Journal staff’s movie picks

Which movies we just can't get enough of

Scenes from the Journal staff's favourite films.
Scenes from the Journal staff's favourite films.
Photo illustration by Josh Granovsky

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Year-in, year-out, you’ll find me in my parent’s house, ugly crying on the sofa as Jimmy Stewart wishes a ‘Merry Christmas’ to that “old Building and Loan.” Sure, the film shows its age: you see it as soon as George is introduced as being frightened by his wife’s self-sufficient job. But underneath this, you start to see a slow-moving tragedy as George loses small battles over the course of the years. It’s bleak but also the reason I return to that sofa every Christmas Eve — when George wishes a Merry Christmas, it’s because he’s earned it.

Nick Pearce, Arts Editor

The Truman Show (1998)

My favourite movie of all time is The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey. Its man-on-TV-but-has-no-idea premise is hilarious, heartbreaking and ... oh yeah, it's about my life. I live on Truman Street, I once found a camera in my laundry hamper and one time on vacation, a woman even approached me to tell me she “loved my show.” Producers, consider this your final warning: give me a better love interest or I walk.

— Josh Granovsky, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Who doesn’t love a classic rom-com with a realistic end game? When Harry Met Sally is much slower and dialogue-based than most movies these days but that’s what makes it so good. Watching Harry and Sally sit in a car, deli or department store talking about relationships is extremely relatable and will never get old. Plus, that iconic “I’ll have what she’s having” line seals the deal.

— Shivani Gonzalez, Lifestyle Editor

Life of Pi (2001)

One of my favourite movies is Life of Pi because it’s a consistent reminder that the world is a lot bigger than we imagine. It inspires wanderlust but also instills humility in knowing while we, as humans, consider ourselves as a powerful species, mother nature matches up the same, if not more, every time. It’s also truly a visual masterpiece.

— Jasnit Pabla, Assistant News Editor

Lost in Translation (2003)

My dad and I always say Lost in Translation is the perfect movie — it’s simultaneously funny, poignant and reassuring. The cinematography and soundtrack are also beautiful. The plotline follows Bill Murray as an aging actor befriending Scarlett Johansson’s college graduate in a Tokyo hotel. It’s refreshing to see the characters deeply connect across their age divide without a romantic relationship. Also, Bill Murray wears an Ed Hardy t-shirt and sings karaoke.

— Meredith Wilson-Smith, Copy Editor

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

My favourite film is the Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson. Every time I watch it, I realize that it’s just the escapist masterpiece I need to soothe my worries. It’s both emotionally engaging and visually delighting — keeping me laughing for a solid two hours as each new frame presents a visual masterpiece.

— Rebecca Frost, Graphics Editor

The Princess Bride (1987)

My favourite movie is The Princess Bride, because: Billy Crystal.

— Ashley Rhamey, Editorials Editor

The Cider House Rules (1985)

This movie isn’t too well known but it’s a beautiful, heartwarming and emotional story. It tackles a lot of really important issues in a blunt, direct way and the soundtrack is wonderful. The Cider House Rules is based off of one of my all-time favourite books, written by John Irving in the mid-1980s when many of the topics he discussed were still taboo. Quite frankly, you can’t really go wrong with a movie that includes Michael Caine.

— Sarina Grewal, Assistant News Editor

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