SNUGGLE UP Alternative Valentine’s Day movie guide
Don’t get stuck in a Titanic rut, fall in love with some new flicks
It would be easy to do a list of 10 great romantic movies and dish out the same old list that includes Love Actually, Titanic, Dirty Dancing and basically anything starring Hugh Grant or Drew Barrymore.
But if you scratch the surface you’ll find a whole new world of movies that chances are you might never have seen or even heard of, so here are some suggestions for something a bit different so you don’t have to sit through ANOTHER three hours of Kate Winslet trying to wake up Leo after that ship sank. *Cue music and Celine Dion*
Some of them may a bit out of the ordinary, or out of the “classic” folder on Netflix, but they are all downright rippers, because let’s face it, variety is the spice of life.
Happy Valentine’s Day Ipswich!
TRUE ROMANCE (1993)
Before he hit the big time, Quentin Tarantino wrote a script that became True Romance and it fell into the hands of director Tony Scott. The story is typical Tarantino, as we see Christian Slater fall in love with a hooker (Patricia Arquette) who then decides to
kill her pimp so they can run away together. Full of action, great dialogue and the odd shootout, this is a modern love story that doesn’t hold back.
It’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t seen Casablanca, and if you haven’t, then shame on you. There’s a reason why it remains on most movie critics’ “must see” lists and that’s because it is simply flawless. If you can see the restored blu-ray version in HD, you’ll quickly forget you’re watching a classic movie that is 75 years old. Snuggle up with someone you love and enjoy a movie masterpiece starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman at their peak.
WILD AT HEART (1990)
When you think romance, the last person you think of is David Lynch, but bear with us. Starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, Wild At Heart is a road movie about two crazy kids in love who life on the edge. Being a Lynch movie it’s not one for the kiddies, but you’ll forever remember Nicolas Cage singing Elvis in a snakeskin jacket. Curious now aren’t you?
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)
Starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, this is one of those movies that will stay with you forever and won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Don’t expect any laughs from Carrey in this one, as it involves having your memories wiped and starting relationships anew. You’ll either cry your eyes out or watch it all over again from the start.
ANNIE HALL (1977)
The year 1977 will be remembered for two movies, Star Wars and Annie Hall. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton star in what is not only an homage to New York but to friendship before and after the passion of a love affair. Before he became so unpopular, Woody Allen actually made some great movies, and Annie Hall remains one of his best.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1990)
Don’t be put off by the subtitles. This French adaptation starring Gerard Depardieu remains the definitive version of the Cyrano legend, despite Steve Martin’s best attempts in Roxanne. Full of amazing costumes, battle scenes and dialogue to melt your heart in its beauty, this remains one of the most successful foreign movies of all time for good reason.
Directed by Richard Ayoade (Moss from The IT Crowd), this cult film slipped under the radar into cinemas seven years ago. Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), 15, is desperate to lose his virginity to indifferent pyromaniac Jordana Bevan (Yasmin Paige). He attempts to convince her with three good reasons: 1. You are fatally in love with me. 2. Best to do it before it’s legal. 3. Bound to be disappointing, so why wait? If you’ve ever been in love as a teenager, you’ll adore Submarine.
The movie that made the world fall in love with Paris all over again, this is a quirky French film that launched the career of Audrey Tautou. Amelie is a lonely waitress in Paris who finds her purpose in life by doing random acts of kindness for total strangers. A movie impossible not to love and one that will make you want to meet a girl like Amelie. *sigh*
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992)
A romance disguised as a swashbuckling adventure, this version of the classic novel had Daniel Day-Lewis romancing Madeline Stowe against all the odds during the British and French conflict in North America during the 1700s. A rare movie that men and women will enjoy for different reasons. And lots of Enya-style music.
Hang on a minute, Up is a kids’ movie by Pixar, right? Correct, but it is also impossible not to fall in love with this movie after the first 10 minutes. It will bring a tear to your eye, and make you wonder how a cartoon can convey such romance, emotion and humour at the same time. Spending your life with someone is what we all dream of, and Up captures that desire perfectly. Up makes getting old look like fun.