Posts Tagged ‘rom com’

25th May
2010
written by Steph
Shocking to see a new installment of What We Watched up so soon, but we watched a freakish amount of movies in the past week and, for better or for worse, we just had to blab about them. Featured this time:
  • Tony reveals a crush while we talk about The Girl in the Cafe... and it's not on a girl!
  • Yes, Fantastic Mr. Fox is pretty fantastic!
  • Generally time-lapse photography is meant to speed things up, but we talk about how it seems to slow things down in Chronos
  • Michael Douglas may be the King of California, but he's also pretty creepy... and maybe that's a good thing?
  • Steph insults Asians everywhere (and Tony) while discussing facial hair and Infernal Affairs
  • We rag on Gwyneth Paltrow so bad while talking about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow that she may have to whine on Goop about us
Added bonus: despite talking about two more films than we usually do, we still manage to do it in the same amount of time as our other podcasts!  Brevity is clearly the soul of wit!

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7th March
2010
written by Steph
Another hiatus - though this time a rather prolonged one.  Apologies, of course.  We make excuses at the start of the podcast, but really the gap between this and the last podcast is simply due to us being hella busy during February with social obligations and also illnesses (seriously, Steph is better now, but she still has a bit of a cough... which makes a few cameos in the podcast) and pretty much we watched very few movies.  I mean, over the course of a month, we only have six films to talk about, which should tell you something! But in the end, we did watch the following six films: Highlights from this long overdue podcast:
  • Find out who Ray D. Tutto is when we discuss The Adventures of Baron Munchausen!
  • We debate the titular appropriateness of Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove
  • NY I Love You may be all about love, but we think maybe we're better off just as friends... and Steph may or may not make a culturally insensitive joke in this segment (but she promises it was a joke!)
  • When in Rome don't see this movie.  Really, that's a good rule of thumb whichever country you happen to find yourself in.
  • Into the Wild teaches us the important life lesson of not heading into the wilds of Alaska with a 5-lb bag of rice, a 22 shotgun, and a shaky knowledge of edible plants.  There go our one-year wedding anniversary plans...
  • Is The Hurt Locker a worthy Oscar nominee?  Consensus: ????... ????
We won't lie: this is one of our longer podcast, but I guess we were making up for lost time!  And hopefully we're back in the movie-watching groove.  We've already watched two new flicks since recording this, so all signs point to "outlook good".

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17th January
2010
written by Steph
The results are in and are conclusive: the new podcast feature is a hit, both for you and for us!  This was a pretty busy week for us, but we managed to squeeze in the following four movies (one of which, I'm sure you've been waiting with bated breath for us to watch): Highlights from this week's podcast:
  • Tony learns just how important good bread is to Steph while we discuss Ratatouille
  • How to incorporate Super Size Me into your life for a healthier 2010
  • Was Avatar deserving of all the hype?  Don't want to spoil it for you, but: no.
  • The Shop Around the Corner proves that oldies can still be goodies (even if they are culturally insensitive)
Additional highlight for you the listeners: we've updated our audio-streaming plug-in for added functionality, namely the ability to rewind time (or skip ahead) so that you can listen to your favorite clips again and again!

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28th August
2009
written by Steph
Mind you, it's a day unlike any other... including the one described in the book!

Mind you, it's a day unlike any other... including the one described in the book!

Today Persephone Reading Week (hosted by Claire at Paperback Reader and Verity of The B Files) draws to a close.  I’m more than a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to prepare appropriately for this joint reading experience and stock of up on some Persephone titles in advance, but I was happy to be able to at least read one book in the spirit of the week.  I’m sure it won’t be my last!  I dearly hope these two lovely ladies will host another PRW at some point in the future, as I’ll certainly be there with bells on if they do! As I had no more Persephones to actually read, I figured I could still participate in kind by watching the film version of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.  I’ve been wanting to see the movie for a while (it’s the reason I even knew the book existed), but was determined to wait until I had actually read the original source material (I’m very compulsive about this).  Now that I have, I moved Miss Pettigrew up my queue. (more…)
27th August
2009
written by Steph
But will I be into this movie?  That's the really important thing!

But will I be into this movie? That's the really important thing!

