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Hey I’ve tried a couple of times and so far have failed to ignite my readers to just think about things; like life, love, kids, work, places, people, death, relationships and to put it down in just six words.  You know what I always say, “Just Six Words, No More, No Less”.

I thought of a few today so I’ll post mine and see what comes forth!!!

1.  I thought this week was over:(

2. Full moon, frost, flock of robins!

3. A new beginning began today. YES!

4. Renewed in spirit, refreshed in hope.

5. Craks, dots, Damn! I need Bams.

As you can see there is no real thread or theme here.  Just emote.

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February is about to end and this being the last Thursday of the month brings our MOST ROMANTIC movies list to an end.  I have 10 more movies to list and a bonus film, strongly suggested to me by my nephew, Justin.

  1. How Stella Got Her Groove Back Again (1998) – Well, one way to get your groove back is to groove with a hunky, good-looking stud 20 years younger than yourself.  Taye  Diggs  Bassett won a NAACP Image award for her performance.
  2. Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001) – Rene Zellweiger won this Brit part over two Brittish actresses: Emily Watson and Helen Bonham Carter. AND she gained 25 pounds and earned a Best Actress nomination.
  3. Shrek (2001) – He doesn’t want to get involved and she’s not happy that he’s green and ugly. Howver, the wannabe Princess is really an ogre herself so in the end, all’s well and they live happily ever after to the tune  of hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.
  4. Love Actually (2003) – This is one of my all-time favorite movies;  Peter and I watch it every Christmas holiday season.  We laugh and always cry over Emma Thompson’s pain caused by her husband’s interest in a sexy co-worker. There are TEN different love stories unfolding in this romantic comedy. I LOVE Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy is hysterical, Colin Firth is sincerely endearing and who doesn’t love Liam?
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Jim Carey and Kate Wynslet in this romance/sci-fi movie. Charlie Kaufman won an Academy Award for his original screenplay.  Sometimes you need an outside force to discover what you knew all along.
  6. The Notebook (2004) – This is an epic love story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Rich girl falls for poor boy, they are separated by WWII and ultimately find each other again seven years later.  Ryan Gossling and Rachel MacAdams
  7. Pride and Prejudice (2005) – A classic romance based on a classic- Jane Austen‘s novel of the same title.  Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfayden prove that infatuation beats out social obstacles.
  8. Brokeback Mountain (2005) – This Western was one of the first to feature a love affair between two men. Critically acclaimed around the world, winning many awards at festivals and nominated for Best Picture, starring Heath Leger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  9. Twilight (2008) – The vampire romance that captured the hearts of teens and adultsarlts around the world.  Girl meets boy, boy is a vampire – Kristen Stewart and Robert  Pattinson heat up the screen on and off.
  10. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Another romance  on and off the screen, Freida Pinto and Dv Patel quickly discover the intense chemistry between them. The movie won Best Picture and seven other Oscars.
  11. BONUS! Rocky (1976) – Small time boxer gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ and along the way falls in love with his manager’s sister.  Everyone who has seen it knows the line, “Yo, Adrian” – but the most important lines in the movie are the last two;Rocky,”Where’s your hat”?  (Rocky has just won the championship but is mostly concerned with taking care of Adrian),then ” I love you”!, “No, I love you”!

    Sylvester Stallone,Rocky Balboa, Adrianne

    Yo Adrian!

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A red rose with dewdrops

Red Roses For My Lady

As promised, here are ten more romantic movies in celebration of February, American Heart month and Valentine’s Day.  What did you get for Valentine’s Day?  I got a single long-stemmed red rose!  It’s beautiful.

  1. Dirty Dancing (1987)Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, (omg he was beautiful), had the best time of their lives in this low-budget sleeper film which went on to gross more than $200M worldwide.
  2. The Princess Bride (1987) – Adapted from William Goldman’s book, it’s a tale of “boy meets girl”, boy is lost at sea, girl reluctantly agrees to marry evil prince but she gets kidnapped;  The whole thing is complicated however since it‘s a fairy tale…”and they all lived happily ever after”.
  3. Say Anything (1989) – John Cusack, the under-achieving student serenades the class valedictorian with a boom box.  Entertainment Weekly called this the greatest modern movie romance.
  4. When Harry Met Sally (1989) – Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan have an on-again, off-again romance over a 12-year period.  Harry is based on Rob Reiner and Sally on writer, Nora Ephron and well…”I’ll have what she’s having”.
  5. Ghost (1990) – A romantic fantasy where romance transcends death.  Patrick Swayze (he’s dead) and Demi Moore (still living) re-connect through a phony medium, Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for her performance.
  6. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – A romance where the lovers never meet until the end and based on An Affair to Remember.  Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks finally meet at the top of the Empire State building, oooh so romantic.
  7. True Romance (1993) – Romance Quentin Tarantino style!  A call-girl and a comic book nerd who kills her pimp and takes off with a suitcase full of cocaine. Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater play the not-so-heroic lovers.
  8. Titanic (1997) – Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Wynslet are the young lovers who picked the wrong boat.  This was the highest grossing film and held the title for 12 years until Avatar surpassed it.  Personally (and it is MY blog) I think it was a dumbed down version with bad casting and an unnecessary re-make.
  9. You’ve Got Mail (1998) – Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in YET another re-make; original ideas anyone??? The movie title is a take-off from Yahoo’s email arrival announcement and the original movie was titled The Shop Around the Corner and starred Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan.
  10. The Wedding Singer (1998) – Poor Adam Sandler, left at the altar by his fiance and a wannabe rock singer ends up singing at weddings, serenading other couples.  BUT Drew Barrymore comes into his life and all is good.  A super 80’s soundtrack, the movie grossed $123M.

