Picture this: It’s the holiday season and you’re finding yourself with some – very well deserved – extra time on your hands between family dinners and last minute present shopping. Winter break’s end is coming down the pipe and you are deciding on the best way to spend the rest of your precious time, free of textbooks, online lectures and reading assignments.
What better way to spend it than having a movie marathon (because we all know it is way too cold to go outside and do something exciting)? Curling up with some popcorn and your favourite blanket and pajamas sounds like the perfect way to spend your last bits of freedom.
Here at CUOL, we have our favourite movies to binge, too. We’ve compiled a list of some of them for you so you don’t have to waste any more time searching for the perfect movie!
- The Holiday – recommended by Udonna, CUOL Student Centre
Start the binge off right with this is newer holiday classic – Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz switch homes for the holidays after things in their personal lives are going less than ideally. Also starring Jude Law and Jack Black, this movie is way too feel-good, funny and cozy to not watch this winter.
- Princess Bride – recommended by Jamie, CUOL camera artiste and Maria, CUOL Student Centre
Now that you’ve gotten the holiday-themed movie out of the way, watch this classic fantasy movie where a very handsome Westley must battle the mythical evils of the kingdom of Florin to save his true love. Not as sappy as it sounds, promise!
- Casablanca – recommended by Patrick, director of teaching and learning
Okay – so this is an actual classic and if you haven’t watched it, you gotta. Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, owns a nightclub in Casablanca. He runs into an old flame with her husband and…well you know the story from there.
- Back to the Future – recommended Janusz , CUOL IT
An 80s sci-fi classic, Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, is thrown back into the 50s when a science experiment with his scientist friend, Doc, goes awry.
- Dinner for Schmucks – recommended by staff writer Bianca
A love-it-or-hate-it movie, we love it here at CUOL. Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd star in this fantastically facetious, side-splitting comedy.
- You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger – recommended by course designer Maristela
A lesser known Woody Allen flick, but one that is well worth watching, about two married couples who experience heartache and struggle as their lives unfold.
- Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark – Recommended by Maria and Janusz
A classic adventure movie, and in our opinion, the best Indiana Jones.
- This is Spinal Tap – Recommended by Jamie
Follow the story of a struggling metal band willing to do anything to get back on the charts.
- Super 8 – Recommended by John, CUOL Student Centre
Youngsters filming a zombie movie escape a near-death experience after a train derails and nearly kills them. They soon realize the catastrophic event was no accident and they search for the terrifying truth behind the crash.
- Sherlock – recommended by Renea, CUOL exam coordinator
A modern adaptation on the classic Sherlock Holmes novels about a witty and eccentric detective and his trusty assistant. Not a movie, but we will make an exception because each season is like one.
By Bianca Chan
What did we miss? Let us know your favourite binge movies!
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