Don’t Be Shellfish, Pass the Puffer On The Left Hand Side

It’s a little quiet here today. But it’s a happy quiet. Doing my best to keep Scout from being her crazy-ass self while she recovers from her spay.

What’s everyone up to tonight?

Also – apropos of nothing, I need a list of popular romantic movies – what are some of your favorites?

Open thread

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    JR says:

    shouldn’t the musical selection be the Mighty Diamonds or possibly the Boney M cover?

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    debbie says:

    That pufferfish looks very surprised.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Pufferfish release a toxin when they puff out that is meant to impair the attacker. This doesn’t work on Dolphins in the same way. It gets them high. So they purposely inflate them and pass them around to their dolphin friends for fun.

    Nature is so fucking cool.

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    Pogonip says:


    I don’t know if it qualifies as “popular,” but my favorite romantic movie is “Twlight Samurai,” with Sanada Hiroyuki. If you like your love stories happy, stop the movie while they’re hugging on the porch; if you like them sad, go all the way to the end.

    2nd favorite is “Marty,” with lonely butcher Ernest Borgnine finding happiness with lonely neighbor Betsy Brown. “Why, you’re no bigger than a leg of lamb!” Awwww. 😍

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    Spanky says:

    How can you tell a high dolphin from a sober one?

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    Did anyone watch the 60 Minutes interview with McCabe? Mr DAW was watching auto racing so we didn’t

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    Yarrow says:

    I need a list of popular romantic movies – what are some of your favorites?

    Not sure what you’re looking for but in no particular order:
    Love Actually
    The Notebook
    Four Weddings and a Funeral
    500 Days of Summer
    Truly, Madly, Deeply
    The Big Sick

    There are so many more.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Spanky: The high one giggles helplessly, the sober one thanks you for all the fish?

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    Raven says:

    We caught a couple this morning while baitfishing!

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    khead says:

    LSD dolphin volleyball. Or maybe LSD dolphin hacky sack. Dolphin raves?

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    Victor Matheson says:

    As long as we are including comedies in the romantic category, I have always liked Steve Martin’s Roxanne or Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. And course, Princess Bride is pretty darn romantic.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Raven: it’s about time!

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    MelissaM says:

    I love While You Were Sleeping, both for the Bullock/Pullman pairing but also for the crazy Christmas dinner scene. These mashed potatoes are so creamy!

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    That pufferfish looks very surprised much like D’Nesh D’Souza.

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    Tickets on sale in Hong Kong now for the Cantonese opera “Trump” (ossia “Trump On Show”). Performances are mid-April.

    (Bonus fact: the same actor who plays Trump also plays Mao Zedong)

    Poster here

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    Regular Lurker says:

    Hands down, His Girl Friday.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Yarrow: The Big Sick was the most unexpectedly romantic movie ever

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    Yarrow says:

    @Steve in the ATL: It’s a really nice movie.

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    Baud says:

    @Raven: Pufferfish or dolphins?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @sm*t cl*de: you left off the required “convicted felon” in front of his name

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    Weird how this story finally had its viral moment, I remember it from some years ago. Still: neat!

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    Mathguy says:

    Notting Hill and The Sure Thing are good ones that people often forget. Truly, Madly Deeply is wonderful.

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    jacy says:

    I usually HATE romantic movies. (Modern ones, I love old romantic movies, especially screwball comedies — Bringing Up Baby would be my favorite.) But The Boyfriend and I recently watched The Big Sick and it was very charming.

    Wish me luck, I go to the doctor tomorrow for my every-6-weeks evaluation to see how I’m functioning. I never judge it well, so it’s always a surprise. Physically, I do think my hair has stopped falling out quite so much, so that’s something!

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    khead says:


    I just watched “Marty” recently on TCM. Excellent choice.

    My mother was bonkers for Doctor Zhivago.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Bridget Jones’s Diary
    The Lady Eve
    Ball of Fire
    1995 Pride and Prejudice

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    zhena gogolia says:

    The Awful Truth

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    “Moonstruck” is top of my list.

    Not so popular, but also on the list is “Don Juan de Marco” with Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway. It’s quirky and sweet.

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    Baud says:

    Also – apropos of nothing, I need a list of popular romantic movies – what are some of your favorites?

    Schindler’s List. #SeinfeldReference

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    Romance: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.

    And since Bruno Ganz just died, Pane E Tulipani

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    Note that the Smithsonian’s story for the ‘hallucinogenic pufferfish’ story is the Daily Heil, so probably untrue.
    Pufferfish toxin is Tetrodotoxin, which is simply a sodium-channel-blocking paralytic drug. No psychoactive effects so you remain fully alert while you suffocate.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    you left off the required “convicted felon” in front of his name

    Sorry. Here’s a “Convicted felon D’Nesh D’Souza” to make up my quota.

