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We admit it, we love a great big-screen love story. And since Valentine’s Day is the ultimate occasion for celebrating mushy sentimentalism in all its various incarnations, we couldn’t think of a better time to pay homage to eight of our favorite lovey-dovey movies. We separated them for your convenience into comedy and tearjerker categories, so you know whether or not to have tissues handy.
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When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Perhaps the greatest romantic comedy of all time. Written by the inimitable Nora Ehpron, with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan playing the titular lovable failures at love, it asked the age-old question: Can men and women be friends without sex getting in the way? It also has pretty much the best scene ever filmed in a deli. (“I’ll have what she’s having.”)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
As one tagline said, “It’s the story of a girl who’s stuck with a guy who’s driving her crazy, and stuck on a guy she’s crazy about.” A year before reuniting for one of the most seminal teen flicks ever (The Breakfast Club), ’80s brat pack queen Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall starred in this John Hughes high school romance classic. It’s really the ensemble cast—the sister on quaaludes, the inappropriate grandparents, the foreign-exchange student—that raised the comedic ante though.
Annie Hall (1977)
The epitome of a nervous romance, the (in our humble opinion) best Woody Allen film traces the ups and (mostly) downs of the equally neuroses-racked comedian Alvy Singer and his sometime girlfriend, singer/photographer/quirky dresser Annie Hall. As always, there are many Woody-isms to appreciate: “A relationship is like a shark—it has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we have on our hands is a dead shark.”
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
No one plays the bumbling avowed bachelor quite like Hugh Grant. He’s Charlie in this British comedy revolving around a group of close friends as they attend, well, four weddings and a funeral together, each event highlighting their own misfortune in the love department. It’s at one gathering that he meets the American woman Carrie (Andie MacDowell), who helps him change his ways.
Love Story (1970)
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” The most famous line from this extreme tearjerker. Based on the hugely successful book by Erich Segal, it starred two of the decade’s most buzzed-about (and attractive) actors, Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, as the Ivy League couple in an ultimately ill-fated love story. When you’re not weeping, there is also style inspiration (think ’70s New England prep) aplenty to behold.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Of the many romantic quandaries to find yourself in, having three attractive brothers all madly in love with you doesn’t seem like such a bad one. But for Susannah (Julia Ormond) in this story set in the stunning Montana Rockies in the early 1900s, it would lead to jealousy, betrayal and, ultimately, tragedy. Not so tragic: Brad Pitt as the wild-natured youngest son Tristan, who is awfully easy on the eyes with his long shiny mane of golden hair.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
One of the original rom-crys, it is the forbearer of the tragic romance genre and the standard against which all future films should be compared. It’s so iconic, in fact, that it inspired a major plot point in ’90s big-screen romance Sleepless in Seattle. Starring the devastatingly handsome Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, it tells the story of a man and woman who fall in love on a cruise and, though they are both engaged, agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building. But something goes wrong…
The soundtrack featuring the sweetest Righteous Brother’s ballad, “Unchained Melody.” That famous scene at the pottery wheel. The “ditto” response to declarations of love. Plus, of course, the gorgeous stars, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Memorable moments abound in this movie about a man who comes back to his girlfriend as a ghost (with the help of medium Whoopi Goldberg).
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December 5, 2012
If you’re anything like us, your bedroom is probably lined with tons and tons of (yet-to-be-read) magazines. Even so, we couldn’t resist adding six more to our list for the holidays. Check them out below.
Paris Review: This literary gem is the best for holiday travel (plus, they have an awesomely retweetable Twitter handle).
Foam: This breathtaking photography magazine is an excellent coffee-table book—and also doubles as a great gift.
Kinfolk: Each and every issue just makes us want to jump inside the pages. Based on the concept of gathering, this magazine features great food, unique travel destinations and super dream homes.
Apartamento: This Italian-based mag delivers interior inspiration via the homes of various characters the editors come across.
Dossier: This Brooklyn-based magazine gives us a perfect dose of art, fashion and creative writing.
The Gentlewoman: From the folks who brought us Fantastic Man, this sophisticated fashion magazine is full of pleasantly unexpected style features.
November 21, 2012
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October 11, 2012
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October 5, 2012
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