Toe Curling

Newsflash: I’m a girl. What? I KNOW!

This fact periodically surfaces in random
confessions and not-so-secret longings.

Those of you who actually read these scribblings get to see the girlie side of me more often than those who interact with me in person on a daily basis. I am a tomboy who spent most of her life hanging out with the guys and I am pretty adept at the whole keeping-my-real-emotions-at-bay thing. And yet, I have a lifetime pass on the Jane Austen train although the Harlequin phenomenon baffles me. Trust me, I read my fair share to see what I am missing. Nothing, apparently. I am missing nothing. It is the movies that turn me into a total sap. I adore really romantic onscreen moments… not whole movies… just moments… and some of those moments come out of the most unlikely of films. Others are more obvious.

These are a few of the moments that make my toes curl.

Casino Royale (2006)
Sheer perfection.

Love Actually (2003)
Without hope or agenda…
[The bloody embedding is disabled on the only clip I could find and the sound quality could be better, but you can click
HERE to see the scene if you would like.]

The Empires Strikes Back (1980)
Leia: I love you. Han: I know.

The Little Mermaid (1989)
I. Love. Prince. Eric.

Scent of a Woman (1992)

Out of Sight (1998)
There are 2 scenes actually. This is one. The other is when they are trunk of the car.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Angry George Peppard = Swoon.

A Knight’s Tale (2001)
This is how to write a letter.

The Quiet Man (1952)
I like graveyards and thunderstorms scare the wits out of me. Should there be a strong manly man nearby… well, my reaction would likely be pretty close to the same.
[This is another one with the embedding disabled. Grrrr. So – click
HERE for this very quick clip.]

The Replacements (2000)
A kiss scene accompanied by John Madden commentary. I can dig it. PS – I love football movies.

Phantom of the Opera (2004)
I know. Obsession. Twisted. Blah. Blah. Blah. Shut up. Point of No Return is undeniably one of the single most sensual songs ever written.

High Fidelity (2000)
Top 5 Things I Miss About Her! Seriously, every girl hopes that every guy she’s ever dated has a mental list like this in his head.

And… definitive proof that astoundingly great scenes happen in not-so-great movies. My favorite:

The Village (2004)
This scene leaves me speechless… every time.

There are others, some of them that affect me more than a few listed here, but I won’t list them. For most I was unable to locate an adequate film clip. In my searching I discovered there are a lot of lonely women out there who take solace in making music video collages of romantic moments, favorite movie kisses, hottest men alive, etc. – Crazy stuff. And I thought this list was bad enough.

"Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford - but you'll take him anyway." ~Judith Viorst, Redbook


  1. Once again you've managed to tap into some of my most favorite movies! For those very reasons--the non-sappy, curl-your-toes, heart-thumping romantic moments. Though "A Knight's Tale" was always a little disappointing...Kate was a much better match. Maybe that's just because I was the tomboy mechanic who won the SEAL's heart away from the princess...

    And you quoted Judith Viorst...the author of my favoritest children's book. EVER.

  2. Right there with you on "Love, Actually" and "A Knight's Tale," although I do agree with Dori about Kate...

  3. Dang, you've seen a lot of movies. I don't think I've seen half of these.

    I liked A Knights Tale and personally liked the blacksmith gal better than that princess. She's the one I would've been chasing.

    Love Actually = Notting Hill = two movies I'd rather forget ever having seen! Sorry..I know you liked Love Actually, but when I sat through it, I found myself for the first time in my life praying for the sweet release of death! Sure, I could've just left the theatre, but not without offending my date. SO I sat there and suffered -- for her sake! Doesn't that by itself make your toes curl?! :-)

  4. You have been awarded the Zombie Chicken Award!! Visit me to collect it!

  5. I agree with you all about Kate in A Knight's Tale. =)

    Dori ~ Would your favoritest be: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?

    Finn ~ Hopeless, aren't we?

    John ~ You don't even know... about me and the movie watching. We didn't have reliable TV in Kenya, so we rented movies (usually pirated) from the Indian merchants. My ex is also a huge movie buff (one of the things we had in common) but they soon became a major escapism for me. I'm pretty much still alive after some horrible years during my 20s due to movies. Now, I'm simply an addict.

    As for Love Actually ... we all sit through movies we abhor because of the person we are with. The South Park movie and Batman & Robin come to mind in my history. And, some movies we dislike because of the company we keep or the circumstances in our lives. I've learned to revisit them at least once 5 or 10 years later just to see if I still hate them.

    joemmamma ~ I'm **SO** excited. Seriously, I'm ridiculously excited. It could have been some boring best blog award and I wouldn't care. But, no! ZOMBIE CHICKENS! I know the PERFECT person to bestow this award on. Thank you!

  6. I was so happy to see that you had the Empire scene on here!!! That is one of my all time favorites...I also like the scene where they first kiss on the Millennium Falcon.

  7. mom2boyz ~ "I know!" Only Han... such an arrogant rogue. Gotta love 'em. =)

  8. I've always made allowances for the fact of your girlhood; having said which, may we move on? None of us is perfect, but must we constantly dwell on the drawbacks and weaknesses of this state, as if they were virtues?

  9. My dear, I know (hope) you will take no notice of the above curmudgeonliness but carry on delighting all your readers.

  10. Love that High Fidelity quote - if lovin' HF and films like Shakespeare in Love & Much Ado About Nothing makes me girly - then I'm totally okay with that!


    *Kenneth B..."The world must be peopled!"

  11. Vincent ~ Taking no notice, my dear.

    Lis ~ I *so* adore Much Ado About Nothing... anything Shakespeare related actually.

  12. Uh... Does too! Embrace the geekdom, my dear.


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