Welcome back! It is finally cold. If you are from the east coast and had to live through a Christmas, that was in the 80’s you are welcoming the change. At first, I was upset that it went down to 13 degrees overnight, but now I feel like it is finally winter.
What am I getting at here?
It is finally the time to watch my favorite winter movies. Winter movies? Like movies set during the winter? NO. Not even close. These films I am about to talk about are movies that only feel right when it is cold. I have tried to watch them in the middle of summer, and it felt dirty. These movies are best enjoyed when it is cold out. Maybe some snow. It has to be sweater weather to enjoy these films.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seasonal movies. Right?
Oh, god…I’m weird.
Anyway, let us begin my favorite cold weather movies.
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Beautiful Girls is about a guy coming home to his small town for a high school reunion. All his friends all seem to be dealing with different relationship, identity and growing out of their teenage attitudes. The film’s title and trailer appear to be concentrating on all the issues these guys are having with different women, but the movie is more than that.
It is about that small town and the all-American idea. Some got out. Some stayed. This movie is about feelings. All of these characters are going through growing pains. Not knowing where to go with their lives. Trying to move forward but feeling stuck. I can relate hard to this movie. Only in the winter time, though. I get all introspective after January 1st. This movie encapsulates that feeling of being stuck, checking up with old friends and trying to find ways out of my situation.
It is a very warm movie. You fall hard for all the characters. These are the guys you grew up with and still see around your hometown. There are so many quotable lines that I still say to people. There is a questionable storyline with Natalie Portman and the lead character but don’t read too much into it. The lead isn’t going that way. He just freaked out about settling down.
Check out the movie the winter. Watching this movie any other time feels weird. It will make me want to relive the old days but make you realize that you have to keep moving forward even if you don’t know what lies ahead yet.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
I’ve talked about this movie in the romantic comedies for the soul post. I still need to mention it here too. This movie is a classic. Recently a lot of people were questioning if it is a romantic comedy classic.
It is a romantic comedy classic. I can see this movie being made in the golden age of cinema. Give or take a few elements.
This movie is set around the holidays and after but gives out this sweet, warm feeling to anyone who watches it. Hence, why I love to watch it the most when it is bone chilling cold outside.
I think I love this movie because the main characters don’t instantly fall in love with each other. They don’t even hate each other. They go through the motions of getting past the surface and getting to each other’s insecurities and real personalities. They get each other and know their weak points, and yet they still love each other. It is a lot of fun to watch.
Check out my other review to read more.
Either way, watch it. You will love it.
Reality Bites (1994)
This movie might confuse people. It sort of lands in the category of introspection for me. I usually don’t watch this movie unless I’m feeling down. In the wintertime. This movie is about a group of Gen X-ers and their struggles to figure out their lives post-college life. Yup. That is it. It was written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller for the disenfranchised youth of the 90’s. Even so, I relate to these characters when I’m feeling sad about my progress after my time in undergrad and graduate school.
It doesn’t matter what decade you were born. You will relate to the struggles these characters go through. The film has this warm feeling radiating from it even though the characters are constantly in despair. What I truly love about the movie is no one gets a definite answer. No one has a satisfactory solution to their problems. They just keep moving and hoping for the best. Hearing that message in the darkest coldest time of the year gives me hope too.
This movie is dated as hell. It will make you roll your eyes sometimes. I do love how Childress and Stiller understood where MTV and Television, in general, was heading. Yes, there is a reality show prediction in this movie, and it is entirely right.
When you are feeling lost in the cold nights, watch this movie and understand that you aren’t alone. Everyone is lost at some point in their lives. We just have to keep moving and doing what is best for us now. Don’t judge yourself by other people’s standards. Just do what is best for you.
These movies are what I love to watch when it is too cold to venture outside. So, I hope you curl up on the couch and watch these movies when you are feeling down. A warning, though. These movies are good for those long cold nights. Try to look at them in the summer, and your soul won’t understand the message.
What are your favorite winter movies? Let me know below in the comments section!
Until next time, the randomness has needed. Hope you enjoyed!