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!


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.


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?


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.


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.

SUB­MA­RINE (2010)

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.

AMELIE (2001)

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*


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.

UP (2009)

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.

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