It's another Thursday and another Thursday Movie Picks! This is a subject very near and dear to my heart, and so picking movies for this one was hard because there are just so many. So, I decided to go with two films that carry particular meaning for me, and then one just to fuck with everybody.
Because, well, I can.
So, let's just get into it.
Today's theme is:
Yes, I'm a father, and I have two daughters, so this theme was one I've been waiting for. It's funny because my eldest has recently discovered The Game Plan, you know, that cute little Rock movie where he plays a football player who finds out he's a dad. Anyways, she's been watching it all week and so I kept thinking to myself, 'maybe this is a sign' and I contemplated picking that one, but no, I like my three. So, like I said previously, I picked two films that mean a lot to me as a father and then I picked one just to mess with everyone.
There are few films that fill my heart with this kind of warmth. There is just something about the blunt snark here, the way that this relationship is so NOT typical and yet every bit as honest and sincere and loving beneath the surface that just gets to me. The things they say to each other, the way they regard one another, the things they do in front of each other; none of it is remotely acceptable or politically correct and yet it's all so forgivable because you can see how deeply they love each other (or grow to love each other) and it just makes sense for them. The fact that this was a real like father-daughter pair adds to the obvious connection they have and makes for such a rich film experience.
In fact, I love this film and this relationship so much that I have an origami (paper) moon tattooed on my hip with the names of my two daughters hanging from a star.
When the wife was pregnant with baby #1 we went to a birthing class and during one of the exercises they asked the fathers to tell the class which film father they wanted to emulate, which cinematic father inspired them. Apparently I was the only cinephile in the class because no one else had an answer, but I had an immediate one. Considine's Johnny is such a heartfelt, earnest, hardworking, loving father who wants so desperately to take care of his family and be the man he needs to be for them. The love he has for his two little girls is so apparent in the way he looks at them. It just moved me so much.
I'm not going to say anything except for...I know that picking this was completely fucked up, but I'm cool with that.