This week I focus on the many Valentines Day stories currently poluting the pop culture sites.
If I Only Have Time to Read One Story, What Should It Be?
Margaret Lyons and Josh Wolk over at Vulture duke it out over which is the better Nora Eprhon/Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan vehicle: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) or You’ve Got Mail (1998)? I feel like the internet will collectively turn against me if I admit to liking the latter and not really caring about the former. So, this is me not doing that (via Vulture.com )
Several films have attempted to address the corrupting influence of popular culture on our expectations in relationships, some of which regard the influence as a plague quietly infecting the masses (500 Days of Summer, Don Jon’s Addiction) whereas others acknowledge the artifice of fictionalized romance but re-affirm its positive potential (Friends With Benefits, Sleepless in Seattle). What of those movies altogether cynical about romance? Well, this is the list for you. Michelle Williams pop up in two of the six films, Blue Valentine (2010) and Take This Waltz (2012), which begs the question: should we be worried about Michelle Williams? (via WeGotThisCovered.com)
It is equally refreshing/jarring whenever film depicts sexual encounters which are horribly awkward as opposed to earth-moving, bed-breaking (I’m looking at you, Twilight) displays of harmonious sexual chemistry. Britt Hayes at ScreenCrush recognized this, and put together a list of painfully awkward movie sex scenes. Where is the MPAA agitating scene from Blue Valentine ? (via ScreenCrush.com)
In the vein of Jeanine Basinger’s recently published I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in Films, which attempts to trace the history of the depiction of marriage in film, Buzzfeed has a very concise overview of the evolution of on-screen romance throughout film history (via Buzzfeed.com).
Of course, you know Joss Whedon is well-represented here, with both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel up there. As Camera Obscura sang, hey Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken, and this list reads like a stroll down heartbreak lane. (via ScienceFiction.com )
Truthfully,I have a soft spot for any reference to Ross’ infamous “We were on a break!” defense for his infidelity with the photocopy girl from season 3 of Friends. CinemaBlend argues this instance teaches us that in relationships it is best to fully define terms/phrases such as “on a break” or “separated” before actually going through with it. (via CinemaBlend.com)
To quote John Lithgow’s character from a season 4 episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, “A triangle is the strongest shape in geometry, but somehow a love triangle just collapses.” Yet we love watching those bastards collapse, as indicated by this list of favorite TV love triangles. I am wondering how the hell they listed Angelus/Spike/Drusilla over Angel/Spike/Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel! (via DenofGeek.com)
During any and all of your Super Mario Bros. video game playing, have you ever stopped to ponder what type of relationship Mario and Princess “Toadstool” Peach have outside of his constantly having to save her from same Bowser-like captor? Well, Gamelogical has. Also, I really, really want to argue against their assertion that Elena Fisher needs to leave Nathan Drake (from Sony’s Uncharted series), but their rather real world-based arguments make total sense. (via Gameological.com)
The only surprise marriage proposal I have ever witnessed in-person was at a Kansas City Royals game, and it was of the standard couple-suddenly-on-jumbotron-guy-gets-on-one-knee-girl-awkwardly-says-yes-crowd-cheers variety. According to this list (with YouTube clips) from GeeksOfDoom, I should have been going to Disney theme parks to get the really good surprise proposals. My favorite from their list is the first one, in which a man enlists a Bruno Mars song and a flash mob to propose to his girlfriend because if you propose at Disney you best do it via a tightly choreographed dance and song. (via GeeksOfDoom.com)
- Film: Great Job, Internet!: Today in “Hey, this still exists”: The You’ve Got Mail website (avclub.com)
- 10 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time! (thenew1037.cbslocal.com)