Movies, like music, help us recall a time and place. Certain films you grew up with make you nostalgic for your childhood home/friends, or films you saw on first dates or special occasions suddenly flood you with memories.
For me, Miramax rom-com’s from the late ’90s/ early ’00s always take me back to my college years. (So much so, I can practically see my apartment layout: hand-me-down furniture, film and theatre posters, candles I let drip on the carpet and worked like hell to get out later.) These films remind me of a time in life when everything changed almost overnight. A lot of them show New York pre-9/11, or came out right after and digitally removed images of the towers from the skyline. There’s something strange and bittersweet about watching these time capsules of those years right before, during, and after a major change in our country. College is a time of growth and the last of your innocence anyway, so a tragic historical event certainly adds to the feeling of the end of an era.
If you’re in your mid-30’s, you probably remember the Miramax heyday. There were a lot of classic teen movies from that time also (Get Over It, She’s All That), but I personally love the romantic comedies. If you’re feeling nostalgic, here’s my binge list:
Boys and Girls (2000)
Down to You (2000)
America’s Sweethearts (2001)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Someone Like You (2001)
40 Days 40 Nights (2002)
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
A look at two new period pieces:
Mercy Street: I grew up in Virginia, so I’ve seen enough of the Civil War to last a lifetime. (Seriously, every year in school is a field trip to some historical place.) The show was filmed in Virginia, so it feels authentic, and it has a strong cast, but I’m still on the fence. I really enjoy Josh Radnor, so I’d like to stick with it and see where it goes.
War & Peace: Sensational cast, beautiful cinematography, and interesting editing/stylization. I know the main players, but I really struggled to keep up with the million other characters. I plan to watch the rest of the miniseries, but I’m grateful I don’t have to take a quiz on it.