5 Movies You Probably Haven't Watched, But Should:

5 Movies You Probably Haven't Watched, But Should:

Not Your Typical Hollywood Film List.

Growing up, I was always the kid who watched a lot of movies. And that trend has only continued with time. I’ve grown to really appreciate and love film as I’ve gotten older. I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are five movies (some well-known, others not so much) that I think everyone should watch at some point in their lives. For some of these, it’s the message of the movie. For others, it’s the way it’s shot and the acting within it.

These are in no particular order, but if you are interested in film and are a bit of a movie buff like me I highly recommend checking them out! Warning: spoiler alert in some of these!

1. The Piano Teacher

A foreign film, it discusses the life of a 40-year-old piano teacher who has been both sexually and emotionally repressed her whole life thanks to her controlling and demeaning mother, who she still lives with. Due to her growing up in such a harrowing environment, she comes to associate control and humiliation with love and therefore sex. She develops severe sado-masochistic tendencies and believes suffering at the hands of others and pain are the only way love can be truly demonstrated. When she meets and begins an affair with a much younger student, Walter, she/we learn the true consequences of what emotional abuse can do to a person and how others can tend to take advantage of people in that situation. It is a truly harrowing and emotional movie that is difficult to watch in places but is truly a masterpiece in exploring the psychology of those who have been sheltered and abused for their whole life.

2. A Clockwork Orange

What I consider Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus, this movie is a dystopian satire of the best kind. Set in a futuristic Britain, it explores the life of Alex, a sociopathic teenager who is the leader of a gang of friends who do drugs and commit violent crimes on an almost nightly basis. On one of their nightly outings, Alex is captured by the police while the rest of his men escape. He is convicted and sent to prison for murder. In order to reduce his time he agrees to be subjected to new and controversial behavioral therapy which is supposed to “cure” him of his desire to harm others. What follows can be described as nothing more than horrifying. The film comments on not only violence among young people but also the psychology and techniques used throughout the years by professionals attempting to “fix them.” It begs the important question: is it worth it to be turned into something else better through experimentation even if it hurts you, or is it better to remain the way one is with their own free will?”

3. Heat

One of the greatest crime thrillers of all time and loaded with an all-star cast of Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer, this is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates cop movies. Exploring the relationship and chase between an LAPD detective and the leader of a gang of men who perform extensive robberies and heist. DeNiro’s character Neil is the head of the group of men and lives his life by one rule: don’t get attached to anything you can’t walk away from in 30 seconds. For him, it’s how he’s able to continue being successful at what he does. He leaves emotion out of it. When he meets a woman named Eady however, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to do this and in the end, his breaking of the one rule he’s followed his whole life, ultimately leads to his downfall. The dialogue as well as the amazingly coordinated heist scene in this movie make it a classic, and the emotionally charged ending shows the true importance of sticking to one’s values.

4. American History X

Starring Ed Norton, the movie explores the incredibly difficult subject matter of racism and Neo-Nazism in modern day America. Norton plays Derek Vinyard, who lives in Los Angeles and is a member of a white power group which targets minorities groups, specifically blacks, in the area. One night after realizing two black guys were trying to steal his car, he comes outside and shoots one and brutally murders the other by curb-stomping him. His younger brother Danny watched the entire thing unfold. Derek is hauled off to prison for murder and while he is gone Danny also becomes involved with the white power movement. In prison, Derek befriends a black man and comes to realize that the lifestyle he’s been living and perpetuating is wrong and harmful. When he’s released he attempts to show Danny this and make sure he doesn’t follow down the same path he did just years before. Although incredibly difficult to watch in some places, this movie is a true masterpiece in showing the harsh reality of racism and also in its portrayal of attempted redemption. It follows the story of a man who comes back trying to save his family from the path his very actions, years before, set them on.

5. When Harry Met Sally

My all-time favorite movie, I had to save the best for last. Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, the film explores the relationship between two strangers who drive to New York together after college and their budding friendship throughout the years. It’s a classic romantic comedy with the universal story of two people who don’t realize they are meant to be together until much later than they should. What makes this version so different however is its innocence and its honesty. With the most realistic and relatable dialogue I have ever heard in a chick flick, it’s impossible not to fall in love with both Harry and Sally and root for their love from the very beginning. I always describe the movie by telling people that it’s how I think the perfect relationship would form. It’s love in its purest form.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

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.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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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