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As much as I liked The Hobbit, I prefer romance.

I liked the quest; I liked the character arcs; I liked the scenery.  I didn’t want quite so much gruesome detail in the fighting, although I understand the purpose of that.  And Thorin’s hair swirling around when he was fighting was a sight to behold.   I’ve already seen the movie twice in the theater (IMAX 3D and HFR 3D) and I know I’ll see it again (probably regular frame rate 2D just to compare).

Romantic Heart form Love Seeds

Romantic Heart form Love Seeds (Photo credit: epSos.de)

However, I prefer romance.  Not that I wanted the screenwriters to put a romance in this adventure story.  Absolutely not.   The story is what it is, and the author in me gets  highly annoyed when adaptations mess up fundamental aspects of a novel.  (I do not want to watch Thorin Gets Married.)

But I really like love stories.  I’ve always liked them.  I like them more than any other kind of story.

I enjoy other types of stories, such as murder mysteries, adventure, suspense, and science fiction, but I rarely sit around analyzing them for hours or keep revisiting them.  Unless there’s a hint of romance somewhere.  (as in Chariots of Fire or Amazing Grace)

I’ve been writing about Romantic Christmas movies these past two weeks.  Logically I know that many holiday movies are not very good, but I find that I am willing to forgive a lot if there are romantic elements that ring true.

So, as much as I liked The Hobbit, I’m now looking for a good romance movie.  Any suggestions?

Updated:  Just saw The Hobbit for the third time 12/29/2012.

Updated:  Saw it for the fourth time in 2D in February 2013.

Will buy the dvd closer to Christmas when there is one with all the extras.

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Last night I watched the premiere of The Hobbit, and my favorite actor looked mighty fine in a great suit, crisp white shirt, and a tie clip.

Here he is:

from richardarmitageonline.com

Mighty fine.

He reminds me of another sharp-dressed man, Cary Grant.

Specifically Cary Grant in the movie Notorious with Ingrid Bergman.   I tend to watch Cary Grant’s comedies  (like Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, and Arsenic and Old Lace) more than his dramas.  But today I’ve been thinking about Notorious.   What a great film.  Ingrid plays a bitter, damaged soul who falls in love with Cary.  Then as part of his job, he asks her to be a spy and seduce Claude Raines. There are a few wonderful scenes where Cary Grant portrays layers of feelings.   (Another tall, dark, handsome man with angst?  I sense a trend.)

This screenshot shows Ingrid Bergman and Cary ...

This screenshot shows Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant on an airplane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And he is beautifully dressed throughout.  Perhaps it was just the era where men wore suits, but from my research I know that Cary Grant took his public image seriously and had specially tailored shirts, suits, etc.  It was worth the effort.

Hmm.  I’m thinking Richard Armitage would be great in a remake of Notorious.

Another thought.   Cary Grant once said about himself,

“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be and I finally became that person. Or he became me. Or we met at some point.”

There is an interesting article about this, “Becoming Cary Grant” found at

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/01/becoming-cary-grant/305548/

(For some reason my linking function isn’t working).

I find this entire premise fascinating and encouraging.  I do believe we can improve ourselves, but I have to ask myself.  Who do I want to be and am I willing to make the effort to change?

Great minds think alike:

Richard Armitage: That Old-Fashioned Star Allure.

And no one analyzes Richard Armitage’s tailoring better than Servetus.

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