Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Valentine's Edition, Pt. 4


Thursday!  Thursday Movie Picks!  It's the last February post, which means that it's the last chapter in the Valentine's Edition, and this one is a fun one.  The love triangle.  These suck.

So, I've been in my fare share of love triangles.  I always seem to be the one who takes it the hardest, too.  Of course, I am partial to my own feelings, so maybe I'm looking at the whole thing a little askew.  Now, I picked three movies that represent situations/triangles I've personally been in.  Since I present these choices in chronological order, they kind of run backwards in the order in which I personally experienced them, but whatever.

You get the drift.

The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
So, I've said a few times here that there was a period of my life when I was separated from my wife.  It was such a strange feeling to be away from someone you spent years wishing you were away from only to realize in that moment that you...wanted to be with her.  Thankfully no one decided to try and sneak in while I was out of her picture, but the reality that it could happen, especially if we were estranged for long, loomed over a lot of my sleepless nights. 

Jules et Jim (Francois Truffaut, 1962)
This one is hard.  I don't like to talk about it much.  Friendships are great, but when they reach a point of comfort that betrays what a 'friend' is supposed to be...they aren't so great anymore.  Yes, I still love him. 

Heartbeats (Xavier Dolan, 2011)
So, when I was 15, I fell in love with a girl.  She was perfect.  She was funny and charming and so down to earth and absolutely beautiful.  In fact, I still love her, and I haven't seen her in 15 years.  You see, no sooner do I express my feelings to her she...winds up dating my best friend.  I wind up playing third wheel as I sit in the backseat and watch them be all happy and lovey and all over each other all the time.  Then she moved.  I was crushed.  I wrote her a letter...told her I loved her...told her I was holding onto what we could have.  I haven't talked to her since.  My heart, honestly, is still a little broken.

28 comments:

  1. Someone is all melancholy today. As my kids would say, you're just "all in your feelings" right now. I'm just giving you a hard time. It is a great post, easily the most personal of all the TMP posts that I've read. As for the movies themselves, sadly, I haven't seen any of them. However, they've all been on my watch list for a while, now. At least, there's that.

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    1. LOL, I was all in my feels when I wrote this...a month ago. LOL, I have most of these set to post for the first half of the year already.

      I would bump all of these pretty high on your list. As I'm sure you're aware, Jules et Jim is my #2 favorite film of all time...and The Philadelphia Story is in my Top 100.

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  2. I bitched throughout my post and yours is all sad and personal. Aww :( The only one I've seen of these is Heartbeats, which was good. I need to get on The Philadelphia story.

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    1. LOL, sad and personal is what I do best...

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  3. I like that you personalized the films. I haven't seen Heartbeats but the other two fit in wonderfully.

    Though I prefer Holiday of the Grant/Hepburn co-starrers (and come to think of it that film would work today as well) The Philadelphia Story is a delightful movie. I like Jules and Jim just not as much as you.

    Don't know why but I struggled a little this week but I finally came up with these:

    This Means War (2012)-Two CIA secret agents (Chris Pine & Tom Hardy) best friends and roommates go all out in their competition when they discover they have fallen for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). The three actors work hard to buoy this with their personality and charisma. One problem: Tom Hardy and Chris Pine’s chemistry with each other is much stronger than either share with Reese. The director's roots in music videos are painfully obvious and he does nothing to smooth out the many kinks in the borderline creepy plot.

    Keeping the Faith (2000)-A triangle with a twist. Two men-a priest and a rabbi (Edward Norton & Ben Stiller), friends since childhood, fall for the same woman (Jenna Elfman). She is likewise a friend from their youth newly returned to town. The various conflicts the situation presents make up the bulk of the film.

    Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)-Working class high schooler Keith (Eric Stoltz) longs to date the most popular girl in school Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson) and his best friend, the tomboyish Watts (Mary Stuart Masterton), tries to help at first. Once he makes the date though she realizes she’s jealous. Add in that Amanda’s ex-boyfriend, jackass rich boy Hardy (Craig Sheffer), resents being replaced by someone he sees as inferior and plots revenge. All the pieces are now in place for a big showdown. If the plot sounds somewhat familiar it’s because this was written by the prolific king of 80’s teen angst John Hughes. Good performances all around.

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    1. I love all the Hepburn/Grant pairings. They were so rich and dynamic together.

      Of your picks, I've only seen This Means War, which was decent for what it was...but I've seen the other two mentioned (yesterday) for this theme.

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  4. Great picks, and I love that they're so personal to you. Love it when you write about films with which you have a close connection.

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  5. Great picks and thank you for sharing your personal connection to their plotlines. I've personally never had the no doubt exquisite pleasure/pain of being in a real love triangle (there was this one married guy but that was pure lust, not love, and I could never quite figure out what was really going on between us), but I imagine being on the losing end sucks.

    The Philadelphia Story is so great - the chemistry between the leads is just dynamite. Jules and Jim is the BEST. PERIOD. Heartbeats is really good although I don't LOVE it. Although reading your write-ups is making me kick myself a little for not picking The Dreamers.

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    1. The married guys are the worst...I should know...since I am one...

      I don't 'love' Heartbeats either, but I really like it. It shows so much vision from Dolan and while it's not a perfected example of what he can do, it leaves a lasting impression.

      Now I want to know what your personal connection is to The Dreamers.

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    2. ....have you been a bad boy, Mr. Fisti? lol

      Oh I don't have much a personal connection to the story in The Dreamers, but it's the most complicated/heartbreaking love triangle I can think of and what you wrote made me think of complicated/heartbreaking love triangles.

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    3. See my comments on Jules et Jim.

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      And I know what you mean. The Dreamers fits so tragically perfect here...I'm glad that Britt used it!

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  6. Oh my gosh, two of my very favorite films. Jules and Jim and The Philadelphia Story are so incredibly different yet absolutely delightful. I rewatch them both at least once a year.

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  7. great picks and we share TPS. I really like Jules Et Jim and this is a perfect fit. I haven't seen the last film. You have a deep soul and the young girl from your teen years lost out but now you have a good wife and wonderful children. I have been in a triangle before but...that's the past:)

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    1. Thank you so much, Birgit. Your words mean a lot.

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  8. Jules & Jim is a fucking classic periods. While Heartbeats is so far my least favorite Dolan film, I do enjoy it immensely.

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    1. Even the worst Dolan is still better than the best from those other lessers.

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    2. Agreed. Dolan would shoot someone taking a dump and make it beautiful.

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  9. I have yet to watch all your picks!! Great choices though.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to check them out!

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  10. LOVE the first two. It strikes me now how different they are while sitting comfortably within the same theme. Interesting.

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    1. Yeah, I love when two different films, tonally and even plot-wise, can been so thematically similar.

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  11. I haven't seen any of your picks. Though I should check out The Philadelphia Story.

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  12. I haven't seen the latter two picks but I have read about them. I do like The Philadelphia Story - great film. Your post and comments were really heart felt and it was great to read about your personal connections in reference to the films.

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    1. Awww, thanks Hogan! I hope you can check out Jules et Jim and Heartbeats. They are both great films.

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