I can’t tell you when I last saw "The Sound of Music."
I have no deep philosophical explanations, nor am I very inclined to harp on any sad feelings, my hypothetical dog bites and bee stings, but having this song replaying in my head did make me think of how much I used to watch this movie when I was little. My sisters and I had a bad habit of only ever watching the living-jeebus out of a handful of movies. We’d keep videos weeks on end and just re-check them out, rewind and repeat. So, in an attempt to lighten the mood around our party as of late, I bring you:
The Five Movies I Rewound the Heck Out Of
- The Princess Bride (1991) – My all time favorite movie to this day. We quoted this movie constantly. In fact, I can remember chasing my little sister around the house screaming, “You killed my father, prepare to diiiiiie!” Ah, the innocence of childhood.
Favorite moment: Oh, to pick one! I’ll have to settle and say when Wesley is tumbling down the hill saying, “As you wish,” and the princess instantly recognizes him. My sisters and I called BS and we were little kids.
- The Sound of Music (1965) – Needless to say, we knew all of the songs. Now, every time I think of this movie I think of the movie “Away We Go” and how the parents stopped the movie after the vonTrapps go to sleep at the party, so as not to expose their kids to Nazis. Because really? Looking back? I would always freak out in the final seconds of the movie as the family is shown like climbing mountains. How will they eat? That’s a lot of walking! Is Maria gonna carry the little one the ENTIRE time? Of course, all of that is way better than Nazis, but what the heck did I know?
Favorite Moment: The kids “learning” how to sing during Do-Re-Mi. I’ve sang that song a million times, but I’m not entirely sure it’s worked out as well for me as it did for them.
- Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken (1991) – My older sister tells me we had a thing for horse movies, but this is the only one I remember watching. Oh, the romanticism of running away to become a diving girl! I mean, sure, she dives into water with her eyes open and becomes permanently blind, but, uh, DIVING GIRL. And cute boyfriend who looked about 10 years too old for her to boot. Sign me up.
Favorite moment – Sonora is outfitting her boy toy with his now deceased dad’s fringed jacket, and she cons him into a hug? Look, I haven’t seen this movie in years and I’m not exactly doing extensive research into plot accuracy, but that sort of seems right. We used to always “trick” each other into hugs this way. “Vyelit, Vyelit..! Lift your arms up! Higher… higher… HIGHER!” *hug*
- The Wiz Kid (1989) – Okay, so I take back my previous statement for one second to say I actually researched this one a little (i.e. Google and IMDB). No one ever knows this movie! Ever! Well, that’s because apparently it’s a German movie, named “Bodo - Eine ganz normale Familie” that we used to watch the English dub of. Amazing. The movie follows a geeky kid with a robot monkey and no social life who makes a hip-cool-fresh clone of himself. Shenanigans ensue.
Favorite moment: Hands down, the garage band. I used to sit and rewind this part alone endless times so I could sing along to Bodo’s band rehearsing (in full rock gear with smoke and all, nonetheless.) “Baby when I look in your eyes, baby I see in-side. Baby, you’re love is mine. You can’t hide.” At least, I think that’s what he said.
- Felix the Cat: The Movie (1991) – Uh… something, something a bag of tricks? Robots? A princess? So, using my logic I’ve put these elements to decide that Felix the Cat, in his movie “the Movie” had to save a princess using only his bag of tricks from a bad man with an evil army of robots.
Favorite moment – I don’t know that I’d call it “favorite” because I’m having a hard time deciding why we ever watched this one, but the moment that I remember the most is Princess Oriana dancing seductively in a bubble. Go rent this one folks, and see for yourself what that’s all about.
- The Sister Act Movies – Because you can never have enough singing nuns on one list!
- The Little Mermaid – Because I had a Little Mermaid shirt and would don it just so I could sit in front of the TV and watch it on end.
- Hocus Pocus – Because it had the added thrill of having to rent it and watch it behind my mother’s back because it had witches and Halloween in it and those things are eeeevil. Plus? Virgins! Teehee.
There you have it ladies and gentleman. What I wasted my very young brain cells on.
(Warning, things from this point on will get decidedly more serious and even a tad bit wah-tastic. Feel free to jump to the end, or add a comment!)
On a small life-update note, I’m feeling leaps and bounds better today. I miss my friend terribly but I guess the realization is dawning on me that, that’s that. The end is the end. My heart is still a bit achy, my mind tends to want to run away from me, but I’m keeping it all together.
I’ll briefly say that my huge leap forward from whiny and self-deprecating to hurt but convinced I’ll be better soon has a lot to do with faith. I tend not to talk about my faith, like at all, because a.) it’s deeply personal b.) I hate to sound preachy and I hate when others try and reason me out of it and c.) it’s been a point of contention in recent times. I really wasn’t sure where I stood with God, and church and etc other than an obligation I had inherited.
I’m not sure how clear things are for me now and I don’t really want to dwell on the topic, but faith in God, true faith in anything, really puts perspective on life.
And that’s all I’ll say about that.
I’m looking forward to the future. I’m in a place where I really know what I want. It might be picky, it might be idealistic but I think I’m sort of worth it…
I’ll let you know when I find it, but until then I’ll let you get back to YouTube-ing the Wiz Kid.
You know you want to.