Had a "dad" movie night tonight.

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  1. mdrake34

    mdrake34 Member

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    I'd rather post this here than facebook, FWIW.

    I'm 29, lost my dad 4 years ago, just a few weeks shy of his 60th birthday. I've shared that several times, but I'm posting it again just for context.

    I watched Analyze This for the first time tonight. I've always wanted to, but have never caught it till now. Dad loved it, and the sequel, and he had both on DVD. He loved gangster movies, and watched the Godfathers, Goodfellas, Casino, etc . . . pretty much any time they came on. So that was a way for me to reconnect with him.

    Then, the Royal Tenenbaums came on, haven't watched that in several years. I forgot that at the end, Ben Stiller's character has a very emotional moment with Gene Hackman's character, who portrays his dad, and right after that, Ben Stiller's character watches Gene Hackman's character die in an ambulance after Gene Hackman squeezes his hand and smiles at him. Well, that brought on the waterworks.

    That went off, I flipped through the channels again, and Lo and behold, Jaws was on. One of dad's other favorite movies, and mine too. So of course I watched the rest of it.

    I didn't mean to think of my father as much as I did tonight, but I'm glad I did.
     
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    Sounds like you guys were together tonight.

    Cool.
     
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    If I had to watch my old man's favourite movies it would be a night of black and white westerns. :rolleyes:

    Sounds like you had a good night.
     
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    my dad wasn't much of a communicator so some of the best times we had were watching movies after a good meal. Mostly he liked Westerns and old WWII movies. Good times for sure. Cheers.
     
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    That's a wonderful story.

    I lost my dad almost 30 years ago and there are still little moments I come across that hit me hard with memories of him. Sometimes they're a bit tough, but I am very grateful for those moments.
     
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    My father passed 30 years ago, and every day I think of something I'd like to tell him, or something I'd like to ask him.
     
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    one of lifes "magic" experiences.sorry about your loss.
     
  8. mdrake34

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    Thanks guys. Dad loved the gangster movies, old war movies, westerns, and James Bond movies. I've watched a couple of Bond films lately, and a couple of westerns in the past few months. Anything I can do to remember him is always special.
     
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    thanks for sharing that, Drake. it made me realize i never watched a movie with my dad, just something we didn't do. we were more likely to do a small job or chore together, as small talk or chit-chat never seemed easy.
    but some of the posts made me wonder if reaching a certain age makes war and westerns more interesting or enjoyable. i was never really a fan until i approached retirement and now i can't pass one up when flipping through the channels, unless it's really terrible.
     

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