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The Wedding Singer Movie: Why It's Not Out Of Character For Robbie To Be Depressed?

Sunday, February 26, 2017
(Warning for possible spoilers for The Wedding Singer 1998 American romantic comedy film, which is about this guy who has his heart broken, but, in the end, he finds what he’s looking for to make him happy)

Also known as, "How should a depressed character act?"

Who is The Wedding Singer?

When this film introduces us to Robbie Hart (played by Adam Sandler), the wedding singer, we can immediately see what kind of person he is. He’s a nice and cheery guy.

He makes people laugh and be happy, bringing joy to the people he sings for and talks to especially at the weddings that he attends.
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In the very first wedding scene that we saw, Robbie was able to make sure the newlyweds didn’t end up fighting after the groom’s best man said inappropriate things.

He even managed to cheer up a sad Julia Sullivan (played by Drew Barrymore), the main female character, who worked as a waitress at said wedding.

How The Wedding Singer becomes depressed?

Things change when Robbie Hart is stood up at the altar and left by his fiancée, Linda (played by Angela Featherstone). He becomes very sad and depressed, which is completely understandable considering what happened to him.

Robbie’s actions reflect how depressed he really is

It’s interesting to note the striking differences at the beginning of the film before Robbie’s wedding and the part of the movie after the wedding scene where Linda doesn’t show up.

It’s like Robbie’s character and personality undergoes a complete makeover with how different he acts now. He sulks and mopes and lies around in bed all day, refusing to go to work for quite a while.
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Then, when he does go to work, he manages to annoy and frustrate the people that he sings for, practically ruining the wedding reception of a couple. He sings songs that reflect how sad and depressed and miserable he feels (like saying that "love stinks").

At first glance, some might get the impression that this is out of character (OOC) for him, that he’s not acting like himself at all and that’s not how he should be acting.

While it is true that he isn’t acting like how he usually does, in this case, it’s not a sign of The Wedding Singer being OOC. It’s because of what he has experienced and what had happened to him that made him act this way.

When he started recovering and trying to move on from the incident in question, Robbie also started acting like his usual self again.

- 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 the wedding singer being depressed because of what happened to him
- Second pic is from; link shown above
- YouTube video features a short scene from The Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer Movie: Why Would You Fall In Love With A Selfish, Unlikable Guy?

Monday, February 20, 2017
(*Warning for possible spoilers for The Wedding Singer 1998 American romantic comedy film, which is about a guy who gets his heart broken but ends up meeting someone new)

What should happen before the main characters get together?

Robbie Hart (played by Adam Sandler), the title character, meets Julia Sullivan (played by Drew Barrymore), the main female character, and you just know or it soon becomes clear that the two will eventually end up together.

But, before anything can happen between them, they have to deal with their respective supposed significant others first.

In Julia’s case, this would be her fiancé named Glenn Gulia (played by Matthew Glave). The 2 have been engaged for years before finally deciding to set a date for their wedding.
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The Wedding Singer’s love rival should be likable

When Glenn was first introduced, he seemed like a nice and pretty okay person, which was how it should be. Gulia is supposed to be a likable character because, otherwise, why would Julia want to marry him? Why would she even fall in love with him if he’s a horrible person?

So the challenge now is to find a way for Julia to still end up falling in love with Robbie even though her fiancé isn’t really a bad person and isn’t really someone that one should dislike and hate.

This can be a difficult feat to accomplish, but it’s not impossible. Unfortunately, The Wedding Singer doesn’t manage that at all and that’s the problem with Glenn.

Glenn transforms into a horrible person

Glenn seemed like an all right person at first, but then his character just quickly turned into someone that was completely horrible. He had no qualms cheating on Julia.

He didn’t seem to care about her or even love her like when he didn’t even look the least bit concerned or worried when she got drunk.
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Instead of asking how she was, what came out of his mouth was a plea for Julia not to puke in his car. He appeared to be too selfish and self-centered. He wouldn’t even give her the window seat on the airplane.

How in the world did Julia fall in love with Glenn?

It was these kinds of things that really made Glenn such a bad character that viewers will have to wonder what Julia saw in him in the first place and why in the world she would even think about agreeing to marry him especially since it was established that she wasn’t marrying Gulia for the money.

All this served to make the audience dislike and even hate Glenn. But it also makes some question Julia’s decisions.

And you just can’t help but think that Glenn is characterized in this way just so Sullivan would have a reason to want to leave him and to start falling in love with the wedding singer who was an infinitely better person when compared to Gulia.

