It is February again, the month of love and just like January, it always seems to catch us unawares.
If you are single right now, chances are you were single last February (2013) and you had promised yourself to have found yourself a special one by this time.
For those in long term relationships, the day just comes off the back of a difficult month and unfortunately you have not saved enough for that special romantic outing.
If it is a new relationship that is just beginning to take shape, going big may come across as being too presumptuous.
Broken hearted? Do not despair, there is nothing like the prospect of meeting someone new.
Whatever your case, not all is lost. Arts and Society has, through the help of some of our local personalities, compiled ten of what may be perceived as epic love stories of the 21st century ÔÇô romantic flicks that may just save the night for you come February 14.
Whether you are cuddled under a blanket having a home cooked meal or nibbling on some chocolate or popcorn and refreshments, these movies are sure to light up your spirits.
Gabs FM’s Tshepo Ntshole insists she does not recognise Valentine’s Day but she does not mind recommending ‘Love and Basketball’ for all the hopeless romantics out there.
The movie, starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, tells the story of two neighbours who grow up to pursue basketball careers before falling in love with each other. It is just like Smokie’s hit ‘Living Next door to Alice’, only this time Alice does not go away in some limousine.
Simba Mudereri, also a Gabs FM presenter would cuddle to Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s ‘Pretty Woman’.
Gere plays a rich and ruthless businessman who needs a female companion just for a week on business trip. He meets Vivian (Roberts), a prostitute who agrees to be his partner for the week at a price.
What starts as a mere business transaction develops into something more than the two had bargained for. It speaks volumes about love’s ability to transcend class and other social barriers.
Other romantic movies worth a cosy Valentines night include ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan ÔÇô a romantic comedy that proves the power of serendipity.
What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, and someone you never knew was the one for you? The two also star in a similar flick, ‘You’ve Got Mail’, more or less a similar plot.
‘Notting Hill’ stars Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. The movie is also based on the power of fate, or luck. It provides answers to what would happen if the most famous woman in the world was to fall (head over heels) on your lap.
‘Hitch’ starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes is a must-watch for singletons out there lacking the courage to ask a woman out.
‘Love Jones’ (Larenz Tate and Nia Long) is a story about compromises, swallowing your pride and admitting your true feelings. It is definitely one of the best romantic movies of the 1990s. Long also stars in ‘The Best Man’, also a must see.
There is also the star studded 2010s ‘Valentine’s Day’ starring Hollywood A-listers, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, George Lopez, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel and many more all in a quest to find true love. It is an American ensemble “Romantic comedy film” romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall” Garry Marshall.
British romantic comedy ‘Love Actually’ also made the list although it is set in the pre-Christmas time. It has heavy love story undertones and stars Hugh Grant, Billy Bob Thorton, Keira Knightely, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth and funny man Rowan Atkinson, also an ensemble is sure to keep the mood jovial.
The list is endless. But finally, if you are looking for far less predictable movies with an incredible love story , check your local video store ( do they still exist?) for the director of ‘Mma Ramotswe The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’, Anthony Minghella’s ‘The English Patient’ starring Juliett Binoche and Ralph Fiennes.