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Movies That Shoot For The Heart
Valentine's Day often separates the realists from the romantics, especially when it comes to deciding what video to watch with that special someone. You've had the candlelight dinner.
You've exchanged gifts. You've kissed and hugged. Now, you're ready for ... "The Terminator!" Wait, "The Terminator?" Why not? Not everyone's idea of the perfect romantic film is "Gone With the Wind," "Casablanca" or the latest Meg Ryan release. Depending on your point of view, some of the most unlikely flicks can be enjoyed as perennial Valentine favorites. Here's a list of five:
"The Terminator" (1984)
How a realist sees it: A cyborg is sent from Earth's future, where machines rule the planet, to kill the mother of the future resistance leader. A lone rebel is also sent back to protect her.
How a romantic sees it: Kyle (Michael Biehn) saw a picture of cute and perky waitress, Sarah (Linda Hamilton), and fell instantly in love. One problem: He's in the future, and she's in the past. Uh, oh! Hijinks ensue when Kyle travels back in time to meet his dream girl and runs into his rival from back home (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a man of few words who doesn't believe in love and is committed to ending the relationship.
"Die Hard" (1988)
How a realist sees it: New York cop on vacation in Los Angeles stops a terrorist plot to assume control of an office building, take hostages and steal millions from its corporate vaults.
How a romantic sees it: John (Bruce Willis) flies 3,000 miles to reconcile with his workaholic wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), at Christmas. John employs an elaborate plot involving Holly's co-workers, some wacky German nihilists, the LAPD, and the FBI to show Holly the really important things in life: family, togetherness and well-placed Scotch tape.
"Jurassic Park" (1993)
How a realist sees it: A team of scientists are invited to a remote island where they learn that dinosaurs once again walk the Earth. Wonder turns to terror when a storm hits and the creatures run amuck. Who will survive?
How a romantic sees it: Alan (Sam Neill) and Ellie (Laura Dern) are invited to a lush, tropical island for a romantic getaway. But the power goes out and the couple becomes separated, surrounded by wildlife. Can their May-December romance survive?
"True Romance" (1993)
How a realist sees it: A lowly comic-store employee and his prostitute wife head to California to sell a shipment of cocaine they stole from the mafia.
How a romantic sees it: Shy Clarence (Christian Slater) falls for outgoing Alabama (Patricia Arquette) and asks her to marry him. The newlyweds travel West to start a new life in Hollywood after acquiring an unexpected wedding gift.
How a realist sees it: A Los Angeles cop must stop a madman from blowing up a bus full of people. The bomb is triggered once the bus hits 50 miles per hour. If the bus falls below that speed, it blows up.
How a romantic sees it: Wounded heart Annie (Sandra Bullock) rides the bus everyday of her lonely, repetitive life. Then, one day, dashing demolitions expert Jack (Keanu Reeves), climbs aboard and the sparks ignite. Can Annie and Jack get their relationship into the fast lane, or is this just another romance destined to end up in flames?