That just makes the film fall flat though because it’s like the plot has to make one of the characters bad just to make the other character stand out more.

Do you think it’s possible for Glenn to be portrayed as a pretty nice guy, whom Julia could have easily fallen in love with, while still being able to get her to eventually fall in love with the wedding singer?

- 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 Julia and Glenn since the figures in said image appear to be a couple and yet they don’t seem close at all with the way they’re standing beside each other but aren’t touching or holding hands
- Second pic is from; link shown above
- YouTube video features a short scene from The Wedding Singer

How And Why Conflict 1945 Movie Reminds You Of Meitantei Conan Anime?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
(*Warning for possible spoilers for Conflict, a 1945 black-and-white suspense film noir made by Warner Brothers and parts of episode 1 and some of the general plot of the Meitantei Conan anime and manga series by Gosho Aoyama)

How is Conflict similar to Meitantei Conan (Detective Conan)?

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Short synopsis of Conflict

Conflict (1945) is a murder mystery movie. It tells the story of a man (named Richard Mason, played by Humphrey Bogart) who kills his own wife (named Kathryn Mason, played by Rose Hobart), but the question that the audience will be asking isn’t who committed the crime but on whether the criminal has executed the perfect crime and on whether the victim is actually still alive or not.

Short synopsis of Meitantei Conan

Meitantei Conan is the story of a brilliant detective (named Kudo Shinichi) who solves all sorts of mysteries, including murder crimes.

The title character is a high school detective who ends up back in his childhood form (he takes on the name Edogawa Conan as a kid), due to certain circumstances, but who is able to retain his knowledgeable and skilled mind. He might currently look like a kid but his mind is still that of a very smart and capable adult.

Similarities between Conflict and Meitantei Conan

What similarities do these 2 shows share aside from the fact that both belong in the mystery genre? When I was watching Conflict, parts of it reminded me strongly of Detective Conan because of the striking similarity of some of the scenes.

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Broken leg thanks to an accident

In Conflict, thanks to a car accident, Richard Mason, an engineer and the main character, breaks his leg so he is unable to walk for a while. When his leg heals, Richard pretends that he is still unable to walk even though the truth is that he can already walk with the help of a cane.

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In episode 1 of Detective Conan, there’s this guy (he’s just a minor character that only appears in this episode and isn’t even named) who does the same thing that Richard does.

He gets his leg broken in an accident and he pretends to be unable to walk even though his leg is fully healed already. He even sits in a wheelchair to strengthen the lie.

Tell a lie to commit the perfect crime

Both this guy and Richard Mason have a very good reason for this pretense. They need people to believe that they’re injured and incapacitated in order to get away with murder. Both are planning to murder someone so they need an alibi to be able to avoid suspicion.

With a broken leg, who would suspect that they could actually get up and kill someone, right? Both might think that they’ve committed the perfect crime and even the audience might think so as well, but, of course, in the end, both of them are caught and exposed for the murderers that they really are as the truth finally comes to light.

- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by MizuSasori (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- The bandage on the figure’s arm is meant to represent the bandages that Richard Mason from Conflict 1945 movie and the guy from Meitantei Conan anime series used to pretend that they were still injured and incapable of moving around
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- YouTube video features the Conflict 1945 murder mystery movie film trailer

The Wedding Singer Movie: This Will Make You Wonder Why Julia Is In Love With Glenn

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
(*Warning for possible spoilers for The Wedding Singer 1998 American romantic comedy film. It’s about the title character who ends up finding love after he gets his heart broken)

Also known as, "What's the reason why you're engaged, but not married?"
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Engaged, but not yet married

Soon after The Wedding Singer movie begins, we are introduced to Julia Sullivan (played by Drew Barrymore), a waitress and the main female character. We soon find out that she’s engaged to this businessman named Glenn Gulia (played by Matthew Glave).

But they’ve actually been engaged for years and yet there’s still no set date for their wedding. Upon hearing this, you have to wonder why that is the case, right? Why haven’t the two gotten married yet? What’s stopping them from getting married if they apparently love each other?

What’s wrong with Glenn in The Wedding Singer?

When we finally get to meet Glenn, he seems like an all right person who just doesn’t seem ready to settle down or is just not yet ready to get married.

But, as we get to know him more, it soon becomes apparent that he’s not exactly a nice person and that’s putting it lightly and mildly considering the things that he did.

Does Glenn really love Julia?

The way he and Julia interact with each other can really make you wonder why they’re even together in the first place or how they could have possibly fallen in love.

