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Romeo + Juliet

swoon.

This movie is (I will not use past tense) epic. It really is/was THE movie that everyone was obsessed with, mostly because it featured Leo DiCaprio in his prime.

I have to admit, the first time I saw this movie (it came out at the end of ’96, so I saw it on VHS in the comfort of my home in 1997) I was a little confused by the fact that it retained the original Shakespeare dialogue set in a warped, modern-day Verona. Granted, I wasn’t even 10 yet, but to a grade schooler that seemed a little off. No worries folks: I had an older sister, thank goodness, who saw the amazingness of this movie right away and owned it. As I kept watching it throughout the years, I want to point out these things that the movie has influenced me on:

1) Leo DiCaprio is the most beautiful man on earth. Honestly, Paul Rudd (whom I’m also obsessed with) pales in comparison. Sorry, Rudd.

2) With My-So Called Life and then this, I wanted to be Claire’s BFF.

3) This is one of the first movies where I was like, whoa that sex scene is like actually beautiful. And who didn’t love that sheet scene? For about .5 seconds I wanted to be a filmmaker because of this movie.

4) John Leguizamo really threw me off in the beginning because I only knew him from To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (which really is, like, the best movie that has the longest title, ever.) He can look menacing guys! He’s not just the prettiest drag queen.

5) I was really proud of myself for figuring out the whole water-importance theme early on. A ton of important scenes happen while surrounded by water (Romeo and Juliet seeing each other through a fish tank, the balcony scene happening in the pool, when he goes to her on the night of their wedding it’s raining and when he leaves he falls into the pool).

6) I became a bit obsessed with Radiohead after this movie, as they comprised the exit theme.

Who else is still obsessed with this movie? Side note: today, upon trying to find the movie on Netflix, the recommendation popped up for a Romeo and Juliet movie for kids centered around warring families of seals. Yes, seals.

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Forgotten Movie: Down to You

I’m going to start recapping some forgotten movies of yesteryear in some posts. You know the movies you saw in theaters or rented from Blockbuster once and totally forgot about? Let’s face it, there are a lot of movies that come out every year. They can’t always be memorable right? But you see, I kinda love this underrated Freddie Prinze Jr. movie called Down to You. My first celeb crush Freddie did a lot of romcoms during the late 90s, early 2000s. A lot of people forget this one ever existed.

Down to You paired Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr. together. I think the casting directors thought She’s All That 10 Things I Hate About You = $$$$. Well, it didn’t work out like that. I still loved it and owned it on VHS and watched it over and over again (when my VHS tape of She’s All That was in the tape rewinder). Anyways, this college student named Al (Freddie) meets this freshman Imogen (Julia) and fall in love. Imogen gets freaked out by commitment (classic romcom plot device). There’s also a pregnancy scare, meddling friends and the temptation to cheat. They break up of course. Al is in despair and he almost commits suicide by drinking Imogen’s shampoo. It’s weird. But ultimately they decide it all comes down to you (cheesin’) and they get back together. The end scene is Freddie mouthing the words to a Barry White song. Need I say more?

Now you’re probably thinking that this is just some generic romcom, but the movie does have some really surprising gems. Did I mention that Freddie is an aspiring chef who wants to be like his dad who’s a celeb chef and is also played by the Fonze aka Harry Winkler? Yeah, that happened. Also, this movie has some porn star elements since Al’s friend is a porn star actor and director. Ashton Kutcher has a role as the wannabe Jim Morrison porn star dude who comes between the lovebirds. Selma Blair makes an appearance as a porn star too. Oh! And Rosario Dawson is in this movie as well. I mean, talk about some crazy casting. Jimmy Kimmel even makes a cameo in a scene where Al watches The Man Show (Jimmy’s old talk show). It’s a lot to take in, I know.

I wish I still had my old VHS copy and a VHS player because I would totally be watching this movie right now.

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My First Celeb Crush: Freddie Prinze Jr.

Oh man, I loved Freddie Prinze Jr. so much when I was younger. I still do a little bit. He was just the perfect man in all his movies — the popular, but sensitive guy who was also romantic and just plain adorable. I had posters of him on my bedroom walls, watched all his movies. She’s All That was obviously his masterpiece, but I kind of dug that underrated film he did with Julia Stiles, Down to You (it also starred Selma Blair, Ashton Kutcher and Rosario Dawson).

Freddie was king during the late 90s to early 2000s. He was in every romantic comedy or teen flick imaginable and he was dating Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a.k.a. Sarah Michelle Gellar). But then he kind of dropped off the face of the earth. I think it all went downhill with Scooby Doo. He had a TV show for one season called Freddie — he played a chef who lives with his sister-in-law, sister and niece. Plus his friend was David Silver (a.k.a. Brian Austin Green). Then apparently he blogged for World Wrestling Entertainment and was a part of their creative team for a while (now that was weird). He was also on 24 for a couple episodes, so at least that’s something. But I always thought he was destined for more, you know?

Can he please get some more roles in movies? I can see him in some grown-up romantic comedy or maybe an action movie? He’s done horror with I Know What You Did Last Summer so that could be good too. As of now, he doesn’t have much going on acting-wise, so he’s probably a stay-at-home dad to his daughter (plus the other kid he and Sarah Michelle have got on the way). I really want Freddie Prinze Jr. back in the spotlight.

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