5 Romantic Comedies for the Elitist in You

This one goes out to all the romantic geeks inside of us all. Because there’s a time when a romantic comedy just seems like the perfect plan. And they’re not all goofy and embarrassing. Some of them are actually incredibly inspiring, giving and endearing. But I won’t offend the movie critic in you. This list is for the ones with a really high-end, I promise: 5 romantic comedies for the elitist in you.

# 5.The Graduate

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This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future. This is the motto for this incredible 1967 movie starring young and charming Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. This movie is a biting satire-comedy about a shy and clumsy, East Coast college graduate who finds himself alienated and adrift in the shifting, social and sexual mores of the 1960s, while also questioning the values of society he was brought up in. One of the characters of this movie is the famous Mrs. Robinson, while the soundtrack, by Simon and Garfunkel, features the famous song, especially written for this film. Now we know who the famous Mrs. Robinson really is. You should check her out. She’s incredible.

# 4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Based on Truman Capote’s 1958 short novel, the 1961 film is the story of a woman on her own making her way in the big city. Capote reportedly didn’t like Hepburn at all for the main character of his story, Holly Golightly. Nevertheless this is one of the parts Audrey Hepburn has become iconic for. The movie is funnier than the book, therefore succeeding in making the serious problems seem even more serious and touching. It’s a bit quirky, but definitely worth seeing. The characters will simply mesmerize you. Here’s a great Holly Golightly tip for all the ladies out there: “You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.”

# 3. Harold and Maude

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Well this is something you haven’t seen before, that’s for sure. It’s the story of a rich young boy obsessed with death, who spends his days going to strangers’ funerals. But one day he meets 79-year old Maude, with whom he shares the same strange passion. Together, they begin a bizarre yet strangely awesome relationship. However both characters, strange as they may seem, make complete sense within their worlds, and it’s incredible to watch them find and accept each other for exactly who they are.

# 2. Annie Hall

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No matter how charming Woody Allen’s movies usually are, this one is definitely number 1, against all odds. It defies classical cinema conventions, for example the camera is not the quiet witness no one ever looks at. It’s a retrospective journey in the love affair between neurotic comedian Alvy Singer and singer Annie Hall, his last great love. The film is just filed with witty conversations, and Diane Keaton is absolutely gorgeous with her androgynous clothes and hipster attitude. Annie Hall is more of a general commentary on love. Despite love and good intentions, some relationships just can’t work.

# 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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This Michel Gondry–Charlie Kaufman romantic-sci-fi stands on the belief that painful memories of lost loves can be scientifically erased; the genius twist is that this must happen backwards, from the latest memories to most distant. Jim Carey is incredible in this movie as he detaches from the lost-and-gone-forever Clementine, played by Kate Winslet, and no one would ever hesitate taking him seriously after seeing this. Some say that Alexander Pope inspired Kaufman when writing this film. Well we don’t really know that, we can only assume, but here’s what Pope had to say about this same matter tackled in the movie: “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!/ The world forgetting, by the world forgot./ Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!/ Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.

In other words, if you watch these movies you’ll have a lot to gain, as they are really cult romantic stories of their times. They have nothing to do with ease, stupid humor and shallowness.

5 Reasons Why We Don’t Like Keira Knightley

5 Reasons why we don’t Like Keira Knightley

This is more like a response to the previous 5 Reasons Why We Love Zooey Deschanel movie post, which was just too adorable. Well it’s time for some amusing negativity now, revolving around one of Hollywood’s most debated actresses. Here are 5 reasons why we don’t like Keira Knightley and could never like her unless she decides upon a totally new approach. What kind of approach? Beats me.

1.   She is not convincing

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Well it goes without saying that her acting skills need a little more practice. However she seems to get all the great parts and therefore earn millions and she even gets nominated for Oscars for being completely wooden! How come? And you can see she’s trying, but doing it all wrong, all the time. There are hundreds of young talented actresses out there. What are they afraid of when picking Keira Knightley for the 80th time? Don’t they know she will be the same? She always is, despite the character.

