Last week we reviewedÂ some great love stories available onÂ Netflix InstantÂ â€” along with our opinions on whichÂ were best for date night and which were probably best saved for quiet moments alone with a pint of ice cream and your favorite sweatpants. And with so many good options to choose from, weâ€™re back with more recommendations!
1. Awkward Love
WatchÂ Lars and the Real Girl, NOTÂ Dark Horse
Dark HorseÂ is the gentlest of the Todd Solondz movies, but considering heâ€™s made such feel-goods asÂ Welcome to the Dollhouse,Â Happiness, andÂ StorytellingÂ (aargh), thatâ€™s not saying much. For a cringeworthy movie thatâ€™s much sweeter and more positively hopeful, go with Lars, with the bonus of golden-boy starÂ Ryan Gosling.
2. Iconic Horror
WatchÂ Nosferatu, NOTÂ Rosemaryâ€™s Baby
The classic â€™60s flick starring Mia Farrowâ€™s Vidal Sassoon haircut is basically a movie about date rape and a metaphor for anti-choice zealotry. Not exactly a fun Saturday night. Plus, thereâ€™s an orgy scene with lots of naked old people. â€™Nuff said. Better to go with the one of the first-ever of the genre:Â Nosferatu. Sure, itâ€™s silent, and itâ€™s almost 100 years old, and itâ€™s German Expressionist, but donâ€™t let that scare you. Itâ€™s one of those films everyone should watch â€” so why not watch it together? The tragic ending is way more romantic than almost any other horror available on Netflix Instant (except maybeÂ Let the Right One In, which is great if you prefer your scary stories from this century). And since itâ€™s a mere 81 minutes long, have yourself a bloodcurdling double feature withÂ The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!
3. Italian Costume Drama
WatchÂ A Room With a View, NOTÂ Zeffirelliâ€™sÂ Romeo and Juliet
You might think, How could we go wrong with the quintessential Shakespearean romance in the hands of an Italian master? Well, itâ€™s long, and thereâ€™s a lot of complaining. Stick with a witty Edwardian period piece by Merchant and Ivory thatâ€™s based on the E.M. Forster novel, shot beautifully all over Italy and just oozing romance. No double suicide or annoying whining to contend with!
4. May-December Relationship
WatchÂ Manhattan, NOTÂ Lost in Translation
If we have to watch some relatively unattractive older man win the heart of an incredibly good-looking much younger girl, weâ€™ll take Woody Allenâ€™s neurotic over Bill Murrayâ€™s depressive any day â€” and so should you.
5. TV Series
WatchÂ The L Word, NOTÂ House of Cards
Donâ€™t get us wrong:Â House of CardsÂ is a great show â€” and the first original series onÂ Netflix. But the sex in it is way more about power than love, or even lust. Thereâ€™s prostitution, pedophilic-ish relationships, and hand-job rapes on dying cancer patients (no joke!). If you like the sex on your shows to actually be sexy â€” at least when youâ€™re watching with someone you hope toÂ haveÂ sex with later â€” you canâ€™t do much better than Showtimeâ€™s ode to modern Sapphic love,Â The L Word.
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