It's Valentine's Day, which means I'm back with a second edition/part of my favorite romantic movies list (you can find my first list here). I know I say that I'm not big into romantic movies, and I'm really not. If you gave me a list of 10 romance films, I'm guessing I probably haven't even seen half of them. What I find funny is that despite this not being one of my favorite genres, I definitely have enough movies that I classify as love stories that I fell for to do more than one list. Don't be surprised if there is a part 3 next year. And now to more favorites, in no particular order:
Who doesn't love a good enemies to lovers story? The Cutting Edge is the ultimate in that. The story of a figure skater with one last shot at Olympic gold on the hunt for a new partner to get her there. In comes a washed up hockey player with nothing left to lose. The level of hate that rolls off of both the characters is palpable, and it's no surprise the minute that animosity gets redirected to passion. With the 2018 Winter Olympics going on right now, this is the perfect movie to accompany viewing the events.
This might be the most untraditional movie on this list. A young, American man runs off to Italy to get some space from the shit show his life has become. Soon after arriving he meets a woman that he shares an instant attraction with. Sounds like the start of a promising romantic drama, right? Well, yes and no. He soon begins to realize something is off with his new romantic interest, and that's where Spring gets really interesting. Some would classify this as more of a horror movie than a romance, but I would disagree. Don't get me wrong, it is a horror film, but more in the vein of Lovecraft than in jump scares and creepiness. It is also very much about the relationship of the main characters. Spring is so, so beautiful and unique. I found myself in love with everything about this movie by the films end.
Oh, Love Jones. I saw this movie in theaters when I was 15, and it was love at first sight. For a young biracial girl, this movie conveyed a life and love that resonated with me, something that I could envision for my own future. It really was a revelation for me. And then there was the passion, the sexiness of it all, the art, the poetry, the conversations, the words, the music. That damn soundtrack was life and I listened to it on repeat for months. The movie also introduced me to John Coltrane, something I will always be grateful for.
Imagine living in a world where you can get outfitted with a device that lets you know the exact moment you will meet your soulmate. Would you do it? How would it affect your life? This is the premise for Timer. This little independent film is so full of emotion, fun, and discussion-worthy ideas. I enjoyed this movie so much I promptly had a few friends watch it. I found this movie so refreshingly different, and it's seriously worth the time.
This movie is one of my all-time guilty pleasures. A young woman is on the verge of losing the restaurant her recently deceased mother started and loved. Through a strange twist of magic, she becomes a great cook, and hijinks ensue. While not a high budget film or even an award caliber one, it is a really fun, sweet movie. I love the dynamic and banter between the characters, and I can't help falling in love with the movie as the main characters fall in love. For me, this movie is simply irresistible (see what I did there?)!
This movie is so close to perfection for me. A young woman is told that her fiancee has been killed during World War I, and while everyone tells her to move on, deep inside she believes that he is still alive and sets out on an adventure to find the truth. Alternating between her investigation and flashbacks, A Very Long Engagement is a funny, wonderful, tragic, absolutely stunning film. It's beautiful to look at and is so emotionally moving. Imagine feeling a love so deeply that you know in your bones that the soul of your love has not yet left this earth. So, so gorgeaous.