Five Throwback Movies to Binge During Quarantine

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Aiyana Fraas
Contributing Writer

This article contains minor spoilers for “Bolt,” “Julie & Julia,” “The King’s Speech,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “Snowpiercer.”

As the weeks in quarantine continue to lengthen, many students are looking for ways to distract themselves. It seems like scrolling endlessly through Netflix’s offerings without ever choosing something to watch has become a new pastime. 

Our current reality makes it impossible to do certain things we took for granted in the past, but it does grant us copious amounts of time to binge-watch movies. Read on below for a list of throwback movies from 2008-2013 that Netflix has hidden in its archives. Dive into nostalgia by watching these over a Netflix party with your family and childhood friends.

1. “Bolt” (2008)

This Disney movie was released in 2008, a year that was filled with great animated movies including “Kung Fu Panda” and “WALL-E.” Unfortunately, this means that “Bolt” often doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. This heartwarming and unique movie is about a Hollywood dog, voiced by John Travolta, who has lived his life believing he has superpowers. When he is suddenly thrown into the real world, Bolt must make his way back to his beloved owner with the help of a street-smart cat and fanatic gerbil. Curl up next to your pooch on the couch and enjoy this uplifting film. 

2. “Julie & Julia” (2009)

Many people have turned to cooking as a hobby now due to spending more time at home. There’s no better way to gain cooking inspiration than by watching “Julie & Julia.” This movie, which stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, follows two different plotlines connected through food. The story follows the struggle of a food blogger who attempts to make and write about every dish in Julia Child’s first book within one year. Simultaneously, the movie also highlights the life of Julia Child as she becomes the most well-known chef of her time. 

3. “The King’s Speech” (2010)

If you are a fan of shows like “The Crown” and “Downton Abbey,” you’ll probably love “The King’s Speech.” This movie has an A-list cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, and Colin Firth. Colin Firth won multiple prestigious awards for his role as Prince Albert, a man who must overcome his debilitating stutter to ascend the English throne to become King George VI. This historical film depicts the personal life of King George VI and his journey as he comes to terms with a life he never prepared for.

4. “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012)

There are romantic comedies, and then there’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” A combination of humor, drama, and romance, this movie constantly keeps viewers engaged. Throughout the movie, the relationship between Pat Solitano, played by Bradley Cooper, and Tiffany Maxwell, played by Jennifer Lawrence, develops under tense circumstances as Pat deals with bipolar disorder and his crazy, football-fanatic family. A compelling and original story, this movie is a great way to distract yourself from any trouble you might be having with your own relationship.

5. “Snowpiercer” (2013)

With his 2019 Oscar win for “Parasite,” director Bong Joon-ho has suddenly become something of a global icon. But the South Korean director has been making thought-provoking movies for a very long time. “Snowpiercer” is set in a dystopian future in which the entire earth has been covered in snow. One of the only surviving populations of humans live on a train that they are convinced must constantly move for their survival. The train runs on a hierarchical system, with the slums at the back of the train and those of higher class living closer to the conductor. You might be tempted to watch this film multiple times, as is the case with many of Bong Joon-ho’s movies, just to catch all the nuances and hidden meanings.

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