For those not celebrating Valentine’s Day, here are ten great movies you can watch instead.
Sid and Nancy
The fascinating story of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, music’s most infamous couple. The two meet and become inseparable. At first their relationship is oddly romantic, but it quickly becomes clear that they are bringing each other down. Their relationship is destructive and ultimately leads nowhere. It is horrific to watch the two descend further into addiction and desperation. An incredibly depressing movie featuring a brilliant performance by Gary Oldman. You will be happy to be single after watching this.
Those who were looking for a lovely reunion between the “Titanic” stars better keep waiting. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are a young married couple dealing with the disappointments of domestic life and lost dreams. The two are incredibly selfish and can barely stand each other. Watching their marriage unravel is unpleasant as can be. Every fight becomes more bitter and explosive, until both reach their breaking point. I honestly left the theatre thinking “ I never want to get married.”
While making this list this was the first movie that came to mind. A documentary about the often shocking and disturbing relationship between Burt Pugach and Linda Riss. The two met during the 1950s and it was love at first sight for Burt. He became deeply obsessed with Linda. The two began a whirlwind courtship. Burt will do anything to make sure no one else can have her. I do mean anything. I don’t want to reveal what happens between the two. It really is unbelievable and the definition of a bad romance.
Though not as bad as some of the other relationships on this list, poor Scottie Ferguson seems to have no luck at all (Midge too!) A haunting look at obsession and the length’s some may go to for the one they love. Gorgeous and dreamlike, Vertigo will draw you in and never let go until the end. Watch it and then watch it again.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Two couples spend an evening together, an evening that no one will ever forget. The whole evening is filled with George and Martha hurling drunken insults at each other. The two sink lower and lower trying to humiliate each other in front of their young friends. It feels terribly personal and is hard to watch at moments. I imagine this is how The Wheelers from “Revolutionary Road” will be like in 25 years.
The Mantle Brothers are two incredibly successful identical twin gynecologists. Elliot and Beverly use their identical looks to their advantage. You never know which one you may be getting when you go out with a Mantle brother. An actress comes between the two and ruins their perfect bond. Eventually everything begins to fall apart for them. The scene where the brothers dance to “In the Still of the Night” has always stayed in my mind as one of the creepiest. A tragic and chilling look at a downward spiral.
Another look at the power of obsession. An examination of the passionate love affair between Dr. Alex Linden and Milena Flaherty. Their story is told through a series of flashbacks and through this we are able to piece together their sordid relationship. We see how their romance began and how easily it fell apart. Dr. Linden wants to posses her, and a girl like Milena can not be controlled. Eventually Milena becomes nothing more than an object of desire and their love takes a dark turn. Art Garfunkel is a surprisingly good actor. An underrated movie with one hell of a shocking ending.
In the Company of Men
“Let’s Hurt Somebody” says Chad( a perfect Aaron Eckhart) the wolf in sheep’s clothing in Neil Labute’s twisted dark comedy. This quote perfectly sums up the plot of the movie;Two business men who are fed up with woman come up with a cruel plan to get revenge on females. While away on business for a few weeks they have the perfect opportunity to take action. The plan is for both to find the most innocent and uncorrupted woman around. They will court her, give her lots of attention, and then callously dump her. The woman they pick is a vulnerable deaf typist. She falls right into their plan. As their courtship progresses, you can tell Christine is really starting to fall for Chad. Nothing good will come of this. By the end of this movie I was so mad. The character of Chad is pure evil and you will love to hate him.
It was hard pick just one of the many movies about young couples who kill across the American landscape but I had to go with Badlands. It is the best of them all. Beautifully shot and acted, Badlands is an always compelling look at two teens who had nothing better to do than kill people. Kit and Holly are a young couple who go on the run after killing her father. All because he tried to tear them apart. The two try to stay out of sight but this is hard to do. Eventually they leave more bodies in their wake. Though the two are on a killing spree they are incredibly likeable and their love story is great.
My Bloody Valentine
This Valentine’s Day themed horror movie is perfect for those who aren’t in the Valentine’s Day mood. Watch some people literally get their hearts ripped out by a pick axe wielding maniac.
What are your favorite Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies?
By Marissa Rose 02/13/11