With Valentine’s Day just around the corner + should you opt to stay home, here’s a movie list that will definitely remind you how, if you’re in a relationship, no matter how bad that fight was last Tuesday, it could be a hell of a lot worse. True there are love stories out there that live up to Disney standards, with lots of sparkle + wonderment, but let’s get real here.
Unconditional love is the love we all aspire to have + give back, + yet, pets pretty much own this one. So, to what degrees will one go to, to overlook someone’s handicaps or crazy quirks? A lot, in the case of David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly‘ (1986). Now, if you’re familiar with Cronenberg’s work, you know you’re in for something disturbing. The film stars Jeff Goldblum as the scientist who starts transforming into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. The girlfriend’s (played by Geena Davis) love is seriously put to the test in this one.
Another good one is Tomas Alfredson’s ‘Let The Right One In’ (2008). In this film you have a shy + terribly bullied boy who falls in love with a strange girl who just happens to be a vampire. They did a remake called ‘Let Me In’ starring Chloe Moretz, but it’s not as intense. Oh, + if you don’t like subtitles, give it a try with this one – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
When it comes to unrequited love, revenge is sure to follow + one film that best highlights this is Takashi Miike’s ‘Audition‘ (1999). The movie starts with a widower, who upon his friend’s suggestion, sets up an audition for a non-existent film, simply to find himself a new wife. He thinks he’s scored upon meeting an actress who seems perfect, but is she really? What happens next would make any man think twice about dating, let alone crossing any woman – talk about nothing being worst than a woman’s scorn! Contains subtitles.