The big day has come and gone, people have either enjoyed opening their Valentine’s cards or tried to keep their eyes dry as they watched the postman come and go with nothing but a selection of the usual bills and junk mail.
So these movies may end up pleasing people in either category, being both full of love and yet removed from the traditional trappings of the romance genre.
10) I Love You, Man (2009)
The comfortable hetero-love between two grown men who don’t always act their age is perfectly portrayed by Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.
9) (500) Days Of Summer (2009)
One of the more traditional romance movies here but one that also mixes things up nicely with some chopped up and rejigged chronology and plenty of bitterness to counter the sweeter moments.
8.) Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Arching your eyebrows just now? Forgetting one of the major scenes from the last half hour or so of the movie? Watch it again and remind yourself of just who Ripley connects with the most.
7) Audition (1999)
There are a number of, equally great and varied, interpretations of Takashi Miike’s superb movie. One of them advises viewers to take the whole film as a love story with the finale depicting a man’s guilty conscience ruining a possible happiness he never expected to have after the loss of his first wife/love.
6) Return Of The Living Dead III (1993)
Boy loves girl, girl is involved in horrible motorcycle accident, boy revives girl, girl tries to stave off hunger for brains by piercing herself in most unusual ways. Melinda Clarke = hottest zombie ever in this warped tale of ill-fated lovers.
5) Crash (1996)
In amongst all of the auto-erotica and the controversy, David Cronenberg also explores a very adult world of love being overtaken by sex and thrills . . . . . . . until the sex and thrills finally wear thin.
4) Brazil (1985)
Terry Gilliam’s great film, the best version of 1984 not entitled 1984, also has a love story at it’s centre. It may be hard to remember, with so much surreal madness surrounding it, but it’s there.
3) Fight Club (1999)
Ed Norton’s character clearly feels strongly about Brad Pitt’s character, just view the jealousy with which he views the interloping woman.
2) Christine (1983)
one of my favourite love stories. John Carpenter brings Stephen King’s tale of love between boy and girl to the screen. The girl just happens to be a car.
1) Hot Fuzz (2007)
Everyone knows that this is really a “bromance” between Nicholas (Pegg) and Danny (Frost). In fact, Danny’s dialogue also incorporates material written for a love interest for Nicholas that was removed. The material was often unchanged.
As always, this selection is intended to provoke laughs, anger, conversation and general mockery of myself.
Feel the love!