Classic movies

I’ve recently found myself on defense about an odd subject… When conversations of old and well-renowned movies sprung up, it’s been revealed that I have a startling gap in my film education.

There are apparently a TON of “classic” movies I have never seen. There, I said it. It’s all out in the open now. Whew!

For someone who LOVES movies, and who surrounds himself with other people who do as well, admitting that is like coming out of the closet to a conservative religious Republican. You hope and pray that they’ll still love you even after you admit your secret, but part of you wonders.

So yeah, I haven’t seen Casablanca, or at least, not much of it. I’ve never seen Gone with the Wind either. In fact, of the top ten movies on the American Film Institute’s “Top 100 Movies” list, I’ve missed those two and Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia, On the Waterfront, and Singin’ in the Rain. That’s right, I scored 40% on the top ten.

And though I know that soylent green is people, I have not, in fact, seen the film.

I think I first became truly enamored with movies right around the late eighties… I still remember Crocodile Dundee coming out (1986) and Dirty Dancing right behind it (1987). In fact, those two were the first VHS tapes my family rented, if that tells ya something. Batman (1989) was the first movie I became truly obsessed with.

These, to me, are classic movies. They’re classic because they they were some of my earliest notions of what movies should be like. They’re when my awe and wonder about cinema first came to be.

For the record, I think my first movie theater experience was Return of the Jedi (1983) which would’ve made me six years old at the time. I remember it was at the movie theater on Patrick Air Force Base, which was small, but it had a fancy curtain in front of the screen, and they always showed a short clip of an American flag before the film. For years after, I resisted the urge to stand up and hold my hand over my heart before a movie.

And my favorite theatre experience as a kid was going to see Spaceballs (1987) because my dad took me, just the two of us, despite the fact that it was at AMC where he couldn’t smoke and drink beer. Man, I miss the Drafthouse movie theater. Even though I nearly smoke nor drank, because I was TEN, it was somethin’ special.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Share some of your “classic movie” experiences with us! Whether it’s actual so-called “classic” (read: old) movies that I should make sure to watch, or your earliest movie theater memories, or your favorite… Give us a little sneak peek into your love of cinema. Reply below!

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3 Responses to Classic movies

  1. Christina says:

    The Pines Theater in Cocoa was a place one could smoke, drink, and eat. I remember being there for many movies with my mother and Thijs (mostly Space Camp(1987)comes to mind) and making sure you had your feet up during the movie or you might encounter a cockroach crawling on them. And I’ll never forget the summer of 1992, as my mother took my friends and I to see Encino Man over 7 times at AMC. Of course, the first movie I remember being obsessed with was Princess Bride (1987). My mother even recorded the movie on a cassette tape so that on car trips we could enjoy the sounds of the movie (btw was an accident as she thought she was recording off another cassette but kept it anyway).

    Which makes me wonder what kind of places and movies I will be dragging my kids to…hmmm….. 🙂
    Miss you!

  2. Jennifer says:

    LOL – I can remember my absolute confusion when I realized that not all movie theaters required a salute to the flag first. I think I was 15 or 16 before I saw a movie off post!

    Gone with the Wind is one of my faves – but its one of my favorite books too, so it stands to reason. Same with the Godfather 1&2 (Ugh…not 3). I think a lot of those are on there for the impact they had at the time (Birth of a Nation comes to mind) and not necessarily for the great stories that I like in my movies.

    But seriously. Watch Gone with the Wind. Just once at least! 🙂

  3. […] of the Titans I mentioned a few days ago that I’ve missed out on a bunch of the “classic movies” in the history of cinema. One movie that I DO consider a classic and with which I AM well […]

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