THE RIGHT STUFF
And we’ve reached the end of the line. I was born on this day, thirty years ago. It was a Thursday – and it was very early in the morning. That’s all. So as I celebrate my 30th birthday today, I want to thank everyone who has helped me get here; also everyone who made this weekend so much fun. I also want to thank those of you who read and kept up with this obnoxious, fun, and sometimes tiring project. Picking the movies was easy. Remembering the personal bits and connecting the movies to my life was the challenging part. It was a random idea that popped up into my head at the end of last month and I’m glad I went through with it – even if did make me feel really old after a while. I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I did composing it.
1983 wasn’t a very good year for movies; at least to me. Of all the movies I’ve seen from this year, the ones I really like include A Christmas Story, Fanny and Alexander, Risky Business, The Return of the Jedi, Terms OF Endearment, The King of Comedy, The Right Stuff and The Big Chill. I don’t really care for Rumble Fish or The Outsiders and I don’t care for Videodrome, Tender Mercies, Local Hero, Trading Places, and Zelig all that much either. Where’s Scarface? Not here because I hate Scarface! Of the ones I love, the only ones that truly leave a lasting impression on me are Risky Business, Terms of Endearment, The King of Comedy and THE RIGHT STUFF, Philip Kaufman’s exuberant drama about the beginnings of the American space program, the astronauts who went into space, and the brave men who paved the way for them.
Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.