Friday, 14 February 2014

What I've Been Watching: On Valentine's Day

I've seen a lot of Valentine's Day posts in the past couple of days but since I'm planning on spending my day in my pyjamas whilst eating my own body weight in junk food and ice cream, I felt like many of them didn't really apply to a singleton like myself. So if like me you're not too fussed about Valentine's Day or you're spending it on your own or having a movie marathon with your fellow single friends, then these are the movies I recommend you give a watch today, if you aren't already.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Crazy, Stupid, Love isn't just your average rom-com. The first time I watched this I was genuinely surprised at some points, now this is always a big plus for me when it comes to a romantic comedy. If that doesn't sell it to you then all I need to say is Ryan Gosling gets his top off and it's a glorious sight! I often always imagine myself in Emma Stone's shoes when it comes to the Dirty Dancing lift scene. What more could you want on Valentine's Day?

Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott
Matthew Goode just looks so good in this movie hehe. Leap Year is a fun and frivolous romp through Ireland and is also the perfect movie to watch before or after my next choice, especially if you are a fan of Irish accents or actors attempting to do an Irish accent. Adam Scott also appears in this as Amy Adams' boyfriend and considering his Parks & Recreation character Ben Wyatt is basically my dream man, this is just another reason to give this movie a watch.

Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Harry Connick Jr.
If you want to let it all out and have a good cry this Valentine's Day then P.S I Love You is the way to go. I don't think I've watched this once without crying at least a couple of times. 

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand
If you are in the mood to laugh this Valentine's Day then I definitely recommend the next three movies. Forgetting Sarah Marshall has to be one of my favourite movies of all time. I've been in love with Jason Segel for quite some time (hello Nick Andopolis from Freaks & Geeks) and he's definitely on top form in this movie.

Starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Kathryn Hahn
I've seen this movie so many times that I can now practically act it out but that doesn't stop it from being one of my favourites all these years later. Even just thinking about this movie makes me want to belt out Carly Simon's You're So Vain at the top of my lungs hehe.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
This movie is all about the 80's references for me. It has everything you could ever want from a movie set in 1980's; the hairstyles, the music, the fashion, and of course, Billy Idol. I have so much love for this movie, it's one that I come back to again and again when I need cheering up.

The Wedding Date (2005)
Starring: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams
The Wedding Date may not be as well known as some of the other movies on this list but I'm glad I discovered it all those years ago. The premise of this movie does sound a little sketchy, Debra Messing hires Dermot Mulroney as a male escort to accompany her to her little sister's wedding, but stick with it.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen
While couples are whisking each other off to Paris for Valentine's Day, singletons like myself can get a feel for the romanticism and beauty of Paris from this gem of a movie. The opening scenes in particular just make me want to pack my bags and get on a plane bound for Paris.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands
Basically I couldn't do this list without including The Notebook. It goes without saying that this is the one rom-com you just need to see, at least once or hundreds of times if you are me. I'll try not to spoil it for you in case you haven't seen it but this movie is the reason I'm so in love/obsessed with Ryan Gosling.

So these are just a few of my favourite rom-coms, ones that I feel are Valentine's Day appropriate. Whatever you are up to this Valentine's Day, I hope you have a lovely day.

Have you seen any of these movies? What are your favourite romantic comedies? Do you have any recommendations?


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