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Friday, February 11, 2011

Movies for Valentines

Over on Daily Beast, Nora Ephron posts her list of favourite romantic movies. And Ephron should know from romantic movies- she's wrote the Meg Ryan chick-flick trifecta: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. (Full disclosure: She also wrote the movie version of Bewitched, but we all make mistakes.)

Ephron's list hits the classics (It Happened One Night), the unexpected (Splash) and the inarguable (Casablanca, Sense and Sensibility). Not a bad place to start for those searching for a Valentine's night choice.

If Ephron's choices don't inspire you, though, perhaps a few of mine will hit the mark: First, skip the obvious (An Affair to Remember), the overblown (Titantic) and the perversely unromantic (Pretty Woman). Instead, settle in for films that actually capture something deep and true about love, whether first love (Say Anything), forbidden love (Brokeback Mountain) or doomed love (The English Patient). And if lighthearted fare is more to your taste? 10 Things I Hate About You, While You Were Sleeping or The Princess Bride should do nicely.

Or, do what I do - just pick anything with Colin Firth.