Ah, Valentine’s Day. For some, a weekend of romance, love and affection. For others, a day to scowl as you watch the Instagram stories of all the happy couples you follow, telling yourself that you’re definitely NOT bitter.
Either way, with lockdown still firmly in place, there’s little else to do tonight than curl up with a good book or stick a film on. To save you the scrolling, here are some recommendations curated for your particular V Day vibe…
- Little Women, rent on Amazon Prime
- The ups and downs of sisterhood, some beautiful cinematography and a bit of Timothée Chalamet – a must-watch if you haven’t got round to it yet!
- Alex Strangelove, Netflix
- A super cute coming-out story: Alex is ready to pretty keen to finally lose his V card to his girlfriend, when meeting — throws a bit of a spanner in the works.
- Circe, Madeline Miller
- Starring the iconic, independent powerhouse that is the goddess Circe, who does the unthinkable and rebels against the Greek God patriarchy.
- Soul, Disney+
- An adorable Disney animation about a jazz musician determined to delay his journey to the afterworld until he’s achieved his life’s goal – a beautiful animation to snuggle up with.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary, Netflix
- Lighthearted, romantic fun – and, most importantly, features the incredible scene of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fighting in the street, which is surely up there as one of the most iconic rom-com moments.
- Beach Read, Emily Henry
- A lovely easy read: a writer in a rut and romance author giving up on love retreat to neighbouring beach houses in the hopes that inspiration will strike. They’re polar opposites – but opposites tend to attract…
Lowkey in need of affection
- The Notebook, Netflix
- An absolute classic – keep the tissues (and chocolate) close for those inevitable emotions…
- About Time, Netflix
- A man who discovers he possesses the power of time travel uses it to find out what life would be like with the girl of his dreams. We’ve all wondered what we would do with the power of time travel at some point, and About Time uses it to explore the life-changing potential of love.
- Just Like You, Nick Hornby
- A tender but funny story that explores what it means to fall surprisingly in love with someone who is not just like you at all, but turns out to be the perfect person anyway.
Waiting for a text back from that one person you told yourself you wouldn’t talk to again
- 10 Things I Hate About You, Disney+
- “But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all”: a modern take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, with your classic bad-boy-with-a-sensitive-heart trope.
- Friends With Benefits, Netflix
- Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis find out first hand what happens if you catch feelings for your fwb – just don’t hold out for a flash mob of your own after you watch…
- Ghosts, Dolly Alderton
- A relatable, touching take on life, love and all the messy bits in between: especially relatable if you’ve been on the receiving end of more than your fair share of dating app ghosting…
Pining for someone you can’t have
- Love, Rosie, rent on Amazon Prime
- For Rosie and Sam, the phrase “right person, wrong time” is all too relatable. Follow the two best friends through their young adult years as they fall in and out of love, and get your tissues ready as you will them to finally realise their feelings for each other and get on with it.
- La La Land, Netflix
- Seemingly unrequited love has never been so beautifully shot – there’s a reason why people rave about La La Land, and there’s no time like V Day to finally test the hype.
- The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
- A six-day journey becomes a journey into the past, sparking an unrealised love between a butler and his housekeeper. A gentle, slow burn narrative perfect for a cosy night in.
Platonic love FTW
- Booksmart, Netflix
- A coming-of-age film about a pair of best friends who try to cram in four years worth of fun and adventure into one night – a great one to watch with your pals over Netflix Party (now Teleparty)
- Mean Girls, Netflix
- Chick flicks don’t get better than this – throw it back to the vibes of 2004 while you watch this classic, feel-good film.
- 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, Elif Shafek
- In the last 10 minutes and 38 seconds of Tequila Leila’s consciousness, she relives the most important moments of her life. In between her flashbacks, we follow her tight-knit group of determined friends, set on giving her the dignified send off she deserves. This beautiful narrative might make you tear up, but it’s so worth it.
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