Normally Tony is very good about indulging my desire to watch bad movies. While he might not be first in line to see the latest chick flick, then again, normally neither am I. But sometimes I do want to see a predictable rom com where I can turn my brain off, but hopefully still be charmed. These tend to be cases where Netflix comes into play, so that we can watch from the relative safety and privacy of our own home. This is how I get away with watching crap like Twilight and, well, He’s Just Not That Into You. In this case, though, I actually watched this one day at home over lunch while Tony was at work, because while I knew he would watch it with me, I knew it would probably be little to no fun for him, so I figured I would save him the agony. To be fair, I was expecting this movie to be so bad that I wound up being mildly impressed by how not bad it was. Don’t get me wrong, the movie isn’t really very good, but I had expected it to be so irredeemably bad that I wound up feeling it had perhaps been too harshly judged by its critics. It’s not reinventing the wheel, it’s not breaking any new ground, but I don’t know that this is a huge crime against the movie-going public. It’s a romantic comedy! I’m not saying these can’t be thoughtful and well done, but that’s not normally their m.o., and moreover, the people who tend to go see them generally don’t want them to be surprising! If you go to see The Proposal and Sandra Bullock and Mr. Scarlet Johansson don’t fall in love at the end of it? A bunch of people are going to be pissed! (more…)
3rd August
2009
written by Steph
In 2.5 hours, does the past unravel or just get more tangled?

In 2.5 hours, does the past unravel or just get more tangled?

I’ll kick off a review by sharing a honeymoon story with you:  Tony & I were really excited to find out that the new Harry Potter movie would be premiering while we were in Charleston.  Another thing to celebrate!  I jumped online and bought us some tickets to the midnight showing at the theater closest to our hotel and then just counted down the days.  When the night finally arrived, we drove up to the theater and we were a bit confused to see that there were several police cars stationed about.  Are Charlestonians violently passionate about Harry Potter?  And what was with all the lawn-chairs that the people in line were toting about?  Surely they couldn’t have been waiting in line that long to necessitate seating!  We swiftly discovered that the movie theater had decided it would capitalize on the rabid fandom by airing the midnight showing out in the parking lot, thereby allowing them to sell an unlimited number of tickets.  Needless to say, Tony & I were not amused; I didn’t pay for full-price tickets to sit in a dirty, humid parking lot (we hadn’t known to bring chairs…) to watch the film with crummy outdoor speakers on a building wall.  So, it was with heavy hearts that we decided to bail out on the midnight showing and just catch another show the next day.  In the end, I’m glad we made the choice we did since the theater itself was really cool – it actually had a full service bar, and in the individual movie viewing rooms themselves you actually had a table in front of you and could order full meals (that someone delivered to you!).  It was definitely a new experience for us, and one I’m glad we got to have. So, onto the movie itself!  I don’t really know where to begin or how to break this all down.  I guess I’ll start by saying that this will obviously involve plot spoilers and discussion of the books and movies to-date, so if you don’t want to read that kind of stuff, you should probably not keep reading.  Also, I have A LOT of thoughts on the movie... (more…)
15th June
2009
written by Steph
Not all Greek to me!

Not all Greek to me!

Since the weather has finally gotten consistently warm here in Nashville, I’ve been wanting to take advantage of the fact that our building has a pool and do some tanning and swimming.  I’ve talked fleetingly of my search for appropriate “pool reads” (and I’ll probably be posting more about that in the future… so stay tuned), which it turns out is a pretty perilous proposition.  You need a book that isn’t too dense, since lazing about in the sun can make the mind sluggish, but it’s important the book be engaging and not vapid, because otherwise there’s no incentive to read instead of getting into the pool.  After a little bit of soul searching, I settled on Beginner's Greek (Great Expectations by Charles Dickens doesn’t seem quite right for the summer, does it?  Don’t all those moors evoke Autumn to you?), which turned out to be a great choice. Billed as a modern-day Jane Austen novel (or chick lit written by a man), Beginner's Greek revolves around Peter Russell who is a romantic at heart and is waiting to find his true love.  He tells us that whenever he gets on a plane, he really believes that this will be the trip where he is seated next to a beautiful woman with whom he will fall hopelessly in love.  Lo and behold, on a cross-country trip from New York to L.A. Peter finds himself across the aisle from Holly, a beautiful and charismatic young lady and it seems the two form a magnetic attachment.  She gives him her number and tells him to call her while he’s in town, and he vows to do so… only to lose the paper on which her number is written and with no other way of tracking her down (you see, she never told him her last name).  The rest of the novel then chronicles the ups and downs of Peter & Holly’s lives (as well as the people who orbit around them) as they try to make their way back to one another. (more…)