Fourteen Flicks for February 14
Midnight In Paris
If you find yourself too scared to take on the millions of teenage girls who will be at the movie theaters on Valentine's Day to watch fresh-faced Gabrielle Wilde and British sweetheart Alex Pettyfer in Endless Love...and instead find yourself heading to the DVD section of Barnes & Noble, whether you're single or taken on February 14, keep these 14 flicks in mind when selecting your V-Day watch.
Moulin Rouge: "All you need is love" in this whimsical and stylish, beautiful musical by Baz Luhrmann, about a penniless playwright, Christian, who falls in love with a beautiful courtesan, Satine. The chemistry between Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, as well as the music, is enough to make this colorful and tragic flick worth watching, but a warning: Keep the tissue handy.
Midnight in Paris: I've never been a big Owen Wilson fan, but he really charmed me in Woody Allen's enchanting tale about a relatable hopeless romantic writer (Wilson) whose sentimentality for the past lands him in 1920s Paris and among the company of great American writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I don't know if it's the nostalgic feeling of the movie or the beautiful shots of Paris, but this is one of my top picks for V-Day.
Kate and Leopold: This rom-com fantasy, about a 19th-century duke who falls through a time portal that transports him to modern-day New York, where he ends up falling in love with a super-serious businesswoman, is soo adorable. Hugh Jackman as the stuffy Leopold and Meg Ryan as hardheaded Kate seem like an odd match-up, but their chemistry in the film is mostly what makes this one of my top suggestions for Valentine's Day.
You've Got Mail: Can you go wrong with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?? I say no...and so proves this cute rom-com spin on Pride and Prejudice about two Upper West Side bookstore rivals who are unknowingly also email pen pals and who end up falling for each other.
Sixteen Candles: For the teenager in you, why not select this John Hughes classic in which an awkward sophomore, Samantha Baker, played by cutesie Molly Ringwald, pines for the handsome senior jock, Jack, while also avoiding the advances of a freshman geek, hilariously played by Anthony Michael Hall.
Valentine: In a darker mood this Valentine's Day? Try this V-Day slasher flick about a former teen who seeks his revenge on five women who rejected him in high school. More clever than other holiday-themed slasher films, this one features former Buffy star David Boreanaz and sexy Denise Richards in one of her only tough-girl roles.
I Love You, Man: Valentine's Day is not just about love between boyfriends/girlfriends. Which is why this adorable bromantic movie about two completely opposite guys who both desperately need a friend and find one in each other is too sweet to be missed. Socially awkward Paul Rudd and bluntly crude Jason Segal could not be more perfect for each other in this good find for both guys and girls on Valentine's Day.
Only You: Can destiny lead us to our soul mates? It can in this tale starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr., about a young woman, Faith (Tomei), who after finding out that a man exists with the same name, spelled out to her on a Ouija board when she was just a girl, as the man she was supposed to marry, drops her entire life to travel to Italy to seek him out. This film is fun and cute and about finding our other half.
Love Actually: Although set during the Christmas season, this feel-good flick, which follows the love lives of a bunch of Londoners whose stories are all interrelated in some way, is so full of love it's too perfect to skip for Valentine's Day.
Serendipity: If like me you're a believer in fate, then you'll love this movie about two strangers, New Yorker Jonathan and Londoner Sarah, who meet and spend one perfect night together in NYC. Afterwards they say goodbye and leave it up to fate to determine if they are destined to be together. This story continues on the next page.
Water for Elephants: In this beautiful 20th-century tale, Twilight's Robert Pattinson plays a young veterinary student who after the death of his parents joins a traveling circus, the Benzini Brothers. He soon finds himself falling for a beautiful circus performer, played by Reese Witherspoon, who's also the wife of the unstable circus owner, played brilliantly by German Christoph Waltz. Like Midnight in Paris, Elephants has a lovely, nostalgic feel, which just adds to the romance of the film.
Notting Hill: Can a movie star and an average person fall in love?? Apparently they can, and do so in one of the cute nooks of London called Notting Hill. Although the film doesn't quite capture the beauty of that city, it's still fun to watch a perfectly cast Julia Roberts as the starlet and Hugh Grant the bumbling bookstore owner fall in love, even if it's a little cheesy.
Sliding Doors: "Fate finds a way" in this absolutely adorable and unique movie about a young Englishwoman, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, whose life takes two different paths, which are entirely dependent on whether she catches her train on a single day. As we watch her life in parallel, we find that both paths end up leading her to the same romantic outcome.
Bridget Jones's Diary: Now, I'm not an anglophile, by any means, but I have to suggest one more British flick and the best of the bunch, Bridget Jones's Diary. Another spin on Pride and Prejudice, this movie is hilarious and lovable, as is Renée Zellweger, who plays relatable Bridget Jones to perfection. Also perfect is the dashing Colin Firth as the very reserved Mark Darcy, who falls for Bridget.
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