2.   She seems infatuated

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I’m sorry t admit this, but she just has the most annoying accent. She should do something about it, and be able to hide it once in a while. This would definitely bring a pale of fresh air to her next role. I mean for Pirates of the Caribbean it worked perfectly, but come on now; she clings to it even when she has to play a down-and-out street girl like the one in Bend it Like Beckham. It’s like a constant Look at me, I’m so delicate message delivered all the time, 24/7.

3.   She has a chin problem

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This is actually a highly discussed subject. This thing she does with the lower part of her face: she loves to jut out her chin whenever she has to express frustration or strength, or hard decisions in the face of a whatever overwhelming experience her character is going through. Well, all these “things” are called emotions, and an actor is supposed to actually recreate them inside of him. The jaw will eventually come out on its own, supposing it will feel compelled to do it

4.   She is pouting all the time

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This pout thing is a secret weapon belonging to a lot of young girls looking for approval. They do seem more interesting, more involved and giving while doing this silly thing with their lips. The pouting however is more used than the chin thing. Well she’d use it on just any occasion she has something to express. The chin is for the hard scenes, while the pout is for the lighter ones.

5.   She is not a real actress

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Well is high time she took up some acting courses, don’t you agree? Despite her parents being actors, Keira just seems to have skipped all acting courses she ever came across. She needs to learn how to be real, and convincing and how to really act out a situation. Everybody knows she’s not a professional actress, but with all her success she ought to improve her skills, at least for the sake of the public.

Nevertheless hopefully success didn’t go to her head completely. We’re certain that she is a perfectly decent young lady, and she is aware of all the comments people are making about her. Her being down to Earth was proved in this statement: “I completely agreed on every level,” said Knightley. “I didn’t go to drama school, so I didn’t get the training. It was difficult to get over that: ‘What am I doing? I’m pretending that I can do this and everybody’s telling me I can’t.’”  Please take up some acting lessons, Keira!

5 Reasons Why We Love Zooey Deschanel

Yesterday we talked about Lisa Kudrow, (well, technically about her character Phoebe on “Friends”) because of her birthday and all, but the TV is full of awesome and inspiring ladies we’d like to talk about. Today we will focus on one such lady of a newer generation than Lisa: Zooey Deschanel. Admit it, there isn’t a lot you can do to resist the charms of this awesomely smart and funny and pretty lady. And there are a lot of reasons for it; here are just 5 of them.

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1. She’s more than a talented actress and she stands up for ideals.

Whenever she’s involved in a debate where she feels like the values or ideals which she believes in are belittled, she stands up for them in a gracious, but firm manner. Her most recent such exploit was when she kindly explained to writer Mike Albo that “not every woman is dying to give birth” and he should stop putting people in such narrow boxes with his prejudice. To us, that raised her immediately to a feminist icon status, and the best thing about it is that she argues for what she believes in graciously and with an admirable understanding for the diversity of options and values.

2. She’s also a talented artist; very much so actually.

All this talk of how she’s more than just an actress shouldn’t make us forget her acting skills in any way. Sure, she didn’t win any Academy Awards yet, and she’s known mostly for sweet movies like romantic comedies and such, but that doesn’t mean she’s not playing her part(s) in a truly inspiring fashion. If you’ve seen 500 Days of Summer (2009) you can’t have not been moved by her initially cynical manic pixie dream girl kind of character. Also, if you’re watching the ongoing New Girl TV series, how can you not love her weird and goofy and insanely cute and attractive character, Miss Jessica Day? It would be impossible, really.

3. Her name is just so awesome: Zooey Deschanel.

Seriously, how can your name be Zooey Deschanel? Does no one see how ridiculously attractive and goofy and cute that name is, all at the same time? It sounds as if she isn’t a human being, but an alluring species of flower. I picture it being a dark and hypnotizing purple. The only other celebrity we know with a name which sounds as if he grew up in a planthouse is Orlando Bloom, but while he’s cute, he’s not nearly as fascinating as Zooey.

