Changing themes, one can find some classic westerns. Surprisingly, there was more than just one student that stated a western as their personal favorite. Emma Engelbrecht said any John Wayne movie was a classic, while Justin Terschluse said that The Sons of Katie Elder was by far the best John Wayne film. When Emma was asked why she liked John Wayne movies, she replied, “It's an old western where he shoots robbers and stuff.”
Another western-themed classic came from Taylor Covington. The musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was actually filmed in 1954. Taylor says, “the storyline was great.”
Moving forward in time a little bit on the list of popular classics was The Breakfast Club. Of those polled, 55% stated that this is a classic and ultimately one of their favorites. Abby Perdue stated that the quote, “Screws fall out all the time; the world is an imperfect place,” is a huge eye opener for her. Leanna Linton and Megan Shockley both agreed that the movie does a great job portraying what high school really is like. Though the basic storyline is about these “rebellious kids,” as Jon Stone stated, Blake Willimann also said that “the storyline and the great pairing of music throughout the film brought a lot of meaning into the movie.”
Many of the films listed here have been made “classics” to these students because of the storyline or the music. However, for Celesse Smedley, things get a bit more interesting. The movie Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things actually contains her father as “head zombie.” This may make up for the unpleasant image that comes with the movie title.
Julianna Parsons offered her view on why the movie The Princess Bride should be considered a classic: “This movie will always make the viewer laugh. The dialogue of The Princess Bride surpasses so many other films due to it's overwhelming cleverness. Really, a must-see.”
Lastly, how do you know you love a movie? You can quote your favorite part! See if you can name a few favorite lines from these students. Senior Cortanie Gale quoted: “Dear Darla, I hate your stinkin’ guts! You make me vomit. You're scum between my toes! Love, Alfalfa.” Recognize it? Yes, it is from Little Rascals.
Next up is senior Bethany Schenck, “Wow! ...Whatta hole!” This may be a tough one if not presented with the right enthusiasm. It is from the house scene in Home Alone, when one of the robbers falls into a trap.
Finally, Riley Otten, in all caps, presented, “COME ON AND SLAM! WELCOME TO THE JAM!” This one is from the real-life and animation movie, Space Jam.
Hopefully, like all these NHHS students, you too can find your classic movie. Or if you already have it, you can enjoy it and see others to be entertained with it as well. Don’t let the good ones die on the shelf!
-by Tenille Duessler