With Valentine’s day arriving tomorrow, I wanted to take another look at some romance movies that don’t follow the normal mushy tropes. Last year we made some fantastic recommendations, and I encourage you to go back and check some of those out if you haven’t already. But there are still so many more love stories that aren’t just fluff. These tales remind us that sometimes ‘love conquers all’ may lead down a dark path. Here are some movies that are great to snuggle up with your significant other and watch, or to watch by yourself and thank your lucky stars you’re still single.
True Romance, opens a new window - Christian Slater, opens a new window and Patricia Arquette, opens a new window star in this 1993 roller coaster ride of a love story. When Clarence (Slater) falls in love with Alabama (Arquette), there is one major road block to their story book love: her pimp. After killing him and stealing a briefcase full of cocaine, the couple must go on the lamb evading law enforcement and mobsters alike. Written by Quentin Tarrantino and directed by Tony Scott, opens a new window, this gritty romance has plenty of action, one-liners, and iconic scenes that you may recognize even if you’ve never seen the film.
Wristcutters: A Love Story, opens a new window - When Zia realizes his love is unrequited he slits his wrists, only to find himself in a dim, shabby afterlife populated exclusively by suicides. After discovering his love interest has committed suicide as well, he and his Russian friend Eugene go off to explore this purgatory and find her. With great cameo appearances by the likes of Tom Waits and Will Arnett, and a fantastic soundtrack by Gogol Bordello, this movie is dark, brooding, funny, and surprisingly uplifting.
The Lobster, opens a new window - You’ll have to suspend your disbelief a bit for this raucous and outlandish romance. In a parallel future, people are not allowed to be single after a certain age. Those who remain single are sent to ‘The Hotel’ to find a suitable partner. If they cannot find love in 45 days they are transformed into an animal of their choice. This movie can be mesmerizing if you let it, and Colin Farrell’s, opens a new window acting as the main character Dave is phenomenal. The supporting cast is fantastic too. I have recommended this movie to friends that hated it, but more often than not they agree with me that this is an instant classic.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, opens a new window - How far would you go to forget that person who broke your heart? If you had the option to erase their memory completely would you? This is the decision the two main characters, played by Jim Carrey, opens a new window and Kate Winslet, opens a new window, make when their relationship crumbles. But what happens when they meet again as strangers?
Some people love the sappy love story in all its iterations. For the rest of us, there’s no need to give up on love, just give it a little twist. When you’re ready to get your romance on come see us at SLPL and borrow one of these great titles or ask for a recommendation. We’ll be sure to send you home with something you can curl up with and forget the cold.