A Non-Political Post! Your Essential Movie Library
So it occurred to me that my wee children had never seen a John Wayne movie, or for that matter a western at all. In fact, there's a whole host of genres they've never seen at all. They've seen some of the classic actors spoofed in Looney Tunes of course, but they have no context for the satire. I saw one where Veronica Lake was getting spoofed, had to stop the cartoon to explain who she was, then made them watch Sullivan's Travels (apparently I Married A Witch is out of print at the moment).
So what movies are in your mandatory viewing library? What movies should we show our kids before they hit age 16 and stop listening to us?
Some of my nominations:
Wag the Dog, The Haunting, Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, Star Trek II, Arsenic and Old Lace, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, It's A Wonderful Life, Casablanca, The Godfather, Wizard of Oz, Lawrence of Arabia, Maltese Falcon, To Kill A Mockingbird, To Catch A Thief, Jaws, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Shawshank Redemption, Dracula, Frankenstein, A Night At the Opera
I'd add more, but time is limited. Have fun with this. We need to talk about something besides the election for a while.