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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Groovy Movies for Valentine's Day...to "inspire" your creativity

Whether you've been blessed to be hit by Cupid's arrow, have sworn off of love, are in a "pending status", or consider yourself "Very Married" this Valentine's Day, I wish you love, peace and joy!

And depending on where you hang your hat in terms of geography, you may or may not be able to get out and have a special night out on the town.
In fact, if you're battling brutal weather, (like I am), staying in doors with a good movie and some spirits of your choice, can be a pretty sweet way to unwind and enjoy the holiday.

With this being the case, here are a few of my favorites that I recommend, and who knows, they just might be the inspiration for your next blog post, essay, or poem.

In no particular order, I present Jen's top 10 in groovy movies for Valentine's Day.

1. Cyrus---Marisa Tomei is a single mom trying to re-enter the world of dating as she deals with some "baggage" that makes for an interesting story line. Sure to stir up an array of emotions, this movie is funny, touching and addresses a very relevant social theme of our times. I'd give it 4 stars! You will too.

2. Must Love Dogs---Okay, besides the fact that I've had a "secret" celebrity crush on John Cusack for many years, this is a well told tale of all the ups and downs of love, online dating, family dynamics and lessons in letting go and moving forward. And for anyone who has ever gone on a blind date, there is much to relate.

3. Bridges of Madison County---An oldie but goodie, the story line unfolds like a good book and keeps you spell-bound until the end. Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep have incredible chemistry and deliver stellar performances.

4. Serendipity--- If you believe in destiny and fate, you'll enjoy John Cusack, and his magical performance, as he finds love through a chance meeting at a department store that changes his life.

5. Just Wright---Queen Latifah is a sports fan that scores big when she meets and befriends an athlete from one of her favorite teams. This movie is unpredictable, interesting, and well written.

6. Our Wedding---Tells the story of a gorgeous interracial couple dealing with the difficulty of family traditions, stereotypes, and the principle that "love knows no color." It's a must-see movie that will keep you in stitches and make you believe in the strength of love.

7. Ghost---Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of this "haunting" flick that deals with eternal love. It stars whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. I admit that I've seen it more times than I can count, and it never gets old.

8. The Break Up---OMG! Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are fabulous in this movie, as it depicts the many stages of love gone wrong. The scene at the table when the family gets together is absolutely hilarious! And so are many others.

9. Love Jones---Think of it as a hip spin on "When Harry Met Sally." I love Love Jones because it's sexy, sassy, and has great music to boot.

10. The Best Man---Okay, the guys are gorgeous, it has an all-star line-up with Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, and Morris Chestnut and there's something for everyone here. Basically it chronicles the many mishaps of college buddies that come together to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of one of its group members. I give it two thumbs up!

Your turn. What's your favorite movie about love and relationships?
Or is it already listed?

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  1. Harold and Maude is my favorite romantic movie!

  2. Hmmm---I don't think I've ever seen that, Wendy. Thanks for the info.

  3. Oh yeah, Folks,

    I should probably mention that some of these listed movies have "mature themes," so check the individual ratings before making it a "family-night" movie. :-)

  4. One fave of mine is You've Got Mail. Also love Little Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart. And of course...An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant. Now I feel like kicking back and watching a movie; thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Oh, I forgot about the Meg Ryan movie; I like it too!

    Thanks for the other suggestions as well.

  6. Hey Jennifer, great post. You have to check out Blue Valentine..wonderful Sundance Indie film..truly something you'll enjoy..Let me know if you want the link to view online. Worth the watch.

  7. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 14, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    Hi jonathanfigaro,

    Good to have you here again. Yep, send me that link. I'd love to check it out! Thanks.

  8. Cyrus? Really? That looked funny but I haven't seen it yet.

  9. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    You will love it! Guaranteed! Some mature scenes though, so don't make it a family movie. :-) This one took me totally by surprise.