Top 15 Most Romantic Movies (15-11)

Romantic movies.  Every girl I’ve ever met loves them.  I’m a particular sap for love stories, especially the ones that make me cry every time I watch them.  So, since I had nothing to do today, I compiled a list of 42 movies that I love and rated them on their level of romance.  I judged them in five categories:

~the man’s love for the woman

~the woman’s love for the man

~the “grand gesture” to show their love

~what kind of hardships they had to overcome

~their compatibility.

From that, I received a number that I’m using to compare them.  For the most part, I really don’t think are too many surprises, but there are some lesser known movies that have made it quite high on my list.  Enjoy numbers 15-11!  The rest of the list will be out later this week, so keep checking back!

15. Lady Jane (1986)

Lead Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes

The Story: This was pretty much the break-out role for both actors, who went on to have amazing careers (Helena is Bellatrix from Harry Potter, Cary was Westley in The Princess Bride).  The story is a true one.  Lady Jane was queen for 9 days, married to the son of a political advisor who wanted power.

What Makes Them Amazing: Besides the fact that it’s Cary Elwes (drool), his character, Guilford, is quite devoted to Jane, even though it began as an arranged marriage and he was not husband material.  He doesn’t seek the power she has, much to his father’s dismay, because he adores her.  Jane sees Guilford as her best friend, the first person she turns to when she has no idea what to do.  He holds her together.

Rated: 39.9/50

14. Just Like Heaven (2005)

Lead Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo

The Story: Elizabeth is a work-aholic doctor who doesn’t have time for love.  On the way to a blind date, her car is hit and she’s in a coma.  David moves into her old apartment, only to find she hasn’t quite left…

What Makes Them Amazing: Again, I’m drooling over the lead guy, who is an absolutely sweetie and always seems to have a heart of gold.  David isn’t always the most likable character, but his love for Elizabeth is strong enough to drive him to do some crazy things.  Elizabeth has a hard time showing how much she cares, but there are signs.  This got as high as it did because of the hardships they overcome and the measures David goes to for her.

Rated: 40/50

13. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Lead Actors: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

The Story: Harry and Sally have been running into each other occasionally since college.  After both of them are rejected by their lovers, they decide to be friends.  However, friends don’t always stay just friends…

What Makes Them Amazing: It’s so simple, it’s genius.  What happens when friends fall for each other?  There aren’t too terribly many movies that cover it the way this one does.  Sally’s slightly neurotic with some crazy habits and Harry’s a cynic who’s glass is always empty.  I loved how you can see exactly how they fall for each other, what leads up to it.  You see the signs way before they do.  It’s a love story everyone can relate to.

Rated: 40.4/50

12. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Lead Actors: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger

The Story: Bianca wants to date.  Badly.  But she can’t until Kat does.  And Kat won’t date.  So Cameron, who likes Bianca, makes a deal with bad-boy Patrick to take Kat out on a few dates so Bianca can go out.

What Makes Them Amazing: No romance movie list would be complete without this classic.  They’re snarky.  They fight.  And yet, there’s something that keeps drawing Kat back to Pat.  I love the attitude Kat has and the way she’s her own person.  Also, I loved watching Pat change from the bad-boy to a sweetie when Kat’s around.

Rated: 41.2/50

11. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Lead Actors: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor

The Story: Christian wants to write, but he feels like he has nothing to write about until he’s been in love.  His new friends think he’s should write their new musical, but they need Satine’s help. Satine’s a dancer at the Moulin Rouge with a lot of influence over her boss because she brings in the most money.  …This description sounds really corny, but I swear it’s awesome.

What Makes It Awesome: Christian’s never been in love before, so everything he feels is fresh.  He doesn’t have old wounds, so he’s very exuberant about it all.  Satine’s job is to pretend to be in love with every man who walks into the Moulin Rouge.  She knows there’s more to love than just the joy of being with someone else.  Also, there’s some pretty killer music in this, since it’s sort of a musical.

Rated: 41.3/50

That’s it for tonight!  I should have the next five up sometime on Tuesday if not before.  Also, I’d love feedback, whether you agree or disagree with my choices or have more suggestions.  Thanks!

Advertisements

Perfect You

First Lines: Vitamins had ruined my life.  Not that there was much left to ruin, but still.  I know blaming vitamins for my horrible life sounds strange.  After all, vitamins are supposed to keep people healthy.  Also, they’re inanimate objects.  But thanks to them I was stuck in the Jackson Center Mall watching my father run around in a bee costume.

Wow.  That was a long quote, but I think it’s so awesome that there was such a killer punchline right off.  I love it.

I also love Elizabeth Scott.  She writes as if she’s a teenager herself, getting right to the root of problems and exactly what teens react to.  It’s like she’s my best friend, writing about her life so I can read it.

