Unconventional rom-com Ruby Sparks is this week’s Film Club champion – but it’s by no means the only off-the-wall love story to hit the big screen:
500 DAYS OF SUMMER Impossibly good-looking nice guy Tom meets equally gorgeous but flaky Summer. Adorable romantic shenanigans ensue, before she dumps him because she doesn’t believe in true love…and then gets engaged to someone else.
It sounds like a heartbreaker but the memory-driven narrative keeps things upbeat, as we see all the best bits of Tom and Summer’s relationship interspersed with the inevitable post-breakup junk food binges and self-pitying nights in front of the telly. There’s also a cutesy animation for each ‘day’, so we don’t get all confuzzled about where we are in the plot. Ain’t that sweet?
EAGLE VS SHARK The kookiest of kooky romcoms, this New Zealand-set weirdfest is the story of Jarrod, who despite being the most hardcore geek imaginable (martial arts, computer games, animal costumes) as well as arrogant and self-involved, manages to get hottie Lily to fall for him.
This turn of events is likely something to do with Lily being overwhelmingly naive and firmly attached to her rose-tinted glasses, but hey. It’s cute and sweet, plus we totally heart Jermaine Clement. Think of Napoleon Dynamite, but with Kiwi accents.
Writer-director Allen plays Alvy Singer, a character who is essentially Woody himself with a different name. As he gets all morose over the end of his relationship with Annie, played by Diane Keaton, the movie flip-flops through their time as the hippest couple in town. These days, it’s best known for single-handedly introducing the menswear trend for women more recently made famous by Kate Moss, and for being funny without ever inducing actual laughter.
GARDEN STATE Written, directed and led by Scrubs man Zach Braff, Garden State is the epitome of the word ‘quirky’. When Zach’s character Andrew arrives home for his mum’s funeral and struggles to rebuild his relationship with his dad, we’re just waiting for the appearance of a suitably off-the-wall love interest. Once she arrives, in the shape of epileptic compulsive liar Natalie Portman, we know we’re in for a treat. 9 out of 10 on the cute scale, most definitely. And we dare you not to want a motorbike and sidecar by the end.
This is one of those ‘indie’ romcoms that made it’s name based on an awesome soundtrack comprised of bands no-one has ever heard of – Braff won a Grammy for putting it together. Not bad!
Ruby Sparks is out now. Trailer time!
But just what is this Film Club malarkey all about? It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 10 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8
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