Feel the Love: Movies to Watch on V-Day
Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to snuggle up with loved ones, either romantic or platonic, and enjoy a movie together. The weather is probably cold and dreary outside, and all the delicious food that you just ate is probably making you quite sleepy. This year, skip the fancy cocktail lounge or restaurant, and stay at home with a movie.
We’ve come up with a fun collection of movies that you can choose from, and although many are of the classic romance genre, there are a few fun and unique ones thrown in if romantic comedies aren’t your style.
1. Call Me by Your Name
This movie, which was released quite recently, was directed by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, and tells the story of 17-year-old Elio who spends the summers at his parent’s villa in Italy bored out of his mind — until his father’s new intern Oliver shows up. Elio and Oliver explore their feelings for each other, and the long hot days of summer pass in a haze as their relationship deepens.
This movie is sensuous, romantic and will ensure that you never look at a peach the same way again.
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
This movie is a classic romantic comedy, but manages to be poignant as well as hysterically funny. Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows a man who retreats to Hawaii to recover from his sudden breakup, only to discover his ex and her new boyfriend on a romantic getaway in the same hotel.
It’s a great movie if you’re spending V-Day alone, since it shows the pitfalls of relationships honestly while still leaving room for hope.
Typically, mainstream movies featuring a gay or lesbian couple as the protagonists tends to end badly (see Brokeback Mountain, further down the list), but Carol is one of the first movies to go against this stereotype and end on a happy note.
It tells the story of Therese, a young department store clerk who becomes entranced by an older woman named Carol. Carol and Therese navigate their relationship through the turbulence of Carol’s divorce, and eventually emerge stronger on the other side. The movie features amazing performances by Rooney Mara as Therese, and the ethereal Cate Blanchett in the title role.