Valentine’s Day is mere one day away and the lovey-dovey photographs on Instagram have started to surface. For the singletons, like myself, surviving Valentine’s Day in an era of social media requires some effort. While some of us might begin to falter and go green with envy at others, it’s good to go on a self-impose social media ban and be reminded that going down the spiral of self-loathe isn’t worth it.
Fortunately for us, we need not worry about getting gifts for him (and for her), and we have our favourite TV subscription service — Netflix, duh! — to accompany us on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single, complicated, or spending time away from your lover, the team at hoolah has curated a list of Netflix shows and movies — a healthy mix of old and new — for you to binge on.
And in case you don’t already know, hoolah is having a massive give-away. Read on to find out how you can participate and pamper your friends or family!
1. Itaewon Class
Starring: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yu Jae-Myeong
What: In this new K-drama, the dashing Park Seo-joon sports a new bowl cut and stars as the rebellious Park-Saeroyi who struggles with opening a new restaurant following his father’s death in the district of Itaewon.
2. Next in Fashion
Starring: Tan France, Alexa Chung
What: Queer Eye’s Tan France and fashion icon Alexa Chung host Netflix’s newest fashion reality TV show, which puts promising fashion designers against one another for the grand prize of $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection on luxury fashion retailer, Net-a-Porter. Catch this and you might take away with a fashion tip or two too.
3. A Quiet Place
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millie Simmonds
What: In a world where eldritch creatures respond to the slightest noise, a family must learn to live in silence amid the ongoing chaos. In case, the cringe-worthy Valentine’s Day shows and movies aren’t to your liking, here’s one to keep you on edge.
Quotable quote: “shhh” (there are only approximately 90 lines of quotes)
4. Cable Girls
Starring: Bianca Suarez, Yon Gonzales, Ana Fernandez
What: Set in 1920, this Spanish period drama tells how four women learn to navigate in their new progressive work environment at a telecommunications company. We have come a long way since the 1900s, and while gender inequality isn’t as extensive as it was in the past, Cable Girls carry some facet of modern feminist message that is worth visiting.
Quotable quote: “You are in love with my memory.”
5. Our Souls At Night
Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern
What: Two long-time neighbours, a widow and a widower, decide to sleep together at night (platonically) to alleviate their loneliness. Little did they know their relationship would develop into something deeper. Our Souls At Night passes off as the ideal cinematic chicken soup on a lonely Valentine’s Day.
Quotable quote: “Oh I feel better already talking with you here next to me.”
6. Julie and Julia
Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci
What: A young blogger is determined to successfully test out every single recipe from legendary French chef Julia Child’s cookbook. Julie and Julia is an iconic film that features an award-winning cast (Amy Adams and Meryl Streep) and plays off as a lighthearted film that appeals to anyone who love food. (P.S. It is okay to binge while watching this one.)
Quotable quote: “You can never have too much butter.”
7. Silver Linings Playbook
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper
What: Having left an eight-month stint at a mental health facility, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) returns to living with his parents and tries to get back together with his ex-wife who had left him. Along the way, he meets the mysterious Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who promises to help him meet his ex for a few favours of her own. The award-winning film may seem draggy and slow at the start, but trust us, you are bound to get the silver lining at the end.
Quotable quote: “I am now watching the movie of my life as I live it.”
8. He’s Just Not That Into You
Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore
What: In a world where relationships can be as confounding as they are complex, four men and five women struggle to make sense of their on-going relationships with their partners. The plot for this film may seem rather convoluted at first glance, but I guarantee that the episodes that surround each character is extremely relatable today.
Quotable quote: “Let’s start with this statistic: You are delicious.”
9. The Break-Up
Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams
What: Two couples, played by Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, decide to call it quits, but none of them are willing to move out of their shared apartment. What ensues is a series of hilarity where each of them attempts to outsmart, outwit and outlast the other with a bunch of underhand tactics in the mix to become the worst roommates in history. And yes, nothing quite satisfy the way how two lovers execute revenge on each other.
Quotable quote: “Never buy a piece of art you don’t have to have.”
10. To All The Boys. P.S. I Still Love You
Starring Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher
What: Following the highly-popular prequel, P.S. I Still Love You is your typical teenage-college romance drama that makes you want to believe in love again. Here, a budding love triangle is about to unfold and witness how the protagonist, Lara Jean (Lana Condor), manages her relationship with Peter (Noah Centineo).
Quotable quote: “I suppose you can’t hold on to old things just for the sake of holding on.”
11. Someone Great
Starring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise
What: When journalist Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez) gets a dream job in San Francisco, she gets dumped by her boyfriend who refused to move there. Her closest BFFs, Blair Helms (Brittany Snow) and Erin Kennedy (DeWanda Wise), join her on an outrageous adventure to New York City. Talk about sister-love and sisterhood.
Quotable quote: “When something breaks, if the pieces are large enough, you can fix it. Unfortunately sometimes things don’t break, they shatter. But when you let the light in, shattered glass will glitter. “
12. My Holo Love
Starring Yoon Hyun-Min, Ko Sung-hee, Choi Yeo-jin
What: An isolate woman with face blindness finds solace and love in a human-like hologram that is modeled to look after its creator. This new K-drama stars Yoon Hyun-Min, who plays the double role of a charismatic AI hologram and the creator with an entirely different personality, and Ko Sung-hee as a meek and socially awkward woman.
13. Good Girls
Starring Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Retta, Manny Motana
What: When living by the rules do them no justice, three suburban moms risk everything to get what they want. In other words, these bad-ass and unapologetic women are bound to teach you something on sisterhood, motherhood and being your own boss.
Quotable quote: “We’re not here to try, we’re here to win, B—”
14. Grace and Frankie
Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterson, Martin Sheen
What: Not exactly the best of friends, retired cosmetic mogul Grace and hippie Frankie begin to find solace in each other, when their husbands are gay for each other. This Emmy-nominated series span across six seasons and yes, you can binge them all in a day.
Quotable quote: “I am an amateur sleuth with limited self-control and a computer.”
At hoolah, we are believers that love knows no boundaries. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we want to help you express your love for that special someone — whether it be for your lover, friends and family — with an exclusive 2D1N staycation for two at the Studio @ InterContinental Robertson Quay.
All you have to do is to follow us on Instagram, like the Instagram post, tag who you want to bring along and tell us why. So, here’s a Happy Valentine’s Day from us, may you find joy with the gift of time!