Top 10 Freshman Must See Movies
By Michael Conte, B.S.
Northeastern University Residence Director
Going to college is a wonderful experience and in of itself is a transition into a new culture. Living in Boston only enhances that culture and experience. To celebrate this, Husky EYES has found the top ten movies you should watch when you're a freshmen at Northeastern.
The Northeastern List:
10. Fever Pitch: I know, it's a Jimmy Fallon movie, I'm sorry. Still though this movie does a great job showing how much Boston does love its Red Sox. Plus it gives a decent sense of what it was like to actually be in Boston when the Sox won it in 2004.
9. Office Space: Sure it's not a college movie per say, but it definitely shows us what can happen when we get too caught up in money and status in life. College should be a rich educational and social experience, not just a ticket to a high paying job. The high paying job could be a nice by-product, but people should strive to have jobs that make them happy and fulfilled. Plus you'll never look at staplers the same way ever again.
8. St. Elmo's Fire: The Breakfast Club for the college crowd. It's great movie following the exploits of a group of friends who are just out of college. As well it's a classic Brat Pack movie, and a must watch for anyone who loves the 80's.
7. Rules of Attraction: Based on a book by Bret Easton Ellis. This is the movie you watched in high school and then figured it was a fair representation of college. You were wrong of course, but it is a good representation of what happens to people who let partying and drinking take over their lives, the results are not good. On top of that it's a pretty good movie.
6. Blown Away: What, you think I'm crazy adding this movie? Well maybe, but it's a so bad it's good Boston movie. From the horrendous Boston accents to Tommy Lee Jones' way over the top performance, this is the movie that answers the question why Hollywood had stayed away from Boston based movies for so long.
5. Anchorman: Sure it's not a college movie, but to survive in college, you'll have to be able to either recognize or be able to quote from this movie religiously. If you can I won�t be angry, just really impressed.
4. Good Will Hunting: Another great Boston movie, with great acting performances by Matt Damon, Robin and Williams and surprisingly Ben Affleck. Robin William's story about how he missed game 5 on the 1975 World Series is classic. Plus it mentions a site where everyone must go at least once while living in Boston, Kelly's World Famous Roast Beef on Revere Beach.
3. Forest Gump: Ok, this movie is not really about college or Boston, but it's about something more important. This story is about a man who took what he got in life, and made himself better for it, not though cheating or taking short cuts, but by being true to himself and always thinking about the well being of others.
2. Animal House: Simply a college classic. Taken for what it is, it's a great comedy. Taken as a life lesson, it's a how to guide to getting dismissed from any university. That does not mean it's not a great movie with one of the best inspirational speeches ever.
1. The Departed: The ultimate Boston movie. This is the movie Bostonians pined for after New York got the Godfellas. The Departed might someday beat Goodfellas for most often quoted Gangster film. If you are going to live in Boston for any amount of time, you need to see this movie.