Want to branch out at this romantic time of year instead of rewatching “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually,” “The Princess Bride” or “The Notebook?” Here are some ideas on how to spice up your Valentine’s Day streaming options with films that might have fallen off your radar or maybe weren’t there to begin with.
For mature audiences
Warren Beatty’s intellectually and emotionally stimulating 1981 epic “Reds” covers not only the life/career of influential journalist John Reed, but the fiery relationship he had with Louise Bryant (Keaton). It’s sensual, smart and soulful — particularly that tear-jerking reunion scene at a train station. “Reds” should have won best picture at the 1982 Oscars. Sorry, “Chariots of Fire.”
In Netflix’s moving “Our Souls at Night,” frequent romantic on-screen partners Robert Redford and Jane Fonda play lonely folk whose relationship stirs up small-town gossip. Director Ritesh Batra hands the film over to his veteran stars and they couldn’t be finer.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” features not only the ridiculously talented cast of Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, it knocks us out with a killer screenplay from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman. The 2011 comedy drama covers the tribulations of SoCal residents caught up in the ins and outs and in-betweens of new and old loves. It’s not only sexy, funny and poignant, and features one of the best lines about Gosling’s, er, “body” of work, courtesy of Ms. Stone.
In 2000’s slam-dunk of a romance “Love & Basketball,” Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps sizzle as former childhood b-ball friends who find themselves courting the big leagues and each other. Make a fast break to watch this one.
For same-sex couples
A one-night stand turns into something surprisingly substantial yet fleeting for two English blokes in Andrew Haigh’s 2011 classic “Weekend.” Abdel Kechiche’s praised NC-17 epic “Blue is the Warmest Color,” vividly depicting the passionate relationship between two talented young women. Both films are anchored around tremendous leading performances. If you’re looking for something a tad tamer, the sweet but not syrupy “The Way He Looks” is a gem. The 2014 Brazilian coming-of-age/coming-out drama is a warmly told tale about the budding relationship between a blind teen and his newfound friend.
Love and lust create trouble in Sarah Polley’s moody romantic drama “Take This Waltz.” Michelle Williams delivers another awards-worthy performance as a married woman powerfully drawn to her neighbor (Luke Kirby). Polley’s drama …
Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle