I remember the first ’adult’ movies that I saw in the theater… High Anxiety, Foul Play, Smokey and the Bandit…
But the VERY FIRST movie that wasn’t a Disney cartoon or some other crap that would now be an afterschool special (do kids these days get to see Escape to Witch Mountain?),
and wow! I have not had a movie make a similar impression or get a more amazing reaction out of me than that Rocky flick. We were standing up and cheering and clapping and crying at the end of that – the whole place was rocking like we were really ringside! I was eleven. Gosh, that doesn’t sound right but we can’t deny the years.
And, the movie that I’ve never seen that when I admit to this, provokes the reaction that I must be crazy? Jaws. It was an R movie! I was only 10! And I just haven’t been inspired to go out of my way to see it since. Sharks!? ick.
Of the last 20 years of Best Picture Winners according to Oscar:
1987 The Last Emperor
1988 Rain Man
1989 Driving Miss Daisy
1990 Dances With Wolves
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1993 Schindler’s List
1994 Forrest Gump
1996 The English Patient
1997 Titanic *
1998 Shakespeare in Love
1999 American Beauty *?
2000 Gladiator *
2001 A Beautiful Mind *
2002 Chicago *
2003 The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King *
2004 Million Dollar Baby *
2005 Crash *
2006 The Departed *
Noms: Atonement/Juno/Michael Clayton/No Country for Old Men*/There Will Be Blood
I have not seen 87′s The Last Emperor (and Netflix doesn’t have it). The stars are movies that I actually saw on the big screen…
I have only seen No Country for Old Men from the Nom list but hope to catch Juno on Friday. Michael Clayton is on the LONG WAIT list at Netflix and I just can’t make myself go buy it. I’m not going to make it… I’m feeling the letdown, ‘why-even-try’ resignation. sigh
I’ve highlighted 3 that are my favorite TODAY. I base this on which ones would I like to see again RIGHT NOW if I had to sit and watch three. I enjoy Gladiator but have seen it a thousand times. I honestly can state that I never need to see Titanic again, nor Million Dollar Baby. or The English Patient. But that could change tomorrow…
What was the first movie you remember that made an impression on you? Which movie have you not seen that most of the world has seen and would gasp if you admitted it? Which movies on this list have you not seen but want to? Which one is your favorite? or top 3 if you can’t pick one?
Happy Oscar Mania Week!