I've been in love with classic Hollywood movies since I was a little girl. There is a movie theater on State Street in Murray called the Avalon, and when I was little, they showed classic movies. I saw "The Music Man," "Wuthering Heights," "Enchantment," "Calamity Jane," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" - the list goes on and on. My parents took us there as regularly as they could, and as an adult, I now have my very own Netflix subscription and have kept the love alive. I've seen all the movies Fred and Ginger made together and some he made with other partners (I hate to say it, but Ginger wasn't his best partner, she was just his most famous) and I've loved every minute of it.
Well, my husband grew up listening to a Doris Day album his mother had, and you know how kids rebel against things their mothers like - he hated Doris Day. I decided to take matters into my own hands and do a little reeducation. The other night, I put on "Calamity Jane" for my family, and they all loved it, from my husband down to my five-year-old son. That movie shows Doris at her most versatile, from dancing to singing to acting. I really think it's her best film ever.
When we were through watching the show, my eleven-year-old surprised me. "Mom," he said, "I think we should do this every week. We should watch a classic movie together and you can teach us all about it."
insert choir of angels and Tristi looking heavenward in gratitude
Everyone in the family agreed, and so now, we have instituted Pinkston Family Movie Night. We'll do a classic movie one week and a more contemporary film another week, and I'll get to impart my somewhat vast knowledge on the subject with my family. I'm lovin' this. Movies aren't just limited to Hannah Montana or whatever teenage rock star happens to be hot at the moment - I'm having the chance to teach my children about all eras of movie history, and I can help steer them toward the films that will be the most enjoyable for them at the same time.
Tonight we watched "Singin' in the Rain," and it was another hit. I have to thank certain movies for introducing these films to my children - "Robots" made them curious about "Singin' in the Rain," and "Wall-E" opened the door to "Hello, Dolly." Offerings coming up soon will include "Royal Wedding" (Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (again, Jane Powell, but this time, with Howard Keel, who, incidentally, also starred in "Calamity Jane.")
I can hardly wait for next week!