My Fell-Good Hobby
January 25, 2009
I’m such a sucker for chick flicks.
Even though I’m all in for the feminism, equalization between man and woman, etc etc…, I can’t help it but (heart) romantic movies a.k.a chick flicks.
So here I am, on Chinese New Year’s Eve, re-watching “10 Things I Hate About You”. I (heart) (the late) Heath Ledger. Even though the hair is a bit too messy. 10 Things I Hate About You is actually based on Shakespeare’s story, “The Taming of The Shrew”.
The Taming of The Shrew is a sexist story about a woman named Katharina, who is tempestous, angry all the time, and so had no suitors. Her sister, Bianca, behaves angelic, the way a woman should (notice that I say all this with sarcasm). So Bianca’s suitor (I forgot his name), wanting to marry Bianca, dared Petruchio to marry Kat, because Bianca and Kat’s father had lain down the rule where Bianca may marry only when Kat is married.
So Petruchio married Kat and do things like starving her, to ‘tame the shrew’.
But that’s another story. This is about my feel-good hobby.
So…here’s top ten list just off the top of my head; ten of my feel-good movie that I watched when I don’t fell like using my brain to think.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You
The title is based on the poem that Kat (Julia Stiles) wrote about Patrick (Heath Ledger), stating the things she hate about him:
I hate the way you talk to me and the way you cut your hair;
I hate the way you drive my car, I hate it when you stare;
I hate you big dumb combat boots and the way you read my mind;
I hate you so much it makes me sick, it even makes me rhyme;
I hate it– I hate the way you’re always right, I hate it when you lie;
I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry;
I hate it when you’re not around and the fact that you didn’t call;
But mostly, I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all
2. Ever After
This one’s based on Cinderella.
The leading character (Drew Barrymore) -Danielle de Barbarac- lived with her stepmother, Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, and two stepsisters, Marguerite and Jacqueline, in rural France. Her father died just shortly after he married the Baroness, leaving Danielle in the mercy of the Baroness, blablabla… I think you’ve all read Cinderella.
Then, the twist is, the Baroness wanted to sell one of the slaves, Maurice, to pay off her growing debt. Danielle set off to buy Maurice back, using the money that the Crown Prince, Henry, had given her earlier as a bribe when Danielle caught him stealing her father’s horse.
At the court, Danielle dressed as a courtier as opposed to her normal servant-like attire, and met Henry. And the two fall in love, etc etc. 😄
3. How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days
It’s about a journalist, Andie Anderson, best known as the “How To…” girl since she’s writing the “How To…” column. She is getting bored and wished that she could write pieces about the things she considers important, like politics, economics, religion, poverty, etc.
She accidentally throwed the idea of writing about how to lose a guy in 10 days to her cruel boss, to stop her from picking on her friend who just broken up.
Andie tells her boss that she will date a man and do all the things that women tend to do wrong, when they are in relationships, in order to be granted more freedom in her writing.
At the same time, advertising executive Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) tells his boss that he can make any woman fall in love with him in just ten days and can bring her as a date to the company’s ball. If he succeeds, he will get to be in charge of the advertising for the new diamond company account headed by his boss.
Through conspiring on the part of Ben’s rival coworkers, Judy and Judy, who were present at Composure Magazine earlier in the day and are aware of Andie’s new assignment, Andie and Ben meet that night and start their quests. Neither reveals their true intentions, which leads to strange goings-on in their relationship. Andie puts Ben through many various experiences in order to make him break up with her very quickly, but Ben sticks around in order to fulfill his deed in making her fall in love with him. Examples of what Andie does include being very clingy, interfering on guys night with Ben and his friends, and taking him to a Celine Dion concert instead of a basketball game. Ben stays with her despite everything and both people reveal their true motives at the end, but their initial desires have changed.
4. Made of Honor
Seriously, who could resist Patrick Dempsey? 😛
It’s about Tom and Hannah, who’d been friends forever. Tom was a ladies’ man, and didn’t realise that he was in love and want to be with Hannah until Hannah went away to Scotland for six weeks.
Surprise for Tom, Hannah came back with a fiance, a Scottish duke whose name I forgot. Hannah made Tom her “maid of honor” (hence the title), while Tom struggled with his feelings for Hannah and tried to tell her.
5. The Bachelor
Jimmie Shannon (Chris O’Donnell) wasn’t really the type to marry. He eventually proposes to his girlfriend of three years, Anne (Renée Zellweger) in the most romantic restaurant in town, only that he spoils it with a crude approach.
Anne is going to travel to Greece for an assignment when Jimmie’s discovers that his late grandfather has left him his entire assets (worth about $100 million), only if Jimmie’s married on his 30th birthday, which is 6.05 pm the next day.
He, his friend Marco, a priest waiting in the wings, and his grandfather’s two friends and colleagues must find a bride in the next few hours. When he proposes to Anne again, she’s able to see right through his facade, and leaves for Greece on a helicopter.
Jimmie then selects many ex-girlfriends to ask. There’s Stacey, a loud stockmarket player who’s engaged herself. Then Zoe, a clingy window dresser. When Jimmie goes to see her, he runs off after “Anne” but it isn’t her. He returns to see that she’s set a mannequin on fire in effigy of him. Soon, the list is depleted until one accepts – the money grubbing socialite Buckley (Brooke Shields) who wants the money for her family’s business. However, she turns it down after finding out they have to have children in 5 years, spend only one night apart a month and they need to be married for ten years. Desperate, Marco places an ad in the newspaper with disastrous consequences. Anne didn’t go to Greece, she returned home and went to her parents’ house with Natalie, her sister. She misses Jimmie and goes back to the city.
The movie ended in a happy ending (of course), with Jimmie realizing that he truly loves Anne and is ready to make the next step, and the couple getting married on the fire exit ladder.
(Which, by the sound of it, wasn’t really romantic at all. You have to watch the movie :P)
7. Alex and Emma
8. 27 Dresses
9. Ella Enchanted (yet another Cinderella story)
10. License To Wed
OOOH…I almost forgot this one! My favorite scene is the one at the ending, at the beach, where Ben wrote his wedding vows on the sand. =)
Of course I have way more than these 10 movies that I like. I guess deep down inside me there’s a hopeless romantic. I just gotta find a way to bury her, reeeeeal deep. =p