Amy: A Life in Movies

Following our friends at Anomalous Material [Red][Max], we’re going to be doing (hopefully) a series of this.

The idea? List a movie a year since you were born. Now, don’t do this if you don’t want your age revealed, of course! Otherwise, you’re going to start to feel really… REALLY old.

Out of all the movie picks, I tried my best to pick films that would be age appropriate to how old I really was… I’m not picking these to appear cool, or to show off. Above all, I hope you find variety in my odd picks xD

Here we go~

1986 – Labyrinth

One word: Puppets~

We underestimate puppets and makeup now, but in the good ole cheesy days of the 80s, they were everything.

1987 – The Brave Little Toaster

You will actually not see another Pixar film on my list. Since many from Pixar Animation Studios were involved in the making of this, I’m calling this the original Pixar film. LOL This is the movie that started the takeover, with more “adult” themes like with the song Worthless — what kind of song is this for a kid film? xD

1988 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit

To be honest, most of the jokes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit probably (most likely) went over my head back then… but you know, one gets older, one starts getting the jokes. The film is just really great, and the animation is still pretty amazing. I guess I always wanted to get into animation since I was little xD

1989 – Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

Continuing with more animation — I never knew Nemo (not the fish kind) was partly Japanese animation. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I finally realized it was. The film — let’s call it a version of Paprika or Inception but with less complications — is interesting on its own. The best part about Nemo, however, is how scary it is today.

The day I re-watched this, it struck me that one of the only scenes that was truly burned in my brain was probably the scariest thing on an animated movie I’ve seen.

In the meantime, you can check it out on YouTube.

1990 – Edward Scissorhands

This is one of the non-kiddie films on my MUBI list Films I Grew Up Watching.

I also remember watching Edward Scissorhands and always be fascinated with his hands, it was such a magical story. I used to pretend I had scissorhands too (without using real scissors, of course) xD. Being a little kid I always wondered what Kathy Baker’s character was doing to Edward Scissorhands. xD and was worried whether my parents would come back from work early and catch me watching the film during that scene. LOL

Kathy Baker stills freaks me out SO much on this.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

21 Responses

  1. Julili says:

    Oki, from 93 down, I was so there with u!

    • amy says:

      @Julili, does that mean you’re not doing one?

      • Julili says:

        @amy, mine would look like yours from 93 down. So no, I don’t think so. Plus that I might have some movies that I do not feel like sharing with the world *cough cough*

  2. Juan Barquin says:

    I may have been born in ’91 – which you chose the PERFECT movie for – but your ’89 was one of my favorite movies as a kid, even if it was terrifying.

    • amy says:

      @Juan Barquin, wasn’t it?

      It’s still terrifying as an adult! I hope someone releases this as a Blu edition (not a cheap edition, of course). It’d be so worth it.

  3. ahh this is so good. I’m working on mine now!

  4. Rodrigo says:

    Your 1987 pick pissed me off. I loved that film a lot and wanted to use it! But I tip my hat off to you. Great choice there.

    Surprised you didn’t went for Children Of Men or Pan’s Labyrinth for 2006, I know you loved those films to death.

    I would be very interested to see one day the films you chose for 2003 and 2005.

    • amy says:

      @Rodrigo, I have Belleville on DVD if you wanna check it out. I’ve been meaning to get Sophie Scholl forever, but I’m a cheap bitch – I don’t wanna spend $20 on it. LOL I spent $20 on a 3-disc special edition… I’ve been spoiled.

      I seriously thought that I was the only one knowing Toaster (and Nemo xD), so glad we’re not alone.

      And I do love Children of Men and Pan’s Labyrinth to death… but I also know a lot of people love them too. Plus, I do love LOVE Matsuko.

  5. Mirella Snape says:

    Those are great choices too… and was there a little boy or girl who didn’t want to become a paleontologist even for a little time after Jurassic Park?

    • amy says:

      @Mirella Snape, I think we all wanted to be… at a point in our lives, a dino-hunted paleontologist.

      Just like there’s a whole generation of teens that wanted to be a CSI. LOL

  6. Joel Burman says:

    Nice list Amy! I specially get curious about the little toaster movie, and boy you are younger than i thought! =) Its meant as a compliment…

    • amy says:

      @Joel Burman, I think a lot of people online fall on that “you are younger than I thought you were” – especially the film fans. LOL

      The Brave Little Toaster is a good one, you can definitely see those “sad” themes we often see and like from Pixar. I think you’ll probably like it, though it’s a bit weird to watch it when you’re a grown up.

  7. Elwood Jones says:

    1999 is always a difficult year to choose one movie for much like 1995, but as we both agree from previous comments on each others blogs, Cruel Intentions is a great film and somthing of a curiosity, seeing how it went from being a film everyone was talking about (certain scenes more than others) to a film which has now seemingly dropped off the radar. Still worth digging out even now.

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