For students who move off campus, there are a few things they all end up missing. Things such as an easy walk to class, not worrying about paying for utilities, and in some cases, laundry. All are factors when thinking about moving off campus, but theres one thing students often forget about that I find myself missing more and more. The access to Marist Movies. Marist has a great, and often overlooked selection of movies to choose from that only on-campus students with the wi-fi have access to.
Vice President of Student Programming Council Norah Hartlipp explained that at the beginning of every year, they are given about 150 movies to choose from, from a website called “Swank” and then the board of SPC will all vote on what movies they want to put on. Though some are seasonal (scary movies for Halloween), they add about 12-15 movies a month and replace said seasonal ones. The way it works is, Marist will pay Swank for these movies, and Swank will pay the studios for distribution rights. SPC program is typically in charge of a lot of the late night activities and planning things like the spring concert, the Broadway trip, comedians, and picking what movies go up on the Marist Movies site. For those who too overlook the Marist Movies selection, and are missing out on film franchises like The Hunger Games and the recent Daniel Craig James Bond movies, here’s a list of the top 10 movies on the site that Marist has to offer.
Disclaimer: Movies were chosen and ranked based off of the amount of awards it won or was nominated for, critical acclaim, it’s ability to please a crowd, and it’s watchability/timeliness. (With money made as a small side factor). This is not a list of my personal opinions.
10. Let’s be honest, we all know about the acclaimed classics like Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, but that’s not necessarily what the kids are watching today. So, a job well done on picking them up, but kicking off the list is a much newer film, and one that many are calling a future classic. Last years, Mad Max: Fury Road, a movie about a small group of women, rebelling against a tyrannical ruler who stumble upon a man (Max) who helps them in a post-apocalyptic world. Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, this practical action extravaganza is visually amazing and won six of the ten Oscars it was nominated for. Though sequels typically don’t fair well, George Miller’s fourth installment sits at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and #185 on the IMDB top 250 movies of all time list. Not bad for an action sequel. Not bad at all.
9. Some movies don’t need money or Oscars to become beloved in our society. Marist picked up a few like the cult classic The Big Lebowski and the box office smash Jurasic World, but next up is one of the most timeless movies you can think of, The Breakfast Club. When five teens all meet in Saturday morning detention, they find out through their arguing, scheming and laughs, that they may not be so different after all. Written and directed by John Hughes, this movie finds ways to relate to everyone, and is filled with memorable scenes, dialogue and characters delivered by Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and the egotistical Paul Gleeson who may or may not be raiding Barry Manilow’s wardrobe.
8. However, sometimes you get cases where you can combine the awards, the critical acclaim, and the watchability. Marist received movies like Silver Linings Playbook and The Wolf Of Wall Street, but one of the most well received movies by audiences, critics, and the Academy alike, is Good Will Hunting. Pretty universally loved, this feel good film about a janitor at M.I.T is mathematically gifted, but seeks out a psychologist for some life help. Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay) and Robin Williams (who won an Oscar for best supporting actor) was nominated for seven other Oscars as well. Good Will Hunting sits at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and and ranks #107 on the IMDB top 250 movies of all time list. This is a film that is hard to get bored of, and even harder to dislike.
7. Though Norah Hartlipp told me comedies like Brides Maids and 21 Jump Street typically do pretty well, there is certainly a wide variety of success. The Dark Knight was clearly popular, as it broke the billion dollar mark, making it the 27th highest grossing film in history, and set the new standard for superhero films everywhere. But I guess thats what eight Oscar nominations, including a posthumous win for Heath Ledger as best supporting actor for his take on The Joker. This beloved Batman flick starring Christian Bale and directed by Christopher Nolan is no joke however, sitting at #4 on the IMDB top 250 films of all time, and a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, proves that it isn’t just comedies that are popular.
