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Gone to the Movies: The Breakfast Club

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Gone to the Movies is a monthly occasional feature that I do with Becky from A Fool’s Ingenuity. We decided to watch some old favourite romance movies (and some we’ve never seen before) together – and talk about them a bit, kind of like we would with books. You can also check out our previous chat on Romancing the Stone and When Harry Met Sally!

The movie we picked for this issue is The Breakfast Club(IMDb) We picked it because it’s a classic, though not exactly a romance – and because I hadn’t seen it before! It’s also extremely comforting to say that this movie is older than I am. :)

Don’t forget to check out Becky’s post right hereI believe she has seen it before so you’ll get a different perspective for sure.

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I liked The Breakfast Club a lot. It’s a very 80s movie, that goes without saying, and probably wouldn’t work as a blockbuster in the 21st century but I definitely see its claim to popularity. I liked the dynamics of this high school scene, it was very well done, I thought. The introduction of that horrible teacher as the authority figure that unified an otherwise incompatible group of teenagers was really good.

I have to say, though, that this kind of social segregation isn’t familiar to me. I always watch these American high school movies with some bemusement (the same goes for books) because our high schools are run in a very different manner. Of course, there are differences and cliques and all, they’re just more accidental than thematic.

Let me explain: here, you have the jock, the geek, and the beauty queen, for example. The queen would be a cheerleader these days (I don’t remember if she was actually a cheerleader then?). And it’s their extra-curricular activities that determine who they hang out with, right? Who they sit with at lunch?

In Slovenian high schools, the first thing you have is a class that stays together for the entire school day. Apart from separating girls and boys for PE classes, the entire class has the same exact schedule. So there’s no “Hey, aren’t we in English together?” going on. And if people do sports or learn other languages or belong to drama clubs, they do that in their private time after school and these activities are conducted at private establishments/clubs/whatever. So it’s very unlikely, actually, that you’d be in a football team with people from your school.

There’s usually no cafeteria, either – most people go to a nearby supermarket or sandwich shop for their snacks, and people eat lunch at home after school. So there’s no fretting over sitting positions, either. :)

Also, we don’t go to schools according to whichever is closest (we do for primary school): I picked a school in the centre of Ljubljana even though there were at least 7 high schools closer to my home. We pick them according to our grades and our interests (my high school was very, very good + offered great language courses and I went there because I had very good grades). A lot of people commuted from all over Slovenia to get there or they stayed in student housing during the week.

So what I’m trying to say is that you pick who you hang out with at school based on different criteria. My group of friends included my two closest friends from primary school (but we didn’t go to the same classes) + people with, say, a similar taste in music, some people from another school from the other side of the town and even some younger folks. I’m not even sure what kept us together.

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So this detention (oh, right, there’s no detention of this kind, either!) scene is somewhat weird for me. I mean, I’ve seen them in other American high school books/movies, it’s just not something I ever went through as a teenager.

I liked how the characters’ personalities clashed and how they explored their reasons for being the way they are. How their prejudices worked against them, how they would never have even talked if it wasn’t for this Saturday of mandatory boredom.

What I didn’t like (but is probably normal considering the movie is 30 years old) is the fact that the pathological liar receives a beauty makeover and is instantly made attractive to the jock. *sigh* I also thought the plaid-shirt-wearing asshole (sorry, I’m terrible with names) was too extreme at times – I would have punched him on his crooked nose long before he had the chance to say any of those things to me. But hey, what do I know of teenage dynamics in the 80s, right?

It was a good movie to watch, I’m glad I finally decided to see it. It has definite re-watch potential, too – more on which you can find in Becky’s post, so don’t hesitate to head over there for a different point of view! :)

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Have you seen The Breakfast Club? Do you consider it a classic, too? 

What was your high school experience like? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Gone to the Movies: When Harry Met Sally

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Gone to the Movies is a monthly feature that I do with Becky from A Fool’s Ingenuity. We decided to watch some old favourite romance movies (and some we’ve never seen before) together – and talk about them a bit, kind of like we would with books. You can also check out our previous chat on Romancing the Stone!

For February, we chose another great movie, When Harry Met Sallyfeaturing Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. And let me tell you, there is some epic 1980s goodness here (the clothes! the hair!).

harry-sallyFirst of all, Meg Ryan is gorgeous. She’s one of my favourite actresses and Becky and I will probably watch another of her movies sometime soon. She plays Sally to perfection, she’s this control freak with emotional issues but she’s incredibly sweet and a great friend and probably one of the most loveable characters ever. And I absolutely love the fact that she’s always critical of Harry, she tells him he’s abominable and she doesn’t want to settle for anything less than love.

I have to say that Billy Crystal isn’t your typical romance hero. His character, Harry, is even less of one – he’s a cynic and his divorce makes him the worst person ever. But their romance is somehow not just completely believable but the nicest possible thing you can imagine.

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There’s this big issue in the story (and I don’t think it counts as a spoiler because it’s first mentioned like five minutes into the movie): Harry claims that men and women can’t be friends without sex getting in the way. And I want to shout balderdash or nonsense or something similar, but the fact is that I haven’t retained a single male friend that I meet up with on my own (as in, not on a double date with our significant others or something).

