WITH SNOW AND ICE making this winter one of the chilliest in decades, it’s worth preparing for a possibly sub-zero Valentine’s Day. While many couples love claiming the Hallmark holiday as a chance to go out, a movie at home and a bottle of wine may be the way to avoid the cold and the masses. Besides, is there anything more romantic than cuddling up on the couch with someone you love and a good tearjerker? (I think not.)
If the latter sounds like an appealing option, these movies (most of which are available on Netflix Instant) may scratch that love-struck itch.
Blue is the Warmest Color
One of the buzziest LGBTQ movies in recent years, this three-hour French lesbian romance has been winning prizes since its Cannes premiere. It’s not hard to see why: the pangs of first love have rarely been articulated with such honesty, intimacy, and fierce sexuality. The film earns its NC-17 rating with its graphic, glorious sex scenes, but it sticks with viewers more because of the electric chemistry between Adele Exarchopoulos’ Adele, a young girl taking her first steps into lesbian love, and Lea Seydoux’s confident, blue-coiffed Emma. Though red and pink are usually considered the colors of romance, Abdellatif Kechiche’s epic romance makes a strong case for Blue.