My Top Ten Favorite Films

My Top Ten Favorite Films

Because secretly you've always want to know...

1.)One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

As a person who lives with OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, this film means so much to me. Not only is One Flew Over masterfully directed film with memorable characters, but also delivers clever social commentary regarding the mental health world. The film almost plays like a war between the tyrannical Nurse Ratched, and McMurphy, who representing the voiceless members of the mental health community. In a way, McMurphy does win the battle, but in a way that is unexpected- he inspires hope and freedom in an oppressed community.

2.) Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Aside from being the one of the most controversial films to win the Oscar for best picture, Midnight Cowboy boasts a huge heart. The fact that the protagonist, Joe Buck s a male prostitute is only a fraction of the story. It is the relationship between Joe and his best friend turned pimp, Ratso Rizzo that really tugs at the audience’s heart strings. More than anything, the film is a captivating cocktail of the emotional and the tragic.

3.) Peter Pan (1953)

This is probably my favorite childhood story. When I was little I constantly watched this film, and it was then that I fell in love with not only all things Peter Pan, but all things Disney. In my opinion, there is no film that captures the art of Disney magic like Peter Pan. Every time I watch it I feel like a child again, like I’m being whisked off to Neverland with the Darling children and Peter Pan. The magical elements in the film are also very well done, like Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and of course Captain Hook and Smee. It’s my favorite adventure and I can’t wait to go on it again.

4.) The Big Lebowski (1998)

The crazy misadventures of Jeffery “The Dude” Lebowski, has resulted in The Big Lebowski garnering a massive cult following, which I am proudly a part of. The story of an unemployed bowler who gets caught up in a kidnapping is just a fun and surreal as it sounds. This is a film that that has great characters, i.e., The Dude, a crazy Vietnam Veteran named Walter, and timid man named Donnie, and of course, the eccentric bowling competitor named Jesus, just to name a few. The film is very surreal and bizarre, so the cult following makes sense. Aside from that though, is crazy enough to make me laugh upon every viewing.

5.) Meet the Robinsons (2007)

There are few movies that mean more to me than Meet the Robinsons. As someone who has had her share of bumps in the road, the film’s message: “Keep Moving Forward” really resonates with me. Aside from the touching message, the film entails a captivating story, and interesting characters. When I first saw the film, nearly ten years ago, I immediately fell in love with the suave boy of the future, Wilbur Robinson (and admittedly still feel the same way today). But the real reason the film is so powerful is because the message -“Keep Moving Forward”- really sinks into the main character, Lewis, in that, despite his failures, he continues inventing, thus providing a brighter future for himself.

6.) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

This film ideals with racial equality, but also packs an emotional punch. The story of a black man, Tom Robinson, being wrongfully accused of raping a white woman in the 1930’s Deep South, seems dark and even a little twisted. Yet, this slice-of-life story is told through the eyes of a child, the protagonist, Scout Finch, and through the admiration of her father, Atticus, who is the lawyer defending Tom Robinson. But really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Scout also has encounters Jem (her brother), Dill, and of course, Boo Radley, as they all help her transition into a new level of maturity. Through Scout’s confusion about race, the south, society, love and life in general, a timeless masterpiece is born. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic mainstay for a reason.

7.) Jaws (1975)

When I first saw Jaws in my high school film class, I was completely enthralled. The entire time I was on the edge of my seat, particularly during the last third, I couldn’t even breathe. The story of a shark terrorizing a beach town and the journey of the team that has to defeat it doesn’t seem very engaging, but the atmosphere and the amount of seriousness that they give this world makes it an unforgettable experience. Steven Spielberg’s suspenseful directing and very likable characters make Jaws a horror classic.

8.)The Blues Brothers (1980)

Few films match the energy and excitement of The Blues Brothers. The story of two blues musicians reassembling their band in order to save their childhood home, fires on all cylinders. There’s great characters, especially in the Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood, as well as some memorable side characters. The film also contains excellent musical numbers, impressive car chases, and a captivating story. In short, The Blues Brothers is a bucket of fun upon every viewing.

9.) Up (2009)

Up is easily Pixar’s finest offering. An old man, Carl Fredrickson, loses his wife, and in effort to keep her spirit alive by flying his house via balloons, to Paradise Falls, is just as exciting as it is endearing. Along the way, Carl comes across a hyper boy scout, a loveable dog with a voice box, an exotic bird, and even his childhood hero, ad all this results in a hair-raising adventure. Up is a story that never ceases to win me over with its bright colors, unforgettable characters, and thrilling adventure, it’s suffice to say that adventure will always be out there.

10.) Legally Blonde (2001)

There is one word to describe Legally Blonde: feminist. Elle Woods, the protagonist, is a woman who wants to defy stereotypes, by going to Harvard and interning under an esteemed lawyer, despite her boyfriend breaking up with her. Elle wants to be her own woman and not be judged based on her looks. Through many twists and turns, Elle achieves her goal, but does so through the support of other women. Legally Blonde not only boasts a feminist icon, but is a story about women supporting women. It’s a chick-flick, but is definitely one worth bending and snapping for.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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