Choosing a Valentine’s Day Movie: A Comprehensive Guide from Romantic, Horrific, to Totally Narcissistic

Me choosing a Valentine’s Day movie for you is like picking a chocolate out of one of those heart-shaped Russell-Stover boxes that’s missing its map. You just don’t know what you’re gonna get – or if it’s gonna make you barf.

I’ve put together a comprehensive list of the Valentine’s Day movies that I’d choose for myself any day of the year. It’s uniquely categorized; My definitions of love and romance are questionable at best. Proceed with caution.

And Happiest of Valentine’s Days to you and yours.

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Want to engage with the movies you watch? I've created a Visual Literacy Primer to make your trips to the theatre more interesting, informative, and empowering. Part 2 is all about learning to read "the shot" and figure out just what the filmmaker means | Read it at onecriticalbitch.com

Visual Literacy: Reading the Shot

Visual Literacy is how we make meaning from art.

Remember the first post in this series? In our increasingly digital, fast-paced, and visual world, visual literacy – knowing how to read an image (that is, determine its implied meaning and direction) – is absolutely the most important thing you can learn to do right now (says the filmmaker, artist, and illustrator).

As citizens of the world, we may not all speak the same language, we may never learn to write code, but we CAN all learn to interpret art. A visual language, and your visual competency, is something that has the power to bring us all together.

Now that you know how serious this is, let’s get down to it. Part Two of the Visual Literacy Primer:

What’s in a shot?

Everything.

Now that you’ve begun to really watch films – not just passively observing – you’re ready to read them. Read what, you say? Let’s start with the basic building block of a movie:

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