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12 Days of Maggie, Melanie and Mistletoe!

Christmas is a time for the familiar. For songs, decorations and Criterion Collection films as presents. It’s also a time for reflection and a requisite holiday viewing of One Fine Day, which celebrates its 20th birthday next week.
bethesda-fountainCertain films are able to transport you to a certain place no matter what the time of year. No film does this better or more regularly than One Fine Day.
melanie-tiptoesNo doubt a native New Yorker would scoff when I say that this is the New York of my dreams. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are nowhere to be seen. This is Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney as the handsomest couple alive. They may not meet atop the Empire State Building, but this is still an affair to remember.
screen-capturesClooney sweeping Michelle off her feet in Central Park captures the very essence of what it is to have a New York moment. To connect with someone in an oversized village green, slap bang in the middle of The City That Never Sleeps. It’s a fantasy and reality at the same time.
Prelude to a KissIf you’re looking for another moment that’s genuinely charming, you must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss. Well, maybe in Casablanca. Movie kisses come in all shapes and sizes however, and the kiss at the end of this film is heaven-sent.
the-kissTo me the magic of the Clooney and Pfeiffer kiss doesn’t really happen with the kiss itself. It happens in the prelude. Building the tension is what it’s all about. If those moments before the kiss aren’t good, the kiss won’t be good either.
maggie-squirmsMaybe that’s why I’m constantly struck by the kiss Sam (Matthew Broderick) and Maggie share in Addicted to Love.
C'mon KissAs she puckers up for a photograph, Maggie wriggles and squirms because she’s unsure what will happen next. There’s obviously chemistry between her and Sam, so when their lips finally meet, it’s electric. And that’s how romantic comedies get you. They need that moment, because when it’s done right, when a rom-com is honest; it connects in ways little else in cinema can.
bourbon-induced-hazeI’ll undoubtedly spend Christmas night in a turkey and bourbon induced haze, wishing for a moment alone with Maggie underneath the mistletoe. A kiss from a woman scorned could be deadly, but I’d be willing to take the risk. For it’s a fact that Maggie’s tie-dye dress was the cat’s meow, and if I can’t dream of a Christmas filled with Maggie, Melanie and merriment, what hope do I have?


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The Great, Unmade Michelle Pfeiffer Romantic Comedy: Breakfast at the Apartment

Manhattan, 1956. Maggie leads a double life. By day she is Fran Kubelik (Meg Ryan), an elevator girl for The Consolidated Life Insurance Company, spending her time ferrying executives up and down a large office building. By night she’s Maggie, an authentic American geisha, dressed up and hitting the town with glamorous Bohemian Holly Golightly (Michelle Pfeiffer), a sparkling socialite who cavorts with the well-heeled in limousines.
Fran, C.C. Baxter and HollyBoth girls are entangled in trysts with married men. Fran, is involved with charismatic Consolidated executive Jeff D. Sheldrake (George Clooney), the object of the affections of a myriad of secretaries and support staff in the building. Holly is having a fling with Park Avenue high-flyer Dex Dexter (Dennis Quaid) who happens to appear one night at a party at her friend’s apartment.
clooney-as-sheldrakeTo complicate things further, Fran and Holly carry on their affairs at the same flat, owned by Consolidated office drone C.C. Baxter (Matthew Broderick), who is secretly in love with Fran Kubelik. But when Baxter comes home one night and sets eyes on Holly Golightly leaving the building with Dex Dexter, he instantly becomes smitten with her, little realising that she and Fran are bosum buddies…
holly-and-sheldrakeI waste far too much time thinking about what might have been, specifically Meg and Michelle in one of Billy Wilder’s dark romantic comedies. Confusing in their morality, hilariously funny, and romantic in a way that’ll put a smile on your face, and a thought in your mind. I can’t imagine any modern director taking something as generic as a rom-com, giving it a spin you hardly notice, and providing something that looks classic, yet feels fresh, and manages to be both!
Fran and Sheldrakes limo rideAs One Fine Day proved Pfeiffer and Clooney are a match made in film heaven, Michelle’s a natural comedienne and she’d have been the perfect foil for Meg’s mettlesome Maggie. Filled with hilarious gags, and characters I’d die to meet, Breakfast at the Apartment would have been a true joy to watch. But as “Moon River” signalled the end the movie, who’d have been saying “Shut up and deal”?


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