I recently rewatched "The Crow," that pinnacle of 90s goth torment and on Tuesday, Katie Schenkel over at the Mary Sue brought up how "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (which is 21 years old) is a really good allegory for how cultural appropriation is a bad thing. Apparently, right now is a good time for talking about movies that came out when some of us were teenagers.
And, sure, why not -- our teens are a pivotal developmental time. And the movies that sink into our brains and hearts then are probably always going to have a special place in our psyches.
When I think about some of my very favorite films, they are, in fact, about to turn 20 years old. "The Usual Suspects" is chief on that list. Every time I watch some M. Night Shyamalan movie, I think about "The Usual Suspects" because the ending is subtly broadcast throughout the whole film but you don't feel slapped in the face or cheated at the end. Keyser Soze remains my ideal film villain.
Another favorite from 1995 is "Clueless," which is full of smart dialogue without feeling like the humor is based on punching down.
Come on, it's funny.
Another movie that has held up really well for me and that I've never stopped watching over the years is "A Goofy Movie," which is an absurd cross-country road trip movie featuring Goofy and his son Max, who has grown into something of a surly teenager. Goofy fears they are growing apart and engineers this whole opportunity to reconnect.
Of course it goes spectacularly wrong for a while and Max resists all efforts because he's missing this girl Roxanne and there's a concert he wants to get to and things get all heart warming before the end.
Also there's an appearance by Bigfoot.
What about you? What movie from your teen years is still number one on your list? What movie from being a little kid is your comfort film on a rough day? If movies could be considered life-long companions, what would yours be?