Winter Weather … Time to stay indoors – Movie Recommendations

By Molly Lai, Gage Residence Advisor

Winter has finally arrived! The days are cold, rainy and blustery and the weather makes me want to indulge in some of my favorite indoor activities. On the days where you are soaked through within minutes of stepping outside and the wind threatens to lift you off your feet, I do not feel bad about having a lazy day where I curl up on the couch with a bowl of chili and a big wool blanket. Usually I enjoy a good book and a cup of tea but sometimes I want to puzzle.

Around this time of year, my family will haul out the jig-saw puzzles and we will sit for hours putting them together with a movie playing in the background. Puzzles are a very serious undertaking. Things will get thrown (usually a pillow but a clock was tossed at one point), people will get pushed and shoved, and generally the competition is good natured but fierce.

In my family, choosing the movie is almost as intense a sport as our extreme puzzling. My father will want holiday (sort of) movies, my mother will want a good mystery or drama, I will choose a classic movie and my sister will always vote for Harry Potter. So, if you are in the mood for something a little more active than lazing around (and need a break from studying!) grab a good movie and a puzzle and settle to wait out the weather.

Here is our list of movies:


  1. Christmas Story
  2. Miracle on 34th Street
  3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  4. Die Hard (his theory is it takes place in the winter)


  1. The Thomas Crown Affair
  2. The Illusionist
  3. Star Wars
  4. The Sting



  1. Stage Fright
  2. Maltese Falcon
  3. Casablanca
  4. Serenity (I have a special place in my heart for sci-fi)


  1. Harry Potter

If we refuse to watch Harry Potter again she may cave and suggest:

  1. Horton Hears a Who
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Pre

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