My Life as a Movie Monday: 10 Things I Hate About You

Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and got to spend time with the people who are important to you, be they father figures or otherwise. Shutterbug Sis and I got to spend time with our family, including Mom, Dad, Marlin, Dory, and Nemo.

Yes, Shutterbug Sis and I watched “Finding Nemo” on Saturday night. Yes, I totally cried at the end. And yes, I totally felt like we were with members of our extended family. Come on now. After spending eight editions of “My Life as a Movie Monday” together, are you even surprised?!?

No, I didn’t think so. See, that’s why we’re friends! And that’s why I’m so glad you’re here. This week is going to be all kinds of fun, and having you here to appreciate my – uhh, let’s go with quirky – outlook on life is going to make it even better. Ready to get started? Let’s go on our ninth date with some fictional characters. Last week I:

So, last week my life as a movie was “10 Things I Hate About You”

10 things I hate about you

My friend Wdydfae shares my love of classic literature adapted into teen flicks from the 1990s, but in case the rest of you are wondering why on earth I would choose to be Julia Stiles this week, here’s the scoop: in addition to having a killer alt-ska-pop soundtrack, “10 Things” has some killer source material. It’s actually an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.Β  Which means it’s about two people who snark back and forth at each other but who are actually, you know, perfect together. Oh, and younger siblings play a part, too.

One of the things I love about this movie, aside from the aforementioned soundtrack, and Heath Ledger’s dreamy eyes, is that there are little winks to the Bard sprinkled through the whole movie:

Michael: Alright. Uh, I talked to her; I got the scoop.

Cameron: What’d she say?

Michael: “Hates him with the fire of a thousand suns.” That’s a direct quote.

Ha! Shakespeare humour! Kills me every time. Naturally, today’s movie pick makes me the feisty and independent lady Katherina (or “Kat” as played by our friend Julia) and makes Dave the quick witted and driven gentleman Pertruchio (or “Patrick” as played by the dreamy-eyed Heath).

As you may have guessed by my little literary allusion above, my challenge with Dave has been extended for another week, as per his request. If you missed Saturday’s special update, you can get the full story here.

He’s promised big things for me this week. Now, I haven’t been to visit the Blog of Funny Names yet today so I don’t know what he has planned, but Dave, I’m expecting you to at least live up to your fictional counterpart, here:

No pressure or anything, babe.

Has anyone ever performed a grand, romantic gesture for you? Have you ever performed one for someone else? I’d love to hear your stories in the Comments! One of mine starts with all of my belongs getting papered in newsprint and ends with a date at a Rolling Stones concert … what can I say, it was during my misspent youth. πŸ˜‰ But if other people share their stories in the comments section, I promise to give you all of the (decidedly un-Shakespearean) gossip.

love amb

Courtesy of Dave

Courtesy of Dave

45 thoughts on “My Life as a Movie Monday: 10 Things I Hate About You

  1. I’m still agreeing that “Finding Nemo” is tear-worthy!! Actually the last five minutes of any comedy or drama will find me in tears. I’m a cheap date.

    • Never mind the last five minutes … the first five minutes of “Up”?!? Forget about it. I can’t even. Can’t even!!!

      Have a fabulous day, my friend, and thanks as always for stopping by πŸ™‚

  2. Oh darling, you know I thrive on pressure, and have an appetite for adversity. This morning’s Gosling-style image is just the beginning. Expect some big things throughout the week. I’ll sweep you off your feet. πŸ™‚

    • Like you haven’t already, dollface? I just got in to the office so I haven’t checked your post yet, but you had me at “Gosling”. PS what are you doing up before 6am? Besides dreaming of me, obviously.

      • I’ve been on a bizarre sleeping schedule so I guess what I’m doing is enjoying my vacation. I’ll be taking a nap soon before I begin working with a new tutoring student this afternoon.

      • Lol! Fair enough! And in case Arto and Leslie aren’t around to tell you at the moment – go easy on the ambien, yes? Unless, of course, you’re planning on writing me some poetry after you take it. In that case, go ahead. Based on our conversations the last time that happened, I feel like that has potential πŸ˜‰

  3. I’ve graduated up in life to multiple mention on amb’s blog? How much better does it get than that?

    So, accordingly, don’t you think it’s about time I abandon this silly, pessimistic “How come when my life is like a movie blah blah blah” schtick and acknowledge the essential goodness of life?

    On second thought, Naaaaaaaah.

    How come when my life is like a movie it’s like 10.5 Apocalypse?

