When Harry Met Sally – A Truly Great Classic Romance Flick

To review a romantic comedy classic is hard. Especially, one like this. I have watched it a few times, and it still surprises me. It covers quite a bit of romance .. good and bad … exes and best friends …. ๐Ÿ™‚ anyway, getting ahead of myself..

The movie asked one of the most honest questions ” Can Men and Women Just Ever Be Friends? “. The answer is open ended, though the movie probably said yes ๐Ÿ˜› …. a word of warning, there is a lot of dialogue in this movie, about relationships, so if you are a typical romance action fan, this movie is not for you.

It covers a pretty good timeline of their relationship. From the beginning in Chicago all the way to New Year Eve party many, many years later. There is so much good stuff in this movie that I cannot write much about, so I will just say, go ahead and get it.

My favorite scene is below, which is near the end of the movie. Nice eh… so some people love the orgasm thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I liked about the movie

The chemistry between the leads, Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal
The couples story interspersed between the scenes
The discussions about friendship and romance and relationships ๐Ÿ™‚ ..my favorite

The movie in all formats from Amazon

To watch ‘When Harry Met Sally’ online

The soundtrack


Liberal Arts – Present Romance Gets In The Way Of Future

Movie Plot

Jesse, a college admissions officer, is not having the best of his life, goes back to his alma mater, to celebrate the retirement of his favorite professor. He meets Zibby, an sophomore, who puts some spark back into his life, and a mutual attraction grows between both of them. He meets a few other people who makes him wonder whether what he is doing with Zibby ..

My Review

Some people, myself included, can identify with Jesse. Stuck in the dead-end job that you don’t particularly enjoy. Kind of crummy life routine and just got dumped. Go back to college, a familiar and loving environment and meet a unique girl whom you feel connected to. Sounds like a good recipe no? ๐Ÿ˜‰ This movie is charming in its way. It is not particularly harsh on the main character, but gently guides him through the highs and lows. Josh Radnor does a good job as Jesse. He also wrote and directed it. Warning, after watching this flick, you might have pangs of college nostalgia.

What I liked About The Movie

The chemistry between the leads Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen
The gorgeous locations of Kenyon College which provided the location scenes for the movie
The pace of the movie… enough to enjoy the beautiful scenery
The cameos by the supporting casts ๐Ÿ™‚

The Movie Trailer

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Only You – An Understated Romantic Comedy Classic

A review of Only You should mention the main stars in this movie Mr Downey and Ms Tomei, whose chemistry made this movie remarkable and fun to watch.ย A bit light, but the honesty is there. And making some beautiful places in Italy as background to this movie really adds the charm.

But, let’s begin the review with a simple premise. Faith, a teacher from Pittsburgh, who is getting married very very soon, runs after a man, Damon Bradley, that was supposed to be his soulmate since little. Faith is slightly eccentric, a hopeless romantic and believes in ‘destino’.
A phone call from Damon to her fiance leads her chasing him to Venice, Rome and Positano. A man whom she has never met. She is consumed by the desire to knowย who he is. While in Rome, she meets a false Damon, Peter Wright, played by Mr Downey. First taken by him being Damon, the scenes that they shared is an absolutely joy to
watch, two strangers who barely knew each other, falling head over heels in love. Of course, the ruse was discovered, yet Peter helps her in trying to find Damon till the end.

Helen Hunt plays a nice supporting role as Faith’s sister in law and travelling companion, adding humor and some cynicism to the dialogues.

What must be commended is the views of Italy shown here … Venice, Rome and especially, a big shout to Positano. Lovely places and scenes captured by the director.

Anyway, below is a behind the scenes clip in the making of the movie ๐Ÿ™‚

What I liked about the movie

  • The chemistry between the leads – Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
  • The simple and effective plot. Destiny + Soulmate = Good Old Fashion Love
  • The beautiful and gorgeous scenes of Italian locations – Venice, Rome and Positano


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American Pie – Innocent Teen Romance In A Raunchy Way

The Trailer

I remembered watching this flick around the late 90s when it became a surprise hit. Granted it is a bit raunchy ( it launched the whole raunchy teen comedy in my opinion ), but the core of this movie is about love ( finding it ). It was the first movie that launched the whole American Pie movie series, and I personally think that it is the best in the series.
Although the pursuit of having sex for the first time is the main purpose of the four main characters, each of them learnt a lesson about finding sex / love. The best romance in the movie, in my opinion, is Oz and Heather. The jock and the choir chick get together in the end ๐Ÿ˜‰

2014 – surprisingly, the stuff featured here is still relevant today.

