As Valentine’s Day approaches, The Gazette features writers Jennifer Mulson and Terry Terrones debating the status of 10 popular romantic films.
Terry: The most beautiful woman in the history of the world was Ingrid Bergman; no one can convince me otherwise. To see Bogart have his heart torn is heartbreaking.
NS: This movie gave us some great lines and great cinematography, but for Bogie, letting his sweetheart fly on the plane felt like a longtime bachelor, happy to have an excuse for it. stick to his evasive manners.
“Say Anything” (1989)
Terry: I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen. Anyone can relate to John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler because everyone went after the Diane Courts of the world and made our hearts walk. We just wish it worked for us like it did for Lloyd and Diane.
NS: John Cusack, I would have completely kissed you in the back seat of a car in high school. What about the hilarious dialogue I can still recite today? This one stands the test of time.
Terry: Can Cher go back in time and make a decent movie out of it? Unfortunately no. I still can’t believe that Cher, who is 18 years older than her lover Nic Cage, won an Oscar for it.
Jeanne: It’s probably my favorite movie of all time. Casting is the definition of charismatic. And the gorgeous scenery and the memorable lines, to boot. Go take a nap, grumpy Terry.
“Dirty Dancing” (1987)
Terry: Jen wouldn’t know a good Valentine’s Day movie if he hit her in the pachanga, but at least we can agree on this one, which we both rated about the same manner.
NS: Terry, I’m happy to see you have an iota of taste left. Haven’t someone at least once tried running and hugging someone on the sexy lake scene between Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze?
Terry: The pottery industry owes this movie a huge debt to make it look sexy. The late ’80s and early’ 90s owe a huge debt to Patrick Swayze because he was so cool.
NS: I appreciate how this movie made a lusty moment throwing a fully clothed pot. I might not mind having a ghost for a boyfriend either. Or be Demi Moore for a day. Or a lifetime.
“Something must give” (2003)
Thierry: Too schmaltzy, like all the other Nancy Meyers films.
NS: How many films do we have about older people who fall in love? And especially a younger man chasing an older woman? Not a lot.
“The Notebook” (2004)
Terry: I don’t cry during “The Notebook”, you cry! If this movie doesn’t turn you into a jumble of tears and snot, you probably need psychiatric help.
NS: I applaud the inspired cast of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, which also resulted in some real romance. I mean, how could he not? They crackle on the screen.
“Forget Sarah Marshall” (2008)
Terry: Anyone can relate to being with someone who is a little out of their class, and then that person finally realizes that they could do better. That’s why it’s so funny to see Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) turn into a puddle of mud and end up with the right person.
NS: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell and Russell Brand are on top of their comedy games. And any movie that can incorporate a vampire puppet rock opera into its script is fine with me.
“When Harry Met Sally” (1989)
Terry: I’ll bet you $ 20 that after about five years Harry (Billy Crystal) would have finally lost it after Sally (Meg Ryan), for the 1,000th time, took 15 minutes to order a salad. Relationship ended.
NS: This film is perfect. The wardrobe choices, the fall scenery, the way Sally walks into the bedroom after the first sexual intercourse while Harry is lying there, eyes wide in abject terror.
“The Married Princess” (1987)
Terry: You will be the victim of one of the classic blunders in the world if you don’t like this movie. Everything is there: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles and true love.
NS: I felt about it when everyone quoted his dialogues all day long. I always thought I was missing something, but after a recent proofreading I’m still meh.
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