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Critics Pick Very Different Movies For Valentine’s Day

It’s Audrey Hepburn versus King Kong in battle for best romantic movie

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Fay Wray may not be convinced but KPBS film critic Beth Accomando thinks "King Kong" (1933) is the best romantic film for Valentine's Day.

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It's Valentine's Day and since I have unconventional picks for romantic movies I decided to ask Moviewallas' Yazdi Pithavala for some contrasting suggestions for films to watch on this holiday.

Valentine's Day has always confused me. St. Valentine was clubbed to death and beheaded and unless you think losing your head is what love is all about, I really don't get why this lovers' holiday is named after him. Plus I just react badly to the saccharine sweetness of this manufactured event. So every Feb. 14 I tend to be in a bad mood and it's made worse by the fact that romantic comedies made after 1950 are probably my least favorite genre in the world.

But this does not mean I am not romantic. I am. It's just my idea of the perfect cinematic romance is not what most people think of. My go-to romance film is "King Kong" followed by "Shaun of the Dead." That's why I asked Yazdi Pithavala to join us on Midday to offer some contrasting choices.

We do both have a love for screwball comedies and Wong Kar-Wai films but our lists for this show are quite different.

For the show, Pithavala picked "Roman Holiday," "Moonstruck," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to discuss. But then he felt that ignored too many worthy films so he added a list of ten more to choose from. And I included my suggestions for movies that might appeal to the less romantic.

So enjoy Valentine's Day with a movie that suits your taste.

Photo credit: RKO Pictures

Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn make romance fun in the screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby."

Yazdi's Romantic Movie Picks

“City Lights” (1931)

“Bringing Up Baby” (1938)

“Casablanca” (1942)

“Barefoot In The Park” (1967)

“Strictly Ballroom” (1992)

“Notting Hill” (1999)

“In The Mood For Love” (2000)

“Enough Said” (2013)

“Before” Trilogy: “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Before Sunset” (2004), “Before Midnight” (2013)]

“Brooklyn” (2015)

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Tony Lo Bianco and Shirley Stoller play a pair of real life killers in the film "The Honeymoon Killers."

Beth's Romance Movies For Non-Romantics

"King Kong" (1933)

"Shaun of the Dead" (2004)

"The Honeymoon Killers" (1970)

"Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)

"Harold and Maude" (1971)

"The Matrix" (1999)

"Out of the Past" (1947)

"Double Indemnity" (1944)

"Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954)

"Trust" (1990)


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