Elizabeth Barragan’s Top 5 Netflix Picks: The Art of Love
Inspired by the approaching Hallmark Holiday, Valentine’s Day, I’ve selected a range of films that will satisfy the need for romance for any boy or girl. You may think this would be a perfect time to pull out some Jane Austen period piece, but those are good for any day (am I right ladies?) So as is with love, I’ve done the unexpected and left Austen and Shakespeare alone and tried to be more contemporary. I think you will find that romance is here for anyone.
1. In Wong Kar-wai’s visually stunning and sad part one of a loosely based triology, In the Mood for Love, we have a tale of two people coming to terms with their cheating spouses, re-creating how the affair began, but themselves vowing never to be like their cheating mates. The backdrop is 1962 in China, and Kar-wai’s rich, velvety settings are moody with style, sound and modern composition.
2. Jim Carey’s serious side is expertly on display in this unlikely love story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Its a tale of girl and boy who want to be erased from each other’s minds, only to find each other again. Written by savant Charlie Kaufman and directed by wonderkin Michel Gondry, this scifi romance plays out as a nonlinear story exploring the nature of memory and its grip over romantic love. In addition to Carey, my girl crush Kate Winslet, plays the lead romantic chick, and is beyond brilliant. Cast also includes, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Woods.
3. Let set our sails away from the romantic drama and towards a romantic comedy! Overboard starring Goldie Hawn and her real life lover, Kurt Russell, is an all-time favorite of mine, (as well as my bestie’s Marci Marshall). This 1987 Romcom, loosely based on the 1974 Italian classic, Swept Away, is set in the wilds of Oregon, and throws together a bitchy heiress and a widowed, father of four, country man. Hawn falls off her yacht, gets amnesia, is tricked by Russell into thinking they are married and the sparks fly! It’s directed by Garry Marshall, and surprisingly does not star Julia Roberts or Richard Gere, but rest assured, he keeps to his formula and has you rooting in the end for love!
4. Ahhh, who could turn the sweet Audrey Hepburn from the naive Sabrina to the New York City Call Girl Holly Golightly? Truman Capote, duh! The classic love story of drifters, hustlers and paid lovers, falling in love for love and not the dolla dolla bill y’all is at the core of this classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I consider this Capote’s true masterpiece, over “In Cold Blood.” You won’t be able to resist seeing Holly, Paul and Cat, finding love in New York City, all to the tune of Henry Mancini’s Moon River. I think the lyrics say it best, “We’re after the same rainbow’s end - waiting round the bend, my huckleberry friend, Moon River and me.”
5. With classic lines like “no one puts Baby in a corner” and one of the best-selling soundtracks worldwide, Dirty Dancing is an out right CLASSIC! Jennifer Grey plays a young woman, blossoming under the arms of skilled lover and dancer, Patrick Swayze (r.i.p.), during the family vacation. They dance their way out of abortions, infidelity and into L.O.V.E. This coming of age story is scorching with sexual tensions that only white people could find in the wilds of the Poconos. This is an essential tale of young love between two people from different sides of the tracks. (This pick would only be replaced with “Pretty In Pink” if available on streaming.) (Law&Order Bonus - Jerry Orbach plays Baby’s dad! Dun Dun)
L’Amour & Happy Streaming!