The Sweet Staffer: Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold
The Movie: La La Land
Favorite Moment: I wasn't entirely convinced of the chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love (and to be totally honest, I'm still not completely sold), but I'm a sucker for a good dating montage—and their romance in La La Land has just the one I needed in the dead of winter. Sprinkled with flirty dresses, romantic restaurants, and sweet, sweet sunshine, the scenes of Stone and Gosling bopping around Los Angeles while in love has me counting down the days until summer (and also maybe downloading a dating app).
The Sweet Staffer: Mallory Rice, deputy editor, @mallory-rice
The Movie: Moonlight
Favorite Moment: Living in Florida is such a strangely oppressive experience. The air is wet and heavy all the time, the sun beats down on you until it sets, and the landscape is similarly consistent—just vast stretches of flat land that never rises or falls. For this reason, it feels like a place where time simply does not pass. The one respite from the endless sameness is the ocean—it's where you turn to ask the waves to make you feel like you're going somewhere. The moment when Chiron's unlikely mentor Juan takes him to the beach and teaches him how to swim is the most poetic depiction of that fact I've ever seen in my life. I'll be touched by it forever.