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5 More “Old” Movies Every Millennial Should Watch


July 17, 2017

5 More “Old” Movies Every Millennial Should Watch


There’s nothing like a good movie. Problem is, many of us forget to watch the older ones. As we did in our previous feature, we’re leading you down the right path with another five of our favorite “old” movies every millennial should watch.



Some of these are really old; others not so much. But all are either critically acclaimed and/or too much fun to miss. Let’s get down to it!

1. The Goonies (1985)

An 80s-era childhood adventure—with hidden pirate treasure!—written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus (director, Home Alone)? Don’t mind if we do!

Really, this one is a classic, and it’s a shame if you haven’t seen it. Centered around the efforts of a group of kids out to find enough money to save their homes from an archetypical rich 80s-film real estate villain, the crew—which includes a young Sean Astin ( Rudy, The Lord of the Rings) and Josh Brolin (many things)—risk their lives in a race to buried treasure. In their way? A crime family of evil Italians and a disfigured behemoth named “Sloth.” We’d say you can’t make this stuff up but, well, someone did.

 

 

2. Beetlejuice (1988)



Yes, really! Beetlejuice. Look, anything with actor Michael Keaton in it deserves a look. Whether it’s acclaimed dramas like Spotlight or popcorn action flicks like Batman (1989), Keaton has serious chops, and here he really gets to show his comedic muscle for a change with an absolutely zany turn as a wise-cracking ghost. Also starring Alec Baldwin, a young Winona Ryder, and the mom from Home Alone, Catherine O’Hara (what is this, a “six degrees of Home Alone” article?), this is a creative, genre-defying flick.



3. Casper (1995)

Keeping up the theme of the paranormal, we have Casper. While not as creative and offbeat as Beetlejuice, this one is way more presh. Starring a teenaged Christina Ricci with Bill Pullman pulling a supporting role as her father—you know him as the president from Independence Day—the movie is a comedy that also deals with the themes of loss and moving on. Really, somehow, this one hits you right in the feels. Plus, it has ghosts named Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie. Something for everyone!

 



4. Almost Famous (2000)

Easily the finest actual film on this list, Almost Famous comes courtesy of celebrated writer/director dynamo, Cameron Crowe ( Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Jerry Maguire). The flick is autobiographical, mirroring Crowe’s time as a youth reporter on the 1970s music scene interacting with the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, and The Allman Brothers.

In the movie, “William” (effectively young Crowe) tricks Rolling Stone into giving him an assignment covering the emerging band “Stillwater”, helmed by star Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup). Also starring Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Zooey Deschanel, this is a coming-of-age tale with a masterful mix of drama and humor. It’s so good, in fact, it won the Golden Globe for Best Picture. A must watch.




 

5. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

Curve ball selection! Sure, you’ve almost certainly heard the famous, long-parroted Arnie lines, “It’s not a tumor!” and “Who is your daddy and what does he do?”, but we’ll bet you don’t know what flick they came from.

Well, this is that movie. Schwarzenegger plays the role of Detective John “I’m a cop you idiot!” Kimble, an officer who must pose as a kindergarten teacher to locate a criminal’s ex-wife. But really, the plot doesn’t even matter. This is your shot to see Arnold absolutely lose his shit at four-year-olds. Don’t squander your opportunity!


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