My Life in Films Meme
Films That Remind Me of Childhood
Alice in Wonderland: my parents taped this off TV, I had all the songs memorised, and it went for seemingly forever so was perfect for tricking babysitters into letting one stay up late.
Muppet Treasure Island: I was 13 when this came out, so almost really not a kid anymore. But it’s still something my siblings and I know (and can recite) all the lines to, and sing all the songs (usually drunkenly at birthday parties…)
The Brave Little Toaster: my youngest brother was OBSESSED with this film when he was about 3 or 4 years old – thus I, as an 11-year-old, hated it thoroughly. But it’s one of the most memory-evoking childhood films I can think of, takes me straight back to my Greek nanny’s living room with my brother’s rapt attention on the screen, and me sneaking peeks at the nanny’s older son’s Mad Magazines which I wasn’t allowed to read at home…
Childhood Films Where Removal was Necessary
I can’t recall ever being taken away from a movie (cinema or video) because it wasn’t suitable. We had a strict “G rating until you’re 12” rule at my house (which conveniently disappeared after I was 12 and my younger siblings weren’t forced to suffer from it…hmmm…) so pretty much everything we saw was harmless. Inane, but harmless.
Films that Defined My Teens
Scream: at 14, this was the first horror movie I’d ever seen, our nanny (not the Greek lady, different nanny by this time) put it on to watch one day my 11 year old sister and I were sick so we snuck in to watch it. Suffice to say, it was a bad idea, I wasn’t ready for horror films, and I spent the next 6 months sleeping with a nightlight, lying to my mother and refusing to date because I was convinced boys would try to kill me.
Titanic: this came out when I was 14, but I actually didn’t see it until I was 18, almost out of my teens. Titanic was THE summer movie of 1997 here (Australia). It was due for release in late November, and my friends and I all had a pact that we would see it every week of the holidays (8 times in total). That was the holiday my parents decided we were going to Europe instead. I left the day before it came out, got to the UK where it had already finished, and came back to Australia about 3 days after our local cinema had stopped showing it. I missed a lot of in-jokes and cultural references the following year…
The Fellowship of the Ring: I think I saw this 5 or 6 times in total? This one is actually a bit of a dark secret for me: my boyfriend and I made a pact we would go see it on the first day together. Friends offered me a ticket to a midnight screening as part of a marathon, and I went. I didn’t tell him I’d seen it without him. For 8 years afterwards. After we’d been married for 4 years and I thought it would finally be safe. Yep, we’re that kind of nerds.
First Date Film
My husband and I saw Legally Blonde for our first date. I have no idea what happens in the second half of that movie at all 😉
Nightmares from Films
Aside from the “Scream” unpleasantness above? I was pretty good after that was over and done with, but I did have the misfortune to go see Sleepy Hollow and then come home on a stormy night, when I lived out in the country and the horses on the property behind ours were freaking out and horse-screaming. Not a great vibe for pleasant dreams after that film…
Films that are Guilty Pleasures
Disney films are a guilty pleasure, even though I’m a grown woman with no children I have an exceptionally large collection of Disney DVD’s, and I adore the singalong extras. *blushes*
Last Film I Saw at the Theatre
Saw The Other Guys with my old high-school best friend. At the cheap cinema, so not too much of a problem that it wasn’t a masterpiece.
Favourite Film Nobody Else Seems to Know About
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie. My whole family is crazy about this film, there’s a quotable for every occasion here. Probably because we don’t get the Sci-Fi Channel here in Australia, but pretty much nobody I know has ever heard of even this series before. We have, however, made a few die-hard converts in our time 🙂