Round one was relatively successful I thought. Saw two high quality (though unmistakably feminine movies). Now it’s time to determine the next stop on our tour of Chick Flick City.
This round I culled the potential answers from films I heard mentioned previously, and picked the ones I felt were leaving the biggest chinks in my personal viewing filmography. The winner (and potentially the top two if the vote is weighted enough) will get a Chick Flick City column in the very near future.
If you’re not familiar with Chick Flick City, it’s my series of columns where I watch a Chick Flick I’ve never seen, and write a running diary of my experience. Check out my first two installments, Steel Magnolias and The Notebook.
I’d also like to know if everyone approves of the running diary format… I have fun doing them that way, I do think theyre funny, but I suspect it might put people off if theyre not familiar enough with the movie, plus they wind up being LONG. LOL. Also, be sure to let me know which movies you’d like to see up for consideration in future rounds, as well, ok?
So there you have it. Let the great chick flick debate begin again!
I was going to say, Four Weddings and a Funeral. It’s one of the Brit flicks you do have to see, but in the end I went for Before Sunrise. Great film, great performances and all the while you’re just hoping for a different ending than the one you know you’re inevitably going to get. Watch it!
“all the while you’re just hoping for a different ending” Zombie attack?
I’m betting that that sentence holds true in 95% of the movies I wind up watching through this series. LOL
This one I can’t vote on, only saw bits and pieces of BJD and 4W&F, didn’t even see the others. Good Luck!
That being said… I can give you an honest opinion of the running diary from a perspective of not having seen the film.
I haven’t seen any of these films. That said, I voted Before Sunrise because I’ve heard it’s amazing.
I hear good things too.
And Andrew likes it (see below) so it’s probably good.
It has to be ‘Bridget Jones Diary.’ Can’t get more chick flick than that! I haven’t seen the others. I may have to add those to my list as well.
Bridget Jones’ Diary got my vote. Not because I thought it was especially touching or an excellent example of an oSrcar worthy chick flick or anything but because I feel it has the most potential for fun from a Dan Fogarty Review standpoint.
Perhaps we can dissect Bridget’s neuroses a little? I’ll admit, the Runaway Bride did pull at my heartstrings, but that whole horse scene…I don’t want to torture you…that much:)
Dont sweat the torture in the future, vote however you like. I’ll take the torture and spin it into gold. 😀
And I dont know. Is she nuerotic, is that the deal? If its there, I’ll comment on it, I’m sure.
If Bridget Jones wins, that is!
LOL! I know, right…
Where’s Harry Potter? Someone make sure that he’s accounted for!
Sorry I missed this earlier. Going at comment replies in a new way and it’s messing me all up.
Ok Aidy, Bridget Jones’ it is. We’ll see how it shakes out. If it represents well, it’ll get covered eventually whether it wins or not!
I don’t think I could put myself through Bridget Jones. You’re a brave man.
And nope, not seen any Bridget Jones film!
Jaina…. I agree Renee Z…. A bit whiny for me (and I live in a house with a ratio of 5:1 …..women: men) there is a reason I only saw bits and pieces……even I can’t stomach it! 😉
I went immediately for Sunrise even though I wouldn’t qualify it as a chick flick in the slightest.
That may be true. I dont know, I havent seen it.
But the romance, and the sunrisey/sunsetty poster kept me at bay.
I will agree that not all romances are chick flicks… definitely not.
The Before films are amazing. They’re incredible romances. Do yourself a favor and check ’em both out in succession, you will not regret it.
Echo Andrew’s thoughts. Though, bit concerned that a third one is in the mix. The second one didn’t quite hit the spot the first one did.
A third one?
Before Lunch? Before Noon? Ooooh. Flip it upside down…. AFTER Sunrise.
Before the afternoon nap! Or maybe they’ll get to that sequel when Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are in their 80s.
I can not vote because I have not seen any of those movies! However, if I had to choose based on the DVD covers, I would choose to watch Before Sunrise for the romantic look of it, OR Bridget Jones’s Diary for the romantic comedy look of it. Ofcourse, the final decision would depend on what mood I was in that day…which ofcourse depends on hormones…which I feel comfortable mentioning to you after knowing that you have seen Steel Magnolias. 😉
Didn’t stop me from voting! 😀
Anyways, thanks for your feedback. I now realize that this series has put me in a light where people think I’m comfortable listening to women’s hormonal issues.
