Notes from Crew Quarters: PN Goes to the Movies
Since summer is the time for blockbuster movies, the Passages North crew weighed in on the movies they think everybody should watch.
Rachael Belmore, Associate Nonfiction Editor
Everyone should watch *batteries not included at least once because Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are adorable.
Mike Berry, Associate Fiction Editor
As an avid fan of 1980's cheeseball movies, it gets no better than Real Genius. I just want someone I can back-and-forth Val Kilmer one liners with because I'm pretty sure I'm the only living person left who enjoyed this movie.
Annie Bilancini, Associate Fiction Editor
I'll tell them to watch Mermaids. Because it's the best movie that was ever made. #CherandWinoforever
Jacque Boucher, Spoken Word Poetry
Everyone should watch the 1993 classic Demolition Man. It's a must-see not only because it serves as a stark reminder for the importance of injecting humanity into sterile circumstances, but because it includes some of the best catchphrases of any action movie ever. Namely, "SIMON SAYS BLEED!"
James Dyer, Associate Nonfiction Editor
Battlefield Earth. Because while you were still learning how to spell your name, I was being trained to conquer galaxies.
Paige Frazier, Associate Nonfiction Editor
A Trip to the Moon. It's a 15 minute movie made in 1902. It's on Netflix and has been colorized. It's awesome to see what people imagined was on the moon in 1902. Plus it's very trippy if you're into that sorta thing.
Matt Ftacek, Associate Poetry Editor
I just watched Nightcrawler recently and thought it was fantastic. It offers a dark, critical look at American news media and what the camera isn't showing you. It's also a killer neo-noir flick.
Willow Grosz, Associate Fiction Editor
Lo. a low budget romantic horror comedy filmed in 3 days.
Timston Johnston, Fiction Editor
Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin's super-confident claim that speaking in movies is senseless, that body language is more effective at showing love than making it the climax of any you-had-me-at-hello dialogue.
John LaPine, Associate Nonfiction Editor
Moon, for your independent outerspace fix.
Jason Teal, Associate Poetry Editor
Face-Off 2: The Facing Off. Shenanigans ensue once again over Nicolas Cage's iconic mug in this 3-D rom com starring Reese Witherspoon. Produced by Adam Sandler and kickstarted by thousands of fans, this is a blockbuster that is guaranteed to break new cinematic ground. Or just read a book.
Matt Weinkam, Managing Editor
Snowpiercer: the best action-horror ecocritical allegory for capitalism set on a train since Thomas the Tank Engine.
Andrea Wuorenmaa, Associate Nonfiction Editor
Watch Anatomy of a Murder for some scenes of Marquette County over fifty years ago. Then, come north to tour the set locations. (I'm just always trying to get people to come to the Upper Peninsula. I promise it's a great film!)