4. She has a few also famous look-alikes, but she’s still the best.

She’s often been compared to Katy Perry, or Krysten Ritter, or Lizzy Caplan, but she’s still the awesomest of the bunch (well, unless you’re a hardcore Katy Perry fan, in which case we apologize). It’s most interesting that her looks seem to be pretty distinctive and rare, with the brunette hair and white skin and enormous blue eyes, so the fact that there are a few other celebs that resemble her is actually kind of funny.

5. She has a lovely blog about cute and meaningful things.

Before she was as famous as she was now, Zooey Deschanel started a cute women’s blog together with a couple of her girlfriends, where they blogged about a whole bunch of cute things, but also debated serious issues like protests, feminist issues, relationships with the significant other or with family, body confidence issues and so on. Now, she doesn’t have the time to blog anymore, but is still an honorary member of the site. The site runs now mostly on fuel from a bunch of carefully selected contributors, but maintains the initial spirit wonderfully, under the supervision of its initial founders. Oh, and it also has a super-cute name: Hello Giggles.

These were out top 5 reasons for liking Zooey Deschanel a lot, beyond her looks and even her mere acting skills. How about you, do you like her, and if so, what do you like the most?

The 10 Best TV Show Cameos in History

What can be better than getting your weekly fix of your favorite TV show, you ask? Why, getting all that and a bag of chips, i.e. an ultra-special guest star cameo that just leaves you mouth agape. In recent times, there have been plenty of A-list movie stars to appear in TV shows, since everyone’s gotten round to acknowledging that TV has come a long way.  Sure, there’s still the occasional bad apple among TV shows, but, for the most part, the medium garners far more respect nowadays than it did two decades ago. That’s why today we’re bringing you a list of the ten best TV show cameos in history. Which one’s your favorite?

1. Oprah on 30 Rock

Over the years during it which it aired, 30 Rock saw so many great TV show cameos that we could’ve filled out the list with this series alone. Tina Fey’s Liz meets up with Oprah on a plane back to NYC and decides to change her life around, following Oprah’s advice. Obviously, at the end of the flight, she realizes she’d been hallucinating throughout the trip…

2. Stephen Hawking on The Big Bang Theory

Want to see someone outsmart The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon? Then you have got to watch out for that one very special episode, which guest stars none other than brilliant mind Stephen Hawking. Hawking doesn’t even appear that often on TV, so this is a big deal right here.

3. Michael Jackson on The Simpsons

No, seriously – you didn’t know that Michael Jackson had a cameo on The Simpsons? Well, that’s okay. The appearance had to be kept a secret for legal reasons – Michael was actually credited as John Jay Smith on the end credits. But that is, indeed, him, voice acting as Leon Kompowsky, the patient of a mental clinic who’s convinced he is Michael Jackson.

4. LL Cool J on House

If you’re a genuine hardcore fan of House MD, then you may remember the first episode of the 2nd season featuring none other than iconic rapper LL Cool J. The performer acted the part of a former rapper turned psycho killer at the hands of schizophrenia. The artist hadn’t done much acting before, yet managed to be thoroughly convincing here.

5. David Copperfield on Scrubs

One time, as Dr. John J.D. Dorian nods off into one of his regular fantasies, suddenly, out of the blue, renowned magician David Copperfield appears. Just like that! J.D, meets Copperfield in a bar, shows him some lame magic trick, which, of course, Copperfield bests with a trick of his own. No wonder!

6. Mark Wahlberg on Entourage

Mark Wahlberg, perhaps one of the most underrated talented actors in Hollywood, actually makes several appearances in Entourage. By far the most memorable one is the one in the pilot – if you never got into Entourage, the cameo in itself is a reason to give the show a chance.

7. Conan O’Brien on The Office (US version)

Blink and you miss the TV talk show host’s cameo on the Valentine’s Day episode in season 2 of the U.S. version of The Office. In the episode, Michael Scott goes to visit Rockefeller Center and ends up chasing after a woman whom he thinks is Tina Fey. While it turns out she’s not, Conan O’Brien inconspicuously passes Scott by – without being noticed, of course.

