We’ve been inundated with a plague that has infected not only our TV’s but our minds as well. I’m talking about the scourge of the Rom Com. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. A young woman has a quirk in her personality. Maybe it’s that she’s a workaholic, or that she seems to have vertigo because she is constantly falling over. Whatever it is, she meets a gorgeous new guy and instead of being blown away by his perfectly quaffed hair, she thinks he’s a jerk. Some sort of hijinks ensure where they are forced to hang out and have a conversation, and voila! Two seriously good looking people are able to find love in this crazy world.
They may have their time and place, but Rom Coms are lacking in the imagination department. These stereotypes of dating and romance don’t reflect how myriad and wonderful genuine relationships can be. Instead, consider movies with a different perspective on love and lust. Here are a few romantic movies that are film buff-approved and hot enough to make anyone swoon.
True Romance (1993)
This flick has everything you would expect from a romantic encounter with a sex worker. Complete with a Mexican standoff, True Romance has amazing dialogue and interesting characters. It follows the story of Clarence (Slater) who falls in love with Alabama (Arquette) a prostitute. The characters get mixed up in all sorts of trouble with Alabama’s pimp who is played by the insanely talented Gary Oldman. But even in the most extreme circumstances, love conquers all.
Blue Velvet (1986)
David Lynch’s artistically bizarre cult film takes an amazing look at sex, violence, crime and power under the peaceful exterior of an American small-town. Beneath the familiar, peaceful, ‘American-dream’ cleanliness lurks sleaziness, prostitution, unrestrained violence, and perversion. This controversial film was criticized for its depiction of aberrant sexual behavior.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
This sci-fi romance is brilliantly written by Charlie Kaufman and features a completely non-linear narrative. There are flashbacks and a reverse-chronological story line. The quiet and reserved Joel (Carey) meets the exuberant Clementine (Winslet), and they immediately click. As the story unfolds, you find the two had been in a relationship and had their memories of the other erased. This movie shows that sometimes two people are just meant to be together and love is worth fighting for.
This film has everything you need for a romantic evening indoors. There is horror, comedy, and romance. Columbus (Eisenberg) is a virginal geek who wants nothing more than to push a girl’s hair behind her ears. Along the way after Z-Day, he meets Wichita (Stone). She challenges him to survive. In a world of brain-frenzied zombies, there is still a place for love. Eisenberg’s anti-hero will have you rooting for him to “put her hair behind her ear!”
9 ½ Weeks (1986)
Two strangers, a Wall Street trader John (Mickey Rourke) and art gallery assistant Elizabeth (Kim Basinger) become involved in a new relationship. The courtship begins simple enough. Then John begins pushing Elizabeth into more daring and kinky scenarios. Elizabeth, although passionate, starts realizing that John is not sharing any part of his private life. She must make a decision about what she wants from their relationship.
This movie should also be ‘The Beginner’s Guide to BDSM.’ Lee (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a recovering masochist who feels completely lost. She finally takes a job as a secretary at a law firm where she meets Mr. Grey (James Spader). He is a Dom in denial. Lee is shocked, yet relieved, to discover a new outlet for her emotions. Together, the two of them explore domination/submission. Secretary will leave you itching to play out some new scenes.
From the director of 9 1/2 Weeks comes another thrilling adventure of complicated romance. Connie Sumner (Diane Lane) has a loving husband Edward (Richard Gere) but she wants more. Connie literally runs into a younger, hot Frenchman (Claude Chabroi) while shopping in New York City. She and Paul embark on a passionate affair, punctuated with some light S&M. In the end, her actions soon catch up when Edward finds out.
Nothing like hot lesbians with criminal minds. Corky (Gina Gershon) is a lesbian ex-con hired to work in an apartment building. She meets the very sexy Violet (Meg Tilley) who is the mistress of Mafia boss Caesar (Joe Pantoliano). They hatch a plan and decide to steal 2-million dollars from Caesar. Things take an unexpected turn with their scheme. Caesar goes missing and the gangsters are assigned to find him.
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm’s brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful and sexy robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined. It’s thought provoking, and the sexy robot doesn’t hurt either.
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