We are only into the sixth week of 2010, and we are about to get our third romantic comedy this weekend in the form of Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day. With the eponymous holiday coming up on Sunday, you can be sure that boyfriends around the world will be dragged to see the ensemble film. Come Monday, however, studio executives over at Warner Bros. won’t be expecting said guys to be gushing about the film to their friends: they know who their target audience is, and it ain’t the ones with dangly parts. It doesn’t exactly come off as manly to admit to your friends that you cried a bit when the dreamboat finally admitted his everlasting love to the 30-something workaholic who always put her job before her love life. So what about romantic comedies that man can actually admit to seeing and owning without committing a man violation? You’re in luck, because I have thought of fifteen of them.
It’s crass. It’s commercial. It’s sappy. It’s devoid of any actual meaning. Most importantly, it was designed by a cynical, manipulative industry that wants to take someone’s hard earned dollars and provide nothing more than a fleeting emotional response in return. And you know what? I fall for it every time. I am referring of course to Valentine’s Day, but the above description also applies to the films we will be examining this month. They all fall into the lessthan reputable genre known as the romantic comedy. Continue reading
So there have been a lot of other posts around the blogosphere lately about the Star Wars Guide to Blogging and the Bridges of Madison County Guide to Marketing and I realized that at Men with Pens, we don’t really draw from pop culture for posts. Continue reading
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In epic battles of good vs. evil, the outcome often comes down to a one-on-one combat. A duel if you will. Historically, duels have been fought to settle a disagreement: Don’t like what someone called your mother? Out come the swords! Fantasy movies, as it happens, have some of the best duels — and the best reasons for fighting them. Continue reading
A new design competition is inspired by one of our favorite movies of all time: The Princess Bride.
What we watch deeply influences our outlook on the world and also our personal style–and movies play a huge role in this. In middle school, I spent weeks with my hair pulled into tight buns because of Sailor Moon; In high school, I did my best to dress like the girls in Clueless, and at one point chopped all of my hair off because Charlize Theron looked amazing with a curly blond halo of hair in Mighty Joe Young and I thought I might too. Not all of these were the best ideas, but all have contributed to who I am today.
Along with other great movies such as The Goonies, Labyrinth, The NeverEnding Story and Willow, The Princess Bride holds a special place in our hearts and will forever. Continue reading