Quality Romantic Movies
Before you read this post, there are a few things you need to know about me. For one, I have never seen The Notebook, and I never will. If you’ve read this blog at all, you probably know that I’m not a huge fan of anything overly sappy, save maple syrup (I am, however, a fan of corny jokes). Also know that there was a time in my life when I would purposefully wear black on Valentine’s Day. Similarly, when I was a radio DJ in college, we spun break-up songs for our 2/14 show as opposed to love songs.
Why so bitter, you ask? Why the dark, pessimistic outlook? I think Liz Lemon puts it best:
My cynicism has tempered slightly since marrying a man who intentionally wears red and pink on Valentine’s Day and is an unabashed idealist. That said, I have been steadily widening my embrace of romantic movies through the years. No Nicholas Sparks, mind you, but I have come to appreciate a good romantic-comedy with a happy ending. Even a few cheesy ones.
And so, in honor of Anna Howard Shaw / Valentine’s Day, I have created — with the help of the amazingly talented Marybeth Campeau — a guide to quality romantic movies, published by Misadventures Magazine. In the spirit of inclusivity, I’ve included recommendations for those folks who tend to wear black and those who tend to wear pink on 2/14… as well as those who really don’t care either way. And just in time for the Blizzard of 2014! A great way to spend a snow day. Huzzah.
View the guide here, complete with review-tweets of each of the 37 films.
Note: A friend mentioned the noticeable absence of Woody Allen films (Manhattan, Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, et al.). These omissions were intentional out of respect for Dylan Farrow.