I had a little free time Sunday evening so found myself sitting in front of the TV randomly flipping through channels when I came across the tail end of Meet Joe Black. It had to be the last 10-15 minutes or so of the movie but it was probably less than 30 seconds before my eyes had welled up with tears and my throat had swollen shut with choked back sobs. I don't care how many times I've seen this movie - it gets to me every single time.
Don't tell anyone but I'm not the hard-as-nails person that I make myself out to be all of the time. Underneath the biting sarcasm and dry sense of humor is a sucker for a good romance as I admittedly am one of those fools who believes in true love and happy endings despite the fact that neither of my marriages have fit those categories. Well, I was happy at the end of my second marriage but I don't think that's exactly what I meant!
I grew up with parents who thought the sun and moon rose and set on each other, who were each other's best friends, and who shared the kind of love that you normally only read about in books or see in movies. Granted, they didn't have a fairy tale life - not when you throw in my Dad's military career and us four kids - but it was certainly the type of relationship that I have always hoped to have but have never been able to obtain. I guess that some things are just out of our reach sometimes for unknown reasons. Perhaps I forgot to write 'true love' into the script of my life this time around and substituted the words 'heart break' instead but who knows ... and ... I digress - imagine that!
Anyhow, as I was saying before I rudely interrupted myself and went off on a tanget - I love romance movies - the good ones that make you think and make you feel and leave you sitting there with a wad of Kleenex in a pile at your feet and a nose that would do Rudolph proud! I prefer to watch these types of movies by myself so that I can cry my eyes out but I've been known to sit in the dark of a movie theater and sniffle from time to time.
Movies like Bridget Jones's Diary (both of them!), Moulin Rouge, Message in a Bottle, Sleepless in Seattle, and An Officer and a Gentleman are great love stories. Chick flicks - yes - but they're supposed to be! And I would be willing to bet that there are some men out there who secretly like watching these movies despite what they might say. As a matter of fact, I used to know a certain Police Sergeant in California who once gave me quite the list of romance movies that he liked so it's not unheard of that men like these sort of movies, too. And no - he wasn't gay!
In my opinion, some of the greatest romantic couples of all time to ever grace the silver screen were: Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour in Somewhere in TIme; Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Casablanca; Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer in LadyHawke; Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were; Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in The Princess Bride; and Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember. What can I say but siiigggghhhhh ...
And what woman with a pulse could possibly resist Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (the original BBC mini-series, not the 2005 remake). Could any man any where have done a better job of portraying Darcy than Colin Firth? I wanted to throw things at Elizabeth when it took her so long to realize that she loved him - augh!!! Oh but what a story and what an ending!
So how about it, folks? Between you, me, and the computer screen what are some of your favorite romance movies? What are your "warm memories" made from?