written by Sophy Vini
In Greece (and in most of the world) St. Valentine is much more hated than Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj or the Kardashian family altogether. It is nothing more than a consumeristic habit they say. A habit where you buy heart-shaped plushies, milk chocolate munchies as well as other pixie-dusty-rose-red cuties for the one you love, or at least for the one you want to confess your love to. Isn’t this a celebration strictly suitable for teenagers? My humble opinion, no pun intended.
“Love is the one thing we’ re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space”
Despite not being a fan of the celebration itself (any kind of love is eternal, it needs no specific day to be celebrated), a majority of my favorite movies lies on the romance section.
Anyhow, if you possess a romantic soul like I do and you wish to spend that day along with your significant other cuddling under the warm blankets, here ‘s a list of my Top 10 Romantic Movies:
1. Strange Magic (2014)
A romantic story, an hymn to the “Beauty and the Beast” tale. Let this quote echo in your ears with Ian Mc Kellen’s voice: “Never be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within” (Beauty and the Beast, 1991).
2. How to lose a guy in 10 days (2003)
When Matthew McConaughey starred in movies for his six-pack and not for his acting talent.
3. The Notebook (2004)
Of course, we girls, do not adore Ryan Gosling! I have never dreamt having a boyfriend like him.
4. Titanic (1997)
The all time classic movie, we grew up waiting for that Leo Di Caprio. To be honest, I’ve never hated Kate Winslet (who can hate her, she’s gorgeous!) for not offering a place on the wood plank to him. Actually this was the very moment that made this movie a titanic tragedy.
5. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi | aka Spirited Away (2001)
“Once you meet someone, you never really forget them” (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2004). A story about love, friendship, childhood, adultness, nature and Japanese culture at its purest form. You can’t miss Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece!
6. I Origins (2014)
“You ever feel like when you met someone, they fill this hole inside of you, and then when they’re gone… you feel that space painfully vacant?” (I Origins, 2014) This movie reminded me of Iñárritu’s “21 Grams”, a lighter version of it though. What if your soul was immortal and traveled through eons?
7. Her (2013)
After watching this film you’ ll have a clear insight of the near future. Stahl Stenslie’s “CyberSM” is one step closer to taking shape with all this advancing technology. P.S Since when Scarlett Johansson had such a sexy voice?
8. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger’s desperate kiss is one of the best kisses ever captured on big screen. That movie can’t leave you untouched; love is an equal right for everyone!
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
J U S T W A T C H I T. No more comments needed to describe this masterpiece.
10. Love, Actually (2003)
A bunch of England’s most talented actors, synthesizing all together one of the best romantic movies ever made. If you ask me, I watched this movie for Alan Rickman (you will be missed) and Colin Firth (sighs and drools like a little girl).
Extra tip: Don’t forget to light up some aromatic candles and have loads of finger food!