Geek Speak – The Geek’s Top Five Valentine’s Day Movies
No show this week, due to Valentine’s Day. My better half strongly suggested I take the night off, and I can’t say no to a lady wielding a cricket bat. A little over a year ago, I had my Top Five Date Movies, so, consider this a sequel of sorts. And like last year, expect this to be just as ridiculous, if not more so.
5. The Iron Giant – Yes, it is about a boy and an intrepid, alien robot, but if you are lucky enough to have a significant other who loves animation and science fiction, like I do, this is a good pick.
Plus, I earn Sensitivity Points, because the ending makes me weep like Tom Mix at Wyatt Earp’s funeral—which leads me to my next pick.
4. Tombstone – Love and bullets are plentiful in this Western. And if your lady loves mustaches, this film features some of the best to grace the silver screen.
As violent as Tombstone is, there is quite the love story between Wyatt and Josephine—and let’s not forget the Sensitivity Points educing scene between Kurt Russell’s Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday: “Wyatt, if you were ever my friend–if ya ever had even the slightest of feelin’ for me, leave now. Leave now… Please.” And speaking of Val Kilmer–
3. True Romance – A) It has Romance in the title. 2) The cast!
A strange love story, but still a love story—and love can make you do some strange stuff. Trust me, I know—this one time, I ironed a shirt. I haven’t been the same since.
2. The Adventures of Milo and Otis – It stars a pug and an orange kitty, so I can’t lose.
Most importantly, we learn the valuable Life Lesson of, “A puppy needs a buddy, and a kitten needs a pal.” Truer words have never been spoken by Dudley Moore. Well, except maybe in Santa Claus: The Movie.
1. Drive – Brutal, yes. But, so is love. Especially when it blindsides you, makes you re-evaluate your life, and changes your routine, which is what happens to Ryan Gosling’s Driver in the film.
Driver falls for his neighbor, Irene, even though they are more star-crossed than Jack and Rose in that Billy Zane boat movie. But Driver, like a honey badger, just doesn’t care. He will do anything for Irene—and that’s what love is all about: driving your crush’s ex-con husband on one last heist.
Daniel J. Hogan is the Geek half of Ginger and the Geek. He is also the host of the Magic of Eyri Podcast. He will probably be spending Valentine’s Day alone as a result of this blog post. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.