Me, My Man, and the Movies.

Be it stay at home nights with a DVD, or day-outs  in cinemas, popcorn and MnM’s handy, my boyfriend and I love watching movies together (as most people do, I’m sure). Actually, he’s more of a movie-buff than I am. This I found out early on in our relationship. Where as I am only exposed to family movies, and the really main-stream films, he has watched every kind of movie I could think of- old, classic, mainstream, independent films, English, French, Korean… you name it, he’s probably seen it. I could no longer count the number of times he has quoted something from a movie. He’d ask me if I knew it, and when I didn’t, he’d passionately say that I MUST watch it with him, and then it will go on our never-ending list of movies to see. Here are some my favourites from the bunch of movies that he recommended I watch (in no particular order). We watched these together, and he was really nice about it because he never once spoiled a scene (only redirecting my attention when he knew I was about to miss a really good part), and even if he’s seen a movie probably a thousand times before, he’d be very willing to talk about it and analyze it with me afterwards (which is great because I always need someone to speculate with regarding hidden meanings in the film, etc).

Movie #1  American Beauty 

I remember he kept telling me this film was pretty serious, and I kept putting it off because often, I wasn’t in the mood for anything serious. We finally got around to watching it, and I didn’t regret it. “My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead. Of course I don’t know that yet, and in a way, I am dead already.” That was one of the film’s starting lines, and it instantly got me hooked. The plot was good, with a “will he, won’t he” kind of suspense into it, and as much as each character had their own story, their relationships were all woven together meticulously to create one sad, exquisite tapestry. It ended with a tragic twist, but don’t worry, there is some happiness in all their chaos.

Movie #2 What Dreams May Come 

I absolutely loved this movie, first because Robin Williams is such a good actor, and second, the storyline was excellent! It explores the idea of life after the death of a loved one and extends towards saving that love in the afterlife. It’s a unique, and thought-provoking love story. The strong point of the film is that it starts with tragedy, so from there, the characters had to fight their way out of the suffering. It is a long, and painful journey (I did shed a few tears), but I promise the ending is worth it. After all, who wouldn’t love a man who is willing to risk anything (even spending the rest of his days in hell!) just to be with you again?

Movie #3  Priceless

Priceless

I think this was the first French film that I’ve watched with Louis. He knows that I’m the typical girl who’d prefer a light, romantic film any day, so to introduce me to foreign films, he decided to watch Priceless with me. I loved it! Audrey Tautou is hot, if I say so myself, and there were times during the film when I was wishing that I was as skinny, flirty, pretty and as flawless as her! She makes a very interesting gold digger. Her leading man was quite adorable too, and I found myself instantly falling for their chemistry and rooting for their romance. The script, even if it was translated, was witty and heart-warming at all the right parts. I felt so happy and light-hearted afterwards!

Movie #4 Chaos Theory 

Chaos Theory

Ironic is the one word that popped into my mind when we watched this movie. Because sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things will never go as planned. Sometimes, the universe has thought of a much more better plan than yours, and what may seem as a momentarily chaotic time in your life, may actually serve a greater purpose. I completely empathized with Ryan Reynold’s character here. I mean, what would you feel if you found out that two people you loved most actually did something to betray you? I won’t spoil 🙂 Also, I loved his quirky little index cards! I haven’t really tried leaving a life decision to a bunch of index cards… but hey, there is a first time for everything!

Movie #5 Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds is exactly the kind of movie that my boyfriend will go for. This movie puts you right-smack in the middle of everything… as in I didn’t understand anything for…30 minutes maybe. If it wasn’t for Louis, I’d probably have to watch it again. If you haven’t seen it yet, the only clue I will give you is that 7 is a very special number. Ha. It is sad… and although I’ve read that this movie generally got a really bad rating from critics, I’d say that it’s good enough to watch, mainly because the movie keeps you guessing until the end.

So those are the first five movies for this sort of post! I know I’m not much of a film critic, but I hope I was able to spark your interest if you’ve yet to see any of these films… and if you have already, what did you think? Hate it or love it?

Until the next post! 🙂

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