Eight movies recommended to you by a film major
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“When Harry Met Sally” (1989)
Harry meets Sally when she gives him a ride to New York—the two bicker at each other, parting ways for their new lives. They run into each other in New York years later and form a friendship before falling in love.
Takeaway: Men and women can never just be friends.
“The Dark Knight” (2008) / “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)
An intense thriller, this is top on our favorites list. The film and its sequel are both exhilarating and touching, as we watch the greater good conquer evil.
Takeaway: “Do you want to know how I got these scars?”
This classic is a must-see. The romantic drama is full of lust, surprise, heartbreak and a longing for freedom. Here’s to looking at you, kid.
Takeaway: “We’ll always have Paris.”
“The Shawshank Redemption” (1994)
IMDB’s most highly ranked film of all time holds up to its rankings. Andy Dufresne’s wrongly acquitted murder case lands him in the Shawshank prison, subjecting him to a life of acceptance because of his situation.
Takeaway: “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things—and no good thing ever dies.”
Beyond the story of a kidnapping and rape, mother and son create life in a shed they call “room” that their kidnapper has kept them in for seven years. This story of both the love between a mother and her son, and their eventual escape from captivity, is both heartbreaking and beautiful.
Takeaway: Ma: “You’re gonna love it.” Jack: “What?” Ma: “The world.”
“The Social Network” (2010)
Facebook explodes worldwide and here is the story behind the initial creation of the phenomenon. Played expertly by Jesse Eisenberg, a Harvard genius’ story of making it big is as brilliant as the creation of Facebook.
Takeaway: “If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook.”
“The Incredibles” (2004)
Just incredible. The Pixar film takes superpowers to a whole new level as the family of four and baby Jack-Jack are forced to save the world. Watch as the family has each other’s backs no matter what.
Takeaway: “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.”
An attorney looks to solve the case of a man who shoots his wife but leaves no evidence. The never-ending mind games result in one plot twist of an ending. Be attentive.
Takeaway: Never shoot your wife.