Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you’ve decided to stay at home this year, there are an absolute ton of movies that you could choose to watch with your date / BFF / other half of your soul.
What should you pick?
If you and your date have a thing for science fiction/fantasy, here are nine suggestions to help make your night enjoyable. Also, need a few tips to make your night go smoothly? Find them below!
For Your Movie Date
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
“I love you. I know.” can be found on a whole bunch of household items, including his and hers bath towels.
Did you know that iconic declaration of love was not originally scripted? You can thank Mr. Ford for that incredibly beautiful moment between Leia and Han. While not exactly improvised on the spot, Ford saw the “I love you, too!” in the script and felt the movie needed something more.
Experience the power of “I know,” with your loved one this February!
Need something less intense? Recently saw this movie on Netflix, and loved every minute of this uplifting tale.
The relationships made are absolutely sweet, like candy hearts, awwwwh.😍
*Sidenote: If you work anywhere in web development, you’ll wish your day actually worked as portrayed by Hollywood, but it’s all good. And, if there was such thing as Google Customer Support for the general public, life would be amazing.
Safety Not Guaranteed
“*WANTED* Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.”
After reading this ad, three journalists answer the call to see what this would-be time traveller is all about.
The movie is set during the modern era, with modern tech, so the guy has to be nuts right? He couldn’t possibly be telling the truth. What’s the con? What meds should he be on?
Watch how eccentric supermarket clerk Kenneth teaches three disillusioned journalists how to believe again, as they “train” to become time travellers.
If you can’t find a girl, then well, just make one, right? It’s absolutely a crazy movie, but like many of John Hughes’ films, it’s still funny today.
Back to The Future
An entirely awkward film, if you think about it hard enough, but how sweet is it watching Marty trying to get his parents to love each other again?
Wade struggles to survive, and longs (sulks) to reconnect with the love of his life. Hilarity ensues, as Francis pursues. Definitely worthy of a repeat!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
This movie checks all the boxes.
Intrigue, adventure, romance, and the wild beauty of amalgamating all alien species and cultures. While the overall plot was thin, the romance was fun, and the marriage of science-fiction and fantasy is awe-worthy.
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is THE love story, and should be revered as such whenever possible. It has action, drama, and The Giant.
Possibly consider preparing an epic (though responsible) drinking game with your date, because what else are you going to do with all the “Inconceivable!”s and “As you wish”es.
This movie is also a tear jerker for me when Mandy Patikin repeatedly says, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” It turns out that Patikin’s father had died from pancreatic cancer in 1972, and was very much in Patikin’s mind during the fight scene with the man in black. We might be seeing the six-fingered, man in black about to die, but what Patikin was seeing was the cancer that killed his father.
Pass the tissue!
The ultimate long distance relationship! Watch how Dr. Jackson falls in love with an alien princess, and the lengths he’ll go to to keep her safe. If you do choose to watch this movie, be sure to grab a copy of the Director’s Cut.
“From the creators of the Matrix trilogy.” UGH! This movie had so much potential, it almost physically hurts how bad they messed up here. Chances are that this movie will still become a cult classic, because it is so very bad, in such a so very good way.
I keep saying that if they had spread this movie into it’s own trilogy (one movie per sibling,) it would have been gladly received with open arms. As it is, we’re left wondering which fanfic story this story was based on, ’cause OMG it hit nearly every cliched bad-fic genre out there.
A lycan. With wings.
That’s two counts of a hot-mess knocked out of the park right away. Add a weirdly named know it all, who is “unintentionally” the center of attention heroine into the mix, and I’m left feeling blessed that none of your little ponies were involved in the making of this film.
Movie Date Tips For the Best Night at Home
Here are some items to think about before your Valentine’s date arrives.
- Have Your Movies Queued or Stacked and Ready to Go
Have a bunch of movies selected ahead of time that works with both of your tastes in mind.
Are you both science fiction geeks? You may both be in the mood to watch Stargate, or Star Wars, or Star Trek. If she’s more into fantasy and he’s more into bad movies, you both will probably get a kick out of Jupiter Ascending, or Weird Science.
Bottom line, have good options at hand for both of you, so that your night isn’t wasted over a conversation like this…
- Don’t Forget the Valentine Bouquet
Treat the keeper of your heart with a beautiful bouquet.
Here are some truths you need to know about flowers. Unless allergies are involved, everyone loves them.
They light up a room.
And if you need a bit of psychology, whenever given as a gift, the receiver associates the scent of those flowers to the moment they were received. Leaving sense-memory gift for your loved one’s olfactory will practically guarantee that they’ll continue to cherish your night together for days to come.
Give them flowers.
And if you live in the GTA, give an original The Kiss bouquet filled with love and devotion by Tonic Blooms, who boasts same day delivery if you order in time for your flowery needs (though I’m thinking that might be on pause for Valentine’s Day – don’t chance it).
Tonic Blooms provided this lovely bunch to me a week ago, and they stayed lovely for nearly a week. The fun thing about tulips is that they continue to grow and bloom while in the vase. And the wax flowers are still with me now! *happy sigh*
Their unique creations come wrapped in comfy jean cloth encompassing a thoroughly drenched sponge so that you know your blooms will last outside of a vase all day long if need be.
Bear with me. As much as it’s awesome to receive flowers, I will spend a good hour taking photos of them. I’m not even kidding. Here are four pics. Thank me for not sharing all 56 pictures with you.
- To snack? Or not to snack?
No need to go overboard in the food department, unless that’s your normal. If it’s dinner and a movie night, chances are you won’t want much more food outside of dinner anyway. Otherwise, make sure you have popcorn to pop, or chip bags at the ready, and whichever kind of bubbly (wine, soda, gum) you and your date enjoy.
- Make a Cozy Home Theatre
Depending on how your TV is situated, you may be inclined to move furniture around for the night. If you have an LED widescreen, get the big-screen ambience really happening by moving your couch as close to the TV as you can. Jay and I watched Star Trek (2009) once this way, and it was pretty neat. Also, bring out all the blankets and pillows for the coziest nest for movie watching.
- Put Your Phone Down
Unless you’re using your smartphone to webcast movies from Google Play to your TV, leave your phone somewhere out of sight, so that you won’t be itching to pick it up. This is time you’ve promised to spend with your date, so don’t give the impression that you rather hang out with your 10 thousand besties on Twitter instead.
So what are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you have a must-see movie for the ultimate date night?