As much as we enjoyed Avatar, James Cameron's 3-D masterpiece, we can't in good faith recommend it as a go-to date movie. Why? Because it's making people sick.
As YourTango partners up with Dear John to bring you even more content about love, we thought it worth showering the film's two stars—Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried as, respectively, an enlisted soldier and a college student in love—with some much-deserved adulation. We've admired Amanda since her turn as Karen in 2004's Mean Girls. She's since shone on the small screen as the oldest child of the polygamous Henrickson family in HBO's Big Love, and she fought (and kissed) a zombified Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body. In addition to her acting resume, Seyfried's always struck us as one of Hollywood's more intelligent and grounded starlets.
OK. We know. Nicholas Sparks can be corny. Our moms like him and, no, he's no Dostoevsky. But hear us out. With four of his books already adapted into film, and two more slated for 2010—including the forthcoming Dear John—perhaps its worth considering that Sparks knows something about love that we don't. In ascending order, here are the top 10 reasons we can't get enough of Nicholas Sparks.
English actor Matthew Goode has skimmed the surface of that coveted Household Name status since he played Mandy Moore's strapping British love interest in 2004's "Chasing Liberty." He's since racked up some steady work—"Match Point," "Watchmen"—and most recently co-starred in Tom Ford's directorial debut, "A Single Man." Next up is the romantic comedy "Leap Year," which centers around an American woman, Anna (Amy Adams), set to propose to her boyfriend in Ireland. We chatted with Goode about how he prefers East Coast ladies and the one white lie he tells his wife.
How was your 2009? Did you get married? Fall in love? Or perhaps your relationship ended this year. No matter what happens in your love life, YourTango wants to be there with you. We've put together some lists that we hope will be useful, comforting, though-provoking and fun. Included in our 2009 round-ups are songs for the broken-hearted, songs for lovers, songs for the proud-and-single; books about chicks and books about d---s, er, men who cause us pain; sex scandals and sexy celebrities; and love on both the big and small screens.
The year's best date movies. We had to see them in theaters. Now, as these movies are slated to start appearing on DVD, we're itching to watch them again, this time cozied up on the couch with our best guy or gal. Check out our list and tell us what films we may have missed.
Certain men—gays and hairstylists among them—have a particularly astute handle on what women want. Richard Temtchine, who is decidedly not the former but who was, for 22 years, the latter, is one of these men—and he's translated this insight into his new film, How To Seduce Difficult Women, opening in New York City on Friday. The Paris-born Temtchine wrote, directed and produced the film, which follows Philippe, a married Frenchman living in New York, as he instructs hapless American men in the art of seduction, while sustaining ample practice himself with various mistresses. Temtchine came up with the idea after running into an acquaintance who struck him as a particularly difficult woman, and realizing he had the tools to make her soften, if not melt.
According to Esquire, women aren't attracted to vampires in movies and on television because they're hot—we're attracted to them because we all secretly want to have sex with gay dudes. Sorry, Robert Pattinson, turns out you just remind us of a sparkly, prancing dandy. And vampire Eric, apparently we think you would make a great addition to our next sleepover. But if we're only into vampires because we want to bone dudes playing for the other team, what about other monsters? What does it mean to be attracted to them?
Romantic comedies are fun to watch and bad to live by. The lessons learned from "rom-coms" don't hold up in the real dating world. Here, 4 bad habits learned from these dreamy films.
If you're willing to just embrace the inherent inanities of the star-studded romantic comedy genre, then this is a perfectly acceptable date-night flick for a married couple. Just don't look too far below the surface and you'll manage a few guffaws and knee slaps.