Friday Five: Memorable Childhood Movies

Well, July has been quite interesting so far. I’ve had a nasty cold/sinus thing since Monday evening, and therefore I have not gotten a decent night’s sleep since Sunday evening. On the positive side, Stephen’s parents came to visit on Wednesday, and we’ve had a great time shopping, watching movies, and playing Yahtzee. (I won! Woohoo! I enjoy winning.)

Anywho, this will be a quick Friday Five, so here ya go: 5 movies I watched multiple times during my childhood (which I will define as spanning from age 5-12. I can’t remember much from any age prior to 5). The films are listed in chronological order, beginning with the earliest release. Obviously, since I wasn’t born until 1981, I saw some of these years after they originally came out.

1. The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). Yes, these are two separate films, but I couldn’t pick just one of them! I loved the muppets and adored these movies. Total classics.

2. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986). Does anyone else remember this? Technically it’s not really a movie because it is only an hour long and was aired on HBO, but still, I remember watching it so much I’m sure I wore out the VHS tape! I believe it’s one of the few films in which a dog plays the nemesis.

3. Beauty and the Beast (1991). Oh my word, I thought Belle was me captured in animation! I just loved that she was a bookworm and cared about being smart and was loyal to her father and looked with distaste upon Gaston even though he was brawny and attractive. I remember many an afternoon when I would dance around the living room singing, “Little town, it’s a quiet village. Every day, like the one before…”

4. Aladdin. I knew every word of this movie and especially enjoyed acting out “One Jump Ahead” and “Friend Like Me,” and of course, “A Whole New World.” I’ve gotta say, they just don’t make Disney movies like they used to.

5. Free Willy (1993). What can I say? This girl was one huge whale lover after seeing that movie. Plus, the boy in the lead role was HOT. (When I looked this movie up on IMDB, I saw that it has increased in popularity by 266%. Could that be because Michael Jackson contributed songs on the soundtrack?)

Honorable Mentions: The Care Bears Movie (Who can defeat the “Care Bear Stare?”); The NeverEnding Story (what’s not to love in a movie featuring a flying doglike dragon creature?); Snoopy Come Home (How sad is this movie?? I don’t know why it was my favorite Peanuts movie, but it was.)

What movies did you watch over and over when you were a kid?

Thursday Thirteen #3

Thirteen Things about Erin
13 Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again
1. You’ve Got Mail
2. The Princess Bride
3. About a Boy
4. Pride and Prejudice (A&E version)
5. The Sound of Music
6. Singin’ in the Rain
7. Shawshank Redemption
8. Sense and Sensibility
9. Hitch
10. Sleepless in Seattle
11. Elf
12. Little Women
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (a lot of people dislike the third film, but it’s one of my favorites)

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11. Frigga

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I’m a Loser

I saw Little Miss Sunshine today with my roomie and her boyfriend. It was really fabulous (although the characters were overly fond of the “f” word). Here’s what I learned: everyone is a loser. No, really. Everyone has a bit of loser in him/her. It’s why we need each other, so there will be someone there to help push the bus until it shifts into gear (that part you will only understand if you’ve seen the movie). I’m glad I have people who help me feel like less of a loser. This post is for them. I love you.

You’ve Got Mail

I was long overdue for a viewing of my favorite movie, and I find myself with a newfound affection for it. I always loved the way Joe and Kathleen fell in love with each other over email, how romantic it was that words united their hearts before they even truly met. While Stephen’s and my story is certainly different, there’s that same element of romance with a “contemporary” twist. I guess you could say that for us–and for Joe and Kathleen–it was love at first “write.”

One of my favorite quotes from the movie, spoken by Kathleen (Meg Ryan):

“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, valuable, but small. And sometimes I wonder, Do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds of something I read in a book, but shouldn’t it be the other way around?”

Help me be brave, Lord.