The Art of Getting By
This coming-of-age movie is a romantic comedy/drama that takes us back to those not-at-all terrible years in high school. George Zinavoy (Freddie Highmore) and Sally Howe (Emma Roberts) are the protagonists. Zinavoy is a talented loner who comes to the realization that he will die someday. Charming, right? Howe is the offbeat, complicated (and gorgeous) girl who happens to take a liking to George, which leads to an awkward courtship. Problems arise and are resolved, as they so often are in these stories. Oh, and for originality: It’s set in New York.
The Lion King
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One of the best movies ever made, The Lion King has everything: romance, violence, laughs, tears, and an epic storyline. The Lion King is a story that still resonates with audiences today. From James Earl Jones’ powerful voice-work as Mufasa to the delightful tandem of Timon and Pumbaa singing “Hakuna Matata,” there’s something for everyone in this film, which follows a young lion cub’s quest to regain his rightful throne. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and stop depriving yourself of one of the greatest tales ever told.
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Another classic piece of American cinema, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was one of the first great suspense/thriller films to be released. Anthony Perkins plays Norman Bates, a creepy motel owner who is devoted to his mother, in a manner of speaking. And when Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) makes a stop at the Bates Motel, she finds out just how far that devotion goes. The infamous shower scene took six days to film, featured 77 different camera angles, and was originally supposed to be played without the famous screeching and horrifying musical soundtrack.
The Thing (1982)
Directed by master of horror John Carpenter, The Thing stars Kurt Russell and several other actors known primarily because of their roles in this film. The movie takes place in the Antarctic, as a group of American researchers encounters a creature that is able to take the form of any organism it kills. The American crew is forced into a game of cat and mouse with the creature, and each other, since they are unable to tell who has been assimilated and who is still human. Fun Fact: This is John Carpenter’s personal favorite out of all of his films.