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Revolutionizing the Web with Firefox and Greasemonkey (with screenshots)

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on August 24, 2007

Web Browser Tips & Tricks

A greasemonkey is a mechanic who works on your automobile. He gets his hands dirty, and goes under the hood to find out why your car is making that clunking noise. Greasemonkey is an extension for Firefox that does much the same thing, but without the ridiculous fees.

This guide is intended for beginners

In my previous guide I explained how to install a Firefox extension, and hopefully sparked some interest in why you would want to extend your web browser in the first place. I used the Greasemonkey extension as an example for a very good reason. Sometimes you want to extend your web browser in a big way, like putting a new room in your house. That’s where an extension comes in (it’s like hiring a construction company). Other times all you want to do is repaint a room or re-hang a door; something you could do yourself over a weekend. That’s where Greasemonkey comes in. There are many small jobs and minor tweaks to web pages that would be overkill for a full Firefox extension.

Greasemonkey is a unique extension in that it lets you install these things called user scripts. User scripts are much smaller than extensions, and are often targeted to much more specific tasks than extensions. There is a web site called UserScripts.org that is devoted to these small tiny hacks people have created to make the web work more like the way they want it to.

It can be complicated to create your own user scripts (it requires understanding the Javascript programming language), but it is dead simple to install and use scripts other people have created. And let me tell you that a *lot* of people have created scripts. There are over 7500 user scripts on UserScripts.org. If something on a web page has annoyed you, there is undoubtedly a user script that fixes it.

What Can Greasemonkey User Scripts Do?

  • Remember information
  • Remove parts of web pages
  • Change how web pages look
  • Automatically download information from other web sites and put it into the current page
  • Cross-reference information from other web sites
  • Speed up common tasks so that they require less clicks

Because user scripts use the Javascript programming language there is really almost anything that they can do. Or at least, that would be the case if they weren’t restricted. One of the nice things about Greasemonkey user scripts is that they’re restricted in ways that regular Firefox extensions aren’t. User scripts won’t change your Firefox toolbars, add things to your right click menu options, look at files on your computer or rub your cat’s hair the wrong way.

Useful Greasemonkey User Scripts

Install Greasemonkey

Greasemonkey installs like any other Firefox extension. This guide shows you how to install Greasemonkey in a step by step process with screenshots.

How to Find Greasemonkey User Scripts

userscripts.org logo

The best source for finding Greasemonkey scripts is userscripts.org. To find scripts for a specific web site, type its name into the search box and hit enter.

userscripts.org help search end hit enter

The left hand side of the screen will return a list of scripts. Unfortunately there is no way to sort them.

userscripts.org search results

If you click on the script name it will take you to a page with more information about the scripts. The easiest way to tell if a script is any good is by the number of times it has been installed, and how much effort the author goes into explaining what the script does and how it works.

example of good script documentation

To install a script click on the “install this script” link in the right hand column.

Hot Tip: I’ve created a script that highlights the most popular user scripts and makes it easier to find the best scripts on userscripts.org.

Lifehacker.com and Lifehack.org both often feature Greasemonkey user scripts.

Installing a Script

All user scripts end with the .user.js extension. If you do not have Greasemonkey installed, or Greasemonkey is disabled, then your web browser will try to download the file instead of installing it.

use download count to see how popular a script is

Click on this link to start installation of my Akismet Auntie Spam script.

A box will pop-up that gives a short description, tells you which web sites the script runs on, and offer to install it. Click on the Install button.

firefox greasemonkey extension install script dialog

A message will appear temporarily in the lower right hand corner of your web browser telling you that the installation was successful.

greasemonkey firefox userscript install

Turning Greasemonkey on and off

You can enable and disable Greasemonkey temporarily by clicking on the little monkey icon in the lower right corner of your web browser. This is a great trick for when a script isn’t doing exactly what you want – you can turn off all of your scripts and interact with the web site normally as if you didn’t have Greasemonkey installed.

turn greasemonkey on and off

Advanced Users – Managing Scripts

greasemonkey script management

If you click on Tools >> Greasemonkey >> Manage User Scripts it will open up a windows that lets you:

  • Control which web sites the script does or does not run on
  • Enable or disable specific scripts
  • Uninstall scripts
  • Directly edit the script (it will ask you which text editor to use the first time you try it)

greasemonkey userscript firefox edit disable manage

Heading to the management panel is a really useful way to further tweak scripts, or just change the web sites they run on.

Advanced Users – Configuring Scripts

I can’t tell you how to configure a specific script, but I can give you a general overview of the various ways it can be done.

Editing the Script

Example: Find images that are too wide

This is the sign of a lazy programmer. It isn’t that hard to edit a script, but it is still a pain in the butt when they tell you to change settings directly in the script. I usually won’t bother installing scripts like this.

  • Click on Tools >> Greasemonkey >> Manage User Scripts
  • Choose the Script
  • Click on Edit
  • Make the change
  • Save

Running User Script Commands

Example: Pagerization

User scripts can only modify the Firefox menu in one place, under Tools >> Greasemonkey >> User Script Commands. It may be grayed out if you don’t have any scripts installed that register commands.

greasemonkey firefox user script commands register

Hot Keys

Example: Facebook photo album keyboard navigation

Some scripts use hot keys to perform actions. You’ll have to read their documentation on how to use them. When you’re on the web page that the script works with, hitting keys on your keyboard will cause the script to do things.

