Save the Last Dance (2001)

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This is a movie that I grew up watching. It was a go-to movie for my friends and I during sleepovers throughout elementary school and high school. By university I was shocked by anyone who had not seen it yet and then joined them for a screening! It is still my favourite movie and will likely still be my favourite movie for years to come.

This movie will have you crying, smiling and your heart squeeze with emotion. Ballet dancer Sara (played by Julia Stiles) is thrown into an unfamiliar city and culture after a terrible tragedy. It is in this new city where Sarah is able to make new friends, find love and more importantly find her true self.

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Trust me this is a must see movie, and even if you have seen it before, watch it again because its ‘slamin’!!!!

Warning: this movie may make you want to learn how to dance lol.

Photos retrieved from the film Save the Last Dance.


Say Anything (1989)

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This movie is the romantic hit that featured the famous scene where Lloyd Dobler (played by John Cusack) held a stereo above his head while “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel played. This scene has been referenced and recreated in a number of films since. But what else happened in this classic?

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The movie centres around Lloyd’s crush on valedictorian Diane Court (played by Ione Skye) and his mission to go out with her. Although she has no idea who he is when he finally builds up the courage to ask her out, their summer becomes a whirlwind of young love. Although this movie was not as ‘epic’ as I thought it would be, given the legacy it has, it was still a good watch.

Photos retrieved from the film Say Anything.

Brief Encounter (1945)

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For my first posting, I felt it necessary to review a classic romance movie. The 1940s were the era of romance and Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson as Laura Jesson and Trevor Howard as Dr. Alec Harvey, was one of the highlights. Do not be turned away by the fact that this movie is a black and white, because the story is colourful, full of temptation and is a true classic!

The film centres around the life of a young british wife and mother named Laura. She was a happily married woman, or at least she thought that she was, until she met a man who would make her world turn upside down. She met Dr. Alec Harvey, who she thought had “a rather nice face,” in a brief encounter at a railway’s café. Their first interaction was no more then a minute, but that minute would change everything.

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Laura narrates most of the film, as she lustfully recounts her experiences with the doctor. Her sharp wit and her unfiltered thoughts will have you grinning and intrigued throughout the movie. If you are looking for a heart wrenching classic romance movie, this movie is a must see for you!

Photos retrieved from the film Brief Encounter.