Thursday, February 2, 2017

You Tell Us: What's the Most Romantic Scene in a Genre Movie, TV Show, Comic Book or Book?

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Ah, l'amour.

It is February, and February is the month of so many things .  But as we're not qualified to discuss Black History Month and we'll cover President's Day on President's Day, let's talk about what we do get...  Genre Film, Comics and Romance!

Oh, yeah.  I'm super romantic.  I'm the walking embodiment of one of those Time-Life CD compilations.  I'm romantic as hell up in here.

But I don't want to tell you what's romantic - YOU TELL ME (and, by default, everyone else).

So, down in the comments (or email us) - cite The Best Romantic Scene from a Not-Particularly Romantic Movie. TV Show, Book or Comic Book™.

Example - and therefore, you cannot use it:  Han And Leia in pretty much any scene in The Empire Strikes Back.  Or Superman flying around with Lois in Superman: The Movie.  Did I miss some romance in The Road Warrior?  Tell me!  Really like that one scene in Gymkata?  Let's hear it!

We're looking for romance in sci-fi, adventure, action, etc...

We need:

  • The name of the movie or comic
  • The medium (movie, book, television, comic, etc...)
  • A brief description of the scene and characters
  • Why you think it's  The Best Romantic Scene from a Not-Particularly Romantic Movie. TV Show, Book or Comic Book™

We'll copy and paste all entries into a post on Valentine's Day.

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Stuart said...

Since you took Superman out of the running, I'd have to go with Guillermo del Toro's first Hellboy movie.

In the scene, Liz (Selma Blair) is in some sort of near-death state, Rasputin having removed her soul to motivate Hellboy to help with some cosmically bad prophecy. Rasputin subsequently transforms into a giant Lovecraftian hellbeast, which Hellboy eventually destroys.

Yay, the good guys won! Down side: Rasputin is no longer around to revive Liz.

Hellboy solemnly attends to Liz's unconscious body, and whispers something in her ear. A few seconds pass. She draws a breath and wakes up! The two embrace, and have the following exchange:

Liz: "In the dark I heard your voice, what did you say?"
Hellboy: "I said, 'Hey, you, on the other side - let her go. Because for her I will cross over. And then you'll be sorry."

Now, call me old fashioned. But that's about as goddamn romantic as it gets.

Stuart said...

I mentioned this question to my wife, and she reminded me that she copied her wedding vows from Conan: the Barbarian (1982)

"All the gods, they cannot sever us. If I were dead and you were still fighting for life, I'd come back from the darkness. Back from the pit of hell to fight at your side."

That movie also has one of my favorite bromance quotes, from Subotai:

"He is Conan! He cannot cry. So I cry for him."

Stuart said...

True story: I once convinced my grandmother to rent the VHS of Black Rain, an R-rated Ridley Scott action film, based on a picture on the back of the box showing Michael Douglas and Kate Capshaw looking vaguely starry eyed at one another.

There is absolutely nothing romantic about it, but it is super violent. Like, you get to see dudes get beheaded. My grandmother was a very sweet lady, and sat through the whole thing anyway. I still feel a little guilty about that.

Good flick, though. I recommend it.

Stuart said...

I always loved the scenes between Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist. Not romantic in the obvious sense, but they had great chemistry as a middle class couple with kids. As a child of (multiple) divorce(s), I remember thinking "this seems like how it's supposed to work."

I guess it's like the romance of everyday mundane married life, when a relation feels real and lived in, and you can tell they love one other, even when they're not making grand gestures about it.

That counts, right?