The Prince & Me

This fairy tale is about to get real.

I adore this movie.  I think I first saw it on ABC Family years ago and it’s been one of my favorites ever since.

Paige is a college student who has to work for everything she wants, including an acceptance letter to Johns Hopkins.  Prince Edvard of Denmark has had everything handed to him on a silver platter.  When Eddy rebels and heads for Wisconsin to meet “wild college girls”, his path crosses Paige’s.  Paige finds him obnoxious and thinks him a spoiled brat.  Eddy thinks Paige is self-righteous and intimidating.  But the more time they spend together, the more they find each other’s better qualities.  But what will happen when Paige learns that Eddy isn’t just a rich college exchange student, that he happens to be a prince?

I watched this with my friend last night, who also happens to love this movie.  It’s just so sarcastic, so fun, so romantic.  Some love stories get boring after a while, or I find ways that make them seem less realistic.  This has never gotten old for me.  It’s a well crafted movie that takes every little girl’s fantasy and makes it real, if only for a couple hours.

And Luke Mably is so swoon-worthy.  Between his good looks and smooth British accent, I’m a goner.  And I want Julia Stiles’s hair!  It’s gorgeous.  It’s all so awesome.  I love this movie!

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10 Things I Hate About You

How do I loath thee?  Let me count the ways.

I adore this movie.  If you’ve been with my blog for a while, you know that this reached #12 on my list of Most Romantic Movies.  Last night, I was feeling very nostalgic for it because I haven’t seen it in some time.  And I figured I’d do a proper review of it.

In fact, I’ll do a list!  10 things I adore about this movie!  Cheesy and cliche, I know.

1. Julia Stiles – I love Julia Stiles.  I’ve seen a few of her other movies and I love her spunk.  She’s so great as Kat.  I love the way she says “As opposed to planet ‘Look At Me!  Look At Me!'”  You gotta love that.  She was only 17 when they filmed this and she did the 10 things speech in one take.  She wasn’t supposed to cry, but she did.  And now that scene is forever awesome.

2. Heath Ledger – Heath didn’t do many movies in his time that appealed to me.  Which is sad, because I think he’s pretty fabulous.  Especially as Patrick Verona.  His attitude is awesome and I love how caring he is when he’s around Kat, even if it started as an act.  And who doesn’t love that scene when he’s singing in the stadium to Kat?  So cute.

3. Larry Miller and Allison Janney – Two of my favorite supporting characters.  Larry Miller (Mr. Stratford, Kat and Bianca’s father) is so funny.  His whole “Mamma didn’t raise no fool” speech made me die laughing the first time I heard it.  And Allison Janney as Ms. Perky is the same.  You almost want to be disgusted with her (at least I do), but she’s too amazing.  Her comic timing is great.

4. Padua High – Hello, who wouldn’t want to go to school in a building shaped like a castle?

5. The “10 Things I Hate About You” speech – This was written on the back of my notebook all year.  Any time I closed my notebook, I looked at it.  That’s how amazing it is.  It’s so moving and relevant to anyone.  When I hear that, there’s always someone I can associate with parts of it.

6. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Cameron.  That’s really all I need to say, isn’t it?  He’s adorable!  The stuff he goes through to get Bianca’s attention is so cute.  At first, I really don’t know what he sees in her, but toward the end I can.  She punches a guy in the face for him!

7. The Belly – If you’ve seen this, you know what I mean.  Enough said.  Also, I’d hate my dad if he made me where the belly.

8. Patrick Verona singing to Kat – So adorable and he actually has a good voice!  Maybe not one you’d hear on radio, but still good.  I’d love to hear a guy singing to me like that.  Sigh.

9. Kat flashing her teacher – Lives in infamy.  It’s so cornball and awkward and she does such a good job with it.  Like Patrick said, it’s not every day you find a girl who’ll flash a teacher to get you out of detention.

10. The whole movie! – Ok, so that was a crappy #10, but it’s true.  The whole thing is such a trip.  Fashion’s changed since then (a lot, even though it’s only been 10-11 years) and I still recognize some of the music.  I can’t express just how spectacular this movie is.

