Chick flicks and roundhouse kicks – Valentines Day movies

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE:  Residents who want to go the extra mile to make their Valentine smile can prepare a movie kit with popcorn and candy. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: Residents who want to go the extra mile to make their Valentine smile can prepare a movie kit with popcorn and candy. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

BIG RAPIDS — DISCLAIMER: Picking the perfect movie to watch on Valentine’s day, while very important, is no substitute for hand-crafted gifts, breakfast in bed or heartfelt poetry.

For area residents in need of something to do after returning from their Valentine’s Day dates, this list of films offers movie pairings based on the starring actors or actresses. Each pairing offers a romantic title and one a little less romantic. While the films are divided in to his and hers, keep in mind anyone is welcome to like any movie they want.

Leonardo DiCaprio:

For him: “The Revenant” 2015 –  This recent release has already garnered DiCaprio a Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for his performance as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman left for dead following a bear attack.

For her: “Romeo + Juliet” 1996 –  The Baz Luhrman adaptation of the William Shakespeare play stars DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the titular characters and features a catlike John Leguizamo as Tybalt.

Heath Ledger:

For him: “A Knight’s Tale” 2001 –   Featuring a performance by Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer, “A Knight’s Tale” perfectly blends medieval themes with modern music. Jousting, dance scenes and even a training montage – “A Knight’s Tale” has everything.

For her:  “10 Things I Hate About You” 1999 – This film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”. Area residents who procrastinated on planning a Valentines date can still acquire tickets to see another Shakespeare adaptation. STAGE-M is presenting “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” based on “The Tempest” as part of the 2016 Festival of the Arts. The STAGE-M performance runs from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21.

Matthew McConaughey:

For him: “Interstellar” 2014 –  Face time is important on Valentine’s Day, but so is space-time.  “Interstellar” tells the story of a world in decline and a final effort to find a new home for the human race. McConaughey watches his family grow in videos as time passes relatively slowly for him.

For her: “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days” 2003 – There must be something romantic about the decimal system. The second romantic film on the list to include the number 10 stars McConaughey and Kate Hudson competing to win and lose one another’s affection, respectively.

Reese Witherspoon

For him: “Walk the Line” 2005 –  Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix play June Carter and Johnny Cash in the story of Cash’s life and career.  Both lead actors received Oscars for their performances and the film took home a Golden Globe for best motion picture.

For her: “Sweet home Alabama” 2002 – Homecomings can be tough. Witherspoon plays Melanie Smooter, a woman caught between her old life and her new one when she returns to Alabama to divorce her husband after years of living in New York.

Cary Grant:

For him: “His Girl Friday” 1940 – Grant stars as Walter Burns, a newspaper editor determined to stop his ex-wife and best reporter, played by Rosalind Russell, from remarrying and hanging up her notebook for good. Romance, murder and tight dialog make this Howard Hawks film a great watch.

For her: “An Affair to Remember” 1957 – Deborah Kerr and Grant play Terry McKay and Nickie Ferrante. The pair meet on a cruise ship and hit it off, but are both already romantically entangled. They make a promise to reunite in six months at the top of the Empire State Building, if they can straighten out their lives first.

Eric Bana:

For him: “Star Trek” 2009 – In the only villainous role on the list, Bana plays Nero, a Romulan set on revenge against the Vulcan race, and pretty much everybody else.

For her: “The Time-Travelers Wife” 2009 – Another film where Bana time travels. In this instance, he jumps at random throughout his own time stream. As a bonus, whenever he time travels, he does so al fresco.

Ryan Reynolds:

For him: “Deadpool” 2016 – “Deadpool” premiered Friday. The true film debut of the Merc with the Mouth has an R rating. And it should. It really should. Enjoy, and say goodbye to your precious fourth wall.

For her: “The Proposal” 2009 –  Who cares about Sandra Bullock bullying her assistant Reynolds to marry her to avoid deportation? See Deadpool!

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Adam is the Pioneer City/County Reporter, covering government in Mecosta County. He can be reached by e-mail at agac@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8347.

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