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Valley Cinephiles Share Their Favorite Love Stories for V-Day

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:02

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Andrea Beesley

Midnite Movie Mamacita, Nurse Narcotica

Favorite love story: My favorite love story would have to be Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown.” It’s not what you would think of as a traditional love story (it’s a heist film with a twist), but the relationship between the two main characters is touching to watch as it unfolds.

Why: Not only did he resurrect the career of one of blaxploitation’s finest leading ladies, Pam Grier, but Robert Forster gives the performance of his life. When Jackie Brown, an ex-con stewardess in her 40s is caught smuggling drugs, Max Cherry (Forster) is her bondsman. They start an unlikely friendship with hints of romance and after Max helps Jackie in an elaborate scheme, which helps her achieve her freedom, their goodbye is one of the tenderest and moving moments I’ve ever seen on screen.

Best movie for horror fans to watch on Valentine’s Day: I’m going to go with the obvious choice here, since it’s a film that I really enjoy – the original “My Bloody Valentine” from 1981. A deranged murderer in mining garb terrorizes a community around Valentine’s Day. Fun, campy and bloody, it’s a nostalgic treat.

This leading man puts the rest of ‘em to shame: I would have to say Cary Elwes as Westley in “The Princess Bride.” He’s the ultimate romantic hero who endures everything to rescue his one true love, Buttercup. He’s a true ladies man who swashbuckled his way in to my heart as a teenage girl with the simple phrase, “As you wish.” I will always have a soft spot for Westley!

The best meet-cute on film: “The Artist” swept the Academy Awards last year, and it has one of the loveliest meet-cute’s on film. When Peppy Miller drops something, her eyes meet with George Valentin’s, it’s all over from there.

The tearjerker that gets you every time: It’s so cheesy, but “Ghost.”  Every time I watch “Ghost,” especially the ending, I start blubbering uncontrollably. The movie has aged pretty well. It has its cheesy moments, and no one can hear “Unchained Melody” without thinking of erotic ceramics, but it has some really beautiful moments.

Chick flick cliché you can’t stand: The ugly duckling makeover is pretty redundant and insulting. First off, the girls aren’t ever “ugly” in the first place but the fact that they have to conform to society’s conventions of beauty is always frustrating.

One love-y movie every guy should watch, regardless of "mush" factor: “10 Things I Hate About You” is so ‘90s, it’s the perfect time capsule of awesomeness with a stellar cast. Based on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” it pits Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger as opposites who attract. Great chemistry between the leads, a ‘90s-tastic soundtrack (Barenaked Ladies, Air, Letters to Cleo, The Cardigans) and a sultry unforgettable table dance from Julia Stiles to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” tips this from mush to awesome.

Stephanie Lieb

Owner, Phoenix Mingles

Favorite love story: “When Harry Met Sally.”

Why: It is the ultimate timeline of a love story in my opinion. It is hilarious, honest and emotional. 

Best movie for single people to watch around Valentine’s Day: I think “When Harry Met Sally” is a great one, actually, because it shows that even that person/friend you have known for years could end up turning into a romantic relationship down the road. You never know. It is all about timing and the point you are at in your life. 

This fictional couple puts the rest of ‘em to shame: It all depends on your definition of the perfect relationship. I would vote for Harry and Sally again because my ideal mate would be someone who knows me like a best friend and loves me when I'm at my best and my worst. 

The best meet-cute on film: I liked in “Notting Hill” when Hugh Grant's character runs into Julia Roberts' character in the street and spills juice all over her shirt. It is awkward and clumsy – and easy to relate to.

The tearjerker that gets you every time: “Forrest Gump.” The relationship between Forrest and Jenny starts when they are children and when she finally returns and tells Forrest she loves him she ends up being terminally ill and dies leaving him with their son.  

Chick flick cliché you can’t stand: Wow. There are so many bad chick flicks out there. A recent one that really bothered me was “Something Borrowed.” Rachel is in the midst of helping her best friend Darcy plan her wedding to Dex. Just one problem - Rachel is in love with Dex and realizes she has been since they met in law school. The movie shows this love triangle play out awkwardly and shows a great example of how to be a horrible best friend.

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