A Valentine’s Day Threesome

Another Valentine’s Day, another year of film being my only meaningful relationship. Lacking a date, or girlfriend, I instead turn to the soft glow of the silver screen to hold me and tell me everything will be O.K.

God, I’m so lonely.

But, self-pitying aside, there is legitimate value in the love of movies. However, being the rule-shunning rebel that I am, I refused the constraints of these articles, opting instead to broaden my focus on all things cinematic. And as you’ll see after the jump, cinema need not be relegated solely to the big screen.

1. Alison Brie

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It’s Valentine’s Day, so is it not appropriate to admire my cinematic crush? Yes, I run the risk of seeming a gross pig, but I believe it is never wrong to sit and appreciate beauty. Whether it be in people or in naturals. Fuck, I meant nature. Sorry, I can’t take my eyes off the above picture.

Okay, in all seriousness, Alison Brie is not just another beautiful starlet, but also one of the most versatile actresses working in film and television. It is a shame that she has yet to receive a breakout role in feature film, but her work on Community and Mad Men has solidified her credentials. On Community alone, her versatility shines through the twists and dramatic left turns the show takes. She can play the bubbly innocent (much of early season one), the seductive vixen (season 3, episode 10: “Regional Holiday Music“), the tough-as-nails gunslinger (season 2, episodes 23 & 24: “A Fistful of Paintballs” & “For A Few Paintballs More“), and the dutiful, yet independent, wife (Mad Men).

On film, this dichotomy is probably best captured in her work as the adorable/ferocious Unikitty from The Lego Movie. There was not a single line delivery that had me laughing harder than:

Unikitty: “Business, business, business. Numbers. Is this working?”
Business Person: “Yes!”
Unikitty: “YAY!!!”

And yeah, I think she’s the most beautiful woman that’s ever lived. So, there’s that to.

2. The Dance Scene from Obvious Child

What better way to spend the night of the 14th than with your head in your lover’s lap (or in my case, hugging a tear stained pillow) watching a fluffy rom-com? There is a stigma among the male sex that rom-coms are “for women” or that they are somehow beneath whatever their vaunted criterion for film may be.

I call bullshit.

Romantic-comedies, like any other genre, share an equal balance of films that range from outright masterpieces (Annie Hall), to absolute trash (I don’t know, it’s subjective, innit?) Sometimes, they can be quietly profound, as in 2014’s Obvious Child. This adorable rom-com from Gillian Robespierre, and starring the absolutely hilarious Jenny Slate, is revelatory in the way it treats abortion. It is not an easy choice, but rather one traipses into. Yet, the decision is never in question. Jenny Slate’s Donna is not ready to have a child, and is not in a position to care for one with the utmost care, and so the abortion is never a question of “if”, but a question of “how”. Primarily, “How do I tell the people I love?”

And this isn’t to make the film out to be some tedious, humourless bore, as, illustrated in the scene above, it is instead a joyful, exuberant expression of love’s power to heal and guide. All of the film’s effervescence is contained within this beautiful moment that captures the magical moment of two people falling carelessly and hopelessly in love. All set to Paul Simon’s incredible track, “The Obvious Child”.

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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My one deference to the rules, and it could not go to a better movie. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most iconic films of all time, not to mention one of the greatest rom-coms. It’s an easy and obvious choice, but sometimes it’s the obvious truth which we most often ignore. Sometimes, you just have to appreciate established greats. I adore Obvious Child, but if there’s one movie I want to sit down with my prospective significant other, it is this one. For it would illustrate my partner has an appreciation of classic cinema, or at least likes me enough to sit through two hours of it.

Let us also return to piggishness of the number one choice and say that Audrey Hepburn is perhaps Alison Brie’s only competition for my heart, and here, she shines. As the vivacious Holly Golightly, Hepburn makes it easy to fall in love, as her smile is enough to melt the polar icecaps. Just listen and look at her as she performs an intimate version of the film’s theme, “Moon River”.

 So grab someone near, pop on this movie, and let love shine for now, if not for ever.

Or, if you’re like me, pretend you’re totally O.K. being single on Valentine’s Day.

😦

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One comment on “A Valentine’s Day Threesome”
  1. Miguel Pedernera says:

    oh, my god,, just to know she is Audrey Hepburn I just melt,, that’s greats valentine day for me, it is only my reply ,!!

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