Four movies that changed my life

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This is the final installment in the saga of movie reviews I?have written
for The News over the past few years. Enjoy. – Charlotte Kyle, Features Editor


“Harriet the Spy”

     When “Harriet the Spy” hit theaters back in 1996 I?was completely obsessed. My future became more apparent with each additional viewing of that bright orange?VHS tape. No, I?didn’t have to be a spy – I?had to be a writer.

     Like most kids in my grade, I?carried around a notebook (just like Harriet’s)?and wrote about everything I?could. I wanted to know it all, and that’s why I?became a journalist.

“Shattered Glass”

     I?first saw “Shattered Glass”?while attending a high school journalism workshop at University of Kentucky. I?was intrigued by the film for two reasons. The first was a purely superficial reason, I?admit it: Hayden Christensen was adorable as the young journalist Stephen Glass.

     The second was Glass’ story. He made up sources, quotes and entire articles. It’s a shining example of what not to do.

“10 Things I Hate About You”

     My friends and I?have watched “10 Things I?Hate About You” enough times to quote it, line-by-line, as we watch it. The movie has an amazing cast and is probably my favorite Heath Ledger flick.
The movie didn’t teach me how to do anything special, but it reminded me of the importance of having a group of friends you can count on to finish your movie quotes.

“Empire Records”

My love of music and Ethan Embry collided with 1995’s “Empire Records,”?a movie where cinematic excellence is only rivaled by an amazing soundtrack.
The film reminds me to live in the moment and stand up for what I believe in, whether it’s true love or an awesome independent record store. My life is changing, but I?know I?mustn’t dwell – no, not on Rex Manning Day.