This absolutely blew my mind. I mean seriously, who hasn’t seen “Sleepless in Seattle” by the age of 29, right?!
Naturally, I responded by immediately purchasing the movie on Amazon and on Friday night she watched the most-famous movie in the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan trilogy for the first time.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t exactly aged well and the once-quirky, over-the-top performance by Ryan seems decidedly more forced and less-genuine in 2012 than it did in 1993, but that’s not really what matters.
What matters is that Grace has now seen “Sleepless in Seattle.”
As a result, last night she requested that I watch a movie—one of her all-time favorites—that I had never seen before, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Now I know what you’re thinking…Jeremiah how in the blue hell have you never seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?? …also you have exquisite interpersonal skills and your t-shirt collection if rivaled by no one, but seriously…what gives with the “Ferris Bueller” thing?!
I can’t disagree with any of you.
It is downright ridiculous that I’d never seen the movie prior to last night. It is, by all accounts, one of the most iconic movies of the past 30 years and one that peeps of my generation hold in the highest high-esteem.
(Blogger’s Note: It was also very funny and entertaining, despite my constantly nit-picking plot holes and the lack of realism. Oh and PS: Sloane!!)
Unfortunately, this is something I’m pretty notorious for, there are plenty of times people start talking to me about a movie and when I tell them—often red-faced and full of shame—that I’ve never seen it, they inevitably respond as follows: “OH MY GOD, HOW HAVE YOU NEVER SEEN [Insert Iconic Movie]?!?!”
The fact of the matter is this, as a kid I watched “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham,” “Major League,” “Batman,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The Lion King,” and “Die Hard” something like 10,000 times each.
I don’t ever once remember going to a movie theater with my parents—seriously, I can’t imagine they’ve been inside a theater since 1981—and, aside from the aforementioned cinematic masterpieces, I didn’t spend a bunch of time watching movies or television (note: wrestling and baseball games excluded) as a kid. We had a farm with lots of crap to play with and I had two brothers to annoy and/or fight with at all times.
As a result, I missed out on a lot of classic movies.
I’ve made a big effort in recent years to remedy a lot of the missing classics. I finally watched all of the original “Star Wars” movies and the original “Indiana Jones” movies for the first time a few years back.
I’ve watched “Alien.” I’ve watched (and now own) “High Fidelity.” I’ve watched “Stripes” and all of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies.
…but I’ve still got a long, long way to go if I want to be “up to speed” on the requisite “classics” for my generation.
This is where all y’all come into play.
I want all y’all to leave your top five “classic” movies for peeps of my generation (read: folks roughly 25ish-35ish-years-old) in the comments section.
The top ten most popular responses will be turned into fodder for an upcoming movie marathon wherein I’ll try to plow through all ten movies (and briefly review them) in one month.
That may not sound overly impressive, but given that it took me 26 years to watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the fact that I currently watch, roughly, one movie a month in my living room and, like, two a year in the theater, it’s better than nothing.
The submission period goes from today (Monday, August 27) through midnight next Sunday (September 2).
Hit up the comments and let me know what classic movie(s) I need to see.