- Star Wars (1977) - Pop's pick. When I asked Darr if he remembered other movies from growing up, he said Rocky but that isn't a movie either of us feel compelled to share with the R.A.
- Fox and the Hound (1981) - First flick I ever saw at a drive-in (went with my parents and older sister). Nothing is more cute than Copper stating "I'm a hound dog."
- E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - How else is the R.A. going to learn the importance of having Reese's Pieces on hand? And there is some continuity between a movie about an extra terrestrial and having your nickname be "Resident Alien."
- Poltergeist (1982) - I'll use this movie to warn the kid about watching too much television.
- The Natural (1984) - Best baseball movie of all time because of the last scene in which Robert Redford's character hits the ball into the lights at the stadium. The music that accompanies that cinematic moment is excellent (and still gives me goosebumps on my arms).
- Footloose (1984) - The R.A. isn't learning to dance from Darr or I.
- Weird Science (1985) - To teach the R.A. that nothing good can come from wearing a bra on your head.
- Space Camp (1986) - So the kid will 1. know it's okay to be geeky enough to go to space camp and B) be introduced to the coolest movie robot ever created, Jinx. (Loads better than #5 from Short Circuit and even, dare I say it, R2D2.)
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) - It's good to recognize there will come a time when my kid will want to ditch school. At least this movie will teach him how to get the most out of his day.
- The Princess Bride (1987) - If only so the kid understands what his parents are talking about when we break out the "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die," line.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Thinking about movies
I've been thinking about movies I watched when I was growing up and decided I'd make a list of the ones I'll have to share with the R.A.