The Best Romance Movies To Watch If You Hate Valentine’s Day


The days after New Years can be a bit gloomy at your local Walgreens or CVS. You’ve just celebrated a fresh start, picked up your prescriptions, and you’re already bombarded with life-sized plush toys in red and pink tones and expensive heart-shaped boxes of chocolates meant to give to your valentine. No matter the state of your love life, whether you’re chronically single, navigating a threesome, or just taking an anti-capitalist stance on what could be THE worst vacation of your life(?), we’ve got this you need. Here are some of the best unconventional romance movies to watch if you hate Valentine’s Day.

Defend Your Life (1991)

If you’ve ever thought of the afterlife, I’m sure you didn’t imagine it looking like a middle-class shopping mall, littered with bus stops and restaurants and shabby hotel rooms (and not so bad). If so, you are probably an atheist now. But Albert Brook Defend his life brings a charm and contagious warmth that makes the yuppies’ afterlife feel worth living. The film follows Daniel (Albert Brooks, who wrote, directed and starred in the film), a recently deceased person taken to Judgment City, where the dead are judged to determine if they lived brave enough to go to heaven. During his short stay, Daniel falls in love with Julia (Meryl Streep), a brave and intelligent woman who is surely headed for heaven. Unlike Albert’s previous films – Modern romance, real life and Lost in America – the characters have a way out of their destructive patterns and cycles without the slightest hint of irony. Here, it’s never too late to change or fall in love.

The Fly (1986)

Fly starts with a meet-cute. Brilliant scientist Seth Brundle, played by zaddy Jeff Goldblum, meets science journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) and offers her an exclusive scoop on his new invention in order to flirt with her. That works. If, like me, you grew up hearing the whispers of this movie, you might be tempted to think you got the wrong movie. It feels a little too sweet, a little too charming, to be written and directed by David Cronenberg. However, it doesn’t take long for the body horror to begin. After Seth uses his untested teleportation device, he begins his gradual transformation into a dangerous monster. What hurts the most, however, is the romantic tragedy at its heart. The more Seth changes, the more Ronnie clings to him, hoping for something to save him. If you’re a hopeless romantic who also loves horror, this one’s for you.

Don’t Break My Heart (2011)

Hong Kong directors Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai’s long-standing collaboration on the best romantic comedies (Need you, my left eye sees ghosts, love for all seasons, etc.) reaches a peak of manic energy with Do not break My Heart, a ridiculously clever break from modern love amid the financial market meltdown. The film follows Cheng Zixin (Yuanyuan Gao) after she moves to Hong Kong, where she meets playboy CEO Cheung Shen (Louis Koo) and Fang (Daniel Wu), an alcoholic architect. Soon, Cheung begins wooing Cheng by texting him through the window of his office building, and Fang returns to his life a changed man. Love triangle games become elaborate, transactional pranks to see who will win Cheng Zixin’s heart, and we promise you’ll be hooked.

Don’t Forget Me (2015)

When you are a teenager, everything that happens to you seems to be and will be the most important thing to literally never happen to you. But if you scroll through your old Facebook messages now, you’ll likely encounter a weird disconnect. Your teen’s old likes in your photos may make you smile, but they certainly don’t mean what they used to say. by Kei Horie Do not forget me takes this vanity to its extreme. It follows Takashi, a third-year high school student who immediately falls in love. However, Azusa, the object of her love, warns her that everyone who meets her will forget about her within minutes. Takashi refuses to believe her until small details about her start slipping out of his life. Over time, his handwritten notes about their love are the only memories that remain. Scary!

Haru (1996)

In today’s world, there is nothing unusual about falling in love on the internet. But back in 1996, when conversation was confined to chat rooms and anonymous forums, there was something special, a kind of magic about finding a real online connection. Something that hasn’t changed though is the way loners (all of us at one time or another) flock to certain corners of the internet, clinging to the unreality of the machinery for a bit. of warmth and tenderness. The Dreamer and Lunatic by Yoshimitsu Morita Haru understand that. He drifts through time and space connecting his two sons, Haru and Hoshi, through emails. He especially appreciates the tension born of the medium, an anxious expectation of the next message from the other. If you’ve spent the past few years chronically online, you’ll probably fall a little in love with this internet movie’s endearing simplicity and overall prescience.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

It’s been said before that cinema is the medium for ghosts, that everything filmed is already gone – effectively dead by the time we see it. It is a disc of regrets, of collapsed possibilities, of deferred dreams. by Joseph L. Mankiewicz The Ghost and Mrs. Muir brings the world beyond to a small British seaside cottage owned by the stubborn widow, Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), with the commanding presence of Rex Harrison as the curmudgeonly but charming ghost of Captain Gregg. “What Makes Love Real?” asks the movie. “Can it exist beyond the veil, and can it touch us?” The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a film that is unafraid of its own faith in love, without being the least bit cheesy. Even if you hate Valentine’s Day, we think you’ll find comfort in this film.

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