10 Bad Romantic Movies That Are Better Than Fifty Shades of Grey

Since today is Valentine’s Day, and most of you would likely want to spend it with a loved one Netflix and Chilling, I wanted to help out. You see, I bet there are couples out there, who for some reason think that Fifty Shades Grey could be a good choice for the evening but trust me, it is far from good. But if you truly want to watch something, and you  want to watch something bad, here are 10 bad romantic movies that are a so much better than any of the Fifty Shades movies!

Read More

Friendships or friendshits ?

friendships

aka the off-topic ramble of two TV shows about women.

Valentine’s Day has arrived and since it’s pretty much impossible to avoid it due to social media, I decided to take the high road and face this day head on: therefore accepting that it exists, not being angry at it and focusing on the fact that it could be seen as a day for friendships. With that in mind, and after a two week marathon of Sex and the City, which most likely inspired this daring post title, I figured I’d compare two TV characters who are considered as the voices of their generations –  Carrie Bradshaw and Hannah Horvath.

Read More

# 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)

# 50 – 5in1

Still feeling  ill I decided yesterday to stay in, the result – a five movie marathon with my mom. I decided not to make a post about each one of them but simply put them into the order I liked them. First being the best of the day and last being the worst (compared with the other five!).

1. Changeling (2008) – At last I saw Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece where he tackles a story based on real life. I liked it, it showed off Angelina Jolie’s vulnerable side – she played a mother who finds her son missing and after 5 months the police find him. “That’s not my son,” she says as she sees the boy for the first time and it isn’t him! The police in LA make me really mad at this movie and I felt bad for the woman, she never gave up even though I strongly think that her son got killed at that creepy farm. She still had hope as we found out at the end – she never gave up the search. I give it a solid 4 – taking points of it because it is one time movie, I can’t imagine watching it twice.

2. Frost/Nixon (2008) – Another great movie director, Ron Howard brings the play written by Peter Morgan (who wrote the screenplay of The Queen!) to a big screen and brilliantly as I might add. I like serious movies that are based on real life, they make it so much interesting to watch. Since this was about President Nixon and the Watergate I recommend it to people who like politics. I don’t like it but I liked the movie – I think that it showed perfectly the thing that I have noticed a lot in politics – a man who knows he has done wrong can still talk the thing into something good, it is all about the way of the words and Nixon in my opinion portrayed it well. He might have been a man who made some bad choices but he sure did talk well. I give it a 3+ – didn’t really get me as excited as Changeling but almost as good.

3. Valentine’s Day (2010) – I saw it for the second time and I have to admit, I liked it more as I watched it again. So I guess this is a good movie because you can see it many times and I’m pretty sure I’ll buy the original DVD when they finally get the price down – I ain’t buying it when it is over priced, it ain’t that good. 3 max – just because Jennifer and Ashton got together at the end – that still made me mad!

4. Smoking Aces (2006) – This isn’t actually my fault that this is almost the last, the DVD was a little broken so I think I missed some scenes that might of been important. But anyway, it felt like Ocean 11 or Italian Job or something – or Guy Ritchie movies – but not as good. The plot was okay, I got that the FBI agent was the mafia guy right when he talked about changing his face so I saw that one coming and I think that is why I’m giving it just 3+. I predicted half of the end – okay, just some of it but still. I think I should see it for the second time just to get a better feel and to see Chris Pine acting all crazy. I think that it was good in some places but it needed a bigger WOW at the end and sadly I got just a wo? – better luck next time ? (Smoking Aces 2 is on my “to watch” list).

5. Case 39 (2009) – In IMDb this movie has a better score than Valentine’s Day but I don’t like those horror movies. I can’t help it. I like supernatural things, I love them! (True Blood, Supernatural etc) but I just can’t get my mind around the movies that have the same things, mostly little kids killing people. It wasn’t bad, my mom jumped a couple of times and I didn’t (big improvement for me) but I think I look for some answers when it comes to demons – I get the fact that she was a demon but why? How? And she drowned? Oh camon.. I don’t believe that. So 3 because I didn’t enjoy the ending, would’ve killed the demon in some other way – why wouldn’t she just burn!?

So this was it, my 5 movies in one post – do you have a different line up or is this just right? And may I celebrate my 50th post? Wohoooooo! I have made it so far so why not go further – 100 by the end of the summer(?). (That might even happen since from 9th to 14th there is a movie festival planned in Tartu and I’m going – a lot of movies waiting to be seen and reviewed!)

# 6

As a movie fan I feel like it is my oblication to go to the movies and I have to admit, I’ve done a pretty good job this year – I know cause I have saved all my tickets just so I can keep count.

January was slow, I went to watch The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Heath Ledger’s last movie which I watched with  respect in my heart. I liked how it was so smooth as a story line and how the fact that Heath died during the filming of the movie didn’t seem to effect it at all. Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp were great to but even now I still remember watching the movie and missing Heath Ledger. But the trip to the cinema was worth it!

Feburary – Luckily I didn’t see Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day because I would have been even more depressed than I was when I watched it on Feb. 11th alone while everybody else had a partner or a friend with them. Was it worth it? Well, I think that this movie is for those happy lovy-dovies and I’ve would’ve enjoyed it better if I wasn’t alone. (NB: There where to many story lines and some that didn’t get enough screen time were better than the main story-line between Kutcher and Garner!)

But I wasn’t alone when I watched Did You Hear About the Morgans? and I actually wished I was because I would have left the building! Honestly, what happened to the sweet Sarah Jessica Parker and adorable Hugh Grant? I have written my self a little note – not funny, not romantic, not exciting, not pretty (SJP looked like a skeleton, HG was tired) – basically nothing! So enough said – waste of my precious time.

March – This was a busy month – 3 movies! First of all, I had to drive to a different city to see a movie  in English (others where all in Estonian) and it didn’t have subtitles! (This shows my frustration against Estonian cinemas). Anyway, the movie was Alice in Wonderland, another Tim Burton master piece which in my mind lacked in the “master” department. I blame the visual appeal that lacked the originality that I love in Burton’s earlier movies. But lets be honest, Johnny Depp is still awesome in my books and so is Tim Burton. And who knows, maybe it was the 3D that I didn’t like, I just have to wait for the DVD release.  3 days later I saw Shutter Island and let me just say – brilliant! Not just the story but the visual appeal that the movie had, the colors, the smoke – it all seemed so syrreal and it gave so much to the story. Well done, Mr. Scorsese! But  Legion – I have no words. Not because it was good, but because it was horrible! Every time some one said Jeep (which is a NAME!) I laughed and I actually think I found it lame because I had seen Shutter Island just two days before and compared to that a lot of movies might seem lame.

April – So I managed to drag my butt to the movies twice – first was Date Night and to my surprise it actually turned out to be a pretty decent movie. Tina Fay was funny, Steve Carell wasn’t a 40 year old virgin anymore,  James Franco and Mark Wahlberg both gave a memorable performance. In the end of the month I went to see a more serious movie The Ghost Writer and putting his personal life aside, Polanski is a genius! I loved everything about the movie, the vibe, the paintings in the beach house, the light humor in some situations and the cast. I’d put this movie somewhere next to Shutter Island because of their similarity using visual appeal to connect with the audience.

So these were the short reviews of the movies I’ve watched on a big screen with no popcorn to snack on because the tickets themselves cost a lot. I try to see at least one movie a month but it all actually depends on the movies that come out – hopefully something good this month!