Valentines Presents / January 9, 2019 / Eve Owen
4. Blue Valentine (2010). Do you really want to watch a film about Dean and Cindys failing marriage? This movie paints a sombre painful portrait of a toxic marriage: two young people fall in love and then they fall out of it. This definitely isnt a date movie let alone a movie for February 14th. You have been warned. 3. Irreversible (2002). How about a big helping of misery followed by a dollop of - you guessed it - more misery? Yeah "Irreversible" delivers. This film features a continuous nine-minute rape scene. The rest of the movie is on occasion just as bad. Theres really nothing more to say about it. 2. Antichrist (2009). Almost any Lars Von Trier flick could make this list but "Antichrist" tops it. Its a sure-fire relationship killer unless you consider watching private parts getting mutilated romantic.
But the main reason behind buying valentines gifts for men and women was in fact a kindly cleric named Valentine who died over a thousand years ago... As history would have it Valentines Day derived from the Roman pagan fertility celebration known as Lupercalia which was held on February 15th. During this ritual a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year to promote fertility and deflect disasters. Then in 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius wanted to add a Christian slant to the pagan celebration a day earlier. He made the conscious decision to pay tribute to a young soldier who lived in Rome who was put to death for his Christian beliefs on February 14th 269 A.D. This young soldier then became dubbed Saint Valentine.
But poor St. Valentine as is usually the case with secret clauses was caught and sentenced to death. Legend Two Another legend claims that Valentine was a prisoner who fell in love with a young woman who came to visit him regularly. Legend has it that this visitor was his jailors daughter. On the day of his death on February 14th 269 A.D. Valentine wrote her a love letter signed with: "Your Valentine." And that ladies and gentlemen is how the phrase "Be my Valentine" came into being and of course why we exchange Valentines Day presents. Legend Three Whats more the pagan Romans had a fertility celebration in the middle of February called Lupercalia. Many folks believed that spring brought the renewal of life in the middle of February therefore a "love lottery" was held.