My idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day is, perhaps, watching the scariest of horror movies and purposely ignoring everything pink and red and frilly all around. Yes, Valentine’s Day is a stupid thing that exists mainly for commercial purposes, and also to remind those of us who are not in a relationship that we’re not in a relationship, thank you very much…
Yet, I do have a soft spot for some romance when it comes to films, and any excuse to watch them is a good excuse – as long as teenagers are not involved. Ugh, teenagers!
What I do love is some good drama, preferably with someone dying in the end, or the high-concept stuff. One of my all-time favorite romantic films is Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. It’s lovely, it’s simple, it’s not over the top, and it’s nice for both the Valentine’s Day, should you choose to acknowledge it, and for the dark and stormy night because it can’t not make one feel better.
Another film that is bound to make you sob out your very soul is City Of Angels – a heartbreaking story about an angel who chooses mortality just so that he could be with the woman he falls in love with only to lose her mere hours later. Forever crying over it, really. City Of Angels was THE film that made me fall in love with everything tragic, so….
And let’s not forget about the TV goodness! You can never go wrong with the V-Day specials!
FRIENDS! ‘The One With The Candy Hearts’ in which Joey sets Chandler up with … Janice! Man, blind dates bite! If this isn’t the definition of awkward, I don’t know what is, and awkward Chandler is the best Chandler, period.
Parks and Rec, ‘Operation Ann’ – the most perfect Valentine’s Day episode in the history of TV, hands down. It’s got everything you could possibly want from the V-Day special – fluff, fun, classic Parks and Rec shenanigans, and tons and tons of wisdom from the one and only Leslie Knope.
And the last, but not least – ‘Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered’ from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The best thing about this particular episode is that, for once, and probably for the first time too, the story is focused primarily on Xander, who ends up dumped by Cordelia on the Valentine’s Day and decides to fix it by putting a spell on her. Naturally, the whole thing backfires, and the poor guy ends up being chased by a gazillion adoring ladies, willing to kill each other for an ouch of his attention. How’s that not epic?
One of my all time favourite romantic films is Beginners. The film explores the romance between a graphic designer and a French actress, all to the backdrop of a dramatic story of an elderly man who comes out of a closet before he’s about to die. It’s a modern day love story, and the perfect film to watch on a lazy weekend like this one. Besides, Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent might just be the most delicate, hipstery-yet-not-aggravating, beautiful couples I’ve ever seen.
I don’t know how great of a movie Her for a romantic evening with your loved one. It’s definitely a powerful movie, charged with deep emotions and profundity that can shake you to your very core. However, with the way the films leaves things, you might look over at your partner and start doubting if you’ll ever love Samantha the way Theodore loved her.
13 Going On 30 will forever be one of my favourite movies. It’s just one of those movies that you can watch over and over again, and it never loses its charm. Though it’s more of a coming-of-age tale for the adorable Jennifer Garner, it’s still an incredible rom-com to watch. Little Jenny and pre-Hulk Mark Ruffalo make one of the cutest couples.
I can’t help but think about my favourite screen kisses. The all time best Valentine’s film to cuddle up with is The Princess Bride. It’s high adventure, fantasy comedy and if pirate Cary Elwes doesn’t light your panties on fire, I don’t know what will. Farm hand Cary Elwes? That must be it.
Of course, maybe you’re looking for something even MOAR geeky. OK. How about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? Another story about fighting for love, but with comic book violence and sweet tunes. This movie is great.
One of the most romantic movies of all time is Moonrise Kingdom. Young love, you can’t beat it.