Post Valentines Day – My Top 10 Romantic Films.

17 Feb

Post Valentines Day and I hope that everyone had a great time with their loved ones, whether it be family, friends or partners! One thing I stand by is that every day should be Valentines Day where we let those that we love know that we love them, so to keep you in the mood I have compiled my Top 10 romantic films, both conventional and un-conventional, complete with trailers so that your reading and viewing pleasures are all satisfied.

Please remember that this Top 10 (which is not in any particular order) is entirely my own opinion, developed from the films that have brought about the largest emotional response within me. Also I am right, so listen damn it.

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10. Crazy Stupid Love – Definitely the most recent film on my list, this film skyrocketed its way into cinemas in 2011 with its stellar cast of Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone. Aside from its impeccable comedy and fast-paced script, the central love story is as charismatic and sweet as the actors who play the parts. It feels different to a lot of other romantic comedies, possibly as it focuses on a more realistic premise of a man, Cal Weaver (Carell) who after being told by his wife that she wants a divorce, goes about trying to rediscover his manhood and his life, but also because it is less of a picnic in the park and more brutally honest. A truly great watch.

Selling Point – Gosling taking his top off and Stone tells him he looks like he’s been photo-shopped. Genius.

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9. Never Been Kissed – When I begin to write I often think about a quote from this film: ‘Someone once told me that to write well, you have to write what you know’. This is an incredible film about Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a geek to the core who has never had a real kiss. As a journalist she is given the task of going undercover at the local highschool to show what teenagers are really like, and in turn falls in love with the cool and sexy English teacher Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan) who of course thinks she is a teenager. The story is incredibly sweet and Barrymore’s strength through innocence is a captivating watch. Funny, relevant, corny and beautiful, this coming of age film is one of the classics.

Selling Point – Guy Perkins. If you have seen it and you were once a girl with a crush on the cool kid in school you will understand what I mean.

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8. Lars and the Real Girl – This is definitely not your stereotypical love story. It follows Gosling’s character Lars Lindstrom who starts an unconventional relationship with a doll that he purchased from the internet. Brilliantly written and acted, it is a quirky story that at times will make you feel awkward but will ultimately leave you with an overwhelming sense of joy and compassion.

Selling Point – Gosling has cemented his place in the Hollywood mainstream but it is ‘indie’ that he does best. Truly astonishing performance.

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7. 10 Things I Hate About You – In the summer of 1999 the world was introduced to a young Australian actor. His name was Heath Ledger. 10 Things which is adapted from the Shakespearian play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, begins at Padua High where new student Cameron has developed a crush on the beautiful Bianca Stratford. Unfortunately for Cameron, sophomore Bianca is unable to date anyone until her older ‘shrew’ sister Katarina dates, so Cameron goes about finding a bad boy who can tame her. Cue Ledger.

The film is simply solid. It doesn’t exactly hit you over the head with its storylines originality – a sweet, romantic comedy with pretty teenagers falling in love, big whoop – but its excellence comes from the young actors who embrace their characters and make every movement, every line, every quip believable and fresh. You end up feeling like you have never seen this stuff before, but trust me, you will want to see it over and over again.

Selling Point – Ledger plays Patrick Verona perfectly. Dark and mysterious whilst remaining warm and kind-hearted. A great beginning to a short-lived but exceptional career.

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6. Dirty Dancing – I recently showed my partner this film as he had never seen it, and he did not understand what all the fuss is about. This is what the fuss is about. A seemingly ordinary girl (Jennifer Grey) from a middle-class family goes on vacation to find herself falling in love with the leather-wearing, trouble-making, smooth-operating dance teacher Johnny Castle (Swayze). The soundtrack, the wistful romance, the good girl meets bad boy element and the feeling of risk and excitement make this film a true classic. It seems like this is and always will be one for the ladies what with its fairytale storyline, and all I can say to that is, I am glad to be a lady.

Selling Point – Do I really need to tell you?

