This list is going to be all over the map! I grew up in the country and had
a lot of free time as a child. My favourite things included going to Chantals Bakery
to get chocolate dipped sprinkled donuts and rent a move from Carp Video.
Now I’m a 90’s kid, so basically everything I rented was on VHS. It wasn’t until
I became a teenager that they started introducing DVD’s and Carp Video was
pretty old school so they didn’t have a crazy selection of them.
Sadly when I became a teenager, they closed Carp Video. I was quite upset
but also happy because they were selling off their VHS & DVD’S for next to nothing!
I stocked up on many of my favourites and still have them to this day…just not a VHS
player unfortunately. I was given a lot of freedom to watch whatever I wanted growing
up so some of this stuff is definitely not age appropriate.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The first few times I saw this movie, it was actually playing on TV in French.
I was pretty young and didn’t quite understand what was being said but I loved
the imagery. The story of a misunderstood creation who was all alone and the courageous efforts of one women attempting to help him get accepted by a community made for quite the storyline. I would watch this movie over and over growing up and eventually when I was 15, my first boyfriend bought it for me on DVD for Christmas. I still have it to this day and on a night in, it will be the first I reach for.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Alright, Alright Alright. This movie is iconic and a favourite for many reasons. I’m sure everyone remembers those last day of school feelings. Your about to leave all your school work behind and head into summer sun and fun. With Actresses/Actors like Mila Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Jason London and Adam Goldberg in their youth, this coming-of-age film depicts those exciting and for the juniors scary end of year traditions. From hazing, to joy riding, underage drinking, marijuana use, popular pool hall feels and an impromptu keg party, the director really gives you the vibe of the era.
The Sandlot (1993)
I had this French teacher when I was in Grade 8 named Madame Woodrow. She was by far my favourite teacher. She had a heart of gold and made learning French heaps of fun. She use to have a shelf full of movies that we could ‘rent’ from her. This was the movie I always signed out for weeks on end. With a cast of lovable characters; Scotty Smalls, Benny Rodriguez, Ham Porter, Squints Palledorous, Yeah-Yeah McClennan, Kenny DeNunez, Tommy and Timmy Timmons and Bertram Weeks, this film brought you feels left, right and centre. It showed you the awkward feels of trying to fit in with a group of friends who have a passion for baseball. They sure manage to get themselves into a few pickles but with the strong bond and support of one another, they manage to make it out on top.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
I have always loved Halloween. I think I would have to say it is my absolute favourite holiday! I love the idea of witches, ghosts and goblins. Every Halloween as far back as I can remember, this movie was my kickoff to the month of October. My grandma use to have heaps of movies on VHS and all of my cousins and I would ‘rent’ them from her. Needless to say, this one never got back to her. I also liked that the little girl was named Dani as my name is Dani so I would pretend I was her as a kid. This is a classic that will never go out of style.
American History X (1998)
I still can’t believe I watched this for the first time at a young age. I still remember the feeling I had in my stomach when I finished it. This movie was packed with violence and racism. Growing up the way I did, I hadn’t exactly been introduced to such things at a young age. It definitely opened up my eyes to these things and also to the lengths people will go to prove a point. Hats off to Edward Norton (my all time favourite actor) for portraying such an intense role model who changed his ways and took pre-emptive measures to ensure his brother didn’t follow in his footsteps.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Like all “good” movies in the 90’s, this movie starts off with a bet. It was also that perfect stereotypical high school movie in which you see all the different groups; the cool kids, the nerds, the jocks… and then there’s Kat. I had a lot of respect for her character. She showed young women that they can be beautiful, smart and empowered. Of course Heath Ledger being the heartthrob of the film might have also assisted in the viewing pleasure. The vibes for this movie were very fun and the lessons were well served.
Centre Stage (2000)
I was coming into my teen years when I first saw this film. I had joined a tennis day camp for a few weeks of the summer and use to walk to my moms work and hang out until she was done. To keep myself occupied, one of her coworkers set me up with a computer and this movie. I always wanted to be a dancer growing up but unfortunately I have two left feet (not literally!). I basically lived vicariously through the characters in this movie. Any time I need a pick me up, I put this on. I really like how it deals with jealousy, relationships, body issues, and most of all, friendship.
Almost Famous (2000)
Another 70’s flick that is definitely a classic. I love this movie for so many reasons. It has an awesome soundtrack, a wicked cast and a really neat storyline that shows you, you can do anything you put your mind to. I love the determination the main character, William portrays. Although he may seem naïve at first, he soon comes to terms with the harsh reality that is travelling on the road and being a musician. As he takes this eye-opening journey, touring with the band Stillwater, he not only grows himself but assists in the character development of the band mates and Band-Aids.
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Talk about one hell of a love story! I have always enjoyed musicals. I would have to say this one is hands down my favourite one. I even had the soundtrack. My sister and I would watch/listen for months on end. This was the first movie that gave me hope about having a soul mate and one true love. With a fantastic cast including Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo and Jim Broadbent, this movie was made to turn heads. The best description for it would have to be ” eye candy. ” Everywhere you look in this movie, you are constantly being drawn in. You can thank the wonderful styling of the director Baz Luhrmann for that.
Big Fish (2003)
I still remember the previews for this movie as if it were yesterday. I was so excited by all of the neat characters and their backstories. Sometimes I find when a director really digs into multiple characters, it can feel like several movies rolled into one. This movie is perfect for those who have a really vivid imagination. It also features a strained relationship between father and son as the son believes his father has fabricated most if not all of the stories he has told him his entire life. The end of this movie makes for a great realization of fact and fiction.
So that’s my Top 10 favourite childhood movies.
What are your favourites?
Xoxo, Dani Girl