среда, 14. фебруар 2018.

Romantic movies for Valentine's Day

Today is the day! Favourite day of the year for all those lovebirds out there. 
So here is my list of classic romantic movies if you're spending your big night in.

1. Grease (1978)

Fun musical that makes you want to get up and dance.I mean, some of the most legendary movie songs are from this movie: Summer Nights, Beauty School, Dropout, Greased Lightining.
Starring John Travolta as a "jack - the - lad" "T" bird Danny Zucko who is a 3D character (loving, self obsessed, a saviour and a winner) and Olivia Newton - John as nerdy Australian girl Sandy Olsen who is more 2D character but also likeable. The story begins when these two seniors fell in love over the summer, but when they come back to school, have to face some big problems.
At the end of the movie, we see that love is all about making sacrifices for the other person, because that's just what love is.

2. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

An omniscient narrator sets the film up early on by noting "this is not a love story". And in a way, it isn't. It's a story about feelings. 
The movie talks about love from the male point of view and gives as aspects of new love to the tragedy of heartbreak. Starring brilliant Joseph Gordon - Levitt as Tom Hansen, a guy who wants a woman (Zooey Deschanel as Summer) to love him when she doesn't believe in love.
Different, yet very realistic. It had an understated beauty that you grew to appreciate once you let go of the perfect ending you wanted so badly.

3. Pretty Woman (1990)

Richard Gere as Edward Lewis, the ruthless, calculating millionaire businessman, quite unmindful of the interests of any people involved, hires a prostitute, beautiful Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), just to fall in love with her. 
With so many memorable lines, it tells a story that is very predictable and cinderella like. However, beautifully told. 
I suppose there's no person on this world that haven't seen this one. But, there's no such thing as too much of "Pretty Woman", right? Because, when you fall in love with the movie, you will go back to it again and again.

4. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Adapted from William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew"comes another timeless classic. Starring Heath Ledger as charming Patrick Verona and Julia Stiles as sarcastic feminist high schooler Katarina Statford, the movie takes us through what most teens go through in their world: from wanting to be different, popular to having an over protective parent, dealing with sex and rejection; it just works on so many levels.
It will make you cry (like that part when Kat reads her poem), it will make you smile (for example, the scene where Patrick sings to Kat on the bleachers and gets chased around by security).
In the end, it will teach you that you shouldn't judge people before you know them.

5. Roman Holiday (1953)

Enchanting, radiant, beautiful, refined Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) who needs love and wants happiness escapes her programmed royal existence for a day, to be rescued by a reporter, an ideal foil Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck).
The movie makes you fall in love in Rome and all it's splendour, as much with the lovers who are truly ennobled by their personal sacrifices and the effect that is profound and deeply moving. 

6. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Movie based on the book by Boris Pasternak who was banned in his home land after publishing his novel. After winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pasternak died shortly thereafter. It's a pity he did not live to see this film. We could garantee he would have approved it.
Omar Sharif as Yuri Zhivago, a physician but also a poet. His gentleness and idealism stand in sharp contrast to the horrific violence of war and revolution; but the main conflict is in his own heart, as he is torn between fidelity for his sweet and gentle wife, Tonya and passion for Lara (Julie Christie), a nurse at the wartime army hospital where both spend time taking care for wounded soldiers.
A slow film and for good reason. We can breathe the story, give it momentum, judge it from within, as if the choices were not Yuri's, Tonya's or Lara's, but our own creation which is the brilliance of Lean's direction.

The story transcends time and space and at the end we are left with nothing but love, pure, blindingly real love.

7. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Absolute magic in the movie and beautiful chemistry between Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), although Partick and Jennifer hated each other throughout the making of this film. 
A story of a daughter who grows to be a woman through dance and love.
It really does take your breath away as the whole choreography of the last dance was done brilliantly and that pull up became iconic, didn't it.

I can't count how many times I've seen it. It's one of those movies you can watch every few weeks and still love it.

8. Some Like It Hot (1959)

A combination of comedy, action, romance, with great old - time gangster scenes played. And there's nothing better than Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane singing "I Wanna Be Loved by You", showing she's more than a ditsy blonde bombshell persona, eventhough she never looked hotter!
Some people still say this is the greatest comedy ever made in Hollywood. Who am I to argue? Even after 59 years it is still very funny and not the least bit dated.

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