# 272 – Rom-com madness

The main motivation of this post is to provide a short list of movies that are all about the romance and love and all that mushy stuff the month of February represents to everybody. Although the day of Valentine is over (because I didn’t manage to finish this on time) I wanted to go ahead with the plan of writing  a list of romantic comedies (rom-com’s).  Movies are not in a particular order what so ever.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Second Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie where they end up together but some how I like this one a bit more. Maybe it is the fact that this one has a lot more Meg and Tom together than Sleepless in Seattle (1993) has. You’ve Got Mail is about a small children’s bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) and a big chain bookstore owner Joe Fox (Hanks). They at first connect, then find out they are competitors and then end up being enemies. Enemies who actually e-mail each other of which only one is aware of. This pretty much sums it up – I am a big fan of the 90’s romantic comedies and this one was the first I thought of.

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

This is one of those Sandra Bullock movies I always remember. Her wearing a man’s over-sized goat and falling on the ice with his “fiance’s” brother. Basically it is a story of a big mistake which is caused by series of events after what the family in the movie thinks she is now one of them. Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher play the brothers and although it has a IMDb score under 7, Bullock got nominated for a Golden Globe for her role.

Amélie (2001)

This French movie is probably a must to everybody who has at least some idea of the movie world. Audrey Tautou who portrays Amélie, the interesting and mysterious character, looks for romance. Aren’t we all – but this movie has been stuck in my head although I watched it years ago. I can remember scenes almost with complete detail which is a rather interesting situation. I thought since I have done some foreign posts I should add a romantic comedy from Europe to the list – Amélie was my first and only choice!

Love Actually (2003)

Movie that has various story-lines connected while known actors and actresses are giving great performances! Style which USA took over with He’s Just Not That Interested, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and probably many yet to come. But Love Actually is the British version which is still my number one from all the romantic comedies where love comes in many forms. It has Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and many others! Just a wonderful combination of romance. And this is a must-see during every Christmas!

The Holiday (2006)

This Nancy Meyers romantic comedy is actually another favorite of mine. I don’t mind Cameron Diaz nor Jack Black in this one and Kate Winslet and Jude Law make it even better. I don’t know why it is so good in my mind, Nancy Meyers actually makes a lot of good ones (latest was with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin – priceless). The Holiday is still one of her best for me, I have the DVD so I can go back to it every time I want to and usually around the holidays.

Friends With Benefits (2011)

I added this Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake movie into the list cause I wanted to make it a bit more even. Since a lot of rom’com’s actually look like this one, it is just fair to put here one that surprised me the most. Kunis is gorgeous and Timberlake can act although I prefer him singing. The story looks at the situation where friends start to share benefits – which of course leads to the big final moment which for me totally ruined the movie but maybe some like the big spectacular moment of “I love you”. I thought it was cheesy but still, I wanted something like this in the list.

Knocked Up (2007)

This is probably the only Katherine Heigl movie I like and it is mostly because of Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd who were all brought together by Judd Apatow. This is like a really grown-up romantic comedy which is not afraid to go that extra notch to make us flinch. I think it represents nowadays rom-com’s, I mean, they have been very sexual and they use a lot of bad words – a lot. I guess it is just evolution but I would still prefer the 90’s.

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

This is a lot nicer romantic comedy than the previous two and it has Joseph Gordon-Levitt together with Zooey Deschanel! I like the fact that this movie is from the point of view of a male character and the female becomes the villain in this. It makes things fair and balances out the large amount of romantic comedies where men are the bad guys! Because lets be honest, sometimes women are the cruel ones and this movie is a great example of that.

Here are some of the movies mentioned, some more I have seen:

Valentine’s Day (2010)

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

Crazy. Stupid. Love. (2011)

Easy A (2010)

Kate & Leopold (2001)

Clueless (1995)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Along Came Polly (2004)

The Family Stone (2005)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Going the Distance (2010)

# 217 – Friends With Benefits (TV-show special)

I chose to do this post because I actually thought it would be funny to have two Friends With Benefits posts in a row. The previous one (# 216) was basically a movie that told the story of two friends who shared benefits and then fell in love. Also similar to the Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher movie Friends With Benefits the TV-show is like the more sexier version of Friends or How I Met Your Mother. Basically it is a show about friends and it focuses on the relationships they have between others and with each other.

It seems that the series has 13 episodes (while the last is only available on iTunes) and that is all you can get from these characters which I actually found appealing in some situations. The show was cancelled (at least that’s the info I got) and I’m not really surprised cause a lot of shows don’t make it after the first season if they don’t have a big impact. Comparing Friends With Benefits with Happy Endings (which got cancelled and then was picked up again) it is quite clear why Friends With Benefits got the boot.

My opinion is the following, Friends With Benefits never established the characters that viewers can relate to in a more universal way. They were all too similar, all had these social-characteristics that kept them single and nobody was in a relationship longer than an episode. I find it just too shallow for this type of a show while Happy Endings got much more depth to it. But maybe I just like to compare it to Friends cause I just watched them the other day – oh the memories.That was a comedy that everybody could relate to and it didn’t seem as light as FWB.

