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Published on February 11th, 2012 | by Darren Byrne


Culch Valentine’s: Darren’s Favourite Romantic Movie Moments

Hi there gorgeous,

So, Valentine’s Day. Starry-eyed loser, star-crossed lover or cross-eyed malcontent, you’re bound to have an opinion on it, yes? Be it a memory, a barely-concealed urge to vomit, a poem for your other half that makes the rest of us vomit, a scribbled note on what a perfect valentine’s would be for you, a history lesson on the relics of St Valentine, an angry swipe at Hallmark, a cry for help because you don’t know your partner much better than you know your postman and you’re deathly scared of trying to shop for them or anything in between, we share those feelings and each day in the run up to the 14th one of Culch’s writers will bring you their own personal Valentine’s thoughts.

With love and last-minute garage chocolates,


Yeah, I’m a romantic, I’m a sucker for a good tale and I’ve been known to shed a tear when the stars of the silver screen convince me. Valentine’s Day, for me, is about the movies – sharing them with the one you love, laughing over their ridiculousness with a mate or sobbing into your cushion, alone on the couch. Not that I’ve ever done that. Never!

Here’s my look at some of my favourite romantic moments from the movies. I’d love to hear yours…

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4 Responses to Culch Valentine’s: Darren’s Favourite Romantic Movie Moments

  1. Emlyn says:

    Deffo agree with you on Moulin Rouge (one of my all time favourite flicks). Never forget seeing it in the Savoy Cinema back in Sept 2001 and you could just hear barely contained sniffs when that scene above played out. And as for Lost In Translation, the whole goddamn movie leads up to that moment…one of those moments in cinema when simple visuals tell more than any dialogue would manage. Scarlett Jo’s finest hour (and she’s never gotten close to that again for me). Loved R+J (love Baz Luhrmann’s work fullstop). I think though that presenting true love onscreen needs that contrast of darkness/gloom/whatever to make it truly shine…otherwise it can be just sentimental mush. Have never seen Love Actually (and don’t really want too) or The Notebook (though it keeps getting recommended). Princess Bride and Casablanca – most definalty yes! 🙂 For me, that scene in Lost In Translation is my favourite. Short, sweet and no bs. Great vid Darren.

  2. Darren Byrne says:

    Thanks a mil, Em. I really think you should put your misgivings aside and watch both Love Actually and The Notebook.

    Love Actually is just a joy to watch and The Notebook really shows the passion and love of youth contrasted with the devotion and strength of an age old love.

  3. Emlyn says:

    Then i’ll give both movies a go soon then 🙂 and you’re welcome Darren.

  4. peter says:

    Whilst I will watch none of these films – A great post and video. Nice to see your mush [and tagline] behind the retina of my laptop.
    well done Burner
    enjoyed that

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