11 films for Valentine's Day
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The candles are lit, the wine is poured and you're all snuggled up on the sofa with your loved one. There's only one problem: you can't decide what film to watch. There's little that can kill the mood more than a row over what to watch. A study in 2016 suggested we spend 18 minutes a day deciding which shows to stream, and that 40% of couples bicker over what to watch. This is absolutely not how you want to spend Valentine's Day. We've gathered together some of our favourite date-night movies which might help to make that decision a bit easier. Whilst we can't guarantee complete satisfaction, it might help to make Valentine's Day a bit less Netflix and Kill, and a bit more Netflix and Chill. 1. Midnight in Paris, 2011 Traditionalists might opt for the tragic love of The Great Gatsby, but this 2011 film offers an alternative narrative set in the opulence of 1920s France. Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) finds himself travelling back in time, brushing shoulders with Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Gertrude Stein and F Scott Fitzgerald himself. In a tale reminiscent of 90s sitcom Goodnight Sweet Heart, Gil works out what he really wants from life, amidst the romance of Paris - which really is most beautiful in the rain. 2. La-La Land, 2016 On the off-chance that you haven't see this almost-Oscar-winning-Best-Picture yet, tonight would be a good opportunity. It being a musical puts some people off, but there's something magical about the sweeping romance at its centre, whilst its vibe is more Fred and Ginger than Troy and Gabriella. Ryan Gosling's dancing is, at times, a bit of a distraction, but Emma Stone is a delight. Definitely a feel-good film to celebrate love. 3. Brokeback Mountain, 2005 A bit of a change of pace here. This takes the classic forbidden love story and makes it both modern and classic. Cowboys Ennis and Jack embark on a passionate love affair whilst driving sheep one summer, and it changes both of their lives. Despite marriages, children and affairs, the two are unable to ever forget each other or move on. This portrayal of a homosexual relationship in the 1960s makes you really understand how far we've come and how far we have left to go, but the politics never override the raw reality of the relationship at the centre of it. 4. (500) Days of Summer, 2006
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