Kate’s life hasn’t been great since her dad quit his job to sell vitamins in the mall.  Vitamins no one wants, she might add.  Not only that, but her best friend won’t talk to her and her 23 year old brother is crashing on the couch.  Oh, and popular boy Will, who’s hooked up with half the school, has taken a sudden interest in Kate.  He just wants a fling…doesn’t he?

Kate was one of those lead characters that was just unlikeable.  She was all “worst-case scenario” about everything (not that I’m not at times too), but she took it to an extreme, I feel.  I admit, her life sucks.  But did that really give her cause to whine about everything?

Will, on the other hand, was very sweet.  I couldn’t blame him for snapping at Kate sometimes because she totally deserved it.  He really made the story more bearable.  I loved the banter between him and Kate.  So caustic.

Keith

Love is a force you can’t control.

I found this movie on Netflix (seriously, can I get paid for this kind of PR?) and, I admit, I was mostly interested in it because it stars Jesse McCartney.  No, I never listened to any of his music, but I recognized the name and it looked like good fun.

Natalie is a 17 year old who has her whole life figured out.  She’s dating a popular boy, going to get a scholarship to go to Duke playing tennis, and is part of nearly every club in school.  Everything was going great until she met Keith.  Suddenly, she’s pulled into his world where nothing is planned and everything is pointless.  But the more she gets to know him, the more she knows he’s hiding something from her.

This reminds me so much of another movie that’s one of my personal favorites, but I can’t say it for fear of giving away the ending to this movie!  I mean, this is an indie that probably few people have ever heard of.  I’m not spoiling it.

Personally, I thought the acting was amazing.  Jesse actually pulls of an incredibly believable character who is snarky, spiteful, and yet soft (yay alliteration!).  And Elisabeth Hanois, wow.  She made Natalie more than just a smart girl with plans.  She made Natalie someone you wanted to befriend and help.  She was so believable.  I loved watching the two of them spar with each other.  And there were even a couple of scenes I want to add to my list of “Favorite Scenes Ever” (hmm…may have to post that here someday…).

Anyway, there was little I could find wrong with this movie (Jennifer Grey’s even in it!), but there’s something about it that I just didn’t quite love, you know?  I can’t put my finger on what exactly.  It’s still amazing, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not worthy of my 5 roses.

Date With An Angel

Jim’s about to marry a princess…but he’s in love with an angel.

I love Netflix.  Truly.  I get to watch all these movies I never would have found otherwise.  I had some free time last night and instead of reading, I wanted to watch a movie.  It happened I was in the mood for a cheesy 80s movie (poofy dresses, big hair, phones with cords that had to be plugged into the wall…) and this was the one I picked.  I’m seriously in love with angels and this current movement back toward them.

Jim (Michael E. Knight) is about to marry Patty, a spoiled socialite with lots of money.  However, he wakes up from his bachelor party to find an angel in his pool.  Worried she’s hurt, Jim takes her in and helps her.  Things are tough, though, when Jim can’t explain why she’s there to his fiancee and his best friends want to exploit her for money.

I seriously fell head over heels for this corny movie.  Jim’s one of those underdog type guys you want to root for.  He’s clumsy and sensitive and so sure of what’s right.  I love that.  He’s nowhere near perfect and that’s what makes him awesome.  He made me want to keep watching.  I felt his struggles.

It doesn’t seem like it, but I thought there was something that felt fresh and original about this plot.  Ok, maybe not entirely original since it’s E.T. with angels, but it’s feels fresh for an angel movie.  I’ve seen enough angel movies to think this one was different.

I guess it’s some kind of spoof, but it was also very funny.  I can’t tell if Patty was supposed to be comic relief, but she certainly came across that way.  She would despise me calling her that.

Where I Belong

First Lines: My iPhone loudly sings a little ditty. She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes. The Barneys saleswoman, dressed in a hideous avocado green dress, gives me a look of disgust.  Maybe she doesn’t like Paul Simon music.

So, the reason I had such an interest in this book was because it’s got a cowboy on the cover.  Ok, that’s not the whole reason, but I’m a country girl at heart and I was super excited to read something about cowboys.  You have to admit, even though you can’t see this guy’s face, he’s pretty hot.

Sorry.  Off on a tangent.  Corrinne Corcoran is a Manhattan socialite at 16.  She has the world in the her platinum card.  She’s never wanted for anything in her entire life.  Everything changes when her dad loses his prestigious job.  Suddenly, Corrinne isn’t going to private school; she’s moving to her grandparents’ house in Texas and going to public school (the horror!).  Bye bye stilettos, hello cowboy boots.  Small-town Texas is nothing like New York, as  Corrinne quickly learns.

