Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a FREEBIE!! I’ve decided to go off the bookish path (again) and talk about movies instead. As an avid reader, I’ve never really made a priority of staying up to date with the latest movies. Because of this, the list of movies I haven’t seen is enormous. (I thought my TBR was bad, but this is even worse!) Whenever my friends reference a movie, chances are I’ll have no idea what they’re talking about. In an attempt to close this un-watched movie abyss I’ve been straddling, I made it my mission to watch a bunch of movies throughout the school year– my first year of college. In the end, I watched a grand total of…. 53 MOVIES. So, in no particular order, here are the Top Ten Movies I Watched As A College Freshman.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
This was actually the first movie I ever watched in college– I’m part of Wheaton’s Film Club, and this was the second film shown (the first one was Fight Club, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the meeting. I was actually sort of unimpressed for the bulk of this movie, but then I was COMPLETELY SURPRISED by the ending. There were TWO amazing plot twists that I never saw coming, and they made the whole film worth it for me.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
This is the first (and only) Wes Anderson film I have ever seen, and saying that it blew me away is an understatement. What a well-crafted, artistic, imaginative, gorgeous film! I love how fast-paced the story is, both in terms of plot and cinematography. The story is brilliant, but the aesthetics of the film itself are just as incredible. It’s kind of difficult to explain– the best way to understand is to watch it and experience the wonder for yourself!
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
My friends were SHOCKED that I had never seen this before, so we watched it the night we got back to campus after winter break. It’s such a feel-good movie, one of those stories that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. There’s romance (obviously), but it also deals a lot with family dynamics, becoming an independent adult, and complications that can come with cultural differences. It was a great way to kick off our second semester!
Forrest Gump (1994)
Oh boy, here come the emotions. I have heard this movie references countless times (Run, Forrest, Run!), but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I finally understood from where that iconic phrase originated. There are so many things that I love about this movie: the heart-wrenching story, the historical aspects, the character of Forrest Gump himself, and THE ENDING. This is definitely a film that I have to watch again in the future.
St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
I watched this movie with my mom while I was home for spring break, and I was taken aback by how much it resonated with me. It’s one of my mom’s all-time favorite movies (after The Breakfast Club) and now I can completely understand why. It’s about a bunch of recent college graduates who are trying to find their way through adulthood, a transition that I will likely experience in just a few short years. Besides, it has young Rob Lowe in it, which always promises to be a good time!
It’s no surprise this film is on my list, considering it won Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Spotlight is incredibly hard-hitting, eye-opening, and thought-provoking. The fact that it is based on a true story is both mind-blowing and heart-wrenching. If you’re looking for a film that will challenge your perceptions of journalism, religion, and abuse, I highly recommend this one!
The Princess Bride (1987)
This movie is SO FUN. Not only is it a heartwarming tale of romance, but it is also an exciting adventure story. I couldn’t help but become invested in the hilarious characters and the amazing fantasy world they inhabit. I honestly should have watched this movie a million years ago, because it has a little bit of everything I love in it!
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Between the amazing cast (Johnny Depp! Orlando Bloom! Keira Knightley!), the captivating story, and PIRATES GALORE, this movie is everything I need and more! This is another movie that I can’t believe I waited this long to see, and I’m already dying to see the next one.
My family and I took a road trip to Maryland in May, and it took all of my willpower not to roll down the car window and start singing, “GOOD MORNING BALTIMOOOOORREEEEE!!” This is such a feel-good musical and movie, and the cast is absolutely perfect. LOVE IT.
Love Actually (2003)
Hugh Grant at Christmastime: What’s not to love? I know I said this list was in no particular order, but I would venture to say that this was my favorite movie I watched out of all of them. It’s adorable and emotional and always makes me cry even though I rarely cry while watching movies. I watched this movie three times in the span of a single Christmas season, and I already can’t wait to watch it again!
What do you think of the movies on my list? What are some great movies you’ve seen lately or ones you would recommend I add to my TBW (To Be Watched) list? Let me know in the comments section below!