Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I've withheld from posting something Valentine's Day-themed, but NO LONGER! If you have not seen this clip, it's time you did. Of course, I'd recommend you first see the film in its entirety.

 *Clip from Cinema Paradiso (1988). 
 * This clip is also a perfect example of what a wonderful score can bring to a film. The music carries the entire ending of this movie--it speaks louder than any dialogue could. 

Before the moderately offensive term “chick flick” was coined, love stories would have simply been called romances. Of all the stories told in films, none are more wonderfully larger than life. The most significant unifying characteristic in the highest grossing films of all time (Gone with the Wind, Titanic, Avatar), is that they are love stories (or conceived by James Cameron). If that's not indication of our love of romance, I don’t know what is.
via: nevver
Whether Valentine’s Day inspires loathing or lust, movies are always a safe bet: they can relieve us from the trials and tribulations of love, or remind us just how good we have it.

Playing around Los Angeles this Valentine’s Day:

The Aero Theater: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (2/14)
The Egyption Theater: Dr. Zhivago (2/13)
Beverly Cinema: Moulin Rouge, Marie Antoinette  (2/13-15)
Downtown Independent: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2/14)
Cinefamily: (double feature) Casablanca, My Mondo Valentine. (2/14)

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I asked my friends for their favorite on-screen kisses. Here’s what they came up with:
Penelope Cruz & Scarlet Johanssen, Vicki Cristina Barcelona (via: vickicristinabarcelona)

Johnny Depp & Juliet Binoche, Chocolat

Johnny Depp & Winona Ryder, Edward Scissorhands (via: Michellewthonel)

Ben Affleck & Kate Beckinsale, Pearl Harbor

Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling, The Notebook (via: AFCAdam)

Leonardo Dicaprio & Kate Winslet, Titanic (via: Mel Tab)
Christian Slater & Patricia Arquette in True Romance (1993)

Mine? Anyone who knows me would guess: 

Carey Grant & Ingrid Bergman, Notorious

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