We don’t have to all sit and work our way through The Notebook to find a romantic movie this Valentine’s Day that would keep our attention!
Mat was tasked with listing his Top 10 Movies that a Modern Man would enjoy on Valentine’s Day.
10. Sid and Nancy (1986)
I start the list off with the nuclear bomb of romances – the 1986 classic Sid and Nancy. This chaotic real life relationship makes for great movie watching. The story of Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen is pure punk passion. Directed by Alex Cox and staring a young Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as the volatile couple. The Performances are raw and explosive. If you haven’t seen this one, it’s a must see.
9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
This 2008 comedy is what romantic comedies should be, actually funny. Jason Segel, Kristin Bell, Russell Brand and Mila Kunis star in this story of a broken hearted man who takes a vacation in the same place his ex-girlfriend (Bell) is vacationing. Simple premise, but simple pays off here as Segel falls for one of the hotel staff (Kunis). The tone is set early on when Segel has to handle getting dumped while completely nude. It brings awkward to a new level, but lets us know this is not going to be a safe comedy.
8. High Fidelity (2000)
Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, this is probably the sappiest movie on the list. Sometimes you need a little sap though. It’s the story of a record shop owner, John Cusack, who makes a list of his top 5 break ups because he is currently being dumped. It doesn’t sound like it, but it’s a fun ride with a film stealing performance by Jack Black as one of the record store employees. With great dialogue and honest heart, it’s a film both He and She will enjoy.
7. Deadpool (2016)
Believe it or not this is not a stretch. At the heart of Deadpool is a romance. Everything Wade Wilson does is for Vanessa. A beautiful mix of action, romance, and comedy, Deadpool delights on all levels. The first R-rated comic book movie has something for everyone. Thought of mostly as an action comedy, Deadpool’s foundation is its unconventional romance. And his suit is red for Valentine’s Day. Staring Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin.
6. Brick (2005)
Rian Johnson’s (The Last Jedi) first film is a masterpiece. Starring Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Brick is the story of a loner who gets dragged into an underworld of crime while looking for his ex-girlfriend who has gone missing. Sounds like an old film noir, right? Well it is. It’s a stylized modern film noir and it works. Johnson created a poetic language that makes this noir sing without any sour notes. If you haven’t seen this one, get on it, it’s so fantastic.