Sunday, September 20, 2020

Four Movies

You can unlock any door, if you only have the key. - Amulet (Secret of NIMH)

What are four movies from your childhood that you like more than anyone else? Or changed you? Or moved you?

I'm not sure how old I was when we rented The Secret of NIMH, but I remember being utterly entranced and scared by the movie. Like, "this is a grownup cartoon that somehow my parents are letting me watch!" I would tell all my friends about this amazing movie and none of them had seen it! I greatly look forward to showing this movie my munchkins.

I saw both Dragonslayer and Legend around the same time. I was already playing fantasy role playing games and highly entrenched in the fantasy drama and both of these led me to believe that made real movies for people like me. They were creepy, intense, scary, and even had some gory scenes. I loved them both.

I was a little older, maybe 7th grade, when I had friends recommending Monty Python's Holy Grail and somehow my parents rented this movie and let me and a friend watch it by ourselves. This movie was the most hilarious thing I had ever seen in my life. I opened the door to me for the concept of British comedy and I ate it up. I watched as much Montey Python as was available at the local rental store. I got the cassette tapes of all the shows for a birthday present. It was highly formative.

For the bonus, I was a freshman in high school when a friend loaned me a VHS with Akira on it. And I thought, "Yes! How do I find more of this?"

What is truly wonderful about this set of movies though, movies I like more than anyone else, is that if I look at my group of friends that has stuck with for the years... I'm not actually sure I do like any of these things more than them. They are a litmus test. If you like this, you will be my friend.