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The List: Best Portraits Of Romance on Film

This weekend, I will finally have the chance to see Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, the believed-to-be final entry to what may just end up being my absolute favorite film trilogy. In 1995, Linklater brought the world Before Sunrise, a film focused on a chance meeting between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train to Europe that leads to one romantic evening spent together in Vienna. Based on a personal one-night encounter Linklater had with a woman whom he never saw again, the film was an achingly real portrait of young love between two individuals who don’t quite know what their next steps are in life. Nine years later, the sequel Before Sunset hit theaters with Jesse and Celine now older, but not quite perhaps as romantically wiser as either had expected. And now, once again nine years later, Before Midnight brings us back into their world.


Counting the Before films among the greatest on-screen portrayals of romance that I have seen, I felt it was fitting that I list some of my other favorite film romances. Now, you won’t see any typical romantic comedies on this list because for me, the more real a given relationship is the more invested I am in seeing the story of that film unfold. Unfortunately, nobody can really accuse the modern romantic comedy of capturing anything close to the realm of realism. Instead, I’ve decided to give you a list of films that range from the depressing to the absurd, but that all contain some aspect of romantic truth. Given that the film genre of depressing romantic relationship dramas is one of my absolute favorites, it should come as no shock to you that these films rank fairly high on my absolute favorite films list. And now, onto The List.

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April Blogger Challenge: Find a Picture and Write About It

I’ve been looking through my Facebook albums for the past three days, trying
to find one picture that stood out to me. And then I finally did. This particular
photograph made me remember how good life can be sometimes. The picture I’m
referring to is one I took in L.A. about four years ago. It’s Jim
Carrey’s square in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. hillaripic1

Carrey has always been interesting to me. While he has
made a sufficient amount of money for his over-the-top comedic
performances, he also possesses a refreshing depth that occasionally
filters into his characters. Okay, so I’ve never actually met the guy,
but I did watch his E True Hollywood Story.

Anyways, my point is, sometimes even the world’s goofiest folks get it
right. In his square, Carrey wrote, “Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily…”
I couldn’t help but think, whether you’re sinking your hand  into the
Hollywood strip, or the fresh cement behind Papaw’s tool shed, there
are moments in your life that really do seem like a dream. And it is in
these moments, like Carrey’s, that you get it too, and you fully realize
how totally blessed you are.


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