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5. He’s just not that into you – There have been an influx of ensemble casts over the last few years, movie posters screaming at us with how many A-List stars they have managed to cram into one movie. This is by far the only one that has got it right. Based on the book of the same name, this films interconnecting storylines are superbly crafted, all giving each character and each relationship enough screen time so audiences are able to connect and relate. Often funny, hugely heartbreaking and overall sweet, this film is a romantic must-see.

Selling Point – Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck’s realistic and charming relationship is a wonderful watch.

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4. Beautiful Girls – Willie, an unsuccessful pianist who is struggling with commitment, returns to his home town of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for his 10 year highschool reunion only to find that his friends have all come to similar crossroads in their lives when it comes to love. His return brings about a change in the group and forces them all to accept responsibility for their actions and grow up, once and for all.

Beautiful Girls is devoted to character building, both literally and metaphorically, and does so through complex but exciting scripts, believable scenarios and wonderfully timed wit. Natalie Portman shines as the young girl-next-door with wisdom beyond her years, whom Willie (Timothy Hutton) finds himself romantically attached. The rest of the cast which includes Michael Rappaport, Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon and Noel Emmerich, are also exceptional. This film is a real gem about small time guys with big time dreams who learn to accept that the love they have is as good as any.

Selling Point – Rosie O’Donnell’s feminist themed scene where beautifully delivered script is coupled with outrageous humour to really steal the show. Link here.

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3. The Object of My Affection – This 1998 film sees Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd combine in a charming tale of romance and all its complexities. Aniston plays Nina, a pregnant New York based social worker, who whilst dating the ambitious Vince falls in love with her gay roommate George (Rudd) and decides that she wants to raise the baby with him. The plot is dramatic and heartwarming, and unlike many predictable rom-coms it leaves you guessing until the end. Just a delightful watch.

Selling Point – Rudd and Aniston work so well together. If for nothing else, watch to see them shine.

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2. Mystic Pizza – I could not tell you how many times I have watched this film but it is probably coming close to triple figures. Mystic Pizza follows the life of two sisters Kat (Julia Roberts) and Daisy (Annabeth Gish) Arujo, and their friend JoJo (Lili Taylor) as they struggle to find and deal with love in their home town of Mystic. There is something so special about this film – much like Leona’s pizza there is some sort of secret ingredient that brings it to life. Although this film propelled Roberts into the film career she has today, Gish is by the far the most superb element of the film, playing the young naive Kat who falls in love with the married man (Tim – William R. Moses) whose child she babysits for. Their relationship is both compelling and tragic, and reminiscent of everyone’s first all-consuming crush. The film conveys all aspects of love through three very different relationships and despite all the changes, one constant remains: the love between the three girls.

Selling Point – Matt Damon popping up at a dinner table for his first appearance in a feature-film. More trivia than selling point however.

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1. Chasing Amy – Before you ask, no I haven’t put this film in my Top 10 because my name is in the title. Even though it is spelt the same way I promise it has no bearing on my decison…..The reasons that I love this film are three fold; Kevin Smith is an absolute genius when it comes to directing and writing dialogue-rammed screenplays, Ben Affleck is exceptional at delivering those screenplays and making them believable, and they are both involved in this film. It is the perfect combination. Chasing Amy is about Holden (Affleck) and Banky (Jason Lee), two comic book artists who meet fellow artist Alyssa with whom Holden falls in love with. He is struck down however when it is revealed that she is a lesbian. There is literally nothing wrong with this film. Its examination of sexuality, its humour, its dialogue and its cast are all at the top of their game, and sitting on top of all of them in his throne of comedic and relevant genius is Mr. Smith. If you haven’t already seen it, watch it right now.

Selling Point – Read all these quotes and you will be sold.

To End.

Romance films are pure fantasy. We look at the screen and become enthralled in a world where love is the key objective, where passion proceeds profession and love proceeds life. We are all hoping for those moments of chivalry and exciting wistful romance but we are so busy hoping for them, these things that rarely exist, that we miss the truly wonderful things we already have. The beauty of the actors and the timing of scripts and scenarios all make for a pleasing visual experience, but let’s not forget they are only movies. All be it very good ones.

So don’t wait for that one day a year where people tell you to buy chocolates and flowers. Do it today. And every other day you can.

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