“I need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 jigawatts of electricity I need.” ~Doc Brown The first time I saw the flux capacitor I was like a kid in a candy store, eyes wide open, mouth drooling, frozen in place, hoping to hell that it didn’t go anywhere. I thought that if that thing … Continue reading What the Hell’s a Jigawatt?
I don’t care if a book or a movie is based on someone’s life, if it’s not good it’s not good. But then when a horde of people and critics see the film or read the book and decide it’s worthwhile, I’m completely flummoxed. Then it’s Oscar time and the hit movie based on the … Continue reading A Wolf in No Clothing
We’ve all seen those movies. You know the ones, where boy meets girl, they inevitably fall in love, and they live happily ever after. But these films aren’t the fairy tales we read when we were children, and the road can get a bit bumpy before it evens out, especially lately. Movies like 27 Dresses, Pitch Perfect, and When in Rome highlight these issues that can creep in, but they still eventually get to their happily ever after. But what are the elements of good romantic comedies? I think there are at least six of them…
- One of the eventual couple needs to be unlikeable at the beginning of the film. Think of Hugh Grant’s character in Two Weeks Notice — he’s a bit of a heel, but he softens as the movie progresses. And more recently Sandra Bullock’s character in The Proposal who learns that getting ahead monetarily isn’t worth sacrificing emotional attachments.
- There needs to be a major obstacle that seems insurmountable at some point. Remember Tom Hanks’ character whose book business crushes the little book shop of his love interest in You’ve Got Mail. Or Julia Roberts’ character as a prostitute in Pretty Woman. Sometimes the obstacle is unrequited love, but it turns into something unexpected, like in American Pie when Jason Biggs’ character comes to appreciate the girl he thought was just a friend.
- The characters can’t be perfect. One of the major problems in fairy tales is that usually the characters are perfect “types,” — the beautiful maiden who also happens to be innocent, the muscle-bound prince who rescues the maiden from the evil sorcerer. Too many romantic comedies also follow this blueprint and fail at it. The best ones have flawed characters, movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Love Actually, and Boomerang. Continue reading “Elements of a Good Romantic Comedy”
Today I had an interesting interaction with a woman who was in Target holding a copy of the movie, The Hobbit. I noticed it and told her how wonderful the movie was. She seemed shocked, even though she was in the process of purchasing said film, because she was buying it sight unseen. I asked … Continue reading Lost in Translation
As always, these albums are in no particular order, but as I was preparing this I realized how far the soundtrack album has fallen in these times of digital music. I mean, you can download individual songs from those albums, so the album itself has fallen into disrepair. However, there are still some dynamic soundtrack … Continue reading 7 Soundtrack Albums You Must Add to Your Collection
I, too, wanted to own a DeLorean. The first time I saw Back to the Future was in 1989, complements of my mother’s inability to stretch ratings so that PG-13 might be watchable by, say, an 11-year old. So I missed it on the big screen, a regret I hope to rectify once the 30th … Continue reading 88 Miles Per Hour