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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Movie club idea

I love a good club (documentaries, articles, picnics), so I was psyched to get this email from a reader named Emily:

"My friends and I have started a Cinema Club where we're watching all our dads' favorite movies. It's been such fun already, and the dads (none of whom know each other) get such a kick out of being so important in their twentysomething daughters’ lives...especially since they all live in Australia while we live in London! We've watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Graduate, Casablanca—and Lexi's dad's choice was Van Wilder! Hilarious choice from a 60+ university professor..."

What a brilliant idea, right? Would you do it? What do you think your dad would pick?

P.S. The Shining as a romantic comedy.

78 comments:

Joanna Goddard said...

i just called & asked my dad, and his movie is the english patient. i really want to start this club! :)

Martha said...

Such an awesome idea! I think my Dad's favorite movie would be something like "The Secret Life of Birds" with David Attenborough, which isn't quite as exciting or discussion-worthy. But I love him and his love of biology and the natural world!

Sian said...

That's such a great idea! My dad's favourite film is '400 blows'. I told me this when I was a kid going round saying he only liked violent films (he also likes stuff like Goodfellas, Pulp fiction which I wasn't allowed to watch obviously) - because I hadn't seen it at the time the title just confirmed my belief! But its actually a really sweet french film from the sixties about a little boy growing up in Paris and getting into trouble.

I love the idea of clubs but I haven't joined any (yet!). In my city there's a club called Philosophy in Pubs:

http://www.philosophyinpubs.org.uk/INDEX/index.asp

Betsy said...

Anything with Jack Lemon. Some Like it Hot or Mister Roberts, I think.

AVS said...

Annie Hall is one of my faourite movies!!! And such a lovely idea as my Dad is in Australia too!

My dads would definitely be 'Mean Streets' by Martin Scorsese. Such a classic! x

Katie said...

My dad would definitely contribute Doctor Zhivago. For a nice, LONG, evening.

Mindy Day said...

Brilliant idea, I want to do this ! I think my Dad's would be Back to the Future or Star Wars (the old ones ;)

kate said...

SUCH a great call! have to check with dad, but pretty sure his fave is the godfather...of course :)

ElsaD said...

Really cool! My dad would go for The Godfather (Part I and II). XOXO

Hillary Schuster said...

My dad would probably pick "Tommy Boy." He's 63.

heather said...

my dad's would be a clockwork orange or shawshank redemption. can you tell he's a retired cop? ;)

~Love Lis said...

How fun is this idea! I'm not even sure what my dad would pick, I'll have to call him and ask him today! :) I'm pretty sure it would be classic musical like Fiddler on the Roof or Guys and Dolls.

Prescott Perez-Fox said...

I actually have no idea what my father's favourite movie is, but he tried to get me to watch Dr. Zhivago once as a teenager. That didn't happen — shit is like 4 hours long!

Elizabeth said...

My dad absolutely loves Logan's Run. When I was recouperating from knee surgery in high school, he stayed home with me and would go rent movies for me to watch. The moment I fell asleep on the sofa, he'd put in Logan's Run so he could watch it himself.

Rebecca Frascone said...

this made me well up a little bit. I miss my daddy so much. His favorite movie was Beethoven...the one with the dogs (how cute is that?) and Swiss Family Robinson. I'm going to Netflix those today. Thanks for this post.

Annie said...

What a fun idea! My dad's favorite would probably be Dances with Wolves, which he watches any time it's on tv. I think there should also be a mom movie club!

Anonymous said...

Ha, Mindy Day, those are good ones. My dad always says his favorites are Gladiator, Master and Commander and Out of Africa.

Jen said...

Animal House, for sure! He still giggles like a little boy whenever he watches it.

Ashely said...

My dad loves American Graffiti and Endless Summer. He seriously brings them up at least once every time I visit!

Liz Lauren said...

All such amazing movies! I love Annie Hall! Woody Allen is my favorite writer and director!

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AVY said...

Those are some of my favorite movies too, and I'm not a dad.


/ Avy
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Anna said...

I love this idea, and it reminds me of a great party "game": Basically, everyone just tells their parents' favorite joke. It's a blast if you know your friends' parents, but still hilarious (and sometimes enlightening!) even if you don't.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh the godfather, absolutely!! :)

Erin K. W. said...

