Movies That Everyone Should See: “A Christmas Story”

In 1983, I was a punk ass little kid. A Hellion.

I was 13. I loved playing games with my Jr High GPA… seeing how close to the deck I could fly without crashing the plane. Spent a lot of time in detention and at the Vice Principal’s office. Drinking and drugs were less than 6 months away. I had already begun my career as a little womanizer. Vandalism was one of my favorite pastimes. It was soon to be joined by petty theft.

I was about to embark on a decade plus reign of terror that would put the kids from “The Omen” and “The Exorcist” to shame.

Why do I tell you this? To set the stage. See, kids like that (me), don’t want to spend time with their families. I would have rather been doing something else. Anything else. I was all about getting AWAY from my family at that age. But when you’re 13, you don’t have a lot of freedom, so you wind up doing what they do on Holidays like New Years.

What I didn’t expect… what none of us expected… was that that day, New Years Day, 1983, would be a day that would go down in Fogarty family folklore forever.

It was the day we all saw “A Christmas Story”.

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Movies That Everyone Should See: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

In 1975, Steven Spielberg released “Jaws”. A legendary motion picture. Based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, the film was a phenomenal success, shattering box office records and literally giving birth to the concept of the “Summer Blockbuster”. It became the highest grossing movie of all time.

So in 1976, Steven Spielberg could do what ever the %#$& he wanted. LOL

The movie he chose to make? A picture that he had already been working on that, until “Jaws”, he had been having trouble finding financial backing for.

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

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