Best unconventional movies for Valentine’s Day

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Most people looking for the perfect movie to watch on Valentine’s Day are probably looking for movies that use the classic romance formula of two people falling in love and living happily ever after. If that’s what you’re looking for, this article might not be for you. But stick around and we’ll deliver the perfect blend of heartbreak and weirdness to make your Valentine’s Day as unconventional as possible from a movie-watching perspective.

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The Twilight Saga


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Many people don’t think dusk is actually all that romantic. A lot of people are wrong! duskThe awkwardness of, the butt of derision by many, is what makes it a great teen romance. No one is smooth – everyone is painfully awkward in this exploration of first love. As well, dusk is pretty weird (in a good way). If you take a step back, it’s the story of a girl who falls madly in love with a 100-year-old virgin AND a boy who turns into a giant wolf. She chooses the first one and they make a monster baby. SO, the werewolf fall in love with the baby.

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The princess and the Frog


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Sure, this Disney Princess movie isn’t exactly unconventional. But but ! – How often do romantic protagonists fall in love in frog form? The princess and the Frog is one of the best and most underrated Disney movies, and it’s something that can be enjoyed with the whole family. This is also the last time Disney used this particular style of animation, as their recent releases are pretty much all Disney-Pixar productions.


Lobster


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Yorgos Lanthimosit is Lobster takes place in a fictional society where single people have 45 days to find love in a controlled environment before being transformed into an animal of their choosing. In this society, compatibility is thought to lie in physical similarities, an idea that comes up rather ominously towards the end of the film. Colin Farrel plays the role of a man quickly disillusioned with the system and gone to join some kind of anti-romance group of forest dwellers who also left the program. There he meets Rachel Weisz and falls in love, but when tragedy strikes he is forced to consider stabbing his eyes with a steak knife. If that sounds weird, wait. It’s much weirder.

Only lovers will stay alive


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Jim Jarmuschit is Only lovers will stay alive follows two married vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton). The two live apart, with Adam becoming increasingly suicidal and depressed. Eve comes to visit him in order to cheer him up. Both fear that human blood is becoming increasingly contaminated, limiting their food source. The film tells the story of a long-married couple who contemplate the end of all good things in their lives. Excellent first date material.


blue valentine


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blue valentine is a great choice for those having a less than romantic Valentine‘s Day this year. If you’ve recently been through a breakup, this might just be perfect for you. On the other hand, it could be totally depressing, but sometimes wallowing is totally okay. Ryan Gosling and michelle williams star as a couple who reminisce about the happier early days of their relationship as their marriage crumbles.

Crazy, Stupid, Love


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Crazy, Stupid, Love becomes an unconventional Valentine’s Day classic. The film follows three of a kind couples and deals with unrequited love, new love, and love that no longer works. Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone star of this charmingly funny romantic comedy. Each character’s life is more intertwined than any of them thought, which leads to a really fun showdown at the end of the movie (Ryan Gosling really needs to do more comedy, he’s still great there ).


Moonrise Kingdom


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Wes Anderson brings his signature quirky style to Moonrise Kingdom, the story of two children who fall in love and decide to run away. What follows is heartfelt, hilarious, sweet and very, very marked for the director. Easily our favorite movie about young love, but just different enough to stand out from other movies in the romance genre. As usual, Anderson brings in big names to play the adults, including Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, and Tilda Swinton.

Paterson


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Another joint from Jim Jarmusch, Paterson isn’t technically a romance, but it sure is romantic. Adam Driver plays a bus driver who writes poetry in his spare time. The subjects of his poems are largely very ordinary things in life, in which he finds beauty and which he then embellishes with his words. One particular poem he wrote about his wife (Golshifteh Farahani) is so romantic it’s almost sickening. We like that.


missing girl


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This one’s for the psychopaths. When Amy (Rosamund pike) disappears, her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) is immediately placed under the suspicion of everyone in town. He’s not a killer, though, just an asshole. He chose the wrong wife to be a wrong husband. Watch this with a date, and it could kill the romance, or it could spark something. It’s none of our business.

The favourite


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Another film from Yorgos Lanthimos with his particular brand of unconventional romance. In The favourite, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) has a complicated relationship with his lover and advisor Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz). The two share a sexual relationship, but the power dynamic means that Sarah always works Anne to her advantage. Enter Abigail (Emma Stone). Abigail is cunning and quickly realizes that Sarah’s arrangement would benefit her. The two enter a contest to see who can be Anne’s favorite. Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara (Great) deliver a darkly comic tale of love, friendship and power.


The happiest season


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This entry is for people who think Christmas has more potential for romance than Valentine’s Day. Kristen Stewart plays the role of a young woman who is going to meet her girlfriend’s family for the first time during the holidays. The problem, of which she becomes aware by going to their house, is that they do not know that their daughter is gay. The happiest season proves that Stewart really can do it all, including having fantastic chemistry with Place Aubrey.

Marriage story


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Noah Baumbachit is Marriage story relates to the dissolution of a marriage. charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) run into trouble when Nicole takes a job across the country, taking their son with her. The two begin divorce proceedings, all the more painful because of the involvement of their child. There’s one scene in particular where Driver simultaneously earned an Oscar nomination and spawned one of the most viral memes of 2019. Watch this on Valentine’s Day and think how it all can end!


The Matrix Resurrections


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The Matrix Resurrections is many things: an action-packed sci-fi blockbuster, a meditative film that contemplates its own existence as well as the current state of big-budget cinema, and a thoroughly serious romance that wears its heart on its leather sleeve . Resurrections recognizes what Neo has always known: he can’t do it alone. It’s Trinity who has always been her strength, and so the film becomes an attempt to rescue her from her imprisonment in the machine.

Double Indemnity


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And now for a classic. Not casablanca Where raising baby (however, if you want a traditional romance, check them out). Double Indemnity is a film noir classic that features a twisted romance at its center. Walter (Fred MacNamurray) and Phyllis (Barbara Stanwyck) dance around each other as each tries to play the other to their advantage, but the attraction is genuine. They’re both really bad people who aren’t going to sacrifice everything for love, but it’s fun to watch them outdo each other at every turn.


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