5 Films To Watch Over And Over Again

5 Films To Watch Over And Over Again

Because 100 times just isn't enough.

You know how there are always those certain movies you can watch anytime, anywhere, with anybody? No matter how many times you have seen it you enjoy it just as much as the first time you viewed it. I love movies like that. Movies you can just sit down with and enjoy when you just want something to make you smile. I’m sure everyone has a different list of those films for themselves but after really thinking about it I came up with 5 films that I find myself watching all the time and have seen too many times to count because put simply, they just make me happy. If you haven’t seen any of these check them out and maybe they can become part of your list too!

1. Back to the Future

The first Back to the Future film is one of my all-time favorite films as well. Everything about it is fantastic from the originality of the plot, the script, the setting, the characters, the music, and the iconic lines makes it an undeniable to view at least 100 times. The scene near the end of the film at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance is one of my favorite scenes in film history as well. The combination between the music (Earth Angel, which is an AMAZING song) and the climactic sequence where Marty’s existence depends on his mother and father kissing for the first time on the dance floor is incredible as George (his father) finally builds up the courage and kisses his mother (Lorraine) right as the climax of the song plays. It is one of the most epic scenes ever. So yeah, Back to the Future is FANTASTIC.

2. Babe

For some reason I feel like Babe is not a well enough known film. Even though it won a Golden Globe award it is an under looked children’s movie that is actually 100% not just for children at all. In fact, older audiences tend to appreciate this film so much more for the messages it offers and the absolutely beautiful way it is handled and put together. Babe is about a little pig who is won by a farmer at the County Fair and is told that he has a place in life like all pigs, to be raised for the slaughter. However, Babe believes that he is meant for more than that and wants to become a sheep dog instead. The film sounds pretty simply but when you get to the heart of it, it is one of the most touching and heartwarming films I have ever seen and will never stop watching it.

3. The Harry Potter Franchise

This probably goes for a lot of people but all of the Harry Potter films are ones that I have seen multiple times and could watch anywhere at any time because I just love them so much. They appear on TV all the time especially on ABC Family for their Harry Potter weekends and you better believe I tune in every single time. There is just something about the friendship, magic, great plots, good vs. evil, and fun scenes that make them films to view for year and years. I am begging you if you have never seen the Harry Potter films there is probably a whole missing inside of your soul that was meant to be filled by them so please just watch them.

4. Love Actually

Love Actually is a Christmas film but I will never in my life go a year without watching it. It is just one of those films that is there to make you smile and remember just how great film can make you feel. Simply put it is an absolutely adorable film that is extremely charming and can be categorized as the ultimate feel good film, in my opinion. With a stellar cast and the season of Christmas to bring out the themes of love and family, you aren’t going to get a greater film to watch for years and years then Love Actually.

5. 21 Jump Street

This film may be the one film I have seen the most times in my life. I don’t want to exaggerate too much but I honestly feel like I have seen this film bordering on 20 or more times. It never fails to make me laugh and the chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is absolutely undeniable. No matter where it is in the film on TV I watch it. I even have it on Blu-ray so when I just want to laugh I watch it. It is the ultimate comedy and I can tell is going to be a classic for so long. Nothing more to say, 21 Jump Street is just the best.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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