VALENTINE'S DAY WEEKEND MARATHON 💞📺
A list of all the romcoms my roommate and I watched this weekend. Each of us had only seen one of these before. No joke. (She also baked brownies and made macarons because she's awesome like that.)
- •Jersey Girl (2004)Who needs to watch love between some loser 21 year olds when you have daddy-daughter love out there?! (Okay, I do, but for this movie, we'll ignore that.) The failure that Ollie couldn't get over felt real somehow, and his blaming of his daughter, even more so. Maya's introductory scenes killed me; she was such a great love interest. Well acted and strong chemistry among the entire cast.
- •Runaway Bride (1999)I had seen this one before, but I love it so much (even more than Pretty Woman), I wanted to share it. Maybe because it's set in Maryland, where I'm from? The movie is hilarious, but also does a great job of tapping into what makes its leads butt heads so much. Special shout out to Ike's friendship with his ex-wife and her husband.
- •Hitch (2005)Really light, fun movie that focuses more on the male side of the dating world. Great, fresh concept for its time.
- •Roman Holiday (1953)Oh, Joe, you sneaky charmer. A whirlwind romance, but fun to go along for the ride. The ending still hurts so bad.
- •High Society (1956)Everything you could possibly want it to be. You've got amazing, classic singers like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra alongside a beautiful lead like Grace Kelly. You know you're in for a musical extravaganza. Delivered on all fronts.
- •An Affair to Remember (1957)I couldn't connect to the characters very well, but the story was beautiful, particularly the last act. There's definitely a reason it's aped so often in romantic films.
- •That Touch of Mink (1962)The weirdest one we watched, primarily due to Cathy's eccentricities. I described it as a G-version of 50 Shades of Grey (not that I've seen or read it, but whatever). Doesn't hurt to watch Cary Grant though!
- •Anchors Aweigh (1945)Very long. We quit about halfway through as it was 2:30 in the morning. My first Gene Kelly movie surprisingly, and I (not surprisingly) fell in love with him. I am a sucker for an attractive smile, and by lord, does he have one. Kelly and Sinatra were great foils for each other, although Grayson bored me. Loved the little kid so much. The music and dancing was top-notch.
- •Music and Lyrics (2007)Such a cute way to start off the day! I actually expected the writing in this to be clumsier and screenplay weaker, but was pleasantly surprised. The support these two messed up characters gave each other in a light-hearted way made them all the more endearing. POP! Goes My Heart.
- •The Five-Year Engagement (2012)I had wanted to watch this movie when I saw the trailer four years ago, but never got around to it. The movie really hit home as I'm about to graduate and am struggling to figure out what kind of relationship/career balance I'd be looking for in the future. I definitely laughed a lot, but I was primarily intrigued by how complicated the push and pull can be in a relationship.
- •Shakespeare In Love (1998)OKAY what the hell this is a hidden gem. I know it won the Oscar for Best Picture and all that, but no one talks about it! IT IS SO GOOD. I watched so many movies this weekend, but none of them made me want to fall in love as much as this one. The dialogue was formal, but not archaic and inaccessible, which differentiates it from a lot of period films. The movie was sexy, funny, romantic, and tragic at the same time. So. Many. Feels.