Monday, February 14, 2011
My Favorite Movies for Valentine's Day
So it's Valentine's Day, and it's time to pick a romantic movie to watch with your sweetie. What's it going to be?
Scanning my DVD collection, I think I'd start with Gone With the Wind (1954), probably one of my favorite epic love stories. I mean, does it really get any better than Rhett and Scarlett? Oh, and read the book, too!
When it comes to foreign films, one of my favorites is the French movie A Very Long Engagement (2004), with Audrey Tatou as the determined Mathilde, convinced her fiancé Manech, missing in the bloodbath of the French trenches of World War 2, is still alive. It's based on the great novel of the same name by Sebastien Japrisot.
More contemporary and more chick-flick, When Harry Met Sally (1989) has great chemistry between leads Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, lots of romance as all those couples tell their own love stories, and great music by Harry Connick, Jr. Yeah, I know it's cheesy, but sometimes cheesy is great.
When I was in college, everyone's favorite love story was A Room with a View (1985), with Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands as impetuous lovers who fall for each other in the romantic Italian countryside, based on the novel by E.M. Forster. I still can't resist this movie!
If you want something a little livelier, try Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ for short) (1995), a Bollywood sensation about star-crossed lovers Raj and Simran. Raj is a bad-boy who falls for good-girl Simran but she's set to marry someone else. What will happen? Will her father ever accept him? It'll take you four hours to find out but you'll love every minute. Plus the music is fantastic! It was the first of several films together for stars Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan and it's just wonderful.
What are your favorite romantic movies? Are you going to watch a movie tonight?