It seems everyone has caught the love bug and I can’t scroll through a single blog without being assaulted by posts plastered with hearts, and pink, and lips, and roses. For me, love is still most definitely in the air, but my idea of romance might be a little different than the normal chocolate kisses and paper doilies. In light of Valentine’s Day, I’ve created another movie roundup of my top 5 favorite offbeat romantic movies and why I love them:
1. Zombieland. Zombieland is probably one of my favorite movies of all time, not only because it embodies my ultimate fantasy of fighting hordes alongside the love of my life; but because it’s also been a part of a few memorable moments in Dave’s and my relationship: 1) we saw a pre-screening of it in a theatre packed full of people dressed as zombies (myself and Dave included) for ZombieWalk 2009; and 2) when it came out on DVD in February 2010, Dave surprised me with it for our Valentine’s Day date. What could be more romantic than blossoming young love set in a zombie apocalypse?
2. Wristcutters. A lovestory of two souls who meet in an afterlife for suicides. Wristcutters is an oddly charming and surprisingly thought-provoking romantic dark comedy. If none of those words grab your interest, Will Arnett *swoon* is briefly in it; need I say more?
3. Let the Right One In. I’ve featured this on another one of my movie lists, but I just love it too much. Not only is it grotesquely beautiful, but the underlying love story is hauntingly brilliant. Seriously, watch it already.
4. Planet Terror. Okay, this one is on here because I’m a sucker for stupid grindhouse films, especially of the Robert Rodriguez variety. My idea of a great date is chowing down some Mexican food while watching a blood-streaked movie like Machete or Planet Terror, chock full of over-the-top splatter fx, cheesy one-liners, and babes like Rose McGowan strutting around with a machine gun leg blasting the balls off zombies. If that sounds like your idea of a romantic night in, watch this cult classic.
5. Warm Bodies. I just saw this a few nights ago and I can’t even begin to express how utterly infatuated I am. We’ve come a long way in zombie-movie history, from zombies as monsters, to pets (see Fido), to friends (Day of the Dead, Shawn of the Dead), and now lovers. Seriously, we've reached an era where Romeo and Juliet and zombies comfortably collide. As a zombie fanatic, I’ve been waiting for a movie like this for quite some time (Boy Eats Girl didn’t quite satisfy my need for a zombie love story). I knew I couldn’t be the only person tired of vampires getting all the sex appeal -- zombies need lovin’ too -- and Warm Bodies successfully romanticizes the undead without being entirely cheesy. Anyways, go see it. Refreshingly original, and Nicholas Hoult is way too adorable.
What strange movies get you feeling all lovey-dovey this month?