Top Five Romantic Film Quotes

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

1.  “I am just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her.”  ‘Notting Hill’

2.  “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ‘When Harry Met Sally’

3. “…my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing, not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you.” ‘’You’ve Got Mail’

4.’“Destiny is something we’ve invented because we can’t stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.“ ‘Sleepless in Seattle’

5.‘Sleepless in Seattle’“That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.” ‘Sleepless in Seattle’

Note from the Editor: Romantic Comedy

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“A love of the precisely observed moment.” –  Meg Ryan 

“The film captured the real essence of romantic comedy: that people in love share language, they share rhythm, even though they’re so different.”

Meg Ryan, an actor who is perhaps best known for her role in romantic comedies, from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ to ‘You’ve Got Mail’, Meg Ryan was perhaps the face of the romantic comedy genre for a while in Hollywood.

Since those golden days, the romantic comedy genre has been gaining a bad name. Namely because of the films which starred our favourite ‘Friend’, Jennifer Aniston. She starred in many a run of the mill romantic comedy, from ‘The Bounty Hunter’ to ‘The Switch’, Aniston proved that not every romantic comedy was a sure fire hit.

The problem was, that those romantic comedies didn’t have a heart, they felt tired, old news, they simply re hashed a genre which was once so great.

Now, you mustn’t assume that the demise of the romantic comedy genre is down to one actor that would be unfair. But, the genre has changed from its early days. In Nora Ephron’s days.

If you haven’t heard of Nora Ephron, then you most certainly will by the end of this issue. A writer, producer and director of some of the greatest romantic comedies of the eighties and nineties, she was a celebrated Auteur and produced some brilliant films.

She single handedly formed the careers of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Again, two on screen stars who seem destined to be together in Ephron’s films. Meg Ryan, even now, is still associated with the romantic comedy genre.

Whether you love them, or hate them. There is easiness about a rom-com, watchablity and at the same time, there is an impossibility. In this issue we will be reliving this wonderful genre, and celebrating the woman who effectively created the genre, Nora Ephron. And the subsequent films which were inspired by this filmmaker.

Theme for Issue: Romantic Comedy

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

And so, dear reader, the University of Essex student newspaper is now on campus. What’s the theme you may ask? Well, it is Romantic Comedy. So grab your tissues, a loved one and a box of chocolates when reading the content on the Blog this week.

The writers at The Rabbit Film Section have been furiously writing away to give you the best content from some of the best romantic comedy films around.

The inspiration of this issue came from Nora Ephron, who sadly passed away this year. This issue, is an ode to this wonderful filmmaker, who created and formed the romantic comedy genre. And formed and forged Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ careers.

Her films included ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘Julie and Julia’ just to name a few.

We will also be writing about romantic comedies which are some favourites of ours.

So, keep an eye out for content….