I think it’s funny to see people so displaced.  I’ve never had it happen to me (which is probably why I enjoy watching reading about it), but I also thought it was funny because Corrinne seemed to think Texas was going to have everything New York did.  She had absolutely no idea what to expect.  I will agree with her that you do have to get used to the lingo.  I believe it was Kitsy who said, “All big hat and no cattle.” (all talk, no action)  That was one of my favorites.

One thing I did have a problem with was the way the story was written.  Don’t get me wrong, the underlying story is pretty cool.  The writing style needs some work.  It didn’t sound like a teenager at all.  Corrinne said things like, “I am scared.”  Teenagers say, “I’m scared.”  Americans do not fear the contraction.  I wouldn’t have minded so much if it was only Corrinne (figuring it was a character thing), but it was every character.  I couldn’t hear the character’s voices in my head when they spoke in formal English.  It didn’t fit what I knew about them.  So that was probably my biggest pet peeve about the whole thing.

Afterlife (Evernight #4)

First Lines: “Sunrise is coming,” Balthazar said.  Those were the first words anyone has spoken aloud in hours.

**WARNING** THIS IS THE FINAL BOOK IN THE SERIES AND THERE WILL BE SERIES SPOILERS!  **WARNING**

I’m serious about the spoilers.  Afterlife is the final book in the Evernight series.  And now the spoilers for the previous books will begin.  Consider yourself fairly warned.

I’ve been reading Evernight since it came out and it’s been a roller coaster ride.  My attention with it waned with the 2nd book, but Hourglass totally made me want to keep reading.  I mean, Bianca was a wraith and Lucas was turned into a vampire.  How much edgier could things possible get?  Both were exactly what they didn’t want to be: dead.

In this installment, Bianca and Lucas realize the one place they can go for help is the one place they never wanted to see again.  Evernight Academy can help Lucas become a good vampire, but it’s dangerous for Bianca.  With all these new struggles and challenges, can Bianca and Lucas’s love really survive the afterlife?

I liked it, but it wasn’t as good as it could have been.  Some things felt a little corny instead of being sincere.  And the end of this book, the end of this series, comes upon us quite  suddenly.  One minute, it feels fairly normal.  Then all Hades breaks loose with 30 or so pages to go.  There wasn’t much build-up and that was disappointing.  So, it could have been better, but I am definitely watching out for more from this author.  She’s got some incredible stories coming up.

Tin Man (Sci-Fi Miniseries)

Who doesn’t love The Wizard of Oz?  I’ve been watching that movie and singing along for as long as I can remember.  I even dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween once.  Tin Man is a spin off of that (obviously), but it’s not even remotely close to the story we all know.  It’s sort of a…sequel, I suppose.  I hope I can explain this better as I go.

This is a 3 part miniseries (with the parts being an hour and a half long, mind you) that the Sci-Fi channel showed some years ago.  It stars Zooey Deschanel (Elf, (500) Days of Summer) as DG, Alan Cumming (what hasn’t this guy been in?) as Glitch, and Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers) as Cain.

It took me until Episode 2 to get the hang of things.  DG is a small-town girl who has these vivid nightmares sometimes of a world she doesn’t know.  However, there’s a queen in the O.Z. (Outer Zone=Oz.  Clever.) that fears DG has the power to screw up her plans of mass destruction.  A tornado takes DG to the O.Z., where she meets a number of characters that will help her along the way.  There’s Glitch, the head-case who’s had half of his mind removed for some reason he can’t remember.  They found Cain in what’s known as an Iron Man close to losing his sanity.  And Raw was nearly eaten by Papays when they rescued him.  It seems Queen Azkadellia really does have to fear DG’s powers.

I warn you: it was on the Sci-Fi channel for a reason.  I’m not big on cyborgs (which really showed up in the O.Z.) and other crazy Sci-Fi things.  I just wanted to see Zooey Deschanel and enjoy a good remake of The Wizard of Oz.

It ended up being better than I thought it would be.  The first episode was very hard to get through (for me) because of all the set-up.  But once I finally connected with the characters, it was a lot better.  You can’t help but end up loving the whole gang.

I loved how they did drop references to the original movie.  As you can see, DG is wearing what we know as Dorothy’s dress.  (It’s actually her waitress outfit.)  There is always something that a character says that makes you think of the original.  Glitch once mentions how much he hates scarecrows.  Cain’s job before he was locked in the Iron Man was as a Tin Man (aka, a cop).  And Raw gets accused of being a coward more than once.  It’s little things, but it’s funny.

Because each of the episodes are the length of a full-length movie, there are tons of plot lines.  It’s fun to follow them and not too hard either.

Overall, I’d say it’s a pretty good series that’s fun to watch if you have lots of time on your hands.  The acting is pretty amazing (especially Neal McDonough.  I mean, wow).  Enjoy.