Monday, January 7, 2008
Get your popcorn ready...it's movie time!
I love the movies! If I had a weekend where I didn’t have to do a damn thing (and I couldn't spend money at the spa) I would lay in bed all day long watching movies...back to back to back! I'm quick to throw you a line from a favorite...often just to test you! I wouldn't necessarily say I'm partial to any particular genre of film, but the romantic comedies are probably up there pretty high! I'm partial to these, most likely, because of the desperate longing for 'Mr. Right' as I was growing up. Go ahead...get your laughs in now. I don't want you passing out from the hysteria when I unload that Cocktail happens to be one of my favorite romantic comedies! I mean, what female hasn't longed for their very own Brian Flanagan - tortured yet charismatic; driven yet held back by his own internal demons. All right maybe my mission growing up was to help them or fix them…ha! If I’d known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have so many favorite romantic comedies, I assure you! You may be wondering what made me want to write this and exactly what it is I'm intending to enlighten you with....well, here you go: I was watching Legends of the Fall - one of my all time favorites - and I asked myself..."Does anyone of the male species look better on horseback than Brad Pitt?" I’m all about finding the truth…so my quest began. ;) Brad Pitt (strange as he probably is in real life) is most breathtaking atop a thoroughbred! I don’t even have to get into the fact that he’s aching, tormented and unreachable at times during the film…all of which only add to the mysterious nature that will drive a woman mad, literally. **For the readers of the male persuasion, I hope you take from this entry a little more about what (most) women want. A man is most desirable when he’s determined. For instance, he’s working on a task/chore/hobby/work and he’s driven to see it through to completion. This is hot. Especially if he encounters a “roadblock” and must work through it. I’d love to elaborate on why…but, honestly, it’s a little muddy to me. A man is also alluring when he’s vulnerable. Now, don’t misconstrue this. Too vulnerable can make you needy…which should be noted as NOT HOT for future reference. But, a degree of vulnerability is welcomed. It proves you have feelings. Speaking of feelings…something else that makes you most fascinating is the desire to learn more about yourself. Too often men can get caught in a rut and become complacent with who they are and their ‘mate’. Don’t do this! Always strive to take something away from situations. Try not to see everything black and white – even though you might be programmed that way – because words are hard to find to describe the feelings you can invoke by admitting that you learned something new about yourself. It professes self-awareness and the desire to better your self.** My quest carried me through a spectrum of films looking for the crème de la crème of romantic lead roles among men in movies – horseback or not. They are as follows (in no particular order and may or may not be in the saddle): Justin Matisse played by the stunningly Southern, Harry Connick, Jr. in Hope Floats. Tripp played by the unquestionably ravishing Matthew McConaughey in Failure to Launch. Benjamin Barry also played by Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Steve Edison again played by Mr. Hottie McConaughey in The Wedding Planner. (complete with the aforementioned horseback scene!) Johnny Castle played by the smoldering Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Robbie Hart played by the side-splitting Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer. Dusty Chandler played by the timeless Mr. George Strait in Pure Country. Roy McAvoy played by Kevin Costner in Tin Cup. Ronny Miller played by the exquisite Patrick Dempsey in Can’t Buy Me Love. Drew Baylor played by the positively adorable Orlando Bloom in Elizabethtown. Nick Marshall played by the handsome Mel Gibson in What Women Want. Lloyd Dobler played by the atypical hottie John Cusack in Say Anything. Jack Taylor played by the captivating George Clooney in One Fine Day. Nick Mercer played by the enchanting Dermot Mulroney in The Wedding Date. Aragorn and Legolas played by the enchanting Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom (respectively) in The Lord of the Rings: The Trilogy. It goes without saying these two are most assuredly Brad's stiffest competition in the horesback category. All of these candidates qualify, in my book, for romantic comedy role (by someone of the male persuasion) of the century! I’m sure there are some I’m leaving out and I’m sure there are some I haven’t thought of. I’m curious about the ones I may not have seen…I’ll make a weekend of it if I have to. I’m willing to do what it takes to uncover the truth. So, send me your favorites! (Guys…that means you too!) My DVD player is ready and waiting! Guys...take your cues from the one's I've mentioned here. I know they're only actors playing a role, but they all have something women want - romance. We want to be swept off our feet. Again, I'm not speaking for all the ladies...I'm sure there are some out there that don't agree. But, ultimately, we want to feel adored. Whether it's up close or from across the room. We want to feel like we're at the forefront of your mind...even if we aren't. There's something to be said for romance....see you at the movies!