Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, and just in case you’re thinking of snuggling up with your loved one on the sofa and popping an illegally downloaded film into the thing, here at Studio Exec. we have a few suggestions for you to consider, with our 5 TOP DATE MOVIES.


A Serbian Film. This 2010 classic is a subtle romantic comedy proving that Serbs have all the fun. Milos is an out of work actor of fruity films who is offered the opportunity of making one last ‘come’ back. But things aren’t quite what they seem and Milos finds himself in a series of scrapes to hilarious results. 

Enter the Void. Gasper Noé directed this chuckle bucket of a film about a dopey American living in Hong Kong and getting shot to death in the toilet when a drug deal goes South. A charming remake of It’s a Wonderful Life, Noé’s film will have your date dewy-eyed, whimsical and heart-warming in equal measure.

Cannibal Holocaust. There’s nothing better than a scary movie to give you an excuse to get close to your Valentine’s day special other. And Ruggiero Deodato’s seminal found footage shocker will have you jumping and then laughing at how silly it all is. Enjoy.

Contempt. Ooooh la la! A French film with none other than Bridget Bardot to get you in the mood for romance. Watch as she and her uninspiringly dull boyfriend argue for 97 minutes. This portrait of a relationship in a tailspin will not only entertain, it will show you what too look forward to.

Nil by Mouth. Dim the lights, pour the wine and enjoy this Gary Oldman directed portrait of a marriage. Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke are the happy couple. Oldman was directly inspired by Richard Curtiss but danger this fluffy comedy can cause instant marriage proposals. 


COPENHAGEN – Lars Von Triers returns to the big screen with his new film Nymphomaniac, a blisteringly controversial and often shocking examination of the world of international punctuation.

‘So many people these days are obsessed with punctuation,’ said Charlotte Gainsbourg, actress and close collaborator with the Danish Jew/Nazi director. ‘Do I put a semi-colon there? When do I use a hyphen? When do I use brackets? Only a fearless visionary like Lars dares to uncover this topic.’

Thinking unthinkable thoughts (again)

Punctuation has frequently caused controversy in the world of films, ever since Ruggero Deodato’s film Cannibal Holo-Caust was withdrawn from circulation in Italy because of the incorrect use of a hyphen. Like wise, One Flew Over the Cuckoos’ Nest had it’s apostrophe moved by American censors, causing Milos Forman to withdraw from film making for seven years.

It was partly to avoid such restrictions that Von Trier (or Lars No-Stranger-to-Vontroversy Trier as he prefers to be known) gave his film a saucy title and pretended Shia La Beouf was in it. However, the release onto the internet of the first poster with the tag line ‘Forget about Love’ cleared indicated that the film was about the correct placement of parentheses and not rumpy-pumpy.

Xavier Poulis – our very own Swiss cheese expert and cinema critic – has however pointed out that: ‘the brackets are so placed as maybe to resemble a lady’s naughty parts, but I’m sure that is just a coincidence.’

Nymphomaniac: A Tale of Two Brackets will probably be a surprise late entrant in the Cannes Film Festival.