Handy Hubby and I have such fond childhood memories that we can’t wait to share our favourites with the tornadoes.
Miss T is now five and a half and Mr TT is nearly three so for them, the world revolves around catchy tunes, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. We’ve started things off slowly by introducing the tornadoes to our favourite songs. I’m dead keen on musically educating my kids so they don’t grow up thinking Gangnam Style is the epitome of musical excellence.
I love nothing more than our impromptu dance offs in the lounge room where we pull out favourite CDs or get the Apple TV going and play music video clips. Often nights like this descend into Handy Hubby going off course and finding the cheesiest 80s and 90s clips. As a result, the tornadoes current favourites are Safety Dance, Ice Ice Baby and Pump Up The Jam.
In a few years time I am excited about the prospect of introducing the tornadoes to our favourite films. They are a bit young for these at the moment (and some will have to wait even longer to be age appropriate) but I’m counting down the years until we can have a family movie night.
Here are 5 films I can’t wait to press play on…
1. The Princess Bride
How I love this film. Action, adventure, comedy, romance and a very young Fred Savage. Handy Hubby and I still quote lines from this film and to me, it has stood the test of time.
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
“As you wish.”
“Wuv. True wuv.”
2. Star Wars
Introducing the tornadoes to this film franchise is a no-brainer. I’m interested in seeing how they will react to the “special effects” which were considered high-tech at the time.
At this point I do need to confess something – I never saw a Star Wars film until I was in my 20s when they were re-released at the cinema. I was dating Handy Hubby at the time and he nearly dumped me because of this – he couldn’t believe it. Growing up in an all-girl family who wasn’t into sci-fi, I was never exposed to the Star Wars phenomenom. Shame on me.
Special mention must go to Spaceballs which I plan on introducing the tornadoes to once they have seen the original trilogy.
3. Sixteen Candles
This is the first “grown-up” film I remember watching. I clearly remember sitting with my older sisters and watching this classic. The music, the fashion, the hair – I’m sure the tornadoes will have a great laugh!
Of course a screening of The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink will be shown following this.
4. Indiana Jones
Another film franchise offering action, adventure, comedy and a studly Harrison Ford. I distinctly remember falling asleep as a very young kid on my Mum’s lap at the drive-in when we all went to see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – I was 6, give me a break!
5. Top Secret
This is one of those films that I fear will not be as funny as I remember it. It was one of the first films I watched over and over as a kid. Silly and stupid, it had some classic lines plus a French character named Chocolate Mousse.
“I know a little German…he’s right over there.”
“Listen to me Hillary. I’m not the first guy who fell in love with a woman that he met at a restaurant who turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist only to lose her to her childhood lover who she last saw on a deserted island who then turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the French underground.”
Choosing only five was super hard. Other honourable mentions must go to – all the Marvel superhero films, The Goonies, Back To The Future, Clue, Big, The Three Amigos, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Flying High, The Naked Gun, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Wayne’s World, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, Dead Poet’s Society, Heathers and The Usual Suspects (for when the tornadoes are much older!).
I foresee some epic family movie nights in our future. Here’s hoping the tornadoes enjoy them too and don’t just roll their eyes at their embarrassing Mum and Dad.
Have you introduced your kids/nieces/nephews to your favourite films?
What’s on your list?