Romantic Films (2012)

Affair to Remember (1957) Rated NR

Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous, and the lovers’ future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.

Love Actually (2003) Rated R

It’s all about love and holiday cheer in London. The Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower’s young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague.

Moulin Rouge (2001) Rated PG-13

Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections.

The Notebook (2004) Rated PG-13

Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun meet one evening at a carnival. But they are separated by Allie’s parents who disapprove of Noah’s unwealthy family, and move Allie away. When Allie doesn’t hear from Noah after several years, she meets and becomes engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon. Allie, with her love still alive for Noah, stops by Noah’s home to check on him. Seeing that their reunion has rekindled a passionate romance, Allie must now choose between true love and the match that her parents approve of.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Rated PG

After hearing a man confess his love for his dearly departed wife on a call-in radio show, a woman falls deeply, inexplicably in love with him. Deciding he is her destiny, she treks across country on a wildly romantic impulse to meet him.

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Midnight In Paris (2011)

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Rated PG-13

In this comedy, directed by Woody Allen, he focuses on a young engaged couple as they travel to Paris for business. What they experience there makes them question their life together. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody

I think this film will surprise many. It surprised me. I’m not a big Woody Allen fan. I’ve only seen a few of his films and nothing has struck me as much as this one. Maybe because I’m at an age that these characters are, or maybe it’s cause I’m a dreamer and often think that living a different life would be better. Allen’s script just flows into the story and makes us all think about life and our dreams. What do what out of life? Where do we expect our life to go? Allen shows us that…

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Labor Day Films 2011

Clerks (1994) Rated R

A deadpan comedy about a day in the life of two nowhere-bound convenience and video store clerks and the two eccentric drug dealers who constantly loiter outside the stores.

Erin Brockovich (1999) Rated R

Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a momumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees. Based on a true story.

North Country (2005) Rated R

Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. A fictionalized account of the first class action sexual harassment case in the U.S.

Office Space (1999) Rated R

Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech Corporation, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons gets fired up–and decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new attitude and a sexy new girlfriend, he soon masters the art of neglecting his job, which quickly propels him into the ranks of upper management.

Tommy Boy (1995) Rated PG-13

Party animal Tommy Callahan is definitely a few cans short of a six-pack. But after seven years, Tommy’s finally earned his diploma–and a cushy job at Callahan Auto Parts. Returning home, Tommy gets some more great news: his dad is marrying a real “10,” and Tommy will get the stepbrother he always wanted. But when his father dies, the business starts tanking–and his stepmother starts scheming. Now Tommy’s got to hit the road with his dad’s right-hand man, a smug numbers-cruncher. And what these two don’t know about salesmanship could fill a book.

Meatballs (1979) (via What to Watch.)

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Rated PG Meatballs is a comedy set on at a summer camp geared to teens. The jokes aren’t as raunchy as todays which was nice. Although, its cleaner, I still didn’t get a connection to the characters or the story. I did attended some summer camps but they weren’t at all like Camp Northstar. I definitely didn’t have a counselor like Tripper. I do think that guys would love this film as well as adults in their 30s-40s. … Read More

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