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E.C. Henry

Misery. Now you're talking my language, Billy. Sorry you couldn't enjoy "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days", 2nd best rom-com of all-time, if you asked me, but then again nobody did...

Never could see why people liked, "Lost in Translation." Definately a movie that lived up to its title.

Hope this series gets to talking about the new wife soon. Word on the street is that she's prety hot.


Once again, you’ve opened an artery – which is metaphorically more accurate than opening a vein – and shared some acutely painful moments in your life.

Not only do these pop culture references act as an emotional map of your romantic journey, but putting yourself into the story gives new life and perspective to movies I had already permanently categorized. Which can be a little frustrating.

For instance, with Love Actually, I’m sure the parts I fell in love with allowed me to look past any flaws. Isn’t that like love to go and do that? Yet I appreciate your perspective, even as it irks me a little because after all, that’s a loved one you’re criticizing! But I’m a big boy, I can take it.

Now, I can see you as a sort of Zelig character, tripping through the rom-com timeline, forming and re-forming your thoughts and feelings about love and relationships.

For that reason, I think this all could be the basis of a great rom-com itself, for which a working title could be “The Last Romantic.” Just sayin’.

Q: If Woody Allen is correct in that comedy is tragedy plus time, do you feel you’ve found the comedy in the poignant moments of your romantic past, or is comedy really someone else’s tragedy plus time?


EC, I love how you and I have agreed to disagree for years now (and occasionally we even do love the same movies). Thanks for continuing to read me even as our POVs diverge. Hot new wife will be entering the story eventually (around Pt. 12 or 13, I'd reckon).

Scott: I'm glad you're a big boy, and I appreciate the Zelig comparison (now there's a personal movie fave). A: I do think you can find the funny in your own history, but it is true that time - even if it's a minute later - seems the necessary factor in being able to laugh, i.e. bleeding and laughing simultaneously is generally unlikely. Albeit admirable!

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