Every year when St Valentine’s Day approaches everyone struggles to figure out an original way to spend it with their special person.
Of course watching a movie is usually a good idea and there are many romantic films you can choose from. In addition, every year around this time there are a number of romantic comedies and dramas that come out, hoping to score a success among Valentine’s audiences.
However, sometimes one feels tired of all those well-known romantic plots and lines. We have seen pretty much of all them if not really all of them. Nevertheless, this year sees the release of a slightly unconventional romantic movie – Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies.
So, here are some suggestions for films for your Valentine’s celebration, which are not the conventional romantic comedies but still have something to say about the concept of relationships.
Although this film is leaning towards the drama and sci-fi genres rather than romance, it centers on the experiences of an eccentric couple. After they meet on a train and start a relationship, Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) discover they have already met. The complicated plot pattern of this Michel Gondry film makes it a slightly challenging movie to follow. Nevertheless, this is exactly what ensured its Oscar for Best Screenplay in 2005. Still, if you want to watch a film that combines romance, a strange story and unconventional characters, this is a great choice for Valentine’s.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
The reason for this film’s being on this list is because it is a depiction of what happens when a relationship goes very wrong. This non-romantic film is a version of the familiar plot where a married man meets and falls for a woman. However, the relationship between Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) and Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) goes from bad to worse. As she becomes obsessed with Dan, Alex starts stalking and pursuing him harder and harder, which all leads to a tragic end.
Annie Hall (1977)
This is an actual romantic comedy but it is not about people looking for their perfect soul mates. Instead, it is about neurotics asking why their soul mates are not perfect. This is the ultimate Woody Allen film and one of his New York-set movies. The dialogue is full of cultural references and the characters (both Alvy, played by Allen himself, and Annie Hall portrayed by Dianne Keaton) are intelligent and far from perfect, which makes them even more interesting. Therefore, this film is eccentric but is still an example of the romantic comedy genre.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
This seems to be an obvious choice when it comes to watching scary movies on Valentine’s. In fact due to the amount of blood and gore in this movie nine minutes of the original version had to be cut by the MPAA before the initial release. The film takes place in the little mining town of Valentine Bluffs where the people are trying to put behind the ominous past by putting on the traditional dance. However, the reason for the cancellation of the dance years ago is an ominous accident and its consequences are still lurking around.
This 2009 film does not take place on Valentine’s day and actually it plot is not particularly romantic. Nevertheless, there is something incredibly funny about the concept of a group of survivors (who by the way don’t have real names but only aliases) of a zombie apocalypse traveling across the states searching for a zombie-free sanctuary. Furthermore, the dialogue exchanges between the characters including those between Wichita (Emma Stone) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) as they fall for each other are definitely worth seeing.