A Valentine’s Trifecta

Hola, Film Queue readers! Corissa here, with my very first article for the site!

Oh god, that was kind of awkward. Who says “hola” but isn’t spanish..? Well, lets just say that’s pretty much a taste of what you get with me, as anybody who’s been acquainted with me will tell you. That being said, I’ve got a special expertise on old-school 80s romance flicks and teen comedies, and a passion for writing, so here I am! You’ll learn to find it endearing, I promise.

Anywho, I’m a 20-something girl living in Toronto and working to serve coffee to tired people. In my downtime, I watch an unhealthy amount of movies and TV shows (thanks, Netflix) and am a huge Full House advocate. I’d like to say I live an interesting life, but writing is about honesty, so I’ll just say I have a lot of opinions and like to share them.  So here I am, looking to share some of them with you, and hopefully I can inspire a few people along the way to find some new favourites. Glad to join the team, and I hope you enjoy the first article! Happy Valentine’s, love birds!

There’s always something about Valentine’s day that invokes a little bit of emotion, whether it’s good or bad. Single or taken, happy or bitter, there’s something for everybody. I’ve never been a huge fan of the holiday, whether in a relationship or not. That being said, I think there’s something special about it, and the older I get the more I see the beauty behind it. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romantic relationships and it doesn’t have to make you feel lonely if you’re single. The beautiful thing about movies is that, regardless of how you feel, there’s always something to relate to. So this V-Day, whether you’re lusting for love or spending the day in your room angry and crying drunkenly to Adele’s latest album, there’s going to be a film out there for you. The following three movies have held a soft spot for me in various points in my life – but also have helped me learn to appreciate the value of love and what a blessing it can be.

1. My Girl (1991)

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Anybody who knows me knows that this movie is THE MOVIE for me. It’s one I’ve loved since I was very young, and as I’ve gotten older, still no other holds a candle to it. Nostalgia aside, to me this is one of the sweetest love stories to ever grace the screen. It’s up for debate whether or not it would be considered a romantic film but, truthfully, to me it’s not. My Girl is the story of the love between two best friends who appreciate each other for all that they are. Love is such a strong bond, and this movie gets right down to what it feels like to be in love, even if you’re young enough to be unsure of what the word means. This movie is one that I literally put on any time of year, so it’s a little hard to advocate as a Valentine’s film, however it really does have that sweet, light-hearted feel to it that I love to revel in. This is the movie to see if you’re not so fond of an unrealistic romantic tale but you’re still happy to partake in a little celebrating.

2. High Fidelity (2000)

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This is the film for all the bitter, anti-Valentine’s folks out there. Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is an angsty, hostile protagonist who has been hurt one too many times by the women in his life. The film takes you into his head and digs deep into his top 5 miserable breakups. He’s sarcastic, he’s witty, he’s miserable, and he’s charming all at once, as he recalls the worst moments of his romantic endeavors. For me, this movie is oddly uplifting, in a sense, because it makes me feel like I’ll never be quite as pathetic as Gordon. Granted, the further you get into the story, the more you realize he’s not really pathetic, he’s just hurt. I think that’s something we can all relate to at some point in our lives. This movie pulled me through one of the more challenging, angry parts of my dating life (or lack thereof), and for that, it’ll always hold a soft spot in my heart. For all you anti-love readers out there, here’s one to break out the booze and a box of chocolates and celebrate by yourself.

3. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)harry

Now, this movie is pretty much the stereotypical rom-com for Valentine’s day, but to be bold, I don’t care how overdone it is because it really is the ideal fairy tale. I can’t speak for all, but most girls have the fantasy of falling in love with your best friend – somebody who understands every part of you, good or bad, and still loves you anyway. This story brings out the true romantic aspect of love and follows not only the relationship of the two main characters, but also their individual journeys through the dating scene. It’s cute, it’s heartfelt, and it’s a got just enough cheese to make your heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I must admit, it took me way too long to actually see this movie, but once I had, I watched it far too often to be deemed acceptable. Now, sitting at a healthy once or twice a year, I turn to it when I’m looking for that feel-good pick me up that we sometimes need. My favourite part about it is just how quirky and real the characters feel, and how well they all mesh together. It’s relatable, funny, and also has an undeniable charm that makes me smile from ear to ear. Be warned, this movie is not for the cynical and bitter.

And there you have it, folks! The movies I love to love, for a holiday all about sharing how you feel! Hopefully, no matter how you’re spending your Valentine’s, you’ll be feeling the love this holiday! Make the most of it by cracking open a sweet bottle of vino and a good flick, and you’ll have it made!

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