growing up

Monday Movie Marathon: I Wanna be Twelve Again

This week's Movie Marathon features those films you loved as kids, and still love now (although maybe not openly). So let's turn the clock back and remind ourselves of the days when taking a bike ride to the corner store to get candy was a day-long adventure.

1. STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner, 1986): I remember watching this film as a kid and having to skip certain parts because I was so scared. Watching it now, it just warms my heart to see these boys connect and interact in a way we don't always see in modern media. Definitely a classic, and you might just notice yourself whistling the song "Stand by Me" (in it's various versions) all day...

2. NOW AND THEN (Lesli Linka Glatter, 1995): I could probably recite most of this film's script to you...I recall watching it 3 times in a row one day. It was one of my favourites as a child, and it still holds a very special place in my heart. It's also really fun to see if you can recognize the 12-year old actresses.

3. A LITTLE PRINCESS (Alfonso Cuarón, 1995): It's magical, it's scary, it's sad, it's heartwarming. This film was very different than anything else I watched when I was younger; it talked about death and loneliness and drew from things like Indian Mythology; I felt so connected to the main character's story. Despite my Indian roots, I have always lived in a Western society. It was nice to see a film that melded both in such a fascinating way.

4. THE PARENT TRAP (Nancy Meyers, 1998): I don't know many girls who grew up in the 90s who have not watched this movie; it's a classic! Do you still know the secret hand shake? (I might...)

5. 1981 (Ricardo Trogi, 2009): I had to add a 5th; well I could have added several more, but this one was a must. Filmed in Québec, this is a wonderful film about Trogi's childhood. Growing up in Québec around the time the film was set, I appreciated the simple details and compelling story that I think many Québecers can relate to.

That's it for this week's Monday Movie Marathon. Whether you loved them back then, or are just seeing them now for the first time, I think the child in you will appreciate these heart-felt movies. Or they might just make you dust off that old tape collection.

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or use the hashtag #mondaymoviemarathon!