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COVID test strips are red, N95s are blue, are we really still doing Valentine’s Day in 2022? Our second pandemic V-Day is here, and whether you’re in a romantic relationship or decidedly single, you might decide it’s better to stay than go see Marry me in theatres. (It’s also streaming on Peacock, FYI.) But if you’re looking for some other original ideas for your Valentine’s Day weekend viewing, could we suggest one of these themed double features? They are sure to get you in the mood for whatever mood you want.
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These are two Wong Kar Wai films about flight attendants; one (1995 fallen angels) is apparently a sequel to the other (1994’s Chung King Express), but for the sake of your Valentine’s Day, it makes more sense to watch them in reverse order. of the pair, fallen angels faster holds to one of Wong’s central tenets: unresolved endings starve new beginnings. An assassin’s fixer can’t quite turn his business relationship into something more pleasant. A mute resident and motorcyclist of the night can’t quite have a crush on giving him more attention than she may have imagined. So much desire! When we finally meet our first stewardess, she reports that the flight path is deteriorating. The landing spot may not be where our hearts want to be, but it is solid ground.
On another side, Chung King Express shows us that behind every end hides a possible new beginning. A mysterious and troubled woman is pursued by a detective who is on the other side of a romantic expiration. She escapes on the first plane she can, and when we meet our second stewardess, she leaves a patrol boat stuck in the air. An employee at her favorite snack stand notices, and while red flags abound – which is a bit of a break-in between hearts – she reminds us to leave open the possibility that someone wants nothing more than to come in and completely refresh our worn clothes, shattered lives. We meet the second cop’s stewardess again, out of uniform, but when she takes her plea to a third cop, this one on duty, he finds he’s truly free to roam the aisles. (of love). Swoon.
our silence fallen angels nocturne said at one point, “You see a lot of people every day. Some strangers could become your friends or even your confidants. Focus on strength. The love in these movies is all about forcing the narratives in your favor, and while the friction doesn’t always create sparks, if you can navigate the resounding dissonance of the myriad simultaneous, recurring starts and stops in your frame , you might be rewarded with some heat. — Melvin Backman
Chung King Express and fallen angels are streaming on the Criterion channel.
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For centuries, nothing said happily ever after like a marriage. From Shakespeare to Jane Austen to countless movies, we’ve been inundated with the message that romances (and comedies) should end in marriage. This weekend, however, I don’t care if two beautiful people declare their undying love. Instead, my valentine and I only have eyes for movies where single women come to wedding parties like hurricanes and rain on their friend’s pre-wedding events at every turn.
Both of these films feature flawless performances from their protagonists. In The wedding of my best friendg, Julia Roberts risked her image as America’s sweetheart to play the conniving career woman looking to steal the heart of her best friend (Dermot Mulroney) on the eve of her wedding to a charming Cameron Diaz. With BridesmaidsKristen Wiig has proven the depth of her talent beyond Saturday Night Live playing a woman struggling to organize her life and finances while dealing with the pressures of her own best friend’s (Maya Rudolph) lavish wedding plans.
Am I swayed in this choice because my own wedding plans in 2020 have been completely upended by another messy tour de force, Miss Corona? Most likely! But, like me, Diaz and Rudolph’s characters had their spouses, even with the unexpected drama. —Tolly Wright
The wedding of my best friend is streaming on Pluto. Bridesmaids is streaming on Peacock.
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I love my Valentine’s Day like I love my independent films: sad, melancholic and above all calm. That’s why I advise you to sit down for an evening with Sofia Coppola lost in translation (2003) and Kogonada Columbus (2017).
The similarities are obvious. The two films revolve around couples of different ages – Bob and Charlotte (Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson), Jin and Casey (John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson) – who find themselves drawn to each other as they recognize another capricious soul. Their relationships, formed over a short period of time, are intimate, and while ultimately not romantic, they are not not neither romantic. It is a closeness between two people who recognize that they are trapped together in purgatory and which proves to be exactly what the other person needs to move on to the next phase.
