BY KILEY BELL
With New Year’s just slightly behind us, most of us are now using these first few days of January to re-evaluate ourselves as we press forward into 2013. The mistakes of last year are somehow forgotten, the flaws we had just weeks ago are now a thing of the past. We make our resolutions, and vow to stick with them, as we strive to have a fresh start and be the best “2013 us” we can be. Here are some movies to get you in the mood for a fresh start whether it’s in love, work, personal goals or family.
Groundhog Day : Literally, just starting over
There is not much to explain about this film. Those who have seen it, love it. Those who haven’t seen it yet, should go watch it. It’s a classic Bill Murray film about starting over the same day (Groundhog Day) again and again until everything is able to go right. If only the rest of us were given that many chances.
Boy A : Starting over after bad behaviour
Starring a relatively then-unknown Andrew Garfield, this movie examines what happens after someone is released from prison and given a new identity for a fresh start. If you’re looking for an uplifting film, it’s safe to say that this won’t be it. But between the superb acting, flashback sequences and the “based on a true story” feel of the movie, it’s definitely worth watching. Also, if you’re like me, make sure you have some kleenex.
Eat Pray Love : Starting over in love
This book-turned-movie is usually praised as the perfect women’s guide to starting over after love falls apart. Whether it’s after a serious divorce or a breakup, Liz Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts) lets women everywhere know that they are worth more than being defined by a man. As the title suggests, it’s time to eat more (without worrying about the calories), pray more (by exploring your spiritual side), and love more (starting cheesily enough with loving yourself).
Save the Last Dance : Starting over after tragedy
Even though it’s one of possibly hundreds of movies about dance, this one will always be one of my favourites. After a family tragedy strikes, a white, midwestern girl (played by Julia Stiles) is forced to move to Chicago where she finds herself part of the minority for once. Coping with making friends, surviving school, having new romance, dealing with death, and trying to find her love for dance again, this movie basically has every form of starting over that you could possibly imagine.
Office Space : Starting over at work
This film is great for anyone that can relate to being stuck in a dead end job that they hate. Between mundane office tasks, a cheating girlfriend, and an unbearable boss (“Umm, I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow…”) main character Peter basically hates his life. After a hypnotist intervenes, Peter finds the benefits in doing what he wants to, how he wants to and when he wants to. Scoring a new girlfriend (played by Jennifer Aniston) and somehow getting a promotion at work without even trying, his life begins to improve.
A student of Centennial’s post-graduate Book and Magazine publishing program, Kiley enjoys spending most of her time crying over Tom Hanks romcoms, watching Downton Abbey and hoping that Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen continue making movies with only each other.