As my son and his friend are watching Goonies, it reminded me of the many films I loved as a child. And I made my son watch. So take a journey through fun cinematic memories in the days of real make-up, props, and camera tricks. You know, prior to everything being computer generated.
First and foremost, I sat the boy down to watch Star Wars IV, V, and VI. He grew up with Anakin, Amidala, a young Obi-Wan, and Storm Troopers when they could kick butt. And a digital Yoda. Therefore, he had to watch the original with the greatest movie characters ever.
ET: I was so excited when this movie was re-released in the theatres and took my then five year old to watch it. He was saddened, thrilled, and frightened of the movie just as I was in my childhood.
The NeverEnding Story: My Boy loves the movie Spirited Away, but my husband and I showed him the first movie we ever saw with a white dragon. NeverEnding is simply a beautiful movie full of fantastical puppets and an amazing story. I had a crush on Atreyu.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: I know all the controversy surrounding Pee Wee, but this movie was crazed innocence about getting a beloved possession back from the spoiled brat who stole it.
Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Before Keanu Reeves breathed his famous “Whoa” in the Matrix, he sat up after being psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud himself during a history class project, and said “Whoooaaa…” My son had a hard time believing the unkept Ted was the same man who played his hero, Neo. I also had to explain to him what a phone booth was….
Edward Scissorhands: “You’re watching this,” I told my boy while I selected Scissorhands from the On Demand movie menu one night. “It has Captain Jack Sparrow before he was Captain Jack Sparrow.” This movie turned made me forever into a Johnny Depp fan. My son greatly enjoys Scissorhands and has watched it more than once.
And of course, Goonies. A movie that was adventurous without unrealistic explosions and superhuman stunts. A film that was funny without F-bombs and gratuitous sex jokes.
What’s next? Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Here’s a brief list of my childhood films my son chose to watch:
Land Before Time