Die Hard – A Classic Kid’s Movie
A few weeks ago, I shared an Alfred Hitchcock double feature with my father. We watched Rear Window and Psycho, two films I had never seen before, and films he had only seen in bits and pieces. As expected, we both loved the films and in general had a good time watching them. What I didn’t expect was for Fogs to ask me to write a post on my experience watching the films with my father, and just watching films with my dad in general. I thought it was a great idea, in fact, it kind of annoys me that I didn’t come up with it. So with this, I’m going to explore my past film experiences with my dad, and try to come to some conclusion.
From an early age, my dad had a big effect on the movies I watched. I was pretty much raised on action adventure films like the Batman series and of course the king of adventure, Indiana Jones. My dad also turned me on to a lot of films that wouldn’t be considered appropriate for my age. These include most of the silly Schwarzenegger films, The Matrix, and Die Hard. I still remember the first time I saw boobs in a film was in Under Siege. It might not seem like anything now, but for a seven-year old boy who had never seen boobs before, it was a big deal.
Of course, the greatest cinematic gift my dad ever gave me was the James Bond series. Of all the memories of shared cinema with my father, I value the Bond films we shared the most. This is a tradition we still share, and every time a new Bond film comes out I get hit by a wave of nostalgia. My dad was the coolest guy in the world, and the enthusiasm he had for Bond made them the coolest movies in the world. I remember thinking to be a man, you had to watch James Bond. To some extent, I still feel that way. Watching films like Bond and Die Hard, films that felt so mature when compared to the kids films that were aimed at me, gave me a desire to seek out more adult material from the time I was a young kid. I don’t think my dad was intending for this to happen when he popped For Your Eyes Only into the VCR, but it had its effect.
As a kid, I thought my dad was James Bond. I guess I still do
My dad’s opinion may have led to me loving some classics, but it also led to me dismissing some of my favourites. Like most boys, I loved the Star Wars films as a kid. I watched them all the time and I thought they kicked ass. That is until I found out my dad didn’t like any of them. I began to stop watching Star Wars and started to believe the films were stupid. It wasn’t until I was thirteen that I went back and admitted to loving the series.
A few years ago, when I started to become serious about film, my dad still played a huge role. He really encouraged my hobby and quickly introduced me to three of his favourite films: The Big Lebowski, Dogma, and Pulp Fiction. I loved all three and they now rank among my favourites along with his. He also introduced me to several overlooked gems that I may never have seen without him such as Payback and Angel Heart. Of course the older I get and the more films I pursue, the further my opinion shifts from my fathers. My father isn’t a fan of westerns or science fiction and doesn’t see the brilliance that I see in films like Blade Runner or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. On the other side, I don’t see what my Dad sees in films like Raising Arizona or O Brother, Where Art Thou? (even though I love the Coen brothers).
Typical Father/Son bonding
And yet in spite of these differences, my father and I still manage to find films we both genuinely like, and in some cases love. We both loved Psycho and Rear Window for example. In the last year we also watched Dr. Strangelove, Leon, The Social Network, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, True Grit, The Usual Suspects, Fargo, High Fidelity, Se7en, and American Beauty, just to name a few. And while we didn’t watch them together, we do see eye to eye on a lot of films I’ve seen recently, such as Memento, Being John Malkovich, and North by Northwest. We also plan on checking out the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I know there are a few films that he really wants me to see.
When it comes to cinema, I owe my dad a lot. He introduced me to so many films that I still love today. Films like James Bond, Indiana Jones, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, The Matrix, The Terminator, Pulp Fiction, Batman, The Big Lebowski, Dogma, Payback, Angel Heart, Gross Point Blank, The Breakfast Club, the list goes on. Would I have discovered these films without my dad? Possibly, but I’m glad I got to share those film memories with him. I wanted this to come to some sort of conclusion, and I think it has. While my dad and I disagree frequently on movies, there is something special about the films that we can both agree on. I’d like to close out by saying thanks dad, this one’s for you.
My dad and I
Special thanks to Fogs for letting me write this post for him, and thank you to all who read it. If you liked it and you wanna read more, come by visit my blog at PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews!