The Thing: Man is the Warmest Place to Hide

I’m going to go ahead and be very upfront with you: I truly love this film. While I don’t have a perfect memory of the first time I ever watched it (In 1982 I was too young to see an R rated movie in the theater-Thanks Mom!), I can hardly remember a time in my life when it wasn’t floating around in my head somewhere. I do, however, remember renting it on VHS so many times from the local video store that my mom finally broke down and bought me my own copy to save money. (Thanks Mom!) I should also confess that the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell pairing is one of my all time favorites and I will forgive the duo almost anything, including Escape From L.A..

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The Thing: Man is the Warmest Place to Hide

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (or Be Good So The Candyman Doesn’t Get You)

I don’t have a clear recollection of the first time I ever watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As memory serves, it just seemed to show up on our television unbidden and suck me into it’s insanity for awhile. I know for a fact that I watched the film mostly out of a bizarre sense of duty. You were a child and Willy Wonka came on, you watched it. End of story.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (or Be Good So The Candyman Doesn’t Get You)

Fortune and Glory: The Legacy Of Indiana Jones

It doesn’t matter when you discover this series, it doesn’t even truly matter which film of the original trilogy delivers your first exposure. However you get there, whether it be childhood and the awe of a roguish hero or later in life searching for an appreciation of a cultural icon, you arrive at the same place: we all kind of want to be Indiana Jones.

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Fortune and Glory: The Legacy Of Indiana Jones

Heathers: Are we going to Prom or to Hell?

From the very first nostalgically sweet notes of Que Sera, Sera, Heathers cordially invites the viewer into a world of color coded accessorizing and croquet. A world where one mean teen girl rules the school with her fashionable clique in obedient tow, what has become mundanely predictable trope of teen movies. Thankfully, it doesn’t stay mundane for very long. Enter the new guy at school, the mysterious loner who coaxes the only wild card in this ruling class of Swatch watches and sweaters from The Limited into a life of secret crime- a string of murders staged to look like high school suicides.

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Heathers: Are we going to Prom or to Hell?

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (Or Lots of CGI): Christy Reminisces about BACK TO THE FUTURE

I’m going to go ahead and go on record that the summer of 1985 was VERY good to me. I was eight years old, wrists full of jelly bracelets and sticker collection full of Garbage Pail Kids. I had a bike, the ice cream truck stopped on my street and it took less than 5 minutes to get to both Pizza Hut and a movie theater. Clearly, I was living the dream.

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Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (Or Lots of CGI): Christy Reminisces about BACK TO THE FUTURE

Is 7 Minutes Time To Fix The American Dream?

I know what you’re thinking – another heist gone wrong movie. I know, because I was thinking the same thing when I sat down to watch 7 minutes. Lucky for us, the robbery, though action packed complete with edge of your seat moments, is not the bulk of the story. The focus of the film instead is placed on what led the three men we see wearing masks in the first few minutes of screen time to choose the path that got them there. Turns out, this is a film about bad luck, bad choices and what happens when you pin all your hopes on the American Dream, only to find out too late that the apple pie life is out of stock.

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Is 7 Minutes Time To Fix The American Dream?

Show Me The Way To Go Home: JAWS and Nostalgia

One of my favorite side effects of watching movies is the fact that where and when and with whom you watch a film becomes embedded in your relationship with it. I became a film lover early on, so many of my favorite films to revisit are soaked through with nostalgia for childhood and the freedom of Summer.

When the last day of the school year rolls around, there are several movies that sneak into my thoughts along with the smell of mowed lawns and plans for day trips, but the first DVD I reach for is always the same: JAWS.

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Show Me The Way To Go Home: JAWS and Nostalgia