10 Things I Hate About You

The late ’90s were something of a period of renaissance for the teen comedy. After the genre had been completely burnt out by the end of the ’80s, there was an unspoken agreement that making a movie about a bunch of pretty young people partying and worrying about their futures was not a good idea for most of the next decade. I mean, grunge was going on…we were too depressed to think about prom. It only took a few years for youth culture’s pretentious brooding to wear off and for pop acts and teen comedies to rear their pimply heads once again, however, and by the time 1999 rolled around the multiplexes were awash with a new crop of teen actors. One of the crown jewels of that late ’90s renaissance was 10 Things I Hate About You, a loose, high school-set adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew that starred a couple kids who went on to become people like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles (is she still a person?). The movie became so successful over time, in fact, that it’s director, Gil Junger, recently told Variety that he made more money last year off its residuals than he did during its original release. You know what that means in Hollywood terms…money got me thinkin’ sequels!

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (which I know came and went two days ago, but I wanted to keep the romance going) I decided to get into the spirit of things by looking not just into romantic movies, but movies that featured romantic moments where music played a big part in the delivery. We all know the moment when the music swells and our two leads finally lean in, run for or jump into that kiss or embrace created to make our hearts swoon. But I’m not talking about those moments. I’m talking about the moments where the music was just as important as anything said or done and it was the music that truly helped bring the romance to the scene (granted most of these moments were usually also paired with two good looking actors making eyes at each other). Grab your leftover chocolate and conversation hearts and join me in watching these love birds sing, dance and profess their love through the magic of music in these movie moments that are as much about the tunes as they are about the love.

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All hell appears to be breaking loose. Think about all of the critically acclaimed films of the year, then think about the ones that the internet (and more specifically Twitter) has been talking about all year. Those are all out on Blu-ray this week!

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working with NASA on a top-secret project designed to solve world hunger by making tofu cubes fall from the sky. This week… mormons, immigrants woes, 3D Meatballs, and more.

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