Movies: Back to the Future

Recently, I’ve been rewatching a few of my old favorite films with my wee monsters. This started because I was talking to them about one of the movies I watched a lot growing up and they… hadn’t even seen it once? It had never occurred to me to sit down with them and watch any of my old favorites but at the same time I was somehow surprised that they had never seen any of them.

Yeah, I don’t know how my brain did that either, but I set out to correct this egregious oversight by watching as many awesome movies from my childhood with my kids as is humanly possible. Clearly, this had to include the series that first introduced me to the science fiction genre: Back to the Future.

I’ve been back to working outside home for a while now so watching the movies in a true marathon hasn’t been an option. We watched one each night over the past week with the first one on Tuesday, Part II on Friday, and Part III on Saturday. I did write some abbreviated thoughts into my Letterboxd (which is like Goodreads for movies, but with half star ratings) so here’s the links to those.

I’m really happy that we watched them together. It was like giving them a part of my childhood, though now they’re wondering what happens with the train at the end? (If you’ve watched the animated series, please let me know in the comments if it occurs after Part III!)

Watching this series together also made it so we were able to talk about some things that might not have come up otherwise. These things weren’t always handled well in the movies, but they made great conversation starters for us and learning opportunities for the monsters. You know, besides the usual “don’t travel back in time because you might change something” discussion. That would have been too obvious.

In Back to the Future, Marty visits the past and accidentally interrupts his parents’ romantic beginnings. This effectively makes it so that Marty risks not existing at all anymore and he has to straighten it out. There’s a scene where the issue of consent comes up. While my monsters are still relatively young, it’s never too early to discuss body autonomy with your kids.

There’s a part in Back to the Future Part II where Marty’s son is bullied into participating in a robbery. We got to talk about right and wrong decisions and how it might be tough to make the right decision when someone is bullying you. There’s another part in the same movie where Marty decides to bring a sports almanac back with him. We got to have a discussion about how cheating is always the wrong decision.

Finally, in Back to the Future Part III we got to talk again about body autonomy (when Clara is dancing with Buford Tannen) and how her reaction was justified. We also got to talk about how the portrayal of Native Americans is inaccurate and unacceptable. Finally, we talked about how sometimes you have to think with your head and sometimes you have to lead with your heart.

In general though, we just enjoyed watching the movies together. I love that I was able to give my monsters a piece of my childhood. I’m really hoping to continue with a few of the other movies that were my favorites as a kid. It’s going to be great!

What were some of your favorite movies as a kid? Let me know in the comments and maybe we’ll add them to our list! 🙂

Movies: MCU Movie Challenge

Hi there, bookworms and dragons! I’ve been talking about making some changes to my blog for a few months now. Adding movie related content is one of the changes I’m considering making. (Is this something you’re interested in seeing here? Let me know in the comments! 😊)

I realized recently that I haven’t watched most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, so I’m challenging myself to watch all existing MCU movies by the end of summer. 22 September 2020 is when summer will “officially” end so we’ll go with that for the official challenge end date. I’m planning to watch them in chronological order so I’ll list them below. I’d love for you to join me in this challenge!

I’m not going to give each movie its own full review post because I’m still not 100% sure this is something I want to do on this blog regularly. For now, I’ll add a “Movies Watched” section to my monthly wrap ups. I also use Letterboxd (it’s kind of like Goodreads but for movies) so you can see my progress/thoughts/reviews on the movies in this challenge (or whatever other movies I’m watching) there. I’ll try to remember to update this post and my wrap ups with the appropriate Letterboxd links and a rating.

A quick note before we dive into the list… I intentionally didn’t include any MCU movies that won’t be released before I’m hoping to finish watching this already massive list of movies.

Without further ado, the list of MCU Movies in chronological order is:

Have you seen any or all of the MCU movies? What are your thoughts on them? Are you up for taking the MCU movie challenge with me? Happy reading (and watching)!