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The Wedding Singer Movie: How And Why Your Ex-Fiancée Can Be Likable?

Friday, January 27, 2017 No comments:
(*Warning for possible spoilers for The Wedding Singer 1998 American romantic comedy film)

The Wedding Singer is about the title character, named Robbie Hart (played by Adam Sandler), who gets his heart broken by his fiancée, but who eventually finds and meets someone else that may just be the right one for him.

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Robbie is all set to be married to Linda (played by Angela Featherstone), his fiancée, but things don’t turn out as planned as the wife-to-be doesn’t show up at her own wedding.

This is very sad indeed, but it had to happen since this movie isn’t about Linda and Robbie’s life together.

Reason not to make the love rival evil

We know that Robbie is meant to be with someone else, but the challenge for The Wedding Singer is to still be able to portray Linda in a nice and good light even if she doesn’t end up marrying Robbie.

There’s no need to turn Linda into a horrible person just so Robbie has a reason for falling in love with someone else.

After all, if Linda is such a bad and unlikable person, then why would the wedding singer even want to marry her in the first place? What reason would he have to fall in love with her if she’s mean and nasty? Thankfully, the film is able to make Linda a realistic and believable character.

Feeling scared during your own wedding is believable

The fact that she doesn’t show up at her own wedding is bad, of course, but the audience can understand that she’s just feeling apprehensive and scared and unsure, which is perfectly natural and normal since marriage isn’t something to be taken lightly.

Linda is human, she’s imperfect and that makes her real

Furthermore, Linda actually takes the time to show up and talk to Robbie later on so she can explain things to him and that adds to her character.

After all, she didn’t have to show up. She could have just left Robbie alone to suffer and pine for her. But, instead, Linda shows up and explains things to the wedding singer.

Of course, her words aren’t something that pleases Robbie Hart and she should have told him about her doubts long before the wedding day came.

But Linda looked genuinely and sincerely sorry about the heartache she caused and she even apologizes to Robbie so this scene made her appear real.

This scene was able to sort-of show how and why Robbie might have fallen in love with her. She has her faults, but that just makes her human. All-in-all, she doesn’t seem like a bad person. What do you think?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by CoDLia (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to represent Robbie and Linda and what they must have been like before their relationship fell apart
- YouTube video features a scene from The Wedding Singer

Conflict 1945 Movie Review: Why You Should Watch This Murder Mystery?

Saturday, January 21, 2017 No comments:
Conflict (1945) is a black-and-white suspense film noir made by the Warner Brothers that tells the story of a man named Richard Mason, played by Humphrey Bogart, who kills his own wife.

Is it possible to commit the perfect crime?

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One of the things that makes this movie interesting is how the audience already knows who the criminal is, but the rest of the characters still don’t know who committed the murder.

We are made to wonder if Richard Mason was able to commit the perfect crime or if he will actually be apprehended and caught, and, if so, how.

Surprises in Conflict

Conflict has many twists and turns and surprises in store for its viewers. There’s a lot of suspense as you keep trying to guess what will happen next.

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Then, just when you think you’ve got the movie all figured out, events and scenes happen that prove you wrong and make you think yet again.

Plotholes in Conflict

But, while it’s a fun and suspense-filled film, it’s not without its imperfections and plot holes.

For example, you’ll have to wonder why the couple (Richard and Kathryn Mason (played by Rose Hobart)) got married in the first place if the man clearly didn’t love his wife enough to not kill her.

There were also some characters that haven’t been characterized properly and whose actions and feelings were too vague that they just ended up confusing the audience. For example, exactly who is one of the female characters (Evelyn Turner (played by Alexis Smith), Kathryn’s little sister) really in love with?

Why does it seem like she likes one man one moment and then another the next? Or why is it that one of the characters seems to believe that one of the female characters is really in love with him?

However, regardless of those confusing things, Conflict still manages to be a suspenseful, enjoyable and good murder mystery film that you’d surely be interested in watching especially if you like mysteries, noir, and black-and-white movies.

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Rusembell (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to symbolize how Richard killed his own wife, Kathryn
- First pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above
- YouTube video features the trailer for the Conflict film

The Wedding Singer Movie: Reasons To Dislike Or Hate Linda?

Sunday, January 15, 2017 No comments:
(Warning for possible spoilers for The Wedding Singer 1998 American romantic comedy film)

In The Wedding Singer, Robbie Hart (played by Adam Sandler), the main character, gets his heart broken when his fiancée, named Linda (played by Angela Featherstone), doesn’t show up at their wedding. Linda has her own reasons for not wanting to marry Robbie and for ditching him at their own wedding.

Linda started out as a pretty nice person

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And, in another article, I talked about how what Linda did may have caused Robbie pain, but she didn’t really come across as a horrible and bad person.

Her reasons for doing what she did seemed real and believable and it was something that the audience could understand.

In addition to that, the fact that she eventually showed up to talk to Robbie and explain things to him and even apologized to him successfully made it known to viewers that Linda wasn’t a nasty or evil person.

She was just not compatible with Robbie and the 2 just weren’t meant to be.

This was great because The Wedding Singer proved that it was capable of getting Robbie to separate from his fiancée without demonizing or turning Linda into a person with a terrible personality that would make viewers wonder what Robbie saw in her in the first place and why and how he could have fallen in love with her.

Why did Linda show up again if she left already?

All-in-all, Linda’s exit from the film was done pretty well. I didn’t think that she was ever going to show up again, but she suddenly shows up in the latter parts of the movie.

This is where the problem with her starts as this is where things begin to get unbelievable. Linda really shouldn’t have shown up again.

She’d left already. Why would she need to return? Her reason for wanting to get back together with Robbie is ridiculous, to say the least.

She says she can learn to live with him being nothing more than a wedding singer. How crazy is that? It shows that she doesn’t really love him.

Linda suddenly turns into a horrible person

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Her actions and the things that she says seem quite out of character for her.

It’s like the only reason she showed up again was to add to the plot and cause further conflict and misunderstanding between Robbie and Julia Sullivan (played by Drew Barrymore), the main female character.

Linda seemed like an all right person at first and The Wedding Singer should have let it remain that way.

Instead, the film brings her back again and then turns her into this person who suddenly wants to get back together with Robbie just to create some conflict.

Simply put, her return and her reasons for doing so was unbelievable and she really shouldn’t have come back. What do you think about this?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by CoDLia (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to symbolize Robbie and Linda from The Wedding Singer movie
- Second pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above
- YouTube video features a scene from the aforementioned film

Reasons Why Conflict 1945 Murder Mystery Movie Is Interesting?

Monday, January 9, 2017 No comments:
(*Warning for possible spoilers for Conflict, a black-and-white suspense film noir made by Warner Brothers)

Conflict (1945) is a murder mystery, but this differs from other murder mysteries because of how the audience isn’t made to wonder who the culprit could be. Instead, we are shown the killer’s identity and the question now is what happens after the crime is committed and on whether or not the culprit was able to pull off the perfect crime.

Conflict makes you ask questions

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This is one of the things that makes this movie interesting. Another is how it keeps the audience second-guessing themselves as they try to figure out what will happen next and what is really going on.

The film keeps you asking questions and trying to make you doubt what you think you know. It’s quite suspenseful that way as it keeps your attention and makes you look forward to finally being able to solve the mystery.

Is Kathryn Mason really dead or not?

For example, we see Richard Mason (played by Humphrey Bogart), the main character, kill his own wife, Kathryn Mason (played by Rose Hobart), so we know that she’s dead. Or, at least, we think that she’s dead.

We didn’t see her dead body as the film cleverly conceals that from us, but it very much heavily implies that she’s dead, what with how we saw her fall down a steep slope and with how she’s been reported missing and hasn’t shown up at all.

Reasons to think that Richard’s wife is still alive

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But then the movie shows us scenes that make us think that maybe Kathryn is actually still alive.

