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Mandatory 80's Movies for My Child

Required viewing in the Fragrant household 

Movies! They transport us into other worlds, reveal the minds of other creatures, and expand the limits of our imaginations! My dad and I used to go to Alabang Town Center, back when their movie theaters were called Twin Cinemas (because there were only two, get it???), and that was how we bonded as father-daughter units.

The posters above represent the top four mandatory movies from the Epic Eighties for Junior:

The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Plot: Two Gelflings travel to the lair of the evil Skeksis to restore balance to the world by returning the missing shard of the Dark Crystal. 
  • X Factor: Fierce animatronics. The Skeksis dinner scene is the stuff of nightmares.
  • Values: Fwendship! Courage! Sacrifice!
  • Best line: "You have wings?" -"Of course! I'm a girl!"
Labyrinth (1986)
  • Plot: David Bowie's tight pants terrorize a teenager and her baby brother. 
  • X Factor: Nutty animatronics and a labyrinth that is somehow creepy and charming.
  • Values: Determination! Cleverness! Confidence!
  • Best line: "You have no power over me."
The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Plot: A couple surmounts all obstacles in the name of true love. 
  • X Factor: Everything.
  • Values: Adventure! Swashbuckling! True Love! 
  • Best line: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
  • 2nd best line: "You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind/Kaze no tani no nausicaa (1984)
  • Plot: A young princess tries to stop a militaristic kingdom from further destroying the environment. 
  • X Factor: Nausicaa's glider. Only requires Seven Days of Fire and the birth of a Toxic Jungle to invent!
  • Values: Nature! Empathy! Love!
  • Best line: "Why does everything that's good for you have to taste so bad?"
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I haven't thought about the 90's yet, but I'm pretty sure one of the Disney Renaissance movies will make it. Maybe Aladdin...?

This post brought to you by red wine!

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