32 films every English major should stream
Whether Harriet the spy is the film that created the English majors, Hours is the film that cements them in place. Having feelings for this film outside of deep, melancholy adoration is unacceptable for anyone with a BA in bed. How does it impose itself so firmly as THE quintessence of an English major? Let me (and Elizabeth Barrett Browning) count the paths:
1. The whole film revolves around Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dallowayand one of the film’s triptychs of stories focuses on Woolf’s (Nicole Kidman) writing of the classic novel.
2. The film is adapted from Hours by Michael Cunningham, a modern classic in itself that won the Pulitzer in 1999.
3. Meryl Streep plays a book publisher throwing a party.
4. The party is for his friend, a poet (Ed Harris), who has won a prestigious literary award but is dying of AIDS.
5. Basically everyone in the movie is queer (Kidman, Streep, Harris, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Jeff Daniels), and if a census from my college’s English department means anything, I think a a good part of the English majors are queer.
Also, it should be noted that Toni Collette is breathtaking in her only scene. Like some of the best actors of our generation. Mrs. Collette said she would steal the film herself!
Watch it on HBO Max.