Fun Friday–My Life in Films
I found this meme online. Would love to see your answers—either in the comments or a link to your blog!
Films That Remind Me of Childhood
- The classic animated Disney movies of the 1930s through 1970s, with favorites being Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, and Robin Hood. The ones I still can’t watch to this day without bawling like a. . . well, child . . . are Bambi, Dumbo (during “Baby, Mine”), and The Fox and the Hound.
- Star Wars. It came out the month of my sixth birthday (happy birthday to me!) and it’s the first movie I vividly remember seeing in the theater. And I saw it many, many times in the theater. By the time we finally owned it on video in the early 1980s, I’d lost count of the number of times I’d seen it. We also had an 8-track tape of the film—much of the dialogue, music, and sound effects, which is why I can still quote the original (and best, IMO) version of the first movie.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark. Came out when I was ten. I remember holding my popcorn box up in front of my face during the “Snakes . . . why did it have to be snakes?” scene.
- Grease. Came out when I was seven. Believe it or not, my aunt took my sister and me to see this movie that summer. After that, the only times I ever saw it was edited for broadcast TV. I didn’t know until I was in my early twenties and bought the soundtrack CD just how raunchy the lyrics to some of those songs are!
- The Sound of Music. One of my favorite movies from childhood. I was in my teens before I ever saw the full, uncut (again, for TV) version of it. We had an LP of the movie soundtrack, so I’ve had all the songs memorized since I can remember.
Films that Defined My Teens
- Nate & Hayes. A little-known film starring (very young-looking) Tommy Lee Jones and Michael O’Keefe. It was a movie about pirates. And it was set in the Caribbean. And it had absolutely no effect whatsoever on what I would do later in life.
- The Pirate Movie. While I’m in the genre . . . loved this farcical spin on The Pirates of Penzance starring two of the stars of early ’80s TV and B-movies, Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins. Favorite scene—the sword fight in the library which pays homage to Star Wars.
- Platoon. Not because I enjoyed it or because I had a crush on pre-insane Charlie Sheen. I was fifteen when this movie about the Vietnam War came out, and we went to see it as a family. I sat beside my father, a Vietnam Veteran, and at one point suggested to him he might need to get up and go outside before he had a heart attack because he was so affected by the film.
- Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. I’d never heard of Pee-Wee Herman before this movie came out and a bunch of kids from the private school my sister and I attended went to see it. So, since I didn’t know any of his schtick, at fourteen years old, I found it absolutely hysterical.
- Pretty in Pink/Sixteen Candles. While I didn’t see The Breakfast Club until I was in my twenties, I did come of age in the 1980s, so I think seeing at least these two Molly Ringwald movies was a requirement.
- The Princess Bride. “Hello. My name Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” One of the most quotable movies EVER!
Films that Defined My College Years
- Steel Magnolias. THE most quotable movie ever. Though we didn’t see this movie together, for years afterward, my college–best friend and I could always find a quote from this movie appropriate for any situation we found ourselves in. “Looks like two pigs fighting under a blanket!”
- Glory. Came out the year I started college. Was one of the first videos and soundtracks (on cassette) I ever bought. Between this movie and the Ken Burns The Civil War documentary, I aced my senior Civil War course at LSU without having to study much at all. Of course, I paid close attention in class and read all of the assigned books . . . because it’s a subject I was very interested in.
- Father of the Bride and My Girl. These both came out in 1991, which happened to be the year I met my college–best friend and we went to see these together. So these movies always remind me of the good times we spent together.
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. I’d never liked the original series or the OS cast. I was a HUGE Next Generation (TNG) fan, though; so when I learned that Michael Dorn, the actor who portrayed my favorite characters (Worf) would be in the last original-series movie, I had to go see it. A couple of times. First time I ever went to the movies by myself.
- Silence of the Lambs. My college–best friend, her sister, and I rented this movie and watched it at my apartment. We managed to make it all the way through without stopping it. But we did all three of us end up on the same cushion on the sofa by the end clinging on to each other’s hands for support. Now I laugh every time I see a bit of it flipping through the channels on TV.
- Highlander. I was introduced to this at a party—either the college group from church or the group from the Baptist Student Union. It was mostly guys at the party (oh, those were the days!) and one of them had brought this movie with him. They were shocked that I, alone out of all the females there, didn’t leave or go into another room but stayed and watched the whole movie. And I’m so glad I did, because if I hadn’t fallen in love with the original Highlander movie, I never would have watched the TV series. And if I’d never watched the TV series, I never would have fallen in love with Peter Wingfield. And if I’d never fallen in love with Peter Wingfield, I never would have come up with a character named GEORGE LAURENCE.
Films When I Need a Good Cry
Bambi, Dumbo, Little Women (when Beth dies), The Green Mile, and Steel Magnolias.
Nightmares from Films
I learned young that scary movies and I don’t mix . . . from being subjected to seeing The Pit and the Pendulum in class when I was in sixth grade. I had nightmares for months afterward. Since then, I stay away!
Films that are Guilty Pleasures
Doom, A Hazard of Hearts, A Christmas Story, Dead Again, Serenity, Timeline, and Something to Talk About
Last Film I Saw at the Theatre
Cowboys & Aliens (opening night, July 29). Excellent film. Rent it when it comes out on DVD!!!
A Favorite Film Few Others Seem to Know About
Secondhand Lions starring a teenaged Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, and Robert Duvall, with cameo roles by Nicky Katt, Josh Lucas, Eric Balfour, Kyra Sedgwick, and Adrian Pasdar.