For those of us who are not in the mood for hearts and flowers this Valentine's day, here are six anti-valentine films to make you laugh, cry and experience contentment with not feeling the love.
Take a trip to the 80s where mean girls don't get more malicious than this. Heathers is the cult black comedy starring Winona forever as Veronica, and a brooding Christian Slater who's young love and teen angst come with a body count. Slater's Romeo has a dark side, and Winona is saccharine sweet and scheming. Together they leave a scarlet trail of destruction that also kills love's young dream.
This indie tale of when Dean met Cindy, could not be more bittersweet. We watch the rise and fall of their hipster love with a series of cross-cuts through time between heady days when love is new to heart-wrenching scenes as it disintegrates. Ryan Gosling, the cool king of brood, does it again and Michelle Williams puts in an Oscar-nominated performance for her part in this tragic love affair. Break out the tissues.
This is the tale of a perfect couple or are they? When his wife disappears without a trace, concerned husband Nick has the sympathy of his family and those watching through the media. But all eyes are on him when truths begin to emerge, and all is not what it seems. Is Nick the unfortunate victim in all of this or a cold-blooded psychopath? And what of his seemingly perfect, missing wife? No date night for these two.
Reminiscent of 70's 'Play Misty for Me' this is one of the definitive stalker movies. After a one night stand, Glenn Close's obsessive psychopath will stop at nothing to keep her lover. Micheal Douglas isn't going to get a happy valentine in this dark and disturbing classic that explores the tragic consequences of desire and deception in moment of weakness. Lock up your bunnies.
Set in the stunning Juvet Landscape Hotel in the Nordic wilderness (See our Head North article). Ex Machina explores our simultaneous fascination and fear of AI and technology. Caleb, a programmer at an internet company, is invited to the mountain retreat of its CEO. Here he is asked to assess the qualities of true conscious thought in the beautiful and alluring Ava; the first genuinely AI robot. Her beauty and vulnerability capture Caleb's emotions. But how genuinely human can a robot be? Is all love lost in this tale of synthetic passion and intrigue about a cyborg who will do whatever it takes to survive?
We've always agreed that when you're tired of London, or New York or Paris for that matter, you're tired of life. Kate and Leo prove us right in this bleak drama about lost dreams and realisations in deepest darkest suburbia. There are no romantic reunions for our protagonists this time. When ambitions for a better life don't materialise, all that's left is suburban monotony and each other. There's nothing for it but to project their dissatisfaction on their closest and dearest. What develops is a marriage of resentment and inconvenience. A cautionary tale for anyone assuming the grass is greener outside of the big smoke.