Changing Settings Interactively

Example: Pre Fill Comments

Smart scripts configure themselves through dialog boxes the first time you run them. This is by far the recommended and most painless way for scripts to configure themselves. Hint.

firefox greasemonkey install guide prompt for settings


Q1: Greasemonkey is cool! Is there anything else out there like it?

Stylish is a very similar extension that lets you apply user styles (not scripts to web pages). Stylish is to CSS as Greasemonkey is to Javascript. It lets you change the CSS of any web site to improve the way it looks, or get rid of annoyances. Greasemonkey user scripts will let you do more than Stylish, but if all you want to do is change the appearance of something then Stylish is the right tool for you. You can find styles that other people have created at UserStyles.org.

Q2: I want to create a Greasemonkey script, but I don’t know how to program.

Platypus is WYSIWYG editor for Greasemonkey scripts. It will let you create Greasemonkey scripts by moving around and interacting with parts of a web site.

(WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get)

Q3: What about Internet Explorer?

Yes Virginia, it is possible to use some userscripts with Internet Explorer. Watch this space.

Most Popular Posts for February 2007

Posted in Links, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on March 01, 2007

I used to write these statistics posts once a month when I first started blogging. I’ve stopped for the most part, but decided to write this one because February 2007 was the highest traffic month I’ve had so far on //engtech.

Top Romance Movies: 76 Romantic Flicks for Guys and Girls

Posted in Movies, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on February 08, 2007

Everyone likes movies.

The problem is that people don’t like the same movies.

This is especially true for romantic movies. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and people are putting together lists of their favorite romantic movies. Many of them I didn’t agree with, so I decided to make a list of my own and I got my girlfriend to help me.

Together we’ve brought you a list of the best romantic films ever made neatly organized into what we both liked, what I liked, what she liked and the movies everyone else seems to like (based on the number of times they showed up on other people’s lists).

This isn’t the first time I’ve put together a big list of movies like this and it won’t be the last.

There are links to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for each movie to make it easier to cross-reference. Movie review scores are taken directly from Rotten Tomatoes and provided for reference – if you have a beef with the numbers, take that up with the professional film critics of the world.
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Romance movies for men and women

(photo by Christine)

Our Five Favorite Romantic Films

Out of all the movies we came across when looking at other people’s lists, these were the five we think that will appeal to everyone.

Shrek (2001)IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 7.7/10, RT Overall: 88%

Plot: An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.

Shrek Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Genres: Childrens, Comedies, Animated, Comedy, Fantasy, Monsters, Children, Computer Animation, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Fantasy Worlds, Animated Characters, Essential Cinema

Amelie (2001)IMDB: 8.6/10, RT: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 89%

Plot: Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.

Amelie Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume LaurantStarring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Claire Maurier, Isabelle Nanty

Genres: Foreign Films, French, Comedy, Romance, Magic, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Paris, France, Essential Cinema

The Princess Bride (1987)IMDB: 8.2/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

The Princess Bride Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: William Goldman, William Goldman

Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, André the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal

Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Comedy, Classic, Fantasy, Medieval, Spoof, Swashbuckler, Love Story, Rescue, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

When Harry Met Sally (1989)IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

When Harry Met Sally… Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: Nora Ephron

Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Lisa Jane Persky

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Groundhog Day (1993)IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Groundhog Day Director: Harold Ramis, Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis

Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle Murray, Marita Geraghty

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Time Travel, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

hearts, flowers and movies

(photo by <kickstart>)

Romantic Movies for Guys and Girls

Men and women can never seem to agree on anything. These are the movies we both like.

Before Sunset (2004)IMDB: 8.1/10, RT: 8.2/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: It’s nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.

Before Sunset Director: Richard Linklater, Writer: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Theatrical Release

House of Flying Daggers (2004)IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 88%

Plot: A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful member of a rebel army out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

House of Flying Daggers Director: Yimou Zhang, Writer: Yimou Zhang

Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Lu Feng, Song Dandan

Genres: Foreign Films, Chinese/Mandarin, Assassination, Epic, Period Piece, Samurai, Theatrical Release, Friendships, Dancing

Casablanca (1942)IMDB: 8.8/10, RT: 9/10, RT Overall: 98%

Plot: Classic film set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Casablanca Director: Michael Curtiz, Writer: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Dooley Wilson, Conrad Veidt

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Classic, Romance, Suspense, Tear Jerker, World War II, Betrayal, Love Story, Recommended, Character Study, Infidelity, Essential Cinema

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 81%

Plot: A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.

