Five February 14th Flicks
The Spectacular Now (2013)
“The best thing about now is that there’s another one tomorrow.” The Spectacular Now is a spectacular romance/drama film starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. It’s a story of a partying, charismatic high school senior who grows as a result of an unexpected relationship and a series of reality checks.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Yeah. I’d be lying if I said I was a big Jim Carrey fan, but this movie is a must-see. It’s a love story told in reverse, in which we see how the relationship collapsed, the relationship’s beginning first, and everything in between. In the movie, after Carrey finds out that his ex-girlfriend got a procedure to erase him from her memory, Carrey does the same. It’s a creative concoction of psychological thrill, humor, and romance. If you don’t believe me, believe the Academy.
I Love You, Man (2009)
This one is as light-hearted as they come. It tells the story of a man who recently got engaged but realizes he doesn’t have any male friends to be his best man. In contrast to my other picks, this one concerns friendship. It’s hard not to enjoy any scene that Jason Segel is a part of. (If you want a movie where you can also chat on the side, this is the one.)
I’m not the first to say it, but Disney Pixar knocks it out of the park every time. Taking place in Santa Cecilia, Mexico, the animated film is a story surrounding the Day of the Dead holiday. Its original songs, animation, and uplifting narrative strike just the right chords for anyone who sees it. Furthermore, it makes you want to give your grandma a call.
If you didn’t love those suggestions, consider watching these honorable mentions: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom or the Netflix Original Series Master of None. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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