Here it is, once again. Autumn. Lectures are back, accommodated with dozens of parties and meeting new people as well as the good old friends. Now the survivors of the feats of Rüütli street are desperately trying to get back to the ever-sweet schedules of actual studying. As the nights get darker and colder, it is only a matter of time before the pioneers of partying take a stand and refuse to remain standing outside, shivering, warmed up only by the occasional shot or two. Sure, there are plenty of places where to party inside, but before long, the endless partying will catch up with you. Yeah, I’m talking about these things called “midterms” and “exams”. I’m not going to remind you any more of that, just a friendly heads up, that’s all. What if I told you there is a way to have a fun autumn night with (or without – customer’s choice) friends, while being all warm and cozy? Here’s an idea: movie night. The best ideas are always simple, right? Like peanut-butter-jelly sandwiches. Or string theory! Gather up some friends, pick a nice movie or three, some snacks, and you’re good to go. It’s the perfect way to repel the autumn blues. AND you can avoid the shivering, whether it’s caused by the cold or the hangover. I’m not saying you can’t add alcohol into the mix, but that’s definitely not the point. Sometimes it’s just more fun when you can spend time with your friends without the social lubricant. You’ll have a great night with more money in your bank account, and you won’t have to worry about seeing yourself on Facebook in the always flattering photos taken in Club Tallinn around 3am the night before. The way you do your movie night is totally up to you. The possibilities are endless. You can watch movies or series, have snacks, dinner, drinks – whatever floats your boat. Do it with your friends, or have some alone time. Day or night, the little escape from all the stress can make a world of difference, just give it a try. In case you are having trouble figuring out the key factor for your get-together, i.e. what to watch, here are my top 5 suggestions (hopefully there’s a bit of something for everyone):
The Big Bang Theory (2007 – now)
Yeah yeah, I said “movie night”. So what? It’s my list, deal with it. The Big Bang Theory is definitely one of my favorite comedy series at the moment. It’s easy to get into, but hard to stop. In other words, perfect for binge watching. Rainy weather all week long? Done with your assignments (or just ignoring them)? Start up a marathon from the very beginning of the series, and you are set for the whole week. Enjoying this series to its fullest might require you to unleash the geek in you. At least it certainly helps!
Halloween (1978) In the case of this title, please notice the year of release! Do not get yourself mixed into the awfulness of the remakes; the sequels are up to you. I chose this movie to the list mostly due to its relevance to the season at hand. What’s the best movie to watch on Halloween? Halloween, duuuh! Nothing beats a good, old-fashioned horror. Yeah, the effects might not be according to your high definition standards or the acting might be what you would expect it to be in the late 70’s, but none of that matters! It’s about the overall feeling the movie has. If you’re a hardened horror fan, and blood and gore is your second nature, you might not be terrified by this movie, but at least you will be entertained (even though you have probably seen it already)!
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) I can quite confidently say that this is my new favorite comedy movie of all time. For friends with some quite quirky sense of humor, this is truly a must-see. “The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” The description surely does not promise much, but I can really suggest this to everyone!
Mr. Nobody (2009) I don’t even know where to begin with this one. I can definitely say that this movie is not for everyone. It requires your undivided attention to get to the bottom of the story (this is a hint to leave out the most talkative friends from sharing this experience with you). But if you get into it, you really get into it. Mr. Nobody combines many different genres: fantasy, drama, romance… It is almost impossible to describe the movie without writing an essay. In short, the movie is about the last mortal man in the far future, telling his life story on his death bed. Confusingly, he describes three different lives that he claims to have lived, each of them starting with crucial decisions he has made in his lifetime. It’s a movie that’s meant to be watched, not explained in text.
Suits (2011 – now) Beginning with series, ending with series. Almost poetic, isn’t it? As a business student, this TV show really hits the spot. Combining business and law, comedy and drama, Suits has got me hooked for a while now. It is hard to define if the genius of it lies in the characters, the plot or the style, I don’t know. Pick one. Might as well be all of the above. For me, this is series I can enjoy talking about with my classmates. Relating to our field of study, I can see Suits as almost educational! It gives some nice variation and perspective to the extremely dull description behind the term “corporate law”.