Punch-Drunk Love Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Genres: Dramas, Comedy, Romance, Theatrical Release, Los Angeles, California, Psychology, Essential Cinema

Gone With the Wind (1939)IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 96%

Plot: American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Gone With the Wind Director: Victor Fleming, Writer: Margaret Mitchell, Sidney Howard

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Thomas Mitchell

Genres: Dramas, Big Battles, Civil War, Drama, Classic, Family Interaction, Romance, Slavery, Love Story, All-Star, Epic, Recommended, Period Piece, Blockbuster, Gentry, Essential Cinema

Annie Hall (1977)IMDB: 8.2/10, RT: 8.8/10, RT Overall: 98%

Plot: Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

Annie Hall Director: Woody Allen, Writer: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Shelley Duvall, Tony Roberts, Paul Simon, Carol Kane

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Self-Discovery, Mishaps, Thanksgiving, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 97%

Plot: Three trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

The Last of the Mohicans Director: Michael Mann, Writer: Michael Mann, Christopher Crowe, Philip Dunne

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Wes Studi, Steven Waddington

Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Indians, Romance, Western, Love Story, Recommended, Period Piece, Theatrical Release

Before Sunrise (1995)IMDB: 7.9/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Before Sunrise Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Friends, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Theatrical Release

Chasing Amy (1997)IMDB: 7.5/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything’s going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she’s a lesbian.

Chasing Amy Director: Kevin Smith, Writer: Kevin Smith

Starring: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith

Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Romance, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)IMDB: 8.6/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 90%

Plot: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.

It’s a Wonderful Life Director: Frank Capra, Writer: Jo Swerling, Frank Capra, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Philip Van Doren Stern

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi

Genres: Dramas, Afterlife, Holiday, Drama, Classic, Tear Jerker, Self-Discovery, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Wedding Crashers (2005)IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 6.8/10, RT Overall: 75%

Plot: John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Wedding Crashers Director: David Dobkin, Writer: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher

Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Jane Seymour, Isla Fisher

Genres: Comedies, Comedy

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 97%

Plot: Comedy-drama about a group of British friends… the title says the rest.

Four Weddings and a Funeral Director: Mike Newell

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, Rowan Atkinson

Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Death, Romance, Mishaps, Recommended, Marriage, Theatrical Release

Closer (2004)IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 68%

Plot: The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Closer Director: Mike Nichols, Writer: Patrick Marber, Patrick Marber

Starring: Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Infidelity, Marriage, Theatrical Release, London, England, Love Affairs, Love

Romancing The Stone (1984)IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

Romancing the Stone Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau

Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Swashbuckler, Thriller, Jewels, Jungle, Recommended, Theatrical Release

True Romance (1993)IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 89%

Plot: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.

True Romance Director: Tony Scott, Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt

Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Drama, Drugs, Organized Crime, Romance, Suspense, Cops, Outlaws, Classic Fight Scenes, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend.

An Officer and a Gentleman Director: Taylor Hackford

Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett, Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount

Genres: Dramas, Action, Adventure, Friends, Drama, Romance, Self-Discovery, Personal Triumph, Recommended, Military, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

The Sound of Music (1965)IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7.7/10, RT Overall: 81%

Plot: A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower.

The Sound of Music Director: Robert Wise, Writer: Ernest Lehman

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Heather Menzies

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Classic, Family Interaction, Musical, Romance, True Story, Recommended, Clergy, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 86%

Plot: A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Director: Blake Edwards, Writer: George Axelrod, Truman Capote

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Martin Balsam, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Chocolat (2000)IMDB: 7.3/10, RT: 6/10, RT Overall: 62%

Plot: A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Chocolat Director: Lasse Hallström, Writer: Robert Nelson Jacobs, Joanne Harris

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, France, Small Towns, 1950s

Mr and Mrs Smith (2005)IMDB: 6.5/10, RT: 6.1/10, RT Overall: 59%

Plot: A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith Director: Doug Liman, Writer: Simon Kinberg

Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington, Adam Brody

Genres: Action/Adventure, Action

The Girl Next Door (2004)IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 57%

Plot: A teenager’s dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

The Girl Next Door Director: Luke Greenfield, Writer: Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Christopher George Marquette, Paul Dano

Genres: Comedies, Romance, Teenage, Theatrical Release

Shallow Hal (2001)IMDB: 6.0/10, RT: 5.5/10, RT Overall: 50%

Plot: A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her “inner beauty”.

Shallow Hal Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Writer: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Sean Moynihan

Starring: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Zen Gesner, Susan Ward, Laura Kightlinger

Genres: Comedies, Slapstick, Theatrical Release

Sliding Doors (1998)IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 64%

Plot: A London woman’s love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.

Sliding Doors Director: Peter Howitt, Writer: Peter Howitt

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, Drama (General)

The Wedding Singer (1998)IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 56%

Plot: Robbie, the singer and Julia, the waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

The Wedding Singer Director: Frank Coraci, Writer: Tim Herlihy

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Alan Covert, Angela Featherstone, Matthew Glave

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Nostalgic, Marriage, Theatrical Release, 1980s

romantic movies men love romance film

(photo by reinvented)

He Said – Romantic Movies for Guys

These are the movies I liked. Sure, maybe I’m stretching the definition of “romance” a little… but what else do you expect from a guy?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)IMDB: 8.5/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Director: Michel Gondry, Writer: Charlie Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Doctors, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Essential Cinema

Shaun of the Dead (2004)IMDB: 7.9/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 90%

Plot: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Shaun of the Dead Director: Edgar Wright, Writer: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran

Genres: Comedies, Horror/Suspense, British, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Spoof, Zombies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), British Comedy

The Man Without a Past (2002)IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 97%The film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.

