Well hello there! Welcome to this week’s installment of The AE Movie Club, the most eclectic collection of eccentric characters since Wadsworth poured after-dinner drinks in the study. (“Not the cognac – just in case!”)
I’m a very bad club president (self-appointed), because I didn’t see a single one of the movies opening this week. Forty lashes with a wet Twizzler for me. But never fear! There’s still plenty of cinematic fat to chew.
For starters, I’ve got a new Fast Five celebrating romance in honor of today’s release of The Vow. I’ve got a great report from a recent Rocky Horror revival where star Barry Bostwick got more into character than expected (it’s seriously awesome), as well as some seriously Vintage Beefcake courtesy of a studly leading man of days past.
It Came From Instant Queue questions Netflix’s recommendation algorithm, The Iron Lady gets the Limerick Review treatment, and this week’s Movie Confessional is literally in the toilet.
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Fast Five: Romance in My Pants
Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in The Sweaters Vow
This weekend yet another syrup-soaked Nicholas Sparks adaptation makes its way to screens, with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in tow. I can’t say that I for one will be seeing The Vow, but that doesn’t mean that I’m completely immune to Cupid’s sizzle reel. So I thought this week’s Fast Five should be all about our favorite romances. Here are mine…
Tom Cullen and Chris New in Weekend
I’ll admit, this is one of my favorite movies PERIOD, so maybe I’m giving unfair license to what is one of the most spectacularly disturbed romances in cinematic history. What’s better than watching Jimmy Stewart fall in love with a haunted Kim Novak? Watching him fall in love with her again! Seriously, if you ignore the deaths and double-crossing, Vertigo‘s reset button might make it the most romantically optimistic movie ever made.
4. Jane Eyre
I adored last year’s anguished and epic big-screen adaptation of Eyre starring Mia Whatsernameska (sorry, couldn’t help it – it’s Wasikowska and she’s fabulous) and Michael Fassbender. I have to admit that I’ve never read the book, so I was genuinely, pleasantly surprised when things turned out the way they did. Bonus: Crazy lady in the attic!!
I’m a sucker for a good treasure hunt, so Audrey Tatou‘s saucer-eyed, sociopathic cutie-pie and her bizarrely intricate quest to land Mathieu Kassovitz was music to my eyes. Bonus: Matthieu Kassovitz is, as the French say, “j’adorable”.
This gay romance is a wonderfully restrained and deeply affecting portrait of two men whose shared experience is brief but very profound. It gives us a glimpse of the ways that we can do kindness to even complete strangers. So beautiful.
1. West Side Story
Sure, it’s got worse lip syncing than the Madonna halftime show. Sure, it has the advantage of being based on one of the greatest love stories ever written. And sure, there’s the whole matter of the Dream Ballet. But something about this raucous, stylized, fingerpop-filled opera gets me every time.
So those are MY favorite romances, although there are or course many more great ones out there. What are your favorite sloppy kisses?