Valentines Day is going to happen tomorrow whether you are ready for it or not. The upcoming holiday has got love on my mind. I know what your thinking, is it possible that I could be even more romantic than usual? Anyhow the holiday sort of got me thinking about romantic films. No I am not talking about traditional romantic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Ghost. I am talking about less traditional romantic films. As I am fond of saying “Don’t judge the love”. What follows is a list of some of my favorite non-traditional romantic films.
Buffalo 66 (1998) After his release from prison Billy (Gallo) kidnaps teenager Layla (Ricci) and takes her to visit his parents. He instructs Layla to pretend that they are soon to be married. This strange pairing can’t avoid cupids arrow. Also the Bills will always be a terrible football team. I always thought that young Scott looked a lot like young Vincent Gallo and Layla looks a lot like my buddies wife Sarah.
True Romance (1993) Clarence (Slater) and Alabama (Arquette) are just a couple of love birds on the run. Clarence marries Alabama then steals a bunch of coke from her pimp and heads out to Hollywood, in the hope of making some cash to start a new life together. This film features one of the greatest soliloquies on film courtsey of Dennis Hopper. Other endearing things about this film include Brad Pitt’s excellent performance as Floyd the stoner roommate. The Screenplay was written by Tarantino and was directed by Tony Scott.
Wild at Heart (1990) Sailor (Cage) and Lula (Dern) are in love and on the run from a bunch of crazy killers that Lula’s mom has hired to track them down. Just check out Sailor’s snake-skin jacket in this film, what is not to love? Just so you know what you are getting into this crazy tale of love was directed by David Lynch. Little known fact, this is the last film that I walked out of. My girlfriend at the time completely freaked out and could not handle Willem Dafoe’s performance as super creepy Bobby Peru. I had to wait almost a year to see how the film ended.
Let the Right One In (2008) Oskar (Hedebrant) is living a life of quiet desperation. He is bullied at school and ignored at home. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Eli (Leandersson) at the apartment complex playground. Oskar and Eli slowly fall in love with other despite the fact that Eli turns out to be a blood sucking vampire. This film squeezes in more horror and romance in 115 minutes than the entire Twilight series. I wrote up a full review of this film that you can check out right here.
Secretary (2002) Mr. Grey (Spader) is a demanding perfectionist lawyer who hires Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal) to be his secretary. The two initially resist the attraction they feel for each other despite obvious signs of affection. Things take a turn for the unusual when we discover that Mr. Grey likes to punish and Lee enjoys being punished . Scott wrote up a full review of this film that you can check out here.
Well that concludes my ode to off-beat romance films. What other films can you think of that contain slightly unusual romance in them? I will check your responses later as I am off to buy the misses some chocolates and roses.