Monday, December 5, 2011

Father-Daughter Movies

Today is Thai Fathers' Day, and this post is for Dad. 

          About 3 weeks ago, I watched Tower Heist with my dad at Central World. Then last week, we watched the original Ocean's 11 at home. (Yes, I'm back home now.) These two movies struck the longest leisure conversations my dad and I haven't had in a while, and it made me realize something. That there are particular types of movies I can enjoy so much with only my dad. It surprised me that I never gave an active thought as to what exactly makes a movie a "Father-Daughter" movie for me, and so I've been inspired to compile a list of criteria here:
  1. Comedy from beginning to end, but NOT the sick, retarded kind that characterizes distasteful movies like Austin Powers, Bruce Gigolo, and Epic Movie. (Feel my raging dislike?)
  2. At least 1 (2 would be more ideal) classic Hollywood actor in lead role. The mention of any of the following names, for instance, would spark unconditional interest from us:  
    • Jack Nicholson
    • Robert De Niro
    • Ben Stiller
    • Steve Martin
    • Morgan Freeman
    • Reese Witherspoon
    • Drew Barrymore*
    • Eddy Murphy
    • Tom Hanks
    • Jim Carrey
    • Jackie Chan + Chris Tucker
  3. Action. Crime. Trickery. (Any or all.)
  4. Nothing philosophical, or thought-provoking, or tear-jerking. We aren't movie-criers anyways.
  5. Out-takes at the end. 
  6. Only "realistic" special effects. 
    • Examples: car bombs, falling from a skyscraper, 2012 stuff... even aging backwards is fine. 
    • Non-examples: vampires, blue creatures, aliens, robots, Voldemort (unfortunately), animation...
    • Borderline: superheroes
  7. Martial arts sequences are a plus! We like to point out specific moves.

          It's worth noting that this list far from describes my favorite movies.  But I think it's only normal to have different "settings" for the different sections of your life. That why we don't try to integrate all our cliques together, right? Or why keeping them separate doesn't necessarily mean that one is not good enough for the other.  I treasure the tight relationship and abundant mutual interests I have with my dad. It's only sad that our types of movies have dwindled in box office release over the years (or maybe I'm just don't have as much downtime as I did in 1998, when Rush Hour just came out and when TV ruled my life).  So I guess my belated thanksgiving is for Tower Heist, the original Danny Ocean and his gang, and flood-induced holidays. Thank you, God. I love you, Dad.

Bonus Material: 10 Father-Daughter Movies Off The Top of My Head
              1. Rush Hour (1998)
              2. Rush Hour 2 (2001)
              3. Meet The Parents (2000)
              4. Bruce Almighty (2003)
              5. Legally Blonde (2001)
              6. Showtime (2002)
              7. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
              8. The Sting (1973)
              9. Bowfinger (1999)
              10. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

*My dad met her several times when E.T. was still in the production process. Why can't my life be that cool?

1 comment:

  1. Hey! #3 applies to my dad too! And he also likes the "good" romance movies-- my dad loved Pride and Prejudice XD