“Too many guys think I’m a concept or I complete them or I’m going to make them alive, but I’m just a fucked up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don’t assign me yours.”
-Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The thing to love about Film Club is how smart and thoughtful everyone is. I highly recommend reading Chris’s, John’s, Jeff’s, and Brandon’s posts on romantic comedies. They all made me reconsider my list as well as what I think a romantic comedy is. At the end of his post, Brandon suggests that perhaps next we should come up with lists of romance films, and I have to say that my list of romance films would be much different than my list of romantic comedies. I enjoy romantic comedies, but I do think of them as a less serious film, and so I didn’t include a lot of films I love that are on other people’s lists: Annie Hall, Broadway Danny Rose, Punch-Drunk Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Adventureland (which John seemed to indicate that Film Clubbers don’t like–what is wrong with Adventureland? I liked that movie.). I rewatched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind recently because a.) I LOVE that movie (I know Kaufman’s films don’t make sense on the surface, but they all make perfect sense to me), and b.) I was thinking a lot about the premise of the film, whether it might be better to forget some things entirely (of course not, but, you know, tempting). That movie made me laugh, but there’s nothing at all about it that isn’t serious. Same with the rest of them. I watched Annie Hall for the first time this week, and I can’t get it out of my head. (Still, though, I think Broadway Danny Rose was a better film, which surprised me.)
The others also picked movies that may have made my list had I thought of them. Brandon brought up Can’t Buy Me Love, which I can’t believe I didn’t even consider. Chris and Jeff brought up WALL-E, which is an inspired pick (although I think it’s kind of sci-fi-y for our rules? Maybe? Who cares, it’s such a good film.). They also listed Knocked Up, which I actually had on my list and even wrote a paragraph about until I decided to kick it out in favor of The 40 Year Old Virgin because I realized I liked the secondary characters in Knocked Up more than the main ones (and a couple of those side characters are getting their own movie, which I am looking forward to). (500) Days of Summer and Amelie are two of my favorite movies, too, although I hesitate to call them romantic comedies.
I don’t know. I maybe have to think about the whole thing more, but I like thinking, so this is good.
In the meantime, to cleanse my palate of all this romance, I went out and saw The Cabin in the Woods, which was different and a lot of fun if you’re into horror. I think it’s a solid 5/5 severed heads.