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7 New Years Eve Movies To Run Out Of 2019 With

Avoid a disappointing NYE with these classics.

The holidays are for three things: eating too much, drinking too much and watching corny movies that, at any other point during the year, would be too trashy to bare. Perhaps it’s about time we revisited a couple of New Years Eve movies.

It’s a basic component of being human: experiencing all the feels and so when NYE approaches it’s a prime time to reflect on the year and let all those feels out.

So if expressing your emotions isn’t a strong point, let these 5 extra corny to supremely classic New Years Eve movies inspire you. They’re jam-packed with sentimental scenes, emotional confessions and are bound to do the trick in conjuring up a feeling or two. Get your buckets of ice cream at the ready.

New Years Eve

This film, with its v original title, will be one of your guiltiest pleasures. It’s like the Love Actually of NYE. We absolutely stan a film that follows the trajectories of various people over the course of 24 hours. It’s a storytelling format that never gets boring. The best character is undoubtedly worn-out secretary Ingrid Withers (Michelle Pfeiffer) who quits her crappy job on the day of NYE and enlists Paul Doyle (Zac Efron) to help her complete a series of new years resolutions before the day ends. It’s a whole lotta wholesome.

When Harry Met Sally

This 1989 classic is for lovers of romance. It’s all about Harry and Sally, who disagree on the answer to the question: can a man and woman be friends? The two meet because they’re acquaintances, both recently graduated, who decide to take the drive to New York City together. They start their respective post-grad lives and over the years that follow they run into each other on multiple occasions, many being on NYE. Without giving too much away the film ends with a big ‘ol romantic NYE scene.

Bridget Jones’ Diary

This beloved rom-com kicks off and ends on NYE. Really, what’s more relatable than watching a flawed human struggle through fulfilling her resolutions: quitting smoking and finding a nice dude? It all goes awry, of course, and we watch Jones make some very shit decisions, which makes her all the more likeable. The film ends on a warm and fuzzy note, of course (in Hollywood a crap NYE doesn’t exist, duh). Bridget Jones Diary is essential viewing for anyone who felt like their 2019 was a hot n flaming mess.

Ghostbusters

Fulfil all your nostalgic desires by slapping on Ghostbusters, the original 1984 version. The film follows a bunch of spirit-hunters whose ghost-busting business is going dismally – that is until they catch news of a paranormal encounter threatening all of humanity. This story follows the classic dark horse storyline and ends on – you guessed it – a NYE scene. If you’re into corny flicks but romcoms aren’t your thing, Ghostbusters is the way to go.

200 Cigarettes

The vintage vibes in this film are hardcore, the 80’s outfits are out-of-this-world and the cast… It’s pretty darn decent. In 200 Cigarettes you can see the early careers of Ben Affleck, Paul Rudd, Dave Chapelle, Courtney Love and Kate Hudson. But a big positive point for this film is that it follows multiple characters NYE experiences, so it keeps a good pace. 200 Cigarettes is more realistic in that it portrays a series of NYEs that have gone pretty dismally, an occurrence we can all relate to. However, it’s an indie hit, so don’t expect the typical bells and whistles found in Hollywood flicks.

The Godfather II

If you’ve never watched the Godfather I and II, make NYE the time. These 1972 and 1974 American crime films are certified classics – they’re long ones though, so be prepared to saddle up. The Godfather centres on Don Vito Corelone, a mob boss who uses his power (aka. corrupt activities) to threaten others into doing what he wants. There’s an obscene amount of murder in both films – so if you’re not good with on-screen death, stay clear. The Godfather II features a big, suspenseful NYE scene but rest assured there’s no NYE kiss or fireworks here.

New Year’s Eve is the time to metaphorically scream a big “eff you” to that co-worker who made your year hell or release the memory of that person who smashed up your heart. And really, what better way to do so than to pull off a good ol’ New Years Eve movies binge? Grab the company of a friend and an unhealthy amount of takeaway food and you’re set.

The Bachelorette Proves That No One Is Immune To Insecurity

Even Angie, our light-hearted qween has fallen victim.

This Bachelorette season has introduced us to some rather large characters. Dudes with actual personalities, daring style choices, made up words, Photoshopped celeb pics, long hair and whole lot of guy-liner worn with style and ease.

But over the last few weeks cracks have begun to show in even the most confident of contestants. This season of The Bachelorette is proof that there’s just something about isolating 21 suitors and inserting a single lady in the mix that shines a light on insecurity.

Take The Bachelorette contestant Timm, for example. He’s so larger-than-life and likeable that he’s essentially assumed the role of basically narrating the entire season. He’s bold, witty and unashamedly bogan. Yet last night’s episode saw him crumble into a pile of nerves whilst on a single date with Angie. It was plain awkward watching him struggle to make conversation. Later, he confessed his feelings had grown so strong that he completely freaked out on their date, not knowing what to say or do.