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Elizabeth Taylor

If you been with me for a while then you know, last Thursday I listed TEN TOP Romantic movies of all times.  And there are 20 more to come before we’re out of this American Heart Month filled with red hearts, chocolate and love.

However, there is a dark side to some love affairs and these 5 movies are some of the BEST in that category:

  1. Who’ Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? (1966) Starring Richard Burton and Liz Taylor whose off-screen romance had as many pitfalls as their portrayals of George and Martha.   Boozy and bickering, George and Martha needle and humiliate each other in front of their guests, clearly seen as a sick yet symbiotic couple.  Elizabeth Taylor won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the needy but castrating Martha.
  2. Closer (2004)Also directed Mike Nichols and adapted from a London stage production, it is filled with raw emotion and intense performances.  Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Julia Roberts are all beautiful people who do ugly things to one another and ultimately themselves.  Not your romantic first date night flick.
  3. Blue Velvet (1986) David Lynch (you’re not surprised are you?) creates a sordid underworld of sexual slavery, addiction, depravity, voyeurism and crime beneath a typically suburban setting.  Disturbing and twisted romance involves, Roy Orbison, Dennis Hopper, Kyle MacLachlan and beautiful Isabella Rossalini.   Lynch darkly explores hidden fears and desires and adds unexpected satire along the way.
  4. Natural Born Killers(1994) Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis are lovers and killers who as they fall deeper in love, their thirst for killing intensifies.  Oliver Stone utilizes a variety of cinematic ploys as he unfolds this story of undeserved fame and all that comes with it;  frenetic camera angles, chopped up editing and the use of various film stocks.  Blood thirsty and scandalous, the public loves them.
  5. Fatal Attraction (1987) Michael Douglas and Glenn Close filled the big screen with steamy, sexual scenes and equally scary suspenseful moments.  Fatal Attraction quickly entered our lexicon as the universal term for a “crazy”  stalker or ex-lover who just couldn’t take no for an answer.  By the end of the movie, the one you are holding hands with will probably turn to you, shake their head and smile knowingly – clearly conveying the probable demise you can expect should you ever try…..

 

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velvet voice, Chances Are, Gina, The Twelfth of Never, Hello Young Lovers

Johnny Mathis in the'60's

Where Do I Begin to tell you how incredibly Wonderful, Wonderful Johnny Mathis was in concert this past Saturday night? Chances Are I won’t do him justice but I’ll try;   He is an unbelievably youthful septuagenarian – YES  the man is going to be 75 years old September 30th!!!!!!! How does he manage to stand so erect, look so good and sing so awesomely As Time Goes By? Certainly, It’s Not For Me To Say!

I have been to many fabulous concerts at The Great Auditorium over the past 10 years and NEVER have I seen a performer get a STANDING OVATION before he began to sing!! The Great Auditorium holds approximately 6000 people, that’s right you read it correctly, 6000 and everyone stood up and clapped and clapped when the man walked out on stage.   We were ready for A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening listening to the dulcet tone and velvet voice of Johnny Mathis – truly a legend in his own time.

Johnny is not just a singer, not just a mere performer, he is a kind, generous and humble Artist. His mastery of music is so evident as he effortlessly sang his way through many of his greatest hits.  With a strong voice and crisp diction,  every single song elicited applause with the opening notes.

He gave the audience A Certain Smile like Someone In Love while he sang with his heart on his sleeve the most romantic songs we (baby boomers) all remember making out to Didn’t We? ; The Look Of Love, Misty, A Time For Us, A Man And A Woman,  This Heart Of Mine.

Maria, Johnny Mathis Greatest Hits, velvet voice, Chances Are, A Time for Us, Gina, Brazil

Johnny Mathis in the 80's

And Mr. Mathis is not a performer who relies solely on his tried and true winners (although admit it, those are the ones we came to hear) he also regaled us with a musical trip to Brazil.  It was just too much!!!! He is old, he looks young, his voice is a beautiful as ever, he lovely to look at AND he can sing in Portuguese too!!!!

In certainly goes without saying (doesn’t it) that he exudes such romance in his songs, you couldn’t help but love the one you were with and I hope it was the one you are in love with!  Everywhere couples were holding hands and smiling and nodding to one another as Johnny gifted us with yet another song replete with Heavenly, Feelings like  Hello Young Lovers and we remembered when It Was A Time For Us.

I can’t tell you what I had for dinner two nights ago but I knew the words to every song he sang except Brazil. Experiencing his music first as a teenager and now again is such a treasure!  I wish my kids could have known this music in their world – where is their romance?  Oh well…. you ask me how long I will remember this night, this singer with velvet vocal cords AND all the words to his songs???  The answer is: TheTwelfth of Never and that’s a long long time.

A night to remember, Heavenly, Feelings, A time for us, Chances are, Misty,Hello Young Lovers

And HE can sing in Portuguese too!!!!

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