2014: My “movie year” with Dad…

Back in late 2013 into early 2015, Dad and I had a DEFFFFFINITE “year of movies.”

See, I was in visiting MOST weekends. And there was a redbox outside a gas station a couple of blocks from my parents’ house…along my route to GET there. So it was literally a matter of pull in one driveway, pull up to the machine, pick a movie or two, swipe my card, get the discs, hop back in the car, and be at the house.

And for basically ALL of 2014, MANY Friday nights were “redbox nights” with Dad. Also had movies that I flat-out BOUGHT, whether “new” or cheapo-bin stuff; or already had; or Netflix, or something from the library. Some nights, we’d end up getting through TWO movies in one sitting. Most often, though, it was at least one movie per weekend, if not a couple.

I realized I still had a LIST of those movies that I kept in 2014. I can’t remember for CERTAIN on all of them which ones Dad and I for sure watched together, but I’ve got the entire list below, and marked with an asterisk the ones that are pretty likely we watched together (and some of them included Mom watching, but she often wasn’t a fan of much of what we’d watch).

And that’s another thing I’ve had in my mind lately: trying to think of “favorite movies” that Dad had. And I feel horrible and rotten and all that that I really can’t think of any. Like…no singular movie that I knew of, KNOW of, can recall offhand that he considered any particular “favorite.”

I know that he watched TONS of movies, especially the last few years, that he’d randomly check out on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming apps…not to mention random stuff he’d DVR from tv. And even with all our Redbox nights, he always vastly PREFERRED high-action flicks; not necessarily VIOLENT, but stuff that was exciting to watch with plenty of action, stunts, etc.

And that would be my criteria a lot of times: “just some action-looking flick.” Or back then, we’d have some idea of stuff that had been in theaters that would be “coming soon to home media” that we’d LOOK FORWARD TO watching together. There were movies that I specifically passed on seeing in the theater, so that I could see them with him. (Other times, even if I had seen a film in the theater, I would enjoy watching it AGAIN with him!) And there were times that it’d turn out HE had already seen a movie, but he’d be glad to watch it again with ME.

Just the other day I was in Walmart, and kinda muddled along and found myself in the movie section…looking for a movie that we might watch together.

And I’m increasingly regretful of allllll the evenings the past several years that I was “content” to just watch “whatever” on my own. That I didn’t MAKE more time, put in MORE EFFORT, to just grab something, and go watch a movie with him.

While I got to share SOME of the earlier Marvel Cinematic Universe films with him, I had wanted/intended to make a point of sharing the ALL. Especially after a new medical scare back in 2018 that I’ll forever associate with my seeing The Meg by myself in a theater and crying; I’d had these grand intentions of “subjecting” him to the entirety of the Marvel films, in order.

We got through Iron Man.

I think we’d started Iron Man 2, but he wasn’t feeling wonderful that night or something, or it just wasn’t grabbing him, and he was falling asleep and…we just never finished it.

I THINK I got to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming with him; as I think about it, I remember some scene with Spidey and the (Washington Monument?) that we both agreed was rather spectacular (and not something we’d actually want to watch in “3-D”). I also know he and Mom actually (with zero prompting from ME!) watched Spider-Man: Far From Home one time without me!

Even as recently as the afternoon of the 29th, I was “planning” to–once he was back home–giving the whole run of films another go with him (and Mom).

Regretting that I let the “project” slip off into taking-time-for-granted-land for so very long…far longer than intended.

But now I’m headed down a mental path I need to leave alone; so gonna just end this post with the aforementioned list of 2014 films that I myself saw–and WordPress seems to have transformed my asterisks to bullets, next to the ones I’m reasonably confident Dad also saw (with me).

  • 2014:
    Cars 2
  • Red 2
    The Day After Tomorrow
    We Bought a Zoo
    Firefly: The Complete Series
    Man of Steel
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Taken
  • Captain Phillips
  • Escape Plan
  • 42
    The Terminator
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Taken 2
    The Croods
    Patch Adams
    As Good as It Gets
  • The Trouble With the Curve
    The Sound of Music
    Saving Mr. Banks
  • Paranoia
  • It Could Happen To You
  • Gravity
  • Old Boy (2013)
  • Saving Mr. Banks
    The Vow
    Life as We Know It
    Just Go With It
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Reasonable Doubt
    Something Borrowed
    The Spectacular Now
    Failure to Launch
    Drinking Buddies
    The Notebook
    Facing the Giants
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
    Easy A
  • Grudge Match
    Dear John
    40 Days and 40 Nights
    This Means War
    Mean Girls
    The Change-Up
  • The Switch
  • The Island
    Mary Poppins
  • Fast and Furious 6
    Grumpy Old Men
  • Blitz
    Grumpier Old Men
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • 12 Years a Slave
    X-Men: Days of Future Past
    The Contract
  • Wanted
  • The Takers
    Cop Out
    30 Days of Night
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Poseidon Rex
    Independence Day
    Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Red Dawn
    Jurassic Park III
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park (2)
  • Non-Stop
  • Primeval
    Saving Mr. Banks
    Pulp Fiction
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    The Lego Movie
  • 3 Days to Kill
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
    Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Rage
  • God’s Not Dead
  • Transcendence
    The Fisher King
    Amazing Spider-Man 2
    The Iron Giant
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
    Enough Said
  • Need For Speed
  • In the Blood
  • Draft Day
    The Big Lebowski
    Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Avengers (2012)
    Friday Night Lights
  • Walking Tall: The Revenge
  • Godzilla (2014)
    TMNT: Turtles Forever
  • Limitless
    Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Contraband
  • Bullet to the Head
  • The Bank Job
    The Fault in Our Stars
    Brick Mansions
    Mortal Kombat: Legacy
    Fire With Fire
  • Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
    Mortal Kombat
    Mortal Kombat II
    Expendables 3
    The Giver
    Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
    Country Strong
    Into the Storm
    Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the TMNT
    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
  • Argo
    When the Game Stands Tall
  • Jersey Boys
  • Left Behind (2014)
  • Erased
  • Hercules (2014)
    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Now You See Me

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