Valentine’s Day Movie Night

Looking for that great list of Valentine’s films for you to enjoy? Look no further.

Mr & Mrs Smith (2005) – A movie for all. The overall film, stars, story and situation work to create the ultimate romantic package that leaves you thinking #relationshipgoals. Ok, fine more like #wishfulthinking, but we can dream. It’s the perfect date night/ Valentine’s film.

Romeo + Juliet (1996) – Cool modern interpretation of a classic tale. Fights and cars. Plus Leo, plus Claire Danes. Luhrmann has really adapted it well, made it something that everyone can enjoy, keeping it artistic and really interesting.

The Perfect Man (2005)- Mr Big, with a great cast, and probably some of the funniest lines courtesy of Carson Kresley. It’s a cool little story with different twists and turns thanks to movie favourite Hilary Duff.

The Young Victoria (2009) – If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey you’ll like this. Written by Julian Fellowes, of Downton fame, The Young Victoria looks at the early life of Queen Victoria, including her loving marriage with Prince Albert. A truly romantic film, a romance rare to the world.

The Other Woman (2014) – Probably one of the most fun romantic comedies. It’s currently playing in the office, and my college walked past saying, “oh, it’s my favourite! I actually love this film.” The camaraderie between the three women is absolutely wonderful. The movie is pretty much made thanks to Leslie Mann, she’s hilariously brilliant!

Finding Neverland (2004) – Such a sweet romantic tale. A unique story that really resonates with audiences. Known as a somewhat semi biographical film Finding Neverland looks at the relationship between Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie and a family who allegedly inspired him to pen the children’s tale.

A Little Chaos (2014) – Truly a film that stays with you. After first having watched this movie I constantly thought about it for 3 months. I was first in line as soon as it came out on DVD. Truly a work of art.  The story is set in 17th century France where two landscape artists develop a great bond designing a garden in Versailles.

Frozen (2013) – For those of you who haven’t seen the film in a while, now’s a good time to do so. You know refresh with this beautiful Disney tale. If that’s not proof enough there’s a showing today at the Hayden Orpheum Palace Cremorne, sing-a-long too.

Bride and Prejudice (2004) – I first watched this film in school. It’s a pretty smart interpretation on the classic. The cast is perfect, the storyline really works with traditional storytelling. Another great factor about this film, the songs! Fair warning, they may be on your mind for the remainder of the week, but it’s so worth it. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Martin Henderson equals, perfection.

Pride and Prejudice (2005) – Last year we featured the 1940 version, this year we’ve selected the 2005 film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. I’ve pretty much worn out my DVD watching this film. Make sure you keep an eye out for the best bit, the duologue in the rain midway through the movie.

Miss Potter (2006) – This is such a sweet tale, a biographical fiction focusing on the origins story of Peter Rabbit author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. There’s a mix of animation with the real and it really helps you see through her eyes. It plays with your heart, and leaves you in a pool of tears. It’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you still have that inner child about you.

Mamma Mia! (2008) – Based on the broadway musical of the same name Mamma Mia! is such a fun film. The singing, the dancing, I just love the combination of the story with ABBA songs. Great storytelling technique. Add Meryl Streep into the mix and you’ve got musical perfection.

Sweet Home Alabama (2002) – One of my favourite films starring Reese Witherspoon. The role definitely suits her and the story all in all is a charming tale, that I suppose you could describe as The Notebook, but the romantic comedy version. Oh yeah, and McDreamy aka Patrick Dempsey stars in the film too.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) – If you’re looking for the unconventional love story, this is it. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams this film focuses on the trials of marriage and the changing aspects in a relationship. The film starts Golden Hollywood greats Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives

Ever After (1998) – A different take on the Cinderella classic, the combination of characters in this film is great. It really helps in the storytelling. Plus it harks back to your childhood memories, especially if you’re familiar with the film of story in general. Drew Barrymore and Angelica Houston work well off each other.

The Italian Job (2003) – Cars, revenge and the dynamic duo Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg. A remake of the 1969 film (same title) revolves around a team of thieves who after misadventure plan the ultimate payback where we travel between Venice and Los Angeles. You’ll really enjoy this film, whenever it’s on, we always sit down and watch it. It’s one of those films.

