Normally I buy my kids whatever the new blockbusters are on DVD. But IMO, there weren’t many good movies this year, so I got my kids (who are all teenagers) mostly cult classics. I think it’s safe for you to assume that my kids would appreciate them more, anyway.
My 15 year old son asked for and received:
He wanted it because it’s the only comedy Kubrick’s ever done. I’d never seen it, so he was sure to point out to me (many times) that it was the inspiration for both my favorite book (Catch-22) and my favorite TV show (MASH). It is completely bizarre and totally awesome. And has some classic Kubrick direction, of course. Did you know the scene where George C Scott is half-running across the room, ranting about something excitedly, falls down and gets back up in the middle of his sentence and never stops talking was an accident? He never broke character so they left it in.
Monty Python’s The Holy Grail
No, we didn’t already own it. My kids have seen it many times already though.
I also got them:
Harold & Maude
Would you believe I’ve never seen this movie? I don’t know how that’s possible, since when I was a teen, my brothers watched it over and over. I’ve seen bits and pieces but have never watched the whole thing. I think this is the only movie that we got for Christmas we haven’t watched yet. But we will, and soon.
I’d never seen this one, either. Made in the early 1930s by a filmmaker who used to work in a circus sideshow, he used real circus sideshow freaks as the cast. There is a bearded lady, midgets, “pinheads,” armless women who eat with their feet, a legless man who walks on his hands, conjoined twins, and even a fellow with no arms OR legs who can light his own cigarette. What’s fascinating about the movie is that the real freaks are the “normal” people who use and abuse the sideshow performers. The movie was banned in different places after being released. Probably the most famous scene from it is the wedding celebration scene:
There’s also an extra feature about the performers in the movie, what is known about their history and such. We started watching it because we were interested, but it goes on and on, and we started joking that it was going to be longer than the actual movie. And it is! But we couldn’t turn it off because we wanted to know about them all. The limbless man was married and had kids; the main midget character was in the Lollipop Guild in the Wizard of Oz. Some of the performers later regretted being in the movie because they thought it portrayed sideshow performers in a bad light.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
When I heard about this movie I HAD to get it. It’s not available officially, you can only find pirated copies of it. It tells the story of Karen Carpenter’s struggle with anorexia nervosa. But it’s told using Barbie dolls. Barbie dolls! The filmmakers didn’t get permission to use the Carpenters’ songs in the movie and were sued by Richard Carpenter, which is why it’s not available in stores anymore.
However, it is available on youtube.
I kept asking my kids why we weren’t making movies like it. My son said it was even freakier than Freaks.
I also got my husband the second season of the Miami Vice TV show, because whenever there’s nothing on TV we’ve been watching season one and we’re almost done with it. We are loving it.
Also picked up because they were cheap at Blockbuster:
The only one we’ve tried to watch so far is GI Joe, and we fell asleep in the middle of it. Action movies are so boring.