(Note to self: formulate Chick Flick City emergency exit strategy asap)
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, my favorite romance, and therefore I suppose, “chick flick” is A Walk In the Clouds. It is somewhat predictable because it shares the typical recipe of a chick flick. We laugh we cry, bad things happen but life goes on – usually we are stronger post hardship blah blah blah.
And- I DO like the running diary format with the summary at the end. It felt like I was watching the movie with you!
Cool, that’s good, thanks. Basically the idea, plus it gives me the chance to crack wise, which I enjoy.
Walk in the clouds! Sickness AND romance! Does the actress work out issues with her Mother? That one has a chance at the Chick Flick Trifecta!!
It has to be Runaway Bride it’s Julia! so sweet
We’ll see… I think she needs some help up against the mighty Bridget Jones!
No doubts: this is time for Bridget Jones! That movie is going to change your life 😉
Change my LIFE? LOL. Oh man… I dunno. I kinda LIKE my life.
Should I be rooting for Four Weddings and a Funeral now?
Let’s say at least it’s gonna change your perspective on women’s world!
I voted for When a Man Loves a Woman. I have no idea what that movie is about, but the poster and the title make me want to gag, and I read these mostly for the comedy value. 🙂
Thanks, yeah. And I’m a recovering alcholic, too, so we can throw like a 1% relapse potential and 33% of recovery flashbacks into that mix too.
😀 So yes, that’s probably the highest entertainment quotient vote right there folks!
I really hated Bridget Jones. Probably because I’m a huge fan of Colin Firth and he plays such a pansy-ass in this film it makes me cringe. Plus RZ’s accent is annoying. That being said…. I still vote for WAMLAW because it’s real…. no sappy “I saw that coming” ending, no “wow, what a coincidence, we’re at all the same get togethers”, and no Richard Gere trying to be charming.
If any of the others win, I’ll be anxiously awaiting your review because I know you’ll have me rolling on the floor laughing!
Ha. 😀 Well, Bridget is off to a strong start, that’s for sure.
But, I do make the rules, so there’s a chance we’ll see “When a Man” get its turn eventually, how’s that? I owe you one for pimpin’ the blog so much in the first round. 😀 That really kicked us off right.
Got this comment on the Poll earlier from my friend Pam. Thought I’d bring it out and share here…
I LOVE Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, I own the second one (couldn’t get the first one otherwise I’d have both). The first one was my favorite but the second one…kinda should be done in tandem with the first? Not sure…your call. From a chick flick perspective the movie has it all, I especially like the innocence of new/young love in the first movie, then ten years later, the bitter pains of experience and heartache are all too easy to relate to but there is a happy ending with suspense, let down, some twists, struggles and an assumed (happy) ending that you can fill in the blanks on as you wish. What’s not to love!?
I didn’t see any of these films, so I voted on the one I heard about most, BJD. Good, Bad or indifferent, I’m going to wait for you to tell me. About happy endings…I think we are all in favor of happy endings, if you know what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more!
I need a head shake emoticon around here…
I’ve only seen Bridget Jones many years ago. I’m not the most qualified to vote on this but Before Sunrise is probably the most acclaimed of the bunch, by far.
Qualified… like this is voting for the Oscars or something.
You’re right man, you completely blew the integrity of this whole thing. Damn you.
Sorry everyone, it’s all %#$&ed up now!
😀 😀 😀
haha. so glad that BJD is winning! That’s what I voted for too! LOL
Looking pretty comfortable so far. Before Sunrise’s comment support is way more vocal though…
Richard Curtis wrote both “Bridget Jones Diary” and “Four Weddings”. Arguably Britain’s top screen writer(watch for his “Warhorse” this month). He got the oscar nod for “Four Weddings” and exceeds Chick Flik status into all time greats for “Four Weddings”. It gets my vote.
And oh. I’m on the watchout for “War Horse” alright. LOL.
That’s one big horse. 😀
I’ll betya right now “Warhorse” gets greatest number of oscars nods. Hollywood only releases a “name” picture this late in the year for one reason; Academy Award consideration for 2011.