I absolutely loathe V-Day. If you take into consideration that 85% of the Valentine cards are purchased by women, that leaves15% purchased by men and children. If you take statistics/polls seriously, that means 70% of those women get zip. It’s sad and pathetic. It should really be called Horrible Service at a Restaurant Day or Cheap Stuffed Animal Made in China Day.
I spend this hideous “holiday” in the company of a bucket of lard, aka Chocchocchip Haagen Dasz ice cream and a favorite romantic movie. Yes, in many of the titles below, the lovers don’t end up together. I enjoy pining and brooding via proxy. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine and I subscribe to the notion that the artist must be unhappy to be creative. Hey, it works for me. So, you won’t find Somewhere in Time, The Notebook or Sleepless in Seattle in the list below.
Un Coeur en Hiver (Claude Sautet)
Even though he was a son of a bitch, I fell in love with Daniel Auteil and his character while watching this one. This is my favorite scene. Camille loses it completely, without any regard to pride. I’m envious. I wish I could do that.
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
I fell in love with Julie Delpy. The best scene Linklater has ever directed.
Two Days in Paris (Julie Delpy)
If she fulfills her potential as a writer-director, neurotic and hilarious Delpy may just be the female, French Woody Allen.Read less