Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day Advice

Not from me.  No siree.  But from slate--which movies to avoid.

Of course, this article does suggest a basic challenge--is the early date supposed to be part of the vetting process?  If so, then do take a person to a movie that might alienate someone who is not the perfect soulmate.  If the aim is a bit more, ahem, short-term, then different criteria come to the fore.

Any readers have any suggestions?  Obviously, this blog would recommend Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, or a Zombie movie, given past posts....

For romance, the HP to see is Half-Blood Prince, with the Ron-Lavender-Hermione triangle and the Harry-Ginny courtship, although Order of the Phoenix has the Harry-Cho romance.  Both books end in death, but, in Phoenix, romance dies due to perceived betrayal.  So, HBP > OP.

For Indiana Jones, Raiders uber alles.  Karen Allen and Harrison Ford have the best chemistry, and no bouncing nuked frig in this one. 

Star Wars: Empire. There is some relevant romance in Return, but Empire has the best response to "I love you" that I can remember.  And, of course, "Who you calling scruffy-looking?"  Of course, you have to ignore the brother-sister kiss, but that is early enough not to spoil things.

Zombies: Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland both have a nice combo of comedy and romance.  And the scary stuff just might work to get a couple closer together.

Of course, there are other options. Say Anything is a classic, but only if neither viewer has either been stalked or been picked up for stalking.

Any suggestions from spew-fandom?

Oh, and some more advice for dining out on V-Day.

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