It's Valentine's Day. The fancy restaurants will be full up on reservations by now, and flowers and candy are so last year.
Why not grab your geeky valentine and camp out on the couch for a little cuddles and movie time? Check out this list of some great geek friendly flicks to share with your date… or your pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
Full of (Face) hugs, this sci-fi romp is a tale of a mother’s love. What could be more powerful than the love of a mother who will rip the arms off her enemies all for the love of her sweet little kiddos? Sigourney Weaver stars in this 1986 sequel as Ripley, an employee of Weyland-Yutani and a glutton for punishment who heads out to stop the most bad ass of mothers from killing every human in sight. For more fun check out Alien 3 in which Ripley finds out herself just what it means to be a mom!
Good For: Scaring the bejeebers out of your date just enough to get them to cuddle, and guys, you might like it too.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
What could be more romantic than giving up your eternal soul for the love of your life? Not much. This 1992 retelling of the gothic vampire classic features brilliant performances from Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins. Oh, and Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are in it too. Good, clean, throat ripping romance.
Good For: Those geeks with twisted souls. Enough boobs and blood to make everyone happy. And did I mention Gary Oldman is in this? Enough said.
Back to the Future
The classic ‘boy goes back in time and totally screws up the space time continuum, boy becomes dad’s wing man to woo mom’ flick. Starring Michael J. Fox as the easy going future rock god Marty, who find himself in a time traveling adventure. Marty, with the help of mad scientist and all around nice guy Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), winds up in 1955 and must insure his own existence by encouraging his shy father (Crispin Glover) to be the man he’s sure he can be. Lea Thompson plays Marty’s boy crazy mother Lorraine. Marty must race against time, and the small town gang of thugs lead by one Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) to make sure a very romantic first kiss takes place before he fades out of existence.
Good For: The geek who loves a bit of time travel with their romance. By far the best of the trilogy, this classic will provide plenty of laughs, and just the right amount of romance. Warning: contains a rather uncomfortable moment for one Calvin Klein and his…Mom?
Shaun of the Dead
The zombie hordes are filling the city, but Shaun (Simon Pegg) only has one thing on his mind, saving the women in his life. Along with his best mate (Nick Frost) and a trusty cricket bat, Shaun ventures into the zombie filled streets to save his girlfriend and his loving mum by getting them to the safest place he knows, The Winchester!
Good For: Laughs, and lots of them. Just the right balance for a goretastic romantic comedy.
This 1989 classic rom-com stars the impeccable ’80s heartthrob John Cusack as the seminal geek underachiever Lloyd Dobler, and his attempts to woo the over achieving Diane Court (Ione Skye).
Good For: We mentioned John Cusack, right? Older geeks will be reminded of how great movies once were, while hipster newbies will recognize the iconic Peter Gabriel ‘radio over the head’ scene they’ve seen on t-shirts. Now that we think about it, check out pretty much any John Cusack rom-com flick for more geeky romance: Grosse Point Blank, Better off Dead, One Crazy Summer – best to avoid the breakup-fest that is High Fidelity though, unless you’re lonely. Then it moves to number one with a bullet.
A bit on the obscure side, this 1985 fantasy film stars tortured lovers Navarre (Rutger Hauer) and Isabeau (Michelle Pfiefer) who, with the help of the “mouse” Philippe (Mathew Broderick), set out on an adventure to break the curse that keeps them apart.
Good For: A classic tale of tortured love. A bit on the slow side, this movie features some great performances and so-so special effects. Perfect for the geeks who are looking for something truly romantic with a side of tragic.
Lord Of the Rings Trilogy
The would be king of Gondor earns the love of a maiden elf, but their story book romance has nothing on the real love story of the trilogy. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, well liked Hobbit who, like many of his family before him, is thrust into an epic, heart pounding adventure. But he will not go alone. Throughout the journey one friend is steadfast and true, never wavering in his love or dedication to not only the cause of destroying the one ring that might destroy all that is good, but to his friend as well. This loyal hobbit is Samwise Gamgee, played brilliantly by Sean Astin. The ultimate wing man, Sam never lets Frodo down, even when drooling Orks and hungry spiders stand in the way.
Good For: The geek who is celebrating with friends, or that special someone you want to be the Sam to your Frodo. An epic bromance the likes of which has never been seen! Ork killing, parties in the Shire, Gandalf. For those looking for a bit more romance, there are some smootchy bits between the future king of Gondor and that elf maiden we mentioned.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The story of Joel (Jim Carrey), a man so lovesick with Clementine (Kate Winslet) he is willing to undergo a procedure to make him forget he ever met the woman. The movie takes us through the process as the memory of Clementine runs through Joel’s mind to keep him from forgetting.
Good For: The cynical geek. If you have a realistic view of love and find the painful truth about it as romantic as the sappy smooches, this is right up your alley.
The Fifth Element
This 1997 fantasy adventure stars Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas, a surly cab driver/ex military badass who becomes the unwitting hero that would help save the world. Also starring Gary Oldman, Ian Holm and Milla Jovovich, this sci-fi flick has humor, action and a wonderfully weird take on the future. Whats all this got to do with Valentines day? Spoiler alert, the fifth element is love…
Good For: Everyone. This movie is beyond awesome on many levels. Funny, exciting and visually entertaining. Super Green.
The Princess Bride
An all time geek favorite. Quotes from this 1987 fantasy romance have been uttered at many a geek gathering, and more than a few geeky weddings. Starring Cary Elwes as the sweet farm boy Westley/dread pirate Roberts, this is a classic save the damsel in distress story with a nice layer of comedy added in. Westley must find a way to rescue his true love, Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the evil prince Humperdink (Chris Sarandon). Meanwhile, his new companions Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) are on a mission of their own.
Good For: Everyone. Again, another seminal classic. ROUS, six fingered men, and Inigo Montoya. Adventure, Romance and a dash of Billy Crystal. And, of course, true love.