Last night’s insomnia allowed me to watch one of my favorite movies. As I was watching, it occurred to me that the film probably isn’t on anyone else’s list, minus the actors themselves and their mama’s. I started thinking about all the films that are in my person top 20. A few are cinematic masterpieces (The Shawshank Redemption), a few are the ultimate in emotional tearjerking (Steel Magnolias, Beaches), a few romantic classics (Love Actually, Love and Basketball) but then there are a few that might give folks pause. Here are 3 of my faves and I’m not ashamed to say that I have all three on DVD:
D.C. Cab – When this movie came out, I of course was not allowed to watch Rated R movies. However, I had a trusty favorite uncle who was quite skillful in getting my parents to let him and his girlfriend babysit for me. I always had a great time with them and there was usually a somewhat tame Rated R movie involved. They rented this VHS tape one night in the mid 8o’s and I loved it from the moment it came on. I have no idea why. It’s a cheesy, ensemble comedy that is so damn far-fetched, yet I love it. Come on – Irene Cara, Mr. T and Gary Busey in the same movie??? What more could you want??
Leaving Las Vegas – This movie is dark and kinda depressing, yet I am drawn to the love story that is at the center of it all. An alcoholic that is literally trying to drink himself to death. As in, “I’m never eating again, I’m going to consume nothing but alcohol in the hopes of ending my life.” Wow. Then he meets a woman, who is so compassionate and empathetic that she agrees to take care of him and “help” him in his mission. Just wow. I’m a mush when it comes to movie romance, so this type of painful, tear jerker romance is my thing.
Space Camp – This movie is about 5 kids and an instructor at Space Camp, who accidentally get thrust into space. Sooooo cheesy 80’s, but I was oh so into it. Seriously, ya’ll. I loved this movie so much that for months, I begged my parents to send to the real NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. During the summer of 1988, I actually went to The Space Academy and I loved it. This movie holds a special place in my heart and is definitely my favorite cheesy 80′s movie. My favorite line:
Kevin to Katheryn – “What’s the worst thing that can happen? We’ll all die, right?”
Have you seen any of these 3 movies? What movies would folks be surprised to know you love?