The Top 5 Flicks To Prepare You For Black Friday
Between camping in front of major retailers and running with the late-night stampedes, Black Friday can be rather stressful and chaotic. In order to help you brave through the blistering cold and the frantic mob, we have selected five films that will mentally prepare you for the biggest shopping day of the year.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Summary: Milos Forman’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST focuses on Randal Patrick McMurphy’s (Jack Nicholson) experiences inside a psychiatric hospital. After numerous run ins with the law, prisoner McMurphy successfully tricks the penal system into transferring him to a mental hospital for psychiatric care. Despite McMurphy’s sanity, his reckless personality helps him assimilate to the hospital and rally the patients to question their treatment. McMurphy’s rebellious manner catches the attention of the steely Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), sparking an internal power struggle between the two opposing characters.
Key Takeaway: When it comes to Black Friday, the relativity of sanity/insanity is never more apparent. Sure, some people may call it insane to camp outside of a department store for days… But have they seen those prices?!
Strangers on a Train (1951) Summary: Alfred Hitchcock’s STANGERS ON A TRAIN centers around a psychopath’s plan to commit the perfect murder. While riding a train, Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) suggests to Guy Haines (Farley Granger) they should swap murders with each other in order to get away with the crime. In this case, Guy will kill Bruno’s father if Bruno kills Guy’s unfaithful wife. Although Guy dismisses their chat as merely small talk, Bruno believes Guy has agreed to carry out the swap. When Bruno commits to the plan and murders Guy’s wife, Bruno tries to coerce Guy into following through with their plan.
Key Takeaway: It can’t hurt to ask someone else to do your Black Friday shopping. Yes, the chances are slim. However, if you manage to find someone, not only should you make sure they agree to the plan, but also prepare yourself to fulfill your end of the bargain.
High Noon (1952) Summary: Fred Zinnemann’s HIGH NOON illustrates the story of a small town marshal waiting to confront a vicious gunslinger. Shortly after marshal Will Kane’s (Gary Cooper) wedding, Kane is informed a criminal he arrested, Frank Miller(Ian MacDonald), is heading to town for revenge. Miller and his ruthless posse are expected to arrive in town at noon. Instead of going on his honeymoon, Kane decides to stay in town to face Miller. Kane attempts to form his own posse, however the townspeople turn their backs on him. As the clock ticks closer to noon, Kane finds himself alone, waiting to battle Frank Miller and his lawless gang.
Key Takeaway: No luck finding a replacement? Facing Black Friday alone? Use HIGH NOON as inspiration to confront adversity and handle stress. Stay cool, calm and collected. The anticipation of Miller’s train arriving to town rivals the anticipation of stores opening on Black Friday. You’ll feel like Will Kane as you stare at your watch and count down the minutes.
World War Z (2013) Summary: Marc Forster’s WORLD WAR Z tracks one man’s extensive journey to stop a zombie apocalypse. Former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family live a comfortable life until they find themselves in the middle of a sudden zombie outbreak. While fending off the zombie horde, the Lane family coordinates with a former UN contact to have themselves rescued. After the Lanes are successfully saved, Gerry joins an expert team of scientists and soldiers in an international investigation to find the cause of the outbreak.
Key Takeaway: Once those doors open, it’s survival of the fittest. Have a strategy and stick to it. Most important of all: keep moving.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (2013) Summary: Steven Spielberg’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK follows the adventures of an archeologist in search for a rare biblical artifact. After an archeological expedition mishap in South America, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is hired by the U.S government to retrieve a priceless chest before the Nazis acquire it. Eager to find the ancient relic, Jones sets off on an international scavenger hunt in order to unearth the legendary “Ark of the Covenant.”
Key Takeaway: Congratulations, you found the Holy Grail of discounts! But don’t get too comfortable, you still need to get to the register before it’s too late.
In case you don’t have enough time to watch five films, here is the condensed option:
Battlefield Earth (2000) Summary: Roger Christian’s BATTLEFIELD EARTH documents a group of enslaved humans that rebel against their alien captors. In the year 3000, a calculating alien race, known as Psycholos, have invaded Earth. The Psycholos have enslaved all mankind and force humans to strip the planet of its natural resources. The long period of human enslavement has made any survivors fall into a primal consciousness. Humanity seems doomed until one primitive man named Tyler (Barry Pepper) decides to stand up for mankind and take the fight to the Psycholos. BATTLEFIELD EARTH is decorated with numerous distinction, including nine Razzies and a 3% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Key Takeaway: If you can get through this, you can get through anything.
Happy hunting Black Friday shoppers!