The time has come. The 2015 high school seniors are finally graduating. Soon you will be embarking on extremely awesome college-bound escapades that surpass almost any interesting activity you have ever participated in high school. But what can you do to fill the time between packing dorm boxes and possibly taking summer sessions?
Films shape the childhood of almost every 20/21st century kid. There was always that one moving picture you just had to see every afternoon before naptime as a three-year-old, that movie you watched until your parents could no longer take it when you were five, and even that comedy that was a must-watch at every 12-year-old slumber party. So before you stress-out over getting the right comforter for your dorm or finding out your roommate is a cat-obsessed psycho, sit down, numb your brain for a bit, and bask in the memories of your most prized childhood films.
1997 Titanic Quite possibly the most quoted movie of all time, Titanic’s essence is still treasured, today. The Rose and Jack love affair has often been mirrored through photos of couples on boats, while Celine Deon’s ballad has spread near and far for over a decade.
1998 The Parent Trap This iconic children’s movie leaves every watcher wishing he or she had a long lost twin who lived in another country. The novel computer graphics create something wonderful for several people—two Lindsey Lohans.
1999 The Sixth Sense The stem of everyone’s childhood nightmares, The Sixth Sense forms goose bumps on every watcher’s flesh, even including those with the thickest skin. “I see dead people” still rings through any chilling conversation worldwide.
2000 X-Men This action film adapted from a MARVEL comic series introduces the well-known mutants including Wolverine and Jean Grey. The movie received such acclaim that six more films were released after the first created such buzz.
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone The masterful Harry Potter series was written by the highly-esteemed J.K. Rowling and eventually adapted into seven films. This first movie introduced watchers to the Harry, Ron, and Hermione trio and made all viewers desire to receive an enchanting invitation to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
2002 Spider-Man This Tobey Maguire/Kirsten Dunst film captures the action of one of the many beloved comics of the Spiderman series. Spiderman has helped shape the face of Halloween costumes, theme park rides, and retail store action figure shelves for years.
2003 Finding Nemo This heart-warming underwater movie captures the essence of family, love, and perseverance. Almost every child who watches the film learns from the fun-loving fish Dory to just keep swimming in times of trouble.
2004 Mean Girls Mean Girls somewhat exaggeratingly, yet accurately, brings to light the horrors of high school and all the trouble it entails. This film, with its very snarky lines and quick banter, makes it one of the most quotable movies among the teen demographic.
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe With one watch of Narnia, children’s imagination opens up to limitless lengths. This film clears the minds of children everywhere and makes them peer through home wardrobes in hopes to enter into a vast, new world.
2006 Cars Pixar’s animated masterpiece, Cars, is one of the most beloved childhood films. It chronicles the life of hotshot racecar Lightning McQueen and the beneficial change of heart he zooms through in the end.
2007 Juno This drama portrays a heavy subject in the truest and best manner. Watchers are able to laugh at even the subtlest jokes as they are taken through a nine month journey full of tender romance and harsh realities.
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Through this film’s rags to riches story-line, watchers are able to see that every society has its underdog who is able to eventually prevail. Slumdog allows all viewers to feel as if they, themselves are gallavanting through the streets of India.
2009 Avatar Nominated for nine academy awards, Avatar portrays the eccentric land of Pandora. Writer, director, and producer James Cameron allows for a truly rustic and novel picture to vividly make up the blue creature, new language realm.
2010 Easy A A fresh take on the classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Easy A gives viewers a look into the nasty rumors so popular in high school. Protagonist Olive Penderghast reacts to almost every humiliating encounter in a way that which all teens wish they could.
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger This MARVEL comic-based film transforms average Steve Rogers into the ultra-patriotic superhero Captain America. Through a series of action-filled scenes and suspenseful moments, Captain America guides viewers through a vigorous journey.
2012 Pitch Perfect If a capella was not a raging singing genre before Pitch Perfect, it surely proved to gain international buzz after the film received such acclaim. The film not only traces the lives of college-students, but it portrays rival a capella groups in a refreshingly comical way.
2013 Frozen Idina Menzel’s soaring vocals as Disney’s Queen Elsa will give any listener goose-bumps. The uber-popular song “Let it Go” has received high acclaim especially from energetic five-year-olds, who according to parents, play the song non-stop.
2014 Boyhood Richard Linklater masterfully wrote and directed Boyhood, filmed over a span of 12 years. This film organically chronicles one boy’s childhood and tenderly captures the most important issues and spirit of each young age as the years pass.
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Star Wars plastic action figures, jumbled lego sets, and worn VCRs have made up the childhood of many people worldwide. The new film set to release in December will culminate the series for the most devout fans who have traveled the hyperspace the journey of each episode.