Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Perfect Movie Viewing Snack

Okay, I admit it. I am a very susceptible person for unintentional advertisements. Case in point, I see someone walking across the quad with a soft drink in their hand, I immediately want a soft drink myself. The other day, someone in my class had Fiji water on her desk and I felt a thirst for my own Fiji water (fortunately it was nearby, in my backpack). Now, I don't always act on these cravings, but that feeling of desire has the potential to come on strong and quick. There are limitations; if I see someone eating a corn dog, I'm not going to buy myself one seeing as I don't like corn dogs. Also, this craving does not exist in restaurants. I don't really look at other people's dishes in deciding what to order.

Let's get back on track: must-have romcom snacks. Well, a soda is always good (remember, this is movie and junk food time, so it's okay to a little crazy) and I love Coke. Sometimes, we have IBC black cherry soda, also known as "liquid gold" in our house since it is so sweet and so good. While I enjoy PopSecret's Homestyle Popcorn, it can become a bit salty so I also eat PopSecret's Popcorn Light Butter. One of my sisters only eats kettle corn popcorn, you know, the sweet popcorn. Candy is also good. I adore Crunch Bunch; I know, the real name is Buncha Crunch but I have always called it Crunch Bunch and it just has a better ring to it. If you're having a movie party, extra cheesy pizza is a delicious choice. Wow, I'm making myself hungry writing this post.
Now, some warning. If you are like me, very susceptible to other people's snacks, you probably also crave the food a character on screen is eating. And I bet most of you have experienced this feeling at least once (who did not want chocolate when watching "Chocolat"? Yeah, that's what I thought). So, for the movies I have specifically blogged about, here are their counterpart snacks you might want during or after your viewing of the film. For "The Wedding Planner": M &Ms and macaroni and cheese ("It's a low budget wonder"). For "My Best Friend's Wedding": jello ("You can never be jello!). For "The Bachelor": potato chips (I like Ruffles). For "French Kiss": bread and butter or cheese and crackers ("Did you know that there are 452 official kinds of cheese in this country, isn't that amazing?"). For "While You Were Sleeping": a hot dog from a vendor (ketchup and mustard on mine). For "Only You": pasta and bread dipped in olive oil. As a side note, ever notice the product placement in romantic comedies? In EDTV, Matthew McConaughey has a Pepsi machine in his apartment. Pepsi had to outbid Coca-Cola to get that spot in the movie.

Does a Top-Grossing Romantic Comedy Equal a Worthwhile Movie?

I was searching around online for some inspiration for my next post. I quickly came upon a list of 100 top-grossing romantic comedies. Also, for those of you who may have had doubts about my experience with romcoms, I have seen 61 out of the 100 listed. Anyway, I started thinking, does a movie that makes a lot of money in the theatre necessarily mean that it is a good movie? I have seen movies in the theatre that I have liked and disliked. My purchase of a ticket automatically endorses the film, even if I hate it when I come out of the theatre (example: "The Break-Up"). Therefore, I do not think this list is a fair assessment at all of the best romantic comedies, but maybe it could serve as a list for the movies with the best trailers (I mean, "Forget Paris" made it onto the list. Although it is at # 98, that is just plain wrong). Several of the movies I have blogged about are on the list ("My Best Friend's Wedding," "While You Were Sleeping," "The Wedding Planner," "French Kiss") and some them are not.

As a big fan of romcoms, it was a big decision for me to choose the first one to blog about ("Only You") and I feel this inherently exposes my bias in that if I made a list of my top three favorite romantic comedies, "Only You" has a great chance of making that list. But, the list I will provide the link for does not have "Only You" on it because it was not a top-grossing film. Excellent movie, award-nominated actors, but just not a money-maker. So as a thought, when you select a movie to rent or go to the theatre, pick one you know nothing about. You might enjoy it and who knows, it could make your list of best movies one day.

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