Life Screening: The Movies of My Childhood

Apologies for the delay in the arrival of the post. Truth is, I was having trouble finding an inspiration for a post. I thought about writing my thoughts on Indian Wells and Sony Open tournaments, but didn’t really feel compelled. I also thought about discussing Wrestlemania 30, but given that I haven’t ordered the WWE Network and didn’t order it on Pay-Per-View it would be hard to give a comprehensive detailing. So my mind wandered over a variety of topics. Then, amidst my wonderings, a song from a film in my childhood reverberated through my thoughts. Sure, sometimes songs cross our minds and fade. This song, however, has been in my mind for the last several days. Thus this idea was born: I’m going to write about the 12 most influential/memorable films to me personally from my childhood (I was going to do 10, but couldn’t figure out which two to eliminate). One thing you’ll learn about me (if you haven’t already) is that I absolutely love film. Going through this list, keep in mind that I’m not saying that I am calling these the greatest movies of my childhood, merely the ones I remember the most. Enjoy.

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A Tribute to the Masters: A Farewell to Hayao Miyazaki and the (Brief) Return of Roger Federer

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.” – Beethoven

The word art, in the sense I’ll be talking about it today, is defined by Webster’s in the following way:

“The quality, production, expression or realm, according to aesthetic principles of, of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance.”

The main phrase of that definition is “more than ordinary significance.” This post is to recognize two artists – one ending his career and one nearing the end of his career – who have over the period of their illustrious careers sparked our imaginations, showed us beauty in ways we never expected and reminded us of the power of our dreams. They are the pinnacle of their respective arts, and have over the years wowed us with their expertise and mastery of their crafts.

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Groundhog Day


‘Groundhog Day’ is on my list of Top 10 movies of all time.  I especially love that after watching it once, I feel like I just saw it 8 times in a row.  Some of Bill Murray’s best advice: “Don’t Drive Angry!”  I’m a Groundhog Birthday Girl, so this holiday and the movie are near and dear to my shadow and my heart.  Sorry about the shadow this year; the polar vortex reached Punxsutawney PA, and Phil waved the white flag.  Bummer.  I think it’s high time we all consider moving to San Diego!

Speaking of Phil, Groundhog Day 2014 left me with a heavy heart, learning about the tragic, though unsurprising death of Philip Seymore Hoffman – such a talent, and a humble man when greeted by fans.  My hope is that something good can come from something so sad.  I work in an ER in Philadelphia, where I see life-threatening and end-stage disease in very young people on a WEEKLY basis, as a result of Narcotic Drug Abuse – often times in the form of IV drugs, but also in the form of prescription meds such as percocet.  Aside from the Hepatitis C that leads to cirrhosis and Liver Cancer, the HIV, the MRSA abscesses that can lead to limb loss and sepsis, a new batch of heroin is out there that is “laced” with fentanyl – giving people (click on it) a HUGE UNEXPECTED FATAL dose of opiates  . My hope is that celebrities, who have used in the past, will come forward to educate our young people from a Survivor’s point of view.  Here’s an example in Russell Brand.  Addiction is one of the hardest diseases to beat; it requires the ultimate conviction of the patient to want a cure. Prevention is where it’s at, and the media has such powerful influence. As a child of the 80’s the mantra ‘Just Say No’ has been on my mind the last few days.

Switching gears, who doesn’t love puppies?  You know you want to see it again – that Budweiser Commercial!!!