National Classic Movie Day!
Whenever my family and I visit the theater, we make sure to get a bucket of warm, buttery, popcorn to share and various flavors of brain-freezing ICEE drinks. We get comfy in our seats – middle row of course – giggling at our own jokes and reaching over one another for a popped kernel. Movies at home are just about the same, save for untraditional movie snack options and there’s more often than not a lot of conversation about the film of the night!
It’s National Classic Movie day! Today we celebrate the wide variety of classic films that have shaped or left an impact on society. These films have been passed down through generations, have become icons in Pop Culture, or has shaped our day to day lives with it’s ideas and exceptional storytelling. Without a doubt, most individuals watch a movie or two before they turn in for the night and we’d like to share with you a few of our favorite classic films! As an added bonus, each of these films have significant scenes and plots based around postal mail. We like mail, you like mail, and films that use it as part of the plot are a definite must watch! Minor spoiler warning for those who may not have watched these films!
Psst! Spoilers ahead!
Back To The Future (1985)
Starting with the eldest movie in our list, Back to The Future features a hand-written letter as a key point in the story! Marty McFly, before returning to the year 1985, writes a letter in the year 1955 to his friend Dr. Emmett Brown. This letter would not be opened by Dr. Emmett Brown until 1985. The contents of the letter? A warning that saves Dr. Emmett Brown’s life!
Forrest Gump (1994)
In cherished classic film featuring Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump is found writing letters “not every day, but almost” to the love of his life, Jenny. Later on when he’s in the hospital, all of the letters that he wrote were returned to him as she was no longer residing in her childhood home. The scene itself contrasts with another towards the end of the film where present day Forrest is at the bus stop because of a letter Jenny had sent to him.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Set in the age of email, this entire romantic comedy is centered around the premise of fast, digital mail and it’s ability to keep the two main characters engaged in an anonymous, romantical relationship, while the two are also convinced of their hate for one another in real life. It’s a charming classic on the “pass the love note” genre with a digital age twist!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter’s most important scene is the starting point for the entire series. Harry receives his Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, a flood of them, when his caretakers attempt to keep them out of his sight. This letter, like many other’s throughout the series, is delivered by a Postal Owl, a wizarding mailing system!
By Micaela Dixon, Postalocity Translator / Published MAY 16TH, 2023
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