Movies & TV Shows That Made My Childhood Awesome – Part 1

Remember your favorite movies and TV shows growing up?

TV was great, especially during summer breaks and holidays. I used to be hooked on shows like The Fresh Prince and Degrassi, Heartbreak High and Beverly Hills 90210… those were the days!

I used to frantically rent the Marry Poppins video every Friday, borrow Grease from my next door neighbor, binge on Donald Duck cartoons, and watch Disney’s Pinocchio every time I stayed sick in bed.

My childhood favorites form a respectable list, and because there are quite a few worth mentioning, I’ll have to break the list into 3 parts. Ready for part 1?

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Kidd Video

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Kidd Video is an American cartoon created by DIC Entertainment in association with Saban Entertainment.

Plot: A teen rock band is abducted to a cartoon fantasy world where music is the key to defeating their enemies and finding their way home (via IMDb). The show is partially animated as the band are sucked into the cartoon-ish world of villainous Master Blaster and try to find their way back home using super cool music.

I love Kidd Video ’till this very day. I even downloaded the ringtone. This TV show symbolizes the 80’s to me more than anything else and I’ll always cherish it’s very cool 80’s soundtrack that introduced me to quality music like Tears For Fears’ Head Over Hills, Madonna’s Angel, Duran Duran’s The Reflex, Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me and many more.

Kidd Video ran on NBC network from 1984 to 1985, but reruns continued airing until 1987.

Labyrinth

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A fantastic musical created and directed by Jim Henson which I used to be obsessed about when I was a kid. Labyrinth properly introduced me to David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and I’ll always remember it fondly for helping me pass many afternoons.

Plot: Jareth (Bowie) the Goblin King takes away Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) baby brother, as she wished. Regretful she asks for her brother back. In return Sarah (Conelly) has to solve Jareth’s labyrinth in 13 hours before her brother’s finally returned to her.

As The World Falls Down is one of the best songs on the soundtrack, written and composed by Bowie himself. It’s romantic and enchanting and I always fantasized replacing Jennifer Connelly on this scene, dancing with David. Such a breathtaking scene! The entire soundtrack is pretty amazing, actually, with all songs written and composed by Trevor Jones and Bowie.

I adore Jim Henson for creating Labyrinth and I’m also a pride owner of the Collector’s Edition. It’s been a while since I last watched it. I think I overdid it with Labyrinth, but I’ll definitely be watching it with my kids.  I feel I need to pass on the legacy.

The Clan of the Cave Bear

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Woah. Let me tell you… if I here the opening theme now, I’ll probably cry with emotions. This is one movie I watched a lot as a kid with my older brother and cousin. This movie brings up so many memories… They don’t make ’em like this anymore.

Plot: The Clan of the Cave Bear is based on the epic novel of the same name written by Jean M. Auel. It tells the story of a young Cro-Magnon girl orphaned, left exhausted and on the verge of starvation that is found and raised by a group of neanderthals who call themselves “The Clan”. Soon accustomed to the ways of the clan yet still considered an outsider, the girl Ayla (Daryl Hannah) tries to earn her value by becoming a well respected medicine woman.

Daryl Hannah is amazing as Ayla. Such a young actress that pulled off such a complex role. The scene I remember most is the one where Ayla is attacked by a cave lion. She is violently bruised and left with deep scratches across her thigh, nail shaped, which become iconic throughout the movie. Alas, I could not locate that scene on YouTube.

I think I had the illustrated book once. Gosh… I should find it.

Mary Poppins

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Now who does’t remember the most iconic nanny of all time…

I think I broke a Guinness record with Marry Poppins – “the most rented video ever by the same person”.

Plot: Mary Poppins pops out of Edwardian London sky holding a black umbrella and bag to govern Jane and Michael. Unlike the sour-faced candidates aligned for the nanny position, Mary soon becomes a fantasy filled experience for the Banks children and introduces them to a world of music and adventure.

I don’t remember what happened after the video store manager told my dad that I’ve exceeded my Mary Poppins rental rights. But don’t you think it stopped me from getting it elsewhere! I needed my Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, damn it!!

Phew. That’s it for now. This post triggers so many childhood memories. Stay tuned for Part 2. I’m sure you’ll see some familiars on there as well.

Thank you for reading and feel free to share your awesome thoughts with me!

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Greatest Duos On Cinema- My Top 10

Some films just have the BEST cast collaborations ever.  On my latest post on Death Becomes Her, I praise Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep for being a fantastic combination and turning this film into the absolute classic it is until today.  Because I am so freakin’ impressed by those two, I had an idea for a post and decided to collect my favorite duos that ever appeared on cinema history, or from the year I was born in. Some of these… ehm, excuse me, ALL of these films I’ve watched more than once and dedicated plenty of time analyzing the characters, dissecting the plot, and overall obsessing about them. I’m POSITIVE Iv’e skipped on a few good ones here, and for sure there are other great combos I completely forgot about, but here is my top 10 list of the greatest duos on cinema.

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Goldie Hawn & Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her (1992)

 

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Romain Duris & Audrey Tautou in Mood Indigo (2013)

 

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Johnny Depp & Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands (1990)

 

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Robert De Niro & Al Pacino in Heat (1995)

 

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Thora Birch & Scarlett Johansson in Ghost World (2001)

 

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David Bowie & Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth (1986)

 

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers & Ewan McGregor in                 Velvet Goldmine (1998)

 

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Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer (1998)

 

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Jean Reno & Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional (1994)

 

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Samuel L. Jackson & John Travolta in Pulp Fiction (1994)

 

So who are your favorite duos on film? Any cast combinations that just made your life a whole lot better? Would love to read comments and thoughts on this… 🙂

 

 

Labyrinth

As I am turning 32 today, I decided to write about a special film. A childhood film. One that follows me to this very day…

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Labyrinth, 1986, Jim Henson

Labyrinth, 1986, Jim Henson

This 80’s fantasy flick is in my special list of great films and great soundtracks. Like a hidden treasure. A quick flash back… Sarah is an imaginative girl who loves to dream of fairy tales. In her own little world she is a beautiful princess who’s captured by an evil king. When Sarah’s asked to babysit her little brother, Tobby, who doesn’t stop crying, she’s wishing for the goblin king to come take him away. Unaware of the results to her own wish, Sarah finds herself lost in a huge labyrinth in a quest of finding Tobby. She encounters with all sorts of unusual characters along the way, who lead her to find true friendships and eventually getting her brother back.

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“Goblin King! Goblin King! Wherever you may be, take this child of mine far away from me!”

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“You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth”

Labyrinth is an outstanding direction and puppetry work of Jim Henson. The film Starring Jeniffer Connelly as Sarah, and the greatest of them all, David Bowie (yes, again!) as Jareth the goblin king.

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Reise ins Labyrinth, DieIt’s been so many years since, and yet I still feel very sad every time the film ends. For 100 minutes I’m lost in another world where anything could happen; hidden paths, talking door knobs, funny creatures…

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“As The World Falls Down”, David Bowie

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“Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave!”

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The entire soundtrack album is by David Bowie and Trevor Jones. Looking back to when I was 6, I remember memorizing all songs and singing them in my room. I was a funny kid… Needless to say I had an infatuation with David Bowie since then.  I remember loving one song in particular, “Dance Magic, Dance” which has a lovely part of church bells chiming in the middle. I get the chills still listening to this part. Gosh, this post really brings me back. I feel like a child again.

A little treat…