Join us this week as we discuss the 2000 film High Fidelity, by the guys who brought you Grosse Pointe Blank, plus the guy who wrote Con Air, and Stephen Frears. Based on the book by Nick Hornby, John Cusack stars as Rob Gordon, a record store owner reeling over his most recent breakup. And like anyone who might value a record collection over say, character or maturity, Rob drags out his top-five most painful breakups, like a sad, sad, self-pitying pop song. He may not be a great guy, but we sure do love Cusack’s performance, (dare we say one of our top-five Cusack performances?).
Episode 58 – HIGH FIDELITY
Check out our latest episode as we discuss the 2009 film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Perhaps a surprise to anyone who ignored this one back in 2009, the film is a loose adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol- but with way less dimension and way more Matthew McConaughey. As fans of the recent HBO series True Detective and in light of the recent Oscar win, we go back to the days when McConaughey was the king of Hollywood romantic comedy, you know, to do some compare and contrast. With a little help from Michael Douglas, Emma Stone and Jennifer Garner, (as well as a former Much Music veejay), this is one elaborate rom-com… with ghosts. We sure do have a lot to say about this movie.
Episode 57 – GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
We say goodbye to March and our month-long excursion into romance (sans-comedy) with sighs, daydreams and long gazes out the window… and also the 2004 film The Notebook. A vehicle that launched the young careers of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, it also boasts the wonderful James Garner and the amazing Gena Rowlands, for some strange reason we can’t quite figure out… in addition to being an odd directorial choice for Nick Cassavetes, son of Gena Rowlands and the late John Cassavetes. While a classic romance in form, this story of great-love-told-through-flashbacks gets muddled navigating between past and present, including some pretty confusing story elements and questionable treatment of those suffering with dementia, yet- it is hard to deny the enduring fan power that backs this flick, and the genuine chemistry between its young leads (yes, we know they used to be a real-life couple). There is one thing for sure though, the ladycast is back from the dreamy haze of romances and we’re ready for some comedy.
Episode 56 – THE NOTEBOOK
It’s almost springtime and we continue our romance month by warming up to some mature summer lovin’ with 1995′s The Bridges of Madison County. Maybe it’s the age-old tale of forbidden love, or how surprisingly good Clint Eastwood looked without his shirt, but we sure find it easy to get into this 90s classic starring Meryl Streep, playing Italian-born Iowa housewife Francesca, and Clint Eastwood as transient nature photographer Robert, (also playing double-duty directing the film). With the luscious mid-summer shots of the Iowa farmlands, the slow-burn of Francesca and Robert’s first meeting to seriously getting it on, or the way the movie just… takes it’s time… sorry, we just need a sec to fan ourselves down.
Seriously friends, we have some trouble criticizing this movie. We didn’t even make any immature jokes… okay, we made a few, but maybe we’re just getting into this whole ‘romance’ thing.
Episode 55 – THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
We also apologize for the occasional music droning in the background on this episode. Here’s to bad neighbours!
Join us for the second episode in our month of romances, as we discuss the 1972 film The Way We Were. We follow Barbara Streisand’s Katie and Robert Redford’s Hubbell from college days as distant admirers, through their free-spirited early relationship, and their difficult marriage full of compromise. Do all good romances end in everlasting love? We’re not sure, but we do have a lot to say about Katie gettin’ naked and jumping in bed with a passed out Hubbell. The girl has moxy.
Episode 54 – THE WAY WE WERE
We kick off March with a month-long detour, putting comedy aside to take a look at some of the most beloved films of the romantic-drama. We’ll be plunging into the depths of unrequited love, longing gazes and epic love stories spanning the years, starting with the 1942 film Casablanca. Back in the ‘40s as Rick and Ilsa, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman lit up the screen as long-lost lovers with their unexpected reunion in the titular city in Morocco. With the foreground of WWII and the love triangle between Rick, Ilsa and Ilsa’s husband Victor Lazlo, the film boasts some major romantic conflict, but as the film turns 72 this year is it still as powerful?
And if you forgot where all those famous romantic movie quotes come from, it’s this movie right here. All of them.
Episode 53 – CASABLANCA
Join us this week as we discuss the 2010 film Leap Year, starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode for some reason. We’re happy this is not a leap year as the so-called Irish tradition of women only being able to propose to men one magical day every four years is the stupidest thing we’ve ever heard. The road trip premise and beautiful landscapes of Ireland don’t help this dud very much, but we found that whiskey helped us a lot when talking about it. While the film works like romantic comedy paint-by-numbers, could it also be the rare case where a bad rom-com is just as enjoyable? The answers to these and other important questions can be found on this week’s episode!
Episide 52 – LEAP YEAR