Star Wars and Childhood Movie Madness

Last Thursday was probably one of the most important events in recent cinematic history EVER. And that is not an exaggeration by any means. Long story short, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally released, and I am still processing and anticipating the next time I can watch it all over again. There were a lot of chills, feels, crying, movie score-induced eargasms, laughing—and the writer in me was also just hardcore appreciating the masterful storytelling in this film. Seriously. Mind is thoroughly BLOWN (and probably will be for the remainder of the month), and all I know is that I want more.

I also just want to go to more Star Wars movies where I can stand witness to wonderful moments like this:

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Kylo Ren in the wild, ordering refreshments (with Sabine Wren?)

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Spotted: Han Solo and an Ewok, waiting for their popcorn

Aside from being emotionally compromised by the movie, there’s just something so special about seeing the celebration of Star Wars everywhere. It brings back the nostalgia of movies that were so inspirational and significant throughout the formative years of growing up—those kinds of films that really took hold of your imagination as a child and somehow offers some insight into the inexplicable pathways of your imaginations as an adult(ish) now.

So in honor of the resurgence of Star Wars (though I’m pretty sure Star Wars will forever be around due to its timelessness), I wanted to give a shout out to the movies that were at the heart of my childhood aka the movies I would watch again and again and AGAIN until my eyes would fall out. I came from a pretty big movie party, so I’ll limit my count to top 20, though if I had it my way, this list would go on for DAYS.

And so, in no particular order:

20. Home Alone

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“KEVIN!!!!!!!”

19. Space Jam

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Tune Squad forever

18. Spy Kids

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The reason why I wanted to be a spy for most of my childhood

17. 3 Ninjas

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ALL OF THESE MOVIES WERE BRILLIANT

16. Grease

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One of the only movies at my grandparents’ house, so I watched this wayyyyy too many times in my youth

15. Cats Don’t Dance

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One of my all time FAVORITE animated movies ever. SO MUSICAL, SO INSPIRATIONAL.

14. Matilda

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Oh man, Matilda was my home girl

13. Harriet the Spy

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Ditto with Harriet

12. Jumanji

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Equally loved/terrified of this movie

11. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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Candy and creepiness all day errr day

10. Now and Then

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This movie will forever be timeless to me

9. Halloweentown

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I WANTED TO BE IN THIS WORLD SO BADLY

8. Casper

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The most adorable ghost ever (also, I wanted to own this cool haunted house)

7. Back to the Future

 

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“Make like a tree, and get outta here”

6. Homeward Bound

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So. Many. Animal. Feels.

5. The Little Rascals

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I’ve watched this movie so many times, I could probably recite it

4. Adventures in Babysitting

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Babysitting Goals

3. Fievel: An American Tail, and Fievel Goes West

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This mouse’s adventures gave me all the feels

2. The Mummy

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OBVIOUSLY. THIS MOVIE WAS EVERYTHING TO ME.

1. Disney movies

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I know I’m cheating, but ALL OF THEM. Disney has always been my magical place.

 

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4 thoughts on “Star Wars and Childhood Movie Madness

  1. JANELLLLLLAAA, I LOVE THIS!!!! Wow, so many movies on there that I love/loved as a kid!!! OMG JUMANJI! MATILDA, BACK TO THE FUTURE, THE MUMMY!!!!! Sigh, way to give us all a good dose of nostalgia!!!

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