Monday, July 6, 2020

Family Movie List

The Headlines:

Families have been inside a long time.

So, it's time to watch some movies.  

Here are our favs!

Ohhhhhh Corona Virus.  You have definitely slowed us down.  You have demanded a re-set within the American Family.  

For that, I thank you.  

You have also ruined and taken many lives.  

For that, I hate you.  

As discussed earlier in another post, my family slowed down and came together unlike ever before.  We did things that families should do but don't because we're all too busy.  Living our lives.  In the past few months we've taken road trips, gotten a puppy, cooked more and... watched lots of movies.  An indulgence we've never taken on.   

I love being stirred into emotion.  Emotion that provokes and stokes.  Feeling is good.  I think crying is helpful.  It gets those thoughts out of our head and into the world where we can deal with them so much better.  Many of us shrivel when we think of our emotions.  Movies make us deal with them head on.  In a safe zone.  They're not really OUR problems - they're on screen.  That's how and why Family Movie Night can be so beneficial. 

Problem is, the last time I went to a theatre I bought a ticket and didn't watch one lick... I just talked to my friend the entire time.  Don't worry, the theatre was pretty empty.  I, if I'm lucky, perhaps see 4 movies at home and 2 in the theatre every year.  That's about a half dozen movies for 12 months.  

However, with the virus, times changed.  

For the first time in a long time we had time.  We sought out old(ish) movies (that we watched when we were young)... as well as a few newer movies.  My one requirement was simply this:  the movie must touch our hearts.  It has to have a message, make us tear up, stir something inside.  Like I spoke of above.  I, personally, will not sit down for Marvel Movies.  No offense.  Just not my jam.  I wanted this time spent sitting in front of a screen... to be worthwhile.  

There are 2 children in my house right now.  A 13 year old girl and a 9 year old boy.  So the movie we picked had to be for everyone.  Many of them are sports related.  Sport themes really touch on the inspiration factor.  A few of them were Christian centered.  Some both.  Others neither.   Pretty sure they're all PG-13 or PG.

This is what we came up with...  

COVID Family Movie List 

Mr. Holland's Opus

Stand By Me

My big fat Greek Wedding 

Top gun 

Forest Gump

Fried Green Tomatoes


It’s a Wonderful Life (obvi better at Christmas)

Mary Poppins

Sound Of Music

Saving Mr Banks (if u watch Mary Poppins you HAVE to watch)

Can’t but me love 

Hatche (about a dog) 

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 

The Pursuit of Happiness (Father's Day)

(Christian based)

Case for Christ (great movie for non-believers)

**Greater (also Sports)

I can only imagine 


Full Count (also Sports)

I Still Believe

(Sports themed)

Racing in the rain 

Coach Carter

The Perfect Game


McFarland, USA

Trouble With the Curve 

Remember the Titans 

We are Marshall 




Karate kid 

The Legend of Bagger Vance (this could be considered Christian if you believe Bagger was God or an Angel - yup - watch & think) 

The Blindside 

Karate Kid 

Field of dreams 

League of Their Own 

The Natural

Twelve (a little cheesy, no big actors, but worth the watch.  Esp for your a young ball player


(For a Pre/Teen girl - only) 

Steele Magnolia   (Mother's day)

Mothers & Daughters (Mother's Day)


Bridges of Madison County 

Sliding doors 


Goodwill Hunting 
Dead Poets Society 

I hope you enjoy the list and more importantly, appreciate, all of these movies.  Like I said, many, if not all, made us feel.  I truly believe not enough of us allow ourselves to feel.  Especially men and boys.  Our boys need to learn how to have other emotions besides just happiness and anger.  They need to know it's okay.  My son cried during some of these movies.  That, is exactly what I wanted him to do.  And keep doing.  Long into his teen, adult, parenting years and beyond.  

Crying doesn't make my boy soft.  It makes him layered.  It will help him get through the tough times that are bound to happen to him.  To all of us. 

Finally tonight, 
By far, our most favorite movie on the above list is GREATER.  It hits all the marks.  Plus, it's a true story.  If you like that sort of thing... I do.  I like to know there's a little bit of girth behind the story on screen.  This movie has that... and more.  So - much - more.  

Don't miss it.  Thank me (and CORONA) later...  


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