To celebrate (and survive) Valentine’s day, our contributors put together a list of their favourite films to watch on the 14th of February.
Bachelorette follows a group of deeply flawed bridesmaids and groomsmen in the hectic hours pre-wedding, post- bachelorette party. Whatever your relationship status, whatever your thoughts of feelings about your bae or lack thereof, Bachelorette is a film about love to which everyone can relate in some small way. It is, first and foremost, a highly underrated romantic comedy but it’s about more than just a predictable quest to find ‘the one’: it’s a hilariously witty film about female friendship and giving people a second chance and not messing up when you find the right person. And whatever your stance on Valentine’s Day, Bachelorette is a timely reminder that at least your life choices (probably) aren’t as terrible as those made by the protagonists – which we could all use now and then.
The Room (2003)
It’s universally agreed that The Room is not a good film. In fact it’s one of the worst films ever made. But it’s so hysterically bad, so gloriously inept in its attempt at a romance that if you and your significant other enjoy getting drunk and watching films ironically, The Room is a must-see. It is the epitome of a guilty pleasure; the definition of a so-bad-it’s-good experience. Featuring overly long sex montages, a million plot points that go nowhere, hilariously awkward dialogue, socially lobotomised characters and possibly the greatest piece of bad acting ever put on film from the ambiguously accented Tommy Wiseau, The Room is a paramount so bad it’s good romance. It’s an unconventional pick but if you’ve never seen the magical disaster that is this film, then there’s no better time to laugh at its absurdity than on Valentine’s Day.
Before Trilogy (1995 – 2013)
The Before Trilogy by Richard Linklater is easily one of the finest cross examinations for a relationship ever, helped immensely by its unique format (written by the two leads and director via correspondence over the 7 years between each part) and Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke’s ineffable chemistry. They’ll break and rebuild your hope over and over again.
[Luke Shaw – @FullofFeathers]
Holy Motors (2012)
To all the cynics out there who don’t believe in love: give Holy Motors a chance. French director Carax put together a bewildering piece to proclaim the death of cinema and celebrate his love for it. The themes of death and love permeate the story of Mr. Oscar, who spends his days living an undefined number of lives, going from one role to the other, celebrating the intrinsic beauty of the act of performing. Mr. Oscar and his personas enable Carax to pay a visceral tribute to cinema in a film that will disturb but inevitably seduce the viewer. Featuring the most puzzling cyber-sex scene ever projected on the big screen, Holy Motors reminds its audience that, for better or worse, love is real.
[Ludovica Credendino – @ludofaiga]