The Man Without a Past Director: Aki Kaurismäki, Writer: Aki Kaurismäki

Starring: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Juhani Niemela, Kaija Pakarinen

Genres: Comedies, Foreign Films, Finnish, Comedy, Rock And Roll, Romance, Theatrical Release

Out of Sight (1998)IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 92%

Plot: A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a US Marshall he has kidnapped.

Out of Sight Director: Steven Soderbergh, Writer: Elmore Leonard

Starring: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Steve Zahn, Dennis Farina

Genres: Action/Adventure, Romance, Theatrical Release, Crime, Heists, Essential Cinema

Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.1/10, RT Overall: 83%

Plot: Jessica Stein is a single, straight, sucessful, journalist, part of a bonded Jewish family living in New York City, who finds herself not as straight as she thought when Jessica meets and begins an intense friendship with career woman Helen Cooper which ultimately leads to romance.

Kissing Jessica Stein Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen

Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Scott Cohen, Tovah Feldshuh, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Mastro

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Theatrical Release, Lesbians

From Here to Eternity (1953)IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 87%

Plot: In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second in command are falling in love.

From Here to Eternity Director: Fred Zinnemann, Writer: Daniel Taradash, James Jones

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine

Genres: Dramas, Action, Drama, Classic, War, World War II, Love Story, Recommended, Infidelity, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel

Starman (1984)IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 7.4/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: An alien takes the form of a young widow’s husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Starman Director: John Carpenter, Bruce A. Evans, Writer: Raynold Gideon

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards

Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Friends, Aliens, Romance, Science-Fiction, On-The-Run, Theatrical Release

Children of a Lesser God (1986)IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.1/10, RT Overall: 83%

Plot: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time?

Children of a Lesser God Director: Randa Haines, Writer: Hesper Anderson, Lloyd Fonvielle, Mark Medoff

Starring: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Alison Gompf

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Character Study, Physically Impaired, Theatrical Release

Ladyhawke (1985)IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 5.6/10, RT Overall: 68%

Plot: Philip Gaston, called The Mouse, escapes from the prison of the medieval city of Aquila. Chased by the guards of the evil Bishop of the city, Philip meets a mysterious knight with a beautiful hawk and begins to follow him. Philip soon discovers that the knight has been cursed by the Bishop, so that when the night falls…

Ladyhawke Director: Richard Donner

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Leo McKern

Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Medieval, Romance, Witches And Wizards, Love Story, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Magic, Theatrical Release, Romances

Proof of Life (2000)IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 5.4/10, RT Overall: 39%

Plot: Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.

Proof of Life Director: Taylor Hackford, Writer: Tony Gilroy

Starring: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso

Genres: Action/Adventure, Disaster, Drama, Politics, Theatrical Release, News, Affairs, Hostages

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She Said – Romantic Movies for Girls

These are the movies my girlfriend really likes but I’m so-so about.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)IMDB: 8.4/10, RT: 9.4/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Singin’ in the Rain Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Writer: Adolph Green, Betty Comden

Starring: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Comedy, Classic, Musical, Romance, Recommended, Showbiz, Theatrical Release, Silent Films, Essential Cinema

Roman Holiday (1953)IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Roman Holiday Director: William Wyler, Writer: Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Tullio Carminati, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Vintage, On-The-Road, Recommended, Reporters, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Say Anything (1989)IMDB: 7.5/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Say Anything Director: Cameron Crowe, Writer: Cameron Crowe

Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Pamela Segall, Jeremy Piven

Genres: Dramas, Campus Life, Comedy, Coming Of Age, Drama, Romance, Teenage, Love Story, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Moulin Rouge (2001)IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7/10, RT Overall: 78%

Plot: A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Moulin Rouge Director: Baz Luhrmann, Writer: Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Natalie Mendoza

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Dance, Romance, Illness, Theatrical Release, Paris, France, Artists, Poets, Love, Essential Cinema

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 97%

Plot: Comedy-drama about a group of British friends… the title says the rest.

Four Weddings and a Funeral Director: Mike Newell

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, Rowan Atkinson

Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Death, Romance, Mishaps, Recommended, Marriage, Theatrical Release

Moonstruck (1987)IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 92%

Plot: A widowed Brooklyn book-keeper is torn between her fiancé and his brother.

