Love Stinks: Top 10 Films to Ward Off the Valentine’s Day Schmaltz

Ain’t Love Grand?


The 14th of February is here again, and lovers all over the world will be clinking champagne glasses, sniffing roses, opening gaudy boxes of chocolates and watching their favourite romantic movies. 


Eerphhh… I think i just threw up a little in my mouth.


If, however, you believe that (to paraphrase Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol)


“Valentine’s Day is a poor excuse every 14th of February to pick a man’s pockets.”


You may enjoy an astringent to the likes of Pretty Woman, The NotebookGhost, Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember and (gulp) Love Story


Love means never having to say you’re sorry


Seriously? Really?….


Here we go – whilst trying to avoid the too obvious (War of the Roses, Closer etc):


Carnal Knowledge (1971):

Carnal Knowledge Trailer

Crash (1996):

Basic Instinct (1992):

Basic Instinct (1992) - Trailer

The Cook, The Thief , His Wife & Her Lover (1989):

The Ice Storm (1997):

The Ice Storm Trailer #1 (1997) | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Gone Girl (2014):

Gone Girl Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike Movie HD

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966):

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Official Trailer - Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton Movie HD

Double Indemnity (1944):

Double Indemnity Official Trailer #1 - Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck Movie (1944) HD

Shame (2011):

SHAME: Official HD Trailer

Your Friends & Neighbors (1998):

Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) Official Trailer #1 - Ben Stiller Movie HD

Who said romance was dead? Which movies are your go-to when you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone?


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