Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from… Nora Ephron Movies

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)

Everyone has that one activity that calms them, that one activity that may seem boring or simple to others, but to them, it is their happy place. My happy place has always been watching a Nora Ephron movie. There is this magical and enchanting element in all of her movies, and I think that’s a testament to how important they are to our society. They can teach us so much about life. Continue reading

THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

Movie Myths: Rom-Com Edition

THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

The romantic comedy. The chick flick. The cinematic genre that is just full of ridiculous relationship tropes that aren’t anything like real life. Lots of people love rom-coms, but viewer discretion is advised: don’t look to these movies for realistic expectations about what love is like. Here are just a few myths that rom-coms perpetuate. Continue reading

John Cusack in SAY ANYTHING (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

The Top 5 John Cusack Movies

John Cusack in SAY ANYTHING (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

John Cusack in SAY ANYTHING (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

John Cusack has defined an entire generation of women’s “type of guy” (myself included) through his irresistibly quirky nature and considering the name of this blog I’m guessing he’s an all around fan favorite for TDQ readers. At 47-years-old he’s a the ungettable bachelor having dated a gamut of actresses but has yet to settle down which only makes him more desirable. Recently, Mr. Cusack appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler playing the infamous Richard Nixon making the actor virtually unrecognizable. Although a wonderful movie it did not make it on the list because John has way too many good roles to include a film where he only had a bit part. That being said, here are my top 5 Cusack movies: Continue reading

Crazy in Love: The Typecasting of Women in Rom-Coms

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

The thing is about romantic comedy movies is you can generally tell exactly where it’s going to end up and we’re okay with that because we’re really interested in the action between boy-meets-girl and boy-and-girl-get-together.  However, you can also be pretty certain how the female lead is going to act: ridiculous, overbearing, and hilariously inappropriate.  The way I look at it, the rom-com lady is, in nearly every single case, a flawed, and unruly individual who typically falls into one of three different types (with some overlap in certain cases): the snowlady, the restraining order, and the desperate.  There are, of course, more types that rom-com women can fulfill, but in my experience these are the overarching roles that these ladies play in this genre and what the character’s behavior is constructed around. Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Warm Bodies’ Warms Hearts

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies (Image Credit: © 2012 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.)

Tonight I saw the newly released Romeo & Julietesque romantic comedy zombie-style, Warm Bodies.  Among the throngs of hormone imbalanced, emotionally unstable, kick the back of your effing seat teenagers, sat a friend and myself.  Since I have not read the book, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect other than the dry zombie wit of the main character, R (Nicholas Hoult), seen in the previews.  This film definitely paid homage to Shakespeare but instead of having our star-crossed lovers submit to death as a means to show the strength of their love, R and Julie (Teresa Palmer) fight against death at every turn to bring love to all people and corpses. Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Playing for Keeps’

Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax and Gerard Butler in PLAYING FOR KEEPS (Image Credit: Dale Robinette)

Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax and Gerard Butler in PLAYING FOR KEEPS (Image Credit: Dale Robinette)

Although romantic comedies do not rank highly on my list of “best movies” they do provide a sort of catharsis for the female soul.  I suppose we’ve all been disappointed so many times in the realm of romance that watching our favorite hunky actor pour his guts out to his onscreen love interest (aka, the audience member stand in) makes us all feel a little better about our own lives.  Continue reading