Inspired by Dan from Top 10 Films, I decided to basically steal his post and contribute to the conversation by providing a list of the ten films I enjoyed the most when I was younger, approximately at age 10, circa 1995.
I think you will notice a ten year old trying to watch films that are deemed inappropriate for someone that age, often going around the watchful eyes of his parents to watch a horror film, or catch a glimpse of the latest monster or the latest adventure. The list is practically made entirely of blockbusters that were either a product of the 1980s and early 1990s.
With the exception of Child’s Play and Rocky IV, all of these films still remain close to my heart and I consider them extremely entertaining and well done to this day.
Here is my list:
10. Child’s Play (1988)
I was introduced to the famed franchise by my uncle who, after a day of looking after me, probably decided to take a breather and distract me with a movie, albeit not one that kids should watch. Child’s Play was probably one of the first R-rated films I watched. I especially remember how upset my mom was when she found out I had seen it, afraid it would give me nightmares.
9. Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
One of the most pleasurables adventure-type movies that emanated from the 1980s was also one of my favorites films as a kid. I found it to be entertaining and awe-inspiring, making my imagination run wild. The unexpected success of the franchise eventually led to amusement park attractions, action figures and a sequel.
8. Rocky IV (1985)
My relationship with Rocky Balboa started through my cousin, who simply loved Sylvester Stallone and any film he was in. To the eyes of most people, Stallone will remain forever connected to Rocky, a film that kickstarted his career and that quickly became iconic.
Of all of the installments, part 4 would become my favorite, simply because there was no bigger fight in the franchise than the one pitting Rocky against the giant russian, Ivan Drago.
7. Aladdin (1992)
Having been born and raised in Venezuela, my first memories of animated films are in Spanish, so much so that it is hard for me to enjoy or even accept the voice of the genie when done by Robin Williams. Aladdin, in traditional Disney fashion, centers on a romantic story of an unlikely couple, a rehash of the typical princess tale framed within a whole different environment. Great soundtrack, great voicework in multiple languages, dynamic and vivid animation and great characters all contributed to make one of the gems of the Walt Disney repertoire.
6. Big (1989)
How can anyone not enjoy this film. Based on a desire that is as old as time: a kid who wants to be a grown-up and skip all of the “nuisance” that is childhood. Tom Hanks’ performance as the kid’s old self is infectiously fun, hilarious and the product of a fine actor at the top of his comedic craft. The story is heartfelt, simple yet carefully crafted and never failing to entertain. Still one of my favorite films from the 1980s.
5. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Talk about entertainment. Perhaps Arnold’s best role in a film that played to all of his strengths as an actor. The second installment of the saga is perhaps the best of all, improving on an already successful formula by introducing a fast-paced story where Arnold now plays the good guy protecting a kid who unknowingly holds the future of humanity in his hands. From the special effects to the suspense of the endless chase, Terminator 2 is one of the most fun experiences you can have, and I was lucky to have been introduced to it at such an early age.
4. Alien (1979)
Ridley Scott’s masterpiece fascinated me as a child and even more as an adult. I simply could not get enough of the suspense, the futuristic space-era machinery and the monster, oh the monster, perhaps the most delicately designed film creature of all time. Even though I loved the first installment of the series as a child, I didn’t love it as much as I do today. Perhaps I didn’t appreciate the slow, quieter moments as much as I do now.
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
What can be said about Jurassic Park that has not been said before? One of Spielberg’s greatest success stories. Its groundbreaking effects only served to enhance an already imaginative and fascinating story that had not been as carefully explored before. If there is anyone out there who still has not seen it, I’d suggest you get to it….NOW!
2. Predator (1987)
As it is probably obvious by now, I was a child that was in love with sci-fi, action flicks and, above all else, people getting chased and killed by monsters or diabolical creatures. It is no wonder that as a child I would rather play with the bad guys causing havoc than with the good guys trying to keep the peace.
Predator is still an immensely entertaining film that beyond its corny moments, knows how to deliver thrills, surprises and suspense. Yet another example of a very well designed monster pitted against the greatest action star of a generation: Mr. Arnold.
1. Aliens (1986)
Unlike the first film, Aliens, directed by James Cameron, was the more fun of the two, especially for a kid barely entering his teens. The suspense is ever-growing, the stakes are greater and Ripley is more bad ass than ever. This is less of a horror film and more of an action-packed sequel that delivered thrills almost constantly. It was, at its core, the same as the original film, but on drugs. It was grander, more exciting and more explosive. Everything a kid like me wanted to see.
Honorable mentions: The Goonies, The Gremlins, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tango & Cash
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