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    @sm*t cl*de: What, you mean Charlie Pierce would retweet something untrue! LOL

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    @sm*t cl*de: Next you’re going to tell me Wet Dream wasn’t a top 40 hit in the 80s.

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    Luciamia says:

    “My Favorite Year”. The bromance between Benjy and Allan Swann.

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    CindyH says:

    @Yarrow: truly madly deeply is one of my all time favorites

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    Baud says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Wet Dream 

    Another good romantic movie.

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    lurker dean says:

    no nba fans? watching the nba all-star game. was thinking of going to a protest tomorrow but realized i don’t have the day off, crap.

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    thruppence says:

    Cousin, Cousine if you can get obscure French movies.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Next you’re going to tell me Wet Dream wasn’t a top 40 hit in the 80s.

    Having successfully suppressed most of my memories of that decade, I am in no position to quibble.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Don’t Bogart that fugu, my friend
    Pass it over to me

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    khead says:

    @lurker dean:

    I love the NBA. But the All-Star game has been garbage for years.

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    trollhattan says:

    First saw “Marty” as the 2nd feature of a double bill and wondered why the heck LC McHale was in a movie, and a serious one at that. Similar issues upon seeing Fred McMurray in “The Apartment.”

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    trollhattan says:

    One of the underappreciated episodes. Larry David’s fingerprints all over that one.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:


    My mother was bonkers for Doctor Zhivago.

    Me too – I must’ve seen it 30 times or so since the HS sent a bunch of us on a school field trip to see it at the Mayfair Theater in Baltimore ca. 1966. One of the very few long poems I ever wrote is titled “The Lara Variations” – whose burden was a decades-long pursuit of my own Lara, whom I first met during intermission at the Mayfair. (Now that’s romantic.)

    And FWIW for a romantic sorta-comedy I nominate Before Sunrise. (Not all that fond of the sequel Before Sunset & haven’t seen Before Midnight yet.) For anyone who is in love with the romance of visitng Europe as a young person…

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    Yarrow says:

    More movies:

    When Harry Met Sally
    Dirty Dancing
    About Time
    Cyrano De Bergerac (the one with Gerard Depardieu – it’s so good)
    Roxanne (if you want the American version)
    Sliding Doors
    Brokeback Mountain

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    Mike in NC says:

    Fairly obscure Canadian movie called “Map of the Human Heart” (1992) if anybody wants a tearjerker.

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    khead says:


    I understand. I grew up with “My Three Sons” reruns on TBS but “The Caine Mutiny” is one of my favorite movies.

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    plaindave says:

    A Good Year (with Russell Crowe)

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    MomSense says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    1995 pride and prejudice is great.

    Salmon Fishing on the Yemen.

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    oatler. says:

    “Juliet of the Spirits”

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    Ghost of Joe Lieblings Dog says:

    ° Amélie
    ° LA Story
    ° The Children of Paradise

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    MomSense says:


    I can’t believe I forgot Sabah. One of my favorites.

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    frosty says:

    Confession: I watched Notting Hill every night for two weeks straight.
    So I guess you could say it’s my favorite.

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    trollhattan says:

    How about disasterous date movie choices? Here are a few:
    “Looking for Mister Goodbar”
    Anything by Lina Wurtmuller but especially “Seven Beauties”
    “Pink Flamingos”
    “200 Motels”

    I have more.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @khead: doesn’t baseball have the only all-star game that’s not garbage, and it’s semi-garbage because it’s played in the middle of the season

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    Yarrow says:

    If you’re looking for older movies:

    Brief Encounter
    An Affair to Remember

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    Yarrow says:

    Seems like someone should mention “Titanic.”

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    lurker dean says:

    @khead: not a great game but the players’ atheticism is incredible. come to think of it i haven’t watched it in a few years. but now that a couple of sixers are in it i’m back.

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    AliceBlue says:

    The Philadelphia Story
    Roman Holiday

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    debbie says:

    End of the Affair (remake with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore)
    An English Patient
    Out of Africa

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    Honus says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: auto racing? On TV? Golf is exciting you comparison. And I’ve owned 11 Porsches.

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    Raven says:

    @Baud: puffers, saw a good many dolphins though

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    Honus says:

    @Steve in the ATL: baseball’s was meaningless for decades but then a few years ago they decided to give the winning teams league home field advantage for the World Series. I’m a Pirates fan so this doesn’t concern me.

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    Brachiator says:


    How about disasterous date movie choices?