Yes, even goofy Timm suffers from that thing us common-folk do: crush so hard you become overwhelmingly aware of your every word, facial expression, and bodily movement. His insecurity rolled back round even harder at the cocktail party, when he all but dived between Angie and Ryan after they’d spent less than five minutes talking to each other.

Lest we forget the unfaltering confidence of The Bachelorette sweetheart, Ciarran, who within his first few minutes of being on-screen called himself “a sexual Willy Wonka.” The man literally stripped naked for a group date and seemingly had not a care in the world about being fully nude on national tele and in front of Angie.  

Despite all this BDE, he was the contestant most visibly peeved about intruder Ryan. He stormed off in a huff after Ryan seized one-on-one time with Angie at a cocktail party. Apparently, it was an unfair move because he’d had a single date with her that same day. I can’t help but wonder: was this jealousy dressed up as distaste?

Carlin, on the other hand, is the inspiration for every contestant’s insecurity: his perfectly zjooshed hair, tan and smile are threatening with a capital T. Jamie’s jealousy saw him attempting to drag Carlin’s name through the dirt by telling Angie he was only on the show to further his acting career. And that’s when the humorous, light-hearted Angie fell victim to pesky, old insecurity. The blood drained from her face when she “found out” about Carlin’s supposed ulterior motives. She became instantly worried that Carlin was a fake.

What it is about The Bachelorette that feeds on insecurity? Perhaps it’s just one of those things you can’t describe until you’ve experienced it yourself. Whatever the case, it appears this environment makes people fall pretty hard and fast. A hardcore recipe for insecurity when you’ve got about 21 others vying for the heart of your big, phat, massive crush.

It’s 2019, Of Course World Events Are Giving Us Serious Mental Health Issues

Can you get “gaslighted” by Donald Trump?

In the wake of some massive world events, like The United States’ election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the climate crisis, researchers are beginning to explore how these political developments are impacting our mental health.

Is it really possible for Donald Trump, a complete stranger albeit a public figure, to cause “toxic stress” in the lives of American citizens? Is eco-anxiety real? And what about that guy who experienced the first “Brexit-induced psychosis?”

The ultimate question here is: do these psychological terms describing our response to events have any real merit?

Let’s investigate.

Donald Trump Causing ‘Toxic Stress’ In The US

According to US academics, Dominic Sisti & Cynthia Baum-Baicker, those left stooped by Trump’s election “might now be experiencing a form of toxic stress.” Apparently, such stress may be heightened by the “belligerent, unpredictable, and sometimes bizarre behaviour of the President himself.”

‘Toxic stress’ is defined by prolonged exposure to stressful situations. According to these professors, the President’s ever-changing and random implementation of policies relating to travel, immigration, healthcare, small business and investment markets “leaves millions of people wondering what is next.”

But this duo of professors takes things further by stating that Trump may have the capacity to gaslight the public. They describe his denial of saying and doing things as “a common form of abuse sometimes called gaslighting.” They also highlight how the US’ Crisis Text Line, a support service for those contemplating suicide, experienced a dramatic spike in traffic a week after the election. 

That’s a bit yikes.

Climate Change Causing ‘Eco-Anxiety’ Across The World

‘Climate anxiety’ or ‘Eco-Anxiety’ are terms that have emerged out of our growing awareness of the climate crisis. In fact, in 2017, the first full report into mental health and climate change was published by the American Psychology Association (APA).

According to the journal, the term refers to “feelings of loss and fear as species go extinct, seas rise above creature’s habitats and plant life is ruined by climate disasters.” To cope with ‘Eco-Anxiety’ the researchers suggest fostering optimism, active coping skills, practices that provide a sense of meaning and staying connected to friends and family.

Literally.

The Brexit Causing A ‘Psychotic Break’ In The UK

It’s a wild thought to have: the uncertainty perpetuated by the UK’s departure from the EU has led to one man’s mental breakdown but that’s exactly what’s happened.

A British man has experienced the first-ever diagnosed case of Brexit-induced psychosis, according to the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The man in his 40s was brought to the emergency room three weeks after the Brexit referendum in 2016. During psychosis, he attempted burrowing through the hospital floor. His wife attests that his symptoms began post-referendum. He also had no history of mental illness and wasn’t abusing alcohol or drugs. 

“Political events can be a source of significant psychological stress,” said Dr Mohammad Zia Ul Haq Katshu, who treated the man and contributed to the BMJ report on the episode.

Are we really, though?

Media attention towards phrases such as ‘eco-anxiety’ and ‘toxic stress’ can make it feel like these phenomena are pervasive and imminent. But the reality is that not enough time has passed since these world occurrences and there really hasn’t been enough research to verify the prevalence of these psychological experiences.

One thing’s for sure: if the world continues on its reckless path, perhaps terms like these will become quite recognised side-effects of our circumstances and I don’t think anyone’s ready for that.

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