My favorite season is finally here! It’s getting colder, and I am extraordinarily busy: I am currently looking for an internship for 2019 while attending the last classes of my Master’s degree, writing on this blog, and spending time with my family and friends.
So this month, I am “challenging” myself to get some rest! I’ll be watching the 5 movies I’ve been meaning to see for a while, but never got around to do it.
The challenge: watch 5 movies
There isn’t a particular order or genre for these movies: simply, they’ve been on my watch list because someone recommended them to me, or because I’ve heard about them in the news. I’m quite happy with the diversity of my choices: a drama, a documentary, an animated film, a romantic comedy, and a classic of horror for Halloween.
– On October 3rd: Wild. “A chronicle of one woman’s one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.”
– On October 10th: Reversing Roe. “A deep historical look at one of the most controversial issues of our time, highlighting the abortion debate from various points along the ideological spectrum in a winding story of abortion in America.”
– On October 17th: Coco. “Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.”
– On October 24th: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. “A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.”
– On October 31st: The Blair Witch Project. “Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.”
How to make the most out of movie night?
As always, I have been researching tips and tricks online to prepare for the challenge. What I learned is that movie night is definitely not only about the movie. It’s important to set the stage to ensure that you spend a wonderful and restful evening.
#1 – Book the evening in advance: treat movie night as a proper date (with yourself)! Select a day of the week that works best for you: I chose Wednesday evenings because I rarely have classes on Thursday mornings. Mark the date in your calendar to prevent accepting any other events or activities on that day.
#2 – Make it special: I found this fantastic idea in an article on Cup of Jo. Adapt your dinner or movie snacks to whatever you’re watching. For instance, why not making Mexican food before Coco? Or spooky Halloween snacks to anxiously eat, hiding under the blanket, while watching The Blair Witch Project?
#3 – Make it cosy: alright, this one seems quite obvious. But, as I said, setting the stage is incredibly important! So make sure to bring all of the pillows, blankets, warm socks and comfortable sweaters you can find. Light up your scented candles. Make your favorite tea in advance. Get as warm and relaxed as possible.
Thanks to the easier access to technology in our homes and the rise of services such as Netflix or Hulu, movie nights aren’t that special anymore. I don’t want to speak like an angry old man, but I am feeling a little sad about that. When I was a child, watching a movie was a special moment. My parents had to rent or buy the tape during the week. As children, we were so excited about the movie and looking forward to the weekend. On Saturday evenings, we would gather around the TV and spend a wonderful night together.
I am nostalgic about these memories. I hope I can make my movie nights a little bit more magical this October…
If you’re curious, here’s my monthly challenge for September.