Monday, December 5, 2011

Movie Mondays: Love Actually

Holy crap, y'all. How is it December already? I mean, seriously. I have no idea where 2011 has gone to. It's a little scary...

ANYWAY. December means that it's time to break out one of my favourite Christmassy movies: 
Love Actually. I love this movie so hard, you have no idea. I once watched it three times in two days, that's how much I love it.

Reasons why Love Actually is awesome:
1. Alan Rickman. Even though he's a total knob who's cheating on Emma Thompson (HOW COULD ANYONE CHEAT ON EMMA THOMPSON!!!), he's still Alan Rickman. He makes any movie awesome.
2. The 'All You Need Is Love' scene at the wedding. 
3. Bill Nighy as Billy Mack. Genius.
4. Hugh Grant's ridiculous dance. 
5. Hugh Grant, full stop. Because he's TOTALLY get elected to run the country! (There are a whopping two movies starring Hugh Grant which don't make me want to punch him. This is one of them. The other is Music and Lyrics)
6. The soundtrack. 
8. Martine McCutcheon. 
9. Richard Curtis wrote and directed it. The man responsible for Bridget Jones' DiaryThe Vicar of DibleyMr BeanFour Weddings and a FuneralBlackadder, and a particularly brilliant episode of Doctor Who featuring Vincent van Gogh. How could it not be amazing?!
10. Kris Marshall. 
11. Billy Bob Thornton as the President of the United State. Hilarity. And a small dose of creepy.
12. The brilliance that is Emma Thompson. Apparently she cried on cue about 30 times in the scene where she's just found out that her husband bought an expensive necklace for someone else.
13. Colin Firth.
14. The scene when Kris Marshall's at an American bar and the girls are making him say random words. 
15. When the little kids make Hugh Grant sing Christmas carols. And the look on his face when his security guy joins in.
16. This scene. It's perfection:
17. Rowan Atkinson gift wrapping the necklace. Genius.
18. Olivia Olsen's voice. For a kid of eleven, that song was truly spectacular. Especially considering Richard Curtis had them change it to make it sound more child-like because he thought her voice was too mature.
19. Thomas Sangster as Sam. The kid's amazing.
20. When Colin Firth's character tries to speak Portuguese. Adorkable.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus??" "DUH."
- "You'll come back a broken man." "Yeah, back broken from too much sex!"
"Invite him out for a drink and then, after about twenty minutes, casually drop into the conversation the fact that you'd like to marry him and have lots of sex and babies."
- "I love that word, "relationship." Covers all manner of sins, doesn't it? I fear that this has become a BAD relationship; a relationship based on the President taking exactly what he wants and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to, erm... Britain. We may be a small country, but we're a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham's right foot. David Beckham's left foot, come to that. And a friend who bullies us is no longer a friend. And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward I will be prepared to be much stronger. And the President should be prepared for that."
- "Hello, David. I mean "sir". Shit, I can't believe I've just said that. And now I've gone and said "shit" - twice. I'm so sorry, sir." "It's fine, it's fine. You could've said "fuck," and then we'd have been in real trouble."
"Thank you, sir. I did have an awful premonition that I was gonna fuck up on the first day. Oh, piss it!"
- "The SAS are absolutely charming. Ruthless trained killers are just a phone call away!"
- "I'm very busy and important. How can I help you?"
- "This is shit, isn't it?" "Yep. Solid gold shit, maestro!"
- "Oh! Fuck wank bugger shitting arse head and hole!"
- "Now, which doll shall we give Daisy's little friend Emily? The one that looks like a transvestite or the one that looks like a dominatrix?" (<-- How Emma Thompson kept a straight face while delivering that line, I will never know.)
- "If you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Billy does, buy my festering turd of a record."
- "You learned English." "Just in cases."
- "Where the fuck is my fucking coat??"
- "There better not be eels in here. I can't stand eels..."
- "I'm not sure it'll be possible to get the Pope on the phone tonight... Yes... Yes, I'm sure he's VERY good at exorcisms, but... Well, I'm SURE Jon Bon Jovi is as well. I'll look into it." 
- "What else can there be? Are you going to dip it in yoghurt? Cover it in chocolate buttons?"
- "Ohhhh, that is SO inconvenient..."