Moonstruck Director: Norman Jewison, Writer: John Patrick Shanley

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, Julie Bovasso

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Family Interaction, Romance, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)IMDB: 6.6/10, RT: 6.9/10, RT Overall: 80%

Plot: A recently-widowed man’s son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Sleepless in Seattle Director: Nora Ephron, Writer: Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rosie O’Donnell, Bill Pullman, David Hyde Pierce

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, New York City, Essential Cinema

Sabrina (1954)IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffeur. But it’s his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Sabrina Director: Billy Wilder, Writer: Billy Wilder, Samuel Taylor, Ernest Lehman

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Martha Hyer, John Williams, Walter Hampden

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Love Triangle, Recommended, Essential Cinema

Love Actually (2003)IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 6.5/10, RT Overall: 66%

Plot: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Love Actually Director: Richard Curtis, Writer: Richard Curtis

Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Christmas, Theatrical Release, Sex

Dracula (1992)IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 85%

Plot: The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiance and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Writer: James V. Hart, Bram Stoker

Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Sadie Frost

Genres: Horror/Suspense, Horror, Suspense, Vampires, Love Story, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Dances With Wolves (1990)IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 6.9/10, RT Overall: 79%

Plot: Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Dances with Wolves Director: Kevin Costner, Writer: Michael Blake

Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Robert Pastorelli

Genres: Westerns, Adventure, Drama, Indians, Western, Wilderness, Epic, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Pretty in Pink (1986)IMDB: 6.2/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 82%

Plot: A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, a geeky new-waver who worships her, a rich High School Hunk who has her eye, and John Hughes.

Pretty in Pink Director: John Hughes, Writer: John Hughes

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts

Genres: Dramas, Coming Of Age, Drama, Romance, Teenage, Personal Triumph, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release, 1980s

What Women Want (2000)IMDB: 6.3/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 54%

Plot: After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

What Women Want Director: Nancy Meyers, Writer: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

Starring: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Ashley Johnson, Mark Feuerstein

Genres: Comedies, Romance, Theatrical Release, Relationships, Sex

Pretty Woman (1990)IMDB: 6.6/10, RT: 5.8/10, RT Overall: 63%

Plot: A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.

Pretty Woman Director: Garry Marshall, Writer: J.F. Lawton

Starring: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Jason Alexander, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Prostitution, Romance, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Friendships, Romances, Prostitutes/Whores, Essential Cinema, Sexy Women

Playing by Heart (1998)IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 61%

Plot: Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A.

Playing By Heart Director: Willard Carroll, Writer: Willard Carroll

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Edwards, Jay Mohr

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Drama (General), Romances, Love

One Fine Day (1996)IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 46%

Plot: Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a result, both children miss their school field trip and are stuck with the parents.

One Fine Day Director: Michael Hoffman, Writer: Terry Seltzer, Ellen Simon

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Alex D. Linz, Charles Durning

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Mishaps, Parenthood, Big City, Theatrical Release

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They Said – Movies That Showed Up Again and Again

We don’t whole-heartedly recommend these films because they were either very average or we haven’t yet seen them. But plenty of other people do, so take that for what it’s worth.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Shakespeare in Love Director: John Madden, Writer: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Colin Firth

Genres: Comedies, Drama, Romance, Theatrical Release, Shakespeare, Essential Cinema

Sense and Sensibility (1995)IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

Sense and Sensibility Director: Ang Lee, Writer: Emma Thompson, Jane Austen

Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Betrayal, Recommended, Period Piece, Theatrical Release, Based On A Novel

West Side Story (1961)IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 95%

Plot: Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.

West Side Story Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, Writer: Ernest Lehman

Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Classic, Gangs, Musical, Stage Play, Love Story, Tragedy, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

The English Patient (1996)IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 86%

Plot: At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

The English Patient Director: Anthony Minghella, Writer: Anthony Minghella, Michael Ondaatje

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth

Genres: Dramas, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Suspense, War, World War II, Betrayal, Love Story, Epic, Tragedy, Recommended, Doomed Lovers, Infidelity, Desert, Nazis, Africa, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Drama (General), Essential Cinema

Ever After (1998)IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 92%

Plot: The “real” story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story Director: Andy Tennant, Writer: Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Jeanne Moreau

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy

The Age of Innocence (1993)IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 83%

Plot: Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May’s unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love.

The Age of Innocence Director: Martin Scorsese, Writer: Edith Wharton, Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Miriam Margolyes, Richard E. Grant, Geraldine Chaplin

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Love Triangle, Recommended, Character Study, Infidelity, Period Piece, Gentry, Theatrical Release

Jerry Maguire (1996)IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 85%

Plot: When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.

Jerry Maguire Director: Cameron Crowe, Writer: Cameron Crowe

Starring: Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Bonnie Hunt, Kelly Preston

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Self-Discovery, Sports, Recommended, Theatrical Release

Notting Hill (1999)IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 85%

Plot: The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when the most famous star in the world walks in his shop and buys a book…

Notting Hill Director: Roger Michell, Writer: Richard Curtis

Starring: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny

Genres: Comedies, British, Comedy, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Romantic Comedy, Movie Stars

Titanic (1997)IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 82%

Plot: Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the ‘unsinkable’ ship.

Titanic Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill

Genres: Dramas, Disaster, Drama, Classic, High Seas, Romance, True Story, Love Story, Love Triangle, Tragedy, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Bridges of Madison County (1995)IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 86%

Plot: Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

The Bridges of Madison County Director: Clint Eastwood, Writer: Richard La Gravenese, Robert James Waller

Starring: Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Love Story, Infidelity, Bucolic, Theatrical Release

While You Were Sleeping (1995)IMDB: 6.4/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 81%

Plot: Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can’t fool his brother

While You Were Sleeping Director: Jon Turteltaub

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Glynis Johns

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Family Interaction, Romance, Love Story, Self-Discovery, Mishaps, Christmas, Theatrical Release

You’ve Got Mail (1998)IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 6.3/10, RT Overall: 68%

Plot: Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.