Top 15 Most Romantic Movies (5-1)

Hey guys!  It seems this list is a huge hit!  So here’s the last 5 movies.  They’re sweet, they’re sappy, they’ll probably make you cry, and they’re completely amazing.  Girls, get your boyfriends to watch these with you this weekend.  And guys (should there be any that are reading this), girls like movies like this.  You’ll get brownie points for picking one to watch with them.

5. The Prince & Me (2004)

Lead Actors: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably

The Story: Prince Edvard of Denmark can’t seem to stop making the tabloids.  Paige Morgan’s dream of being a doctor is just out of reach for the time being.  When “Eddie” comes to Wisconsin in search of his next adventure, he finds his biggest one yet in trying to get Paige to like him…

What Makes Them Amazing: Obviously, I have a thing for princes.  If I’m not mistaken, this is the 4th movie on royalty on this list.  And it’s Julia Stiles’s second entry.  But it’s more than that.  Eddie’s trying to go from pampered to earning minimum wage.  His transformation is great to watch.  And I love how Paige knows what she wants from life and goes after it.  Neither ends the movie the way they began.  That’s what makes a good love story, right?

Rated: 43.3/50

4. A Walk To Remember (2002)

Lead Actors: Mandy Moore, Shane West

The Story: Landon’s one of the most popular boys in school.  Jamie’s the preacher’s daughter.  When Landon ends up in trouble with the school and ends up lead in the spring play, he turns to Jamie for help.  But the more time Landon spends with Jamie, the more he sees the man he should be.

What Makes Them Amazing: It’s Mandy Moore, for crying out loud!  (And her 2nd appearance on the list.)  But it’s a story of a person who comes into your life and changes it for the better.  We can all think of someone who’s done that.  And really, aren’t they just adorable there on the cover together?  This is one of my favorite movies.

Rated: 44.6/50

3. The Notebook (2004)

Lead Actors: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

The Story: In a nursing home, there’s a man who reads the same story over and over to a woman named Allie.  It’s the story of a young couple named Allie and Noah, who fall in love one summer.

What Makes Them Amazing: The Notebook is a classic.  And yes, I know for a fact there are still some people who haven’t seen it.  It’s such an amazing story of summer love, enduring love, and remembering.  And it makes grown men cry.  There aren’t that many movies I know of that can have that effect on men.  Plus, don’t they make such a cute couple?  I love their story.

Rated: 45.8/50

2. The Princess Bride (1987)

Lead Actors: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes

The Story: Westley has always been in love with Buttercup and soon, Buttercup loves Westley too.  But when he’s killed on a pirate ship, Buttercup swears she will never love again.  Adventure ensues when Buttercup is kidnapped to start a war and rescued by a masked man…

What Makes Them Amazing: This is even more of a classic than The Notebook.  And also, it’s Cary Elwes! (drool…)  He’s so adorable.  Anyway, I remember being thrown for a loop the first time I saw this because they fall in love in the beginning, which is different from most romance movies.  And really, it has everything you could want in a movie.  Sword fights, kidnappings, true love, giants, and humor.  It’s nearly every genre rolled into one.

Rated: 46.2/50

Drum roll please…..

1. Titanic (1997)

Lead Actors: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio

The Story: Aboard the RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage is a socialite who feels the world is crashing around her and a poor artist with a dream.

What Makes Them Amazing: Do we really need more reasons than it stars Leonardo DiCaprio?  Because I feel we’re done right there.  But I can come up with more reasons.  I mean, Titanic’s story itself is interesting.  You don’t even need the love story to capture people’s attention.  But there’s also the clash of the different classes that makes us want more.  There’s an amazing cast of supporting actors that really bring the story to life.  And this movie makes girls cry.  Even some guys.  Which earns it the top spot on my list.

Rated: 48.5/50

So that’s it!  All 15 movies!  If you think I’ve forgotten any or have any feedback for me, don’t be afraid to comment!  I’d love to hear what you think.

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!