Five Movies For People Who Don't Like Movies

Five Movies For People Who Don't Like Movies

Movies so good even a self-proclaimed movie-hater likes them.

Recently I've come to the realization that I really don't like watching movies. I'm not sure if it's the time-commitment, or the feeling that it ends too soon, or just having to wait for the sequel to come out some years later, but I really just don't dig them. This has cut down my movie-watching costs, yes, as well as limited the amount of time I spend with my friends (friendships based off of sitting silently in a theater for two hours don't usually do well outside of the theater), but it's also made me realize I don't like endings.

TV shows are better- they keep going on and on, so long that the plots deteriorate and you eventually hate the characters. And, for some reason, I consider this better than a movie that begins and ends within two hours.

But I've found some movies that I don't mind. I don't mind that the ending comes when it does, and I don't mind that I can't watch a continuation of the movie directly afterwards.

So here's a list of movies for people who... don't like movies.

1. The Princess Bride (1987)

Arguably the most quotable movie of all time, I don't think there's anyone who doesn't like The Princess Bride. There might be people who don't have particularly strong feelings about it (which in and of itself is inconceivable), but I've never met someone who really hates it. It begins and it ends like a storybook- probably because, canonically, it is a storybook- one being read to a sick boy by his grandfather. I don't want there to be another movie, or more to the story. I'm perfectly happy with who gets stabbed and who rides off on (literal) white horses in the end.

2. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Apparently 1987 was just a really great year for movies. Everyone reading this has most likely seen Dirty Dancing, and already swooned over Patrick Swayze in all black. But going sixteen years of my life without seeing this was a mistake. I've made all of my friends watch it with me, separately, just so I can justify watching it a half-dozen times in a two-week span. I don't feel bad spoiling the ending, because if you haven't seen it in the 31 years since it's come out, that's your own fault. The ambiguous ending that doesn't quite fulfill your hope that Baby and Johnny stay together, but doesn't quite crush it either is strangely satisfying. If only all films could end with a dance to the credits.

3. The Mummy (1999)

My relationship with this movie is pretty strange. I thought I had seen it loads of times on cable, but it turns out I was watching the second installment of the series. Imagine my disappointment when I knew more about the main character's story than the main characters did. Of course, with adventurous romances such as these, many can see the ending from a mile away, but watching Rick and Evy pretend to hate each other for an entire hour was just plain tedious. This didn't ruin the movie for me, though, and it was almost comforting to be reminded that, if there was a second movie, they must survive the first one.

4. Ghost Town (2008)

Full disclosure: I've only seen the movie about three times. This isn't any indication of the quality of the movie, because-- as I mentioned at the beginning of this list-- I don't like sitting through movies. However the times I have been tricked into seeing all 102 minutes of this movie, I've been thoroughly entertained by it. The concept of a regular guy coming back from the dead only to realize he can see dead people- and then proceeding to be annoyed by those dead people-- is just as funny as it sounds. But this movie isn't on this list because it was entertaining. Die Hard was also entertaining, and you don't see a sixth movie being added. Ghost Town makes the list because of the ending. I won't give it away, but it doesn't succumb to the cliches of the romantic comedy genre. It's just the right amount of bitter and sweet.

5. Stuck In Love (2012)

This movie was recommended to me maybe a half-dozen times before I finally sat down to watch it. If not for the memorable celebrity names attached to the title it maybe have never happened, but who can resist Lily Collins and Logan Lerman separately, much less when they're each other's love interests? Sometimes absurd, sometimes sad and always romantic, this movie manages to follow three members of the same family through simultaneous relationships.

Cover Image Credit: Pixabay

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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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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