What's your Christmas movie of choice?

K xx


  1. I must go and check if we have Love Actually in our DVD collection because I want to watch it right now. :D

  2. I love that movie too :) I don't know how the whole cast kept a straight face through some of those lines!

  3. My favourite Christmas movie is Elf! It's so silly but super cute as well.

    Also I do quite like Love Actually, except I kind of want to punch Kiera Knightly's character in the face. Also I'd be pretty happy if the whole movie was just the bit with Colin Firth in it :P

  4. Oh, I was just commenting another blog that did a similar post. I love this movie! I guess the only thing that I'm not quite fond of is the stand-up porn couple. The rest, including Billy Mack, is just awesome. I always loved the way how all the characters had that 6 degree of separation. They all had their own stories but at the end somehow they were all related.

  5. I wasn't all that impressed when I saw Love Actually for the first time (wayyy back when it was in the cinema), and I've only seen it once all the way through since then. But so many people love it that I feel like I need to give it another go. I just thought there were a few too many storylines ... plus I hate Martine Mccutcheon's stupid face.

  6. How have I never seen this movie? I feel like a failure. Ever since it came out, I have been talking about watching it. That has never happened. Lame balls.
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  7. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watched it in college and has been a Christmas favorite ever since. I cannot watch this movie without being in a good mood at the end. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    Another favorite: Muppet Christmas Carol. How can you NOT love Gonzo the Great as Charles Dickens? I mean... really.

  8. The Santa Clause?

    I KID. But seriously, I suck at movies. I haven't seen this either. -_-


  9. Aw, it is a very sweet movie.

    My favourite Christmas movie is While You Were Sleeping. It has the leaning.

  10. I can no longer watch this movie without expecting zombies to show up when whats-his-name is confessing he love to Kiera Knightly.

  11. Like I told you, this is one of the few movies Knightley couldn't even ruin.

    Also, I SEE NO MENTIONS OF MARTIN FREEMAN. Totally disappointed because, ohmygod, I love him so much. And the whole stand-in-sex-scene actors falling in love? Hilarity.

  12. I've never really been fussed with Love Actually. Love, love, LOVE 4 Weddings, but LA - hmm. However, this entry has convinced me to give it another go - props pusher :-)

  13. @Marita - excellent choice!
    @Melissa - seriously, I have no idea how they ever filmed the movie.
    @Lozzz - I've never seen Elf. I have no idea how. And cosign on the Knightly front!
    @SoOz - it's so awesome...
    @Emma - awww, poor Martine McCutcheon! Although I guess if you've been exposed to her in Eastenders for a million years, it's not surprising. Mostly, I just like her character rather than HER.
    @Bonnie - go and rent it right this minute.
    @Emmy - great, now I have to dig through the boxes of DVDs in the garage again searching for the Muppet's Christmas Carol!
    @Lor - EPIC FAIL. I should get you a Netflix subscription for Christmas...
    @Deidre - we should totally watch it on the next Dessert Day
    @Lauren - The Walking Dead hasn't aired here yet, so we don't have that problem! But it would be seriously awesome if he blew Keira Knightly's head off...
    @Nikki - I'm soooooooorry!!!! I figured 20 awesome things was probably sufficient... "That Junction 13 was murder, wasn't it?!"
    @bluesfemme - I like Four Weddings right up until the stupid "Is it raining? I hadn't noticed" line. *shudder* You should definitely give it another go :)

  14. Love Actually is the only movie, and Xmas-y thing I like...well, besides Wham's Last Christmas, obviously! That goes without saying, right!?

    Great post....makes me look forward to watching it in the build up to that silly day before Boxing Day!

    'I like Four Weddings right up until the stupid "Is it raining? I hadn't noticed" line. *shudder*' - oh, me too! Andie and that stupid bloody line!!!

  15. @Tash - I'm going to start calling it 'The Silly Day Before Boxing Day' now. Or possibly 'The Silly Day Before the Doctor Who Christmas Special Day'. I haven't decided yet. So glad it's not just me who hates that line!!

  16. That line (Four Weddings) is awful and her accent makes it even worse!

    I might have to watch Love Actually again because I can't remember where you got the last quote from.


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