by Lauryn Smith
Mary Chapin Carpender, an under-rated songwriter, said it best, "Is it too much to demand, I want a full house and a rock and roll band, pens that won't run out of ink, cool quiet, and time to think. Shouldn't I have this, shouldn't I have this, shouldn't I have all of this and passionate kisses..."
I feel it's rare to find a real connection with the kind of intensity that could fog all the windows in the world. The kind of kiss that pulls you you in, where you find yourself unable to disconnect even a moment. When a second is too long to part lips to remove a shirt. Ahh, good stuff. I shared such a magical fit with my old neighbor. Every time. Every single kiss. Knock-photos-off-the-wall good.
When chemistry is fully charged, kisses create sparks. I love it. The same neighbor always smelled amazing yet never wore cologne. He complimented my perfume when I wasn't wearing any. Neat thing. Can't force or fake chemistry.
Lately I've watched a lot of pretty good movies. My sister Audrey and I accidentally stumbled across a gem, "Adam." Quirky love story with a perfect kissing scene. Hugh Darcy, the lead actor who portrays the title character Adam, is a new crush. I attribute the newfound affection from his ficticious role. My mother recently mentioned the movie "Unfaithful" with Diane Lane and Richard Gere. She asked, "Have you seen it?" to which I answered, "Yeah. I own it." She further stated, "The main character is pretty cute." to which I added, "Yeah. That's the reason I own it." This conversation inspired my desire to list my favorite movie kisses.
In no particular order...
1. Robert Pattinson (who looks like the neighbor) and Kristen Stewart in "Twilight." Teeny bopper perfection. I love the build up. Definite tension.
2. Robert Pattinson (made the list twice) and Emilie de Ravin in "Remember Me." The urgency is hot. Decent example of "knock pictures off the wall" hot. One warning though, this movie is not a romantic comedy as portrayed in the preview. Moving, dark, haunting.
3. John Cusack and Ione Skye in "Say Anything." Tender and sweet. Skye to Cusack: "You're shaking... are you cold?" His response? "No. Just happy." Kills me every time!
4. Renee Zellweger and Vincent D'Onofrio in "The Whole Wide World." I seriously rewinded the scene. It was that good. Unexpected, natural, butterflies awesome.
5. Hugh Darcy and Rose Byrne in "Adam." I'm a big fan of unlikely couples.
6. Natalie Portman and James Frain in "Where the Heart is." Gentle, kind kiss.
7. Diane Lane and Oliver Martinez in "Unfaithful." If you've seen the movie, you know why. Though my mother and I both concure on this one, I'd recommend not watching it with a parent (unless you're into uncomfortable moments-- in which case, go for it!)
8. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Pompeo in "Moonlight Mile." This would rank in the top three. Again, good build up, urgent, obvious chemistry. A+ kiss. Loosely based on a true story too. I'm a sucker for the true stories. (Jake is sexy, sexy, sexy which also helps.)
9. Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson in "Little Children." Not a feel good flick, but the "unlikely couple-ness" aids in landing this kiss on my list.
10. Kate Winslet (only female to make it twice) and David Kross in "The Reader." Naughty factor coupled with a very, very moving story. One of my favorite movies last year, but again, not recommended for viewing with a parent or child.
11. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps in "Love and Basketball." Another rewind moment. GREAT song plays for the scene too. Such a magnetic thing between the two actors. In fact, they dated in real life for several years.
12. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in "500 Days of Summer." I could watch this movie over and over. The first kiss, brillant. The scene that follows the kiss? One of my all-time favorite movie moments.
13. Ryan Gosling and Rachael McAdams in The Notebook. You knew it was coming. I read the book years before the movie but found the movie to be a good representation of the novel. McAdams was selected for the role primarily for her chemistry factor which is ever-present in their kisses.
14. Reese Witherspoon and Jason London in "The Man in the Moon." This movie will rip your heart out but the sweet kiss made it one of my adolescent faves.
15. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing." Nobody puts Baby in a corner right? Unless it's the corner of a bedroom. Anyway, another childhood favorite.
16. Topher Grace and Kate Bosworth in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton." Cute movie in general, but their scene together is something to aim for-- the words he utters, poetry.
17. Robin Williams and Monica Potter in "Patch Adams." Robin Williams is sexy because he is believable. The mutual respect between the two characters translates.
18. James McAvoy and Kiera Knightley in "Atonement." Not a PG rated kiss!
19. Gael Garcia Bernal and Ana Claudia Talancon in "The Crime of Father Amaro." First of all, this guy is my latest crush, effective three hours ago when I watched this movie. Again with the "unlikely couple" theme as he portrays a priest. He reminds me of John Mayer (whom will always be my numero uno crush)... with light eyes. Would not kick him out of the bed for eating crackers ifyouknowwhatImean!!?
I know my list contains a great deal of current movies. I consider this a grand thing. I suppose I could've listed the cliche "Gone with the Wind" but I've actually never seen the movie. Haven't seen "Casablanca" either. As far as older movies are concerned, I'd pick Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood in "Spendor in the Grass," a heartbreakingly honest movie ahead of its time.