FILMS THAT DEFINED US
This is a new MEME put together by Marc (my Zombie loving friend) over at Go, See, Talk! Please, after reading this, stop by and check out some of the other people’s posts that will be popping up all over the blogosphere today. Here’s the basic idea…
We’re all picking a handful of films that had a profound impact on us in our impressionable years. We are also setting out to answer the following about each:
1. What dazzled us about the film at a young age?
2. How the film holds up?
3. Why you think it sets the standard for the genre of choice?
I’ll do my best. Here’s my 5:
Not a shocker to see this on my list, I know! The reason this film had an impression on me, as many of you know, is that it was my first exposure to nudity on film. I was 10 or so at the time and you all know my love of masturbation so, do the math! 🙂
As far as how the film has held up… well… not very well. I still love the hell out of it but it hasn’t aged well. It’s not the filmmaker’s fault though. Who could’ve foreseen that acid washed jeans, sleeveless plaid button-ups and mullets were going to go out of style. That’s right… out of style… talkin’ to you Southern U.S.
STAR WARS – EPISODE 6: RETURN OF THE JEDI.
I was tempted to pick Star Wars but this is the film that stands out the most in my childhood from the trilogy. After all, I wasn’t born when the first one came out and I was pretty young for Empire. However, I distinctly remember watching this film when I was 6 or 7 and playing with my action figures in Ewok Village.
Not sure the film holds up great. Probably the worst of the 6 in that regard. It’ll also always be the Muppet movie. Still, the impact these films had on the world and their genre is obvious. And it’s a nice end to the series.
What can I say? When I was a kid, the idea of becoming a Ghostbuster was the coolest idea ever. Since my Mom raised me on SNL, I was drawn to it even more because of Murray and Akroyd. Peter Venkman remains one of the best characters ever in film… I don’t care if you disagree because you are wrong… and this remains one of my favorite comedies ever. If not my favorite all time.
The special effects haven’t held up great but aren’t horrible by any means. The film still manages to do what it set out to accomplish. I don’t think it’s had an effect on the genre I would have liked… we need more Horror/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi based comedies. However, I think the characters in this film have been copied to the umpteenth degree in the past 25 years.
STAND BY ME.
I was about 8 when this film came out. Not too much younger then Gordie and crew. I hung out with 3 other kids at the time and did many of the same things… lied to parents, snuck out with my friends, went on adventures that were too grown up for my young self and cursed like a sailor… oh, and my Dad was a dick too!
I really identified with this film because, even though it was set in another generation, it seemed the most honest depiction of coming of age I’d seen. It still is and it still holds up. Look, I wish I had a Goonies childhood but I didn’t. This film spoke to me.
Not to mention it was just a better time. Jerry O’Connel was still fat, Corey Feldman wasn’t annoying yet, River Phoenix was still alive and Wil Wheaton, well, he was still around.
Okay, so this one is a cheat because I was around 20 when I saw it but in all honesty, because my childhood was what it was, these to me seemed to always be my most impressionable years. This film depicted a lot of what people in my generation were going through and wrapped all up in a cool, sexy, testosterone driven action film. The second honest coming of age tale I’ve seen in my life!
This film, in my opinion, is one of a handful that have shaped everything we’ve seen over the last 10 years. As far as me, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. This is my favorite film. This started my love of film. This made me want to write films. And, no doubt, is the reason you’re even reading this post today!