Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.
Windy’s Pick of the Week: Addicted to Love
There was a brief moment in 1997 when Meg Ryan got tired of being America’s Sweetheart, and before Matthew Broderick descended into one-dimensional kitsch. They got together and made a very off-beat romantic comedy predicated on Matthew and Meg teaming up to stalk their exes who are now together as a couple: Broderick is the sad-sack who just wants to figure out how to get his girl back, while Meg just wants revenge. Full disclosure: I haven’t watched it in years, but I do own it (and watched it frequently in the late 90s) because I loved how bitter and biting it was. The plot is predictable (it is a romantic comedy, after all) but it’s the byplay between Matthew and Meg that makes it fun. Also starring Kelly Preston and the dude who played the European scientist in The Core.
Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Creepshow
Back in the early 1980s, George Romero and Stephen King hatched this wicked little horror ode. This film contains a string of short stories, each a love letter to the particular brand of darkly humored monsters-and-comeuppance tales that made EC Comics famous. The film even has the bright, saturated colors of a comic, which is a nice change from the blanched horror films of today. Fans of playing Name That Actor will have a blast watching Creepshow, too, as it is loaded with great character actors and icons of 1980s cinema. In particular, watch for a pre-Cheers Ted Danson, a pre-comedy career Leslie Nielsen, and an unapologetically overcooked performance from Stephen King himself! The film relies far more on story, dark humor, and tone than it does on gore, so it can even appeal to folks who don’t normally dig horror films.
I’ve liked Addicted to Love ever since I saw it on initial release, mostly for the way it brings that creepy, Vertigo-like infatuation to the genre. It’s clear there’s so much more going on there than in the usual rom-com, so it’s good to see it get some love for that.