Monday, September 12, 2011
Falling in Love.... At the Movies!! (Catherine Mann)
I’m a sucker for a happily ever after when it comes to the books I read and the movies I watch. If I’m going to invest the time in reading or watching, I want a victorious ending. I recall going to one particular movie billed for the Valentine’s Day season. I braved snowy weather, ten degrees below zero, seven months pregnant to see Somersby. SPOILER ALERT: The hero dies by hanging at the end. Women throughout the movie theater gasped in horror – and anger. Where was the happily ever after we’d spent the past couple of hours watching the hero and heroine work earnestly toward achieving?
Keeping that in mind for this month's blog about falling in love, I made a list of some of my favorite romantic movies where the guy and gal absolutely ride off in the sunset together. So, in no particular order, here goes...
(John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara)
One of my all time top movie picks! My husband and I watch this at least once a year, a classic romance with a wounded alpha hero and a magnificent Irish setting. How especially awesome it is to have a romance flick both my hubby and I enjoy.
50 First Dates
(Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore)
The way the hero loves the heroine in spite of her injury is magnificent. There’s no magic cure. Instead, their love makes them strong enough. I adore this movie! A comedy that can move you to emotional happy tears at the end – well done!
Which is your favorite? The Humphrey Bogart/Audrey Hepburn version? Or the Harrison Ford/Julia Ormond remake? I can’t decide. Guess I’ll have to watch both again!
When Harry Met Sally
(Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan)
Favorite line: “I’ll have what she’s having.” Need I say more? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you must watch this movie!
Lady & the Tramp
I was enchanted by this movie as a kid and it's endured for me through the years. I love dogs. I love a compelling “boy from the wrong side of the tracks” story. And of course, there's always “Belle Notte.”
The Princess Bride
(Cary Elwes and Robin Wright)
Favorite line: “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
Next favorite line: "Have fun stormin' the castle."
Okay, so those lines were spoken by a couple of other characters in the movie, but then sometimes a romance movie comes along where the secondary characters are mighty darn compelling too!
(Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis)
I saw this movie on my first date with my husband, an air force aviator. “Take My Breath Away” – you betcha!
Taming of the Shrew
(Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor)
My master’s thesis was on Shakespearean women and honestly, I could talk about the Bard’s works all day long. But as far as romances go, I have always thoroughly enjoyed watching Taming of the Shrew over and over again in different productions.
Officer & a Gentleman
(Richard Gere and Debra Winger)
Iconic military romance film! I still applaud when he carries her out of the factory! And being a military romance author and military spouse, I do adore a man in uniform.
(Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore)
This movie is plain ole fun, especially with all the eighties style humor. But the song he sings to her at the end, while funny, is so very touching for its simple message that resonates deep in the heart of someone in love. “I want to grow old with you.”
To hear the song, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1A_X8VMIqU
What is your favorite romantic movie? One commenter will win an ARC for the next book in my "Elite Force" series, HOT ZONE, coming out in December from Sourcebooks Casablanca. The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, September 16, 2011.
I'll also include a copy of my next Harlequin Desire, BILLIONAIRE'S JET SET BABIES, on shelves this October!