You need cooling, baby I’m not fooling... Whether you’re head over heels; falling out of love, dreaming of that idyllic holiday romance, celebrating self love or spending time with your nearest and dearest, we’ve curated our ‘Whole Lotta Love’ Valentine’s watchlist to sort you out as you revel in Cupid's shenanigans.
>> In a trance
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
This Oscar-winning romance by Luca Guadagnino tells the story of Elio & Oliver. Set against the picture perfect backdrop of Italy in the 1980s, this transcendent tale explores a first love through the eyes of none other than two of (let’s face it) the most beautiful human beings ever. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer’s characters are placed amidst a playful relaxing summertime where all there is to do is read, play piano and explore their surroundings together. This sounds like the perfect escape to us so we’re quite happy to transport our minds there this Valentine’s Day and immerse ourselves in the nostalgic raw love story (accompanied by a glass of wine of course).
>> Tangled up in blue
Blue Valentine (2010)
Is any Valentine’s watchlist ever going to feel complete without the presence of Ryan Gosling? And no, we’re not giving you The Notebook this time round. Instead we’re opting for this contemporary indie piece by Place Beyond The Pines Director, Derek Cianfrance. While this film draws a parallel with The Notebook in its tale of romance cutting between time periods, this one is perhaps less glamorous. Here, Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams depict the story of a young working class couple and their evolution through the struggles of parenthood. Complimented by a beautiful soundtrack, this one will definitely have you reaching for the tissues.
>> A twisted tale
The Graduate (1967)
Okay so...we had to put this classic in here! This love story is SO far from conventional and pretty twisted but somehow we can’t take our eyes off the screen and we end up rooting for a happy ending. We picked this one for not only our fascination of this avant-garde romance but also for the most beautiful cinematography, costume and set design. I mean, The Robinson’s household is sooooo Pinterest-worthy right? Not only are we obsessed with the dreamy botanical filled sets but we’d also LOVE to steal Elaine’s neutral toned outfits. The iconic soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel is one of our favourites so we just had to include it here.
>> Quirky & cute
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Indulge in a visual feast with Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. This super cute coming of age story is a must if you’re looking for something quirky! The film follows the story of Sam & Suzy, two young kids who fall in love and decide to run away from home. We are invited into their world set in a kooky island in the ‘60s and host to an array of colourful characters. While this one is somewhat a fantasy, it’s accompanied by a funny yet melancholic tone that feels super relatable.
>> Against all odds
The Big Sick (2017)
This one is a more recent discovery of ours and we just had to share! Not only is this film hilarious thanks to the comedian Kumail Nanjiani - who redefines the Hollywood leading man - it is also truly unexpected and heartwarming. Based on a true story with Kumail playing himself, this film has many twists and turns while we watch our protagonists cope with the struggles that go alongside an interracial relationship. We won’t give too much away but our characters lives get turned upside down with an unexpected event. Easily accessible on Amazon Prime this film is perfect for a cosy Valentine’s night in.
20th Century Woman (2016)
So we’ve seen all the usual Galentine’s classics. Ditch Mean Girls & Clueless (just this once) and instead reach for this bohemian indie piece. Set in the late ‘70s (this soundtrack is one of our favourites on this list), the film follows a single mother who seeks the help of two like-minded free spirited girls to help impart some wisdom on her teenage son Jamie. Watching these badass gals teaching Jamie how to respect women is pretty damn empowering. If you’re not too sure about this one then a bit of Talking Heads, Bowie & Buzzcocks will surely sway you.
>> Stick it to the man
Dazed & Confused (1993)
If you’re not feeling in the romantic mood this Valentine’s Day then maybe this Richard Linklater classic is just what the doctor ordered. This cult stoner comedy has THE coolest soundtrack and is best accompanied by beers a plenty. Set in the ‘70s, a bunch of teenagers end their high school days with one kick ass party. We’re begging for an invite, we’ve got the flares to boot.
>> Modern Love
I'm not the kind of fool, Who's gonna sit and sing to you, About stars, girl… So we’re pretty sure you’ve seen this indie gem but now’s definitely the time to take a trip down memory lane (can you believe this movie is almost 10 years old?!). Nobody narrates awkward teenage love and the anxiety of growing up better than Oliver Tate. Its brilliantly witty British humour and its poetic soundtrack by Alex Turner make this love story one for the ages.
>> Listen with your heart (click the image)