Friday, February 12, 2016

Film Friday

You may be asking yourself: Is it Film Friday because Monday is for music, so it can't be for movies; or is it Film Friday because Elliptical Man is a snob and mere movies are beneath him?  Alas, dear reader, some mysteries are best left unsolved.

1.  Casablanca (1942):  Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

Set in Casablanca, Morocco during the early days of World War II, an American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine." - Rick

2.  Annie Hall (1977):  Diane Keaton and Woody Allen

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

"After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I... I realized what a terrific person she was, and... and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I... I, I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this... this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and... but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs."
- Alvy Singer

3.  Drugstore Cowboy (1989):  Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch

A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

"Diane was my wife. I loved her, and she loved dope. So we made a good couple."
- Bob

4.  Frankie and Johnny (1991):  Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie.

"Why are you doing this?" - Frankie
"Everything I want is in this room." - Johnny

5.  When a Man Loves a Woman (1994):  Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia

An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism...

"I think I could love you again if you could, for once, say 'I don't know.'" - Alice


Somebody commented that the songs I chose for Music Monday were all sad songs. So I hope people appreciate the (relative) optimism of this list.

(credit to IMDb for the one-sentence summaries)         


  1. A great list of love movies with some spice:) You can't go wrong with Casablanca and I would give the Valentines to Rick and Capt. Renauld. I hang my head low because I have not seen the other movies...Yup, not even Annie Hall. It is taking years but I am getting back in the mood to see a Woody Allen movie

  2. Casablanca and Annie Hall are the only all-timers on this list. No need to hang your head.

    Hmm. I might have to do a Woody Allen-themed Film Friday, now that you mention it.

  3. that line from when a man loves a woman is a good one. thanks for reminding me of it.

    1. I thought about the Andy Garcia quote from the end, but decided it was too corny.