    True story. I watched a woman angrily walk up the aisle and exit the theater during a screening of Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly. Her date scrambled to catch up with her.

    Dead Ringers, also not a good date movie.

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    dexwood says:

    Tremors because Reba McEntire and Michael Gross are so clearly in love.

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    Honus says:

    @trollhattan: had the same reaction seeing McMurray in Double indemnity and Caine Mutiny. Couldn’t handle Steve Douglas as a villian

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    One romantic movie I saw in the recent past that I really liked was Hansee to Phasee (Smiled and Snared)
    Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa with a young Shahrukh Khan (Sometimes Yes, sometimes no)
    Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se it has Rahman’s best score to date in my opinion (From the Heart, its a tender love story against the back drop of state brutality and terror)
    Gurudutt’s Pyaasa (Thirsty (man))
    The various versions of Devdas.
    Now that I think of it, except for the first movie all the movies I have mentioned are about the futility and the pain of love.

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    HinTN says:

    @Victor Matheson: Roxanne was a fabulous movie. Also too, Groundhog Day.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    Very much like The Orb in WA’s “Sleeper”: Unclear if it is at all like The Orb that DJT fondled in Saudi Arabia.
    Dolphins know how to have fun. :-)

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Agreed. I quit watching Formula 1 once I realised it is the ultimate expression of going around in circles.

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    Oh, add “Chungking Express” because Takeshi Kanehsiro is a dreamboat and Faye Wong is totally adorbs.

    Also “In The Mood For Love” if you can get past the repeated musical mistakes on the soundtrack.

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    Honus says:

    @trollhattan: ok, if you’re going there, then Greaser’s Palace.

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    Honus says:

    @Amir Khalid: Formula 1 is the most boring. Nobody ever passes anybody. I know they’re the most sophisticated racing cars in the world, but I can get more entertainment out of looking at a still photo of one. At least there you can see some detail.

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    Honus says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: see Amir and I below if he’s watching formula 1 and pretending to be sophisticated.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    “I’m just a girl . . . standing in front of a boy . . .”

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    @MomSense: Is that the one with Colin Firth? That’s my favorite.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I get the feeling that these are from personal experience, so I’ll add my two:

    Raging Bull (and I’m talking two different men here who thought these were great date movies)

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Since we’re talking MacMurray — Remember the Night.

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    khead says:

    Re: NBA All Star weekend.

    I would like to tie an onion to my belt – which was the style at the time – and declare it’s been all downhill since Larry won the 3 point contest and Dominique was robbed in the dunk contest in ’88.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Yes, yes it is. We just watched episode 5, in which he smolders beautifully as Lizzie sings “Voi che sapete” (in English).

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    trollhattan says:

    @zhena gogolia:
    I could kinda, sorta see “Rocky” if I closed one eye and squinted the other but “Raging Bull”? Sheesh.

    And yes, a curated list. I’m a slow learner.

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    Honus says:

    @trollhattan: has anyone actually shown pink flamingos in the last thirty years? I saw it in 1975 and remember every detail. A friend said we had to go see it when it played in the theatre of the English department at UVA. he said “ it’s ghe most fucked up thing and also the funniest thing you’ll ever see” 44 years later, he’s still right.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Pink Flamingoes is cracking me up. Did your date like the line “I warmed it up in my own little oven”?

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    FearItself says:

    Did you ever look at your flipper? I mean, really LOOK at it?

    Bull Durham

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    Honus says:

    @zhena gogolia: never saw that. I’ll have to check it out.

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    trollhattan says:

    Now how did I manage to miss that one? Hmmm.

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    @Honus:Daytona 500, you elitist you.

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    MomSense says:


    It’s the one with Matthew Macfayden and Keira Knightly.

    If you haven’t seen Sabah, you have to watch it.

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    Honus says:

    @trollhattan: it just naturally came to mind when I saw that list. That and Ride in the Whirlwind along with it’s prequel, The Shooting.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I thought that Moonlight ended up being one of the sweetest and most romantic movies I’ve seen in years. I almost literally swooned when (adult) Kevin turns the jukebox to the song he says made him want to call Black and you know as soon as it starts that it’s all going to work out. 😍

    Tragic romances bore me now.

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    ascap_scab says:

    Straight up romance movie? Jerry Maguire.
    Something a little different? Paris, Texas with Harry Dean Stanton and Natasha Kinski directed by Wim Wenders.

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    Honus says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: hey, can that elitist stuff. I wrenched on dirt track stock cars and sprint cars back when Buddy Baker was still driving those dodge coronets and raven was walking the DMZ.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Regular Lurker: I love that one, also “Holiday”, approximately the same vintage.

