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Our Favorite Nostalgic Childhood Movies

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

While scrolling endlessly through all the new television shows and movies, some people find themselves going back to watch “The Office” for the fifth time. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health revealed the brain takes meaningful memories and ties them to contextual events which are eventually stored in our long-term memory. In essence, the brain associates certain memories with emotions or past events. That’s why we feel a certain nostalgia for childhood shows because they allow for us to look back on random memories that have been stored in our long-term memory.

Leila’s favorite nostalgic movie: “Howl’s Moving Castle”

The music and visuals alone are irresistible. I’ve also always admired Sophie for her perseverance and unwavering determination to follow her heart and do what’s right. The lessons of compassion and freedom I’ve learned from this movie have stuck with me to this day.

Aubrey’s favorite nostalgic movie: “My Neighbor Totoro”

My sister and I had first watched “My Neighbor Totoro'' a few months after my parents had separated– I was six and she was four. Still adjusting to the dramatic change in our own life, we connected with Satsuki and Mei as they faced theirs. Finding parts of ourselves in each sister, we learned to accept this new chapter, acknowledging that we had each other to rely on.

Sydney’s favorite nostalgic movie: “While You Were Sleeping”

“While You Were Sleeping” is the cause of my guilty pleasure being romantic comedies. I was deeply enamored by the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman the first time I watched it, and feel the same upon rewatches. With quick-witted comedy and genuine wholesomeness, this movie is perfect to get into the holiday spirit.

Billy’s favorite nostalgic movie: “Matilda”

I was always a fan of Roald Dahl growing up. The movie Matilda was faithful to the novel of the same name, and was also, in fact, the origin of my childhood dog’s name. Matilda was a brilliant, misunderstood child and I perhaps found comfort in that - most kids like believing there is something undeniably special about them, something like psychic powers or high IQ. There’s fun to it, and there’s something undeniably special about being yourself.


Editor(s): Leila W.

Photo Credits: sarandy westfall on Unsplash


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