Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson has been a loyal TCFF reviewer the past few years. You can check out some of her reviews that are linked from the TCFF Archive page. Stay tuned for more TCFF reviews from her starting next week!

Sarah is a Minnesota-based freelance writer who covers topics including history, sports, food, travel and movies for a variety of publications. Read more of her work here.

1. What do you love most about movies?

So many things! I love a good story well told. I love it when a director can take a story based on actual events and, even though you know how it turns out, they still make it suspenseful. I love talking with other movie fans and sharing reviews. I love that there is an endless variety of genres out there depending on your taste. And living in Minnesota, I love that they make me forget that it’s freezing outside and help me get through the winter! 

2. What’s the first movie you ever watched that left a huge impression on you

It’s not one specific movie per se, but I remember growing up and hearing all of the famous movie lines – when I was younger my grandmother had a t-shirt with a picture of Clark Gable that said “Frankly my dear…” I wasn’t sure what that meant so it was fun when I finally saw “Gone with the Wind” and then I knew “Oh, that’s where that is from!”

3. What’s your ultimate guilty pleasure flicks?

I love movies that are so stupid they’re funny. Even though I’ve watched it many times, I still chuckle at “The Naked Gun” trilogy. I remember the first time I saw “Airplane!” and I missed about half of it because I was laughing so hard. “A hospital, doctor? What is it?” “It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now…”

4. What are your top 5 favorite movies of all time?

“The Princess Bride” and “Casablanca” are two that I have owned on both VHS and DVD. Also, since I’m a baseball fan I am particular to the ones that I feel really capture the game like “Major League” and “Bull Durham.”

5. Who are your top 5 favorite actors/actresses?

Wow, it’s hard to narrow it down because there are lot of actors and actresses that I have liked in specific roles. But overall for actors I would have to say Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. For actresses…well, you can’t go wrong with the biting English wit of Maggie Smith or Judi Dench and the classic elegance of Ingrid Bergman. I’ve always thought Madeline Kahn was an underrated actress. I’ve enjoyed Nicole Kidman’s various roles too.