Best movies to captivate students


Photo courtesy Jenna Siman

Junior Jenna Siman watches her favorite movie Forever My Girl on Jan. 17.

This past year has led students to have more time than usual on their hands. What does that mean? There is much time to binge an endless number of movies. Although the pandemic is still going on, movies are still able to be produced under strict safety conditions. Some of the movies released during quarantine are amazing. However, the classics will not be replaced.

Many platforms exist to stream movies on, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Showtime.

Netflix has a bunch of classic movies as well as their own originals. Currently, the top Netflix Original is We Can Be Heroes. This movie is about alien invaders who kidnap Earth superheroes, and their kids must collaborate to try to save their parents and the world. This movie is ranked 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie rated second is Pieces of a Woman, and then Good Burger. “I have always been a TV show kind of girl but over quarantine I have really gotten into watching movies and Netflix has a ton of great ones available,” junior Emily Levine said.

Binging Hulu shows has for sure kept me busy over quarantine…

— Jenna Siman

Currently, the movie HoneyLand is the top movie on Hulu. This movie is about a beekeeper who lives in a mountain village and follows her lifestyle before and after her neighbors move in. This movie is ranked 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The second highest ranked movie is titled Minding the Gap, and the movie ranked number three is Shoplifters. “Binging Hulu shows has for sure kept me busy over quarantine and I found my most favorite movie called Forever My Girl,” junior Jenna Siman said.

Don’t forget about classic movies as those definitely always hit the spot. These movies include The Wizard of Oz, Elf, West Side Story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. “My favorite movie of all time has definitely got to be The Notebook,” math teacher Suzanne Hosking said. [Ed note: Hosking is the new last name of Suzanne Pykosh, who is recently married.]

Drive-in movies are a great option in a time like this. One parks their car and can either view the movie on the big screen from the front of their car or open up the trunk and watch in the back with blankets.

Movies are a great way to keep entertained when there is not much to do. There are websites one can sign up for by just putting in their email in order to get recommendations on the latest and best films out there for viewing.