12:13 am - 02/16/2013

The 10 most dysfunctional couples in movie history

Hollywood has always had a complicated relationship with Valentine's Day — after all, the industry released films called Valentine's Day and I Hate Valentine's Day within two years of one another. There are plenty of great movies about couples who were absolutely awful together, we can all benefit from a little schadenfreude. So if you're in a relationship, be grateful it's not one of these disastrous onscreen pairings. And if you're not in a relationship, remember, it could always be worse:

1. Cobb and Mal (Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard) — Inception, 2010

What went right: Cobb and Mal have the life of their dreams — literally — as they live what feels like 50 years (but is actually about a day) in a "Limbo" they construct together. They also have two children, who spend a suspicious amount of time on the beach.

What went wrong: Cobb convinces Mal to return to the real world by using Inception to plant the idea that their fake world isn't real in her brain — an idea, unfortunately, that she carries into the real world, which leads to her suicide. The only remaining "Mal" is the manifestation of guilt that exists in Cobb's brain — a manifestation that has an unfortunate tendency to show up with guns blazing in an attempt to sabotage his missions. (Yes, it's a complicated movie.)

2. James Bond and Vesper Lynd (Daniel Craig and Eva Green) — Casino Royale, 2006

What went right: As he recovers from torture inflicted by the villainous Le Chiffre, 007 finds his cold heart melted by the beautiful Vesper Lynd. On reflection, Bond decides that being smashed in the groin with a carpet-beater a dozen times is a good reason to put his spying days behind him, as he turns in his license to kill and prepares to sail around the world with Vesper.

What went wrong: Alas, Bond discovers that Vesper is the bad kind of Bond Girl — albeit the conflicted kind — when he catches her delivering his millions in poker winnings to a representative of the villainous Quantum organization while vacationing in Venice. A conflicted Vesper locks herself in an iron cage as it sinks underwater, drowning before Bond can reach her. Bond is left angry and grief-stricken, without a single quantum of solace until the sequel, Quantum of Solace.

3. Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala (Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman) — Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2005

What went right: Padme, the queen of the planet Naboo, first meets Anakin as a young boy on the planet Tatooine (which is actually sort of gross, but we'll let it slide). But as Anakin matures into the broody, sand-hating Jedi played by Hayden Christensen, the two fall in love, and are married in a secret ceremony witnessed by C-3PO and R2-D2.

What went wrong: Anakin is wooed to the dark side by the villainous Palpatine, who says he can prevent Padme's death. Unfortunately, he ends up inadvertently causing her death, after betraying the Jedi, slaughtering a bunch of younglings and Force-choking her into unconsciousness — which makes her die of a broken heart, and makes him becomes Darth Vader. Irony, George Lucas style.

7. Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb) — Sid & Nancy, 1986

What went right: Well, no one can deny the passion of the relationship between Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and groupie girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Shame about all that heroin, though.

What went wrong: There's a reason that the phrase "fighting like Sid and Nancy" has replaced "fighting like cats and dogs" in some circles. The self-destructive relationship destroys both Sid and Nancy's lives, first figuratively and then literally, as Sid ends up stabbing her — perhaps accidentally, perhaps not — and dying of an overdose shortly thereafter.

8. Jack and Wendy Torrance (Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall) — The Shining, 1980

What went right: Writer Jack Torrance takes a job as the winter caretaker of the vacant, off-season Overlook Hotel, which will give wife Wendy and son Danny a chance to explore the grounds — including an oh-so-fun hedge maze! — as dad works on his writing.

What went wrong: Unfortunately for all involved, the Overlook turns out to be haunted, and Jack goes insane, eventually attempting to murder Wendy and Danny with an ax. Wendy and Danny escape, and Jack freezes to death in the hedge maze — or maybe gets transported back to the 1920s? It's kind of a confusing movie.

kissoffools 15th-Feb-2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
Girl, I'm trying to do exactly the same thing as you are tomorrow! (And then flying in and everything for it if I get a badge.) I'M SO NERVOUS.
finchroxxx 15th-Feb-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
Hey you! I know the feeling. I'm not flying in (because I live in LA) but hotels are a fucking M E S S.

If you get anything for less than 200 a night, it's pretty good. And all those hotel are in the ~hotel circle. So you have to take shuttles to the convention center. I'm trying to get the homey hookup and get a family discount with my friend so we can get a hotel closer to the convention center that isn't 500 bucks a night. fml. I might be better off driving from LA to San Diego everyday to save money. lol. sigh.
kissoffools 15th-Feb-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Hey! :D Yeah, the hotel thing sounds like a nightmare. Is it best to just go through something like Expedia, or are there special Comicon-related sites to find a hotel on?

