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A few years ago, we compiled a list of nerdy (or at least thematically relevant) romance movies to stream on Valentine’s Day, including titles like 13 Ongoing 30 and My dear love. Those recommendations still stand, but if you need a fresh list of sweet (and bittersweet) sci-fi and fantasy tales to watch this February 14, this new list of eight has you covered.
The princess to be married
We don’t even need to explain why this one is on the list. But while you can already quote every line of this 1987 fairy tale from director Rob Reiner and writer William Goldman, it holds up over and over for hundreds of viewings.
you can catch The princess to be married on Stan.
The shape of water
She is a mute guard who works in a top secret government laboratory during the height of the Cold War. he is a… fish-man whom the American and Soviet agents who are aware of his presence hope to exploit and/or destroy. Who says these two crazy kids can’t find love despite everything? Guillermo del Toro’s 2017 critically acclaimed monster epic swooned and swam to 13 Oscar nominations, eventually winning four, including Best Picture and Best Director.
The shape of water is on Disney+.
While we’re talking sexy fish, let’s not forget Ron Howard’s 1984 fantasy about an ordinary fruit vendor (Tom Hanks) who unexpectedly reconnects with the beautiful mermaid (Daryl Hannah) he first met. times in his childhood. Sure, there are romantic complications to this literal fish-out-of-water story, but true love finds a way to overcome obstacles, including cross-species ones. The Disney+ version made waves, har har, when viewers realized the studio hilariously digitally obscured a certain body part, but there’s also some intentional comedy in supporting players John Candy and Eugene Levy.
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After a freak accident in the 1930s, a woman (Blake Lively) stops aging — a condition that keeps her young and beautiful for decades, but also means she must watch her daughter (Ellen Burstyn) grow into an older woman, not to mention settling into a life of changing identities every few years while avoiding attachment. The latter becomes difficult when she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who she would love to spend the rest of her life with, if only she weren’t, you know, inconveniently immortal. Will true love be enough to break the spell? Will it ever be surprising to see Harrison Ford appearing randomly in a supporting role in this film? The answers are yes and no.
Adaline’s age is streaming on Netflix.
His life is a disaster, and he’s a certified goofball. When they find themselves trapped in the same time loop while attending a wedding in Palm Springs – well, a parcel wild stuff ensues, but it’s all built for them to fall in love. Stars Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg are delightful (as is co-star JK Simmons, who plays the time loop’s unwitting third occupant) in an unconventional rom-com that somehow makes her feel familiar groundhog day the setup is again sparkling and new.
Palm Springs is on Amazon Prime.
love and monsters
After Joel (maze runnerof Dylan O’Brien) separates from his darling Aimee (The Matrix Resurrections‘ Jessica Henwick) following an apocalyptic event – sure, asteroids are bad, but what about an asteroid that causes an outbreak of ferocious mutated beasts? – he embarks on a quest to find her. It’s a lighthearted story mostly about Joel’s journey, which is heavier on ‘monsters’ than ‘love’, but you do get bonus features like Michael Rooker and a heroic dog being among those Joel encounters in the course. of road.
Socket love and monsters on Netflix.
The map of perfect little things
This 2021 version is based on a short story from magicians‘ Lev Grossman, who also wrote the screenplay. Mark (Kyle Allen, who was just cast as He-Man in the new masters of the universe movie) and Margaret (Kathryn Newton of Weird and big little lies) play teenagers who get to know each other – and, naturally, fall in love with each other – while trapped in the same time loop. It’s much cuter and more familiar than Palm Springsbut the tracks are enticing together, and there are certainly worse things to do than watch the movie version of a catchy pop song.
A card of the perfect little things is streaming on Amazon Prime.
In this 1998 fantasy, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman play witch sisters whose family is cursed to be tragically unlucky in love…until Bullock’s character meets his soul mate (Aidan Quinn), who is also, sadly, the lawman who (correctly) suspects her of murdering her sister’s abusive boyfriend (though he doesn’t realize there was magic involved). I know what you’re thinking, but just because practical magic is on your Halloween movie list doesn’t mean you can’t Also watch it for Valentine’s Day!
practical magic is on Stan.
If anti-Valentine’s Day movies are your thing, check out these seven movies that will make you happy to be single on February 14th.