Valentine’s Day is soon and what better way to celebrate the day than watching movies! I decided to make some movie recommendations for that special day. This list of five movies is not your normal movie list: “When Harry Met Sally” need not apply to this list. Some of the selections are romantic and some not so much….So enjoy!!!
Shock Treatment (1981) directed by Jim Sharman. Starring Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Richard O’Brien. and Patricia Quinn. What better way for a couple who want to fix their marriage than to go on a TV game show and air out their grievances on live TV? I found out about this movie when arrow video was re releasing this. I have seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show about twenty times at that point but never venture further than that. So I decided to to give this movie a chance when it became available to buy. And it did not disappoint at all! This was the first time I was dancing and singing to a movie in my living room! The soundtrack to this movie is one of my all time favorite soundtracks of all time.
Fun Fact about this movie: This movie was going to be called “The Brad and Janet Show”.
My Bloody Valentine (1981) directed by George Mihalka. Starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier and Neil Affleck. The teenagers near a big coal mining site in Canada want to do a big Valentine’s Day dance. However since there was a huge deadly accident twenty years ago on Valentine’s Day the adults of the town have been prohibiting any kind of social event. Since the reason the deadly accident occur was because the people who were in charge of the mine went to the Valentine’s Day dance instead of doing their jobs. Miners who were in the mine were trapped by an explosion. It cause one miner named Harry Warden, who was with them to go insane and killed the rest of his co-workers. He was sent to an insane asylum but escape around Valentine’s Day twenty years later when the teens want to do this dance and Henry is ready to kill AGAIN!
Fun fact about this movie: The mines scenes in this movie was actually filmed in mines that were about 900feet underground.
Available to rent from Vudu: https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/My-Bloody-Valentine/27696
Married to the Mob (1988) directed by Jonathan Demme. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Mercedes Ruehl, Matthew Modine and Dean Stockwell. Michielle Pfeiffer plays a housewife Angela De Marco. Her life is just coasting by until her husband gets killed by his mob. Now Angela must start her life over again and she wants to break free from her deceased husband’s mob lifestyle. She moves to New York City with her son and love finds her in the most interesting way.
They wanted Tom Cruise to play the Mike role but he chose to do the movie “Cocktails” instead.
Available to rent from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Married-Mob-Alec-Baldwin/dp/B00YBX4J0Y/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Scenes from a Marriage (1973) directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson. If you want to the full effect of a marriage unravel and view all of its ups and down. Then this powerful three hour movie is for you. The two lead actors are so good in this movie! I remember watching it years ago and not expecting much but was blown away by the strong performances. It kind of felt like I was watching a documentary because the acting was so on point.
Fun fact about this movie: This movie won a Golden Globe for best foreign film but was not consider in the running that year for an Oscar since it was a TV movie.
Available to buy from the Criterion Collection here: https://www.criterion.com/films/710-scenes-from-a-marriage
Old Boyfriends (1979) directed by Joan Tewkesbury. Starring Talia Shire, Richard Jordan and Keith Carradine. Talia Shire plays a woman named Dianne who is a psychiatrist who is has own struggles with her divorce. She decides one day to venture out to find a couple of ex boyfriends who made some kind of life changing impact on her life in order to heal and move on.
Fun fact about this movie: This was John Belushi’s first feature in a movie.
Link to buy is here: https://www.kinolorber.com/film/old-boyfriends_1
What movies you would recommend to watch that is not your average romance movie? Comment below!!
Until next time!