Being an avid movie-watcher can, at times, be bittersweet. The “sweet” in a lot of movies comes from the enjoyable surprises, the perfect casting, the great special effects, the appropriate musical score, and so on and so on. The “bitter” in a lot of movies comes from the mundane repetition, the sequels upon sequels, the bad acting, the horrid predictability, etc. This segment is my focus (complain-fest) on the latter.
This segment that will pop up from time to time is where I will gripe and whine about something movie-related which bothers me and then give the reason(s) as to why. Ha! It’s going to be a lot of fun! 😀 (to see the first Rant click HERE)
You are encouraged to comment in support of or in defiance of my views and reasons. My hope is that this segment turns into a discussion thread each time one posts. This is the segment to let out your frustrations about the topic at hand or something else entirely that bothers you. Complain about the current trend of sequels and remakes, or Johnny Depp’s recent
box office successes, or even how in the world Kristen Stewart or Channing Tatum still seem to somehow get work in Hollywood! ha.
I’m sure that some of you will disagree with the things I choose to rant about. And that’s okay. As you agree or disagree, chime in with your thoughts and join in the conversation in the comment section. But, beware. Disagreeing with me runs the risk of me having you put into a silent movie like THE ARTIST and never heard from again!” 😉
Today’s Rant of Whine & Reason: BAD MOVIE PARENTS
Whine– I am super frustrated with Bad Movie Parents. Definition: Parents who slough off the responsibility of showing their children the beauty of true cinematic classics and treasures!!
I love classic movies! As a matter of fact, growing up, that was the majority of what we watched in my home. Classic films from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and so on. Great movie stars graced my television. From Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, to Elizabeth Taylor, Danny Kaye, Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, and more. Granted, that wasn’t all that I watched, I also enjoyed several movies from my childhood (80’s and 90’s) that were highly influential upon my playtime at the park with friends (running around as a hungry T-Rex chasing my friends or running down bad guys as Batman)!
I thank my parents for showing me classic films as I was growing up! Such good parents! the BEST parents! (Can you tell that I am hoping for a good birthday present in a few months?!) 😀
Reason(s)– The reason for my whine: The kids growing up nowadays seem to know NOTHING about classics and run around thinking that Star Wars Episode I is not only the FIRST one ever made, but also the BEST?!!
That’s about as wrong as Two Left Feet!!
I was speaking with a fellow friend and movie reviewer this past week who recently took on a position at his church to work with the youth. He expressed to me his utter shock and dismay in realizing that many of them knew nothing of a classic movie series of the 21st century: The Lord of the Rings trilogy!
Of course, the teenagers of today were barely out of the womb when The Lord of the Rings graced movie theaters! But, that is NO EXCUSE! I wish I could find some of the parents and ask them: WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU??!! haha
I am okay with you showing your children whatever amount of junk you want to cram into their brains! I don’t care about what bad movies you have them watching (namely, Twilight, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 or after, Step Up #754, SuckerPunch, Alvin and the Chipmunks 8, Adam Sandler’s recent horrible theatrical offerings, or almost ANYTHING with Kristen Stewart in it)! Shoot! Watch those all you want to, if you must! (Waste your time, I don’t care.)
BUT, what I am NOT okay with, is not providing your children with a balanced education and understanding of what GOOD movies should be like!
It becomes even more apparent to me that, while it is true that “future classics” are reaching theaters today (see Inception, The Artist, Midnight in Paris, Toy Story 3, and a marathon full of proposed Future Classics HERE), there are so many from years past that are now being ignored in living rooms of the world.
Let’s take a look at a few by decade:
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (starring Errol Flynn…Today’s teens ask “Starring WHO??”)
- All Quiet on the Western Front (2 Academy Awards for Best Director and Outstanding Production)
- Babes in Toyland (starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy)
- The Invisible Man (starring Claude Rains)
- Imitation of Life (starring Claudette Colbert, nominated for 3 Academy Awards)
- Captains Courageous (starring Spencer Tracy [Who won Academy Award for Best Actor.], Mickey Rooney, and Lionel Barrymore)
- Arsenic and Old Lace (starring Cary Grant in a role initially offered to Ronald Reagan)
- It’s A Wonderful Life (the beloved Christmas classic that bombed in the theaters)
- Citizen Kane (Starring Orson Welles and affectionately referred to as the #1 movie of ALL TIME. The first film to be nominated for more than 6 Academy Awards [9 nominations])
- Yankee Doodle Dandy(A musical featuring James Cagney as the Father of Broadway, George M. Cohan.)
- Mrs. Miniver (6 Academy Awards starring the gorgeous Greer Garson)
- Sergeant York (a biographical film about the most decorated American soldier of WWI starring Gary Cooper)
- Ben Hur (Winner of 11 Academy Awards, starring Charlton Heston)
- The Sound of Music (The hills are alive!!)
- My Man Godfrey (A delightful classic starring the famous William Powell)
- A Streetcar Named Desire (3 Academy Awards starring Marlon Brando and Viven Leigh)
- Winchester 73 (An American western classic starring James Stewart)
- Singin’ in the Rain (The classic starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds)
- Mary Poppins (Giving Julie Andrews an Academy Award)
- The Guns of Navarone (starring Gregory Peck)
- Doctor Zhivago (the 8th highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. [accounting for inflation])
- Lawrence of Arabia (A biopic based on the life of T.E. Lawrence…again, youngsters ask “WHO?”)
- The Magnificent Seven (Starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson…some GOOD stuff)
- Tora! Tora! Tora! (Pearl Harbor before Michael Bay)
- Superman (Man of Steel will NOT be the 1st Superman movie, kids!)
- Moonraker (the highest grossing Bond film until 95’s Goldeneye)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Some people believe that Ep I-III are the first and are amazing. SMH)
- The Godfather (3hr Mafia boss movie starring Marlon Brando)
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Better than MIB)
- Batman (Michael Keaton came way before Christian Bale)
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (A classic alien movie that made bikes with handlebar baskets popular)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (No Shia LaBeouf)
- Ghostbusters (Forget that Ghosthunters nonsense on SyFy)
- Back to the Future (Set the bar for Time Travel movies)
- Jurassic Park (THE coolest dinosaur movie you will EVER see. Winner of 3 Academy Awards.)
- Forrest Gump (Kids don’t yell “Run, Forrest, Run” anymore these days…)
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Arnold at, possibly, his best.)
- The Lion King (One of Disney’s all-time greatest. Winner of 2 Academy Awards)
- Independence Day (Aliens blew up the White House? Won’t read about THAT in History class)
And then we get to the 2000s that still remain somewhat of a mystery to kids (and adults I might add) these days!
What a sad state of affairs!
I blame parents!
And, if you are an adult/parent and YOU don’t know about some of these movies, then I blame YOUR parents! LOL.
It’s time for the people to get plugged in to great movies and not fall victim to “just what’s in theaters,” because, I’ll tell you, you’re missing out. And future generations will soon know nothing of great movies.
Listen to what I’m telling you. I’m not saying that great movies don’t come out nowadays. But what I am saying is that our generations are becoming more and more ignorant of the legacy in films left for them to enjoy and are being pushed to accept mind-numbing sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots that oftentimes come nowhere close to improving upon the classics of old.
Do you and your kids a favor. Turn on Turner Classic Movies channel or get all over Netflix and start having family movie night with some of these classics of old! You will find a greater admiration and respect for movies of old and movies of today. I guarantee you.
And one more thing! Teach your kids about The Lord of the Rings already!
What are your thoughts? Do you like classic movies? Why? Leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!
–T, The Focused Filmographer.
up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”