  4. hurrah for your post and hurrah for all the awesome comment dialogue!. Hard to believe you’ve already done two months of Life as Movie Mondays. Expecting a compilation at some point AND a compilation of diddy’s version. Could be sold in companion pack on amazon.

    Glad you had a good weekend with fam and Nemo. And 10 Things is great fun and apparently a smart movie, too. Definitely in the re-watch pile now. Will be an even better watch after reading your post. Good luck with Monday. And good luck with the “challenge.” Maybe will be more two-sided now that the other half is on vacay.

    • Thanks Liz! So glad you liked this one πŸ™‚ I am so totally loving the idea of a compilation post with my movie selections and Diddy’s counter-programming – you’re brilliant. How perfect would that be for the week in September when the Toronto Film Festival is on?!? Like I said, brilliant!!!

      Hope you had a fantastic weekend too. Did the weather co operate for you? We finally had some sunshine which was wonderful (though of course it’s now raining here today). I rewatched 10 Things after writing this post last night and couldn’t believe how much fun it was. They even make Dawson’s Creek jokes! πŸ˜€

      The challenge, meanwhile, is progressing very nicely. If you haven’t been to BoFN yet you should stop by – you’ll be all kinds of entertained!

      • you’re right about “all kinds of entertained” on BOFN. Dave is off to a good, albeit belated, start. Nice photo of him for sure–had to look really closely to make sure it wasn’t Gosling πŸ˜‰ Yes, pin that one up on your wall/ceiling/kitchen table/wherever.

        If I’m brilliant (thanks, btw) and you’re brilliant, then we’ll be ready to take the word brilliantly by storm. Looking forward to that happening eventually!

        ‘K, the DC jokes in 10 Things whooshed right overhead as I’m a bit too old (yikes) to have followed. Though I do remember the Shakespeare. Loving how you’ve paralleled Davember Smack-Down 2013 with 10 Things. Perfect!

      • LOL. I know, right?!? The resemblance is uncanny.

        You and me both! It’s going to be at least seven kinds of awesome πŸ˜€

        Thank you! I’m probably having way too much fun with this, but honestly, a girl can’t live on Corporate World alone, right?

      • p.s. weather is/was great, thanks. sun and warmth and such πŸ™‚ Though I got caught in a rainstorm on a bike ride, but that was invigorating and a rush so a good thing πŸ™‚

      • I’m so impressed that you were able to stay on the bike! I would have been getting up close and personal with the pavement, if it was me. πŸ˜‰

  5. I love that clip from 10 things, it was filmed twenty minutes from my home. My dad went to high school there.

    Since I’m posting on the BoFN tomorrow, I hope that doesn’t upset the balance of this week’s challenge. πŸ™‚

    You asked for the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for us. On our first anniversary, we were so poor, my husband decorated the walls of our apartment in post it notes on which he wrote “I love you”. We were able to afford two roses, two balloons and some crepe paper along with a spaghetti dinner. It was the best gift ever.

    Have fun this week.

    • Shut. The Front. Door. IT WAS?!? HE DID?!?!?! That is the coolest showbiz connection I’ve ever heard. Better than the Gilmore Girls pilot being filmed in my hometown. That’s so awesome!!!! *swoon times a million*

      Of course it won’t! I’ll just take Tuesday as my day in our little joint custody arrangement, and assume that anything you post will give points to team amb. (Of course it will. Everything you post on BoFN is awesome! Major points!!)

      That is such a fabulous, romantic story, I love it to bits. Thank you so much for sharing!! I love things like that, where the meaning is in the gesture and not the cost of the item. *swooning again*

  6. Oh, boy. I’m going to admit something that I hope I won’t later regret: I haven’t seen this movie. Ack! I mean to/meant to many, many times. I mean, c’mon, two of my favs are in this. Yet, whenever I sit down to watch something, this title’s on my list but always escapes me why I haven’t made the effort to watch it. Ugh, perhaps one day. I’ve said that for a long time now. Perhaps?

    • Ooh! Who are your favs? Heath? Joseph Gordon? Allison Janney? (I had totally forgotten she was in this, and it’s a small part, but holy bananas do I love that woman).

      Never fear, my friend, you’re safe here. No judgement! I have, like, 826 Imaginary Boyfriends – as if I’m going to give you a hard time for not seeing a movie! πŸ˜‰

      Plus, you can find almost the whole movie, if not the entire thing, on youtube. πŸ™‚ I rewatched a bunch of scenes while writing this post, and had a lovely time!

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