Wicked Wednesday: Movies that make you want to fall in love (again)

Okay, I admit this one is a little more obscure, with our “movies that make you…” theme, but what I’m looking for here are love stories. Wonderful, stories that sweep you up in the romance. Romances, historicals, and romantic comedies all count here. Go!

Jessie: I love You’ve Got Mail. There are so many great moments in that movie that I watch it at least a couple times each year. And I adore Love, Actually. It does such a great job of showing so many facets of the complex thing we all sum up with the single word, Love.

Julie: Does the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehie Pride and Prejudice count? Cause I’d put that on the top of my list. But if you want movie-movies, I really love When Harry Met Sally. Charming, funny, romantic. Sleepless in Seattle is also a favorite of mine.

Sherry: Oh, Julie, I love that version of Pride and Prejudice too! Colin Firth, be still my heart. That brings me to my choice Love Actually! I think I could have listed Love Actually in the last categories, laugh, cry, love. It hits every level of emotion. Maybe I’ll go watch it right now!

Barb: I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. Nora Ephron, Nancy Meyers, Richard Curtis–bring them on! It’s hard to pick a favorite. I love When Harry Met Sally. I love Four Weddings and a Funeral. I watch Love, Actually every Christmas season–preferably while doing something Christmas-y like writing cards or wrapping presents. I’m also a sucker for Nick Hornby novels made into movies, no matter how much they mess with the originals, which I also love: Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, and my absolute favorite, About a Boy.

Liz: I love When Harry Met Sally too, Barb! I haven’t watched Love, Actually in years – maybe I need to refresh my memory. This may sound totally cheesy, but there’s something about the Jack and Rose love story in Titanic that gets me every time. That whole right side of the tracks meets wrong side thing, I guess…

Dr-ZhivagoEdith: Dr. Zhivago. Does it get any more romantic than the Russian Steppes, Omar Sharif, and Julie Christie, with balalaika music in the background? Other than that, I’ll also vote for Sleepless in Seattle, even though I saw it a long time ago, and will bring Bridges of Madison County back in for a replay, even though I already used it in the movies-that-make-you-cry post last week.

Readers: Dish! Share your favorite romantic movies.


Wicked Wednesday: Movies that make you cry

Sometimes we all need to cry. When this your mood, what movie to do you seek out? Bonus points if you can name one that doesn’t lose its impact even if you watch it over and over.

Julie: An Affair to Remember, with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. I SOB when he sees the painting at the end. SOB. Kills me. I can watch it again and again. I’ve also cried at other movies, but can’t bear to rewatch. An Affair to Remember is that fine line of romantic melodrama that just works.

Jessie: I had a tough time with this question. I have never looked for a movie that gave me the opportunity to cry. It just isn’t my way of being in the world. That being said, some movies have made me cry. I can’t get through Forrest Gump without a few tears.

Bridges of MadisonCountyEdith: Bridges of Madison County. I don’t care what anybody else says, I love this movie and its hopeless romance. I cry through most of it every single time.

Sherry: I’ve cried my way through a lot of movies over the years from Disney to Love Story to classics like West Side Story. I guess I cry easily at movies!

Barb: It’s time to admit I’m a big blubberer. I’ll cry at books, plays, movies, TV shows and even commercials if you catch me in the right mood. For a good cry, I’ll go with Beaches, the female buddy movie where they don’t drive off a cliff at the end. But there’s always Terms of Endearment (sobbed through the book, too) or Steel Magnolias. For a sad time, call….

Readers. what movies make you cry? Is that a good thing or a bad thing.


Wicked Wednesday — Favorite Romantic Movie

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According to History.com the day we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

There’s a whole world of romantic movies out there. Wickeds, do you have a favorite?

Liz: I have to go with one of my eighties classics: Dirty Dancing. Loved, loved, loved Patrick Swayze since I was a kid, and he was amazing in this movie. I lost count of how many times I watched it as a pre-teen/teenager, and still whenever I come across it on TV I have to stop and watch it all over again.bridgesofmc

Edith: I love that movie, too, Liz! I’m going with Bridges of Madison County. I can watch that movie a million times and still weep. Streep and Eastwood, well, I have to stop writing about it or I’ll start crying. … But now that I think about it, Dr. Zhivago comes in a close second.

Jessie: I love You’ve Got Mail. Meg Ryan always makes me smile! Add Tom Hanks and I can watch the same film over and over!

Barb: I am a sucker for romantic comedies. I have seen Four Weddings and a Funeral more times than I care to admit, even to myself. I will drop everything and watch When Harry Met Sally anytime it is on. I could go on and on, but I won’t.

love-actuallySherry: Love Actually is my go to romantic movie. Of course my deep love for Colin Firth may influence that choice. (The cover even says it’s the ultimate romantic comedy — I rest my case!) I also love Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas. I love his voice.

Julie: Truly, Madly, Deeply.  Alan Rickman. Juliet Stevenson. One of the most romantic movies I’ve ever seen. Sadly, not available on DVD. I haven’t seen it for year–if anyone knows how I can, let me know!

Readers: What is your favorite romantic movie?



Wicked Wednesday – Favorite Old Movie

It’s Wicked Wednesday, when we all weigh in on a topic.

Liz here, and I have to confess I’m totally caught up in the hype of the 30th anniversariesimages of The Breakfast Club and Back to the Future. Well, after I got over the idea that those movies are THAT OLD – sheesh. Seems like yesterday I was sitting on my parents’ living room floor watching Back to the Future on repeat….

Anyway, we’ve bought our tickets to see the remastered version of The Breakfast Club at the Garde Arts Center later this summer (so excited!). And it got me thinking to ask the rest of you Wickeds what movies make you feel especially nostalgic?

Dr-ZhivagoEdith: Sigh. Dr. Zhivago. I loved that movie and watched it many times.So dramatic, so bittersweet. That’s when I fell in love with Omar Sharif. Also, The Wizard of Oz, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and Bridges of Madison County (okay, I know I’m a lowbrow, but I love that movie). Sorry, Liz, but I’ve never see either of your faves!

Jessie: Liz, I also loved The Breakfast Club and all its kin like Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. But as for older movies I love now the list includes What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Pulp Fiction, Romancing the Stone, The Shipping News and You’ve Got Mail.

Sherry: Oh, Liz and Jessie your “old” movie choices are making me feel, well, old. Shenandoah with Jimmy Stewart is one of my all time favs. I must have been in second or third grade when I saw it at the drive-in with my friend’s family. I cry every time I watch it. Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire — the clothes in it are so fabulous it’s worth watching just for that. And I’ll watch almost any movie with either Doris Day or Cary Grant in it. Newer “old” movies include The Blues Brothers and Billy Elliot. I’ve never seen The Breakfast Club all the way through but loved Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink.

Edith: I also love The Blues Brothers and Billy Elliot, Sherry!

Julie: The nieces and I recently had a sleepover, and we watched the Indiana Jones movies. They remind me of summer. Most of my other “nostalgia” movies I remember because of the feeling they evoked. Key Largo, The Maltese Falcon, and Rear Window are also personal favorites. I’d love to see Jaws this summer…

Barb: Favorite old movies? The Philadelphia Story because Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart. The Solid Gold Cadillac, because Judy Holliday and Paul Douglas. I, too, love the John Hughes’ oeuvre, because those movies came out when my kids were infants and HBO was brand new and I spent many middle-of-the-nights watching them. Also, Four Weddings and a Funeral and When Harry Met Sally, both of which I have seen dozens of times.

Dear readers, what are your favorites?