I just finished my Valentines Day window at the shop. It is very cute if I do say so myself. I painted red, pink, and black hearts. The black hearts are my favorite. I’m definitely a romantic. Although I would have to say that I’m a bit of a tragic or dysfunctional romantic. Not only do I have thing for emotionally unavailable bad boys that are brown but all my favorite romantic movies are where the couple don’t end up together. I’m not sure what this says about me but whatever it’s fun. So in honor of Valentines Day I decided to write about my favorite couples on the big screen and small screen.
Oh Bogart let me count the ways I love him. Humphrey Bogart is my favorite actor ever. I have seen all of his movies up to 1950 because it’s around 1950 that he started getting sick and I can’t bear to see my Bogie ill. Casablanca classic, needless to say but true. Bogart is the tortured unavailable bad boy. Gimme a guy in a fedora, smoking a cig, drinking whiskey, and I melt. One of the many reasons the film is great and Bogart and Bergman are great is that through all of his bad boy act in the end he does what is absolutely best for her. No matter how much it hurts. True love.
Wino Forever! Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder one of the best real life couples of the 90s ever. But also a great tragic couple. The first time I saw this movie I was about nine or ten. I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t like that they didn’t end up together in the end. As a youngin I was clearly still naive and full of hope. Then I was sick at home one day during high school it was on, so nothing else to do I watched it. Bawled my eyes out at the end. It became one of my favorite films of all time. The soundtrack is stunning, the final scene beautiful, and hello Michael Anthony Hall all pumped full sterroids.
For me no one does tragic doomed lovers quite like Baz Luhrman. He is my favorite director ever. If you’re in your mid to late 20’s now Romeo and Juliet had a huge impact on your life. Don’t even try to deny it! The soundtrack rocks to this day. And Claire Danes and Leo? Soooo great. I saw this in the theatre when I was 13 every one in my middle school did, we also then begged our English teacher to be allowed to read Romeo and Juliet. Good job Baz! I use to think the end was odd. Juliet when she’s sobbing over Romeo let’s out this super weird ugly noise. Plus she is not a pretty cryer. Then again I don’t many people that are. This disturbed me for a long time. But then Ewan McGregor does a similar noise at the end of Moulin Rouge! So I watched the commentary for Moulin Rouge and found out why this occurs. Which is why I think Baz Luhrman rocks. He said he knows that noise is awkward and ugly but that’s how he knows that he has pushed his actors to truly care. Because that ugliness is true grief. Mind blown? I know.
It’s not Sookie and Bill or Sookie and Eric. It’s definitely not Bella and Edward (bleck) and not Elena and Stefan or Damon (although I reeeeallly hope it does become Elena and Damon.) It’s so Buffy and Angel or even better and more dysfunctional Buffy and Spike! I think it’s probably Buffy that ruined me on my romance. The whole vampire thing is a little complicated in general when you’re a teenage girl in California but toss in the fact that you’re the slayer and your vampire boyfriend has a soul that’s losable, in which he becomes a psychotic murdering sociopath? Drama! Angel is brooding when he’s good and he broods waaaay better than Bill or Edward. But when he’s bad? He’s horrible. One of my favorite Buffy quotes is from when he’s evil.
“Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting.. and though unwanted.. unbidden.. it will stir… open it’s jaws and howl. It speaks to us.. guides us… passion rules us all and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of finest moments. The joy of love.. The clarity of hatred and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we would know some kind of peace. But we would be hollowed rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.”
Now onto Spike. My favorite. I loved Spike and Drusilla. The Sid and Nancy of the vampire world. But when Spike and Buffy got together. So great! Talk about passion in all the wrong ways! Spike was great because he was a sociopath who fell in love. He didn’t have a soul and still loved Buffy in his demented way. He was the only one she could talk to after going to Heaven and back. Spike also had amazing insight when he wanted. This is my favorite quote from him to Buffy and Angel when they are “just friends”
“You’re not friends. You’ll never be friends. You’ll fight, you’ll shag, you’ll hate each other until it makes you quiver but you’ll never be friends. Love isn’t brains. It’s blood screaming inside you to work it’s will. I may be love’s bitch but at least I’m man enough to admit it.”
Now Veronica and Logan. If you have not watched Veronica Mars go do it this instant. It was one of the best shows ever. After Buffy this is my favorite. Oh Logan and Veronica. They hate each other, then they don’t, and then they do. Love that back and forth because they have witty dialog to go along with it. Veronica and Logan are dysfunctional and they know but as Logan says when discussing their crazy relationship. “They don’t write songs about the ones that come easy”
To round out this entry back to Bogart. But we will end things on an upbeat note. Bogart and Bacall one of the greatest couples on and off film. They only had 11 years together before he died but they seemed to be fantastic years. They made some great films in which their chemistry is sizzling. Go rent To Have and Have Not. The film where they met and fell in love. It’s a great film, with great dialog, and the two of them just awesome.
Well that’s some of my favorites. A little insight into my views on romance. Apologies for grammar errors. I’ve always been told I write how I talk. Happy Valentines Day!