Friday, February 14, 2014

5 Movies to Watch this Valentine's Day

Here are 5 movies with love stories that I think are great to watch whether you're with a romantic partner, with your mom, with some friends, or by yourself. In no particular order:
 
 
The Princess Bride. The great 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner featuring romance, adventure,sword-fighting, a giant, an evil six-fingered man, a crazy Sicilian, a sexy 80s Cary Elwes, and a hilarious cameo by Billy Crystal. If you haven't seen this movie I don't know where you went wrong in life but it's not too late. Watch it.
 
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain aka Amelie. A lovely French film where Audrey Tautou plays a quirky, shy woman who is afraid of love. She takes her destiny into her own hands and also vows to help other underdogs like herself. Set in Montmarte, Paris it's a beautiful movie about love, life, and following your dreams.

Garden State - everyone's favourite indie quarter-life crisis coming-of-age movie featuring Zach Braff as the lost soul main character (he also wrote and directed) and Natalie Portman as the adorable manic pixie dream girl who rescues him and helps him find himself again. Killer soundtrack, awesome movie. My 15 year old self can't recommend it enough. Maybe don't watch this one with your mom, though. I did once and she didn't like it.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey plays the Kate Winslet character and Kate Winslet plays the Jim Carrey character. Both are great. This movie is really sad so maybe don't watch it if you've recently broken up with someone. Or maybe do? I don't know. It's really beautiful. directed by Michel Gondrey so it's a little weird. Also Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, and Elijah Wood are in it. Also has a great soundtrack. It's sad but hopeful at the same time? I don't want to give too much away. Just watch it and maybe have some kleenex and chocolate on hand. Super lovely film.

How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days. The original Matthew McConaughey rom-com! and Kate Hudson is wonderful. And this movie is hilarious and adorable. Hudson is a magazine editor who's writing a column with the title of the movie. McConaughey is in a bet where he has to make Hudson fall in love with him in 10 days. So he's trying to woo her and she's trying to drive him away and it's romantic comedy gold. (as the poster would suggest). This is one that's good to watch with your mom because it's not too sexy and it's not too indie.
 
Happy Valentine's Day!
 
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