This week I had my fair share of a stressful week. After lazily going through my life during my short hiatus from hospital life, this week certainly slapped me back into action. Recently I have been juggling stuff trying hard to be as productive as I can, setting goals and pushing myself to become better at things I should already be good at this age. I am my own life coach and the pressure I constantly give myself is just something I needed to tone down from time to time. We all need a break and unwind but sometimes our wallet disagrees with our ideas of a fun vacation, so we end up stuck at home.
That’s what movies are for. Leave all the stresses of the week behind. Get cozy in your pajamas. Prepare a handsome entree of finger foods and soda, and just pig out. Friday night is the perfect night to start a marathon of beloved movies you’ve already seen before. The sense of nostalgia this brings would most likely inspire you and prep you up for another week full of challenges.
These movies are my personal picks. It’s chock full of chick flicks, comedy, action, and just everything in between. For fellow 90s kids out there, I hope these movies bring you back to the good old days.
The New Guy
“Denial is not just a river in Egypt!”
The New Guy (2002) is a badass comedy about the story of Dizzy Harris, the lowest of the low of high school underdogs who goes to prison and comes back as Gil Harris, the New Guy. He becomes this beacon of hope for the underdogs of another school but as we all know, running away from the past is something not all of us are fortunate enough to get away with. As the plot goes on, his old bullies manage to catch up with him.
Although the script may be poorly written and a little old-fashioned high school, you gotta give credit to the anti-bullying theme of this movie, and it’s star studded cast featuring Gene Simmons, Vanilla Ice, David Hasselhoff, Tony Hawk, Josh Todd and Tommy Lee. DJ Qualls, by the way is the perfect dweeb for the role and I enjoy watching him as Garth in Supernatural. Oh and it’s also surprising to see a young Zooey Deschanel on a movie before Who’s That Girl. Yup, still the awkward girl role.
“Here’s a fun fact: Dude you made out with your sister!”
Before Jon Snow knew nothing, Scotty didn’t know either. After getting dumped on his graduation day by his cheating girlfriend in front of his parents, Scotty decides to go to Berlin to search for his online friend who he thought was a dude but was actually a chick he’s fallen in love with. Together with his best buddies Cooper and the twins Bert and Jenny, they go on a series of misadventures all over Europe, experiencing the ugly side of Europe first hand.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you have missed half of your life. Epic movie of like forever. I must have seen this over 10 times both in tv and dvd and I’m still hooked to this movie’s humor. Can’t get enough.
The Hot Chick
“I should have made love to you when I had the chance”
Pretty earrings with a terribly powerful vodoo has taught Jessica about the karmic effects of being a mean bitch the day she woke up in a man’s body. How could she convince people she’s the same person in a different body? And of all the bodies in the world, she’s switched with an old fart.
Of all the body switching movies I have seen so far, The Hot Chick is still my favorite. Also because Rachel McAdams is one of my lady crushes, I’d be very disappointed if you haven’t watched this yet. This is the first of the many chick flicks that catapulted Rachel’s career as one of Hollywood’s most beloved basic bitches. Also, I feel like I haven’t seen Rob Schneider in ages. One of my favorite comedy actors. He totally nails being a teenage queen in this movie.
“Nice to MOLE you.”
When Austin Powers learned his father was kidnapped, he had to go back time all the way to 1975 in order to defeat Goldmember, who is secretly allied with Dr. Evil, Austin Power’s ultimate nemesis.
Before Mike Myers faded into nothingness, there was Austin Powers, the indestructible cynical secret agent who invented the clever phrase, “Shag it Baby.” He stars in this film’s comical spoof of a James Bond movie, 80’s style. Austin Powers in Goldmember is one of my favorite throwback movies because it is just so hilarious, bluntly hilarious like if you go and try the jokes on someone, you’ll most likely get punched in the face. Plus it featured Beyonce as Foxxy Cleopatra. I love Queen Bey.
The Devil Wears Prada
Andy is your typical dowdy writer: has great ambitions, but poor taste in clothes. She struggles to be Miranda’s best little pet and has gradually been sucked in the ugly side of business. Along with the struggle of being an IT person in the industry she has to make a choice that almost all of us make in choosing our own career path: Dream job versus everything else that makes us happy.
The Devil Wears Prada has given the world a behind-the-glitz-and-glamour picture of how the fashion industry works, why everyone wants to be part of it and why people starve themselves to stay in the business. But this movie is more than the ugly side of fashion. It speaks of ambitions and what people are willing to give up for the sweeter life. Above all, it talks about choices, which I think is very relatable even to those not in the industry. I highly recommend you watch this movie whenever you get that feeling of losing yourself inside the realm of your ambitions.
“Obsession is a young man’s game”
The Prestige is a story of two up and coming magicians. After a tragic stage incident and the death of Robert’s wife, they fall into this endless cycle of besting each other with magic tricks that have boggled the minds of the 19th Century audience. I love magic but I love discovering the tricks behind each act more. Plus, it’s a Christopher Nolan film so, go figure. A lot of magic tricks spoiled.
This is one lengthy movie that seems boring at first but once the plot progresses and the twist hits you in the face, making you “Wait, what?”, you’d want to watch it again, which is why I love this movie so much. It makes you dig deep inside a magician’s mind and how they desperately try to concoct the most bewildering of tricks just to amaze the general audience and become famous. Seriously, I never thought Nikola Tesla was involved in all this.
“I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me…but I can’t help it that I’m so popular.”
Cady finally enters a normal school after years of getting home schooled in the wild. She meets The Plastics, the meanest girls in campus, and she gets a taste of how college life is a lot more crazy than the animal kingdom. Wanting to bring them down and get the guy of her dreams becomes a trap that slowly sucked her in their world.
Mean Girls is a movie any teenager of my time would never get enough of. Watching it always leaves me with a sense of being confident in my clothes and not feeling insecure of others. I’m not a fan of mean bitches but I do envy their confidence and over the top egotism. I’m a conservative person who’d rather pull the stage curtains than to dance Jingle Bell Rock in front of an audience. In every institution there’s bound to be one or two Regina Georges who’ll make you feel so unimportant. That’s why you gotta watch this movie again whenever you feel like bitches are all around your business.