An Actress's Take on All-Things-Screen

A Guide to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is overrated – we all know that. Of course the world has different plans. So let’s just roll with the punches, shall we. This time can be fun whether you’re with in a relationship, you’re single or you’re married to your dog. I just want to create an alternative to stop these corporate love robots getting their mitts on us.

Of course in my world, this means bringing television and film into our daily lives* (*DISCLOSURE – I ALWAYS PROMOTE FILM & TV AS PART OF A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET) – so here are my top picks of what to watch this love season. And it’s not necessarily what you might expect.

Television Shows:

Girls (Sky Atlantic) – Life isn’t rosey and being a twenty-something woman (and man) can be bloody tough. There are ups, there are downs. There are not-so-great relationships and then there are I-believe-in-love-again ones

Crazy Ex Girlfriend (Netflix) – Don’t let the title put you off – this ‘sexist term’ is addressed in the opening credits! It’s my new favourite show. Rachel Bloom writes and stars in this pseudo-musical number about a high-flying New York lawyer who quits her job to follow her ex to West Covina in California (of all places)

The Girlfriend Experience (Amazon Prime) – The magical Riley Keough stars as Christine Reade, a young lawyer in Chicago who becomes a call girl. She is one of my favourite actresses of our generation and this is a must-watch

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) – This is uplifting and musical. Need I say more?

Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix) – A loved up couple who are also cannibals? Ok then

Bates Motel (Netflix) – I used to be really into this series. It’s freaky as hell and has some great acting (Vera Farmiga always gives wonderful nuanced performances)

Grey’s Anatomy (Sky Atlantic/Amazon Prime) – There’s love, there’s heartbreak, there’s tears, there’s dead bodies. It’s one of my all time favourites

The Bridge (BBC) – I’m not sure exactly how you can watch this now (unless you rent from iTunes…?) But it’s absolutely brilliant. There’s no love story per se but you fall in love with the eccentric main character Saga Noren and that’s enough for me

And films? (for cinema releases check out my previous post ‘Films in February)

The Lobster (Netflix) – The most unconventional film you might watch

What’s Your Number? (Netflix) – It’s utterly silly at points but my friends and I love this film

Take this Waltz (Netflix) – Heartbreaking & wonderful acting

Eat Pray Love (Netflix) – Go on, put this on for good measure

I’m away skiing and it’s absolutely wonderful. I can’t tell you how nice it is to get away. Happy Tuesday from the slopes.

Screenster x

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