Today’s the first day of fall, and there’s something about this season that makes you feel nostalgic. Maybe it’s the falling leaves, the cooler weather or the chance to wear your favorite hooded sweatshirt. Whatever the reason, autumn has the mysterious ability to conjure memories of the past, and so do movies.
Have you ever watched "The Godfather" and swore you could smell Clemenza’s gravy cooking on the stovetop? Does watching "Rocky" during this time of year make you crave Thanksgiving turkey? Adrian’s bird looked pretty tasty before Paulie went ape-s-- and ruined it. It’s clear that movies can tap into our senses.
I’m sure everyone has favorite films that, for personal reasons, remind you of fond memories. This week’s list is devoted to movies that make you feel nostalgic and the classics that take you back in time. Tell us what movies make you nostalgic and why - here are my favorites:
1. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939): “There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy (It’s impossible to not get swept away when Dorothy sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.")
2. "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980): “No. Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda ("Empire" was the first film I ever saw in a movie theater when I was 3 years old…suffice it to say, the cinematic experience left a lasting impression.)
3. "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" (1985): “I am Chiun…master of Sinanju.” – Chiun (I discovered this cult classic while playing hooky from Rosh Hashanah services one year. It’s now an annual holiday tradition right next to dipping apples in honey.)
4. "Avalon" (1990): "You cut the turkey without me!?!?" – Gabriel Krichinsky (Thanks to Barry Levinson's family portrait, no holiday is complete in my family without someone performing a variation of this line.)
5. "Manhattan" (1979): “Corn beef should not be blue.” – Isaac David (All of Woody Allen’s films have a touch of nostalgia because they sift through significant moments of characters’ relationships, but "Manhattan" tops them all with an opening scored by Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Plus, the images of NYC completely in black and white are simply beautiful.)
"Back to the Future" (1985): “Time circuits on. Flux Capacitor…fluxing. Engine running. All right!” – Marty McFly (Aside from the fact that this film juxtaposes the cultural differences between '80s and '50s America, there’s no doubt that this classic is at the top of the time travel movie genre.)
Hard to pick a top five, but off the top of my head:
1) Wizard of Oz
2) Pretty Woman
3) American Beauty
4) Knocked Up
5) All About Eve
Does Remo Williams make you remember the smell of brisket cooking?
Nostalgia: I saw The Sound of Music in downtown Philadelphia when I was 14. My music teacher thought I looked like Liesel, the oldest daughter. That was 46 years ago. If only we could stay young forever!
When Harry Met Sally
Always reminds me of the holidays and I love the old couples telling about how they met.
Never saw Avalon, but love the other 4.
1. The Last Starfighter (Watched every Saturday when deployed to Germany back in the '80s
2. Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope (Got in line 2 showings early, there were no megaplexes)
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (No better crumpled hero in history)
4. Avatar (I've NEVER seen better CGI special effects)
5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (You have to really understand British humor of the '70s)
My top five would be as follows:
1. Enter the Dragon
2. The Challenge (the equals)
3. The Circle of Iron
4. Remo Williams; and
5. Somewhere in Time
1 Fields of Doodoo
2 The Diarreah Chronicles
3 Frostys Poopie New Year
4 Maya Turdangelo-Profit of Poo
5 Tuuurd Wranglers Revenge
2. Scent of a Woman
3. Requiem for a Dream
4. The Last Samurai
Great list, but my top five would be:
2. Hello! Dolly (Don't hate, my grandmother was an aging actress before she passed)
3. River of No Return
4. Wizard of Oz
5. Rio Lobo
Great list–great column–great day–I may even go to a movie this afternoon–MONEYBALL looks good and Field of Dreams is one that is on my list.
I agree with #1... have only seen #1 & #2.
My 5 are:
2. Muppets Take Manhatten
4. Wizard of Oz
5. Top Gun
Oh yeah – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. with Holly Hunter. sorry for typing in caps but this was a super movie. funny.
I guess im a dud. I wouldnt want to see any of these movies again. oh well. My list would be:
1 Logans Run original version
2 Young Guns
3 The Omen original version
4 Rosemarys Baby original vers
5 Mad Max maybe ?
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