13 Rom Coms I Watched in 2011

Okay, so truth be told I watched way more than just 13 romantic comedies this year, but I randomly picked just 13 of them to list and share my brief thoughts on.

1. “27 Dresses”

 I didn’t think I was going to like this movie due to subject matter (weddings, wedding dresses and Katherine Heigl). Turns out that I rather like Heigl when she’s not in Grey’s Anatomy, and I found myself entertained. LIKED IT


2. Just Wright

The storyline was alright, but mostly this movie was worth watching just for Queen Latifah and Common. LIKED IT


3. Bridesmaids

Technically this is more of a screwball comedy than rom com. The romantic elements were pretty weak but I did laugh a few times. I probably enjoyed this movie mostly because I was watching it with friends and wine.  LIKED IT


4. “The Ugly Truth”

This movie solidified my like of Katherine Heigl. I loved that it was a little grittier than most rom coms, and that Gerard Butler’s character had a dirty mouth. I watched this movie 3 times back to back – 2 of those times with my husband who also loved the movie. LOVED IT

5. Gray Matters

I watched this movie purely because the description said it was about a brother and sister falling in love with the same woman, and I HAD to see what that was all about. It was okay, but I didn’t find it particularly romantic nor funny. JUST OK

6. “Pillow Talk”

This is one of those classic movies that I only just got around to this year. It made me laugh out loud, and I screamed at Rock Hudson for being such a jerk! For being a jerk and still making me swoon at him!  LOVED IT

7. The Prince & Me

This was a cute movie, but I never could get into the Prince’s character so it didn’t really move me.  JUST OK

8. The Other Sister

There’s not enough movies out there where those with disabilities get to find love. Funny, charming movie. LOVED IT

9. Barefoot In The Park

Another classic that I just got around to watching.  I’m starting to love older movies because they are simple and focus on great characters with lots of personality in order to entertain.  LOVED IT

10. “The Accidental Husband”

I have this huge crush on Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and so that made this movie entertaining for me. But because I have a hard time watching Uma Thurman and the implausibility of this plot, this movie fell a little flat for me.  JUST OK

11. “Beauty and the Briefcase” (Hated It)

I rented this movie because my husband thinks Duff is hot, and so I knew that’d get him to watch it with me. But my gawd, this movie was not funny, or romantic, nor even interesting.  HATED IT

12.  “Premium”

I like Zoe Saldana, and so I wanted to really like this movie. I have mixed feelings about this movie. I felt like the acting was uneven and it suffered from poor quality production all around, but wasn’t completely without merit.  JUST OK

13. “The Proposal”

Another movie I didn’t think I was going to like, but I was highly entertained (and so was my husband). I didn’t know Sandra Bullock actually had personality (seems like she developed some just for this movie), and Ryan Reynolds did comedy with amazing subtlety. LIKED IT

10 Of My Favorite Romantic Scenes

Hello there! My good friend and fellow author S. K. Yule and I are doing a dual post of clips from great romantic movies and shows. I’m sharing a list of some of the best romantic moments captured in movies and television, while she is sharing her list of the 10 most sexiest scenes on her blog (caution – contains super steamy scenes that are not safe for work or around innocents!).

Here’s 10 of favorite romantic scenes:

1. Love Actually – link to video

2. Dirty Dancing – link to video

3. Punch Drunk Love

4. Meet Joe Black

5. Love And Basketball

6. Kama Sutra – link to video

7. City of Angels

8. Ghost

9. The Notebook

10. The Time Traveller’s Wife – link to video

13 Movies In My Queue

I’m a big movie watcher. At present, I have over 800 movies in my Netflix queue (between my DVD queue and Instant queue). It will take me years to watch them all – or maybe forever, since for every movie I watch I seem to add another movie to the queue. But anyway, here’s just 13 of them:

  1. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  2. The Tourist
  3. Million Dollar Baby
  4. Just Wright
  5. The City of Lost Children
  6. Real Women Have Curves
  7. Yesterday
  8. My First Mister
  9. The Manchurian Candidate
  10. The Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time
  11. Going The Distance
  12. Atonement
  13. Curse of the Golden Flower

Have you seen these? Any you recommend I not even bother with? (my queue could use some pruning)

13 Movies I Can Watch Over And Over

I love a good story. Period. Therefore I’m a big fan of movies of all kinds. Although there are tons of movies I really enjoyed, there are only a few that I can watch repeatedly without getting bored. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best movies, it just means that they possess some quality that make me want to watch them over and over again, like great songs I can’t stop singing along to or characters so unusual they entrance me. Movies like:

1. The Color Purple
The Color Purple
2. Echanted
Enchanted

3. Star Trek
Star Trek

4. Moulin Rouge
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5. Dangerous Beauty
6. School Daze
7. Memento
Memento

8. To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything

9. Hercules
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10. 50 First Dates
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11. Punch Drunk Love
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12. The Matrix
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13. Beauty and the Beast

Why “It’s a Boy Girl Thing” Is Hot

Netflix’s movie recommendation equations are genius. I just recently rented and watched a movie that I’d never heard of before. And I adored it. It’s called It’s a Boy  Girl Thing and it’s hot!

It's a Boy Girl Thing

It takes the Freaky Friday plotline that’s been done numerous times before – where a mother and daughter switch bodies, or a father and son, even a young woman and an old man as in Prelude to a Kiss – and puts a new twist on it. Here, two teenagers who are classmates and next door neighbors that don’t get along end up cursed by the mysterious and magical body-swapping phenomenon.

This movie was very cute, a little naughty at times, funny and surprisingly romantic. I can’t think of the last time a romantic comedy did so well of a job making me both laugh and sigh. And I don’t know – maybe there is something very sentimental about a young man and woman literally taking a walk in each other’s shoes in order to fully understand and appreciate the other.

If only we could do that in real life, right?

The roles weren’t easy to pull off, but the actors did a great job and made the movie easy to watch over and over.

If anybody else has seen this It’s a Boy Girl Thing, let’s discuss. If you haven’t – check it out because it’s HOT!

Why “The Taming of The Shrew” is Hot

So I rented BBC – Drama’s Shakespeare Retold. It’s a 2-disc series that contains 4 different modern interpretations of Shakespeare classics, and I became temporarily infatuated with one of them: The Taming of the Shrew.

Now, I’m not sure if it’s itty bitty Shirley Henderson’s enormous amount of animated acting energy that enthralled me:

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Or how hilariously well Rufus Sewell played the eccentric scoundrel that “tames” her (damn, he’s even sexy in fishnets):

rufus_sewell

Or if it’s the chemistry between the two that hooked me:

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Either way, I found this movie as equally hilarious as it was romantic. Very few recent romantic comedies have moved me in this way. Honestly, as soon as it ended I started it over and watched it again. And then twice more the next day. But then again … I am a bit of a weirdo, aren’t I.

Anyways if you haven’t seen Shakespeare Retold, I think you should, even if just for this segment. If you do, let me know what you think!