Monday, May 25, 2015

New York in Film

For about a week now, my life has essentially consisted of two things: being sick and watching Netflix, and let me tell you the former gets old really fast. The first day was fine. I mean it's basically an excuse to lay in bed all day sleeping, and watching television, and no, I'm not above having my parents bring soup to my bed. 

Side Note: I've been home in good old Pennsylvania since my graduation. My parents didn't weirdly come to New York because I was sick. That would be excessive. 

Anyway, I steadily felt worse after that first day and now I'm just over the whole being sick thing. So,  sadly, I don't have any fun adventure or outfit to share with you today since I've basically been one of those old people from Willy Wonka who can't leave their communal bed for the past week. 

Instead, get excited because I'm bringing you a list of some of my favorite movies set in New York. This list is evidence that 1. I'm having serious NYC withdrawal and 2. I've watched way too much television over the last week. 

Andddddd here we go:

When Harry Met Sally 
Oh, Nora Ephron. In her films you can pretty much count on New York City being a character in itself. There are strolls through a crisp, orange, Central Park, dinner at the famous Katz Delicatessen, a snowy christmas tree selection on the sidewalk and a day spent at the Met. Of course, this is all surrounding a brilliant, romantic and hilarious story starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. After watching, I promise you'll understand why Ephron's films are often called love letters to the city. 

The Devil Wears Prada
I live to watch Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly tell Anne Hathaway that "it's just drizzling out" during a hurricane while demanding a flight into New York. Ughh it's the best. Also, this movie just feels like New York, from Andy's small apartment to the magazine photo shoot in Central Park. Not to mention the on point New York street style. 

You've Got Mail 
Of course, I'm putting a second Nora Ephron film on this list. This is my absolute favorite movie to watch when I'm sick and also one of my favorite movies of all time. You'll see Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan grocery shopping in Zabar's, ordering coffee in Starbucks, eating Hot Dog's in Gray's Papaya, sipping lattes in Cafe Lalo, and rendezvousing in Riverside Park. When you think about it, they basically just eat their way through the Upper West Side, and it's perfect. 

Eloise at the Plaza
I feel like it would be so much fun to live in any hotel, let alone to live at the Plaza Hotel. Eloise does hotel shenanigans better than any kid (sorry Zack and Cody) and is just so New York City. From shooing pigeons off of her balcony to telling room service to "charge it please and thank you very much," she's an adorable representation of the city's spirited residents.  

Audrey Hepburn is everything in this movie making it my all time favorite. From a mansion on Long Island to the big business sky scrapers of the city, it's all a very glamorous portrayal of New York. As a bonus, there's even an equally glamorous trip to Paris thrown into what's a quite funny and beautiful love story. 

So, If you're longing for a little New York City in your life or you're in New York and just don't feel like going outside, you should probably watch one of these movies. And if you're sick like me, then you should probably watch all of them in bed while eating chicken noodle soup because that's what I'll be doing. 

Also Side Note: I didn't mean to make your life totally difficult but none of these movies are on instant Netflix at the moment. I just own them all. That one was my bad, forgive me. 
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