This past Saturday I picked up a present that my ex had sent over to Dubai. We’re on talking terms, which is always good, and she this and knowing how much I love the film, she had to get it for me:
She was actually at a film convention and Cary Elwes, the author of the book and actor who played the Man in Black, the Dread Pirate Roberts, etc., actually autographed the book for me. Such a fantastic gift seeing the impression this film made on my formative years.
This film came out in 1987. I was about 16 (depending whether I saw the film before or after my August birthday). I have watched it several times a year since. It is one of my go-to movies. Definitely one of my all time favourites, and certainly one of the most quotable films of all time. And some how, 28 years later, despite a lack of CGI and big-budget explosions (the budget for the film was $16 million [about a third of what Tom Cruise earns for a film]), it still holds up well as the writing is brilliant and the acting superb.
I’ve been buzzing since I got the book (which is good as I’ve got the worst sore throat in history at the moment), and naturally it took me back to my youth. When a friend posted a painting she had done of the film Labyrinth, I almost lost it. Again, I love this film. And it got me thinking about all the films I watched between the ages of 14-16. Some of the best films I have seen. Definitely the ones that have stuck with me the most. Here’s a sample of films from 1985 to 1987. Now, there were other films, Oscar winners and such, but for a teenager, I wasn’t too concerned with the neurotic nuances of Woody Allen.
Back to the Future
The Breakfast Club
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Clue (Tim Curry was a genius in this film – and I loved the board game)
Better Off Dead
The Sure Thing
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Stand by Me (another all-time favourite)
Pretty in Pink
The Hitcher (way better than the silly remake)
Full Metal Jacket
The Princess Bride
The Lost Boys (no sparkly fucking vampires in this one)
Empire of the Sun
Good Morning, Vietnam
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Evil Dead II
Adventures in Babysitting
Naturally there were films before and after that shaped me or I still watch (the original 3 Star Wars films come to mind as do the LOTR trilogy), but pound for pound, those 3 years were hard for me to beat. Funnily enough, I also think some of the best albums came out around that same time (1983-1986). As mentioned in an earlier post, it is the little things that stay with you and mean the most. I bet if I thought about it long enough, each of these films would have some connection to me other than just liking the actor or something like that.
And for my younger readers, if you haven’t seen the Princess Bride, you certainly must. It’s fun. It’s wonderful. And it is a great film well told.