Ep 68: Love Actually

It’s a romantic Christmas for Nate and Ryan as they discuss Love Actually, the 2003 holiday rom-com starring Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, and most of the other British movie stars you can think of in the pre-Benedict-Cumberbatch era of British movie stars. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Love Actually has become an annual favorite for many, including Nate’s and Ryan’s wives. Listen in as they discuss what sticks and what doesn’t in this throw-it-all-at-the-wall Christmas epic.

Is Love Actually in your annual holiday movie rotation?  Let us know your thoughts!

Mentioned in the episode:
Love Actually is the Least Romantic Film of All Time by Christopher Orr (The Atlantic)
I Will Not Be Ashamed of Loving Love Actually by Emma Green (The Atlantic)

Ep. 60: Moonstruck

Nate and Ryan watch Moonstruck, the perfect movie to either keep the romance of a successful Valentine’s Day going, or the perfect movie to make up for a lackluster holiday.  This 1987 hit won Best Actress and Supporting Actress Oscars for stars Cher and Olympia Dukakis as well as Best Original Screenplay for John Patrick Shanley.  Both Nate and Ryan had always planned on seeing Moonstruck, but up until now had found a way to watch anything else instead.  Listen as they discuss what took them so long, and whether Moonstruck  (directed by Canadian Norman Jewison) was worth the wait.

What is your favorite romantic comedy?  Where does Moonstruck rank among romantic comedies?  Can Cher do any wrong?  On the scale of lunatic Nicolas Cage performances, how crazy is Ronnie?  Let us know!

Check out the Steven Benedict Moonstruck podcast episode Nate mentioned.

Ep 19: Punch-Drunk Love

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The violent division of our last episode is healed as Nate and Ryan discuss Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. Nate and Ryan discuss the intricacies of a movie that can seem inaccessible and confusing to first-time viewers, but might be simpler than they think.

Let us know what you think of our take.  Are we too generous with the movie?  Do you agree with our view of Adam Sandler’s performance? Does this love story work for you as a not-so-traditional, but still very traditional romantic comedy? Why or why not?

Be sure to check out the WTF interview with Paul Thomas Anderson and the Grantland.com article discussed in this episode.