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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM

For the holiday weekend: the sublime and the ridiculous

I’ll be out until Tuesday due to the three-day weekend (hope you all get a holiday too!) so today am leaving you with two clips to suit these eventful days. For Valentine’s Day, do avoid “Valentine’s Day” (which is dull and overcrowded) and stay home with something nicer; maybe a great Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movies. This charming four-minute clip, from “Roberta” (one of their lesser-known, earlier films; they were, in fact, playing second bananas here) has more chemistry on display than any romantic comedy currently in theaters, and then some. Watch their casual body language and how it breezily morphs into loose, playful dancing, and note that while this clip isn’t remotely “romantic,” there’s no doubt about what these characters feel for each other.

And, in honor of the Olympics, here’s a moment from surely the greatest male-pair-figure-skating comedy ever made, “Blades of Glory.” Let’s hope somebody in Vancouver tries the Iron Lotus this weekend. See you Tuesday.

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