As I mentioned previously, I grew up in a family of six kids - five girls and one boy. Our family was a bit "unconventional," I suppose. We were all birthed at home in my parents' bedroom (with the exception of my oldest sister). We weren't vaccinated. We were homeschooled. We didn't own a TV for many of my early childhood years...and we weren't allowed to watch PG-13 movies until we were 13.
In many ways, I'm grateful for my somewhat "sheltered" childhood and the innocence that my parents protected.
When we finally did buy a TV (I was probably about age 8), we watched rather simple and classic movies in our house. We'd go down to the local video shop and pick up films that - in today's climate - would be considered "mild" and squeaky clean, full of positive messages. Almost all of the movies we watched were rated G and many were very old. But we loved them just the same.
A Little Princess (1986) - This 1980's version has always been my favorite. When the 1995 version came out, I was very excited...but then very disappointed. Because the "Sarah" in the 90's version just wasn't quite "right" with her lighter hair and open-mouthed expressions.
Beauty and the Beast (1991) - We watched other Disney cartoons too, but this one is the one that got played the most. I think I related to Belle with her book in her nose and her slightly feministic ways. And, of course, the music was enchanting.
Flight of the Navigator (1986) - An ordinary boy gets caught up in a marvelous adventure. I hardly remember the details; I just remember that it was so much fun.
North by Northwest (1959) - My dad was a fan of Alfred Hitchcock so we often watched his films (and "The Twilight Zone Series" TV episodes, of course...cue theme song in your head here...). N X NW was one of his favorites and - actually - I liked it a lot too. The final scene at Mount Rushmore always made me catch my breath.
Pollyanna (1960) - I think I always secretly wanted to be a little bit like Hayley Mills. Or Pollyanna, really. In her pretty dresses and huge bowties.
Rear Window (1954) - Another Alfred Hitchcock classic. This one scarier than the last. This was slumber party fare. And we'd all gasp in fright at the end...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Movie (1990) - I first saw this at the drive-in with my family. Under piles of blankets. Propped up in the back of or on top of our car. With plenty of snacks. Those were the days...before drive-ins were "shady."
The Lady Vanishes (1938) - An old lady gets on a train and then disappears. And everyone pretends like they never saw her... That's the premise of the story and, oh boy, it's a goodie.
The Parent Trap (1961) - Hayley Mills, again. Oh, how I loved the antics of those twin sisters. And the happy ending with the "Let's Get Together" song is just so wonderful. If only every unhappily married couple's story could end so blissfully in real life.
The Sound of Music (1965) - Such a positively beautiful love story. And, oh the music! "My Favorite Things" and "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Do-Re-Mi" - the whole score was spectacular.
We especially enjoyed watching movies in the summertime. With a giant bowl of popcorn.
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