Sunday, August 29

Perhaps The Early Years Were Spent In A Cave Sequested By Luddites. Or Not.

If memory serves me correctly -- and trust me, sometimes it doesn't -- this subject has been covered before on this here blog but for some reason cannot be found in the archives. Maybe the post was just one of those phantom posts that never saw the light of a RSS reader, never to shine in the unending light known as the blogosphere, doomed to only exist inside my noggin, languishing with all the other pearls of wisdom of which I selfishly do not share. Or maybe that's selflessly. Sometimes it's hard to tell.

Anyway. A motherbumper list of unbelievable-to-me things: Movies I have never seen in my 40 *cough* plus years on this mortal coil.
  1. Footloose
  2. Dirty Dancing
  3. Gone With The Wind
  4. The Wizard of Oz
  5. Ghost
  6. Bambi
  7. Pinocchio
  8. The Karate Kid
  9. Dances With Wolves
  10. Risky Business
Why? My parents took us to movies they wanted to see, end of story. So while my friends were at the cineplex watching Footloose, I was at the rep theatre watching Brazil. For this I say thank you to my parents but at the same time the shame of not getting pop culture references makes me feel a wee bit like an outcast.

Not sure if this makes up for anything but The Sound of Music? Seen it at minimum, twenty times end to end. Also I was the only kid in grade four who had already watched Force Ten From Naverone, Animal House, and The Spy Who Loved Me. Actually that kind of explains a few things. Like my uncontrollable urge to start chanting 'TOGA' anytime while in the presence of a university dean. It's any wonder that a degree was achieved without being put on double secret probation. Or maybe it was because you know: double secret probation.


Angella said...

No Footloose? No Dirty Dancing? No Karate Kid???

We need to remedy this. STAT.

Danielle said...

I've never seen Ghost or Dances with Wolves either. I don't think I'm missing much. You have to see the rest at least once.

I've actually never seen the Sound of Music or ET. I've seen clips and bits and pieces on television but not all the way though. My friends find this shocking.

for a different kind of girl said...

Get over here PRONTO! I've got Footloose on my DVR and some delicious microwave popcorn. We can cuddle on the couch and see where this crazy relationship goes. Maybe straight into romance and Eddie and the Cruisers. We can take it slow...or in two hour increments.

Avitable said...

First of all, forty plus? Really? I just figured you were early thirties.

Anyway, I was like that, but with 80s classics. Until a few years ago, I'd never seen Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles or Better Off Dead or any of those, so I know exactly what you mean.

Have you seen Star Wars? Indiana Jones? Back to the Future? Those are the important ones.

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

I have never seen Footloose and I am am not sure about Pinnochio.

Also? Wizard of Oz is totally over-rated. The books kicks ass, so skip the movie and read the our original American Fairy Tale instead Seriously! Most fairy tales are European in origin, Baum created the first AMERICAN one. :-D

daysgoby said...

I have never seen a Rocky, nor a Rambo. And I can't play poker either.

I understand gaps in your education and how they fall clunkily into sudden silences.

Mary G said...

It amazed me, actually, that I have seen at least part of this list.
Loved the Guns of Navaronne!
Horrible confession - I go to very few movies and seldom watch television unless compelled. Book list is massive - TV pop culture an unknown field.

feefifoto said...

Dances With Wolves? Skip it and substitute #11.

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

This is a serious deficit in your pop culture history but easily remedied! When we meet again, if you haven't watched Footloose yet, I'm pretty sure I could act the entire thing out for you including the dance scenes...although I might pull a muscle or two doing it.

PS. Don't watch Bambi. Do not. It will make you cry the ugly cry.

The Holmes said...

While I have seen all of these, the only one I've seen within the last decade is Pinocchio because my kids saw it. I think most of these would still be enjoyable to a grown-up, though perhaps a bit silly.

petite gourmand said...

NO Risky Business?
Not even for the Tangerine Dream soundtrack?
oh my- time for a main stream movie intervention.
Then again, you can never see The Sound Of Music enough times can you?

Speaking of movies- any current movie recommendations?

Kyla said...

Dirty Dancing! Ghost! You should watch these. The rest are either Meh or I haven't seen them either!

Chrisor (ynotkissme) said...

I consider myself a movie snob so will say that my personal tastes are different than the average person. I'll watch anything ONCE but a few deserve more than one showing.
Of the films on your list, the only ones I think are a necessity to view are: Dirty Dancing & Dances with Wolves. I never tire of either and that to me is the sign of a classic. Ghost & Gone with the Wind are not my cup of tea. WOZ is worth seeing once. I've never seen The Karate Kid either! :-)