The Medias’ Favorite Movies!

Being a Media, you have to have a favorite movie, so I asked the Junior Medias and some of the Senior Medias what their favorite movie is, and why: (Listed in alphabetical order)

McLain Boyd, Senior Media: Princess Mononoke (1997) – “I would say that my favorite movie is Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki. The reason why, I mean, it’s just because I love animation, it’s probably my favorite medium of all-time, and Princess Mononoke has everything you would want in a great animated film: amazing story, beautiful animation, wonderful score, and the story is just top-notch. I cry every time I watch it. I guess there’s no specific reason why it’s my favorite movie, the feelings that it gives me makes it my favorite.”

Matthew Cox, Senior Media: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – “No other film affects me in the way like 2001. Films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) or Apocalypse Now (1979) do the same thing, and I love those films so much, but none of them do it like 2001. The cinematography is stunning. The sound design is intoxicating. The film is so intricately detailed, it’s insane. I love the story, and it’s more optimistic and intimate than people give it credit for. It’s more warm and humanist than people give it credit for. It also helps that it’s from my favorite director, Stanley Kubrick. I could watch the film over and over again and still feel like I’m seeing it for the first time.”

Connor Davis, Senior Media: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)- “My favorite movie is Terminator 2 because I saw it with my parent when I was about 8 or 9 and it changed my life, and it’s a major factor of why I’m here today.”

Skyeler Breland, Junior Media: Halloween (1978) – “It’s probably because I am scared of the boogeyman… I just like scary movies. Halloween has one of my favorite actors in it: Jamie Lee Curtis, like the original ‘Scream Queen’, I just love her films.”

Ash Farmer, Junior Media: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) – “I really love Into the Spider-Verse because: 1. The animation is just so gorgeous. 2. I really appreciate how they use, not only a colored person to look up to, but also a hispanic person. 3. The idea of just taking all the previous Spider-Men and putting them into one, which doesn’t sound like a good idea, but they executed it perfectly. It is just an amazing movie.”

Micheal Hart, Junior Media: Frozen II (2019) – “I know it’s terrible but I like the colors.”

Addison Laird, Senior Media: Julie & Julia (2009) – “I like it because it is a very happy movie, but at the same time, it depicts two women, who have struggles and they overcome those struggles, and it’s very nice and I like the relationships in the movie because they’re very nice and they make me happy… for a point of the movie, they’re in Paris and I like Paris, and it’s really nice.”

Micaiah Mayes, Senior Media: Friday (1995) – “I don’t know why it’s just so funny, and every time I watch it over and over again, it just gets funnier.”

Jimena Medina, Junior Media: La La Land (2016) – “I would have to say La La Land because, of the fact that, the lighting is really good and just like the whole cinematography, in general, and it has a really good storyline.”

Kurtai Mitchell, Junior Media: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – “It’s one of those movies you just can never get out of your head. It has a great concept, and the acting, although it’s not that great, lots of movies back then weren’t, it’s an original and a classic. You just gotta love the old horror.”

Ronnie Ries, Senior Media: No Country for Old Men (2007) – “I like this movie so much because of the cinematography, and it’s the same cinematographer as my second favorite film, Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins. I also like how there is absolutely no music, it’s all just natural sounds. Great antagonist, very scary guy. I like the coin-flipping scene. I watched a YouTube video about how that scene was representative of religion…which I thought was kind of cool… I really liked the gunplay in it. [The film] reminded me of that everything is just insignificant.”

Sierra Swims, Junior Media: The Hate U Give (2018) – “It shows real-world events and how some people handle certain things.”

If you like stats, here’s some stats:

  • Genre: Adventure: 4 | Comedy: 4 | Drama: 4 | Science Fiction: 3 | Thriller: 3 | Action: 2 | Crime: 2 | Fantasy: 2 | Horror: 2 | Romance: 2 | Family: 1 | Musical: 1 | Mystery: 1
  • Medium: Live-Action: 8 | Animation: 3
  • Decades: 2010s: 4 | 2000s: 2 | 1990s: 3 | 1980s: 1 | 1970s: 1 | 1960s: 1
  • Foreign Films | 1| Princess Mononoke
  • Oscar Nominated Films – Nominations that end in “(W)” are the awards it won:

Princess Mononoke | While not nominated for an Oscar, it received the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year

2001: A Space Odyssey | 4 Nominations and 1 Win | Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects (W)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day | 6 Nominations and 4 Wins | Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects (W), Best Sound Mixing (W), Best Sound Editing (W), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (W)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse | 1 Nomination and 1 Win | Best Animated Feature (W)

Frozen II | 1 Nomination (Best Original Song)

Julie and Julia | 1 Nomination (Best Actress for Meryl Streep)

La La Land | 12 Nominations and 5 Wins | Best Actress for Emma Stone (W), Best Original Score (W), Best Cinematography (W), Best Director (W), Best Production Design (W), Best Picture, Best Actor for Ryan Gosling, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing

La La Land was the film that was infamously mistaken for the winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards, but later, it was revealed that Moonlight won.

No Country for Old Men | 8 Nominations and 4 Wins | Best Picture (W), Best Adapted Screenplay (W), Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem (W), Best Director (W), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing

The Hate U Give | While not nominated for an Oscar, Amandla Stenberg received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

If enough people like this article, I may very well do one for other disciplines, like “the Vocal’s Favorite Songs” or “the Literary’s Favorite Books”

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