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It’s A Wonderful Life.

Photobucket “No man is a failure who has friends.”

Merry Christmas, friends.


VLOG: Movies That Make Me Cry.

I’m starting to dig this vlog thing. They’re really fun to make, and I laugh like a moron to myself as I’m editing all of the clips together because it’s a very visual reminder of what a goober I am. What can I say? I’m easily entertained. Also, I use esoteric video editing software because I’m poor and my computer sucks. Please don’t judge me too harshly (you can judge me a little if you want).

The W Magazine video that I mention is actually a series of short clips of the likes of Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron and Elizabeth Olsen and Colin Firth and others, all of which are really great. My favorite one is Christopher Plummer’s (“Buckets of tears. Buckets!”), so if you only watch one, watch that one. All of the videos can be seen here.


Film Characters I’ve Wanted To Date.

Photobucket Tom Hansen, 500 Days of Summer
He loves The Smiths, he wears sweater vests, and he does a mean karaoke rendition of “Here Comes Your Man.” What’s not to like? The thing I love most about Tom is that he’s an unabashed romantic; macho stereotypes be damned, he’s in love and he’s going to shout it from the rooftops! Or at least do a choreographed dance to a Hall and Oates song with strangers on the street and an animated bluebird. How did Summer not love him? It was totally her loss.

Photobucket Rick Blaine, Casablanca
Much like Ilsa, I have a fondness for older men who are strong, silent types. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Ilsa walks into his, and though he tries to play it cool and tough, it’s obvious his heart is still all aflutter at the sight of her after all those years. Even though Rick would have you believe that he won’t stick his neck out for anyone, he has an undeniable soft spot for the underdog and goes to great lengths to help Ilsa’s husband flee Casablanca, with Ilsa, because it’s the right thing to do. We owe our thanks to Rick for helping bring World War II to an end, and that’s not nothing!

Photobucket Duckie Dale, Pretty In Pink
Andrew McCarthy’s richie rich Blaine is technically the babely leading man in this film, but Duckie steals the show with his stylish get-ups, his Otis Redding impression, and his undying devotion to Andie (Molly Ringwald). He’s the steadfast best friend, who, even though he knows he doesn’t have much of a chance, is full of earnest compliments (“May I admire you again today?”) and is perpetually waiting in the wings for the chance to be the boyfriend. You can be my boyfriend, Duck Man!

Photobucket Will Hunting, Good Will Hunting
Not only is Will a babe, he’s also, in the words of his friend, WICKED SMART; dude can solve the most complex math equations in his sleep without breaking a sweat, basically. He may be a little rough around the edges, but he’s a genius who doesn’t brag, and whose loyalty to his friends runs deep. That counts for a lot. Also, his Boston accent makes me melt a little. How do I like them apples? I like them very much, thank you.

PhotobucketGeorge Bailey, It’s A Wonderful Life
George is like the perfect boy-next-door: he knows everyone in town, and what’s more, he’s kind to everyone in town; he has a huge heart and is generous to the point of self-sacrifice; he’s adventurous and enthusiastic and romantic without even trying very hard. Not only is he a great husband to the delightful Mary, but he’s also a great son and brother and father and friend. He’s the whole package. I dream of someday loving someone as wonderful as George Bailey and if he were real, I’d have married him by now.

Photobucket Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You
Patrick is one of the few “bad boys” I’ve ever been attracted to. He smokes and hangs out in pool halls and is generally an ill-tempered social outcast who initially accepts payment from the icky Joey Donner to date Kat (Julia Stiles), but the instant he belts out a marching band-backed rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” in front of the entire girls’ soccer team to get her attention, you know he has a heart of gold. In the end, he turns out to be a pretty great guy who also has great taste in I’m Sorry gifts.

Photobucket Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything
I once found a t-shirt at Goodwill with Lloyd Dobler’s face and the words “To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him” emblazoned on it, and I’ve always found this to be true. Yes, he wears a trench coat and has that nervous talking thing and is reeeeeally into kick-boxing (it’s the sport of the future, you know), but he’s so kind and so open and he’ll be the keymaster at parties who keeps drunk people from driving home and he’ll keep you from stepping in broken glass when you’re not paying attention and he’ll hold up a really heavy boombox blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” as a way of saying he misses you. Lloyd Dobler is perfection.

Romance In The Movies.

So I was reading Allie’s blog yesterday, and she had posted a list of romantic scenes from movies as sort of add-on to a list created by Hello Giggles. I had thought about doing the same thing, but then I realized that, in my mind, there’s only one movie scene that is so romantic that it renders every other romantic movie scene in the world a non-factor: the phone scene in It’s A Wonderful Life.

Let me set the scene for you: George Bailey’s (Jimmy Stewart) father has just died, and instead of setting sail to travel the world like he had been planning for years, he’s forced to stay in small town Bedford Falls to take over the family business to keep it from falling into the money-grubbing paws of Potter (Lionel Barrymore). He goes to call on Mary (Donna Reed), who is absolutely in love with him, shows up in a foul mood (understandably, I guess), and after Mary makes some very romantic overtures, he acts really rude and storms off.

Oh my goodness, this scene just rips my heart strings apart: the way they stand close together to share the phone receiver, the way George closes his eyes and smells Mary’s hair, looking longingly at her as she’s trying to hold back tears. George’s inner conflict over love and pure independence is so palpable. And then he just explodes in an assertion that he doesn’t want to get married ever, like he’s trying to convince himself and then realizes that that’s not really true. The way he just envelopes her and kisses her whole face as she’s weeping… it’s truly the most passionate and tender thing I think I’ve ever seen. I could watch this clip five times in a row and erupt in tears every single time. And that’s not an exaggeration, because I just did it (at work, no less). Sigh.

What’s your favorite romantic movie scene?