By Cody Long, Contributing Writer
Valentines Day is the biggest day of the year for romantic movies. Forget about going to the theater on such a busy day, but how about renting a DVD or a Netflix movie for that special someone? Here are five suggestions of movies to watch on Valentines Day, in no particular order.
“When Harry Met Sally” stands in romantic comedy history as the binding factor to the historic question of whether a man and a woman can be “just friends” as Harry and Sally repeatedly meet each other and attempt to be friends. This movie has classic comedic value that only Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan can bring. The two definitely compliment each other in this Rob Reiner film to finally answer the question about sex making friendship complicated.
“High Fidelity”, starring John Cusack and Jack Black, started my career of building “Top 5 Lists” of everything in my life. The story follows Rob Gordon (Cusack) trying to figure out his life and where it when wrong with his top five biggest breakups, leading to his most recent breakup. This is definitely a romantic comedy to question the other ones, but definitely a movie not to miss for the lovers.
“Valley Girl” is another classic 80’s love movie starring Nicolas Cage. “Valley Girl” is special for its “Bad Boy and Good Girl” storyline with Cage as the “Bad Boy.” The “Good Girl’s” father unfortunately has a major issue with the unholy relationship with the rebellious punk who is leading nowhere in life. Luckily for Randy (Cage) and Julie (Deborah Foreman) they learn from each other and begin to mold throughout the movie.
“A Knight’s Tale”, starring the late Heath Ledger, is a great movie. It has action, love, and comedy, all in this rags to riches tale of jousters and knights. William (Ledger) seeks fame and fortune until he meets the faire Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon), his, and I quote, “Foxy Lady.” A hilarious soundtrack interpretation of the Middle Ages also leads to some fun scenes.
“Pride & Prejudice” (2005) starring Keira Knightley, Donald Sutherland, and Matthew Macfadyen has to be a girl’s fantasy for two words; “Mr. Darcy.” Every woman in my life always fell out of love with me and in love with Matthew Macfadyen’s performance of Mr. Darcy. This is of course the story written by Jane Austen following Elizabeth Bennet’s (Knightley) love interests.
These may not be the greatest love movies of all time, but some suggestions for this Valentines Day that may be forgotten. If you are looking for a little bit of a blacker story for your Valentine, maybe try “Wristcutters: A Love Story”, “Cashback”, or “Skills Like This”. “Casablanca”, “Dr. Zhivago”, and “An Affair To Remember” are all excellent movies waiting in the video rental store as well.