Many weeks my favorite Friday night involves a cozy blanket, a much-loved film, and my boyfriend. I make time for these nights — they’re so important to me! They’re soothing and fun, and ultimately, they’re the kind of simple night that I enjoy most after a long week.
Though we usually end up finding a new film on Redbox or Netflix, every once in a while, we revisit an old favorite. Movies are like smells or photographs. They take me back to a moment in my life when their stories were especially important to me.
Here are a few of my favorite nostalgia-inducing films, which bring me back every time I revisit them.
Julie and Julia is a sweet, feel-good comedy that bounces between the lives of Julia Child (played brilliantly by Ms. Meryl herself), and a blogger who decides to cook her way through every recipe in Child’s first cookbook.
I watched this film in high school after reading the book and Julia Child’s biography. I was on a total Julia Child kick. She’s just the coolest person! She completely reinvented herself when her husband’s work took them to France — she learned to speak French, cook French food, and embrace the culture in the most beautiful, positive way. I admire her tenacity and flexibility to this day!
When I first saw the movie in theaters, I identified with Julie’s fear of failure and admired France from a distance. Less than a decade later, I identify with Julie because she, too, is a blogger, and I’ve had the chance to visit France for myself. Changes for the better, I think!
In Witness, a young Amish boy witnesses a murder, which forces Officer John Book (Harrison Ford) to hide within the Amish community to protect him.
Though this movie came out nearly 30 years ago, it still feels incredibly relevant and suspenseful. There’s just something inherently cool about it. Maybe it’s because of Harrison Ford? Actually, it’s definitely because of Harrison Ford. In this case, he’s solving murders and protecting beautiful Amish women instead of protecting precious artifacts, but really it’s all the same with Harrison.
The first time I saw this movie it was a cold and snowy December school break. I can remember my mom’s twinkling star lights lining our television cabinet. To this day, it feels like a holiday movie to me, though there’s really nothing Christmasy about it.
All of the President’s Men is based on the true story of the two reporters who discovered the Watergate scandal. The film details their detective-like reporting, their personal and competitive relationship, and ultimately, the way their front-page articles led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
They say that this film inspired a generation of reporters, and it certainly inspired me. The only difference is that I’m not part of the generation that they’re referring to. But honestly, this film wouldn’t be any better if they were typing on MacBooks instead of typewriters — it’s not about that. It’s about bravery, ambition, and two men who wouldn’t stop until they’d uncovered the truth. It’s just the best.
Time for a movie marathon…