My personal favorite movie is “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” Although it may not portray a college experience at all similar to my own, I’ve long found it to be simply one of the funniest movies ever.
-Vincent Damiri ’23, Communication Major
“My Fair Lady.” I saw it for the first time when I was ten years old. The wonderful music and beautiful production drew me in, but as I watched, I drew inspiration from Eliza. She showed me that person born into circumstances not the best could move beyond them, with determination as well as intelligence. As I grew older, I appreciated Shaw’s satire–if a poorly-educated, almost homeless girl could learn enough to convince the high and mighty that she was royalty, then what did society’s airs and graces really mean?
-Clare Wagner Peterson ’76
My favorite movie is “Goonies.” It is my favorite movie because of the characters. Even when things are dangerous, they still have friendships and stick together.
-Jocelyne Hashem ’21, Liberal Studies Major
As a huge classic movie buff, it’s hard to pick a favorite movie – although Oliver Stones’ 1986 Oscar-winning film, “Platoon,” would certainly be among the best. This film took me weeks to “shake off” and it opened my eyes in a way that no other film had done to that point.
-Lydia Szyjka ’09
“Thirteen Days”, from 2000, is my favorite movie. This political thriller focuses on the relationship between President Kennedy, his brother Robert and his advisor Kenneth O’Donnell. The action occurs during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The “edge of your seat” feeling as the movie progresses is what captivated me, to see the will and strength of these men during those long days. The use of black and white news footage from that era going to color in the present really made me feel that I was there.
-James Murray, Professor of Chemistry
The timeless classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is my favorite movie. It makes you think about the question “What would it be like for your family, friends, and people you know, if you had not been there?” An angel helps George Bailey, on the brink of despair, to see the positive impact his life has had on others. The movie’s messages offer inspiration and hope. It’s a reminder that each of our lives makes a difference to others. I look forward to watching it again this Christmas!
-Sister Peggy McDonald, IHM, Professor of Theology
My favorite movie is “The Greatest Showman” for its vitality, music, and dancing. More deeply, it portrays a message of hope, family, comfort, and love for those people who are still too often shunned by our society. I enjoyed the circus as a child, and even though there were unspeakable abuses of people and animals behind the scenes, I am saddened to think that this experience is no longer available for my grandchildren.
-Kathryn Kroeger Anderson ‘70
The next question is: Where were you on September 11, 2001?