Tuesday, 14 February 2012

"Love, the poet said, is woman’s whole existence." ~ MY FAVOURITE ROMCOMS

Happy Suck-Face Day people!

          Isn't that funny? And I get it now as I have see Star Wars.  Anyways, I had made this list last year but blogger decided to delete most of it and I could not be bothered to redo it until now. Romcoms or romantic comedies are my favourite genre of films after dramedies, and certainly the one I know most about because growing up in the 90s with 90s Bollywood movies, everything was a romcom even if the film was technically from another genre.
           I have decided to put 14 films in my list because of the date obviously (whatever will I think of next?!). Except the first one, everything else is in random order.

Pretty Woman (Dir: Garry Marshall)
It's my ultimate favourite Hollywood romcom: a modern fairytale. True that the female character was a hooker and many of us aren't, but the magic of the film lies in how a poor girl finally finds her prince charming, in the city of angels. But of course more than anything, what makes this film really enchanting is its leading pair. I don't think any other couple in my list look as good as Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in this film. Roberts's contagious radiance and Gere's dapperness, and the way their characters just go so perfectly with each other. *Swoon*

When Harry Met Sally (Dir: Rob Reiner)
"You realize of course that we could never be friends, " and thus one of the greatest romcoms sets in motion. The Billy Crystal and my personal romcom queen Meg Ryan starrer explores the age-old question that can a man and a woman be friends without, you know...it getting weird? It's funny and sweet and the leads are awesome and it has that fake orgasm scene which has to be one of my favourite scenes ever.

Annie Hall (Dir: Woody Allen)
Annie Hall is one of the greatest films ever, with one of the most memorable and beautiful characters ever- Annie Hall played by the divine Diane Keaton. Even Alvy Singer, Woody Allen's character which is almost always the same, has a different adorableness to him. A nervous romance, as its tagline reads, brings to life the quintessential Allen-esque characters- the slightly unsure Annie and the always cynically-upright Alvy and their doomed love story, or maybe a successful modern one, that will entertain us forever.

Bridget Jones's Diary (Dir: Sharon Maguire)
Bridget Jones is somewhat of a role model for me. She shows me that despite being fat and old, someday two British heartthrobs will fall for me and fight over me *sigh*. The book is epic and so is the film. Reneé Zellweger as the clumsy thirty-something Brit whose lovelife is like a modern Pride and Prejudice. Her Mr. Wickham is her flirtatious and unfaithful boss Daniel Cleaver, played by the gorgeous Hugh Grant and her Mr. Darcy is Mark Darcy played by super-suave Colin Firth, whose portrayal of the latter Darcy in the BBC production of P & P led the author Helen Fielding write the book in the first place. Good times.

The Apartment (Dir: Billy Wilder)
It just pains me to think that once upon a time romcoms won Best Picture Oscars. But this really is the best of the best. Only Billy Wilder can make such an endearing and smart romcom so successfully. And the leads- the brilliant Jack Lemmom and the adorable Shirley MacLaine are absolutely perfect and they have an amazing chemistry together that really fuels the film and makes it so great.

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Yes this film is a great many things, but it is a romcom too. And a bloody adorable one at that. Amelie and Nino are made for each other, and the way our heroine woos him is just genius. This is THE love story for quirky people, those who take pictures of clouds or record different kinds of laughs and so on.

(500) Days of Summer (Dir: Marc Webb)
Many call this a modern-day version of Annie Hall. Isn't that compliment enough? Though there are quite a bit of similarities- the self-doubting guy, the girl on whom the film is named, and ofcourse relationship problems, 500 Days is so very different. It's structurally different with the non-linear storyline. It's more pessimistic from the get-go. Summer is not really a person but more of an idea of a person. But all in all, it is a lovely film which avoided them evil clichés and gave a breath of freshness to this somewhat dying genre.

Harold and Maude (Dir: Hal Ashby)
If you haven't seen this film and just look at a synopsis somewhere, they'll talk about how it is a love story between a young man and an old woman. That may look peculiar, but once you do see it, it all makes sense. This excellent dark comedy is a love story first, with the morbid Harold and the lively Maude obviously falling in love because how can they not? They are like death and life and they belong together. Such a beautiful film, and damn funny too.

