Five romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day

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For this Valentine’s Day edition of W Movie Club, our editors share some of their favorite movies about love, in all its forms:

trendy girls (2003)

While trendy girls presents a turbulent romance between Brittany Murphy’s character, Molly and Jesse Spencer’s Neal, the true love story is between Molly and Ray, played by a young Dakota Fanning. The unlikely duo step into each other’s lives after Molly finds out that the trust fund her late rockstar father left her has run out. Needing money to support her lavish lifestyle, her friend (played by Distraught Castmate Donald Faison) puts her in touch with a nanny job. Enter Ray, an eight-year-old hypochondriac who comes up against Molly’s carefree demeanor. Throughout the movie, you see Molly and Ray learning from each other: Molly learns responsibility and Ray learns to let go a bit. No rom com would be complete without some sort of serenade, so stay tuned for a swoon-worthy number. Another romantic aspect of the film? Watch scenes shot on the streets of a New York City without a pandemic. ––Jenny Oliver

Indiscreet (1958)

After the beautiful opening title sequence, feast your eyes on nearly two hours of Carey Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Indiscreet is visually stunning (he’s one of the first to use split screens as a cinematic effect), as are Grant and Bergman, who play a helpless loving couple who embark on some kind of affair after Anna (Bergman), an actress satisfied to have quit single life (she is introduced in the movie putting on her cold cream and eating cheese at night … with a glass of milk? It was the 50s I guess), has a cute encounter with Philip (Grant) – only to find out he’s married. Indiscreet is smart and sophisticated, and available to stream on Criterion Channel. —Marine Brooke

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

This movie always makes me foggy-eyed more than any regular romantic comedy, and since it’s been all the rage lately on TikTok, I gave it another watch while I was in the snow a few years ago. weeks. This is not the most typical love story: a girl meets a mysterious wizard, a girl is turned into an old woman by a jealous witch, a girl goes on an adventure to her war-torn country to break up the curse. While often considered the least original story in Studio Ghibli films – it was loosely adapted from Diana Wynne Jones’ novel – the intricate animation makes up for what it might lack in terms of plot structure and pace. . Both the original dubbing and the English dubbing are excellent, with the latter including Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall and a young Christian Bale. It’s a sweet story about true love and inner beauty, but it also reflects the love we develop for our chosen families. —Tilden Bissell

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

As a less sweet alternative, Baz Luhrmann’s ecstatic-tinged version of Shakespeare’s Greatest Love Story is a fun option, whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone, with your SO, or just drinking wine with it. your friends (on Zoom, of course). Chaotic and campy, it’s a who’s who of ’90s movie stars, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes and Paul Rudd all speaking in iambic pentameters as they run around “Verona Beach”. The costume is still referenced in pop culture to this day (see: Jules in the Halloween episode of Euphoria), plus it has all the lavish production design you’d expect from the creator of red Mill and Ballroom strictly. Cultural impact aside, the whole thing doesn’t quite hold up 25 years later. But the iconic meeting of Romeo and Juliet in the aquarium alone is worth watching. —TB

While you were sleeping (1995)

My first celebrity crush was Bill Pullman. I can’t explain why, at 10, I wanted to marry her, but the heart wants what it wants. And that’s the central theme of this vastly underrated 1995 romantic comedy, which stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a single, lonely woman. As in, she owns only one distant cat, as if to highlight her late father and the lack of a boyfriend. She’s a Chicago Transit Authority token taker, spending the time between coin tinkling and rush hour crashing into the distance on the usual El Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher) train. One day he is assaulted on the platform and falls into the tracks – Lucy kicks in to save him from certain death and accompanies Peter in a coma to the hospital. There, she pretends to be her fiancé so she can visit him in the ER, when her entire Midwestern family shows up. Lucy is gradually accepted into the Callaghan clan and becomes particularly close to younger brother Jack, played by Pullman. Naturally, Lucy’s feelings for Jack become conflicting as she tries to maintain the cunning as Peter’s fiancée. It’s a calm, wintry film that examines why we love the people we love, even when we’re not “supposed” to love them, and how loving someone means loving every aspect of their life, beyond sight. two seconds while you wait for the train. – Meagan Fredette

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