As the Americans celebrate another successful harvest with football and food, we SurlyGurls would like to give thanks for these entertainment icons and their outstanding collection of contributions to the Pop Culture landscape.
The following purveyors of Pop have inspired us from a very young age and have had a huge impact on our love and appreciation of creative media. And for this; we give thanks!
Dinner and a Movie was the big birthday treat when I was growing up and my first trip to the movie theatre was for my 4th birthday – the movie was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I was all dressed up and dragging along my beloved E.T. doll. I love this movie. I could watch over and over. The friendship between Eliot and E.T. is beautiful, the film is touching and genuine and skilfully crafted. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want an adorable alien botanist as a friend! This one theatre trip ignited my passion for movies and the movie-going experience as a whole, despite the fact there may or may not have been a mini (major) emotional breakdown when E.T. gets sick.
Jaws was also hugely popular in my house growing up. Between my brother’s consequential obsession with sharks and me and my sister’s secret crush on Matt Hooper, that movie was in the VCR non-stop. It was responsible for three kids running around the house singing sea shanties and proclaiming we were going to need a bigger (insert just about anything and everything here).
Jurassic Park was another big movie-going experience for the family. We all piled into the car and drove over to the local movie theatre. We were there SUPER early in order to get tickets. We waited in line for over an hour, and then crammed into that packed and humid theatre. I mean, I remember the first time I saw the TRAILER for this movie!? A commercial!! It was during the Oscars and I thought I would die of anticipation long before the June 11th release date. I will never get sick of this movie. Ever! In fact, the scene when everyone first gets a glimpse of the Brachiosaurus eating from the treetops is so incredible; I still get goose bumps!
Ironically, I put off writing this article for a couple hours because Jurassic Park was on television… also on another side note; this movie still holds my record for most theatrical viewings.
My biggest thanks to Mr. Spielberg is probably for writing The Goonies. That movie is one of those classics from childhood that just kind of stays with you throughout your life. The people I met in college, and who became my best friends, and I were brought together by our love of that movie – it’s how we refer to ourselves. We really were a bunch of misfits and outcasts brought together to fight the evils of Journalism school. Having said that, the man has given us so many memorable, thought-provoking, emotionally-charged movies it’s incredible! E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre and the first character I ever fell in love with – this extraterrestrial creature was so sweet and kind and friendly. I had to sneak out of my house and defy my mother (which was a ballsy move back in the day) to see Jurassic Park – and it was worth it. Who else could make a ripple of water so terrifying? His work has to be some of the most iconic, quoted and referenced in the world.
Goonies never say die!