My best friend lives in LA, so we could do the drive from LA to San Diego every day if we can't find a hotel room that doesn't cost a bazillion dollars, but it'd be so much more convenient to stay there for it. Comicon is totally new to both of us, so I'm really nervous about it all! (I've done FanExpo, which is Toronto's version, but it's not as huge.)
angelgurl21 15th-Feb-2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much my same situation. I've been to C2E2, LeakyCon, Acen...but they are all in my area and much smaller in comparison. I am freaking out, and if I don't even get a ticket...that would suck.
kissoffools 15th-Feb-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hear you. It's all new and I'm really nervous! I just want to focus on getting a badge tomorrow, and then I'll worry about hotels and other stuff, lol. Are you going with friends?
angelgurl21 15th-Feb-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Just my boyfriend lol. I don't think anyone else I know is a big enough nerd, or would possibly be able to afford it :/ Which sucks because a hotel room would be so much cheaper with 4 rather than 2 people.

How about you?
kissoffools 15th-Feb-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Aw yeah, I hear you! I'm going with my best friend - she lives in LA and I was going to plan a trip out to see her anyway, so she suggested we do this during it. We're not really in the same fandoms, but we're both excited. :D And terrified of the cost, lol.
finchroxxx 15th-Feb-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
There is http://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels

Where they have deals. But basically call/look around as much as possible to try to get the best deals. it really is a clusterfuck, and ofc the dates for comic con hotels are usually jacked up in price, or have it so that you can't use discounts/deals during that week because they like money.

Honestly if I don't have to drive to comic con every day that is ideal. It's like a 2hr drive in GOOD traffic (and we all know traffic here is awwwwwwwful) so that is at least 4hrs a day in a car after running around all day at comic con, plus after parties and such, so it would just be a giant pain in the ass. There are also buses and trains that go from LA to SD for really cheap (10-40 dollars depending on how far you book ahead), but again, the entire process would be a bitch to do it for 5 days.

Hotel is ideal b/c the day IS draining as fuck, and it's nice to be like I don't have anything planned for a few hours, so I'm going to go take a nap in my hotel, shower and come back for a party/whatever.
kissoffools 15th-Feb-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for the link!! I think the plan with my friend is that if we both get badges tomorrow, we're going to immediately start looking around for hotels and see what we can find. It's nice to have that link! It's just reassuring to be able to talk to someone who's been there and knows how crazy it is, haha. Fortunately she and I will be splitting a room, so at least there's that, price-wise.
finchroxxx 15th-Feb-2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah the sooner you look into hotels the better b/c they do sell out. The closer it is to comic-con the harder it is to get a room, they will be further away from the convention center, and they will get more expensive. Gah it's such a bitch. But lbr, comic con is totally worth it :).
kissoffools 15th-Feb-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the advice. :D One last dumb question, promise. I've never been to SD before, obviously, so - how big is it? Is the convention held all in one place? I'm just wondering how to tell if the hotels we're looking at are close to the convention center or not. Like, is there an address for it? How does this workkkkkk /o\
angelgurl21 15th-Feb-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's how I feel about it too. I know at all the other cons I've been to, I stayed in a hotel even when I could have stayed with a friend who was just 30mins out of town.

It was just so nice to be able to come back to the room and nap, shower, relax if I wanted. Especially if I was cosplaying and wanted to change back to normal clothes before going to events or panels.

Why can't I just be rich and not worry about hotel prices lol. I am also worried that the hotels will just sell out :/ Then I'd be really screwed
angelgurl21 15th-Feb-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ugh, my boyfriend's sister lives in LA and his brother lives in San Fran. I was like WHY cant anyone live closer to San Diego?! We contemplated staying with his sister and driving to the convention as well...

I just wish the hotels weren't so expensive. Split between 2 people, our hotel bill is going to be massive and that is with only 3 nights. We've already ruled out the preview night stuff since its middle of the week and would add an extra hotel night. :/
finchroxxx 15th-Feb-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
We are staying for 5 nights (that is if we somehow manage to get five 4 day passes with preview night-but we have a HUGE set-up we are going to do tonight and have all 5 of us on the ready at 9 to get the tickets, lol). But split between 5 people isn't so bad. One of the people I'm going with might be able to get us a deal for a hotel like right across the street from the convention center, and another has hella rich (like filthy fucking) parents, so maybe he can pay the most of it? lol. ~~high hopes.

Yeah preview night is a huuuge pain for being in the middle of the week, but that is where you get all the best swaaaag, so we want to go bad (especially since I didn't go to preview night last year and I like swag.lol.)
angelgurl21 15th-Feb-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I am kind of confused on what preview night really is lol. Could you explain a bit more to me?

Also, do you know when they start to release info on the scheduling and stuff?
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