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Reel to Real: Love in film

10 February 2013 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer No Comments

So if last week’s “Ghosts of Georgia” column didn’t make you facepalm hard enough, I just saw a commercial for “The Last Exorcism: Part II,” meaning that the last exorcism wasn’t really the last one.

No doubt there will be four or five more “last exorcisms,” because possession movies are the big thing right now, and money is more important than the Webster’s definition of the word “last.”

But enough about my grudges against terrible horror sequels. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there are plenty of great movie-related gifts you can give your significant other (or your friends, if you’re a nice person who gives out presents to everyone on Valentine’s).

There’s the classic Valentine’s date: going to see a movie. I wouldn’t suggest that “A Good Day to Die Hard,” “Zero Dark Thirty” or “Mama” as particularly romantic movies, but they all look like good fun and if you’re both into them, why does it matter if the movie’s got kissing in it?

Of course, if romance is more of what you’re aiming for this week, try “Warm Bodies” or “Silver Linings Playbook.” There are a couple of other lovey-dovey movies coming out this week, like “Twilight: Ghosts of Georgia”—er, I mean, “Beautiful Creatures,” and “Safe Haven.” The former looks tweeny, though, and the latter looks super bland, but it’s your date, not mine.

Here’s another gift idea: a Netflix membership. You can gift your lover a two-month Netflix membership for about $16, and they get to watch all the movies and shows they want for less than what it would cost to buy a single DVD.

Give them that, and a bag of candy they like, and they’ll be happier than Wes Anderson in a thrift store full of hipster clothes.

Finally, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it super simplae. Put in a movie you both love, or a movie you both hate—just to make fun of it, make some popcorn and get cozy.

If you’ve got a group of singleton friends, put in an old favorite, or find something new. If you’re feeling anti-Valentine’s, there are plenty of movies that will remind you that you can always find happiness and companionship, even in a strange place in your life (“Lost in Translation,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” all those hipster movies).

So what are you guys doing for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite date movie?


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