Fandango Groovers Movie Blog is hosting a blogathon on movies that film lovers would suggest to Steve Rogers after he was defrosted in the modern world at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. Ruth over at Flixchatter participated, of course, here. Reading her and Ted’s list I came across Wall-E as one of her choices and it inspired my own list: in the mood for love…
Here’s another blogathon that I missed the deadline on. There weren’t nearly as many rules to break here so I thought I’d do the adult thing and stick to the one requirement: keeping all ten of my film choices between 1943 and 2011.
After reading Ruth’s post Wall-E lingered in my mind. I’d seen the movie a couple of years after it’s release in theaters and after a few false starts finally sat down and watched the entire movie. It was enchanting. So unexpected and endearing. I really didn’t care what Wall-E experienced along the way as long as I got to tag along behind him as he sought out Eve. Love does that. After all of Cap’s fighting and life and death situations I figure he’d want love to pop out unexpectedly and enchant him.
So with that in mind, let’s add to Captain America’s little book of recommended movies with 10 films to put Steve in the mood for love…
#10 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
I love this movie about the behind the scenes workings of movies. What a better way to inform Steve about the importance of movies to culture while also interjecting a little bit of romance. There is also a villain to overcome and careers to save.
#9 – Coyote Ugly (2000)
The world has greatly changed since 1943. Here Steve can get exposed to the dating scene he’d experience as a regular Joe in the city. At the same time he can see what it means to date a modern girl.
#8 – Splash (1984)
This film is classic romance stuff and will melt the heart of any lonely soul. In the end, Steve will realize that in spite of how different he is from the rest of the world a way can be found to make any romance work. Fighting!
#7 – Shrek (2001)
I had to include an animation, of course! And Shrek speaks to the heart of love, that no matter how freakish we are there is someone out in the world who mirrors our hearts. That’s true love. It’s a comforting thought, especially for a man whose been frozen for decades.
#6 – Ever After (1998)
This is the modern world and despite the fact this story is set back in the past Steve can learn much about how to treat women. Today we don’t want men to fight our battles for us. No today women want men who get our their hangups and fears to live happily ever after.
#5 – To Catch a Thief (1955)
Love is, if anything, unexpected. Steve will learn that if he wants to find the woman for him that might mean doing things he doesn’t want to do or even things he’s forced to do. This movie illustrates love makes the whole experience worth all the effort.
#4 – Sound of Music (1965)
Sometimes we must move on from our first loves. Such a film breeds new hope for love even later in life when one has moved onto different priorities. It’ll overcome all obstacles including wannabe lovers and even world wars. Don’t lose heart, Steve.
#3 – The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Then comes marriage. That doesn’t mean life can’t still be fun. Steve’ll see a pro in action balancing his work with his wife. Add in some elderly parents and the act gets better and better.
#2 – The African Queen (1951)
Love is not just for the spring chickens. Keep plugging away Steve and you’ll find the right mate for you. She might be a missionary or horror, a villain fighting for evil but a common ground will be found if it’s true love.
#1 – Superman (1978)
As a super hero Steve also needs the perspective of another like-minded man whose made the jump with a regular woman. As he’s such a power for good it makes sense Captain America would attract and be attracted to a powerhouse of a woman too. What better example than Lois Lane?
And that’s my list! I saw Superman when I was one year old and my parents tell me I begged to see this over and over. That’s the power of movies. Good luck on the love front, Steve.
An alternate list of movies I haven’t seen that might have made the cut are: Moulin Rouge! (2001), Before Sunrise (1995), The Notebook (2004), Amélie (2001) and Always (2011).