A few weeks ago, I had the misfortune of spending several hours in a car dealership waiting room. This brought back memories of the countless hours my mother and I would spend in car dealership waiting rooms when I was young, as my father would negotiate endlessly with the salesman. Those weren’t necessarily pleasant memories, so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to what I overdramatically viewed as my impending doom.
I was pleasantly surprised to find an inviting waiting room with a flat screen TV mounted to one of the walls, and instead of the usual drivel, I was welcomed by select scenes from some classic movies, which gave me the idea to write a quick blog about a few of them which I feel are worth your viewing time.
One of my favorite parts about watching cartoons as an adult is fully appreciating the intelligent design behind the animation and the story. Cars has some of the best of both. The animation is brilliantly clever. All the cars voices are perfectly matched to their “personalities.” Paul Newman as the ex-racing star Studebaker, Bonnie Hunt as the flirtatious but no-nonsense Porsche and Larry The Cable Guy as Tow-Mater, the lovable but stupid and redneck tow truck. You may call it typecasting or stereotyping; I say it’s just plain funny.
Dances With Wolves
What a classic! I actually remember back in 1989 when I was 8 years-old, and I heard about the western movie that Kevin Costner was making. That day marked the beginning of my consciousness of blockbuster movies and the movie stars who made them. My parents bought me the movie the day it came out on VHS. I watched it so much that I literally wore the tape out. You can say what you want about Kevin Costner, but the mastery and grandeur of this film will always amaze me.
One of my girlfriends said, “I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually tired of seeing abs,” after she saw 300. I can’t say that I agree. I can say that the fight sequences, special effects and blood spatter were completely captivating, and the chiseled bodies of the Spartan army weren’t too hard on the eyes either.
A League of their Own
This is another one of those that I watched over and over again as a child, but sadly, I don’t really remember a lot of specifics about it. Of course, everyone remembers the classic, “There’s no crying in baseball!” line from Tom Hanks, and that was actually the scene that I saw on the “best of” reel in the dealership.
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
I did not fully appreciate this movie for all its brilliance when I saw it back in 2000. I did love the soundtrack, especially the Soggy Bottom Boys performance of I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow. This is a Coen brothers film which will be making an appearance in my Netflix queue, and maybe then, I can start to understand what everyone else finds so wonderful about them.
I’ve watched my VHS copy of this so much that I’m surprised that I haven’t worn the tape out. I know as far as “superhero” movies go, it didn’t do very well, but I just love all the disguises that Val Kilmer uses, and I especially like the love story between his character, Simon Templar, and Elisabeth Shue’s eccentric scientist with a heart problem. Add another great soundtrack, and this is one of my all-time favorite movies.