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
This week we discuss the 2010 film Jack Goes Boating, directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, originating from the play by Robert Glaudini. We found this romantic comedy-drama beautifully simple and a bittersweet way to remember one of our favourite actors.
Episode 51 – JACK GOES BOATING
This week we celebrate one year of podcasting with the 1989 Rob Reiner/Nora Ephron film When Harry Met Sally. The film, which tops many ‘best of’ romantic comedy lists, (and also gave us our namesake thanks to the very famous diner scene), sparks a spirited discussion on the age-old friendship/relationship debate, homage vs. imitation, truths about love that transcend time period and why secondary characters in romantic comedies might be more interesting than the leads. We don’t all love Billy Crystal (definitely not as much as Jenna), or any of Meg Ryan’s hairdos, but we can’t deny that this movie is a classic.
Here’s to another year of podcasts and faking orgasms!
Episode 50 – WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
Join us for the last episode of our first year of podcasting! We chose this very special time to talk about the 2008 Kevin Smith film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, for some reason. Get ready for an in-depth discussion on a film that is not as bad as you expected it to be. With a classic romantic comedy premise of friends realizing their unrequited love, the spin of ‘they make a porno!’ doesn’t have quite enough bang to refresh the genre, (see what we did there), but does include some very funny performances. We didn’t love it, we didn’t hate it. We just want more Craig Robinson dancing please.
Episode 49 – ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO
It’s cold outside friends, so let’s lament summer with the wintery romantic comedy tale, 1996’s Beautiful Girls. While Ted Demme’s oft-dramatic, coming-of-age film is plagued with actors who all look a little too old to be 20-somethings, there is plenty of genuine adult-panic mixed in with its easy-listening rock and roll soundtrack, misogyny and very questionable hair and fashion stylings. We won’t all agree that Timothy Hutton is an adorable romantic lead, or whether his relationship with Natalie Portman’s precocious youngster is sweet or super creepy, but hopefully we can all agree that Martie wears the shit out of the jean-overalls-over-sweater-and-turtleneck ensemble. Oh, winters of our 90s childhood…
Episode 48 – BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
Check out our latest episode and our first brom-com* of the year, 2010′s She’s Out of My League, starring Canadian favourite Jay Baruchel. Is this film a great example of subverting the genre, or does it pale in comparison to the loser-guy-wins-popular-girl trope that has been done better? Is a man shaving another man’s nether regions the true test of friendship? While we don’t all get behind this one, we can at least all agree we want more T.J. Miller in everything.
Episode 47 – SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
*bromantic comedy. Stay with us, guys.