14th January 2001
By Laila Nasry.The lights are dim. You are curled up on a comfy couch before the T.V. screen, tucking into a big bowl of chocolate ice cream. Tom Cruise looking incredibly gorgeous appears before you. He is getting down on bended knee and begging some stunning girl to marry him. This time it's not the ice cream that's melting but your heart. Your mind goes 'say yes', 'say yes' and after what seems like an eternity she says 'yes' and you are jumping for joy shouting 'yes'!!!!
Romantic movies- why do we all love them? Just why do they give you this nice gooey feeling... and leave you surreptitiously wiping those tears away?
"I always believe that there is someone for everyone and that's exactly what these movies portray. Two people who eventually fall in love, go about not knowing that their 'other half' exist until they suddenly find each other. This is so realistic because we all go through life not knowing when we will find 'the one'.
'Addicted to Love', 'Fools Rush In', 'City of Angels' are all great movies but my alltime favourites are 'One Fine Day' and 'Pretty Woman'. In both, two very different people in the most unlikely circumstances, find love. I liked 'Sleepless in Seattle' too.
I know it's so farfetched as in it's unlikely that something like that will happen in a million years but it still gives you a glimmer of hope.
Romantic movies are ideal for those of us romantically inclined in this real world. At the end of one of these movies, I always get this full feeling. It's like my heart has expanded and filled me up completely
I generally don't get emotional over movies but I liked 'A Promise is a Promise' starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan. The movie was good because the acting was really great especially Nicholas Cage's. I also like 'A Party of Three'...actually I liked Neve Campbell in it. She looks so good I kept pressing the pause button throughout the entire movie.
'Walk in the Clouds'-that's my favourite. The movie itself is so idealistic and dreamy, you know... I liked its Mexican flavour, the lilt of the Mexican songs and oh, the grape squashing in the vineyards. The movie had this old-fashioned quality to it which was charming. My favourite part was when Keanu Reeves serenades the girl at the window.
The movie just made me smile from beginning to end. It was really relaxing
and restful to watch and watch it I did more than once, always rewinding
to the 'good parts' over and over again.
I don't like romantic movies with sad endings. We all want happy endings in our lives and I guess we expect the same from a movie. I like the romantic films that are innocent and sweet, not too modern or gross. I love 'Cutting Edge' (D.B. Sweeny and Moira Kelly)-maybe because it was my first romantic movie. It was very addictive, I can't remember the number of times I watched it.
I also like 'Never Been Kissed Before'. It was such an unbelievable movie. I practically cried. 'Simply Irresistible' on the other hand was highly unrealistic. As in the story is so absurdly 'perfect'. But I enjoyed it all the same, because it offered me a chance to be caught up in this imaginary world of perfection, with typical fairy tale endings. Something you'll never get in real life.
I hate romantic movies that end happily ever after. All romantic movies are too physical. That's why I like 'City of Angels' and "The English Patient'.
In 'City of Angels' the girl dies in the end but Nicholas Cage is left a stronger man. Their love doesn't end there. It goes on. Endings where the couple ride away into the sunset are stupid. If you want to see that go to Galle Face.
In 'The English Patient' I liked the setting, the cinematography, the interplay of plots. It so cleverly portrayed how one event touched the lives of many people from diferent walks of life...the fatality. Love stories like that make me cry but I try not to show that side to anyone. But given the choice between a romantic movie or a thriller and I think I'll go for the latter.
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