Sabrina

Why Millennials Should Should Watch Sabrina

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

While Audrey Hepburn has many iconic roles to her credit, her turn as Sabrina Fairchild is largely overshadowed by the likes of Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Princess Ann (Roman Holiday), and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady). Released in 1954, Sabrina is a story of transformation and love wrapped up in a palatable romantic comedy package. The film may be over 60 years old, but has many relatable lessons for millennials trying to navigate the world of careers and relationships. For our generation, this is a classic not to be missed.


We see that love knows no hierarchy
Sabrina’s father has worked as the Larrabees’ — a wealthy family with a powerful company, and large estate — chauffeur for many years. For almost as many years, Sabrina has been in love with the Larrabees’ youngest son — the lazy, lustful David. David’s frequent ignorance toward Sabrina’s feelings for him finally becomes unbearable, and Sabrina attempts suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning — only to be saved by David’s older brother, Linus.

We learn that true love does wait
After her brush with death, Sabrina leaves for culinary school in Paris for two years, and comes back a different woman. Gone is the uncertain, lovesick young lady, who is replaced with a refined and confident woman. And, the now-engaged David notices. Panicked that the dissolution of the engagement could ruin a profitable business deal, Linus attempts to distract Sabrina, and keep David’s advances on her at bay by perusing Sabrina himself.

We understand that people change, and it can be for the good
Upon her return home, Sabrina’s change in appearance and attitude are immediately apparent. But, throughout the film, the men interested in the new and improved Sabrina also transition into better versions of themselves. Initially, Linus only claims to be infatuated with Sabrina. Over time, he not only genuinely comes to love her, but also becomes more relaxed, and less focused on the company as his only source of pleasure and happiness. It is David who is forced to be more responsible, and think not only of his own promises to his soon-to-be wife, but also the welfare of a company he may one day control. Isn’t that what love — both love for ourselves and others — is supposed to do… help bring out the best in each person?

We learn that we’re not the only ones with doubts in relationships
Sometimes, it is difficult to know whether or not the person we are dating is a person who is good for us. Sabrina has always been attracted to David, but before acquiring her worldly culinary education, he paid her little mind. Shouldn’t the person we are meant to be with stand by us, even when we are not at our most beautiful, put-together versions of ourselves? Relationships should be more than just beautiful backdrops for our selfies, and shout outs when bae cooks you dinner.

We’re reassured that it’s not just us that hate talking about our feelings
Unfortunately, when Linus feels the stirrings of love for Sabrina, he cannot even admit to them himself. Whether it is because he is much older than Sabrina, or because of the guilt he feels for not coming clean about his intentions, Linus cannot see himself as being right for Sabrina. Perhaps an audience might feel similarly when one considers the pain it would cause both parties in real life. For millennials, internet dating has caused its own set of problems — many of which are based on a lack of honesty, and an uncertainty about what each person wants (Are we officially dating? Are we exclusive? Are we merely a hookup? Are we just “hanging out?”).

Suicide awareness is prevalent, and that’s a huge step for this time period 
Sabrina brings up suicide, in a time where the subject was very much taboo. In our modern world, where suicide games are a horrifying trend, and a young woman has gone to jail for encouraging the completion of such an act, the very mention of suicide should strike a very real chord in millennial hearts. Thankfully, Linus is there to stop Sabrina from making an irreversible mistake, and she takes her second chance at life as an opportunity to go on an adventure — and become the person she has always wanted to be. Think of all the love and heartache, support and disappointment Sabrina would have missed out on. No one will ever know what changes could make all the difference. We should continue to discuss this issue so that our generation can continue to pursue our passions, fall in love, and live the lives we’ve all always wanted.

The Best Halloween Movies of Decades Past

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

I have a confession to make — I don’t really like Halloween. I know, there’s so many people who love it. But, despite not being a fan of the holiday, I do love some Halloween movies. And if I like them, as someone who doesn’t even want to celebrate this holiday, you’ll be sure to love them as well.

Prepare to be scared:

Psycho (1960)
This movie is the reason I refuse to shower at night without the bathroom door locked. When a woman on the run decides to stay at Norman Bates’ motel and later becomes a murder victim, it is up to her sister and boyfriend to find out what happened to her. Featuring one of the great plot twists of classic cinema and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho was a new kind of horror movie in 1960 that still frightens people 50-plus years later.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
When a mob of parents band together to kill a child murderer, they believe they have saved their children from danger. Years later, it is discovered that Freddy Krueger, though not alive, is seeking revenge by killing children in their dreams. Armed with a glove full of knives, Freddy’s burned appearance and witty remarks terrorize the teenagers until one of them decides to fight back. Just as Psycho made people afraid to shower, the possibility that your dreams could be just as deadly as any evil you might encounter in your waking hours make this horror movie truly unique. Be sure to keep an eye out for Johnny Depp’s first film role!

