When prompted to name their favorite film or television show — one that they feel confident enough to defend to the grave — the members of the graduating class of The Daily Californian’s Arts & Entertainment department did not hesitate. Be it Michael Lehmann’s 1989 cult hit or the franchise following the most well-known seafarer around, each of these selections is one our departing students hold near and dear. For them, these picks provide inspiration, inspire awe, exemplify “high” or “low” art and, ideally, leave space for a few chuckles in between. So grab your weapon of choice — cutlass sword, Good Samaritan gun or standard lightsaber — and take a trip down superlative lane to cast your votes for the Best Of these exhilarating selections.
— Ryan Tuozzolo
… for all the saccharine teen romances that end with a diamond earring or musical number, there are just as many that end, well, explosively.
— Caroline Smith
For me, “Pirates of the Caribbean” defined the best of what blockbusters could be.
— Shannon O’Hara
But given that “Star Wars” is the reason why I love movies, the best entry in the franchise is, by association, my favorite film.
— Harrison Tunggal
These two movies are rich in detail and an antidote for the often empty superhero films that are getting pumped out today.
— Camryn Bell
The audience shares in the deep joy of carelessness, of letting go of responsibilities with Utsumi. But then, at the end of every episode, his phone rings.
— Charlie Kruse