10 Disney Movies Turning 10 This Year

10 Disney Movies Turning 10 This Year

HSM2 might be 10 years older, but Zac Efron can't have aged a day

It seems like just yesterday everyone was getting ready to watch these movies premiere. Everyone on your couch, curled up in pajama pants with your hair way too straightened, eating popcorn even though your orthodontist had told you that you shouldn't, yelling at your siblings when they tried to join the viewing party. Yeah, it's really been ten years since all of that, and these movies prove it.

1. High School Musical 2

Yes, it's been that long since you've wanted to work at a country club. Now that you've had actual summer jobs? Not as exciting.

2. Ratatouille

Come on, you would love to have a rat cook gourmet food for you.

3. The Game Plan

The Rock is still an attractive man and Madison Pettis is super pretty. Would I object to a reunion sequel where Madison has a kid who wants The Rock to coach their team? Absolutely not.

4. Meet The Robinsons

No other movie has made science fairs look this cool. Or time travel. Or dinosaurs. This was pretty much the movie that made everything look cooler.

5. Bridge to Terabithia

You know there wasn't a dry eye in the room when this movie was playing. You cried, your parents cried, if your dog was in the room it probably cried too.

6. Underdog

You may have forgotten this movie existed, or maybe it's your favorite movie, but it was pretty great.

7. Enchanted

Ten years ago you judged Robert Phillip/Patrick Dempsey for being pessimistic. But in 2017 he's probably the most relatable character.

8. Jump In

I want everyone to remember and rejoice about this movie, it was a national treasure. Speaking of national treasures...

9. National Treasure

This movie made you question everything you had learned about museums and the government. Also, you thought about it last year when the Nicholas Cage memes were in full effect.

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Is there anything better than Elizabeth Swann in this movie? The answer is arguably: absolutely not.

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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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