In the mood for love

4 02 2007

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to post my list of the 20 greatest romance / romantic-comedies. I know the day is nothing more than a greeting card/resturant holiday but then again it gives me a chance to make another list.

20. Pretty Woman (1990)
19. The Princess Bride (1987)
18. Casablanca (1942)
17. About Last Night … (1986)
16. Benny and Joon (1993)
15. Chasing Amy (1997)
14. She’s the One (1996)
13. Walking and Talking (1996)
12. Forrest Gump (1993)
11. Punch-Drunk Love ( 2002)
10. Notting Hill (1999)
9. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
8. Love Actually (2003)
7. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
6. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
5. Before Sunrise (1993)
4. Annie Hall (1977)
3. The Opposite of Sex (1998)
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
1. Before Sunset (2004)
I picked these films based on how the made me feel. Before Sunset is a simplistic picture of two former lovers reconnecting in Paris and therein is the beauty. Rather than focusing on using illogical plot devices (millionaire falls for prostitute, or a dare) the film just lets the characters tell the story. With each an every scene something more is learned and these 2-D people become alive in our minds. If a film can sustain your attention without explosives, melodrama or fart jokes, but use true inner-personal connection then it is an achievement on its own. Though, some don’t like the ambiguous ending where everything isn’t wrapped up tight in a nice little package, I think it is Before Sunset‘s biggest asset. In real life, love and relationships don’t have fairy tale endings simply because life doesn’t end there, we keep moving and falling and fighting. So, then why do we demand this from this genre of film?

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