My dad loves kind of offbeat comedies. His favorites are Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.

Luna said...

My Dad: anything with Elvis Presley. I guess that's why I love Elvis too.

My Fiance's Dad: The Deer Hunter and Sideways. I was quite surprised by Sideways but he even brought the DVD with him so we could watch it! Funny.

RTah said...

My Dad would probably choose Star Trek or Caddyshack.

dizzy_izzy said...

My dad would probably pick Young Frankenstien.

Mari said...

Oh Jo this is so sweet! One of my favorite things growing up was picking up movies with my dad. I guess my dad's picks would be any of Hitchcock's films, or any from Clint Eastwood, or any classic Italian or French movie. This brings me so many memories from childhood! I remember when I got home after renting movies as a child, seeing my dad's approval would make me so happy!
xoxo

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Love discovering fabulous classics and revisiting old favs...nothing like a great movie! You have a great idea here, Janell

Abigail Leigh said...

My dad loves The Princess Bride. So, of course my sisters and I love them as well.

kati said...

have they watched The Deer Hunter? that's my favorite "dad movie" ever!

Fancy Pants said...

That's awesome. My dad would pick Crocodile Dundee. Seriously.

Anne said...

I really like this idea! One small problem though: my father has never been able to stay awake during movies! Wait! Now that I think of it, he stayed awake during the Millennium movies (the original Swedish ones)!
Other than that I'm afraid we'd be watching old soccer games.. :)

Kelly said...

That's such a fun idea! My dad and I both love Casablanca : )

la. said...

Our book club really wants to start a TV club since that is all we talk about in Book Club after we discuss the book anyway! We gasp and laugh and make predictions about our favorite shows. A movie club would be so fun too!!

Lisa said...

Ahhh, my dad would pick "The Longest Day" and "First Blood", and I've already sat through both of those with him, so ...this movie club is not for me. :)

George said...

I'm an Aussie girl in London! Where do I sign up? Will have to ask Dad his favourite when we skype this weekend. I don't think we've ever talked about it. Good conversation starter.

Amy Plummer said...

I am traveling today back home for my beloved dad's memorial service. This post is so sweet & a great idea for keeping his memory alive. My dad's favorite movies are The African Queen, Breaking Away & Seabisquit.

Ella Donnell said...

Pretty sure Toy Story or Star Trek would be at the top of my Dad's list. What a fun idea though. I've been looking for ways to see friends, have fun and not spend lots of cash. This is fantastic.

Erin Harwood said...

My Dad's would be It's a Wonderful Life. No question.

Anonymous said...

I am really saddened by this. Sorry to those readers who might not have a relationship with their dads, or to those whose dads have passed.

Nekes said...

This is such a sweet way to honor your Dad, alive or passed. My Dad has a very quirky taste in movies (and books and art). Brazil is one of his all time favorites, so bizarre!

Emily said...

Wow! I love this idea so much and have loved reading everyone's comments. My dad's favorite movie is either Casablanca or Shane. I have seen both of those more times than I can count!

I think I'm going to have to start this club with my friends.

Bethany Seawright said...

I love this idea! My dad's would be Doctor Zhivago. :)

I'm a huge fan of movie marathons of all kinds. Each summer we hold a film festival on the patio of our apartment and right now I'm embarking on my own mini-marathon, "Paul Newman - The Early Years," -http://designrlife.blogspot.com/2012/08/paris-blues-and-beyond.html )

Zana said...

Bridge Over the River Kwai, probably. He is a fan of war movies.

Sara said...

My dad's,hands down would be the back to the future trilogy, he compares basically every other movie to those ones.... but at least they are great movies!

A movie club would be a lot of fun!

Kat said...

I like a lot of "dad" age movies - Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, The Odd Couple (love Jack Lemmon). The Graduate. Anything with Steve McQueen. It's kind of ironic because my dad's favorite movie is Shrek.

Kelly R said...

I just emailed my dad and he said his favorite movie is August Rush. What a softie!

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea! However, my dad's favourite movie is Bullitt, with Steve McQueen. You know, the greatest car chase of all time? Not so great for a night with the ladies!
I bought it for him for Father's Day a few years ago and I can't begin to tell you about his reaction. He was...touched! lol I'll never top it.

