Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day has film options

The 1997 movie “Titanic” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet holds charm for those who love Valentine’s Day – and for those who loathe it.
The 1997 movie “Titanic” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet holds charm for those who love Valentine’s Day – and for those who loathe it. 20th Century Fox

Valentine’s Day is mostly an either-or pop culture proposition.

Either you love it and look for the sappiest, lovey-doviest romantic offerings around. Or, you hate it and seek to actively avoid anything with couples, kissing or sunsets. So for me, as a pop culture columnist, the challenge becomes how to give people movie suggestions for Valentine’s Day that satisfy both sides.

Is it possible to make a Feb. 14 watch list that will satisfy lovebird and the grouchy-pants alike? This lineup is all about perspective. One man’s rom-com can be another woman’s horror flick, if you just look at it the right way.

So without further ado, here are my top five Valentine’s Day films for lovers and haters.

▪ “Monster”: On the upside, even serial killers can find love. On the downside, you may wind up dating a serial killer.

▪ “Ghost”: On the upside, love transcends death. On the downside, ghosts can’t do the dishes.

▪ “Romeo + Juliet”: On the upside, star-crossed lovers are the epitome of romance. On the downside, star-crossed lovers sometimes commit suicide unnecessarily.

▪ “Love Actually”: On the upside, look at all those happy Brits in love. On the downside, look at what happened to the guy who finally told the girl he thought she was perfect. He wound up running from zombies for a living.

▪ “Titanic”: On the upside, you’re the king of the world. On the downside, your girlfriend wouldn’t scoot over a couple inches to make room for you on that floating door.

So there you have it, a list to satisfy all sides. And, if all else fails, the one thing I know for sure that people who adore and despise Valentine’s Day can agree on is how great it is that chocolates are half-price the day after.

Elsewhere around the Scene:

Looking for a more intimate way to let the good times roll on Tuesday for Mardi Gras?

Check out downtown Modesto’s Harvest Moon restaurant’s annual Fat Tuesday dinner. The event features a full Mardi Gras-inspired meal with gumbo, crawfish étouffée, fried chicken, barbecued ribs, black-eyed peas, rice, sweet potato fries, garlic fries, rice and kings cake. Festivities also include in-house Cajun music, beads and more. Tickets are $35. Call for a reservation at (209) 523-9723.

And finally, come celebrate the 41st anniversary of Modesto’s longest-running LGBT club this Sunday.

The Brave Bull, which opened at its South Ninth Street location in 1974, is throwing a party hosted by performer Katalina Zambrano. The 21-and-older event starts at 9 p.m. and will include free snacks plus a flat-screen TV giveaway. There is no cover. For more, call (209) 529-6712 or visit www.facebook.com/TheBraveBull.

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2284. Follow her on Twitter @marijkerowland.