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Posted January 26, 2015 by

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Cookie’s Favourite Films About Love

Love is a difficult one to showcase in cinema. Sure enough, there are a plenty of romantic comedies out there – able to convey the whimsical and clichéd parts of dating all set to the latest pop tune. There are also raw dramas, ones that take your breath away with its undeniable harrow and emotional suffering.

If you were to ask me straight out, I’m not entirely sold on the romantic genre. It’s a personal preference of mine, I guess. I suppose the abundance of them that filter the cinemas with the same plot or outcome always makes me a little uncomfortable. Especially when I’m single. But researching this article, I’ve come to the conclusion that some strain of loved up movies actually makes me feel warm and fuzzy or entirely clued up on the dating game. They may not be conventional, nor are they exactly about romance. But I’ll still watch them and feel the tingles in my stomach (or actually, be glad I’m kinda single). With that in mind, here are a few of my favourite romantic films.

(Note: this is sure enough a part one, because whilst writing, I had more spring to mind.)


I did say that some of them were unconventional. For black comedies, nothing beats Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. The story about an unusual couple, misguided and a little bit against the normal grain, who go on a tour of parts of Britain. And it’s all fine and unusual until Chris starts to behave a bit more psychopathic when he starts killing people who he perceives as arrogant and entitled. Yet none of this phases Tina who proves that their match is one made in heaven. With dry wit, lashings of gore and hilariously dark moments, Sightseers shifts narrative and develop it characters in a disturbingly realistic manner.

Eagle Vs Shark

This film will make you really happy in terms of characters and hilarity. Proving that the New Zealand comedy circuit is appealing in our British Isles, Eagle vs Shark is a film coming from the powerhouse team who did last years What We Do In The Shadows. Jermaine Clement plays the heavily dislikeable Jarrod who attracts the attention of wallflower Lily. Despite his offish and somewhat offensive nature towards her, Lily is still adamant that they are meant to be together. In a very similar manor to Tina and Steve, though less deadly, these are two people who somehow fit into each other’s lives with a perfect balance of hilarity and charm. Combined with this eloquent stop motion animation and Loren Horsely’s empathic and lovely Lily, Eagle Vs Shark is a funny and sweet film.

(500) Days of Summer

From the word go, we are told that Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer is not a love story. And though it guise’s itself as one, that sentiment is very much true. In fact, it’s a people story, very astutely aware of how one humans can fall whim to lust and attractions without thinking in more depth. Tom falls in love with Summer but it isn’t entirely rebuked by her. Though they start a relationship, it quickly goes wrong. With the broken narrative shaking between the break up and the beginnings, flitting between different days of Summer, the film’s message is about how easily Tom falls in love and how wrong it is for him to put the expectations on her.

Blue Valentine

In a similar non-linear narrative to (500) Day of Summer, but starting the trend first and with a much more painful outcome, Blue Valentine is a raw yet undeniably compelling drama. Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and directed by Derek Cianfrance, the film is a raw story about a married couple. As one story tells the tale of how they met, fell in love and became married whilst juxtaposed against the other story of how it fell apart and in some ways, how they struggled to keep it together. The courageously honest and painful drama, acted impeccably by Williams and Gosling, is stunningly realised in its truthful beauty, redolent imagery and ultimately upsetting end.


This is the one film that makes my toes curl up in glee and yet become utterly dismayed at the unrequited element at the end. Weekend is one of those films that perfectly captures a fleeting romance and its impact on your life. Not only gifting us a truthful portrayal of an LGBT relationship, Weekend is phenomenally acted and has this visceral element to it that is immediately engaging. The tale of Glen and Russell, who meet and spend the weekend together before Glen goes to America, is open and exquisitely so. You’ll believe so much in the couple, their fleeting love instantaneous and compelling, that you’ll wonder why actors Tom Cullen and Chris aren’t together.


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