Liberator Picks

Movie Reviews

Sarah Garrett and Katie Busby

His Girl Friday 

“His Girl Friday”, released in 1940, starring Rosalind Russel and Cary Grant, centers around spunky, former star reporter Hildy. When Hildy tries to leave the newspaper business behind to become a housewife, her clever ex-husband, Walter, comes up with a plan to lure her back to journalism– and to him. Throughout the hysterics, Hildy gets caught in the allure of creating a great newspaper story and wonders if her fiance is the man she truly loves. The ovewhelming feminism in this black and white film is truly refreshing, and the hysterical dynamic between characters makes for a wonderfully witty and eccentric romantic comedy.

Howl’s Moving Castle

“Howl’s Moving Castle” is a heartwarming movie that comes from the beloved animation studio, Studio Ghibli. The film, released in 2004 and written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, follows Sophie, a girl living a fairly simple life –until she becomes cursed. The curse causes her to flee her home in shame and she ends up as part of a found-family in a castle owned by the infamous wizard Howl. It is very sweet to see all the characters in the film develop a love and trust for each other as they face challenges and watch as the world outside their bubble of friendship devolves into a state of chaos. The animation style is endearing, as in many studio ghibli films, and makes you fall in love with the characters and the setting through little details and emotional moments. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone looking to feel good and run off into a fantasy land of their own.