Don’t have plans for a big Valentine’s Day dinner? Rather stay home and snuggle up with your honey to some good, but not too sappy, DVD fun? Alone and want to watch others living out love? Don’t sweat, ‘cause the RF crew did some serious work last year finding just the right flicks for you, no matter your romantic circumstance, and I’ve rounded up the links to make it easy for you ‘buddha lovers. Go ahead take a peek, and then take a trip to the video store before all the good one are gone.
For that love of a lifetime you can check out Before Sunrise and it’s sequel Before Sunset about an American man (Ethan Hawke) and a French woman (Julie Delphy) who meet in Vienna and spend one night, the best night of their lives, together and then do it all again one decade later in Paris in the sequel. Check out the full review. Speaking of love at first sight, how about Sandra Bullock pretending to be married to a guy in a coma (Peter Gallagher) and then falling for his brother (Bill Pullman) in the wacky While You are Sleeping. Check out the full review. And don’t forget Zack Braff’s awesome love story between a struggling actor who returns home for his mother’s funeral and a beautiful girl (Natalie Portman) who wins his heart over with a few lies, the truth, and an understanding that life is for living. And don’t forget the great soundtrack! Check out the full review.
Need more great love? My favorite of both John Cusack and director Cameron Crowe, Say Anything… tells the story of a kickboxer and the class brain in a love story that will melt your heart. Read the full review. Need more stories of true love? Then check out Scarlet’s reviews for Cold Mountain and The Notebook. Read the full review.
Need a something a little more proper? How about 2005’s adaption of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightly in an Oscar nominated performance as the headstrong Elizabeth Bennet who falls for the stoic Mister Darcy (Matthew McFayden). It was good enough to earn a spot on my Best Films of 2005. Check out the full review. If that is your taste you might also want ot try Shakespeare in Love starring Joseph Fiennes as William Shakespeare and Gwyneth Paltrow as the love and muse which gave us Romeo and Juliet. A great film which won seven Academy Awards including one for Paltrow and Best Film. Check out the full review.
If you are more into a younger love stories you can check out this collection of four films which includes Pump Up the Volume and Can’t Hardly Wait. Check out the full review.
In the mood for a guilty pleasure? Don’t worry the Scarlet Harlot’s got you covered with five flicks set to wet your appetite including Ella Enchanted, The Blue Lagoon, Return to The Blue Lagoon and more. Check out the full review.
Need something lighthearted? How about Matthew Perry, Bruce Willis, Amanda Peet, Rosanna Arquette, and Natasha Henstridge in the very funny and romantic film about a dentist, a hitman, the Chicago mob, ten million dollars, and a beautiful blonde – The Whole Nine Yards. Not a great film, but enjoyable and oddly sweet for a film about hitmen and murder. Check out the full review. Or, if that doesn’t tickle your fancy how about my favorite Tom Hanks flick – The Man With One Red Shoe about a violinist who is mistaken for a spy and ends up falling for one (Lori Singer). Great fun with Jim Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Charles Durning, and Dabney Coleman. Check out the full review. Or maybe you prefer a little Meg Ryan and Nora Ephron in your comedy, if that’s the case check out Lewis’ review of When Harry Met Sally about two neurotic people destined for each other, whether they like it or not. Check out the full review. But you say that’s not wacky enough? Then how about Jamie Lee Curtis as the woman every guy wants to bed in the seductively funny A Fish Called Wanda which earned Kevin Kline an Oscar for his role of a hitman who really doesn’t like to be called stupid! Check out the full review. Still need more comedy? Check out Scarlet’s reviews for five romantic comedies including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Something’s Got to Give, and The Wedding Date. Check out the full review.
Who says you can’t sneak a sports flick in the DVD pile on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a nice collection of sports flicks/romances that everyone can enjoy including Rocky, Bull Durham, and Wimbledon. Check out the full review.
Do you like some foreign flavor to your love stories? Well Scarlet’s got you all set-up with a six-pack of foreign love flicks including Japanese Story, My Summer of Love, and Love Me If You Dare. Check out the full review. Not into reading subtitles, but still want a less Hollywood-type love story? Well check out these picks from Scarlet which include Moonlight Mile, The Good Girl, and Code 46. Check out the full review.
Where’s a sci-fi geek go to meet the romantic needs of his woman who wants a love story? Don’t worry, I’ve got a nice collection of fantasy romances all ready for you which include The Princess Bride, City of Angels, and Ladyhawke. Check out the full review.
Well, that’s it. What are you waiting for? Get your butt to the video store!