In the mood for romance?

Create the perfect Valentine’s night with our lowdown on what to watch

In the mood for romance?

Like any festive season, Valentine’s day can be hugely divisive with people either cringing at the mass consumerism of it all or feverishly planning to pull off the best day yet. But what most people can agree on is that it’s a great excuse to dig out your favourite films.

When it comes to matters of the heart, there’s an abundance of movies to satisfy every taste, from heart-break tragedies and cheesy boy meets girl scenarios, to feisty modern rom-coms. And who said it only had to be about romantic love? With films like “Frozen”, you can even celebrate sisterly love.

Whether you’re snuggling up with a loved one on Valentine’s day or getting the gang together to celebrate your single status, why not make the most of it and enjoy it on the big screen in the comfort of your home. Our home cinema projectors will bring your movies to life in more detail with exceptional colour, contrast and brightness.

We’ve brought together some ideas for what you could watch this Valentine’s day. And with our round-up of fun facts, you’ll have plenty to chat about.

West Side Story

With the film “La La Land” bringing musicals back into fashion, why not take a trip down memory lane and revisit a classic – “West Side Story”. In this fiery fifties musical, star-crossed lovers from rival teenage gangs meet in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen. You’re sure to be singing the classic tunes from Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein for days.

Fun film facts

  • The film adaptation has won more Oscars than any other musical including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Picture - amassing 10 in total1.

  • “West Side Story” was inspired by “Romeo and Juliet”, but did you know that Shakespeare’s tale was not an original? The ill-fated lovers’ plight dates back to Italian novellas, and before that, the Roman poet Ovid and his masterpiece “Metamorphoses”2.

  • The lead role of Maria was offered to Audrey Hepburn but she declined as she was pregnant. Natalie Wood went on to play the part, but the singing is actually dubbed by Marni Nixon3.

When Harry Met Sally

Don’t expect any ‘love at first sight’ clichés from this movie – over ten years the witty New Yorkers, Harry and Sally, bump into each other time and again. Will they ever realise what’s right in front of them and are they willing to risk their friendship? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

Fun film facts

  • The team struggled to name the film. Other possibilities included “Boy Meets Girl”, “How They Met” and “Just Friends”4.

  • See if you can spot when the actors go off the script. During the museum scene, Billy Crystal improvised the notable line, "But, I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie." Meg Ryan breaks out laughing and looks to the right at the director5.

  • In the famous cafe scene, the woman that says: "I'll have what she's having", is actually the director's mother, Estelle Reiner6

Thelma and Louise

Fed up of slushy love stories? If you’re looking for the antithesis of a Valentine’s movie, this iconic kick-ass feminist film is sure to please. Two women hit the road to forget about their man troubles but their trip takes an unfortunate turn - or should we say drop?

Fun film facts

  • The climatic final scene set in the Grand Canyon was actually shot in Utah7.

  • George Clooney competed and lost out to Brad Pitt for the role of JP. The dejected Clooney couldn’t watch the film for a couple of years7.

  • Wanting to give their parts authenticity, lead actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon knocked back a few tequilas before the bar scene8.

Amélie

Escape into a wonderful world of whimsy in Paris with the sweet and charming “Amélie”. It’s hard not to fall for the painfully shy Amélie as she finds rather inventive ways to connect with her crush, while also bringing a little happiness to her family and friends in unexpected ways.

Fun film facts

  • Lead actress Audrey Tautou could have led a very different life if she had pursued her childhood dream of becoming a Primatologist (studying the life of primates)9.

  • British actress Emily Watson was originally imagined for the role, but language and scheduling issues meant that she dropped out10.

  • Before the release of the film, the name Amélie was almost unheard of in England, not even appearing in the top 100 list. It’s now much more popular reaching 62nd place with 992 girls given the name in 201511.

Sleepless in Seattle

Can anyone experience true love more than once in their life? The ever-lovable Tom Hanks plays a widower who opens up after his son gets him to talk on a radio therapy show. Meg Ryan’s engaged yet restless character hears him speaks and is convinced that they must meet. This story of destiny and finding love again will not disappoint romantics. 

Fun film facts

  • Meg Ryan wasn’t the first choice for the part - Julia Roberts, Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster all turned down the part12.

  • Before seeing the film, many Americans hadn’t heard of the desert tiramisu. Unexpectedly, after the release of the film the production company received lots of calls asking what tiramisu was13.

  • The director, Nora Ephron, is the voice of one of the depressed callers14.

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