thank your, nora ephron

10:14 AM

I have seen a lot of movies.

That, friends, is as true as it gets.

That being said, I have a difficult time carrying on movie conversations with girls. It goes something like this:

Some girl: "Ha ha, it's like that one funny thing from that one funny movie!" *giggle*
Me: "Oh... yeah, haha, you're right."
Girl: "Really? You've seen that movie? Well, it's, like, a really obscure movie, so I'm surprised."
Me: "Yeah, well, I've seen a lot of movies."
Girl: "Oh, that's cool. Do you have a favorite?"
Me: "Too many to choose just one. But, like, maybe Casablanca. Or Star Wars."
Girl: "Huh. My favorite movie is probably Miss Congeniality. Or A Walk To Remember. It just doesn't get better than that!"
Me: "Ugh, I hate A Walk to Remember."
Girl: "You have no soul."
Me: "I just... I don't know. I like good chick flicks. Like, ones with a good story and good writing and stuff."
Girl: "Well I thought that A Walk To Remember was good."
Me: *insert foot in mouth and walk away.

As a general rule, I hate chick flicks. You say Nicholas Sparks, and I say "excuse me, I believe there is some throw up in my mouth to take care of." You cannot tell me when to cry and when to cheer, Nick. Every story is so manipulative, and so forced without an ounce of raw emotion. You may say otherwise, Nick, but there's no two ways about it: your stories are 100% melodrama. NO I DON'T CARE THAT THE NOTEBOOK HAS RYAN GOSLING IN IT.

However, some chicks are just into that kind of thing. They want to cry and be entrapped by the romance-porn that he makes billions from. And, well, I'd rather die.

Anyway. I apologize to all women out there who now hate me.

Nora Ephron died yesterday. She is the driving force behind Julie & Julia, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and You've Got Mail.

Guys, I totally love all four of those movies. DON'T SAY IT. DON'T YOU DARE CALL ME A HYPOCRITE. This is my blog, I can say what I want. And whatever you guys say, there are definitely some fundamental differences between Ephron products and Sparks products. It's like Macs and PCs, guys. Apples and oranges.

Nora, you are the reason I can still have conversations with girls because you gave the world chick flicks with substance. You gave the world chick flicks with wit. You gave the world admirable and headstrong heroines that girls could look up to, yet still maintained their core femininity. You gave the world movies full of realistic hilarity. You gave viewers reasons to be emotional, reasons that weren't fake or sappy. Your love stories, though intangible, were love stories worth dreaming about. They gave us an ideal.

I don't care if I've seen this scene in When Harry Met Sally 100 times. I still cry, LITERALLY I'M CRYING, because it's so funny. "I'll have what she's having."

Meryl Streep perfectly impersonates Julia Child in Julie & Julia, but that identity was co-created with Nora's witty & entertaining script.

Sleepless in Seattle, though a little unbelievable, still gets me every time in the many "Affair to Remember" scenes. (Also, remember when Rosie O'Donnell used to be funny?)

In particular, I adore You've Got Mail.

I have probably quoted You've Got Mail at more parties than almost any other movie. ("That caviar is a garnish" "You are a lone reed." "WHERE ARE MY TIC-TACS?" "F-O-X." "NY152? He's had 152 moles removed, so he has 152 pot marks on his face..." "I'm going to get some eucalyptus candles because it makes my apartment smell moss-ay!") You've Got Mail is the reason I love Greg Kinnear, Steve Zahn, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, and even Tom Hanks. It is also what initially ignited my love for The Godfather before I ever saw it. And The Godfather is now one of my all-time favorites.

You've Got Mail makes me want to visit old bookshops. It reminds me of my love for reading - "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does" and I BELIEVE that. It even mentions some of my very favorite childhood books (Anne of Green GablesBetsy Tacy) to back up that installment of Life Lessons With Nora Ephron

You've Got Mail is singularly responsible for my secret desire to live in New York, ("Don't you just love New York in the fall?") You've Got Mail makes me want to walk around in sun dresses in the Spring with cute short hair. You've Got Mail makes me laugh. A lot. You've Got Mail reminds me to appreciate the beauty in the world that I live in. 

Nora, you were an inspiration to funny people everywhere. You were an inspiration to women. "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." Man, I hope someone sent that woman's family some daisies. 

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