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December 2016

Editors’ Picks Saturday Night In: Our Favorite Movies

Edited by Hattie MacAndrews

Our summer fun filled with beach barbeques, sidewalk cafes, and al fresco cocktail parties has come to a screeching halt as the cooler temperatures send us scurrying indoors. Of course, we’ll brave the cold for a night on the town, but we want to keep our indoor options open. For those nights—or days—when you feel like hibernating, grab a bottle of wine and some tasty treats and plant yourself in front of one of the PageDaily editors’ all-time favorite movies.

For Girls’ Movie Night: Almost Famous
My favorite movie for Saturday-night-in has to be Almost Famous. It has all of the ingredients for a perfect girls’ night—enviable fashion, a star-studded cast, including Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel, an amazing soundtrack, and a fun, entertaining plot!—Colleen Hagerty
Buy Almost Famous, $9.99, at amazon.com

World’s Top-Grossing Movie: Avatar
I had a hard time choosing my favorite movie, and then I thought, it has to be a movie that you can watch an infinite number of times, a movie that kept you saying WOW the first time you saw it. My choice: the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide . . . Avatar. It’s not the story that makes it great, it’s everything else. The colors, the effects, the technology behind it, the message, the world (which is spectacular), the way the characters connect to animals. A language was even invented for the movie! You can’t die without having watched this movie, so if you haven’t, seriously, go now!—Daniela Apeloig
Buy Avatar, $18.99, at amazon.com

Big Movie Fun: Big Trouble in Little China
I could watch John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China any day of the week, in any number of days in a row, and never get tired of it. The same goes with Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.—Andy Betsch
Buy Big Trouble in Little China, $9.49, at barnesandnoble.com

Hitchcock Movie Magic: Charade
For me this film has all the right ingredients to be great: suspense, adventure, comedy, romance, Paris as the backdrop, and most importantly, the star team of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. It’s known as “the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made”, and I have to say I agree.—Olivia Hayes
Buy Charade, $9.99, at amazon.com

Movie Riff on a Literary Classic: Clueless
Clueless is hands-down my favorite movie because it never ceases to entertain me. I can watch this movie 1,000 times and not get sick of it. In fact, I probably have, since I can quote it practically word for word. Cute, romantic, and downright funny, a classic for any child who grew up in the ’90s (and an updated riff on Jane Austen’s Emma). The fashion is amazing, the characters are hilarious, the plot is entertaining. I mean, what more could a girl ask for?—Katrina Caspelich
Buy Clueless, $22.74, at amazon.com

Fashion Movie Favorite: The Devil Wears Prada
My favorite movie of all time is The Devil Wears Prada. I literally sat in the movie theater gushing over all the designer clothes and accessories. I knew this movie had to be made for me! Anne Hathaway’s character even inspired me to get my very first blunt bang haircut—I swear I was one of the firsts (before it became trendy).—Lindsay Hahn
Buy The Devil Wears Prada, $12.49, at amazon.com

With a Great Movie Soundtrack: Empire Records
I usually have an impossible time choosing my favorite “fill in the blank” . . . But when it comes to my favorite movie, easy-peasy, Empire Records! An amazing soundtrack (I’ve been told I lost my calling as a DJ), bad boys, Liv Tyler, and ’90s fashion. It can’t get better than this. I’m not even embarrassed to admit I can recite the movie, line-for-line.—Lindsay Leff
Buy Empire Records, $17.99, at barnesandnoble.com

Three-Hankie Movie: Forrest Gump
My favorite movie of all time, as cheesy as this might sound, has got to be Forrest Gump, starring my eternal movie-star crush, Tom Hanks. (I know it’s kind of weird, but I can’t help it. I just love him.) I don’t think I’ve ever made it through that movie without crying. Literally, just listening to the music from it can bring tears to my eyes. I’m also a bit of a history nerd, so I love living with Forrest through the ages, and the movie’s feel-good message is unbelievably uplifting.—Kate Bryan
Buy Forrest Gump, $8.98, at amazon.com

Action Movie Perfection: Indiana Jones Trilogy
You might not know it to look at me, but I LOVE action movies. And any time the Indiana Jones movies are on, I’m there—Harrison Ford as Indy, plus Sean Connery as his father? Casting genius! It’s got everything you need to enjoy it over and over—action, archaeology, romance, adventure, and a healthy dose of snarky humor. The scene with sword vs. pistol? Never gets old!—Nancy Rotenier, Editor-in-Chief
Buy Indiana Jones Trilogy, $39.99, at target.com

The Holiday Movie Classic: It’s a Wonderful Life
Plopping myself on the couch, putting a good movie on, and eating an absurd amount of buttery popcorn is one of my favorite things to do, so picking my all-time favorite film is a toughy. But for a movie that I could watch over and over and never get sick of—It’s a Wonderful Life. About an angel who shows a desperate businessman what life would have been like if he had never been born, the man comes to realize the positive impact he has had on everyone in his life. I love the inspiring message, and it brings me close to home—my family has watched it together every Christmas since I was born.—Kimberly Hedmark
Buy It’s a Wonderful Life, $18, at amazon.com

Of All the Movies in All the Lists: The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon is one of Humphrey Bogart’s more memorable films. A private detective takes on a case that involves him with 3 eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. What I love about this film is that it takes you into a different world of black-and-white film, which my generation is not used to. It really sets the mood. And a smoke machine gives the necessary mysterious vibe. Humphrey Bogart’s sly attitude and manipulative ways create suspense, because you never know what his next move is going to be. The film is captivating.—Noelle Mihalinec
Buy The Maltese Falcon, $17.49, at amazon.com

Romantic Comedy Movie Gem: Notting Hill
Although the mechanic monster and purple blood in Jaws get me every time, Notting Hill has to be my favorite movie. Anything associated with Richard Curtis is genius: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Notting Hill is perfection on a screen— it’s funny, romantic, dorky, and did I mention funny?! You are not complete if you haven’t seen this film.—Hattie MacAndrews
Buy Notting Hill, $10.49, at amazon.com

Coen Brothers Movie Mayhem: Raising Arizona
Raising Arizona, the 1987 Coen brothers flick with Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman. It’s a story about an ex-con and a cop who resort to kidnapping in a hare-brained attempt to raise a child. Incredibly quirky, funny, and inventive. But also a heartfelt, forgiving look at what it means to be a couple and to have a family.—William Hall
Buy Raising Arizona, $11.99, at amazon.com

Movie Biography Moving to the Beat: Selena
Selena Quintanilla was Mexican-American. I was born in Peru and raised in Miami. So I guess there’s reason for me to feel somehow connected. Except for one very important thing. She sang like an angel, and I can’t even carry a tune! I saw Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez, when I was 12, with my parents and younger brother. Two hours later, I had laughed, loved, and cried for the first time in a movie. I’ve always loved dancing, including salsa and merengue, so her quickly moving hips and famous spins across the stage kept me hooked. I hated Yolanda, related to her family, and worshipped Selena. It’s the best movie I’ve seen to date!—Dania Slochowski
Buy Selena, $5.99, at amazon.com

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