Movies I Still Can’t Help but Love Part I
September 13, 2013 53 Comments
You know how sometimes you’ll rewatch a movie you just loved as a kid, and by the end of it, you wonder, What kind of a weird child was I? We’ve all been there. Well, there are some movies that just stay as good as they were when you first watched them. I’ve compiled a list of movies that I still thoroughly enjoy to this day. Some you’ve probably seen and you may or may not like them. Others you’ve probably never heard of, in which case I hope to convince you to give them a try. All of these movies are premillennial, and I avoided the obvious ones, like Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Braveheart, Beauty and the Beast, etc. Hopefully this proves to be a unique list. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.
Charlotte’s Web (1973) – I hear there have been several remakes of this E.B. White classic (including an appalling one staring Dakota Fanning), along with some sequels. Skip those. Go straight to this original classic which I think is even infinitely better than the book. The songs are of Disney-quality, even though Paramount put this out, and I would say it’s even more tear-jerking than The Fox and the Hound. Why watch it? To redeem any other version you might have seen related to this awesome children’s story.
The Cure (1995)- I find solace in mutuality. Like, when I was younger and standing in line to ride a really scary roller coaster, I would feel much better about the whole thing if I saw someone else was just as scared or more scared than I was. When my good friend died in high school, I rented this movie that night so that I could feel like I wasn’t alone in my grief. The Cure stars that boy from Jurassic Park, who plays an Aids victim. He befriends his foul-mouthed neighbor whose mom refuses that he hang around him. Why watch it? If you need a really, really, really, good, long cry. I mean really, it’s rated PG-13 for emotional thematic elements. There might as well be a sticker plastered on the box that says, WARNING: MOVIE COULD CAUSE FLOODING
Dead Poets Society (1989) – I loved the show Friends. But when one episode dissed this movie, I was really upset. Many people might chalk this up as a really slow, boring movie. It’s one of those movies that I think mainly high school boys will relate to. It’s got some of the best acting for an 80’s movie I’ve come across, the music is outstanding, and Robin Williams knocks it out of the park with his performance. Why watch it? Honestly, I’m not really sure. I just think it’s one of those movies everyone needs to watch. It gets better with revisits.
Dragonheart (1996) – Alright, so the acting is terrible, the story is a little cheesy, and some parts are highly over-dramatized, but hey! This is a post about movies I still can’t help but love – I can’t help it! And, if anything, I think the dragon, Draco, is one of the best-looking creatures I’ve ever seen in a movie. So to me, pure eye-candy. Why watch it? If you want to know where 60% of inspirational music heard in movie trailers comes from.
Father of the Bride (1991) – Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who hasn’t seen this movie. This and the sequel (which is just as good) are probably Steve Martin’s crowning achievements in his whole acting career. Sarabeth and I tried watching the 1950 original years back, and it didn’t compare. Why watch it? Because Martin Short is in it! With a fictional accent! Again… Martin Short. And Steve Martin. Can’t get better than that duo.
Good Burger (1997) – Okay, I’m a little embarrassed to admit this one, but what I can say? I can’t help it. Remember that show on Nickelodeon, All That? It was like an SNL for kids, and one of their skits was funny enough to make a movie out of, and this is the result. It’s stupid, and you’ll roll your eyes at some parts, but honestly, it’s pretty difficult not to laugh no matter who you are. Why watch it? Nostalgia, if you’re a 90’s kid, and laughs if you’re a grump.
A Goofy Movie (1995) – Here’s the thing with this one. It’s really not as “goofy” as the title suggests. My dad hated cartoons and animated movies. The only ones he could tolerate were Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. But I remember him actually sitting through this one with me and actually seeming to enjoy it. It’s a great father/son flick, and a lot more sentimental than you’d ever think a goofy movie would be capable of. Why watch it? The music, of course! It’s on par with some of Disney’s best.
Heavyweights (1995) – Disney went through this phase in the 90’s when they thought their animated movies had to be serious, and their real-life movies had to be silly. Heavyweights is less silly than it is just plain-old funny. It would never get made today because of all the political rules it breaks (kids being sent to a fat camp). But this movie is really one of the few times Ben Stiller is actually worth watching. Why watch it? Think Zoolander as an intense weight-loss coach and camp director.
Iron Giant (1999) – Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is a favorite in our house. This is his debut movie before he moved over to Pixar. Warner Bros. released this gem of a film, but didn’t have the guts (or common-sense) to promote it before its release. Probably because it was still unconventional to have cursing in an animated movie. Besides that, it is an extremely awesome movie that I actually hold off on watching simply because I don’t want it to get old. Why watch it? It’s about a boy and his pet giant robot. End of case.
Homeward Bound (1993) – Every fall I look forward to watching this movie. It’s the first movie I ever cried in as a kid (the scene when Shadow couldn’t make it out of that ditch). I don’t know, it’s just one of those movies that’s always had a special place in my heart, and I get the warm-tinglies whenever I think of it. Why watch it? It’s a movie with talking animals that doesn’t animate or manipulate their mouths. And it’s set in the great Northwest (that probably explains the warm-tinglies).
Check back next Friday for Part II