It Happened One Night (Dir: Frank Capra)
This was the first film to win the Big 5 at the Oscars and remains one of the only 3 to have done so. The other two deal with lunatics, and this one is a romcom. What does that say people? I found it interesting that I liked it so much because I have seen the Bollywood remake of this so many times and I quite like it, and I have a habit of usually liking the original or the remake or none. And I really really liked this! It had to do with the leads and the script and the story of course. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are such a delightful pair and all the Oscars were very well deserved.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (Dir: Peter Sollett)
Come on, you knew this was bound to be there. I keep professing my love for this film and the concept and the leads and the soundtrack and everything. It is a film that I can watch again and again, on an infinite playlist as it were, and never get bored because this is an absolutely darling film.

Sabrina (Dir: Billy Wilder)
I saw this last week and I love it so much. This is another film whose Bollywood remake I had seen but did not like. But I always had a feeling that I would love it. I think it balances the funny parts with the romantic parts exceptionally well. Audrey Hepburn is a dream here. I mean she always is, but something about Sabrina and her innocence and ability to love completely is so captivating.

High Fidelity (Dir: Stephen Frears)
I had to decide between this and another Nick Hornby adaptation, About A Boy, but this one is more romcom-y. It is said to be the romantic comedy for men, and I guess that makes sense. It is funny and sad and cute and John Cusack is at the top of his game in this. The music helps, and so does the supporting cast. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Sleepless in Seattle (Dir: Nora Ephron)
I for one am not a fan of An Affair to Remember. I hated that and its Bollywood remake. Sleepless in Seattle is infinitely better than the film it glorifies. It takes the whole idea of "strangers meeting and falling in love" to another level. Meg Ryan makes her second appearance with this, and her co-star Tom Hanks is equally charming. It's terribly clichéd and I would never do this, but if I had to go meet someone on the top of the Empire State Building, it will be because of this film and not the other.

Something's Gotta Give (Dir: Nancy Meyers)
Aren't old people falling in love just so freaking cute?! Of course if I look half as good as Diane Keaton when I am her age in this, I will be a happy old bunny. Also if I can bag an old fox like Jack Nicholson, won't that be something? They both played lovers in Reds, but as an aging single playwright and a Lothario with a taste for younger women, their relationship in this is far more fun and fascinating.

There you have it. Hope you enjoyed it. Now I will go eat ice cream and watch Casablanca. Yes, do put two and two together.


  1. Great list, I agree on Pretty Woman, Sabrina, Bridget Jones, Annie Hall and I love 500 days of summer, it certainly is one of the best and innovative romcoms out there!
    My plan for tonight is to see Before Sunrise, so we're in the same situation, don't worry :)

    1. Thanks. Yes 500 Days rules!
      Ooh. Before Sunrise was one of the things I considered watching, but went the Bridget Jones way instead.

  2. This is a very cool list! Honestly, I didn't like Hf, but I was in a bad mood when I saw it.
    If there's a few I can add: Splash is still fantastic, The Princess Bride is a super-obvious (but great) choice, and Much Ado About Nothing is nearly perfect.

    1. Thank you. Oh you must watch it again in a good mood. It's really fun.
      Splash is fun though I have only seen it once and I was a kid then. I actually debated about The Princess Bride but it's wayyyy too many things and cannot be restricted to any one genre. I haven't seen Much Ado About Nothing :(

  3. I loooooove Amelie! I haven't seen many of these though (sadly for me - I don't know how I've missed so many). I tend to avoid romcoms because of all the standard Hollywood crap that gets put out.

    1. Me too. Really? I thought this was like a very generic list :P
      This is true, but if I may say so myself, all of these films are top-notch. But then again, the formulas that were used in these first have been reused and recycled so many times that they may have lost their charm.

  4. Wow, I've only seen a few of those! I loved Amelie and (500) Days of Summer while Sleepless in Seattle is a classic. Hope you had a great Valentine's Day ;)

    1. Okay I really thought everyone has seen these films! Yes they are great.
      Well I saw Casablanca and the two Bridget Jones films and ate raspberry sorbet and drooled over Bridget's conquests. It was a rather good day, thanks :P

  5. Great list! I loved Amelie and 500 days too! Have you seen this one, then? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364517/ (Jeux d' enfants). It's sort of like Amelie and it has Marion Cotillard and her boyfriend in it!

    I've been following this blog for a while now and I think it's great!
    Keep blogging! :D

    1. Thank you! No I haven't seen that, but I have heard about it. Will check it out.
      Thank you so much :D