6. Movies about aliens have always been popular, and movies about space are making a comeback. Clearly this has been recognized due to Marist picking up 2013’s Gravity and 2014’s Interstellar, but it’s hard to argue the timeless nature of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Not only did it win four of the nine Oscars it was nominated for, it received a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was an alien movie unlike anything anyone had seen before at the time. Director Steven Spielberg gives us the tale of a troubled kid, who seeks out and befriends an alien, who we discover is just trying to get back home. The movie steals and breaks hearts, and peaks all kinds of imaginations of what else is really out there, and that maybe it isn’t as scary as we may think.
5. The Matrix and Inception have some pretty similar statistics on paper. Both sit in the mid 80’s on Rotten tomatoes, both won four Oscars, and both sit in between 10 and 20 on the IMDB top 250 movies list. So which one gets the spot? As great and game changing as The Matrix was, Inception seems to be a more college aged rewatchable film of this era. An all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio has spawned many terms spun from the movie. Anything that is the same as something else but inside of it, is called *insert item here*-ception. (A picture within a picture; pic-ception) and whatever else you can think of. DiCaprio plays a thief, who steals secrets using technology that allows you to share dreams and go inside others’, but it gets complicated when he is faced with his toughest job yet. Slowly becoming one of our generations’ classic sci-fi movies, it makes sense that Marist students would watch it so much.
4. If ever there was a movie with a watchability factor, it’s Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino’s widely considered best work won best original screenplay, and was nominated for six other Oscars including best picture. Creating memorabilia from it’s unforgettable quotes, characters and scenes that only seem to improve upon each other, it’s a cult classic that is adored by critics with a 94% on Rotten tomatoes, and audiences alike with a #7 ranking on the IMDB top 250 list. Go ahead, ask me if this movie is good. I dare ya, I double dare ya.
3. Marist has a surprising amount of Academy award winning movies, especially those that have won best picture. Films like The Departed, American Beauty, The Hurt Locker, Gladiator and The Silence of the Lambs, and while all are great, only one received a whopping 13 nominations, and that’s Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump stars Tom Hanks in one of the most well known performances in film history, which won him his second Oscar. Forrest Gump won best picture, lead actor, director, adapted screenplay, film editing and visual effects. Sitting at #13 on the IMDB top movies list, this timeless, heart warming story about a man who may not be the most intelligent, but has an impact on many historic events nonetheless. Director Robert Zemeckis one of the ultimate crowd pleasers of all time, and one that will put a smile on your face no matter which memorable quote you’ve heard for the 100th time.
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark should go without saying. Arguably one of the most beloved, entertaining, timeless, fan favorites of all time, Spielberg turns in another classic thats almost impossible to dislike. Starring Harrison Ford, who’s portrayal of the smooth-talking, thrill-seeking, womanizing archaeologist Indiana Jones became one of the most iconic movie characters of all time. It has comedy, classic dialogue, ground breaking action/adventure scenes (tell me you haven’t seen at least five remakes of the opening sequence) and outlandish stories that keep the imagination fresh. All complete with a catchy theme song that I bet you’re humming right now. With a fresh 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a ranking of #36 on the IMDB top 250 list being universally loved is an understatement. Even though Harrison Ford may be getting old, this movie won’t be any time soon.
1. Is any great movie list complete without a mention of The Godfather? There are disputes over the greatest movie of all time is Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Schindler’s List, Gone With the Wind, etc. etc. But almost always without fail, is the mention of The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppola gave us a movie that changed cinema forever, with it’s grand style and story that has influenced virtually every movie after it. Though it only won 3 of it’s 11 Oscar nominations (including best picture, actor and screenplay), it is undeniably one of the all time greats, considered by almost everyone. Starring a great cast of the great Marlon Brando, Al Pacino,Diane Keatoon, Robert Duvall among others. Ranking at #2 on the IMDB all time list (only behind The Shawshank Redemption) and an almost perfect score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a movie that can be watched time and time again and hold up every time.
Marist has a ton of great options, and I certainly didn’t hit them all, movies like To Kill A Mockingbird and 1960’s Psycho to name a few. But if you’re someone who is also forgetting about this hidden treasure, take a look and enjoy before you have to pay for them again. *Gasp*