I’m not that interested in Final Fantasy XIV, what with it being a massively multiplayer game and all, but man, I’m interested in anything and everything related to Cary Elwes. Like this guy.
I am trying to be really calm about this. You guys know how I feel about replicas when they’re done wrong. I tend to get a little, shall we say, overzealous. We’ve got the exact opposite here and, frankly, I’m at a loss for words. I’ve been saying that a movie replica needs to be attractive, realistic, and- above all else- able to be held and posed with. Factory Entertainment has heard my pleas. They have softly replied, “As you wish.”
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