You’ve Got Mail Director: Nora Ephron, Writer: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklos Laszlo, Samson Raphaelson

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle

Genres: Comedies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Romantic Comedy, Romances

Ghost (1990)IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 78%

Plot: After being killed during a botched mugging, a man’s love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.

Ghost Director: Jerry Zucker, Writer: Peter Barsocchini, Bruce Joel Rubin

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli

Genres: Dramas, Afterlife, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Ghosts, Romance, Scams And Cons, Tear Jerker, Betrayal, Love Story, Murder, Hell, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)IMDB: 6.3/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 76%

Plot: When a woman’s long-time friend says he’s engaged, she realizes she loves him herself… and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

My Best Friend’s Wedding Director: P.J. Hogan, Writer: Ronald Bass

Starring: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh

Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Marriage, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release

Out of Africa (1985)IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.6/10, RT Overall: 76%

Plot: In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter.

Out of Africa Director: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer

Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Drama, Romance, True Story, Wilderness, Love Story, Recommended, Character Study, Period Piece, Africa, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Benny & Joon (1993)IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 6/10, RT Overall: 80%

Plot: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Benny & Joon Director: Jeremiah Chechik

Starring: Johnny Depp, Dan Hedaya, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Oliver Platt, Julianne Moore

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Mishaps, Character Study, Theatrical Release

Romeo + Juliet (1996)IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 74%

Plot: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Director: Baz Luhrmann, Writer: William Shakespeare

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Miriam Margolyes, Harold Perrineau, John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Teenage, Tragedy, Young Love, Doomed Lovers, Theatrical Release, Shakespeare

An Affair to Remember (1957)IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 64%

Plot: A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen?

An Affair to Remember Director: Leo McCarey, Writer: Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram

Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt, Neva Patterson, Richard Denning, Fortunio Bonanova

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Love Story, Tragedy, Recommended, Theatrical Release, New York City, Essential Cinema

French Kiss (1995)IMDB: 6.2/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 50%

Plot: A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.

French Kiss Director: Lawrence Kasdan, Writer: Adam Brooks

Starring: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno, François Cluzet, Susan Anbeh

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Mishaps, Theatrical Release

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)IMDB: 5.7/10, RT: 5.2/10, RT Overall: 38%

Plot: A young woman with a white trash background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.

Sweet Home Alabama Director: Andy Tennant, Writer: C. Jay Cox

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Lucas, Candice Bergen, Patrick Dempsey, Rhona Mitra, Ethan Embry

Genres: Comedies, Romance, Divorce, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, New York City, Small Town Life


That was a long list, and if you have any movies you think should have been on it than please leave a message in the comments. The movies are heavily skewed to the 1990s or older due to our age. There were a lot of great older movies that didn’t make the list because neither of us had ever seen them.

If you like this list you might like my list of tips for Valentine’s Day and my list of 81 movies for geeks that do not suck.
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The Secret to Finding the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for the Person You Love

Posted in Lifehacks, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on February 05, 2007

Given that 77% of my readers are guys, I thought I’d give them the subtle heads-up that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away. My new tagline is: remembering the holidays so you don’t have to.

Like most people, I don’t care about Saint Valentine [wiki]. I have fallen prey to the Greeting Card Association who have created a Hallmark Holiday and hype V-Day to the point where it is the second largest card carrying holiday after Christmas [wiki]. I think it’s stupid to follow the dictation of corporate entities for when I should buy things for the people I love. Can romance be forced on a certain day of the year? I don’t think so.

It’s a feeling not a price tag.

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(photo by Naomi)

But I’m not so stupid to think I can skip the holiday without consequences. No matter how much she might say Valentine’s Day is a stupid holiday that shouldn’t be celebrated, not doing something at all is much worse than doing something. And what’s so wrong with jumping at the chance to have an excuse to tell the person you love how you feel?

Here are some suggests for activities and/or gifts. Post a comment if you have better suggestions. Remember that a homemade gift is always better than store bought except for things like jewelry and lingerie. It’s the thought that counts, but no one wants to wear homemade lingerie unless they have a serious duct tape fetish.

Going Out for Dinner

If you are planning on going out for dinner then NOW is the time to make reservations. It may already be too late.

Most restaurants prepare a fixed menu for Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to check if that’s an issue for you. HACK: it’s always nicer to go out for dinner 1-2 days before Valentine’s Day instead to avoid the crowds, avoid the fixed menu and have better service.

(photo by zemlinki!)

Traditional Gifts

Sometimes it’s best to play it safe.

