4.25.2010

Krissy's Life In Film, Pt. 2

Previously: 1984-1989

1990 // Edward Scissorhands

I'm not sure what possessed my parents to record this movie off cable. It seems like the type of movie they would describe as "weird." Maybe it was just a habit of recording every movie that played. I remember discovering it on a dusty VHS tape (along with The Strongest Man in the World starring Kurt Russell) one fateful day and deciding to see what it was. I have loved it ever since.

"You can't buy the necessities of life with cookies."

1991 // Fried Green Tomatoes
There was a time when Fried Green Tomatoes was on TV a lot, and it turned into one of my favorites. Maybe it was because I had a crush on Chris O'Donnell and was devastated when (SPOILER ALERT!) Buddy got hit by that train. Whatever it was, this was a favorite for a long time. In preparation for this post, I checked it out from the library and we watched it. I was surprised how well it holds up in my opinion. Dave had better watch out... with me watching movies like this, I might stop meeting him at the front door with a 6-pack and bringing his dinner to him in his recliner while he watches sports.

Runner-up // Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

1992 // A River Runs Through It
This was another movie that my grandma owned, so we watched it when we got tired of Roger Rabbit. I would venture that this movie is a bit more mature. It also helped that it had Brad Pitt in it. He is (undoubtedly) the reason why I liked it so much growing up. This is another that I hadn't seen for years, so I checked it out from the library so we could watch it. It has a great story and memorable characters. After watching both A River Runs Through It and Fried Green Tomatoes in the same week, Dave commented on how similar they are. They are set in the same time period and the main family in both has a rebellious child. If only Idgie Threadgoode had moved to Montana and hooked up with Paul Maclean, things would've played out quite differently.

"It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us."

Runner-up // Wayne's World

1993 // Jurassic Park
In elementary school, I became fascinated with dinosaurs. There were two books that I specifically remember checking out of the Creekview Elementary library on many occasions. The first was a biography of Beethoven (random, I know). The second was a huge illustrated encyclopedia of dinosaurs that would barely fit into my backpack. After seeing Jurassic Park, I knew that I wanted to be a paleontologist when I grew up. Who wouldn't want a life of excitement and adventure, outsmarting genetically engineered dinosaurs in an amusement park gone wrong? Okay, so maybe I was a little naive.

"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

1994 // Forrest Gump
If you've been doing your math while reading these posts, you should realize that I turned 10 in 1994. So, you can see that I have always watched movies a bit above my maturity level. Forrest Gump definitely fit the bill. It took many years before I really understood most of the social and political references in this movie. That means that what I liked about this movie as a kid is not exactly what I like about it now. As a kid, I loved Bubba and his big gums. I used to do a pretty sweet imitation of him, but don't ever ask me to do it because I won't.

1995 // While You Were Sleeping

1996 // The Cable Guy
I am not a big Jim Carrey fan. I think he is too zany and too over-the-top, generally speaking. However, there are a handful of movies where Jim Carrey does a great job, and The Cable Guy is one of them. There is just enough creepiness added to the standard zaniness that it makes the movie good. By far the most quoted scene at our house is the Medieval Times scene. If you haven't seen it, you should... especially if you have ever experienced the joy of Medieval Times.

"There were no utensils in medieval times, hence there are no utensils at Medieval Times. Would you like a refill on that Pepsi?"

1997 // Good Will Hunting
Once again, we have a movie that was way above my maturity level when it came out. I'm not sure when I first saw this movie, but I do recall first seeing the unedited version. If you haven't seen it, don't... unless wall-to-wall foul language doesn't bother you. After seeing it once, I recorded it when it came on TV. I'm not sure what is worse, the edited version or the unedited version. Let's just say it is really difficult to seamlessly edit out every other word in the film. However, I do really like this movie and think it has a great message about being who you want to be. And don't worry, we only quote the edited version at our house.

1998 // You've Got Mail
Even though now this movie is really dated (thanks to all the references to AOL and chat rooms), I still enjoy watching it. It has a nice, relatively wholesome love story, which you don't see too much these days. Plus, everyone knows that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are pretty good together.

1999 // Sleepy Hollow

3 comments:

Dave said...

Will watching Fried Green Tomatoes also inspire you to welcome me home wearing only plastic wrap?

Krissy said...

Um... no.

Tyler and Alicia said...

Tyler always quotes the Medieval Times scene as well and the way he delivers the lines makes me want to watch it, even though I don't like Jim Carrey either.