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2.06.2006

What To Add To Your Netflix This Week...

Valentine's Day is a week away...Z. Madison suggests these classics to get you in the mood...

Casablanca (1942) - Because it's the ultimate classic love story...
As time goes by, this 1942 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (as Rick and Ilsa, star-crossed lovers who just aren't meant to be) only gets better. Of all the "gin joints" in Morocco, Ilsa, with husband Victor (Paul Henreid) in tow, had to walk into the one owned by Rick, a former beau she abandoned in Paris. War looms over them all, and in a much-discussed ending, Rick and Ilsa make heroic but heartbreaking choices.
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, MoreDirector: Michael Curtiz

Annie Hall (1977) - Because love is funny and often neurotic...(and because you need a reason to know and respect woody allen)
Listen closely and you can actually hear the stress hormones pumping through the bodies of the characters in Annie Hall. Woody Allen's real, funny ode to love among twitchy city dwellers scooped up Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actress (Diane Keaton) and Best Screenplay. And don't miss cameos of not-yet-stars Jeff Goldblum, Shelley Duvall and Sigourney Weaver.
Starring: Christopher Walken, Woody Allen, MoreDirector: Woody Allen

Say Anything (1989) - Because you know your heart still gets caught in your throat every time In Your Eyes comes on the radio...
Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane (Ione Skye), an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student. She surprises just about everyone -- including herself -- when she returns the sentiment and begins to fall for Lloyd. But Diane's overly possessive Dad doesn't approve, and it's going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all.
Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, MoreDirector: Cameron Crowe

Before Sunrise (1995) - Because it's a cult classic about the fantasy every traveler wishes for coming true...
An American backpacker (Ethan Hawke) strikes up a conversation with a lovely fellow traveler (Julie Delpy) on the train to Vienna, Austria. He persuades her to disembark in the Austrian capital and spend the night with him (his last in Europe). Hours of talk leads to shared confidences and finally to love in this unique film from director Richard Linklater.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie DelpyDirector: Richard Linklater

Sideways (2004) - Because you still can't bring yourself to order a Merlot at dinner...
Two men go on an excursion and end up inducing midlife crises in this comedy-drama that won six Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Best Director. Pinot Noir lover Miles (Paul Giamatti) convinces friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) to enjoy his last days of bachelorhood with a wine country road trip. The pair get involved with two women (Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen) and inevitably come face to face with their past and present.
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, MoreDirector: Alexander Payne

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