Anonymous said...

My friends and I started a movie club this summer. We meet once a week to watch classic and foreign horror movies. It's so much fun!

My dad's favorite movie would probably be "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" or something with Mel Brooks.

Angharad said...

I think this is an amazing idea! I'm in a book club which I adore and my husband and me actually have a weekly movie date each wednesday during the colder months (geeks!) but I'd love to do this.

Alexa said...

animal house, absolutely. or monty python and the holy grail. my dad's a hoot :)

Amble said...

I teach a college course in comedy and so many of my students know the Marx Brothers or Mel Brooks because their dads made them watch those movies. And it may be the thing that set me on my own course - my dad's favorite movie was the original "To Be or Not To Be" with Jack Benny and Carole Lombard.

JoKnows said...

I love this idea, but I don't think my dad likes movies. :( Hockey Night in Canada is more his style. I would love to have a movie club though.

abby said...

I'm in!

Amber Andrews said...

I really love this idea! I would so love to be apart of one. My dad loves all those old war films, you know the ones that are still in black & white. And any movie that involves a ship. I recently saw that he watched Tripoli.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this idea! My dad would be so touched to be inspiration behind a night in with the girls... I am definitely going to start this in Chicago with my friends from home and college!

Kate said...

One time my dad thought he was renting me a movie about spies and the IRA and what he actually rented me was The Crying Game. He really didn't remember that one quite right.

But for him, Blade Runner would probably be close to the top, followed by The Magnificent Seven :)

katilda said...

oooh GREAT idea! my papa would pick dances with wolves, chariots of fire, forrest gump, or anything with barbara streisand in it.

Sammi said...

the life of brian is my dad's favourite movie and one of my favourites too!

callie said...

Awesome! I think my dad's would be Point Break. I mean, the Gary Busey/Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves combo is undeniable, right? :)
I have been wanting to start a Favorite Campy Movie Club so that I could make everyone watch The Birdcage with me! My friend would make everyone watch Robocop.

Lexie said...

my dad's favorite movie is rain man! dustin hoffman and tom cruise! win!

marne said...

I don't even have to ask my dad, I know it would be The Dirty Dozen! I'll probably always love that movie just because of that :)

Sarah H. said...

This is such a wonderful, original idea! I think my dad's favorite film is A Clockwork Orange, which I really don't care for. Bummer. I love the concept though.

Anonymous said...

JAWS!

Kathryn C said...

This is a fantastic idea. And with 8 housemates this year it could be the perfect weekend activity!

dw said...

For sure an old western. i will ask.

Keri said...

I want to do this too! It sounds so fun, and then you can call your Dad and talk about the movie! My dad would pick either Stand By Me, or Top Gun for sure. What a boys-boy. Too bad he had two girlies!

Emma said...

My dad's favourite movie is The Princess Bride. How weird is that? But I do love this idea!

Hilary said...

I love this! My husband actually loves these old movies too. Really fun.

naivecookcooks said...

Wow Joanna this club sounds really fun.Well it's sad that my dad is not a movie person but hey i have an uncle whose just like my dad and his all time favorite is "The Godfather" and i haven't seen them all yet!This club is a good motivation and it's weekend so perfect time to do that!
Happy watching friends!

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Stephanie said...

Aww, this makes me miss the movie club a high school friend and I had back when we were in college. He'd host a foreign film night when we were home during the summers, and we'd try to get other people to go, but no one else really got into it, so we were pretty much the only members! :-P

LeeLee said...

That's such a brilliant idea. I like it a lot and would love to try it.

DIT&O said...

My friends and I have a movie night (Thursday nights). We pick a category every week and then vote on the nominations. :)

Ashleigh said...

My dad's would be Ice Station Zebra. Not that he neccissarily loves the movie but very time he's tried to watch it (at least 5 times!) something has happened at the climax of the movie (when the sub breaks through the ice). The power cuts out, the video is damaged, the satellite breaks...etc etc. some of them quite ridiculous! He believes he will die one day never knowing the end of the movie, so it would be great to watch it and be able to tell him :)

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Robyn said...

This is such a cute idea- you could do it for books too!

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