8. Britney Spears in Glee

Not many would have expected this, but Britney Spears did a great job delivering some (particularly well written zingers) on an episode of Glee. How did this come about? Britney one day asked Murphy if he’d like to use some of her music on the show. Cut to: here’s Britney busting her acting chops. Not bad, Ms. Spears, not bad!

9. George Lucas on The O.C.

During an episode titled “The O. Sea” of the once popular show’s second season, Seth tries to sell George Lucas a graphic novel. That’s right – George Lucas himself, playing himself. The cameo is fun for a load of reasons, not the least of which being the chance to see Lucas acting: doesn’t happen that often, you know?

10. Brad Pitt in Friends

What else could we have picked to top off our list of TV show cameos? Brad Pitt as the special guest star of “The One with the Rumor” was dashing, slightly insane, and a bit of a jerk – and we loved every single second of it. In the episode, he reminds everyone of their strained relationships in high-school, not without causing some serious chuckles along the way.

Some of Phoebe Buffay’s Best Moments on “Friends”

Tomorrow, on July the 30th, will be Lisa Kudrow’s birthday. We at This Blog Rules wish her a heartfelt happy birthday and can’t wait to see her rock the new decade (can you believe she’s turning 50?) as awesome as she’s ever been. And since we’ve been covering the Friends show recently as well, it was about time to compile a great retrospect on some of Phoebe’s best moments on TV. After all, it’s hard to choose from so many funny and awesome scenes, and this is exactly why we love her. Some fans of the show have argued that compared to the other characters, Phoebe is irrelevant, but we who like her obviously disagree. She is the embodiment of weirdness (much like the character of Jessica Day in the ongoing show “New Girl”), so she makes everyone feel good about their awkwardness. The fact that there are people out there not in love with Phoebe is beyond me.

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So, without further ado, this is our list of the best moments with or by Phoebe from all the years of the show. First of all, no such list can begin without Phoebe’s famous “Smelly cat” songs. Whenever you see her play that song on the guitar, you can’t help but smile, no matter how bad your day has been. Seriously, you should try it as the perfect antidote to a bad day. You don’t need to re-watch the entire series, but just look up that song on Youtube. For now, let’s take a moment to remember Phoebe’s evergreen chorus:

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, it’s not your fault…

They won’t take you to the vet.

You’re obviously not their favorite pet.

You may not be a bed of roses.

And you’re no friend to those with noses.

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, it’s not your fault…

Remember, the same Phoebe who was singing this song was also going on about giving birth to her brother’s babies, and about the spirit of the old woman. Oh, and the other song she sang to those children, about how the farmer kills an animal and grinds the meat into hamburgers, is also to be remembered fondly, of course. She definitely had a special sense of music – as could be seen in that episode when Ross is playing the bag pipes and she tries to sing along by screeching. The first seasons caught her in a special kind of weirdness that seemed to have mellowed out as the show’s seasons advanced.

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Another great moment featured our heroine changing her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock. The best part of it is that she convinced (or inspired) her partner, Mike, to change his name as well. To “Crap Bag”. Yes, you read that right. Luckily, the phase wasn’t a permanent one and she returns to her own name after finding the new one a bit impractical in this place called the real life. But she deserves a sincere kudos for trying (and delighting us while at it).

The list of Phoebe’s best moments should continue with that one time when she was at her wedding and preparing to go outside into the snow. Chandler asks her: “Won’t you be cold?” and she replies by saying “Oh, no! It’s ok, I’ll be my something blue!” Or that moment in the season 9 premiere, when she explains to Rachel how she views herself as the master puppeteer of the entire group. You just can’t help not loving her when she pulls something like that with the most relaxed and ordinary air in the world. How about you? What were you favorite Phoebe moments? Leave a comment below, we’d be happy to hear from you.