Well, it’s no secret (at least to anyone who follows this site or the stuff I do) that my awesome dad died on February 3rd, 2019. Huge Buddy Holly fan, and happened to die the SAME exact date Buddy Holly did, 60 years ago.
Dad’s favorite movie was American Hot Wax (1978), hands-down. But there’s a handful of films (about dads) that I would have loved for him to see, to let him know how much I appreciated him and his life.
Elizabethtown (2005) written & directed by Cameron Crowe
In my top 3 favorite films, of all-time (if not my ultimate favorite). Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) fails a suicide attempt after losing his job (and costing them $1 billion dollars). Then finds out his father dies of a heart attack, and has to go to Elizabethtown, KY to take care of the funeral arrangements as his died died there, during a family visit. Ugh. My heart. Even more so, with dad gone.
Big Fish (2003) written/directed by Tim Burton
One of the most likable characters, ever…. as a young man and an older… Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor), and his crazy life and the stories that spawned from it. Everyone loved my dad. EVERYONE. Everyone in my entire extended family. Everyone. I saw this movie about 200 times…. but saw it again today, and it broke me. You see “dad movie” things differently after you lose your dad.
Dan In Real Life (2007) written/directed by Peter Hedges
Some movies have infinite rewatching capability. This is by far one of the best ones. The music, the story, the family/the characters. Utterly fucking brilliant. Dan (Steve Carell) loses his wife to a terminal illness, and raises three daughters for the following four years, lonely as ever, but doing the single-dad-thing wonderfully. Both good and bad luck brings a lovely woman into his life… and complications (deep ones) arise. BRILLIANT film.
The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006) directed by Gabriele Muccino
Single dad busts his damn ass trying to build a better life for himself and his son. True story. This makes me cry insanely every time I watch it. Some people think it’s sappy, but I think it’s perfect. Will Smith should have won an Oscar for this.
Field of Dreams (1989) directed by Phil Alden Robinson
As many times as I’ve seen this… watching it again, today…. hurts. Especially the last 6 minutes of the film.
Miss you, dad.
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