Bad Romance…

I’ve seen a lot of movies. Like most people, it started with Disney. However unlike most people, my dad taught me the valuable lesson of seeing the hidden political messages in said Disney movies. Thank you Dad. 


You don’t fool me, Mickey. I can see through your thinly veiled attempts to twist young and impressionable minds.

Soon after Disney disillusionment, my aunt started me on old movies. Mostly black and whites from the 30s and 40s. These became the only movies I really knew, as I was pretty removed from current movie releases. Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock…these were the movie stars I grew up with.


I liked her before she became some canvas Ikea print decorating females’ rooms across North America or printed on cheap plastic purses sold at sad kiosks in West Edmonton Mall.

From high school to the present day, I devoured movies, filling in most of the iconic 80s and 90s movies (though I still have some gaps; I’ve never seen ET or any of the Godfather movies, or Star Wars in its entirety).

Then I met my studious friend, Roma (@achromatica). So wrapped up in school, she completely forgot to leave time in her schedule to watch movies (Hello misplaced priorities?) Upon learning she was just as sappy as me, I decided to enroll her in my introductory class, RomCom 101.

There is a slight problem; she’s missing the class prerequisite of being open-minded, as she hates old movies much to my despair. (To clarify, she classifies anything prior to the 80’s as old, again much to my despair.) I’ve been able to trick her into watching When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Say Anything (1989), so there’s hope that I may get her to watch a few of my favourite old movies: Roman Holiday (1953), Sabrina (1954), It Started With Eve (1941), The Bachelor & The Bobby-Soxer (1947), and The Philadelphia Story (1940).

Though friends know I have an eerie ability to be a human IMDB, my memory isn’t perfect. Below is our current list, in alphabetical order. We’re looking to add to this list, so please comment on this post with your favourite sappy romance or romantic comedy movie recommendations.

Roma’s RomCom101
Syllabus

Seen Thus Far:

Bridget Jones’ Diary

French Kiss

Love Actually

The Notebook

Say Anything

Serendipity

Sleepless In Seattle

The Wedding Planner

When Harry Met Sally

You’ve Got Mail

Still To See:

(500) Days of Summer

50 First Dates

About A Boy

Amelie

Annie Hall

The Bachelor & the Bobby-Soxer

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Casablanca

Dirty Dancing

Emma

Four Weddings & A Funeral

Ghost

Gone With The Wind

The Graduate

His Girl Friday

How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

It Started With Eve

Just Like Heaven

The Lake House

Moulin Rouge

Music & Lyrics

Never Been Kissed

Notting Hill

P.S. I Love You

The Philadelphia Story

Pretty In Pink

Pretty Woman

Pride & Prejudice (the 6
hour miniseries)

Pride & Prejudice (Keira
Knightley’s version)

Princess Bride

Only You

Roman Holiday

Romeo & Juliet

Runaway Bride

Sabrina (obviously the original)

Sense & Sensibility

Shakespeare In Love

Sixteen Candles

Sweet Home Alabama

‘Til It Happens To You

The Wedding Singer

So please help me make this list longer by adding your suggestions below. RomCom101 is technically a prerequisite for several other classes, so she’s conditionally enrolled in such courses as BestPictureWinners101 and IfYouDieBeforeSeeingTheseFilmsYourLifeWasAFailure101…

(My blog titles are song titles. Today’s post is “Bad Romance” by the wonderfully bizarre Lady Gaga)

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8 thoughts on “Bad Romance…

  1. Jody B says:

    I really liked your list!! I’m happy to see a few oldies on there–especially Annie Hall!! That is my favorite movie of all time!! I wanted to dress up as Annie for Halloween (in her kakhi trousers, vest and tie-it’s an iconic outfit) but I knew no one would know who I was. You should watch it along with Something’s Gotta Give. I loved that one. I felt like I waS watching Annie all grown up!!
    And don’t forget about Harold and Maude! It’s a fantastic May-December romance that is surprising touching and sad. It has turned into a cult favorite for many.
    Some new ones you might want to add are: High Fidelity (kinda like Llyod Dobbler all grown up), Just Like Heaven (I really didn’t think I’d like it but it was surprisingly good), The Importance of Being Earnest (with Reese Witherspoon), Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying (both with Ricky Gervais).
    I’d love to hear how the experiment goes! Have fun ladies! 
     

  2. Hilary says:

    I can’t believe I missed that one, especially considering I have a VHS copy of it too! 10 Things I Hate About You will definitely be added to the list!
    And to defend the inclusion of Princess Bride, though it is not a typical RomCom it still is a Romance with comedic moments, and Roma hasn’t seen it (tragedy) so it must be added to the list!

  3. Dave McQueen says:

    Blimey I’m more sad than I realised!
    Out of the 40 on your list these are the NINE that I haven’t seen yet:
    Say Anything
    (500) Days of Summer
    50 First Dates
    Emma
    The Lake House
    Never Been Kissed
    Pride & Prejudice (the 6 hour miniseries)
    Princess Bride
    Only You
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Not quite the 90% “Seen it” ratio, but still pretty good.
    Excellent list, thanks so much for posting it.

  4. Cassandra N. says:

    Ahhh you’re only missing one of my all-time faves, and being miss fashionista, you’ve got to have it in there!! Funny Face (Audrey Hepburn, 1957) is one of my favourite oldies-but-goodies! If it makes the list, fabulous! I’ve got a worn out copy on my shelf if you want to borrow…or have a girls’ night!

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