Pop Rocks: Movies To Watch On Valentine's Day That Have Nothing To Do With Nicholas Sparks

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Harold and Maude (1971)
Another one to put down on the list of "movies that couldn't get made today," not for the May - late December romance (As Good As It Gets, with Nicholson slobbering over Helen Hunt, was nominated for Best Picture after all), but the suicide thing. They ought to remake it though, just so Bud Cort can get some work.

Let The Right One In (2008)
I know; you're sick of vampires. But kid vampires? Showing their love by brutally murdering some bullies? Plus, it's in Swedish, so you get that foreign movie cred.

Some Like It Hot (1959)
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre kicks off the action in one of my favorite comedies. And there's romance! Tony Curtis and Marilyn! Jack Lemmon and Joe E. "Osgood" Brown! Two dudes! That's goddamn progressive, that is.

2046 (2004)
I'm reluctant to recommend this if you're not a Wong Kar-wai fan, as it relies somewhat on two of his earlier films (Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love), but like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it deals with issues of memory and the vagaries of time. And if that doesn't get your motor running, Zhang Ziyi is hotness.

Run Lola Run (1999)
Yes, I'm cheating. It's late and none of you are going to listen to me anyway. Franka Potente is awesome, and I'm sorry she hooked up with Jason Bourne and got killed because of it.

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I actually use Joe V. the Volcano as a litmus test for relationships.  If they don't get it, then they probably won't get me.


I agree, Valentine’s Day can be a bit of a hassle. My boyfriend and I are planning to stay in and watch a movie this year. We won’t be able to watch anything on Valentine’s Day, though, because I’m working late at DISH tomorrow. We’re going to have a belated celebration next week instead. I’m thinking about renting Casablanca for us to watch. It’s available from Blockbuster@Home through DISH, which has over 100,000 DVDs to choose from, so I can always find the movie I’m looking for. My boyfriend and I both enjoy older movies, too, so staying in and watching Casablanca next week will be the perfect celebration for us.

MadMac topcommenter

Or, you could, you know, watch Cyrano de Bergerac. The 1990 production with Gérard Depardieu is very good. Again subtitles and foriegn film cred.

BrittanieShey moderator

Some excellent foreign choices, though I would have gone for In the Mood For Love instead of 2046. And I ADORED Let the Right One In. Also a great novel.

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