In our recent discussion about the dubious heroism of Columbus, Lincoln, and Joel Hodgson (well, somebody should have said Joel), The Jerk did his job as peacemaker, and poured soothing oils on the stormy waters of our dialogue by bringing up the subject of fluoridation.
For readers who are not familiar with The Jerk, he is this guy who writes for my blog, and he is a jerk. What’s the matter, The Jerk — sick and tired of having a friendly chat with strangers online about vaccines, maybe, or circumcision?
I had actually completely forgotten that people get upset about fluoride. But now that I remember, I can’t stop thinking about Dr. Strangelove, and how I wish my kids were old enough to watch it.
It got me to thinking about other movies that I’d like to show my kids, and which I think they would mostly enjoy — but there’s just a few scenes in there (or maybe more than a few) that make these movies out of the question for another couple of years. Here’s the rest of the list:
I’m halfway afraid that they won’t be terrified by this movie. And that they won’t recognize the perfect story arc. And that they won’t get the big deal about this scene:
I campaign for this one regularly, and my husband always nixes it with this simple argument: “Simmy, it’s one long d**k joke!” Humph. If I had known he was such a prude, I never would have — oh, never mind.
Young Frankenstein, another of my favorites.
Super dooper! I don’t mean to lean too heavily on Mel Brooks, but I do feel that my children are only living partial lives until they understand what we mean by “Nice hopping.”
For a change of pace, how about Unbreakable?
This is one of my favorite movies of the decade — it’s so much more than a comic book movie. Where Watchmen seethes with ludicrous self-importance, Unbreakable tells a plain and strange story of good and evil. I wish people would give this movie a second look–it’s so delicately, movingly, and thrillingly done, and is full of hidden symbols.
Oh, wait, here we go: The Mummy
Here is the movie for which the word “awesome” was invented. I can’t quite get myself to use this word in public yet, but I have to admit, this movie is indisputably awesome.
Besides being terrifying and genuinely funny, this is one of the very few action movies with an appealing heroine (and impeccable casting in general). I didn’t realize how good Rachel Weisz is as Evy until we saw part 3 (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), which, among its many grave problems, had a different actress in the role – and it really wasn’t worth watching.
And of course my children’s cultural education won’t be complete until they see Army of Darkness
Everything’s cool! I said the words. I did!
Well, what’s on your list of cinematic genius that you’re dying to bequeath to the next generation? Leave your list in the comment box, or do your own Seven Quick Takes (doesn’t have to be movies — most people just list seven random tidbits, which I find much harder than making a list), and leave a link to yours at Conversion Diary, where Jen hosts lists of links every Friday. Don’t forget to link back to Jen if you do your own Seven Quick Takes.
(Cross-posted at the poor The Anchoress, who probably hoped for more than, “Ha ha, here’s my favorite fart scene!”)