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Her first favorite movie
By CHRIS TRAINOR
, Special to the Index-Journal
Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:30 AM
Do you remember your first favorite movie?
I grew up in a movie household. When I was a little kid, my dad took me to see everything.
This was in the 1980s, so we’re talking about “E.T.,” the Indiana Jones movies, “Ghostbusters,” “The Goonies,” “Aliens” (that was a “Don’t tell your mom” entry if there ever was one), “The Karate Kid,” the Superman movies, all that good stuff.
There was nowhere on Earth I would rather have been than the Apollo Cinema on a Saturday afternoon with my dad. Remember the Apollo? Remember those comfy, rocking theater seats?
It also was the darkest theater in the history of the world. The lobby was dark, the auditoriums were dark. Heck, the bathrooms were dark. You needed a miner’s helmet to find your way around in the Apollo.
The old Apollo is long gone now. They paved paradise and put up a car lot, I guess you could say.
Of course, when I was a kid my favorite movies were the original “Star Wars” films, specifically “The Return of the Jedi.” Keep in mind, this is back when everybody still loved “Star Wars,” before George Lucas kind of ruined things with the prequel trilogy.
(I think all “Star Wars” fans — heck, popcorn movie fans in general — are hoping director J.J. Abrams will right the ship with “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is set for a December 2015 release.)
I was 5 years old when “Return of the Jedi” came out. Man, I was right in the wheelhouse. I went “Star Wars” crazy that summer.
I didn’t just want to go see “Return of the Jedi.” I had to have the action figures, the T-shirts, the lunch box, the breakfast cereal, the pajamas, etc. If it said “Return of the Jedi” on it, I wanted it.
There were a lot of kids like me, which is why George Lucas now sleeps on a bed of gold coins in a castle made completely out of diamonds on the planet Jupiter and wipes his bottom with $100 bills.
“Return of the Jedi” has long been usurped as my favorite movie. In retrospect, it’s not even the best “Star Wars” film. That would be “The Empire Strikes Back.”
But, “Return of the Jedi” will always be my first favorite movie, the first movie with which I fell head over heels in love.
As such, it has been fun to watch history repeat itself, so to speak, as my 5-year-old daughter, Charley, is now enthralled by her own first favorite movie, Disney’s “Frozen.”
CHARLEY AND I GO TO the movies all the time. It’s probably our favorite thing to do together.
We especially like going to the Auto Drive-in. She can play on the playground, eat chicken fingers, drink slushies and stick her head out of the sunroof and watch the movie.
We also like to play a little game. When it gets dark and cars roll up to the box office, we try to guess whether the vehicle is a car, truck or SUV based on the way the headlights look.
As you might imagine, we’ve seen a bunch of movies together in the past couple of years. Some she likes, some she doesn’t.
But, “Frozen?” Her love for that animated film is on a whole other level.
She saw it four times while it was in theaters, including a couple times at the drive-in. We also went to see the “sing-along” version.
What’s that? Did I sing along? Yes, I sang along.
We’ve got the “Frozen” soundtrack. Charley also made my parents get the soundtrack, so she can listen to it when she’s in the car with them.
“Frozen” has taken over our house. Charley’s got “Frozen” dolls, “Frozen” pillows, “Frozen” shirts, “Frozen” underwear, “Frozen” costumes, “Frozen” pajamas.
And, yes, just last week we got the “Frozen” DVD. I went to Wal-Mart just after midnight on Tuesday and picked it up, so I could surprise Charley when she got up the next morning.
As an aside, if you ever want to shop in peace at Wal-Mart, just go at midnight on a Tuesday. I was footloose and fancy-free in there. Just watch out for the guy buffing the floor.
Those of you who don’t have a 5-year-old daughter are probably wondering what I’m talking about here. You wouldn’t know Anna from Elsa.
(Anna’s the fun redhead, Elsa’s the high-maintenance ice queen.)
Is it OK for my daughter to like a movie this much? Tough for me to say anything about it.
After all, when I was her age I was eating C-3PO’s for breakfast every morning and running around the yard pretending I was Luke Skywalker breaking out of Jabba the Hutt’s palace.
So, what was your first favorite movie?
Trainor is the senior staff writer at the Index-Journal. Contact him at 864-943-5650; email email@example.com. You can follow him on Twitter @IJCHRISTRAINOR. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper's opinion.
My first movie was "The Bible" with Jeffry Hunter, in the 60's, then all of the Hurcules movies, and then... "KING CONG VS GODZILLA... you should see the special effects in those movies... but that's when admission was 25 cents, a large coke was 10 cents, popcorn was 10 cents, and a roll of lifesavers was 5cents... Boy do I miss those days.. and gas was 9.9cents a gallon!
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