ASU Law provided a list of Summer Movie Recommendations for Admitted Students, and I’ve been going through the list to figure out which movies I’ve already seen and which I want to watch before starting law school in the fall.
Here are the movies that I’ve already seen and a short commentary along with a completely arbitrary and nonsensical rating system.
12 Angry Men
I remember watching this movie in my Social Studies class in 8th grade – even at that time, though, I thought it was amazing. Definitely would recommend. 4 out of 5 one-of-a-kind switchblades.
A Civil Action
I watched this one as an assignment for a recent Law & Society class that I took as part of my undergraduate degree. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and decided to pick up the book – which portrays the main character in a very different way, which makes it interesting. Would recommend. 4 out of 5 bottles of drinking water.
A Few Good Men
I’m a huge fan of Aaron Sorkin so naturally I like this movie. I watched it years ago, before I planned on going to law school, so it’s probably worth a re-watch in the near future. 4 out of 5 murderous marines.
A Time To Kill
Love this movie – I watched it years ago, and again recently because my wife hadn’t ever seen it. It didn’t disappoint the second time around. I downloaded and read the book that the movie was based on and, sadly, was underwhelmed. 5 out of 5 Mickey Mouse tattoos for the movie, though.
This is another movie that I had to watch for my Law & Society class – though I enjoyed this one much less than A Civil Action. I’m not a huge fan of older movies, though, which is probably a reason that I didn’t like it as much. 2 out of 5 pants from me.
I really enjoy musical theatre, so you’d think that the screen adaptation of Chicago would be one of my favorites – however, it’s not. It was a fine movie, for sure, but it didn’t stick with me the way that some of the other movies on this list have. 3 out of 5 Tommy guns.
I remember watching this movie in the 90’s when it first came out – me and my friends were almost a little obsessed with it at the time. I haven’t watched it since, so my rating will be based on my 90’s recollection – for better or for worse. 4 out of 5 huge hog beasts.
John Adams HBO Miniseries
I watched this recently and it did not disappoint. I’ve been interested in Constitutional Law and the American Revolution for a while, so the subject matter was definitely in my wheelhouse. 4 out of 5 revolutionary muskets.
I watched this back around the time that it first came out, and I remember not being thrilled with it. I watched it again, recently, so that I could see if viewing it through the lens of a 0L would change my interpretation – it did not. This is possibly due to the fact that the main character was able to raise her LSAT score from a 143 to a 179 with a preparation montage. If only I had thought of that. 2 out of 5 bedazzled legal pads.
My Cousin Vinny
Another one of those movies that I remember watching in the 90’s, I actually found this one on HBO and watched it again recently. I realized while watching it that I’d never actually seen it all the way through, and I enjoyed watching the full movie. 4 out of 5 cars with positraction.
I watched this movie when it was initially released, and haven’t seen it since. As such, I remember very little about the movie itself, except that I remember Tom Hanks being pretty good. One of the movies that I’ll need to watch again in the near future. 3 out of 5 Wilson volleyballs.
A third film that I was required to watch for my Law & Society class, this one was much darker and more disturbing than the others. With that being said, I thought it was a good movie – 3 out of 5 Jodie Fosters.
The Paper Chase
I watched this one after reading many recommendations on the Internet to do so before attending law school. It’s possible that my expectations were too high, because I was a little disappointed. 3 out of 5 angry Harvard contracts professors.
The Social Network
Another movie written by Aaron Sorkin on the list, and another one of my favorites. I remember searching on the Internet for the depositions that the film was based on after watching it for the first time – loved it. 5 out of 5 likes.
To Kill A Mockingbird
A classic – while it was required reading in my Law & Society class, this was a movie that I had seen before I took that class. I’ve also read the book, which complements the movie without making it seem like the lesser of the two mediums, which is very rare for a book/movie combination. 5 out of 5 Scouts.