I had lots of male friends at University, even after I started seriously dating my husband (then boyfriend, we’ve been together since the end of our first year at Uni), but somehow we drifted apart or they got girlfriends that I didn’t necessarily get along with – or they didn’t get along with me, or they moved away or whatever. And that makes me sad. And I think that if I made a new male friend right now, I wouldn’t be able to… I don’t know, go out for drinks alone without somehow feeling

And I think that if I made a new male friend right now, I wouldn’t be able to… I don’t know, go out for drinks alone without somehow feeling guilty, even if wasn’t remotely attracted to him – because we’ve been told so many times that this just isn’t done. Or that he will certainly misconstrue my intentions – or I his. Or that people will think we’re together. And this makes me so angry! Why should we miss out on half the population just because their genitalia look different from ours? Okay, this got way out of hand but I’m conflicted on this subject. Back to the topic! :)

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I can’t even find a bad thing to say about this movie. And you know me, I always find bad things to say, I feel like I need to balance out my gushing (except when it comes to Rainbow Rowell. Then all bets are off.). But When Harry Met Sally made me relive the first time I watched this movie (with my parents, when I was probably waaaay too young to fully appreciate the iconic diner orgasm scene) and the dialogues are funny and real, and it made my insides clench in that perfect way that only the best-written romances doThis is SO RARE, people!

So I urge you to re-watch this if you haven’t seen it in a while, because yes, it’s as good as you remember. And if you haven’t seen it yet, please do, it’ll make for a perfectly entertaining night when you just need something nice.

Check out Becky’s post and join us in March when we’ll be writing about The English Patient – and don’t forget to bring tissues! :)

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Have you seen When Harry Met Sally? Is it a favourite of yours, too? 

Do you have any similar recs for me?

Do YOU think that men and women can be friends without sex getting in the way?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Gone to the Movies: Romancing the Stone

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Becky and I have teamed up for a new feature this year because we chatted about watching old romance favourites during the holidays and decided it’s high time we re-watched some of them – together. Well, sort of. We made a list of our “must see” romance movies and then discovered that while our tastes align in many ways, we just can’t see eye to eye on others (Richard Gere being one notable example). :)

So if you’re interested in re-visiting the past and your teenage years, you might want to join us in watching (and reviewing, if that’s your thing) these movies – our posts will probably go live on the third Monday of each month, but things may vary because of LIFE, which does tend to interfere from time to time. So here’s the list for the next months:

  • February: When Harry Met Sally
  • March: The English Patient
  • April: Dirty Dancing

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For January, though, we have a special old-school treat for you. It’s Romancing the Stone month and let me tell you, this movie is great. It has everything you can expect from an 80’s romantic comedy. We picked it because Becky said she remembers watching it as a kid – and I said I did, too, though I only remembered the heroes being very wet in the jungle.

romancing-the-stoneThe heroine, Joan Wilder, is a romance novelist. Since this is the 80’s (the movie is from 1984), the romances she writes are pretty old school, with Wild West settings and horses and all. She lives alone with her cat, Romeo, and her editor is constantly trying to set her up, but Joan is waiting for her Prince Charming (or rather, a cowboy who would sweep her off her feet and ride with her into the sunset).

But then one day, she receives a weird letter from her sister’s deceased husband (we find out he’d been murdered in Colombia), her apartment gets trashed and her sister calls: she’s been kidnapped and the letter Joan received contains a very valuable treasure map that Joan is to bring to Colombia or else. And so begins the adventure of a complete city girl leaving on a trip she’s in no way prepared for.

Well, let’s leave the plot at that because there really aren’t that many plot twists in this movie and I’d probably spoil them all for you – and let’s focus on the characters. First of all, Joan is great. She can be a bit of a damsel in distress and she’s painfully naïve, but I liked her tenacity and her ability to adapt to the situation despite it being her worst possible nightmare. I really like Kathleen Turner, she’s so pretty and I think she plays the role to perfection.

Then there’s Jack – the mercenary, unwilling savior who happens upon Joan in a moment of need. I … I’m not fully convinced by Jack as a love interest. First of all, I know Michael Douglas was considered a hottie back in the 80’s but his blue eyes and strong jaw just don’t do it for me. Also, Jack’s actions towards Joan weren’t all that honorable. Eh, he gets a 2/5 star rating for a love interest from me.

I completely forgot that Danny DeVito stars in this movie, his character offers the comic relief I’ve come to expect from him. Also, the villain is cheesy but sufficiently evil (he has a very villainy mustache), so we have all the boxes checked for an adventure/romance.

All in all, I think this movie is well worth a re-watch if you remember seeing it as a kid and want to relive the glory of the 80’s. It’s actually older than me (not by much, though), but I do remember it being run on the TV a lot during my childhood. If you haven’t seen it yet and if you’re in the mood for some horrible style choices and a typical romantic plotline, it can definitely offer some relaxing entertainment. Oh, and it apparently has a sequel.

Some of the movies we picked for this feature are like Romancing the Stone – we’re fully aware they’re cheesy but we loved them as kids and we want to give them another go. But others are great, meaningful movies that we’ve had on our to-watch lists forever. In any case, we’d be very happy if you decided to join us and chat about these old gems! And don’t forget to check out Becky’s post as well!

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Have you seen Romancing the Stone? What did you think?

Do you like watching old favourites or are you afraid of ruining the memory?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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