Exam time is upon us but as a third year, I have been given this one off! Whilst I’m sure I would have looked on these few weeks with excitement at the start of semester, I can honestly say that I am as busy as I would have been if I had been revising. Admittedly, instead of pure lecture notes, I am actually more occupied with applications, which are a test all on their own! However, I will leave that lovely subject for another day.
As promised, I will try and take our minds off the stress by listing some of my favourite pictures. I will keep it light and happy, because these are the types of movies that have definitely helped me get through previous busy and cold exam seasons.
1. Musical Movies
I can’t resist a good musical movie. Not only are they a good alternative to splashing out on an expensive West End ticket, the huge production numbers are so immersive that it is much easier to forget the nag of lecture recordings. Also, they’re fun to watch with other people. So, if you and your housemates are all a little bit jaded from studying, definitely put one of these on and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Above is a clip of ‘The Nicest Kids in Town’ from Hairspray (2007), but there are other movies with similar vibes: Mamma Mia (2008), and classics like Grease (1978). I personally love older films like Singin in the Rain (1952) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
I love watching comedies, but I am probably more critical of this genre over others. Probably because what makes you laugh is highly tailored to the person watching. So, a lot of films can fall down if they try too hard. Regardless, I have linked above the trailer to the iconic Zoolander (2001). If you have yet to be introduced to the glory that is the ‘blue steel’ look, and if you know your noughties and 90s celebrity culture, then this is the perfect film for you.
Similarly, how can anyone resist a bit of Clueless (1995) and Mean Girls (2004)? The soundtrack and the wardrobe alone deserve a good re-watch.
I am also a huge fan of the Nick Frost/Simon Pegg films. Actually, my conclusion from watching comedies is that British comedy generally is more superior. No bias intended.
3. Animated movies
So, animated doesn’t just mean Disney. It can mean other animation studios too – I mean who didn’t enjoy Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me (2010)? (Even a little). I always think that people can argue over the titles above, but when it comes to animations, people are far more comfortable to try anything. So if you’re really stuck, and your housemates are indecisive, then these are pretty safe choices for that post-studying movie fix.
I chose to highlight Disney’s Big Hero Six (2014) because I think the movie is an absolute blast. You’ve got slick animation, a loveable hero (called Hiro), cool technology, and a big huggable marshmallow-esque pacifist robot. Let’s all be real, we would love a Baymax to give us a hug during exam time!
So I will leave my recommendations there! I will probably write another film-focused blog post as awards season approaches us.
For now, good luck with all your examinations! You can do it! If you have your go-to films during busy times, feel free to drop a recommendation below.