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!