Friday, October 24, 2008

Your In It Right Now....Aren't You??

Inspired by my buddies over at b.e.earl and slydesblog who by the way, tackled the "horror" genre of movies quite amazingly. So, amazing in fact that i am frightened to click on their blogs for fear of encountering a monster of some sort lurking about. Kudos to both of you guys for a job well done!

So, after thinking a little bit, i thought the only logical thing for me to do was to tackle the equally difficult genre of "chick flicks". Now there is really no way i could list all of them nor do i want to because what is a chick flick to one chick may not be to the next chick. Are you with me so far??

So, first let me clarify what a chick flick really is and i suppose wikipedia is as good a place as any for the definition.

Chick flick (also "chick's flick") is slang for a film designed to appeal to a female target audience. Although many types of films may be directed toward the female gender, "chick flick" is typically used only in reference to films that are heavy with emotion or contain themes that are relationship-based (though not necessarily romantic and may not involve men).

So, that said i am going to list my top 5 "feel good" "chick flicks". A film designed to appeal to "me" that when i click the stop button, i say to myself "I feel good"

5) Sleepless in Seattle - 1993
Meg Ryan and Nora Ephron team up again, this time with Tom Hanks in the male lead. Essentially a reworking of An Affair to Remember, Meg plays a journalist from Baltimore (Annie) who is engaged to the mild mannered Walter (Bill Pullman again!). Annie hears a widower called Sam on the radio, becomes obsessed with him and with a lot of help from the Sam’s eight year old son, Jonah, travels to Seattle to find him. What happens next is one of the most sweet chick flick endings ever.

4) When Harry Met Sally - 1989
Written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner, it’s full of clever dialogue, and will they won’t they plot teasers. And who can forget Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm, which made Katz’s Deli in Manhattan famous? As the lady said, ‘I’m having what she’s having!’

3) Pretty Woman - 1990
A guilty pleasure if ever there was one! Despite its rather rose-tinted view of the sex industry, it’s a classic Cinderella rags to riches tale. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are perfectly cast, the Big and Carrie of their day. It won Roberts an Academy Award nomination for her sassy portray of Vivian Ward, the hooker with a heart.

2) Say Anything - 1989
Very few films have even tried to be as smart and honest as Say Anything. The film, which is more then 10 years old, still remains to be one of the strongest pieces of romantic cinema. Not only do John Cusack and Ione Skye have perfect chemistry; not only is John Mahoney's character one of the most complicated father figures in the history of film; not only is the screen play delightfully honest; but everything just seems to fit right in this movie. A true treasure!

1) Garden State - 2004 (Let me preface this by admitting, i am a huge Zach Braff fan!! HUGE!!)
Zach Braff has made it. Both script, directing and main acting, and everything is more than all right. This is a film without violence about people living ordinary extra-ordinary lives. The "hero" has been taking tranquilizers for all his grown up-life and even before that. He's got no feelings left, not even for the death of his mother. Then he meets a girl, well acted indeed by Natalie Portman, who unlocks him slowly, saying the right things all the time without knowing it. Hours after you've seen this, you realize that here was a crucial moment, this was a turning point and so on. The love story gets a little sentimental at the end, but still this is a film that lives long after you've seen it through.

Garden State may or may not fit into what you may consider a classic "chick flick" but still. It was a great movie IMHO! Great soundtrack too!!!

So, yeah good stuff huh? Makes me teary eyed. A little. Ok, a lot!

On a totally unrelated note:
I am finally being left ALONE!! For that i thank Buddah!! For that i thank Horned God and Triple Goddess! For that i thank Yin/Yang! You know guys, the only thing that is constant is our beating hearts!! We are all in this together!

The words of the Hopi Elders in Oraibi Arizona.

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel that they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep your eyes open and our heads above the water.
And I say "See who is in there with you and celebrate!"
At this time in history we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word "struggle" from your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

Folks, lets all roll with the fucking changes! It's easier that way! Or as my amazing friend Dee says "fucking win". Yeah, its that simple.

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