Phew. Sorry for the excessive title.
For those who didn’t know, I’m a junior at a college in upstate New York (in the cold windy town of Oswego, to be exact). For some reason, (probably a state school thing) we have a crazy long winter break (6 weeks!), and I thought I’d have enough things to keep me occupied (I went to visit my boyfriend downstate for a few weeks, I work when my job decides to randomly call me in, and I’ve spent as much time with my family as I possibly can without going insane). But I quickly ran out of things to do, so I’ve been filling up a lot of my time watching movies that I’ve always wanted to watch, or movies that have been recommended to me (thanks to my friend, Andy). I’ve also been watching a lot of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Say Yes to the Dress,” but we won’t elaborate on that.
So, here is a list of the movies that I’ve seen during my time away from school this winter (in no specific order). I fully recommend them to anyone who wants cover themselves in blankets, sip on a cup of tea (or wine, or vodka, no one’s judging), and forget about their lives for about 2 hours. Enjoy.
Harold and Maude (1971)- Drama/Comedy/Cult Film
This is a great classic, but unconventional movie about a young man named Harold (played by Bud Cort), who constantly fakes his own suicide, and an eccentric and “full of life” 80-year-old woman named Maude (played by Ruth Gordon), and their loving and romantic relationship with each other. I don’t know if I can do justice to this film by writing about it, so I’m just going to really recommend that you all watch it. One of the best parts of the film is that the whole soundtrack is by Cat Stevens. Here’s a clip:
Hamlet 2 (2008)- Comedy
This movie combined a few of my favorite things: musicals/drama/theatre and really well-done comedy. Dana Marschz (played by Steve Coogan) is a drama teacher who is completely unsupported by his students, his school, and his wife. Because of this, he decides that he needs to write a new musical that will draw an audience. He writes Hamlet 2, which is the controversial sequel to Hamlet, set to music and dance. My personal favorite is “Rock me Sexy Jesus.”
Animal Crackers (1930)-Comedy
Animal Crackers was my first Marx Brothers movie, and I loved it. It’s one of my boyfriend’s favorites, so I watched it with him when I was visiting a few weeks ago. If you’ve never watched the Marx Brothers, I highly recommend it. Before I sat down to watch the film, I had low expectations, because a lot of other comedies that I’ve seen from the early 1900s just don’t entertain me. But the Marx Brothers presented their comedy in such a skillful way (different characters that they fall into, as well as sarcasm and dry humor), that I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off. Plus, my boyfriend does really funny impressions of Chico.
The film takes place in the house of Lillian and Mrs. Rittenhouse, who invite Captain Jeffrey Spaulding (an African explorer, played by Groucho Marx) to a party. Throughout the movie, characters played by Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo (the boring one), also arrive, which results in chaos.
World’s Greatest Dad (2009)- Drama
Robin Williams and Daryl Sabara <3 <3 <3
This is a really good movie that doesn’t get as much recognition as it should. Lance (Williams) finds his son has accidentally died while jerking off, and decides to turn his son’s legacy from that of a failure to a hero.
Murderball (2005)- Documentary
By far one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. Very few people know about paraplegic rugby (a.k.a. “Murderball”), but it’s such an interesting game. This film explains the sport, shows the lives of some of its greatest players, and emphasizes how important it is to the lives of many people around the world.
Pitch Perfect (2012)- Comedy/Romance
Really funny movie. If you like Glee, I recommend this movie (or if you just really love funny, girly movies). I cried at the end. Also, Adam DeVine (of Workaholics) is in it ;)
In Bruges (2008)- Comedic Drama
Colin Farrell stars in a comedic crime drama about two hit men and their trip to Bruges, Belgium. One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time (it balances drama and comedy perfectly). The best part of this movie is the very end… so emotionally gripping!!
Blue Valentine (2010)- Romantic Drama
Two words: Ryan Gosling. This movie is not for everyone. It’s extremely slow moving and emotional, and it may or may not have a happy ending :x. However, the performances are amazing. Gosling and Michelle Williams really captured the heartbreak and passion (or lack there of) of a failing marriage. This movie made me cry quite a few times.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)- Indie Comedy/Drama
If you’ve never seen a Wes Anderson film before, I would recommend it. I really didn’t like the beginning of this movie. I almost stopped watching it. But about half-way through, I fell in love. Suzy and Sam are great characters, and I really like the presence of symbolism and the star studded cast (I love Edward Norton!). Something that I wasn’t too keen on were all the things that Wes Anderson took from French film (I felt that he was trying to do too much), like the images that were eerily similar to Pierrot Le Fou (one of my favorite movies): breaking the “fourth wall,” scissors, the beach, the record player, etc.
But, despite those details, I really enjoyed the film.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)- Drama
Another slow-moving, but terrific film. This psychological drama is based on the book, by Anthony Burgess, and I think Kubrick did a great job adapting it to the screen (especially the language!). Malcom McDowell (the actor who plays Alex) conveys so much emotion and authenticity that I became really immersed in the movie and its characters.
*Another recommended Kubrick film: Lolita
Since I’m now back at school, my movie watching time will have to be sacrificed for my classes, but I will still be enjoying the TV series Shameless (soooo good!), and I will be reporting back here every now and then.