Sitting at a birthday dinner, talking about movies, as you do, I admitted a liking for a rather awful King Arthur adaption. Despite the inclusion of both Sean Connery and Richard Gere, First Knight is not a winner, wena. Admittedly, there were some people who felt it was 'historically inaccurate'. Should I be the one to tell them that the legend of Arthur, is exactly that? But point taken, it's not the Arthurian story we know and love. Still, I LOVED it. Why? The Lancelot/Guinevere story, naturally. C'mon did you think I was going to mention the action scenes or something? There was a lot to be said in this film about romantic tension. Will they/won't they ramped up in a neat cloak of forbidden love. And then this happens:
Ohmywordybee, that scene is the culmination of so much tension building building building, that it imprinted in my mind like...forever. Then someone mildly ruined it by saying he looked like a gorilla charging (never read the comments on something you LOVE...read them on something you're entirely indifferent to).
Watching this kiss led me to considering which other movie kisses were note-worthy. Yes, I loved the Spiderman upside-down kiss, and The Notebook, I-wrote-you scene. But, I'm more of a delayed-gratification kind of gal. Case in point, The Painted Veil. There's a strong likelihood you haven't see this one. Cholera and romance don't go together too well (but more popular than you'd think, hello, Love in the Time of Cholera). Yet, Ed Norton and Naomi Watts simmer. I started watching this movie on a flight back from Zurich...and they SWITCHED OFF the movie RIGHT BEFORE THIS MOMENT BELOW. I then had to WAIT FOREVER for it to come on circuit so I could see what happened. In a tiny nutshell, Naomi marries Ed for convenience, has an affair with Liev Schreiber, and then slowly falls in love with her husband. It's that slow burn, tension building that has me swooning. [Just a quick note: The Painted Veil is sadly, not a romance].
Now I want to go and watch these movies again. Happy Monday!