Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, which means it’s unofficially summertime. Among the many fun activities of the season, beating the heat at the local Cineplex is at the top of many students’ lists. However, you may get ragged by people that cite you’re wasting your time at the movies (especially if you think the latest Hangover movie is going to be as good as the original). But in fact, some of this summer’s blockbusters pertain to what you may be studying or someday study in college.
Here are 5 movies for 5 majors:
1. World War Z and Homeland Security
Zombies have overrun the earth. What do you do? This topic is actually a course at some colleges across the country. Sure, it’s far-fetched (since no real zombie has ever been reported), but zombie movies teach you about planning in the event of a disaster.
2. What Maisie Knew and Literature
It’s a modern-day story about the child of a rock star mom (Julianne Moore) and an art dealer dad (Steve Coogan), but believe it or not, this movie is based on the Henry James novel by the same title from 1897. Talk about timeless. Comparing the movie to the original novel would be something great to talk about with teachers and professors when you return to school in the fall.
3. The Internship and Information Technology
Two out-of-work (and out-of-date) salesmen (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson) compete for jobs at Google through an intense intern competition with students half their age. This movie may not necessarily teach you the ins and outs of database systems and algorithms, but it will show you the lengths to which it takes to work for a tech giant. It will also show you it pays to stay up-to-date with industry trends (how do Vince and Owen NOT know that you can do interviews through the computer?).
4. Greetings from Tim Buckley and Music History and Literature
Don’t let the title fool you: This movie is actually about American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley and the days leading up to a tribute performance to his father. Learn a bit about a gone-before-his-time musician and bask in the hotness that is Penn Badgley.
5. The Bling Ring and Psychology and Counseling, Criminology, and Behavioral Sciences
This movie is based on actual events surrounding the “Hollywood Hills Burglars,” when a group of fame-driven teenagers decided to rob the homes of celebrities. There are many majors that can be applied to this movie. Psychologist skills: How would you diagnose these young men and women? Criminology skills: What’s the best punishment? Behavioral science skills: Why do they behave the way they behave?
What movies do you plan on learning something from this summer? Were there some movies/majors we missed?