Let’s be honest. Any college student that tells you they don’t have a Netflix account is either lying, or way too dedicated to their education. When the weekend comes, it’s so nice to be able to curl up with a warm cup of tea, Netflix and let the stress of school float away.
For me, I love to let a movie that has love, laughter and a good moral take away my stress. Here is a list of some of my favorite movies from Netflix:
“Ever After”: An oldie but a goodie. I love, love, LOVE a good fairytale retelling. I want to know that the prince is a little rough around the edges that the princess sometimes gets dirty. Even though it’s a little silly, I still sometimes imagine I could catch a handsome boy’s attention with a witty comment and a well-aimed apple. Sometimes, the late 90s sticks out in the costumes and there are points where I don’t like the acting, but those are minor issues that can be overlooked.
“Anastasia”: In second grade, my parents took me to Disneyland. I was so disappointed when I couldn’t find Anastasia among the grinning, costumed young women. I admired her independence and tried to imitate her whenever elementary school bullies got too friendly. It also has one of my favorite soundtracks. For years, if there was a scarf readily available, I would grab it and dance around the house belting “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December.”
“The Letter Writer”: A movie of the most sentimental sort, “The Letter Writer” should not be approached without a box of tissues nearby. “The Letter Writer” will restore your faith in humanity, especially in snot-nosed teens and grouchy old men. With those hordes of entitled freshman wandering campus, we all need a little faith restored in our fellow man once in a while.
“Mean Girls”: I’ve always loved the idea of being able to release karma on the popular girls at school, especially when I was in high school. However, as much as I wanted to be mean to the mean girls, my mother always told me that rolling around in the mud just to prove a point doesn’t make you right, it only makes you a pig. I was glad to watch her logic play out on the screen.
“Sense and Sensibility”: No Netflix binge-session is ever complete without at least one Jane Austen movie. While there are many reincarnations of “Sense and Sensibility” available on Netflix, my favorite is the 1995 version with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman. Seeing Alan Rickman play in a different role than Severus Snape was a little weird at first, but once the initial vertigo passed, I really loved how sweet and attentive he was to Kate Winslet’s character.