What I liked about the movie

– the unique storyline of the four main characters .. it was simply done and each story did not overwhelm the other …
– the chemistry of the two main couples .. Kev – Vick and Oz – Heather
– the crassness of Stifler … playing a typical jock perspective on sex and love

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The Movie Poster

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As Good As It Gets …. Jack does Romance ;-)

The Trailer – ‘As Good As It Gets’

For a romance movie for a more mature audience, As Good As It Gets is highly recommended. When it was released in Christmas 97, it received favorable reviews from critics and audience alike.
The story is based around the relationship between Melvin, a successful author who is a misanthrope, Carol, a single mother waitress who serves him, and Simon, his gay artist neighbor. Melvin’s world revolves his writing, eating at the place where Carol works and is the only one who is willing to serve him, and shutting off his neighbors including Simon.
An unfortunate event befalls Simon and it leads to the three of them being involved. The romance is between Melvin and Carol, while Simon in the end, becomes a cheerleader of sorts for both of them.

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As Good As It Get movie poster, courtesy of imdb.com at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119822/

One thing that struck me about this movie is how Jack Nicholson shines in this movie, just by being the actor he is. I like his portrayal of a character who is in the beginning is pretty horrid and in the end, becomes likable. Helen Hunt does an amazing job as a single mom who reluctantly accepts Melvin’s role in her life, and in the end, finds love in a unlikely man.
For the romantic in me, seeing how their ‘relationship’ develop despite their obvious differences is interesting. How they compromise is a joy to watch.

What I like about the movie

  • the interaction between the two main characters, Melvin and Carol
  • the role plays by Simon, in bringing out Melvin’s humanity
  • the storyline that follows an unlikely relationship that comes to fruition


Amazon DVD ‘As Good As It Gets’

Amazon Instant Video ‘As Good As It Gets’


A Walk To Remember

– based on the Nicholas Spark novel of the same title, this movie stars Mandy Moore as and Shane West as Landon. The plot is simple, a teen guy and daughter of the town minister become friends due to circumstances prompted by the rebel boy’s actions.
– their friendship blossomed as they needed to collaborate on the final high school play, and in the end, it turned into love. He discovers the meaning of life while she discovers how beautiful love is. I watched this movie early 2000s and was struck by the simplicty of the movie.
– the leads gave a touching honest performance and there was real chemistry between both of them. The supporting cast was also good in that they did not hinder the movie and thankfully, the movie plot is simple and straightforward

What I liked about the movie

– the performance of Mandy Moore and Shane West as the two leads
– the music that accompanied the movie .. mostly pop songs, with a classic grunge rock track ‘Cannonball’ – The Breeders –
– the background of the place – a typical American town

PS / do get the novel as well, as the book complements the movie well

The movie

The book


Beautiful Girls – What Do You Do With Past, Present and Future Romance ?

For the current generation ( 18-25 years old ), the movie ‘Beautiful Girls’ will be an alien movie for them. Released in 1996, it is now considered a ‘cult classic’, a movie that deals with a variety of themes, that relate to romance.

On the outside, it looks like a reunion with old friends. As you go deeper, the movie deals with question of how they should handle past, present and future romance.

It is 90s movies like ‘Beautiful Girls’ that deal with relationship honestly, which make it better than new movies released in the romance genre nowadays.

The central character, Willy, deals with a present relationship that he is in, which he is in the ambivalent mode, while attracted to a potential future romance with Marty. Trouble is Marty is just 13 !ย As for his friends, we have the former high school jock who is still cannot let go of his past romance while still wanting to hold on to his current romance. A friend who wants his past romance even though the ex has moved on, and fixated on beautiful models.

These storylines are a few which run through this movie. In this movie, the romances portrayed have an air of wistfulness about them, in a way that the destination is still unclear where it will end.

The crew of actors do a great job in making this movie work, with the chemistry among them. You will find yourself following them, enjoying their banter and learning about who they are. Screen time is equally given to both to the male and female characters, so there is no ‘sexism’ here.

Both views are presented, so you can see both perspectives.

One of the characters, Gina, has the best lines in the movie, which in a way sums the romance dilemmas. The clip is below

In the end, there is most closure for the parties involved, though in my opinion, Willy leaves a little door ajar ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I liked about the movie

  • The colorful characters of friends in the movie, and their interaction… people that we can identify with ..
  • The plotline … simple to understand..
  • The relationship between Willy and Marty
  • The role of Andera in making things clearer for Willy, Paul and Tommy

PS / I do recommend the soundtrack, some nice music there …

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Music Soundtrack


Valentine’ Day – A Rojak of Love Stories on Valentine’ Day

Rojak is a Malaysian dish which consists of fritters, eggs, cucumber and other stuff, topped with a generous helping of spicy peanut sauce. Not the most healthy meal, but delicious and satisfying never the less.

I had the same reaction after watching ‘Valentine’s Day’, a romantic comedy ensemble of stories on Valentine’s Day. It is kind of similar to Love Actually, another movie that I had reviewed earlier.

The one thing that I really liked was the all star ensemble … for the young, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner and Emma Roberts.. for the young adults.. Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba .. and for the veterans, Shirley McLaine and Hector Elizondo.

I think that is the main reason why this movie ‘worked’… the cast did a good job. This is a nice movie to view if you want a nice pick-up for the mood of love.

What I liked about the movie

The actors and actresses did a good job. It was kind of a breezy acting gig for the most of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

The various angles of relationships shown in the movie — it had something for movie goers of all ages …

The official movie trailer