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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Movie Collection Series: Valentine's Day

Yes, it's here, ladies and gentlemen. It's the Movie Collection Series. You're probably asking yourself, what the hell is that? Well, it's real simple. I'm picking important dates throughout the year and giving you a list of movies that I personally recommend. What's the catch? I have to own them. Only movies in my collection can qualify for the list. And, don't worry I have plenty of movies from different eras and genres. So sit back, relax, and read the inaugural post of the Movie Collection Series...

What better time to start this series than Valentine's Day? I'm serious. Let's paint a scenario for you. You just got home from dinner with your significant other, but it's too early to go to "bed". So, you decide to cuddle and watch a movie. One problem, maybe you don't know what to watch. Luckily you're reading this blog post and I hope to help you out. So, here is my list of the 10 best movies from my collection to watch and the 5 worst movies from my collection to watch on Valentine's Day.

Top 10 Movies for Valentine's Day

10. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Before you get all nervous, forget about the gay cowboy thing for a little. Plus, this post is for people with all sexual orientations. Really though, this is a film about forbidden love and what two men do to achieve it. It's a well told story and it has some great scenes in it. Plus, the ending is killer and it will probably make you and your significant other never wanting to quit each other.

9. The Princess Bride (1987)
Ah, a fairy tale with Andre the Giant. What more can you want on Valentine's Day? This film does a great job combining sappy moments with comedic moments throughout the film. I don't think it's been done better. It's a fun movie to watch with someone close. Especially at the end when Westley and Buttercup finally live happily ever after.

8. Titanic (1997):
Maybe on some people's lists this would be higher, but this is where I'm putting it. Some people hate this movie, but it's a great love story. It's got Leo and Kate when they were young. It's the standard poor boy falls for rich girl scenario. They have passionate sex in a car that is so steamy that it leaves her fingerprint on the window. Then, there's Jack telling Rose to never let go. This film will easily get your girlfriend going after she watches Leo sink to the bottom on the ocean.

7. Jerry Maguire (1996)
You'll be screaming something other than, "Show me the money!", after watching this film with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Granted Tom Cruise (in real life) is a psycho, this is a great romantic film. Plus, It's full of memorable lines. "You complete me." "You had me at hello." Or my personal favorite, "Don't ever stop fucking me." Enough said.

6. Say Anything... (1989)
Yes, it's another Cameron Crowe movie. Maybe John Cusack's best role. This film just proves that it doesn't matter what you look like, but it's about what you have inside. And, what you're willing to do to be with someone you truly care about. How can anyone forget Cusack standing outside Ione Skye's window with a boombox over his head playing "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel? Pure genius.

5. The Notebook (2004)
Don't ask me why I own this movie, but I do and that's all that matters right now. Here's the thing, it's a great love story. Easily one of the best this decade. It's a period film (set during 40s), but it's really universal. It's true love really. Then, there's the scene when Ryan Gosling pours his heart out to Rachel McAdams in the pouring rain and the rest is history. It's such a passionate scene. Then again, it's such a passionate movie. By the end, your girlfriend will probably be crying when Gena Rowlands remembers James Garner with her line,"It was us." Yes, it was.

4. Annie Hall (1977)
Woody Allen was at his absolute best for this film. It's a movie loaded with comedy and love. The chemistry between Diane Keaton and Allen is great. You just can't go wrong with this film between sneezing into cocaine, smoking weed before sex, or defending masturbation. It's a great recipe for a film to watch with someone you love.

3. A Walk to Remember (2002)
This is another movie based on a Nicholas Sparks' novel (the other is The Notebook). It's a very innocent film, but still very romantic. Mandy Moore in her first serious movie role shines through. It has plenty of sappy moments including standing in two states that somehow gets Mandy Moore extremely excited. It also contains a very sexual way to put on a fake tattoo. This film has a sad ending that will most surely get your girlfriend all emotional, which should allow you to cuddle her during the credits.

2. Pretty in Pink (1986)
My personal favorite teen romance of the 80s. It has the poor girl (Molly Ringwald). It has the rich guy (Andrew McCarthy). It has the rich jerk (James Spader). It has the best friend who secretly loves the poor girl (Jon Cryer). Plus, you get to listen to all kinds of good 80s music. What else do you need? Can't think of anything. And who can forget Molly Ringwald chasing after Andrew McCarthy in the parking lot to reunite with the man of her dreams? What a moment!

1. Mask (1985)
I know you're probably like how can this film be at number one? Well, part of the reason is I've recommended this film to a couple in the past and they liked it a lot. So, I actually know this film works. It's not your typical romantic film, but there's still a romance in it. It's heartfelt and it proves that love is more than skin deep. Eric Stoltz (face deformity) and Laura Dern (blind) develop an unlikely love for each other. Still, the scene that always gets me is when Eric explains to Laura hot and cold, then puts his hand on her face and says, "This is beautiful." That's romantic.

Bottom 5 Movies for Valentine's Day

5. The Break-Up (2006)
I think the title says it all. The whole film is full of arguments. It looks at a more realistic approach to relationships, but it's about breaking up. Bad idea for Valentine's Day.

4. Unfaithful (2002)
Again, I think the title says it all. This film is full of steamy romantic moments, but it's about a wife cheating on her husband with a French dude. Bad, bad idea for Valentine's Day.

3. Mulholland Drive (2001)
I love this movie, but it doesn't work for most people. It's a fucked up two hours of midgets, homeless people, and Lesbian love. David Lynch movies should be banned on Valentine's Day.

2. Happiness (1998)
Contrary to the title, this movie is not very happy. So, don't be fooled by the title. Take the opening scene for example, it's about breaking up. It sets the tone for the whole film. A film with pedophiles and Philip Seymour Hoffman getting all creepy will surely ruin your night.

1. American Psycho (2000)
Don't ask me why, but I have experience watching this film with a girl. Why did I do it? That's for another blog post. Here's what I know, it's a very bad idea. Christian Bale is killing girls with chainsaws, puts an axe in Jared Leto's head, and feeds a cat into an ATM machine. I still haven't forgotten the look that girl gave me when the credits rolled. It is something you never want to see.

Well, there you have it. If you decide to watch any of these movies on Valentine's Day with your significant other let me know. I want to make sure I'm recommending the right movies.

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