The MFF 2017 Valentine’s Day Viewing Guide
I had to begin this post with a picture from Beginners.
Life is short and Valentine’s Day is speeding towards us like one of Cupid’s arrows. You probably don’t have time to spend researching romantic films that you can watch after you’ve spent too much money on dinner. So, I scoured the streaming sites and found some films that won’t disappoint and offer something for everyone. Hopefully, this post will prevent you from spending time scrolling through Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime and checking the corresponding Rotten Tomatoes scores while your date sits patiently next to you.
The following posts features 10 categories that have a main option and a backup in case you don’t like the first recommendation. Hopefully you can find something you will enjoy.
If you are in the mood for…..
A Fantasy Film That Will Put a Smile on Your Face
Stardust (Netflix)is a wonderful little movie that is equals parts fantasy and romance. If you don’t like the charms of Stardust you might be dead inside (or simply in a bad mood or tired).
- If you aren’t interested – Kate & Leopold (Netflix)- First and foremost I’m not saying K&L is a classic. However, it is a nice little thing that foreshadowed Hugh Jackman’s career as Wolverine.
Great Music and First Loves
Sing Street (Netflix) combines music with first love and the results will make you love the movie and the music. Director John Carney (Once) does a fine job of leaving a smile on your face and making you immediately buy the soundtrack after the film has ended.
- If you are interested – Begin Again (Netflix) – John Carney’s follow up to Once is a charming little thing that features solid music and Mark Ruffalo turning in another stellar performance.
A French Masterpiece
Blue is the Warmest Color (Netflix) is legitimate cinema and totally absorbing. It might break your heart but it will leave you feeling like you just watched something special.
- If you aren’t interested – Upstream Color (Netflix)- The two movies have nothing in common aside from the word “color.” However, Upstream Color and Blue is the Warmest Color are both very good films that lit up the indie world.
A Thriller Stuffed With Romance
To Catch a Thief (Netflix) is a breezy caper that was directed to perfection by Alfred Hitchcock. I recommend you watch it because it is a nice gateway to Hitchcock and will introduce you to Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.
- If you aren’t interested – Grosse Pointe Blank (Netflix) tells the story a hitman going to his 10-year high school reunion and reconnecting with his first love. John Cusack and Minnie Driver have fantastic chemistry and I guarantee you will appreciate every moment this Romantic Comedy Action Thriller (AKA RCAT).
A Familiar Classic That Never Gets Old
If you haven’t watched The Princess Bride (Netflix) do it now. If you’ve watched The Princes Bride, watch it again.
- If you aren’t interested – If you haven’t watched Grease (Netflix) do it now. You might as well scratch it off your list.
Hipsters Learning Life Lessons and a Whole Lot More
I like Beginners (Netflix) because it does something different in the romance genre. It tells the story of people who finally make a massive decision that will change their lives. However, their beginning comes when they hunker down and stay in a “meet cute” relationship when things get hard.
- If you aren’t interested – Y Tu Mama Tambien (Hulu) is a sexy little thing that plays like a road-trip comedy met a melancholy coming of age film. Alfonso Cuar0n made a name for himself with Y Tu Mama Tambien and I still think it is his best film.
A Charming and Cheeky Romantic Comedy
Amelie (Netflix) is an absolute delight. It will put a smile on your face and make you fall in love with everything around you (I’m not sure what that means but you will understand).
- If you aren’t interested – Clueless (Netflix) and Amelie are totally different but they both leave you smiling. Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd are great together and you will be surprised by how well Clueless holds up.
Two People Being Charming
Serendipity (Netflix) is a nice little movie that I love. John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale have great chemistry and their performances elevate standard tropes and make your hope their good looking characters will fall in love.
- If you aren’t interested – Love & Friendship (Amazon Prime) proves that Kate Beckinsale is an amazing actress and her talents have been wasted in the Underworld films. Love and Freindship was one of my favorite 2016 films and you will be amazed by her performance.
A Bona Fide Classic
Sabrina (Netflix) – Audrey Hepburn + Humphrey Bogart = Awesomeness. You need them in your life.
- If you aren’t interested – Sabrina (Amazon Prime) – You should watch Sabrina but if you don’t want to watch Sabrina you should watch Sabrina. The best thing about the remake is watching Harrison Ford look like he is actually enjoying himself in a film.
A Friendship That Becomes a Romance
When Harry Met Sally (Hulu) is a romantic comedy classic that never ages and still charms. It you want to laugh, cry and laugh more you will love When Harry Met Sally.
- If you aren’t interested: Man Up (Netflix) tells the story of a blind date gone awry that eventually leads to love. Simon Pegg and Lake Bell are very likable and their shtick owes a lot to When Harry Met Sally.
The Number 10
10 things I Hate About You (Netflix)- I love a good modernized Shakespeare adaptation that features a solid cast. 10 Things I Hate About You is wildly charming and features Heath Ledger being very charming.
- If you aren’t interested – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Netflix) works because Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey have legit chemistry. iI is pure romantic comedy nonsense that works because it is aware of all the stock tropes.