It’s not a farfetched idea at all since we didn’t actually see her dead body, so it seems plausible that she could be alive.

That belief is reinforced when we, along with Richard, see someone that looks like Kathryn walking around as if all was well.

Other events that occur, like how Richard gets a whiff of his wife’s perfume in their room or how her wedding ring appears in their safe again, can really make it seem as if Kathryn is either alive or is now a ghost and is haunting her killer. The latter can make you wonder if the Conflict film will also be including ghosts as part of its plot.

Can you figure out Conflict’s plot and storyline?

But, just when you think that you’ve got the film figured out already and that Kathryn really is still alive, other events transpire, which serve to confuse you all over again and make you wonder if maybe you’ve got it all wrong.

For instance, we later find out that Evelyn Turner (played by Alexis Smith), Kathryn’s little sister, actually has the same kind of perfume as Richard’s wife so she could have been the one who went inside the Masons’ bedroom.

Other such incidents now make us suspicious of Evelyn as we wonder if, maybe, for some reason, she actually knew that her sister was dead so now she was trying to scare Richard into confessing to his crime or something.

Is Richard Mason insane?

Conflict also makes you consider yet another possibility. It could be that Richard is simply going just a little bit insane because of what he did. It could be that he’s feeling guilty about murdering his own wife so now he’s hallucinating and thinking that maybe Kathryn is still alive or haunting him even though she’s really actually dead.

For example, when Richard thought he caught a glimpse of someone who looked like his wife, he was quick to follow after this person.

But when he arrived at her destination and banged at her door, it turns out that no one was living there.

He even inspected the place and opened all the doors, but he saw no one at all so it could be argued that he was just seeing things and that he just imagined seeing his wife alive.

The same could be said when he saw the locket that his wife supposedly pawned. He even saw her signature on the ledger, but when he brought the police there, the man he was talking to had been replaced by someone else and the ledger with Kathryn’s signature was nowhere to be found, making Richard and the audience doubt if what Mason saw was real or not.

As such, until the very end of the film, you’ll be left wondering exactly what’s going on as you try to figure things out. The end may come as a surprise to many, but it’s a wonderful surprise and this really adds to how appealing and interesting the Conflict movie can be.

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to symbolize Kathryn who may or may not be dead since the figure looks mysterious and could pass off as a ghost
- First pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above
- YouTube video features the trailer for the 1945 film Conflict

The Wedding Singer Movie: How To Save A Failing Relationship?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 No comments:
(*Warning for possible spoilers for The Wedding Singer 1998 American romantic comedy film)

The Wedding Singer is about Robbie Hart (played by Adam Sandler) whose fiancée breaks his heart, but he is able to recover with the help of a special someone.

Dumped on the day of your own wedding

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Robbie, the title character, is really looking forward to his upcoming wedding with his fiancée, Linda (played by Angela Featherstone).

Who would have thought that the bride wouldn’t show up at her own wedding and would actually leave the groom waiting and looking like a fool at his own wedding?

What Robbie had to experience was really terrible and it can really make the audience start to dislike Linda even before they meet her because of what she did.

Don’t keep relationship problems to yourself

If she was having second thoughts about marrying the wedding singer, if she didn’t want to marry him anymore, then she could have at least told him before the wedding so Robbie doesn’t have to face or endure the agony of having to wait for someone who will never show up and having everyone see what happened to him.

What was so wrong with informing Robbie about this so he’s not left waiting and looking like a fool on his own wedding day?

It’s okay to worry about your own wedding

Linda’s feelings of being scared and apprehensive about her own wedding may be understandable since this is a life-changing moment.

But, what can be hard to understand is how she could fail to tell Robbie about this so they could talk things over or even just postpone the wedding for now until Linda is ready to tie the knot.

Couples should talk to each other

Communication is very important in a relationship. If the two had just talked things over and shared their feelings and worries and concerns with each other, then maybe they could have fixed things and been able to salvage their relationship. What do you think?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to represent the wedding of Robbie and Linda that was supposed to happen in The Wedding Singer
- YouTube video features a scene from said film