Our second love series post (in case you missed it, here’s our first one) is a light and fun one. Tianna shares her top ten films to watch on Valentine’s Day. She picked a diverse selection; check them out!
Special thanks to Erica for letting me moonlight on her blog here today.
If you follow my blog, you know all about my love for Valentine’s Day and it’s really no different with films, though I think my idea of a romantic film is probably a bit on the unconventional side. No Notebook here, people (sorry).
I do, however, have a list of my favorite romance films that are not only fun to watch and romantic, but also have good stories behind them.
I hope you enjoy my picks!
- The Lucky One. Even though the Notebook isn’t making an appearance, this wouldn’t be a romance films post with at least one film by Nicholas Sparks; am I right? This film focuses on Logan, a U.S. Marine Sergeant, who returns home after his third tour in Iraq. Logan finds a photo of a woman during his tour, which he believes is responsible for keeping him alive. Wanting to meet and thank the woman in the picture, he follows the address on the back of the photo and is led to Beth, a complicated woman who is full of mistrust and runs a dog kennel.
- If I Stay. This film surprised me. I watched it on a whim and didn’t have high expectations. It ended up being very good! When Mia falls into a coma after a horrible car accident, she has an out-of-body experience and must decide whether she wants to go on living.
- Her. This was one of my favorite films of 2013! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it as it asks the question: what are the boundaries of love, if any? It encourages a reflection on whether or not we should place value on a non-conventional loving relationship, and if so, how much? Not only is this a good romance film, but it’s also a great film that sparks discussion and further reflection on what constitutes as love. If you enjoy a thought-provoking and quirky film, this is perfect for you. A lonely writer develops feelings for an operating system that is self-aware.
- Winter’s Tale. Several people hated this film, including my boyfriend, but I LOVED it. If you enjoy period films, this is a great choice for you. It focuses on both the past and present as a burglar falls for an heiress at the turn of the century amidst a battle between good and evil. It’s a magical film in which love conquers all obstacles. As an added bonus, it showcases stunning period costumes.
- The Other Woman. This is a comedy about women ganging up to destroy the man who cheated on them. It’s great if you want a feel good film full of laughs that doesn’t require too much thought.
- Begin Again. This is an unconventional romance film that is actually more about friendship and music than it is about romance. A down-and-out music producer discovers an equally down-and-out musician in a dive bar and they decide to make an album together on the streets of New York. I loved this film! The songs are awesome, the acting is great, and it has an unexpected storyline that I found to be refreshing.
- Horns. A not-so-typical romance comes in the form of a dark comedy with Horns. The film is about a man who is accused of murdering his girlfriend and then grows actual horns on his head which seem to force everyone he comes across to tell the ugly truth. He uses the horns to solve his girlfriend’s murder. This film is hilarious, disturbing, and romantic all at once. I was pleasantly surprised by Daniel Radcliffe’s (Harry Potter) performance. If you like weird, offbeat humor, fantasy and beautifully shot films, this is a great choice that both you and your significant other will enjoy!
- Maleficent. A unique telling of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s point of view, this film will definitely surprise you. I went in thinking it was going to be cheesy and boring. And, though there were some corny moments, it was actually very enjoyable. It’s not so much a romance as it is about kindness and goodness, but it’s a good one for the entire family if you have kids.
- The Judge. This is about the love of family. Warning: it’s an emotional one so I don’t recommend watching it unless you’re okay with crying. It made me cry at moments that I couldn’t have predicted would lead to tears; it is a moving film. Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall give great performances in this family drama about a judge who is accused of murdering a man and his son, a lawyer, who must defend him in court.
- Selfie. Okay, so this isn’t actually a film; it’s a TV show on ABC that was cancelled after the first season. It stars Karen Gillan(as Eliza) and John Cho (as Henry) who work in the same marketing company. Eliza appears to be an air-headed, shallow, social media-obsessed, e-famous sales rep and Henry is the marketing company’s brand genius. When Eliza decides to re-brand herself so others will like her more, Henry decides to take on the challenge in this re-telling of “My Fair Lady.” Although some parts of the shows are overly sentimental, I think it is relatable. It drives home the message about how we, as a society, need to connect more instead of constantly being on our phones. It also highlights the importance and value of loving ourselves.
Let me know what you think if you watch them by tweeting me @Sapothecary.
Written By: Tianna Sicilia
Tianna blogs all things beauty, fashion, and lifestyle with a unique sense of Italian Irish sassy sarcasm, laid back Cali girl style. She has an innate (nearing on obsessive) love for pretty things, film and TV, and books about futuristic dystopian societies.
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