It’s not quite Valentine’s Day yet, but maybe you want to get into a romantic mood. You know, get the ball rolling on that day of romance and boxes of chocolates. As such, I figured this week I would recommend spending your weekend watching romantic movies. Don’t worry, I will put together some streaming recommendations soon for those who don’t want to think about love or romance at all on Valentine’s Day. Especially since Valentine’s Day is on the weekend this year.
First, the site I use to track what’s available where has a weird concept of what’s a “romance” movie. Like, they have Karate Kid Part II on there. Scrooged is on there. Anyway, I will be starting with a truly iconic romance film. Casablanca may have come out back in 1943. It holds up. The movie is truly great. It looks great, it has amazing performances, and the script just sings. You can watch it on HBO Max and if you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s a classic film that deserve that designation.
This may give you whiplash, but from Casablanca we’re going to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Some people love that movie. I merely like it, but it’s definitely worth a watch. The film luxuriates in the modern trappings of filmmaking, but also some nostalgia. However, it’s nostalgia that is strikingly different from the world of Casablanca nevertheless. Retro video gaming in the 2000s is futuristic compared to World War II. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is on Netflix.
Lastly, how about ending things with Dirty Dancing? I don’t love it, but it’s an iconic ‘80s romance film. It has “Time of My Life” in it. Baby is put in the corner, and Johnny won’t have any of it. Some of it gets grim, but it in the end it is sweepingly romantic. You’ll end your night and go to bed with a song in your head. Dirty Dancing is also on HBO Max. If you don’t have Netflix and want a trio of movies to watch, I’ll throw in a recommendation for Once. Talk about memorable songs to have stuck in your head.