Classic Movies To Watch
by Eshani Chakrabarti on Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Ah, spring! A time of rebirth, longer days, and marshmallow Peeps. After three long months of winter, it’s easy to find yourself in a slump. You’re tired of working. You’re tired of snow. You’re tired of pants. But fear not! We have assembled here a selection of movies to get you out of your winter slump and excited for springtime.
What would a springtime movie list be without Bambi? A young fawn named Bambi, experiences life in the forest with his peppy friend, Thumper the rabbit. They also befriend a skunk named Flower. Nothing says springtime like deer, rabbits, and flowers. Sure, at times the movie is a bit of downer. It is difficult to ignore the tragic elements of the film, but at the heart of it all, it’s a movie about growing up. And deer. The movie is also about deer. Bambi and Thumper grow up together to experience love, tragedy and the renewal of springtime. If you’re in the mood for a tear-jerker, this is the flick for you.
Another movie that will surely get you out of your slump is the timeless classic The Sandlot. Spring is the beginning of baseball season and what better baseball movie is there than The Sandlot. When Scottie Smalls moves to a new town, he is taken under the wing of baseball prodigy, Benny, and joins their neighborhood baseball team that plays in a local sandlot. The kids manage to get themselves into a myriad of misadventures that are sure to warm your heart. After all, who doesn’t love whipping out their best,”You’re killin me Smalls” one liner?
A favorite of mine, Big Fish, is another must watch. I am a huge fan of Ewan McGregor, and in my humble opinion, this is some of his best work. Throughout William Bloom’s life, his father has been a teller of tall tales. While this used to enchant young William, his father’s stories have lead to a strain in their relationship. When his father becomes ill, he tries to separate fact from fiction. As he investigates his father’s stories, he begins to understand his dad in a way he didn’t think was possible. Though this movie doesn’t scream spring, there’s a great scene in it with a thousand yellow daisies and daisies feel like springtime. So if you’re looking for a film to fill a boring break day, Big Fish is a great contender.
As many seniors are beginning to suffer from senioritis, it feels only natural to turn to the king of senioritis, Mr. Ferris Bueller. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a movie close to my own heart. Troublemaker, Ferris Bueller, decides to skip school one last time before graduation. Ferris, accompanied by his best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane, go off in search of the best day ever. You’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard of the seminal classic that is Ferris Bueller’s Day off, which in my opinion is the best of the John Hughes cheesy ‘80s movies. Who knows, it might inspire you to hop on a float and lip sing “Danke Schoen” in a Chicago parade.
So there you go. If during March Break you feel yourself plagued by the less than ideal weather, try staying in and watching one of these movies. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you cry and best of all they’ll get you out of your winter slump.
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