Gulia appears to be more interested in his work and even in other women than in his own fiancée seeing as he has no qualms cheating on Sullivan. He can’t even spare just a little bit of his time to help Julia plan their wedding.

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He doesn’t show even an ounce of worry or concern when his fiancée gets drunk during their date. Instead, all he cared about was making sure that Julia didn’t puke all over his car. It’s these kinds of things and more that make you wonder how and why the 2 haven’t broken up yet.

How can Julia love Glenn?

Why would Julia stay with Glenn when it doesn’t seem like the guy even has time for her and when the guy doesn’t even seem to love her?

Why would Glenn stay with Julia when he has no qualms going out with other women? If he doesn’t love Julia anymore, then why bother staying with her and even asking her to get married?

Together because of familiarity?

It’s a mystery, but, perhaps, the reason the 2 are still together is because they’re used to each other already. There’s a sense of familiarity in being together for all these years that it would undoubtedly be different if they split up.

Maybe they’re so used to being together that they can’t imagine it being any other way. In fact, when Julia was asked to consider entertaining other suitors or finding someone else other than Glenn to marry, she immediately refused.

It was only later on when she’d fallen in love with Robbie Hart (played by Adam Sandler), the wedding singer, that she finally broke it off with Gulia.

What about you? What do you think is the reason why Glenn and Julia remained engaged to each other even though it didn’t really seem like they truly loved each other?

-Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Rusembell (CC:BY) from deviantArt
-Image is meant to represent Julia and Glenn and how their relationship must have been like before it all fell apart
- Second pic is from; link shown above
-YouTube video features a scene from The Wedding Singer

How The Pleasantville 1998 Fantasy Comedy-Drama Movie Can Confuse You?

Thursday, February 2, 2017
(*Warning for possible spoilers for Pleasantville, an American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross)

Pleasantville (1998) is a film about fraternal twins who have a very interesting out-of-this-world experience when they encounter new people and end up bringing changes to a quiet, pleasant town.
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Pleasantville can be confusing

So, what can be confusing about this movie? How exactly can Pleasantville confuse you?

Well, for starters, you can try not watching this show from the very beginning. That will definitely confuse you.

I didn’t get to watch this movie from the beginning, so I found it hard to understand what was happening at first.

With regards to this film, it can be hard to infer or get what’s going on if you don’t know what went on during its opening scenes.

Normally, usually, or ordinarily, if you find that the plot or story of a show is just too confusing to understand, you’d be more inclined to stop watching it and just go and find something else to watch, right?

Pleasantville may be confusing, but it is interesting

That’s what I would have done too, but Pleasantville was able to pique my curiosity and get me interested enough to want to find out more about it even though I missed seeing the opening scenes and was having a hard time trying to figure out what was going on.
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Seeing all the black and white colors, I thought at first that this was one of those old movies. It certainly seemed that way.

But then color suddenly started showing up, deepening the mystery of the storyline and really making the audience wonder as to what is really happening.

Is Pleasantville a fantasy?

The seemingly sudden appearance of the colors also added an element of fantasy to what, at first, appeared to be a realistic drama of sorts.

Now, it seemed that magic was actually involved as part of the story. And this is reinforced when we see Bud Parker (played by Tobey Maguire), the main character, talking to the TV and having it respond to him.

There was also a scene, which showed Bud reprimanding his sister, Mary Sue Parker (played by Reese Witherspoon), for something that she apparently did.

I didn’t get that at first and had no idea what Mary Sue supposedly did, but I was curious enough to continue viewing the movie even though I was still horribly confused and said film didn’t seem inclined to clear things up anytime soon.

Could Pleasantville be a horror movie?

I even considered that Pleasantville might actually be a horror film since we saw Bud looking troubled at whatever his sister was doing and he was even worried for the guy that his sister was dating.

Add that to the sudden appearance of color in an otherwise black-and-white movie and that really makes the possibility of this being a horror story plausible.

As such, I was wary of seeing something horrible and terrible since I don’t like horror movies. I was still really curious about the storyline of this film though so I kept watching it.
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I was pleased when nothing scary happened and the mystery was starting to get solved, little-by-little.

All-in-all, Pleasantville is a confusing movie if you didn’t get to start it from the beginning, but don’t let that stop you from watching it anyway.

Why? It’s because it has the ability to pique people’s curiosity and interest and get them to continue watching even if they’re confused just so they can try to figure out what is really going on and be able to solve the mystery of Pleasantville.

- 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 how confusing the Pleasantville movie can be because of all the details in said image
- The rest of the pics are from; link shown above
- YouTube video features the Pleasantville trailer