10 Historical Films Worth Re-Watching In 2018

10 Historical Films Worth Re-Watching In 2018

It's time to settle in with popcorn and gain historical perspective.

When we go to see newly-released films, we often want to see something that will make us laugh or at least be predictable.

The real world has enough unpredictable twists and turns, so seeing a straightforward movie that we know will have a “happy ending” is generally preferable. However, there are certain historical films that we need to watch at least once. The reasons can vary from we should be informed about our past to the films can help us better understand our current world.

The following list includes 10 historical films, starting with the most recent, that ought to be watched or re-watched in 2018.

1. Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” (2017)

I highly recommend that any aspiring journalist, like myself, go see “The Post” while it is still in theaters. The film follows Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. Set in the early 1970s, Graham and The Post’s editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) must decide whether or not they should publish the Pentagon Papers. The classified documents detail the U.S.’ controversial involvement in the Vietnam War. The government’s response toward The New York Times and The Washington Post’s publications highlights the importance of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

“'In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.'”

2. Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” (2017)

Once the “Darkest Hour” can be streamed, I hope to see it both for Gary Oldman’s acclaimed performance and due to my interest in the era. The film takes place during the early 1940s when Winston Churchill (Oldman) is fresh into his role as Britain’s prime minister. The film depicts the growing governmental tensions as Nazi Germany spreads throughout Western Europe, and the United Kingdom is forced to hold its own or else risk defeat.

“You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.”

3. David Mrnka’s “Milada” (2017)

I recently wrote a review encouraging people to watch the film “Milada,” and it is worthy of reiteration. The film is highly relevant in the context of the Time’s Up movement, given that Milada Horáková (Ayelet Zurer) was a fierce advocate for gender equality. Throughout the film, Horáková, with the support of her husband Bohuslav Horák (Robert Gant), strives to free Czechoslovakia from Communist rule.

“Is every woman with an opinion hysterical to you?”

4. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” (2017)

“Dunkirk” is a film driven by action rather than dialogue, and for that reason it is a powerful testament to human will and perseverance. Although the characters are not personalized, it makes each of them more relatable since they represent human emotions. Additionally, as I mentioned in my film review, the actors performed in such an authentic way that they could be anyone; your brother, father or grandfather. More so, the lack of insight into their lives shows that World War II, and in particular Operation Dynamo, was bigger than any one person.

Commander Bolton: You can practically see it from here.
Captain Winnant: What?
Commander Bolton: Home.

5. Theodore Melfi’s “Hidden Figures” (2016)

“Hidden Figures” follows three black female mathematicians who worked behind-the-scenes at NASA during the Space Race. The film features real-life mathematicians Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). Although they needed to overcome obstacles due to sex and race discrimination, the women were responsible for the successful landing of Friendship 7, and ought to be remembered in history for their previously overlooked accomplishments.

“I plan on being an engineer at NASA, but I can't do that without taking them classes at that all-white high school, and I can't change the color of my skin. So I have no choice, but to be the first, which I can't do without you, sir.”

6. Ryan Murphy’s “The Normal Heart” (2014)

After watching “The Normal Heart,” I developed a greater understanding of the severity of the HIV-AIDS crisis in the 1980s. An overlooked era of U.S. history, the film chronicles the lives of gay men in New York City from 1981 to 1984. During the time, writer/activist Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) and others formed a prominent HIV advocacy group, and sought to inform gay men of the dangers of the still unknown disease. Likewise, they strove to expose the gross negligence of Ronald Reagan’s administration in regards to their lack of acknowledgment of the crisis.

Ned Weeks: What exactly does your title mean in terms of our plague?
John Bruno: We prefer not to use negative terms. It only scares people.
Ned Weeks: Well, there's 3,339 cases so far and 1,122 dead. Sounds like a plague to me. I'm scared, aren't you?

7. Sean Mathias’ “Bent” (1997)

“Bent” is a must-see film because it portrays the experiences of homosexuals who were persecuted in Nazi Germany following the Night of the Long Knives. The persecution of homosexuals is overlooked when we study the targets of Nazi Germany. Additionally, the film highlights how courage can be found in being true to oneself and how it affects the protagonist.

“I love you ... What's wrong with that?”

8. Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” (1993)

I have watched “Schindler’s List” a couple of times over the years, and each time I get something new out of the film. The film follows Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who is a businessman that arrives in Krakow, Poland in 1939. At the film’s inception, he is opportunistic and employs Jewish workers in his factories to his own profit. However, as Polish Jews begin being deported to concentration camps, he bribes Nazi officials to spare many lives.

“It's Hebrew, it's from the Talmud. It says, ‘Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.’”

9. Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)

The first time that I watched Capra’s film was for my history course, “The 1930s in America.” Recently, I watched the end of the film when I was home for the weekend, and I was amazed by the fantastic acting of James Stewart, who portrays Jefferson Smith. When Smith is appointed to the United States Senate, he has big ideas that he hopes will benefit young American boys. However, he quickly learns that there are members of the government who lack the morals and ethics that he grew up believing were commonplace. Ultimately, he is forced to defend his character before the Senate floor and his fellow Americans, and Stewart’s performance drives home the importance of ethics on every level.

“You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that.”

10. Archie Mayo’s “Black Legion” (1937)

Mayo’s film is another one that I watched in my course, “The 1930s in America.” It was easily my favorite film that we watched, and is incredibly relevant to our socio-political climate in the current-day United States. The film follows Frank Taylor (Humphrey Bogart) as he joins the Black Legion, a group branched off from the Ku Klux Klan that founds itself on anti-immigrant sentiments. As the film progresses, it shows white, midwestern men attacking those that they feel do not belong in “their” country. Reflecting on the xenophobic tone, it is eerily similar to the reports of New York scammers posing as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to steal money from individuals fearful of deportation.

“Furthermore, your idea of patriotism and Americanism is hideous to all decent citizens. It violates every protection guaranteed by the Bill of Rights contained in our constitution.”
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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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