Tangled

They’re taking adventure to new lengths.

I am a self-proclaimed Disney nerd.  Beauty and the Beast?  I have the entire movie memorized.  (That’s not a joke.  It’s very true.)  I’ve watched every princess movie and fell in love with their stories as a kid.  But for some reason, Tangled just doesn’t do it for me.  And I can’t put my finger on why.  I adore Mandy Moore and I think the story is very cute, but I just don’t like it as much as I do Disney movies from the past.

Tangled, if you don’t know, is the story of Rapunzel.  All her life, she’s been kept in a remote tower, away from everyone but her “mother”.  When Flynn Rider, a common criminal, stumbles upon her tower, she knows this could be her way out.

I think it’s adorable.  Flynn is hilarious in his attempts to sway Rapunzel from this path.  A couple times I burst out laughing at what he said (which doesn’t always happen when I’m watching a movie by myself).  I love that Rapunzel’s hair has special qualities.

I think part of my problem is the animation.  It’s just not the hand-drawn awesomeness of older Disney movies.  I liked The Princess and the Frog better than this, probably because of the drawing style.

I think the second issue I have with it is the music.  There’s just no song, besides “I See The Light”, that really stands out to me.  Disney movies almost always have a killer soundtrack and this one just hasn’t cut it for me yet.  Man, I miss those old Disney songs…

Anyway, I think it’s a good movie.  And probably one of the last princess ones for a while, if the rumors are true.  Very funny.  And guys love it!  I have cousins in high school and college that watch it with their little sisters and love it.

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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 (10-6)

Romantic movies.  Every girl loves them, particularly this girl.  I’ve compiled a list of 15 of my favorite romantic movies based on 5 criteria I listed in the first portion of this list.  If you missed it, go back and read it.  But basically, it’s how devoted the couple is to each other, how well they work together, and how difficult of hardships they’ve overcome.  Ready for the next five?

10. Chasing Liberty (2004)

Lead Actors: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode

The Story: Anna is the President’s daughter who feels she’s being kept on too short a leash.  During an escape from the Secret Service, Anna meets Ben, who goes with her around Europe to make it to Berlin.

What Makes Them Amazing: Besides the fact that it’s Mandy Moore (look!  I’m not mentioning a guy this time!  Though he is really cute…), I love the fact that it’s the President’s daughter who is rebelling.  And Ben is such a sweetheart.  Even though he believes most of the time that Anna’s being stupid, he follows her from city to city to make sure she’s safe.  How cute is that?

Rated: 41.4/50

9. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Lead Actors: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze

The Story: Baby is going on vacation with her family to a fancy resort, which is not as fun as she would have hoped.  Until she’s shown a different side of Kellerman’s resort.  There she meets Johnny Castle, a talented dancer and a man unlike any she’s met before.

What Makes Them Amazing: Oh come on.  Baby and Johnny are classic!  Every girl was like Baby at one point and who doesn’t enjoy watching Patrick Swayze kill on the dancefloor?  That last musical number is my favorite.  Oh, how I’ve longed to find someone as awesome as Johnny Castle…sigh.

Rated: 41.4/50

8. Ella Enchanted (2004)

Lead Actors: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy

The Story: As a baby, Ella was enchanted (ha!) by a fairy godmother to always obey orders.  Ella’s never liked her “gift” and wishes it’d go away.  After she’s pushed too far, she goes in search of this godmother and ends up traveling with Prince Charmont, who learns what’s really happening in his kingdom.

What Makes It Amazing: It’s a fairytale!  Who doesn’t love a good fairytale?  Also, there’s killer music.  But more on point, I love how Ella loves Char.  That curse is one serious obstacle to overcome.  And Char’s cute.  I had to say it.  Who wouldn’t want to find their own prince?  As a side note, Cary Elwes (remember him?  #15) plays the bad guy in this, which is just awesome.

Rated: 42.2/50

7. The Young Victoria (2009)

Lead Actors: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend

The Story: It’s another movie based on a real queen of England.  Victoria rose to power as a teenager against the will of her mother, who wanted to rule as regent.  Meanwhile, Victoria’s uncle (the king of Belgium), wanted her under his control and sent Prince Albert to woo her…

What Makes Them Amazing: This is totally based on a true story.  How true it is, I’m not sure.  But it did say that Victoria was deeply in love with Albert, which Blunt makes very obvious.  And I loved how devoted Albert was to her as well.  They overcame so much and Albert gets serious brownie points for his “big gesture” of love.  You can’t help but adore a prince like that.

Rated: 42.6/50

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Lead Actors: Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

The Story: Really, is there anyone who doesn’t know what Pirates is about?  And really, I’m only looking at the relationship between Will and Elizabeth when I talk about this.  Boy loves girl from afar, girl gets kidnapped, boy tries to save girl, girl falls in love with boy.

What Makes Them Amazing: Trust me, I’m still looking at this going, “This made it all the way up to #6?”  The only thing I can think of that helped it along is the fact that I’m in love with England and this era (as if you couldn’t tell by the list thus far).  Oh well.  I love that Will is do devoted to Elizabeth, even from the beginning.  I love that they make such a great team, which probably earned them high marks for compatibility.

Rated: 43.1/50

That’s it for now, guys.  The last 5 movies in this list will be coming!  I wouldn’t leave you hanging, now would I?  Don’t worry, we’re almost there!