  • Greeting Card
  • Flowers (Roses are traditional)
  • Jewelry
  • Lingerie
  • Nice clothes
  • Chocolates
  • Alcohol
  • Plush Toys
  • Going out for Dinner
  • Spa Treatment
  • Sex Toys
  • Scented Candles
  • Hotel room / Bed and breakfast

valentine's day fortune cookie
(photo by wasaby)

Non-traditional Gifts

Things to Do

  • Make dinner for her (practice the recipe first!)
  • Hide gifts around the house with clues to find them
  • Sneak “I love you” notes into their lunch before they take it to work
  • Proclaim your love on the radio or in the newspaper
  • Rent a hot tub
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Buy yourself a gym membership to get ready for next year
  • Offer to give up blogging :)
  • … or rent a romantic movie…

Romance movies for men and women

Like one of the 76 romantic movies my girlfriend and I picked out.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Things to Give

  • Something very specific to how you met each other and fell in love
    • IE: first movie you saw, CD for concert you went to, etc
  • Take sexy photographs of yourself
    • Print them out at one of those grocery store print centers and then destroy the originals
    • May require shaving your back if you’re a guy
  • Instructable’s Valentine’s Day gift instructions
  • Craft Magazine’s DIY valentine’s
  • All Valentine gift how-to’s at Craft Magazine
  • Something handmade from etsy.com
  • Keepsake box with mementos from your first dates
  • Make a card instead of buying one (card instructions here)
  • Papercraft pop-up card
  • More Valentine’s Day papercraft projects
  • Write a love poem
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Print out romantic images from Flickr
  • Origami flowers
  • Girl Loves Robot’s mini VDay cards
  • Custom “gift certificate” for household chores, sexual favours, etc.
  • Sensual massage kit (oil, candles, blindfold, music)
  • Take Valentine’s Day cards for kids and write X-rated limericks in them
  • Collect your letters/email correspondence and have it bound as a book
  • Create a photo album of pictures of the two of you
  • Create a poster out of a picture of the two of you
  • Commission a portrait painting (probably too late now)
  • Homemade baked goods
  • Printable awards of Best Kisser, Best Wife, Most Romantic, Best Lover, Most Understanding, etc
  • Take a comic strip and replace the words with your own message.
  • Mixtape of significant songs
  • Custom t-shirt that says “Property of [yourname]”
  • Create a jar full of little hearts with endearing messages on them
  • Homemade gift basket (Bath items, scented candles)

anti-valentine’s day — valentine’s day sucks

Anti-Valentine’s (or Vinegar Valentine’s)

Sometimes Valentine’s Day is more fun to mock that to participate in, particularly if you’re single or getting out of a bad relationship.

Gifts That Will Get You in Trouble

Survival Guides for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

Also, file this under things not to do: write a blog post about Valentine’s Day ideas and then don’t do any of them.

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Year in Review – Most Popular Posts of 2006

Posted in Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on December 31, 2006

Most Popular Posts

The end of the year is always a time for reflection; here’s a list of what people found most popular in 2006 (based on my wordpress.com stats). Listed in order of popularity.


You Can Be a Good Example or a Horrible Warning – How NOT to be a Successful Blogger

Posted in Becoming a Better Blogger, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on December 20, 2006

I am not a blogging expert (although I play one on the Internet), but I do try to learn as much about blogging as I can. I’ve been blogging for eight months and I have grown to around 3,000-6,000 hits a day and I rank as one of the top 6,000 blogs according to Technorati. I’ve had some blog success, but I am not a successful blogger.

What should I have done differently? This is a list of the mistakes I’ve made along the way.

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107 t-shirts for geeks that do not suck

Posted in Popular Posts, Technology, Tshirts by engtech on December 14, 2006

Being naked sucks.

Not for you, but the people around you. You might be living the geek dream, but a chubby belly, pale skin, and the muscle tone of a newborn calve isn’t doing anything for the people who have to look at you.

That’s why t-shirts are good.

(bad example, she probably looks good without a t-shirt)

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Nerds like shirts-with-funny-things-on-them like a fat kid likes cake. I don’t know why; I’m not a psychologist (although I play one on the Internet). But you can use that to your advantage. It’s might be too late to order t-shirts online in time for Christmas, but I thought I’d continue my Gift Guide for Geeks by taking a look at some of the best shirt choices on several popular websites.

If you’re a t-shirt addict, you might want to check out some of these fine blogs that are devoted to t-shirts: addic[tee]d, Preshrunk, iloveyourshirt, and tcritic. I’m only doing this for one post; they do this all the time.

On to the t-shirts!


81 movies for geeks that do not suck

Posted in Movies, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on December 09, 2006

Write what you know. In this case, what I know about is being a geek. Over the next few days I’ll be suggesting things that I liked. The list is sci-fi/fantasy/comic book heavy. Surprisingly low on the “computer related movies” tip, but we blame that on the fact that most computer-related movies suck ass.81 flicks in total, but I’m sure I’ve missed some. Leave a comment and tell us your favs. I didn’t include any movies I hadn’t seen, so that may be why your “this list sucks because it’s missing XXXXXX” was missing. Also, it is skewed to the mid/late-20s demographic.

Is this the definitive list that should be written in stone for the children of the future? No. It’s a geek listing some of his favorite flicks on a personal blog.

Links to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for each movie to make the list easier to cross-reference. Trailers are hosted on IMDB (but we have not double-checked that all of the links lead to a trailer). Movie review scores are taken directly from Rotten Tomatoes and provided for reference — if you have a beef with the numbers, take that up with the professional film critics of the world. It’s not my fault.

