There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa with someone you love. Whether that’s your better half, your best mate, or your dog, this is your perfect excuse to get in some good food, and watch some good films. If Valentine’s Day is absolutely not your thing – we’ve also come up with some of the best anti-Valentine’s Day films to help you forget all about it. Some of the following recommendations came from our Instagram followers.
For the traditionalists
• The Space Between Us: A pioneering mission to see if humans can live on Mars leads to the first baby born on Mars, Gardner, played by Asa Butterfield (Otis in Sex Education), who has never been to Earth. He comes home for the first time at the age of 16, and is astounded by the world around him, including grass, animals, the sun, and of course – the opposite sex. Scientists discover that his organs can’t withstand the Earth’s atmosphere, but Gardner is already on an adventure of discovery with his new friend, Tulsa.
• Sex Education: If you haven’t seen this already (how haven’t you!?) this is definitely one to put on your ‘boxsets to binge’ list. Painting a picture of sixth form students in the UK, you probably shouldn’t watch this one with your parents. Why? The clue is in the title. Focused around Otis, whose mother is a sex therapist, who starts offering advice to his not-so-clued up class mates, and finds out a bit about himself on the way. Full of hilarious, cringe-worthy, and heart-warming moments, the series covers a lot of issues and topics not covered before in British television, and represents a wide variety of issues – whilst remaining truly laugh-worthy.
• Valentine’s Day: When else can you watch a film called Valentine’s Day if not on Valentine’s Day? With a star studded cast of Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and many more, this film follows multiple people over the course of one day. Couples and singles experience the ups and downs of falling in love, and starting and ending relationships on the one day dedicated to love.
• The Blind Side: This is the perfect ‘hide the fact you’re crying by pretending you’ve got a sudden case of hay fever in February’ film that explores all forms of love, overcoming hardship and triumph. The real life story of Michael Oher, a homeless teen with a dysfunctional background, who is taken in by a couple who help push him towards channelling his protective instincts into American Football to help him realise his potential. If you’re looking for a real tearjerker, look no further.
For the anti-Valentine’s supporters:
Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Dubbed the scariest true-crime docu-series to date, people have said they’ve struggled to sleep after binge watching the show. This is definitely not one for the faint hearted – so watch with caution! Featuring never-before-heard audio interviews with the serial killer whilst he was on death row, the show gives us a look inside the mind of true evil.
• Russian Doll (thanks to womanchampion17 for this one!): As the title suggests, this is a story with many layers. Natasha Lyonne (Nicky from OITNB), plays a game developer from New York, who dies at her own birthday party… until she wakes up and is forced to relive the party continuously, dying in increasingly strange ways after each death. We can’t say much more without giving away any spoilers – but this is definitely for you if you’re looking to watch something different that will leave you guessing the end.
• Pacific Rim: Giants Robots vs Giant Monsters. Could you get anymore anti-Valentine’s? After a portal to another dimension releases the Kaijou, humanity fights back the best way it knows how. By building giant robot defenders, obviously. Controlled by humans, they must work together to defeat the Kaiju (monsters). Directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, this film is considered a tribute to the Kaiju, Mecha and Anime genres, so if that’s your kind of thing, this film is definitely one to try out.
• I Think We’re Alone Now: The human race has been wiped out, Del, played by Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones) lives alone, and happily so in an empty town, until he meets young Grace (Elle Fanning), who wants to stay with him. Offering a series of plot twists, this film explores the concept of love in the least conventional way.
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