Breaking down the differences between the two movies together can get interesting. lost in translation plays within and around the fringes of the fame industry, so it’s all wrapped up in a kind of comforting class gauze: Bob and Charlotte are existentially fucked, but they’ll be fine materially. By contrast, Kogonada’s film is rooted in the harsher conditions of Casey’s home life… and then there’s the racing stuff. A part of lost in translationThe fish out of water elements continue to not age well (especially the escort scene), causing an even bigger grimace when juxtaposed against Columbus’s subtle handling of the interracial dynamic between Casey and Jin, who is Korean American.
Anyway, they are also good travel movies. lost in translation takes place in Tokyo, of course, and Columbus in Columbus, Indiana, a beautifully photographed city with a somewhat surreal history as an architectural mecca. (It’s also, oddly enough, known to be the birthplace of Mike Pence, but let’s forget that.) So if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to travel this Valentine’s Day season, you could probably do a lot worse. . —Nicolas Quah
lost in translation is streaming on Peacock. Columbus is streaming on Kanopi.
Pictured: Universal City Studios; 20th Century Fox/Paramount
This Valentine’s Day, throw in a 90s-themed double disaster flick to remind you of the benefits of staying indoors on a comfy, cuddly couch. Let the only threats to your good times come from tornadoes and icebergs on your small screen as you film the 1996s Tornado and 1997 Titanic, both of which featured the late, great Bill Paxton. These blockbusters were two of the biggest hits of the decade thanks to their array of visual effects (Tornadois the flying cow; Titanicthe sinking ship) and the well-acted love stories at their center.
In Tornado, Paxton and Helen Hunt play remote storm chasers on the brink of a major discovery, while Philip Seymour Hoffman steals every scene he can. Meanwhile, Titanic is Titanic; there’s no need for a spoiler warning here, is there? Paxton plays a treasure hunter with very silly blonde highlights, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are handsome, young and healthy. deep as with each other. It’s a great choice for snuggling up under a blanket and being relieved not to freeze on a floating doorway while the person you lost your virginity to in a steamy PG-13 sex scene crumbles beneath you. Happy Valentine day! —Roxana Hadadi
Tornado is streaming on HBO Max. Titanic is streaming on Show time.
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There’s a dark subtext to a vacation dedicated to romance. Look at how often someone (okay, a man) forgetting Valentine’s Day is used to create conflict in romantic comedies. The implication is that there are normative ways to telegraph love. The truth is much more complicated. Love is not just flowers and champagne; more often than not, it’s about trying to be the best version of yourself and accepting that we all inevitably fail at that sometimes.
Charlie McDowell explores this idea in his film The one I love. Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss play a couple who go on a retreat recommended by a therapist, with the intention of reconnecting. There they meet lookalikes of each other, but these lookalikes are more charming, more put together. Basically, better versions of themselves.
This idea of the best version of yourself is even more twisted in Daniel Goldhaber Cam. Orange is the new black Madeline Brewer stars as a camgirl named Alice, known to her fans on FreeGirlsLive as Lola. Obsessed with improving her rankings, once Lola (finally!!) reaches the site’s Top 50, she wakes up to find that her account has been taken over by a doppelganger and she can’t get it back. .
Sure, that doesn’t make for the most romantic Valentine’s Day viewing, but consider it a kind of relationship stunt. If you can comfortably talk about those thorny topics of love and identity, body and property, that’s a sign that your bond is strong enough. Much more romantic than flowers, IMHO. —Emily Palmer Heller
The one I love is streaming on tube. Cam is streaming on netflix.
Photo: Warner Bros.
As you can see, we have given you, on this Valentine’s Day
Many recommendations, as a movie valet.
Dual features for watching via streaming or discs
Or maybe a VHS tape, just for fun.
For your downloaded projection (which does not need an antenna)
We suggest you first try V for Vendetta.
Alright, not so cuddly, but think: you would have go to
No more new movies with the great Weaving (Hugo).
And then for the second, how about V?
No, not Pynchon, not Churchill, the scary alien:
The one where aliens land and emerge
All kinds of chaos. (It starts in New York.)
V-dystopia twice! Not really romantic.
Maybe too dark, and it could make you frantic.
But if you (like the team here) devour everything Culture
You can choose your own evening of Vs. —XO, Vulture
V is streaming on tube. V for Vendetta is streaming on HBO Max.