I’m about to make you an offer you can’t refuse. Well, I’m not the Godfather, but you can rent that movie and hundreds of others from thr Bonnie Bell Wardman Library. Renting DVDs might be a little old fashioned — even DVDs themselves are old fashioned — but don’t leave the library’s movie collection on the cutting room floor just yet.
With almost everyone having access to a Netflix or Hulu streaming account one way or another, renting a physical film might seem like an unnecessary hassle. I myself am a huge fan of Netflix for streaming television shows and trending documentaries; however, I am constantly disappointed by its pitiful selection of movies. Not to mention the fact that when I finally have time to watch the movies on my list, half of them have been taken down. This isn’t a problem when renting from the library due to its ever-growing collection of films, which range from recent blockbuster and critical hits such as Get Out (2017) and Arrival (2016) to the established classics of Citizen Kane (1941) and Casablanca (1942).
So, if you’re looking to procrastinate one last time before this semester starts rolling, take a look at one of these three movies available in the library right now!
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Based on J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same title, this movie follows a young boy who is separated from his parents admist the Japanese occupation of Shanghai during World War II. The sudden change uproots his and many other British families living in the city. The young protagonist, played by Christian Bale in one of his first starring roles, brings a hopeful lens to a story filled with loss, uncertainty, and unlikely friends. Not only is the cinematography breathtaking, but you just might have heard of the director: Steven Spielberg. This film is one of his most underrated projects and a tailspin of emotions perfect for history and film buffs alike.
The Lobster (2015)
This indie Sci-Fi film starring Colin Farrell will claw at your thoughts long after it’s over. Set in a world where a person’s relationship status is directly correlated with his or her worth and status within the society, those without a spouse are sent to the Hotel to find romance within 45 days. After their short stay, the Hotel guests who fail are turned into an animal of their choice in a terrifyingly painful medical procedure. The Lobster might not have the overwhelming special effects Sci-Fi audiences have come to expect from films of the genre, but its chilling premise will still leave viewers drowning in its twisted world.
Big Fish (2003)
Even the most devout of Tim Burton fans might overlook this charming tale starring Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange, and since it is a Burton film after all, Helena Bonham Carter. While relatively more bright and cheery than the dark and creepy aesthetics popularized in Burton’s work through Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Beetlejuice (1988), this movie still captures his love of the outlandish complete with witches and giants. The film stands out in Burton’s résumé as one of his most thoughtful and sentimental works, as it examines how even the most embellished stories can hold the most vital truths.