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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chick Flicks

Chick Flicks

There is no denying that with today’s Digital Technology the quality of movies is at least one hundred times better than the movies of the 80’s.  However, few would argue that a good storyline and script can be beat by modern technology.

If you were to meet me today, you might possibly think what a level headed individual Armando is (it could be said)!  Many of the wonderful attributes that I might enjoy today (matter of perspective), I owe to thirty-six happy years of marriage to my dear wife.  She has shown me a lot of patience in allowing me to mature.  Once upon a time, long, long ago a movie by the title of On Golden Pond was released (1981), starring Katharine Hepburn, and Henry Fonda among others and my wife couldn’t wait to see it.  My attitude was that both Katharine and Henry were well past their prime and what could they offer me (Action Junkie) for entertainment.  My wife refused to see it by herself, and so she decided to wait until I was ready for to see it.  About a year and half went by before she talked me into renting it.  I was so happy to have finally seen such great performances, and learned a lesson that to this day I haven’t forgotten.  Since that time my wife and I have seen, and enjoyed many movies often referred to as “Chick Flicks.”

I can write a book about all the lessons I’ve learned by interacting with my wife over the many years that we have partnered to raise our children.  I am glad that she doesn’t read my blog because this kind of confession could easily go to her head.  I was very recently reminded of a movie that ranks amongst one of my all-time favorites.

This movie that I am going to discuss has all the elements that endear it to my taste in movies.  There is the strong father figure with a wonderful family, including the perfect wife, and children.  Very strong and controlling, influential father, but yet very fair minded.  The young daughter is beautiful, yet innocent and sheltered, but extremely smart and talented.  The young man hero is a Fonz kind of character (from television series Happy Days) the nice slick combed back hair style of the Elvis Presley era (for all the young cast of young men).  The young women are all good looking, and are very talented, as are the young men.

There are additional elements that make for a great plot, violence (fist fights), abusive relationships, drugs, Thievery, Honor, and classic cars.  The movie is great through and through, but the end of the movie is even better.  The maligned young hero is vindicated at the end and all ends well.  Definitely a feel good movie and the soundtrack became one of the bestselling albums of all time spending 18 weeks at the #1 Album sales (Billboard), and went multi-Platinum with 42 million albums sold worldwide.  If you are anything like me the soundtrack is part of your music library, I only wish I could dance like Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).  Bring on the Chick Flicks (don’t forget Ghost).  The best is yet to come….

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