Stranded! Our Desert-Island Movie Picks
If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? Our editors answer that question in this round-up of staff movie recommendations.
Mary and Max
There are cliché movie plots—rags to riches, voyage and return, overcoming the monster—and then there’s the storyline of Mary and Max. This quirky claymation film is about two unlikely pen pals who correspond for 20 years: Mary Daisy Dinkle, a homely 8-year-old Australian girl, and Max Jerry Horowitz, a morbidly obese 44-year-old New Yorker (voiced by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) whose only friend is chocolate. As one critic put it, “It’s what Pixar might come up with if their characters found themselves off the rails.” Never before have oddness and friendship been so beautifully celebrated.—Sheri Alzeerah, intern
Under the Tuscan Sun
Stuck on a desert island… No companions, just sand, waves and maybe a tropical storm for excitement—sounds wonderful for about a week or maybe two. Then I would long for companionship, greener scenery, and food that would please the senses. I would yearn to travel through fields of sunflowers to an old village in the hills, enjoy a view of the Amalfi coast or laugh with friends around a table laden with Tuscan foods in a villa surrounded by olive groves. Yes: Under the Tuscan Sun.—Ann DiCesare, head librarian