This is part of a texting conversation I had yesterday with one of my former youth group students. He is now in his 20's. The gray boxes are him, the green me:
After I wrote to him, "define old" - my mind starting thinking about good OLD movies: Casablanca, Arsenic & Old Lace, and anything by Hitchcock were the things coming to mind. Because OLD movies are the black & white classics.
Then his "80's or later" answer came. WHAT?!?!?! When did 80's movies become "old" movies? If he was standing in front of me I probably would have kicked him.
Here were my "off the top of my head" answers that I gave, and also the rationale I was thinking of as I sent them:
- The Godfather - because though not an 80's movie, it is a true classic
- Anything by John Hughes - because when I tried to think of a good 80's movie everything that immediately came to mind was by him. He is the epitome of "80's movies"
- Ghostbusters - because it is one of my favorite comedies of all time
- Dances With Wolves - because it is one of my favorite epic dramas of all time
- Dark City - because I tried to think up something really uncommon that I loved, and Dark City is a great metaphysical sci-fi movie.
- The Truman Show - because it is one of the best satires I know of
Writing this hours after the conversation that aged me, another "old" movie that I would add is "One Crazy Summer." It has John Cusack, Demi Moore, and Bobcat Goldthwait in it, and is a stupid comedy from the 80's that my sister and I would watch over and over again. Incredibly funny.
So...what "old" movies immediately come to your mind? What would you have recommended?