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) – I seriously want to join this book club. It actually inspires you to start a book club or at least join one. There’s a great mix of characters in amongst the differing stories central around love lost, gained and what can only be described as work in progress. Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello, Kathy Baker and Hugh Dancy star in this romantic drama.

The King and I (1956) – I could have danced all night! Different elements of love stories in this film. Based on the book Anna and the King of Siam this Rogers & Hammerstein based film stars Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner where an English schoolteacher travels with her son to Bangkok to teach the royal family, not just lessons in a classroom, but lessons in life.

Fool’s Gold (2008) – If you loved How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days you’ll enjoy Fool’s Gold. We go on an epic treasure hunt with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. There are twists and turns about with challenges and comedy in the mix. Plus the images are quite beautiful, most of the scenes were filmed in Australia, so as expected the beaches are quite fantastic.

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) – Times have changed and ideas have progressed far beyond those present in this film, but again, the singing and dancing are great in this film. Starring Hollywood greats such as Howard Keel and Jane Powell you’ll be tapping and singing along in no time.

The Wedding Planner (2001) – Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey star in this romantic comedy, another oldie but a goodie. At the time this was a new take on the idea of those who don’t do, plan. For all those hopeless romantics out there, those of you who love all aspects of a wedding, this is the one for you.

Beauty and the Beast (1991) – Tale as old as time. Yep, we just had to add this animated classic. The DVD was released from the Disney vault a few months ago, (good news for those of you still holding onto the VHS) and we’ve been watching it on repeat. Honestly, you put it on and it all comes back, the lines, the songs. Perfect for those of you still young at heart.

Safe Haven – I feel like they did a good job with this film adapting it from the book by Nicholas Sparks. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, whilst you may not see potential in this pairing, it actually worked. The addition of Cobie Smulders and Aussie actor David Lyons really changed the story up in different ways, as per the novel.

Robin Hood (1973) – I’m talking the Disney Animated classic. It’s been on my mind for the past few months and It’s actually a quirky film when you think about it, all the different animals and the animation takes you back to your childhood. Again, some great songs and you can’t help but become enveloped in the storyline.

Sense and Sensibility (1995) – A great period drama/romance again with a great cast, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman. Directed by Ang Lee, there’s so much to love about this film. Jane Austen’s novel comes to life thanks to the brilliant performances and gorgeous images synonymous with the aspect and feel of the genre.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993) – This is another favourite Kenneth Branagh is a master and he is hilarious in the Shakespeare retelling. The casting is brilliant, the pace is fantastic and overall there’s a perfect mix of drama and comedy. The setting is quite breathtaking, trust me you’ll have garden envy after watching this film. Much like all Romantic Shakespeare tales, there are twists and turns that take you from shock to joy in a split second.

Sliding Doors (1998) – Gwenyth rocks and the duel story is a definite plus. If only I could turn back time. Takes me back to the 90’s. It’s all about choices and paths focusing on two alternate worlds on the what could have been and what is, all focused on whether she makes a train or not. Another interesting take on changes in life dependant on fate and chance.

Cinderella (2015) – Again, Kenneth Branagh putting his genius touch on a rework of the classic tale. The combination of Lily James and Cate Blanchett, absolutely fabulous. The costumes, the cinematography, all beautiful. It’s a great modern interpretation that’s suited for everyone. The message speaks to all audiences and ultimately it’s about love and kindness. You can’t help but love it.

Midnight in Paris (2011) – If you’re a francophile, you’ll love this. If you’re an artist, aspiring artist or someone who appreciates the arts, this is the film for you. Yes it’s about love, but more importantly the love of places and times in history. If you’re not for the overwhelming romantic film, this is the perfect film and Owen Wilson shines in this film. Again, I’m calling a film a work of art.

Notting Hill (1999) – Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Need I say more. The king and queen of Rom/Coms unite to create the ultimate romantic film. Plus, I now want to live in Notting Hill, have fabulous dinner parties and have a roommate that resembles Spike. Another film where you think, this could be me. I could be working in a book shop and a celebrity walks in and falls madly in love with me. Ah dreams, they’re great aren’t they.

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