The Lost Boys (1987)
This is the movie that made vampires look edgy and rebellious — a marked difference from Bela Lugosi’s (cinema’s most famous Dracula) interpretation of those that walk the night. Upon moving to Santa Clara, California, Sam begins to notice strange changes in his brother after hanging out with a local motorcycle-riding gang. Sam also befriends two vampire-hunting brothers who break the bad news to Sam: his new home is crawling with the undead! Featuring Kiefer Sutherland and “the two Coreys” (Corey Feldman and Corey Haim), The Lost Boys is a classic ’80s flick with a dash of horror and plenty of suspense.

Interview With the Vampire (1994)
As the title suggests, this is the story of the vampire Louis (Brad Pitt) told through his interview with reporter Daniel (Christian Slater). It begins with the tale of Louis’ transformation into a vampire by the powerful and often ruthless Lestat (Tom Cruise) and ends 204 years later during that very interview. Part drama, part horror movie, Interview With the Vampire went on to become one of the most popular vampire movies ever and cemented the careers of Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst.

Creepy comedies: 

Beetlejuice (1988)
Michael Keaton has never been creepier or funnier than in this film about a ghostly couple longing to reclaim their home, who collectively enlists the help of the offensive, grotesque Betelgeuse, who attempts to drive out the house’s new owner. Betelgeuse, of course has his own agenda and is generally disliked by all who encounter him. This film is charming yet scary in a way that only Tim Burton could make it.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Not only is this my favorite Halloween-themed movie, as a child this was easily one of my favorite movies to watch regardless of the season. When Max’s family moves to Salem, he is unimpressed with the locals’ fascination with the Sanderson sisters, who were hanged during the witch trials of 1692. That is, until he unwillingly summons them back from the dead by lighting a special candle. It is adventurous and funny in all the right amounts and is chock-full of jokes that (thankfully) went way over my head. The special effects and costuming may be outdated but this family-friendly VHS hit still makes me laugh and sing along.

Casper (1995)
Another ’90s VHS classic, Casper made children believe ghosts could, in fact, be friendly. Casper, the ghost of a young boy and child of an inventor, is desperate to be friends with sarcastic and independent Kat, the daughter of a widower and therapist to the dead, Dr. Harvey. Kerrin trivia: the last song played at my senior prom was Remember Me This Way— the song that Kat and human Casper dance to at her party. Clearly, Casper was a very important film to kids who grew up in the 1990s.

Scary Movie (2000)
Who has not watched a scary movie or TV program and found themselves yelling at the screen, cursing the characters for their utter stupidity? Sure, splitting up and walking into a darkened basement alone sounds like an excellent plan! I’m sure there’s no sinister reason for the phone line to be dead! Why worry about the whereabouts of your friends when you can make out with your boyfriend/girlfriend? What better way to celebrate being scared than with a movie that pokes fun at all the ridiculous motifs popularized by the gory movies people can’t help but watch? Though there have been various sequels and many movies like it, the first in this series is the best for my buck.

20 Movies You Need to See From Before You Were Born

Author: Danny Abriano, Entertainment

While many movies on the list below are classics, recognized by many as some of the best ever, others are far less revered.

But in the 40 or so years of Cinema jammed into a list of 20, I feel this is a solid representation of flicks that are highly enjoyable.

And please know that none of the videos within contain spoilers that reveal twists or the ending of any of the movies.

Now behold, 20 awesome movies that were made before you were born…

Casablanca (1942)
 It’s impossible to go wrong when Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are involved, and Casablanca—equal parts love story, war film and thriller—is simply one of the greatest films of all-time. And it also includes one of the most famous lines in cinematic history, spoken by Bogart about regret: “Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”
Long lost lovers unite:

Psycho (1960)
Who knew a stay in a hotel could be so petrifying? If you want to be scared to the point that you’re afraid to get off your couch to walk to your bed, Psycho is the film for you. One of Alfred Hitchcock’s best, it’s ahead of its time but still aptly takes you back to the period it was set in. You might have a nightmare or two after watching (fair warning).
Janet Leigh (the guest) and Anthony Perkins (the proprietor) get to know one another:

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Two fictional days in the life of the Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. The film not only introduced most of the world to the Beatles’ wit, but it is credited with being the precursor for modern music videos (remember those?). And it of course includes tons of awesome Beatles songs.
The Fab Four meet the press:

The Graduate (1967)
Featuring a young Dustin Hoffman as restless recent college graduate Benjamin, Anne Bancroft as an older seductress and Katharine Ross as the seductress’ daughter (wonder what’s about to happen there), The Graduate takes you inside the mind of someone whose life is just starting out. For you “Boy Meets World” fans, it also features Mr. Feeny as Benjamin’s dad. Oh, and an awesome soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel.
Benjamin attempts to reject seduction:

