Ack! I can't help myself. No matter how much I detest February 14th, I will watch at least one lovey-dovey movie. I might as well get my playlist in order. Thought someone out there might like a suggestion or two. Here we go.
Hallmark: Don't judge. My very favorite Hallmark movie, one that I admit to watching more than...whatever. A few times, okay? The Magic of Ordinary Days. This is a period drama with Keri Russel and Skeet Ulrich. Ah, now you're paying attention. We get to travel to the Midwest during the time when the US had Japanese American internment camps set up all over the country. I just discovered it's also a book by Anne Howard Creel. I'm checking that out for sure. This is a slow-build love story where Keri Russel has some eye-opening and growing up to do. And Skeet, oh Skeet with your odd movie roles, love ya.
80's: Say Anything. I don't even have to say anything about it. You all should know this deserves to be mentioned.
90's Romantic Comedy: French Kiss is one of those movies that makes me laugh and dreamy-eyed at the same time. I love the scenery, love Kevin Cline's attempt at playing a rude, slovenly French man, love Meg Ryan's gentle femininity and "can't help herself" personality. Oh, and the soundtrack rocks!
Kink: Before Fifty Shades (and a mountain of books on the same subject that predate the series), there was Secretary. Hot! Smoking hot. James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal have this awesome push-pull-follow-run kind of relationship. This is a damaged souls/like gravitates toward like kind of movie. I loved it!
War: Shining Through with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith is everything you want when love is part of the mix and you're not aiming for everyone-dies-at-the-end-epic.
Classic: The Philadelphia Story with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart is a love triangle with great quips, black and white ambiance, and I mentioned the cast, right? (couldn't find a blank and white version...bet libraries carry it though)
70's oddball: Oh, the 70's with their weird clothes and colors. Harold and Maude is even less typical than my pick for kink. But I'll tell you this, there is a scene where I laughed so hard I cried. If you can make me do that, I'll love you forever. I'm that easy...
Sci-fi: The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich is like a music video with funny dialogue.
Zombie: Night of the Comet has a blip of a romance undercurrent, but this is my pick because it's my favorite zombie movie of all time. I could have picked
Shaun of the Dead because that's my second favorite. Okay, either one is awesome.
M/M: Shelter is one of my favorites. No one gets beat up walking out of a gay bar. No one dies. Stellar cast, the best music, and a wonderful coming to terms story.
Independent/Foreign: Never Forever with Vera Farmiga, David L. McInnis, and Ha Jeong-woo is a steamy, heart wrenching drama with a captivating love story about trying to give the one you love something to live for.
Tearjerker: In Miss Potter, Renée Zellweger plays Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit. Ewan McGregor plays her irresistible publisher.
My number one pick: Pride and Prejudice! is such an obvious choice. Mr. Darcy. Enough said.