Movies I Loved

I was thinking recently about movies that I loved when I was younger that you don’t hear much about. Movies popular to me, if you will. Now, since these movies are all from when I was in elementary school and middle school I don’t really know how popular these movies were in the theater. ButI don’t think they were terribly popular or else I think I’d hear more about them today. So over the past few days I jotted down the names as they came to me of movies I loved back in the day and would watch over and over again. Once I got to 5 I was ready to post this!

  1. Wild America – I used to love this movie! Based on 3 real brothers in the 60s who want to become famous nature documentary filmmakers. They go on a road trip one summer and have an adventure.
Wild America - Movie Poster
Wild America

So I used to have this movie on VHS therefore I haven’t watched in years. I just looked to see how much a DVD costs on Amazon – if it’s even available on DVD. It is, but it costs over $50!

2. North – This is a movie I watched multiple times when I was little, but I don’t think I really understood it. I mostly watched it for the funny parts. North, played by a young Elijah Wood, wants new parents so he searches the world for the perfect ones. I remember he goes to Texas where everything is extra large and he goes to Alaska and he seems to enjoy that a lot but then he finds out they put their elderly relatives on ice floats to float away. It was entertaining to see him go from place to place. I definitely have to see this movie again as an adult.

North - movie poster

3. That Thing You Do – This movie followed a group of young guys in a band in 1960s Pennsylvania who wanted to make it big. Tom Hanks plays their manager and after 1 big hit they make it famous. They become sort of like an American Beatles. The songs were all catchy and there’s a love story mixed in there too. I definitely had the soundtrack to this movie!

that thing you do - movie poster

4. Center Stage – I’ve mentioned it on here before but I danced all through my school years. Well, until I graduated high school. And I’ve actually signed up for a class this summer because I miss it so much! More on that this summer, but back to the movie. Every dancer I know back in 2000 went to see Center Stage and loved it. It’s such a good movie. Sure, the acting isn’t spectacular, but it’s all about dance!

center stage - movie poster
center stage

5. The Pagemaster – I loved this animated movie as a kid but I don’t think it got the attention it deserved! Voiced by Macauley Culkin, a young boy goes to the library and gets sucked into this fantasy world with literary characters – that’s when the movie turns into an animated one. I don’t know how it fared in the box office back in the 90s, but I think if it was a big hit it wouldn’t be virtually forgotten today!

the pagemaster - movie poster
the pagemaster

So those are some movies from my childhood and pre-teen years that I used to watch a lot. I really need to see all these movies again. I think Center Stage is the only one I have on DVD, so I’ll have to find some way to watch the others!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. THAT THING YOU DO IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE EVER!!!!! I’m so happy you listed it – it seems like nobody has ever heard of it when I bring it up and so they don’t want to watch it. But Tom Hanks is such a treasure, and the story is just so good!!

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    1. So many people don’t know the movie and it’s so good! Guy & Faye ❤


    2. It’s such a fun, quotable movie! I adored Lenny. And they had a Wonders reunion recently too! All of them but Steve Zahn showed up.


      1. I saw pictures of that!

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  2. That Thing You Do is one of my favorite movies ever. I have a friend who is a huge fan of it too and we’ll randomly text each other lines from it and then respond with the next line. We know this movie by heart.

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    1. It’s so good! And so many people have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention it!


      1. I remember having the theatre to myself when I first saw it. My own private screening. I think it did ok in its theatrical release.

        All the other movies you listed were all flops at the box office. I’d heard of them all but I know they did not do well. Pagemaster had a huge hype campaign for it because Mac was the “next big thing” due to the success of Home Alone. But it just didn’t live up to the hype.

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