Anyway, Daneel Ackles and Ryan Hansen are more familiar names in this show: Ackles, who was then called Harris played Rachel in One Tree Hill and Hansen was the popular boy in Veronica Mars. Others, Zach Cregger, Andre Holland and Jessica Lucas were basically new faces for me. Although Cregger is behind a show called The Whitest Kids U’know which he directs/writes/acts in and Lucas has played in many TV-shows I watch.

Other than that I quite recommend it if you have nothing else to watch and you need some good laughs, cause it has a 6,2 score on IMDb which is okay but not great. Now we just have to wait and see what other new ways to portray friends with benefits somebody comes up with – to be continued.

# 216 – Friends With Benefits

I waited for this movie a very long time, I remember thinking that this is going to be awesome and I’m gonna like it. I think due to that fact I enjoyed it more than I normally would’ve but Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis had great chemistry and some nice scenes either way. The whole idea was a bit too unstable to me, the way it all ended was a little too corny for this movie. Would’ve liked to see it unravel in a completely different way and maybe I’d be happier about this movie in the end – sadly the end for me was everything but good.

It all started very well, the stories looked good and well, it was quite funny in the beginning. While the stories started to get more serious it all went down-hill cause it wasn’t that joyful and easy anymore. I liked the friends with benefits part, I think that’s what I’m saying about this movie. I’m sorry that I’m really vague about this movie, I saw it a long time ago (and saw a lot of other movies/TV-shows in between) and I think my memory is a bit off with this one. But what else is there to say about a romantic comedy: it was funny, it was cute and then in the end it was all mushy stuff like always.

I checked into the facts, the writers of Friends With Benefits are couple of guys who haven’t written much and it is directed by Will Gluck who has done Easy A and Fired Up. But the sad part is that the movie had a $35 million budget while it crossed just little over $84 million – could’ve been a little bit better considering Timberlake’s fans but apparently they like his music more than his movies. Although Timberlake is not that bad at acting, he actually has great moments when he actually makes me forget that he is a singer. Though now I guess I should call him a singer/actor which is far too popular in Hollywood.

All in all, the movie had its laughs and I think that they are worth to watch this movie at least once, but as I said, the ending was just not for me (not this time) so 2,5 out of 5 for this one. Maybe next time Timberlake, maybe next time. PS: Mila Kunis was gorgeous like always!

# 161 – Friends With Benefits

This might be the worst wait of the year – waiting for Friends With Benefits which comes out on 22nd of July! The movie which stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake has a great build-up for a great movie, best comedy of the year based on the trailer that came out today. Although, this might be as it was with Easy A, that all the great moments are in the trailer, but who cares – Woody Harrelson plays a gay guy! And Emma Stone plays Timberlake’s ex and Andy Samberg plays Mila’s ex and Jenna Elfman plays Timberlake’s sister and Emma Stone’s mother from Easy A now plays Mila’s mother and the guy from Burlesque who slept there with Emma’s father from Easy A plays dirty sex games with Mila’s mom (so that guy has slept with both the dad and the mom of Emma from Easy A) and Bryan Greenberg is also in this movie but he isn’t shown in the trailer but I’m thinking he is the boy candy for Woody. Anyway, this was basically the summary of my random thought that came to me after I watched this trailer – a lot of great actors and actresses and I just can’t wait for July! (In my case even later because it is released in Estonia on 23rd of September!!)


# 45 – New Shows 2010

Here are couple of previews of the new shows coming this fall. This happens every year since a lot of the shows don’t last and are canceled after the first season (or in some cases after couple of episodes). This is why Accidentally on Purpose isn’t returning this fall which to me is sad because I found it to be better than Cougar Town which got its second season. Anyhow,  here are some trailers of the new shows – some of which I am excited about, some I don’t care much for and some have actors I’m excited about but not the show itself.

ABC’s No Ordinary Family: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbBplfoXBbY]

ABC’s Mr. Sunshine: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCmPPEs6wN4&feature=related]

CW’s Hellcats: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDvVkSOhUAY&feature=related]

CW’s Nikita (just want to see Shane West): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoTz17GWxjs]

NBC’s Perfect Couples: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2SwWjGRJHY]

NBC’s Friends with Benefits: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWpQvZJft5Q&feature=channel]

NBC’s Chase: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iySot267PvU&feature=channel]

CBS’s Mike & Molly: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx4pX6nmHO0&feature=related]

CBS’s Bleep ($#*!) My Dad Says: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuuMGMJk7Fs&NR=1]

CBS’s The Defenders: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLgSne5S4IM&feature=related]

FOX’s Mixed Signals:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY2T0QdNpL8]

FOX’s Raising Hope:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_n6maWQayQ&feature=related]

FOX’s Lonestar: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m65zVPjBphQ]