Monday, October 5, 2009

~Monday Movie Meme~

This week's movie topic is all about Dads...

Inspired by a weekend visit to Molly's family in honor of her Dad's birthday, this week we are thinking of movies featuring Fathers. Funny ones, inspiring ones, scary ones, demanding ones. They come in all types and therefore the movies give us lots of characters to choose from. Share on your blog movies featuring Dads and then link back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

Here are a few of my personal favorites!

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All The Way:

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Howard Langston, a father who has promised his son that he will get anything he wants for christmas. Unfortunately for Howard, his son wants an immensely popular "Turbo Man" action figure. Howard forgets to get it, and since it's Christmas Eve, it's sold out everywhere. Since Howard knows he has let his son down in the past, he goes on a quest to track down a "Turbo Man" action figure, and will stop at nothing to get his son the gift that he wants.

Robert De Niro in A Bronx Tale:

Calogero Anello is a 9-year old child living in the Bronx - notorious for gangster bars, racist people and aggressive nature. Calogero witnesses a shooting in the street involving local big shot gangster, Sonny (Chazz Palimentri), but refuses to grass him to the police. Sonny grows fond of the child and begins to teach him how things are conducted on streets. Calogero's father (Robert DeNiro) is a working man who wants his child to grow up and make his money honestly, and does not want him to mix with Sonny. Despite his father's disapproval, for eight years he continues to see Sonny, and receives a 'street' education from him. Despite being a gangster, Sonny loves Calogero and teaches him that being a gangster is too risky and dangerous. However Calogero misinterprets Sonny's message, and still gets involved with racist fights with his friends. Things get worse when he falls in love with a black girl. This story of the Bronx, as a child grows up with two educations, one from school and one from the street. As the child grows closer to a gangster, he begins to grow away from his family.

Danny Aiello in 29th Street:

On Christmas Eve, Frankie Pesce of Queens wins $6 million in New York State's first lottery. Instead of joy, he's in a rage, breaking church windows and disturbing the peace. At the police station, he tells his story. He's extraordinarily lucky, beginning with surviving a dicey childbirth; he works a little here and there; he still lives with his parents, his sister, her husband, and his older brother. They have noisy relationships, and at the heart is his father: a guy with dreams but little to show for them. Dad has lost his trucking business to a Mafia wise guy, now he's lost his job as a teamster. But is dad really a loser, and why, after winning $6 million, is Frankie desolate?


Heather said...

Good choices. I've not heard of the last one, but do like the other two. My list is HERE.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wow, I really had to rack my brain on this one!

The Lion King - Mufasa so believed in his son
Over The Hedge - Ozzie tried so hard to be his daughter's hero
The Emperor's New Groove - Pacha loved his family more than anything

LOL - all cartoon dad! What are the odds????

The Bumbles said...

You know, I honestly don't know if I've seen A Bronx Tale or not. I thought I had but then your synopsis didn't ring a lot of bells. I'll need to rent it!

Your description of Jingle All The Way and a Dad trying to make up for letting down his son made me think of Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar. That is a goodie too.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

i'll have to check those out!

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