hurt anybody!

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  7. Sigh. I've only seen Brokeback. If you remember the 4 Ways Roundtable, you know I despise this film. It's so dull. It could've been great, Ang Lee went Ang Lee all over it and drained all the life out of it. I'll stop here because I feel a rant coming. I wish I knew how to quit doing that.

    Moving on, I really do need to see Love Actually. People have been recommending it to me for years. I just haven't gotten to it, yet.

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    1. Let's not speak of your VERY WRONG feelings towards Brokeback Mountain!

      :-P

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  8. I have not seen 10 Things in quite a while but thought it was excellent for a teen movie which actually seems to diminish the movie if one says "teen". I picked Love Actually also but I like the Colin Firth one. I am reading that it gets some hate and I have no idea why-each part is perfect in my eyes and the scene you picked is great. I think it is a fad to say negative things about a certain film because..people can be morons. Love Brokeback Mountain. It is such a super charged film about love that is not supposed to be but is. It is an excellent film

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    1. Yeah, I guess 'teen' does diminish the quality of the film...but it is what it is...and what it is is GREAT!

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  9. Great post! I really, really like all three of these movies, although I've never wanted to watch Brokeback Mountain a second time. I just found it too soul crushing.

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  10. "10 Things I Hate About You is the most perfect teen movie ever made." The TRUTH, my friend. And Love Actually is the movie my wife and I watch on Black Friday while everyone else is stomping each other for cheap TVs. We put it on while decorating for Christmas. It is so good, and that scene is glorious. Brokeback Mountain didn't cross my mind, but that is one of the most beautiful stories ever told, period. Gyllenhaal is so damn good in that one. Shit, that dude is always good.

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    1. Oh, and I LOVE that Heath Ledger is on the receiving end of two of your picks. That was a beautiful man. Miss him.

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    2. TRUTH! Yay!

      Love that you love Love, Actually, too!

      Gyllenhaal has grown on me since my initial viewing, where it was all about Ledger for me. Gyllenhaal's 2005 was actually really great...and I think I even prefer him in Jarhead that year. Such a powerful performance.

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    3. And yes...Ledger's loss was a massive blow and probably the first celebrity death I really...felt.

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  11. 10 Things I Hate About You is great but I think the reason Julia Stiles isn't a big star is that I think she's very limited as an actress. Plus, I think some of the films she did like A Guy Thing and The Prince & Me were very bad choices. I think she's best in supporting roles though I personally would rather have her in the lead of Silver Linings Playbook instead of the now insufferable J-Law.

    I'm mixed on Love Actually. It's a film where there's some things about I like but others I just fucking hate. I blame the screening I went to. It was a test-screening and I don't think anyone should do those things. They're fucking terrible.

    DAMN IT DREW YOU BASTARD!!! I WISH I KNEW HOW TO QUIT YOU!!!!

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    1. I never considered Stiles limited...just untapped. She did make poor choices, I'll admit.

      And I'm glad you can't quit me!

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  12. Great picks! Love Actually was the first movie that came into my mind for this week. I have yet to watch Brokeback Mountain, hopefully I get to it this month!

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    1. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on BBM when you get to it!

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  13. I once made fun of 10 Things but then I actually watched it. There is something so satisfying about that film. The characters work. The performances work. The humor works. I find myself watching it whenever I come across it on TV.

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  14. Julia Styles - I guess she got typecast as the modern Shakespeare adaptation girl. I think she did three right? This, O and Hamlet.

    Love Love Actually. One of those movies I revisit often and yeas that's one of my favourite scenes.

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    1. Ha, I didn't even put that together, but you're right!

      Love Actually is such a sweet and well-intentioned love story. I'm so happy to read all the love for it here.

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  15. Excellent choices. Why didn't I remember that scene from 10 Things? I really need to rewatch that film!

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