This week, What’s Up cherry picked answers from our sister publication El Paso Inc., where writer Cindy Graff Cohen asked:
What movie is on your must-see list at this year's film festival?
Marina Monsisvais, Owner, Barracuda PR: “The Secret of NIMH” – I remember reading “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” in elementary school. The book made such an impression on me; I found the idea of a secret and sophisticated society of rats living parallel lives with us fascinating. It’s what also led me to love cartoons such as “The Littles,” about another society of teeny tiny people living within our homes. To some degree, I still hope this is actually the case because how cool would that be?
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke: “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” – The members of Monty Python are genius.
Felipa Solis, Executive Director, El Paso Pro-Musica: “Enamorada” – This is an incredible love story starring the incomparable Maria Felix in the perfect example of the pride of Mexican cinema. This actress chose her native country and her comfort zone of Mexico. She said no to Louis B. Mayer and no one ever did that!
Jay Duncan, Director, Sunset Film Society: “The Day the Earth Stood Still” – As a child, I vividly recall going to a drive-in theater in Fort Worth with my parents in 1951, and seeing this, my first science fiction film. Even at that young age I was deeply moved by the farewell of Klaatu. The image of his spaceship growing smaller in the night sky stayed with me.