Monthly Archives: March 2012

Day 119: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary w/ Renee Zellweger

If I ever breach this brand of singleness before I’m thirty, please slap the silly out of me.

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Cleaver: Come on Bridget, we belong together – you, me, poor little skirt. If I can’t make it with you then I can’t make it with anyone.
Bridget: That’s not a good enough offer for me.

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Day 118: Ira and Abby

Ira & Abby w/ Chris Messina & Jennifer Westfeldt

Psychology major studying to be a psychologist, albeit he has major issues and so does the woman he spontaneously decides to marry. Let’s not forget his parents are therapists as well. They rationalized their whim of a marriage because they figured everyone else who’s done it the right way ends in divorce anyways. Throughout the movie, we see different perspectives of the ultimate marriage. We see Ira’s parents, a marriage blossomed because of an unexpected pregnancy. His parents ultimately agreed that “you learn to love because you’re hinged together.” They married for Ira. Which to some extent seems to be the reason for the many marriages we see today. We this marriage and its juxtaposition to Abby’s parents’ marriage, a seemingly happy marriage. But of course, there’s a catch.

The idea and convention of marriage seems to continue to tarnish over time for me. I’m not doubting the belief that two people can stay in love for years on end, but I doubt the belief that marriage is going to keep that. We’re all groomed to think that the next logical step in our lives is to marry someone we love. But being married doesn’t solidify anything aside from having a great party. Can we start blaming ourselves that we’ve fallen into some hypocrisy of how things are supposed to be. Because the reality is nothing is what it’s supposed to be. Not then and not now. I often wonder about happily married couples. I’m sure there are some, but none that I can instantly look up to. I would venture even to say my parents’ marriage isn’t exactly what I interpret happiness to look like. Continue reading

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Day 117: Practical Magic

Practical Magic w/ Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman

This just proves that you don’t mess with women who have power, both in the literal and metaphorical sense. Yes, women sure can be crazy, but let’s be real, their instincts on many a man have been more true than wrong.

I used to think women’s instincts were just a fallacy. You know, like love. But, I’ve seen it more than once, including my own, when a woman’s gut instinct is spot on. It’s actually pretty scary. Just to know something isn’t right and within minutes prove that theory. My mom has it and I know I sure have it. But instincts are clearly different than assumptions. Let’s be clear on those distinctions. Assumptions all the time are just insecurities reflected through poorly made decisions.

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Day 116: Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart w/ Cybil Shepard

Musician falls in love with a deaf girl. That’s cute.

Day 115: Love and Other Disasters

Love and Other Disasters w/ Brittany Murphy

Oh, you know the problems that occur when you live a rich girl’s life and the only problem you have is your love life. It’s more of the British version of Sex and the City minus the gang. Literally, Vogue, love and miscommunication. It’s cute. Super cute actually. Anything that makes references to “Breakfast to Tiffany’s” is good in my book. I think it renders the idea that once you agree you’re screwed, love naturally happens. Or at least if you’re content with just schmoozing with your ex and play match maker for everyone else in your life a la Emma. Jax is clearly oblivious to the attraction brewing right under the nose. Of course, I’m sure we all wish the love of our lives is some hot Argentinean man who takes wonderful photos. Woe is life.

Emily ‘Jacks’ Jackson: So stop living your life like you’re in some kind of a movie.
Peter Simon: Excuse me?
Emily ‘Jacks’ Jackson: Stop trying to cast your true love instead of just meeting him.
Peter Simon: When I meet him, I’ll know.

Day 114: Love Jones

Love Jones w/ Nia Long and Larenz Tate

What happens after the attraction? This is a key element that drives the main characters in Love Jones. Darius and Nina, both devoted to the arts, meet in harmony in a bluesy-jazz poetry bar. While we expect them to fall in love immediately, we get that this isn’t the right time. They’re just “kicking it.” Kicking it takes the back seat as both figure out wherein lies their attraction and the rest of their lives. They’re both struggling artists in their craft, forcefully putting themselves first before anything. A premise, I can only solely relate. But their strong attraction toward each other leads them into this journey of discovery about each other. Is it fate riddled with bouts of doubts? Darius goes on the verge of saying Nina might be the one, despite her leaving to New York City to handle “unfinished business”. The story takes the normal and unfortunate familiar route of life:  such as “Where is this going?” talk, the “I’m cool because we’re just friends” talk, the I’m going to bring my new date to the place I know you’re at, and let’s not forget “I miss you and I just want to see how you’re doing.” Quite familiar roads in any relationship, each stop either made out of helplessness or because we’re plain stupidly in love. But one point is clearly made, the “jones” need to survive to make the relationship work. Jones/love all mean there is potential in one another, hence why we work hard to make things go well.  Continue reading

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Day 113: Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love w/ Paltrow and Fiennes

One of my favorite plays and coincidentally adaptions of Shakespeare’s, sort of. It’s fun and insightful, it also lends a sense of understanding of Romeo and Juliet despite its fantasy. Paltrow and Fiennes deliver excellent performances as Shakespeare and Lady Viola.

Some of the craziest pieces of work are influenced by love. Love makes you feel  things you otherwise wouldn’t have. Being inspired by love is such a beautiful thing. There’s something about plays and novels that are able to capture such indefinite feelings.

A side note, of course on spring break my body decides to malfunction and I’m stuck in bed. So literally this is what my day will consist of: cough, cough, medicine, movie, cough, medicine, Mad Men.

I bid you all adieu!

Viola de Lesseps: [as Thomas Kent] Tell me how you love her, Will.
William Shakespeare: Like a sickness and its cure together.

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Day 112: Sylvia

Sylvia w/ Gwyneth Paltrow & Daniel Craig

This is pretty depressing despite being a bit lackluster. Paltrow delivers a decent performance, but the plot line and the overall story lacks so much. It’s hard to pinpoint when it starts to fail, but it does. We watch the development of Hughes and Plath’s relationship in the earlier years, and we see show jovial she is. Yet, shifts in her life lead her to her unfortunate suicide. Falling in love is definitely not for the weary. It’s heavy on your soul and state of mind. We could only be so fortunate to have someone who brings us joy.

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Day 111: Eclipse

Eclipse w/ Kristen Stewart & team

Okay, I finally forced myself to watch the third installment. Of course, I needed liquid encouragement to get through this film, so a glass of Chardonnay definitely aided in this decision. So, Twilight. To be honest, I’d be really freaked out to be in that serious of a relationship in high school. It’s just so intense. Magnets. I know love knows no limits, but in all sincerity, that would cause a lot of drama for any teenager.  Who can think of prom when you got a wedding and a vampire baby on the way?! But I guess not all of us fall in love with vampires either.

Jacob looks hot, he’s the only thing that makes me actually that much intrigued. Taylor Lautner, just stop talking and just stare at the camera seductively please.

Maybe this is why girls are in love with it.

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Day 110: Clueless

Clueless w/ Alicia Silverstone

Okay, I need one more day before I decided I want to continue on with the Twilight saga. The night before I was able to see my university’s production of “Emma.” For those who aren’t avid Jane Austin fanatics, Emma is about a young woman who decided, since she was happy in her life, she did not need to marry. So,  instead she played matchmaker for all. Well, it got me thinking about one of my movies that changed my life. You know, Clueless? Hah. I’m a proud 90’s baby. Loud and clear. I mean like whatever? Continue reading

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