    And “Sense and Sensibility” gets me every time. One of the few movies I can think of that actually enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Speaking of date movies, the first two movies my now-spouse and I saw together were a re-release of Blood Simple and a midnight show of Aliens. But, then, we’re movie geeks.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Honus: @zhena gogolia:
    Need to expand a bit as the Pink Flamingos episode was not technically a date. I was staying with friends and my buddy’s mom was also visiting. He and I went to the video store for a night’s worth of movies and having been amused by “Mondo Trasho” decided any John Waters movie was Must See.

    It got weirder from there.

    “Polyester” in the theater complete with Odorama card was a proper date movie, provided the date was not a Tri Delta.

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    MomSense says:


    Shoot no it’s the 2005-damn I need more sleep!

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    @Honus: When Mr DAW worked for Roger Penske, he got free tickets to races including Formula 1 in Detroit, so I wound up going. The thing that got me was how unbelievably loud the whole thing was

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    True story: back when I was single, I told my then-therapist that I wanted to find a straight guy who loved Sense and Sensibility.

    She looked at me with pity and tried to explain that my standards were too high and I would need to lower them, but I refused to listen to her.

    Fortunately for me, G the film production major has a massive crush on Emma Thompson and loves that movie. 😍

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    Satrangi Re (Seven colors of love..) Dil Se, with Sufi overtones is other worldly.
    Its about the 7 stages of love signified by 7 colors, it is shot in Ladakh, beautiful poetry by Gulzar, with a refrain from Ghalib*, scenery, music and choreography.

    *19th century Urdu poet who lived in Delhi.

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    evap says:

    Another vote for Notting Hill. One of those movies that I know intellectually is not a good movie, but I love love love it.

    Before Sunrise.
    The Spectacular Now (Shaliene Woodley is so good in this one.)


    The Lady Eve (one of my all-time favorite movies)
    Bringing up Baby

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I meant the 1995 one, with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Keira K. is 2003, I believe. NOT a fave of mine.

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    hilts says:

    Favorite romantic films in no particular order

    It Happened One Night
    About a Boy
    Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
    Barefoot in the Park
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    The Apartment
    Desk Set

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Romancing the Stone.
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
    “I love you.”
    “I know.”

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    catclub says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Moonstruck!
    I like The Tall Guy. Is that a comedy or romantic?

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    catclub says:

    @Mnemosyne: How about “Amy and Amiability” from Blackadder’s Chronicles?

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    catclub says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Japanese otherworldly – Woman in the Dunes. Not sure how romantic, it has been a long time.

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    Lymie says:

    Philadelphia Story
    African Queen
    Some Like It Hot (well, nobody’s perfect)

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    Yutsano says:

    No mention of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”?

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    Tamospam says:

    “I know where I’m going”, or the almost remake, “Decoy Bride”. Agree with, “Ball of Fire”. “Gilda”. “Black Sheep” (2006).

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    donnah says:

    The Goodbye Girl
    The Princess Bride
    Return to Me

    ’nuff said

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    Scuffletuffle says:

    Call Me By Your Name…took me days to come down from that high.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Romance & thrills:
    The 39 Steps
    The Lady Vanishes
    North by Northwest

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    cope says:

    I never see this movie listed and, other than my wife, know nobody else who has seen (and liked) it but “The Matchmaker” with Janeane Garofalo, lots of beautiful Irish landscapes and a very good script is one of our favorites.

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    Jackie says:

    Late to the party, but Bull Durham. Susan Surandom and Kevin Costner♥️♥️♥️

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    Jay Noble says:

    Up! especially the first few minutes.

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    stinger says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Remember the Night

    My #1 b&w film!
    Much Ado About Nothing is my #1 modern/color movie.
    No one has mentioned The Fabulous Baker Boys. And my secret guilty pleasure is The Bodyguard.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Reminds me of a SciFi short story I read where extra-terrestrials told their friends visiting Earth to be sure bring back cocoa which has alkaloids that got them quite high, and it was favored with light machine oil. Carbon based life forms, ya never know what their preferred poison is

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    Aleta says:

    A Room with a View

    (Doesn’t fit the category popular romantic, but
    Apur Sansar (3rd in a trilogy) — (maybe this is the most moved I’ve ever been by a love story at the time I watched it)
    The Householder

    Kissing Jessica Stein
    Bridget Jones (1st one)

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    Mohagan says:

    @Miss Bianca: Another vote here for Sense and Sensibility. The scene when Emma Thompson finds out High Grant isn’t married and can’t suppress her emotion gets me every time. I also love Alan Rickman. For classics, Notorious, and of course Casablanca.

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