Although the semester is almost over, this part of the semester can actually be more stressful than you’d think. And everyone deals with this stress in different ways. I personally love watching movies, and it’s always been a good way to cope with my stress. This semester, I’ve really tried to watch more movies than I typically would during the school year. I’ve decided that I shouldn’t wait until the end of the semester to enjoy my hobbies like I’ve done in the past. Doing things you like for only few months out of the whole year sounds, and is, kind of terrible.
Letterboxd, if you don’t already know, is a social network where users share their opinions about movies. I’ve heard a lot about Letterboxd, but I always thought it would be a lot of work to make an account and if I thought that if I were to start one, I would definitely want to rate all the movies I’ve ever seen, which is probably not going to happen. But I ended up downloading the app anyways because I thought it could help me accomplish my goal.
Setting up the profile was super easy, and the hardest part was honestly picking my top four favorite films to display on my profile. I ended up going with four of my favorites at that moment. So, the four movies I chose were Back to the Future (1985), Interstellar (2014), Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), and IT (2017). I’ve just had a really good time watching all these movies and I think that’s enough to consider them some of my favorites.
After I set up my profile, I got on with rating movies, which has been pretty fun so far. I’ve watched some really good movies in the last few months for the first time, like Miss Congeniality (2000), Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (2020), Wendell & Wild (2022), The Bodyguard (1992), and most recently, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022). The next movie I really want to watch is The Woman King, which just came out this year.
This isn’t to say that everyone reading this needs to make a Letterboxd profile right away. But, if you’ve been super busy these last few months, student or not, I think it’s a good idea to try balancing what you love doing with your other responsibilities (if you don’t already).