Ep 81: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Nate and Ryan watch Bridget Jones’s Diary and discuss their feelings about it, until they turn their critical eyes on themselves. The episode ends up being quite a departure for CWSBF as we realize just how problematic it is that we feel the need to weigh in on movies that aren’t for us. For many people, Bridget Jones’s Diary teaches them to like themselves just the way they are, but what happens when the way we are makes us unbearable f*ckwits?

What are your thoughts on Bridget Jones’s Diary? Let us know!

For perhaps some more informed thoughts on the movie:

Ep. 73: 10 Things I Hate About You

Nate and Ryan put on their Sketchers and Prada backpacks and roam the halls of Padua High School as they rewatch 10 Things I Hate About You, the ’90s teen rom-com to end all ’90s teen rom-coms.  Join in as they reminisce on nights at Blockbuster video, gush over the eternally charming coolness of Heath Ledger, and ruminate on how that poem scene works 20 years later.

What are your memories of 10 Things I Hate About You? Heath Ledger: the coolest person of the decade or the coolest person of all time? How does Julia Styles rank among teen rom-com leading women? Will more adaptations like this make teens love Shakespeare? Let us know!

Here are a couple articles that we discuss in the episode:

“10 Things I Hate About You”: When Heath Ledger Was Just Breaking Through by Ilana Kaplan, New York Times.

20 Years Later, 10 Things I Hate About You remains a model for how to do the teen rom-com right by Caroline Siede, The AV Club.

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.