Romance movies for men and women

My girlfriend and I have done another list like this for romantic films. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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How to fix the Firefox memory leak (Firefox hack)

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on December 02, 2006

Firefox memory leak? It doesn’t have one. Unfortunately, because of the way it’s configured to run out of the box it *looks* like it has one.

Follow these simple steps to get your Firefox memory usage under control.

These configuration changes are a trade-off between internet browsing speed and memory usage. They are most useful if you are multitasking and need Firefox to be less of a memory hog while using other applications.


The Great Firewall of Canada

The title of this article is, of course, a reference to the Internet censorship that is rampant in China.

Mark Goldberg
pointed me to the press release of “Project Cleanfeed Canada”. Canadian carriers Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, TELUS, and Videotron have all opted in to a blacklist provided by Cybertip.ca, the Canadian tip-line against child exploitation. Mark is an advocate of putting censorship in place against websites that would be deemed illegal by Canadian Law (such as those promoting hate speech or sexually exploiting children).

I first came across Mark’s website when he was filing an application requesting the CRTC to authorize Canadian carriers to block internet content. I morally support blocking hate speech and child porn (who wouldn’t?), but the idea of having a national blacklist sends shivers down my spine. I would always prefer that illegal websites be shutdown rather than putting into power national filters that have the potential to be abused. I’m a pessimist, I believe that any form of censorship will eventually be abused despite its good intentions.

Nart Villeneuve has an excellent article that sums up my fear of government sponsored filters:


I Hate Internet Explorer 7 (Uninstall Guide)

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on November 17, 2006

Turns out I’m

To those googlers who have stumbled upon me I have the following advice:

i swear i'm not stalking you paul

Want to find out how to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 and revert to Internet Explorer 6? Read more.


How to access Gmail when it is blocked at work or school

Posted in Google Calendar and Gmail, Lifehacks, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on October 04, 2006

My friend Mike asked me if there was a quick way to get around the firewall that keeps him from being able to access his Gmail at work. I was surprised at how easy it is.

I don’t understand why Gmail gets blocked at work. I think it is much better that people are having their personal conversations using iluvkfed69@gmail.com instead of representing the company with every list of jokes, funny images, or comical videos they forward.

But enough of my diatribe against poor policies in the workplace. You can access Gmail using a different URL! They usually only block some of the web addresses.


Guide on How to Setup Two or More Gmail Accounts to Use One Account (Create, Forward, Link)

Posted in Google Calendar and Gmail, Lifehacks, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on September 11, 2006

I have one Gmail account I use to check the mail from 10-12 different accounts I’ve created. I create different Gmail accounts for different online activities:

  • For friends
  • For resume/job hunting
  • For professional use
  • For this blog
  • For video games and video game modding

I set all of the accounts to forward to one Gmail inbox. When someone sends an email to any of these accounts, Gmail will automatically respond as that account even though I’m logged into a different Gmail account.

This is how I do it.


Stupid Windows Features – Monitor Display Turns Sideways or Upside Down

Posted in Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on August 01, 2006

Windows XP weird screen orientationThe Ctrl-Alt-Direction key sequence is supposed to be used for changing your workspace. On my computer at work it changes the screen orientation.

Ctrl-Alt-Up – right side up

Ctrl-Alt-Right – 90 degrees

Ctrl-Alt-Down – 180 degrees

Ctrl-Alt-Left – 270 degrees
(If that doesn’t work, try Ctrl-Shift-R)

This is a feature in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Which makes sense. But it looks like ATI Intel copied the keystroke for the same “feature” in their video card drivers. I can’t think of a good reason why I would need an always-on keystroke for this on a desktop PC.

When creating a keystroke-mapped feature that only 1% of your customers will want to use and the other 99%[1] are going to be confused by, put in a menu option to disable it and have it disabled by default.

To fix the issue press Ctrl-Alt-Up. To permanently fix the problem go to:

Start >> Control Panel >> Display >> Settings >> Advanced

Where it is after that it dependent upon your video card.

Intel Xtreme Graphics monitor displayed on side

[1] Fictitious numbers to illustrate the point.

More Stupid Windows Features

Google Code Project Hosting – A replacement for Sourceforge?

There is a new entry into the open source software code repository space: Google Code – Project Hosting. This will hopefully be a long awaited kick in the pants for Sourceforge.net which hosts many, many projects but it can be difficult to find the cream of the crop, compare similar solutions and weed dead projects from the results.

Update: I assume that the reader is already familiar with Sourceforge and I focus on what Google is bringing to the table.

Update: I wrote a guide on getting started with Subversion and Google Code hosting

Google Project Hosting Features:

The interface is clean, compact and concise. It is missing the abundant clutter that permeates Sourceforge and most programming tools. Avoiding “too many options” is something Google understands well.

After the break, all the features of Google Code Project Hosting as of launch 2006/07/28.


Getting to Deadline – Programmer Productivity Tips At Work (Getting to Done)


I am my own worst enemy when it comes to achieving my deadline goals. These are tips / reminders I’ve found useful through work experience.

Most of the tips are general, but some are specifically suited to programmers/engineers in situations with long compile/simulation phases (compiling is the act of building an executable, simulation is the act of running it to completion).

Do I follow these? Of course not. But I should.