Dayton Ward (daytonward) wrote,
Dayton Ward


As a kid growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, I spent a lot of time at the movie theater. Before home video and internet streaming and iPods, the only way to see a movie was in a theater, on a big-assed screen. Truth be told, that's still the only way to see certain movies. Unfortunately, the world is filled with assholes hell-bent on ruining this experience for the rest of us. Some of them even make movies which contribute to the overall decline in this once hallowed passtime.


Anyway, I'm now of an age where lots of the movies I first saw as a kid are celebrating big birthdays. Twenty, twenty-five, even thirty years for a lot of the ones from my childhood. Cripes, I'm getting old.

And let's not even get into the movies which already had been around for a number of years before I learned of them. Those are getting up there in years, too...and most of them are just as fun to watch now as they were when I was a kid. We also don't want to leave out some more recent movies, either, right?

2012, in addition to being the year of American Political Dumbassery and The End of Everything As Told To Us By The Mayans, is also a big milestone year for some of my favorite films. Throughout the year, I hope to revisit several of these cinematic treasures, as well as a few guilty pleasures along the way. I did this to some degree last year, but this is really a banner year for this kind of thing. Just a cursory perusal of the Internet Movie Database yields this list, which by no means is inclusive (Translation: don't go yelling at me for forgetting this or that title. Make your own list in the comments, yo):

Celebrating their 20th anniversary (1992):
Reservoir Dogs
A Few Good Men
Army of Darkness
Under Siege
El Mariachi
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Avatar Ferngully

25th anniversary (1987):
Full Metal Jacket
The Untouchables
Lethal Weapon
Wall Street
The Living Daylights

30th anniversary (1982):
Blade Runner
The Thing
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
First Blood
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
48 Hrs
Night Shift

35th anniversary (1977):
Star Wars (the first one, before all this "Episode __" horseshit)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Spy Who Loved Me
Smokey and the Bandit
Damnation Alley

40th anniversary (1972):
The Godfather
The Poseidon Adventure
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Silent Running

45th anniversary (1967):
Cool Hand Luke
You Only Live Twice
The Dirty Dozen

50th anniversary (1962):
To Kill A Mockingbird
Lawrence of Arabia
Dr. No
The Longest Day
The Manchurian Candidate
The Day of the Triffids

55th anniversary (1957):
12 Angry Men
Paths of Glory
The Bridge On the River Kwai
The Enemy Below
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
The Incredible Shrinking Man

I think that's enough for now. As you can see...I've got a lot of stuff to watch. Maybe, and that's before I start adding titles I missed or forgot. Some few flicks may well qualify for one of my patented "Wayback Reviews," which I am way overdue so far as resuming. The last one I did was for Commando back in 2010. Surely there's something which rates similar treatment while celebrating a notable birthday? Porky's, for example, turns 30 this year. Yikes.

Better stock up on popcorn and Milk Duds.

(Originally published at The Fog of Ward and cross-posted to LiveJournal.)

Tags: movies, nerdity, ramblings

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