30 for 30: When Harry Met Sally (1989)




And we enter the home stretch – the 80s. As I stated in my previous post, I’ll be using the space previously dedicated to my life milestones to talk about family. My brother Ransel was born in 1989 but I’m going to hold him off for a little later. Today though, I’m going to scribble a little about Monica, the beautiful, affectionate, funny, ridiculously intelligent, nerdy and incredibly patient woman I’m proud to call my girlfriend. Monica came into my life one night in summer 2011. It was at a party of a mutual friend. I don’t remember much from this initial meeting but I do remember her being that girl who couldn’t stop yapping about how Radiohead was an overrated band. Yea, blasphemy I know! Regardless of this disagreement, I found her contrarian perspective on things interesting enough to friend her on Facebook. I’m admitting to adding her only because she vehemently denies ever “friending” me (“I don’t add random creeps on social media,” she says). Anyway, a year goes by and I bump into her again at Rosy’s birthday dinner at Blue Collar. This time things we hit it off – although it took some time for her to warm up to me (She didn’t call me until about three weeks later, and our first date was only a week after that). Apparently, it was something I posted on Facebook that almost scared her away! And even though I wasn’t sure at first how long we would last – we’ve had some big disagreements – in hindsight, I’ve come to realize that those differences are the same things that make us stronger. Realistically, I could write paras and paras about why I love this woman but no one has the time or the interest to read any of it (not even Monica) so I’ll leave it at this: Last week, we celebrated our one year anniversary and I don’t think I’ve ever been at a better place personally, professionally, emotionally… grammatically… than ever before (stop that, don’t jinx it!). So thank you for that, Monica! Thank you being my best friend and my favorite nerd!

I didn’t intend to go with WHEN HARRY MET SALLY as my pick of 1989 when I conceived this project two weeks ago. My original choice was Spike Lee’s blistering Do the Right Thing. It’s the finer cinematic achievement, and perhaps the most important film to come out of that year. Even today, when issues like the Zimmerman trial occupy our collective minds, the film feels as fresh as it were back in the summer of 1989. But even though I love the film, I just didn’t feel like going with it. I wanted something that I love, respect and could watch over and over again. I considered Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the final chapter in the adventures of Indiana Jones, Oliver Stone’s riveting Born on the Fourth of July (which still holds up really well) and even Peter Weir’s now-maligned among cinephiles Dead Poets Society. I thought about My Left Foot and Crimes and Misdemeanors but I haven’t seen either in a long time. I didn’t consider Batman. I decided to settle on Rob Reiner & Nora Ephron’s stupendously rewatchable and quotable romantic comedy not just because it’s my favorite romantic comedy, but also because it’s my favorite romance period. It’s sharp, funny, insightful, engaging, full of delightful performances and has one hell of a knockout finale!

About 30-for-30

Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.


2 responses to “30 for 30: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

  1. Great choice!
    When Harry Met Sally is one of my favourite films and I’ve often tried to figure out why, but there are just so many elements. The innocence of the times, the love almost lost, the wonderful relationship between the two characters. Young, ambitious, funny, caring, confused, and so sweet. But that doesn’t come close to explaining the movie’s success.

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