It is currently Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. As I type this, most of America is currently under quarantine due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Pretty much all out-of-home forms of entertainment are closed. This includes libraries – an unfortunate turn of events, given that I’m a librarian by profession.
Since all of my places of employment are currently shut down, I’m going to have a lot of time on my hands to fill. Fortunately, between my own sizeable DVD/Blu-Ray collection and my Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ subscriptions, I have plenty of movies to entertain me. And, hopefully, entertain you too.
Way back in time, back when sports, bars and amusement parks still existed, I started a movie watching project. My family was planning to take my four-year-old niece to Disney World for the first time, and I realized that it had been years since I’d watched many of the films in Disney’s animated canon. Decades, in the case of some of them. So I decided that I was going to watch every single one of them before we went, and write about each one.
I failed to realize just how many Disney movies there were. I think I made it through about eight before we left.
I didn’t stop, however. I’m still working my way through the list, and I’m going to start to finally release the fruits of my trip through childhood nostalgia to the public.
I’m also planning to review other movies that were important to my childhood or adolescence in some way. Now, these won’t be things like Star Wars or Indiana Jones. I don’t think I could write anything new about Star Wars that hasn’t been said by a hundred other people. No, I’m talking about the random films that most teens and pre-teens find themselves watching over and over on DVD (or, in my case, VHS). I want to see how well the movies that I grew up with have stood the test of time, and whether they’re still enjoyable to watch now that I’m in my late 30s.
So I hope you join me on this trip down memory lane. Hopefully I’ll be entertaining and informative, and help to take your (and my) minds off of everything going on outside.