My Unabashed Love For Nora Ephron Movies.

Let me start by saying I am a film geek. I studied it. I wanted to be a filmmaker, right up until I decided I couldn’t deal with actors. As such I attended many a darkened room with subtitles. I know, and I love Art Films. From Kurosawa to Kubrick, and Godard to Truffaut. I only mention this because I’m not some chubby guy hanging out in the ice cream aisle. Ok I am, but I also know movies too. I will give you my top 3 favorite movies.
1.) Casablanca
2.) Amelie
3.) You’ve Got Mail

It’s really number 3 that brings us here today. Last night Nora Ephron died. This was heartbreaking to me. She was the writer and director of You’ve Got Mail, as well as another favorite, Michael. She was the writer of Sleepless in Seattle, and When Harry Met Sally. She has offered comfort to women (and some men) around the world, and drew a quiet hatred from some of their husbands forced to go see these movies with their wives.

For me though, You’ve Got Mail was my movie “meatloaf.” It was comfort food. And yes, I became a bit of a girl I suppose. But only if you can’t think beyond stereotypes. So what if before watching the movie for the ?? time, I WOULD be that guy in the Ice Cream aisle getting a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie? I’ve killed a man with my bare hands. Not really. But I have squished a fair amount of bugs in my time. But YGM was just comforting to me for some reason. You notice that I wrote “Favorite” movies, not “Best” movies. Truth is that both When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle were better films, and I loved them.

It’s actually been a bit of a mystery what the hold of this movie is on me. It is not associated with any one person, or any one memory. In fact, as far as I can remember I might have just been having a sad day. It might have been a very sad day. I probably watched it. Probably with ice cream, and a tradition was born. I don’t know. I also love Tom Hank’s, New York, Book Stores. A part of it takes place at Christmas, and I am a well known Chistmas Junkie. I had and still have a mad crush on Meg Ryan! It is also such a visually bright film. I think it’s impossible to be dark in such a bright movie. And lets not forget Brinkley the beautiful dog. For whatever reason, it along with so many of Nora Ephron’s movies offered me comfort. They offer hope. That even though it might not make any sense, that you might not see the road. You are on it. And you will find your way to your happy ending. It is true that we will not always have a happy ending in life, but it is essential that we continue to believe in them. I feel such sadness for her sister Delia, and the rest of of Nora’s family. But I feel sadness for us as well. The world can be a cruel and dark place. We need those who can bring the light. And with all due respect to Michelle Obama, sometimes we just need candy.

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  1. Sleepless in Seattle is my all time absolute fave. The dialogue, the relationships, the tenderness, I’m a fan. Nora Ephron was one of a kind and her talent will truly be missed. Less Transformers and creepy herky-jerky-film horror movies in Hollywood. More genuine story lines, that’s what I say.

  2. Oh, how delightful! And love that last line. We do sometimes just need candy!

  3. I like butterfingers. So good. So tasty. YGM was a great film. All the Ryan-Hanks movies were great. If you haven’t seen IQ with Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Walter Matthau you are missing out. Andy Breckman wrote the screenplay. Good and bright. Quirky and fun.

    • I have seen IQ, but it’s been a really long time. Need to see again.


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