Monday, June 20, 2011

10 Good Things on a Monday: Ten Movies About Dads

10 Good Things on a Monday is a weekly feature  I am doing dedicated to every person's compulsive list-writing.  Every Monday we are going to make a list of 10 things that will cheer us up and help tide us over the whole week.

Here's how it works:
  1. Think of a particular group of good things you want to make a list on, does not necessarily have to be about books, e.g. your current book wish list, or your favorite book foods (you know, foods you love to eat while reading, if you're like me), or your favorite girly names, whatever you can think of, as long as it makes you feel good.
  2. If you have no ideas for a list, you can always visit my blog post to check out my theme for that week and you can take a cue from my list.
  3. Post your list on your blog, grab that cute ARGH button above and put it on your post too, so we'd know you're doing this meme.
  4. Leave the link for your post on my own 10 Good Things post for the week, if you see others doing it, comment too and let's share our good things with everybody.
  5. Everybody goes through the whole week happy!

My 10 Good Things for this weekTen Movies About Dads
1.  Up - The film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russell who fly to South America by floating in a house.  I know this is not about a father and his child, but the bond between Carl and Russell was like that of a father and his son, it was so touching.  And of course, I could not resist the animation!  Awesome!

2.  17 Again - is the story of 37-year-old Mike who becomes 17-year-old high school student after a chance accident.  This was a really nice film and it had some really funny moments. 

3.  Dad - This is a film based on William Warton's novel, Dad.  I haven't yet read the book, but the movie was very emotional and engaging.  I loved the relationship between Jake and John. 

4.  Everybody's Fine - Frank Goode is getting ready for his children to come visit him. He gets everything all set, goes out and buys a new grill, expensive wine, and gets the backyard and house all ready. One by one though, each of his children call to cancel on him. Feeling a bit down by the rejections, Frank decides to head out on a cross-country trip, visiting each of his kids.  This movie made me really, really sad and I sympathized with Frank so much.  I loved Robert de Niro's acting, it was so effective and I really felt like I was witnessing a real story before me as they all delivered their roles perfectly.

5.  Finding Nemo - What Father's Day movie won't be complete without this really cute animated film?  It tells the story of the overly protective clownfish Marlin who, along with a regal tang called Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo. Along the way Marlin learns to take risks and to let Nemo take care of himself.

6.  Frailty - Let it be known that not only is this one of the most psychologically frightening film (in my opinion at least) out there, but I really think the father-son bond here is very unique, albeit disturbing.  The plot focuses on the strange relationship between two young boys and their father, who believes that he has been commanded by God to kill demons.

7.  Grumpy Old Men - Retired school teacher John Gustafson and former TV repairman Max Goldman have lived next door to each other in Wabasha, Minnesota for decades, but have not gotten along since childhood. With not much else to do with their boring and lonely single lives except watch television and fishing, Max and John compete and argue with each other on just about everything, and partake in pranking one another (icing the other's roof, throwing a dead fish in the other's car, etc.), interspersed with bits of Minnesota culture including ice fishing and polka music.  A really funny story.  So where, do you ask is the father-son element?  Why, watch the movie to see for yourself :D

8.  The Lovely Bones - The film adaptation of the novel by Alice Sebold really played on how deep is a father's love for his child.  I was so amazed by Mark Wahlberg's acting and not just once did I shed tears for his on this film. 

9.  Major Payne - This is another film that does not really have a father for a character.  Instead, this has a semi-neurotic Marine who was discharged from his duty and tasked to train the Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps of a local school.  I think I watched this twenty times with my father and we always had a good as if we haven't watched this yet.  It was so funny!

10.  Mrs. Doubtfire - I love, love, love this movie!  I remember my Dad did an impersonation of the main character after we watched this film. 

A Happy Father's Day to all Dads out there!

So tell me, what are your Good Things?


  1. love this post! happy father's day!!!

  2. I love the poster for Frailty! I have never seen it but I'm intrigued now :)

    Lah's Good Things

  3. That is such a cool idea for this week's list! And I totally agree re Mrs Doubtfire! Your mention of it is making me want to watch it again!!

    Have a great week

  4. I didn't think anyone else I knew had seen or loved Frailty. My husband and I love that movie. It's so creepy and psychologically disturbing. What does that say about us for loving it, lol?

  5. Great list, I love Finding Nemo (Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming hehe) Mrs Doubtfire is one of my favs.

    My list is up:

  6. Aww! I haven't seen "Dad" in ages. Such a good (but sad) movie. ;)


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