20 Of The Best Early-2000s Movies

20 Of The Best Early-2000s Movies

Some of the best movies from the golden era of rom-coms.
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Hilary Duff before she became a mother. Lindsey Lohan when she was still the wholesome "girl next door." Amanda Bynes before DUI and disturbing Twitter-spree. Emma Roberts before her roles in American Horror Story and Scream Queens. Alexa Vega before she married a former Big Time Rush member. The Olsen Twins before they began their fashion empire.

These actresses, among others, were some of the cornerstones of the "cinema" of my childhood. Some went off the deep-end, while others simply grew up and moved on. Despite this, the romantic comedies in which they starred are still the movies I turn to on a rainy day when I yearn for a wave of nostalgia.

These aren't movies that require a lot of thinking. In their simplicity is their brilliance; No matter what, there's always a happy ending and the leading lady always finds her Prince Charming, sometimes even in a literal sense (cough A Cinderella Story cough). So, here's a few of my favorite early-2000s movies (in no particular order) that may be in the past, but will never be forgotten:

1. "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," 2003

Rome. Lip-syncing pop stars. Finally, a Lizzie and Gordo kiss. What else can a girl ask for?

2. "John Tucker Must Die," 2006

What starts as a way to get revenge on the notorious playboy John Tucker turns to real feelings... for the other Tucker?

3. "She's The Man," 2006

Amanda Bynes + Channing Tatum = the perfect duo. Although, I'm not so sure tampons should be used for nosebleeds.

4. "Sleepover," 2004

Nothing says early 2000s more than a flip-phone camera scavenger hunt.

5. "Mean Girls," 2004

This is not only one of the most iconic 2000s rom-coms, but one of the most quoted as well.

6. "Aquamarine," 2006

A mermaid who must find love in order to prove a point to her father - highly unlikely, yet highly entertaining. Of course, the true love she finds is that of friendship (and Ben and Jerry's).

7. "Sydney White," 2007

Amanda Bynes finds her prince all the while starting a political revolution on campus; Seriously, his last name is Prince.

8. "Just My Luck," 2006

A lucky girl and an unlucky guy kiss at a party - while disguised in costumes, of course - and somehow exchange their luck. Once again, unlikely, but entertaining nonetheless.

9. "A Cinderella Story," 2004

Where can I find my own Austin Ames? And in true early-2000s fashion, a flip phone and email both play key roles.

10. "What A Girl Wants," 2003

An aristocrat dad and a British boyfriend - what else could a girl want?

11. "The Princess Diaries," 2001

Still waiting on the day I find out I'm the heir to my own kingdom, or at least my own Mia Thermopolis-caliber makeover.

12. "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days," 2003

My ultimate goal in life is to look as good as Kate Hudson did in that yellow dress.

13. "New York Minute," 2004

Double the Olsen's = double the rom-com, all whilst avoiding a truancy officer and making it to an important speech.

14. "Legally Blonde," 2001

"What, like it's hard?"

15. "Freaky Friday," 2003

It's stressful enough to be getting married, but even more so if you're stuck in your daughter's body!

16. "Ella Enchanted," 2004

Saying "yes" to everything can get overwhelming quickly. Imagine if you physically couldn't say "no"!

17. "Raise Your Voice," 2004

The only thing better than a Hilary Duff movie is a Hilary Duff singing movie.

18. "Agent Cody Banks," 2003

Because of course teenage boys make the best secret agents.

19. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," 2005

Four girls of all different sizes who've been best friends since birth. One miraculously-fitting pair of pants.

20. "Material Girls," 2006

Double the Duff.

Cover Image Credit: Amanda Bynes Wiki

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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How Art Can Help You Take Care Of Yourself

It's time to go on a date with yourself.

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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

The exploration of art and the artistic side of human nature is something that everyone has in them: it's written in our psychology. We have an entire side of our brain that is inclined toward feeling and abstract interpretation, so it's natural to assume that emotion and expression of art are intrinsically intertwined. Thus, experiencing art is a way to personally develop yourself, and can be an unfound way of finding out things about yourself.

Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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