Woodstock (1970)
The documentary of the earth-shattering Woodstock Music Festival that took place in upstate New York in the summer of 1969, Woodstock features performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Joe Cocker and many more. It is a living time capsule that captures the freedom and free love of the late 60s.
Country Joe sings his anti-Vietnam song:

The Godfather (1972)
This classic revolves around the mafia in 1940s New York, but it’s really about family—and the attempt to keep it together with madness raging all around you. Starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, John Cazale and James Caan, it doesn’t get much better than this, though some would argue that The Godfather Part II is its equal.
Michael (Pacino) goes to Vegas:

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Yes, another Pacino film. While his most well-known role is as Michael in The Godfather films, Pacino may be at his best (and is certainly at his most frenetic) in Dog Day Afternoon, which was based on an actual botched bank heist in Brooklyn. While serious, the film also has comedic charm and heart. One of the most underrated movies ever.
Sonny (Pacino) works the phones:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
If Dog Day Afternoon features Pacino at his best, the same can be said for Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy. When McMurphy gets transferred from prison to a mental institution, all hell breaks loose in a way only Jack could cause.
McMurphy is back in action:

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
I’m a bit biased since it takes place in the neighborhood where I grew up (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn), but this film is amazing in its rawness and grabs hold. John Travolta is incredible as weekend warrior and dance floor dominator Tony Manero, while the Bee Gees provide the soundtrack.
The opening scene:

Animal House (1978)
John Belushi is in a frat, smashes a guitar against a wall, pours mustard on himself, makes his face into a giant zit, blames Pearl Harbor on the Germans and leads a toga party. Oh, and this film just happens to be the birth of the gross-out comedies that still exist today.
Bluto (Belushi) smashes a guitar:

The Deer Hunter (1978)
John Cazale’s career ended when he died of cancer in 1978 at the age of 42, but all five films he appeared in (including The Godfather and Dog Day Afternoon) were nominated for Best Picture. In The Deer Hunter, Cazale stars as one of a tight knit bunch of friends living near Pittsburgh whose lives are altered due to the Vietnam War. There’s also Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. Not too shabby.
The guys go hunting:

The Last Waltz (1978)
A documentary that chronicles The Band’s farewell concert, with performances from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many others. What got it on the list? It was directed by Martin Scorsese and features a behind the scenes look at The Band, whose members describe their life on the road.
Bob Dylan, The Band and more play ‘I Shall Be Released’:

The Jerk (1979)
Steve Martin stars as a dimwitted man who ventures out on his own after learning his black parents aren’t his biological parents. “You mean I’m gonna stay this color?” Navin Johnson (Martin) exclaims when he finds out he’s adopted. That should really be all you need to know that this one is worth it.
Navin (Martin) celebrates his birthday:

The Blues Brothers (1980)
This film features the comedic brilliance of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi—along with their awesome singing—as they front a rhythm and blues band that’s “on a mission from God.” But the incredible music throughout, from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin to John Lee Hooker and many more, is just as important as the laughs provided by the stars.
The Blues Brothers and Ray Charles shake a tail feather:

Raging Bull (1980)
A Martin Scorsese-directed masterpiece, Raging Bull stars Robert De Niro as real-life boxer Jake La Motta, losing himself in the role to the point where you forget it’s actually him on the screen. De Niro’s La Motta is truly scary, and along with his performance, the cinematography and soundtrack tie a bow around this one.
Jake (De Niro) wants to know if his wife is being faithful:

The Shining (1980)
If Psycho has the ability to give you nightmares, The Shining might have the ability to permanently damage you emotionally. Jack Nicholson stars in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece as a writer who travels with his wife and young son to be a winter caretaker for a hotel that turns out to be haunted.
Jack (Nicholson) doesn’t like it when his writing is interrupted:

Rocky III (1982)
This is a strange one to have on the list when you consider that Rocky (Best Picture winner) and Rocky II (another very good film) are also eligible. But aside from Sylvester Stallone, Rocky III stars Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips the “Ultimate Male” and Mr. T as ferocious boxer Clubber Lang in a pair of roles that make this one a must-see.
Thunderlips is here:

Risky Business (1983)
 Tom Cruise in one of his first roles, before Scientology got the best of him. As well-behaved high school senior Joel Goodsen, Cruise goes wild when his parents leave for vacation. He has a house party, hires a prostitute, takes on a pimp and eventually turns his house into a brothel.
Joel gets a special visitor during his college interview:

The Big Chill (1983)
College friends, played by Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger and more, reunite for the funeral of one of their own who committed suicide (Kevin Costner, whose face we never see). They wind up spending a debauched weekend together as they reminisce, talk about the friend they lost and explore what might have been. Bonus points for the amazing soundtrack that’s filled with Motown hits.
The opening sequence:

Trading Places (1983)
I’d put Eddie Murphy at the height of his comedic powers up against any comedian ever. Add in Dan Aykroyd as the second star and you get not only one of the best comedies of the 1980s, but one of the best comedies of all-time.
Billy Ray gets hassled by the police: