Readers of the blog may have noticed that my posts have become a less regular than intended in recent weeks. Firstly, I apologise and am hereby setting a promise that I will step up my game in the coming weeks. However, I recently stumbled across a new idea, to review some of my friends’ favourite films of all time. Stay tuned – hopefully I can rope in some willing participants soon!
In the meantime, I received a timely reminder from the Blu-ray Disc Association team in my office, that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching next week – always a treat! And given it falls on a weekday again, I shouldn’t be surprised if a significant proportion of couples are planning to stay in with an M&S deal and snuggle up to watch a movie. So here are some of their top movie suggestions for the romantic occasion (with a few hints, tips and general comments from me thrown in):
Romeo and Juliet (20th Century Fox)
“Enjoy a classic love story this year: Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of the two star-crossed lovers is a perfect accompaniment to any Valentine’s Day. Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes’ on screen chemistry is electrifying in this commercially and critically lauded film.”
It’s an oldie, but a goodie – Definitely rate this as one of the best out there. Harder to convince your bloke on this one though!
One Day (Universal)
“Laugh and cry at this big screen version of one of the most loved books in recent times. A life-long romantic tale that men and women alike will be drawn to, One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, will move even the most sceptical of hearts.”
I think I was the only person in the UK not to connect with this film, or the book, with any real interest. Definitely popular generally speaking though, but perhaps less suited to those starting out on relationships – this ones pretty heavy going!
Crazy Stupid Love (Warner Bros)
“Get caught up in the three generations of love stories in this enchanting, light comedy of romantic confusion. Both funnyman Steve Carell and heart-throb Ryan Gosling are in fine comedic form in this enchanting rom-com.”
Love, love, love this film! Anyone who read my original post will know my feelings already. Ryan Gosling is the cherry on top of this brilliant, heart-warming and funny film. Definitely my movie of choice for the 14th!
“Avoid the clichés this year and take home Bridesmaids instead of a bunch of roses. This hilarious hit comedy shows a darker side to love and its effects on all those involved – but with a happy ending, of course.”
If you’re not in a couple this year (much like me), Bridesmaids could be the perfect solution to a dreary Valentines Day. Although this disappointed me when I saw it at the cinema, without the hype surrounding it’s release, I’m sure this is just what the doctor ordered for a mix of comedy and romance.
Friends with Benefits (Sony)
“The perfect film to spice up your Valentine’s Day, Friends with Benefits is the sizzling story of Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) – two friends who attempt a purely physical relationship, but end up learning that love always triumphs in the end. If you fancy humour along with some heart, this could be the one for you.”
Another great release! I’d definitely forgotten about some of these films (particularly from last year). Think I’ve just found my inspiration for a super Sunday screening at home, nevermind Valentines!
Let me know if you have any suggestions for other Valentine’s films – The Notebook just goes without saying by the way! Kx
P.S If you’re into films, the Blu-ray Twitter feed is pretty handy too – It’s @BlurayReporter – Check it out!