Valentine’s Day approaches quickly! You’ve got the flowers, you’ve got the candy, you’ve reserved your favorite waterfront table, right? Yeah, me neither. ;-) But one thing you definitely don’t want to be without on this most romantic of holidays is the perfect film to set the mood. So, we’ve compiled a quick list of DVD’s that are sure to fit the bill and help begin (or end) your evening on the right note. And remember, love means never having to say, “sorry, we have to watch this on VHS…”
LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING:
The most romantic movie ever? Well, it didn’t rake in a cool billion worldwide without somebody making a few repeat trips to the theatre. With stellar performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the leads, this beautiful love story set against the backdrop of the greatest ocean going disaster in history makes hearts swell and eyes water time and time again.
Bogey. Bergman. Need I say more? War often makes the best backdrops for the greatest love stories, and no movie captures that essence better than this one. Here’s looking at this DVD, time and time again.
3. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Sniff…I love it when they finally
let her shop. ;-)
The story is classic, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are timeless in
their chemistry, and the movie is sweet and funny, like a fairy tale come to
THE GOODBYE GIRL
One of the best romantic comedies
ever, Neil Simon creates two wonderful characters, brought to life by Marsha
Mason and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, and sets them loose in a terrific story
about finding the courage to fall in love just one more time.
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
The first act of this movie is as
funny and romantic as it comes, as Roberto Benigni woos his real life spouse
Nicoletta Braschi in almost magical ways. This
film contains probably the most wondrous first date scenario of any movie, too.
The gents guffawed, but the ladies
lined up in droves to watch the handsome Patrick Swayze sweep pretty young
Jennifer Grey off of her feet in this coming-of-age story about love, life, and
of course, dancing.
Sports fans may only remember
“show me the money” from this smart and well-acted Cameron Crowe comedy, but
the romantic at heart always treasure “you had me at hello” instead.
Tom Cruise is a down on his luck sports agent forced to learn if his
ideals actually still mean anything, and Rene Zellweger is the woman who
believes in the man he’s trying to be.
MY FAIR LADY
The rain in Spain may fall mainly on
the Spaniards, but there’s nothing but sunshine in this beautifully colorful
adaptation of the popular stage musical. Audrey
Hepburn and Rex Harrison bring Eliza and Higgins to comical life with great
performances and a bevy of wonderful songs.
For me, this is like a romantic
fantasy for the guys. A beautiful
movie star walks into the bookshop of a humble, simple storekeeper, and the
romance soars. The film stars Julia
Roberts and Hugh Grant—can you guess who plays which role?
Valentine’s Day doesn’t exactly bring out the romantic in everyone. For those who would rather not bothered with paper hearts,
moonlit walks and whispering sweet nothings, here’s a second list of titles
that might enhance your special way of celebrating the holiday.
Just to be fair.
IN THE COMPANY OF MEN
Absolutely and without question the
LAST disc you want to pop in your player in the presence of your wife or
NOT your typical teenage sex comedy.
Something deliciously wicked is at play here.
There’s nothing like watching a
man’s slow, painful deterioration brought on by his affair with an underage
girl. Stanley Kubrick or Adrian
Lyne, take your choice which version you want; they’re equally effective.
THE NAKED KISS
A blushing bride strolls into her
finance’s house with wedding gown in tow, only to find him…well, let’s
just say you only thought you had
problems in your love life.
You don’t want romance? You can’t possibly get any further from it than this repulsive, over-the-top, pornographic home movie disguised as a historical epic.
6. WILD THINGS
KURT & COURTNEY
A charming documentary about a rock
star and his opportunistic wife, who may or may not have had him killed to
further her climb to the top.
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Sorry, Frank. The
monster’s mate hisses at him like an angry cat as he blows up the lab around
them in disgust. More proof that
you just can’t “make” the perfect couple.
Brilliant twin gynecologists fall
for the same pill-popping actress, and become strung out, tragic shells of their
former selves as a result. Love,
A jealous, misguided general strangles his innocent bride in her bed. Somehow, I don’t think Hallmark has a card for that one.
Now we want to hear from you! What's your favorite romantic or anti-romantic film? Send us an email with your pick and your name, and we'll post it here!
Becky Hanks, Atlanta GA: Dirty Dancing
Jonas Dobkins, Jacksonville FL: Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction