Everybody has movies they connect with, and there are many that lots of us share. Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Those are all on my list of like, defining movies of my life. They swim near the surface of my consciousness, always waiting for reference.
But there are some movies that you love that are shared with only a few. I think I share a couple on the list below only with, er, myself, and a few others probably only with one person (who actually might add a few to the list that I’ve forgotten. We’ve seen a lot of movies together.)
Odd Cinematic Touchstones In JB’s Life:
- L.A. Story
- Bubble Boy
- Super Mario Brothers
- Until the End of the World
- Where the Heart Is (with Dabney Coleman, not Natalie Portman)
- Dead End Drive In
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (barely makes the list)
- The Iron Giant
- Barry Gordy’s “The Last Dragon”
Some that don’t seem (or definitely aren’t) unique enough to make the list: The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Movie, When Harry Met Sally, Batman, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Edward Scissorhands, This is Spinal Tap, Three Kings, Labyrinth, Ice Pirates, Karate Kid, Spaceballs, The Last Starfighter. I can quote almost all of Spaceballs. I know, I know. But I don’t think I’m alone in that, so it doesn’t make the list.
And there are of course so many movies that I adore, but which don’t qualify as a “touchstone.”
God, how powerful cinema is! Staggering, the influence that medium has on our lives. Even the least susceptible of us has a couple flicks they love and will defend with fisticuffs if it comes down to it.
Care to share your list? What movies do you absolutely love that it seems nobody else does? Or rather, like some of the movies on my list, do you consider touchstones in your life, even if they weren’t very good? I mean, y’know, ’cause “Dead End Drive In” really isn’t very good. But still.