“Goonies never say die!”– Mikey in The Goonies
When you grow up, there are those movies you watch once and forgot about, leaving very little of a mark on your pop culture makeup. Other times there are those films that stand the test of time, maybe not in graphics, or dialogue, but in substance. These films, still to this day, are a nostalgic reminder of one of your great cinematic experiences and a sentimental part of your past.
We all have our internal or external list of “favorite movies.” Often the list is personal, ranging from a film you can’t stop thinking about, or one that proved a cinematic masterpiece, or others purely for their stupidity. The list is yours, no one else, so the films you loved are allowed to stand in place as “your” greats. My list is similar to that idea. I have my masterpiece like Shawshank Redemption, my favorites Memento, Back to the Future, Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Platoon, movies by Christopher Nolan, Stephan Spielberg, Quintin Tarantino, and so on. My list is my list, films that had an effect on me, one way or another.
“I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there…We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.”– Leonard Shelby, Memento
When one cannot travel, but one loves to travel and must remain at home socially distancing, what are they to do? When Massachusetts went into lockdown in early April, I decided to find some creative ways to see family without being able to be with them. It would require ZOOM, borrowing the format of one of my favorite podcasts, and rewatching one movie a week.
My brother Jeff told me to listen to Bill Simmons’ The Ringer’s The Rewatchables. It is a brilliant idea of a podcast for someone who grew up in the 80s and 90s watching television shows and movies, some not so appropriate. But the podcast, which is incredibly popular and probably does not need an overview, has several individuals talking about “rewatchable” movies and creating categories and awarding winners of some of these groupings. Simple but fantastic.