Oh Kyle, Oh Kyle, Oh Kyle....
Kyle- Loose Lips Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago
What Went Wrong- The Smithereens 2011
Shakin' Street- Soul Asylum No Fun Intended - Single
Great Big Kiss- Johnny Thunders So Alone
See You Anymore- The Daughters Varulven Records E.P
Real- Bowling for Soup Lunch. Drunk. Love
Backroom Boys- Jo Broadbery and The Standouts Jo Broadbery and The Standouts
Mystery- The Effection Soundtrack To A Moment
^Echo Beach- Martha and The Muffins Metro Music
Finish- Mega City Four There Goes My Happy Marriage
Nice Girl- The Trouble Boys Taint Records Single
Gates of the West- The Clash Sound System extras
Wrapped Up In A Dream- The Boyfriends Lost Treasures
Kingdom Of Love- The Soft Boys 1976-1981
*I Wanna Make You!- PRETTYBOYS Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago
*It's A Miracle- The Names Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago
*Holiday- The Nines Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago
*Total Insanity- The Kind Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago
Naming Names- Senator Flux Spectacles, Testicles, Wallet and Watch
Now You Know- The Real Kids Better Be Good
You Don't Go Away- Vibeke The World Famous Hat Trick
Hopeful Kids- Phil Angotti Life and Rhymes
Sentimental Role- Greenberry Woods Rapple Dapple
Old Rat- Raxola Raxola
>The Daily Planet- Love Forever Changes
If I- The Spys If I/I Spy 7"
True- Popsicle Laquer
I Must Be Crazy- The Sweat No More Running
Stop- Velvet Crush In The Presence Of Greatness
The Girl That I Let Go- The Go Instant Reaction
Please Please Girl- The Flamin' Groovies Groovies Greatest Grooves
In My Arms Again- Shoes Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago
^Power Pop Prototype: #5 Canadian Singles Chart 10/1/80
*SacroSet: Numero Group Compilation Buttons: From Champaign To Chicago
>Power Pop Prototype: 1967
One of the cool things about being a parent is sharing things that mean a lot to you with your kids. Sometimes things don't always go as planned, however, and there are "unintended consequences." Jaime will never let me forget the night I "shared" Edward Scissorhands with four year old Nica and seven year old Jack. She was out that night, so we didn't discuss the film ahead to time but to me Edward Scissorhands is a modern classic fairytale, so no problem. It's funny how many books, films, TV shows, etc. I've loved over the years are outsider stories- it really shows where I'm coming from doesn't it? Anyway, I thought Edward Scissorhands would be another great way to impress upon Jack and Nica that bullying is wrong and that inside- where it counts- outsiders are just like the rest of us. Unfortunately I had completely forgotten about all the violence in the third act of the film. My kids are getting anxious when Edward accidentally slashes Kim (Winona Ryder) in the backyard and they get really quiet when he does the same to her little brother after saving him from being hit by a car (come on! Poor Edward's hands are scissors, give him a break!)
About this time I start to get a sick feeling in the pit of my
|AMH is a total dick in this movie!|
I was not trusted with family movie night decisions for at least a year and since then I have a much better track record. Jack was a huge fan of the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, James Bond, Spider Man and Lord of The Rings films. Along with your standard kid fare, (Wizard of Oz, E.T., Disney, Pixar, Potter, etc.) both Jack and Nica loved Peewee's Big Adventure, The Nightmare Before Christmas (more Burton films), Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (NOT the Burton version), The Phantom Tollbooth, Zathura, Spirited Away, The Princess Bride, The Sandlot, The Goonies, Monster House, Adventures In Babysitting, Holes and others. As they got older I showed them Big, Forrest Gump, Stand By Me, Meatballs, A.I., Rocky, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Field of Dreams, School of Rock, My Bodyguard, Mean Girls, Persepolis and Juno, though I'm sorry to say This Is Spinal Tap failed to elicit much more than a smile from either kid (I try not to see this as a character flaw on their part, but it is difficult.)
These days it's rare that all four Loves see the same film- in fact the only one I remember this year is The Spectacular Now. I'm more likely to go to different movies with Jaime (Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Nebraska) than I do with Jack (The Place Beyond The Pines, Fruitvale Station) or Nica (Catching Fire, Gravity). I did get Jack and Nica into a theater to see Mud- a film I wholeheartedly recommend. Matthew McConaughey is on fire this year!
After the Edward Scissorhands debacle, I put a lot more thought into choosing titles for what have now become our increasingly rare family movie nights. With Nica entering high school this fall I finally decided to share a film that meant a lot to me when it came out: John Hughes' The Breakfast Club. I was in college at the time and when my friend Howard convinced a bunch of us to go see the movie I had no idea what to expect. I hadn't seen Hughes' prior
|L.D.D. - Asian Man's Burden Since 1984|
I think every high school student has an understanding of the social hierarchy within their school. You start with jocks, druggies, brains, nerds- the typical divisions. Then there are some variations: my high school had "Yachties" (Izod shirt/khaki pants with a whale belt wearing rich kids who had boats) and Jaime talks about "Zarks" at her school (a druggie/motorhead hybrid). Interestingly, when I think about these cliques it's mostly along male lines- girls would stay within a group or, if they were pretty enough, do whatever the hell they wanted (at least that's the way it seemed to me).
The thing is, no one talked about any of these rigid social structures in school, even teachers and administrators seemed to pretend they didn't exist. That's why The Breakfast Club was such a revelation- it felt like John Hughes, in a very respectful way, put our innermost
|The Confession Scene|
I guess that's the mark of a great film; it shows you something you've always thought about but never seen before, while getting you laughing, crying and pissed off in the process. For me that pretty much sums up The Breakfast Club.
Show #111 links have already been taken down, but I'll re-post if they become available.