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.
Monthly Archives: March 2014
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.
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.
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.