Now that’s it’s February, I can share Valentine’s Day posts without hesitation or shame.
Once upon a time, Tj had me watch Love, Actually. No, seriously, I had never seen it. It was alright. I haven’t seen enough romantic movies to make a fair judgement. The romance genre always takes me back to middle school sleepovers, particularly the ones spanning multiple friend-groups, where I felt a bit out of my element. We screened some terrible romantic movies. Remember Sweet Home Alabama? Yup. Ten Things I Hate About You? Total sleepover movies. That one where Seth Green wore the goggles? I am old.
These days, I generally prefer a more subdued romantic thread.
Here are five of my favorite movies with stories that manage to tug my heartstrings for one reason or another.
Howl’s Moving Castle 2004
Howl might be my favorite Miyazaki film. It’s a toss up between this and Kiki. Sofi, a rather plain shop girl living in a city caught in the middle of a war, is cursed with an old body by a witch. In looking for a way to lift the curse, she ends up in the ambulatory castle of Howl, and a fire spirit named Calcifer. Howl is a bit self-indulgent and brooding (which obviously makes him dreamy), but Sofi brings out the better in him. The secret to lifting the curse lies in Howl’s heart.
I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Ok 2006
Directed by Chan-wook Park (Old Boy), this movie is one of my favorite movies of all-time, period. Cha Young-goon believes she is a cyborg and checks in to a mental hospital after an accident at work. She meets fellow patient Park Il-sun (played by Rain), who “steals” personality traits from the people around him. Cha Young-goon refuses to eat the food at the hospital, believing that it will destroy her inner mechanics. Park Il-sun, determined to get her to eat, invents a rice-megatron that enables Young-goon to convert rice into electricity. The two eventually become closer, learning to accept themselves along the way. I realize you may not know who Rain is. He was a big deal. I bought this movie the summer I spent in China; it was the only film I purchased that was not a bootleg.
Snow Cake 2006
I haven’t seen Snow Cake since its theatrical release, and it is still ingrained in my memory. This film features Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver is two phenomenal roles. To quote IMDB, this is “a drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman (Weaver) and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident (Rickman).” What it fails to mention is that the accident that brings the two together. It’s kind of an important plot point. Alex (Rickman) falls for Linda’s (Weaver) neighbor, but both characters struggle with internal demons, and Alex is still trying to cope with his own grief and guilt following the accident. This movie will break your heart a little, and then heal it a little more.
Get Low 2009
Get Low is part folk tale, part real-life legend. A 1930’s Tennessee hermit plans his own funeral. Sounds romantic, right? This is not so much a love story as a mystery/drama, but it’s a story in which the main character’s actions are all because of love, so I think it counts. I only recently watched this movie, and I wish that I hadn’t waited so long. It’s high up on my favorites list for sure. It features Robert Duvall, Billy Murray, and Sissy Spacek, and they’re all geniuses.
Moonrise Kingdom 2012
This is my second favorite Wes Anderson film. The Life Aquatic will forever own first place. Moonrise Kingdom features sweet, innocent first love, enhanced by the semi-imaginary world it takes place in (as all of Wes Anderson’s films are). It’s perfect and dreamy. I really don’t know what else to say about this one.
PS. The giveaway winner has been posted and contacted! Congratulations, Alejandra!
This giveaway features a few favorite small things, handpicked by me for you. Because I like you and I think you’re nice. I wanted to spread a little love and brightness in the gloom of winter (because it will be winter until March or April, let’s be honest). I get that Valentine’s Day can feel overly saccharine, but it’s actually a great day to say to yourself, in case you’ve been forgetting, “Hey. I love you.” Nice and simple. Don’t waste your energy on negativity towards a retail-oriented holiday. Instead, treat yourself and move on, powered by chocolate, to bigger things. That’s the best. That’s where your energy belongs. Chocolate.
All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter entry form, and leave a comment below. How do you treat yourself? Additional entries can be earned by tweeting or by sharing this post to your Facebook page.
- Burt’s Bees lemon cuticle cream to heal (all natural, cruelty-free, free of sulfates and parabens)
- Pacifica Color Quench vanilla hibiscus lip tint for a dash of color (100% vegan, free of parabens)
- Katie Daisy “love” notebook for secrets or not-so-secrets
- tumbled amethyst and rose quartz for the heart and spirit
- Divine dark chocolate with raspberries bar (Fair Trade)
- Divine 38% milk chocolate with toffee and sea salt bar (Fair Trade)
The giveaway ends January 30th 12am EST. Good luck! Personal friends and family members are welcome to enter, since you make up the majority of my readers and I love you. I will contact the winner by February 1st.
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The 2015 LUSH Valentine’s Day collection has arrived! This is not a sponsored post, I just really adore LUSH. Their Valentine’s Day products always end up being my favorites, because they’re fun and a little decadent. There is something about ultra-feminine pink and shimmery things that speak to my heart. I (a little bit secretly) find great comfort in the ultra-girly, and LUSH always delivers. I think maybe it’s that …My Little Pony quotient. Speaking of, the unicorn horn bubble bar is high up on my list.
I’ve never showed you my Pony collection.
That might need to be a thing.
Last year, I received the Cupid’s Love soap in my Neon Love box (see post). This year’s version has a bit of a different look, and is free of MPG’s. I missed out on The Kiss gloss and lip scrub, last year, so those are officially on my shopping list as well.
You can shop the collection online now, or in stores starting on January 16th.
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