A Nerd’s Guide to The Feels

By Dylan Haslam

Movies exist as more than an artistic platform for telling a particular story. Movies are more than the same recycled stories being retold throughout the years and more than just a means of bringing entertainment to audiences worldwide. Movies act as untouchable staples in society that remain true to the manor in which they were created, even as society evolves around them. Some movies may not hold up in today’s world, but rather than going back and changing them, they remain as untouched relics left in the past, authentic to the way they were produced. Forgotten, but not changed. Most importantly, movies possess an uncompromisable quality which makes you feel. No matter the content, you feel something while watching. It is not only the goal of the producers of the movies to make you feel, but also a gift given to us from these producers, both past and present. They create works that will stand long after their time for us to revisit and experience countless times. The following are suggestions for movies to watch on days when you need to feel and days that you want to emotionally connect to something. 

For days you are in a good mood and want to keep the mood going, these movies keep you on the edge of your seat and may even have you cheering with your favourite character:

  1. The Neverending Story 
  2. How to Train Your Dragon
  3. Dragon Blade
  4. Tarzan
  5. Back to the Future
  6. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie 

Some days, however, you may not be feeling your best. When you are feeling this way, it’s important to open up and let yourself be in your feelings, indulging in a good cry if that’s what you need. The following movies are sure to bring a tear to your eye, giving you a new appreciation for the industry:  

  1. A Silent Voice
  2. Remember the Titans
  3. Titanic
  4. Simon Birch
  5. The Mighty
  6. Your Name
  7. Good Will Hunting
  8. Rise of the Guardians
  9. The Boy and the Beast
  10. Tuck Everlasting 

The good news is that movies aren’t just for when you’re super happy or super sad–there’s movies for every mood in between. When you are wanting to be scared or feel anxious, “Sleepy Hollow” and “Boogeyman” are good. They won’t make you jump but will make you think. For days that you want to sit and get to know characters in the long haul, the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, and the “IP Man” trilogy are great choices. For a throwback to a childhood sense of nostalgia, I would recommend “Sky High,” “Twitches,” the “Halloween Town” franchise, “Max Keeble’s Big Move,” and “Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama.” Another big mood that merits watching a movie is that of needing a good laugh. This mood is very important as laughing is healthy and benefits us greatly. For this mood, I suggest “Step Brothers,” “Police Academy,” “Shallow Hal,” and “The New Kid.” These movies always have a way of making me smile. Movies that seem to embody relationship goals and love are “Where the Red Fern Grows,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Yes Man,”  and “Midnight Sun.”

Movies allow us to feel emotions that we may not have had access to for awhile, allowing us to get in touch with ourselves. Movies not only have the power to bring us closer to ourselves, however, as they can also unite people. The suggestions listed above are only some of the many movies that I have seen and recommend. They reflect my interests as a nerd, and I know you will enjoy them too. Movies are a vital part of our everyday lives and a testament to creativity in the world.

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