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Valentine’s Day Disappointment - 2014

It’s Valentines Day. The day to celebrate everything hearts, cupids, chocolate and love! Or if you’re on the other side of the equation, a time to grumble about what many call a manufactured holiday.

I’m usually all about the love thing but this year I’ll admit to feeling a little curmudgeonish. Hollywood has let me down again.

Isn’t this the business that’s given us great romantic films like An Affair to Remember, Casablanca, You’ve Got Mail and The Princess Bride. Even the kiss from Spider-Man (2002) deserves note. And while I appreciate everyone has a different idea about romance, this weekend feels like another letdown at the box office. (There’s a problem when Robocop seems like the best option to put money on.)

Honestly, what’s romantic about watching teenagers (played by actors who are really 20ish) get naked? Or enduring plentiful mob violence for a few brief moments of a rather vaporous love story? It’s time Hollywood created some of that old-fashioned sexual tension instead of baring all.

More details about the movies mentioned in this post…

An Affair To Remember

An Affair To Remember

Casablanca

Casablanca

You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

A cult classic with swashbuckling heroes, beautiful damsels and a horde of swords

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

Tobey Maguire does whatever a spider can.

Robocop (2014)

Robocop (2014)

Crime fighters in the future are a hybrid of human and robot

Endless Love

Endless Love

A remake that feels more like endless lust than love

Winter’s Tale

Winter’s Tale

Plot holes, violence and a confusing storyline make for a chilly romance