Monday, October 05, 2009

Monday At the Movies: Good ol' Dad

The Monday Movie Meme is brought to you by The Bumbles.

This week's movie topic is all about dads ...
Inspired by a weekend visit to Molly's family in honor of her dad's birthday, this week we are thinking of movies featuring fathers. Funny ones, inspiring ones, scary ones, demanding ones. They come in all types and therefore the movies give us lots of characters to choose from. Share on your blog movies featuring dads and then link back to The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1995 or, if you prefer, the 2005 version)

Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

David Gordon in Martian Child (2007)

Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon (1987)

Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars Saga

Arthur Weasley in the The Harry Potter movies

Monday's Movie is hosted by Sheri at A Novel Menagerie.

It has been weeks since I last saw a movie either on DVD, on TV or in the theater. Someone, quick! Hand me a thermometer!

Anjin and I have been watching the second half of the first season of Big Bang Theory though. I'm not much of a sitcom fan, I confess (as if you couldn't tell by my list of fall television shows that I'm watching this season). While this really is more my husband's show than mine, it has its funny moments. Jim Parsons in the role of Sheldon Cooper is amazing. The show is about two highly intelligent physicists who share an apartment. They aren't exactly known for their social prowess. Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) is the roommate with the crush on the beautiful woman (Kaley Cuoco) who lives across the hall.

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  1. Should you be sending me to the clinic if I don't own a TV or DVD player?

  2. Well, we have TVs and DVD players but we're not big TV watchers, with the exception of Amazing Race. Movies are a different deal though. You've got some good movies listed! I think the only overlap between you and I was Star Wars!

  3. Keith and I love The Big Bang Theory. We are geeks, so we tend to love shows about them! I think it just gets better as the series goes along, although we haven't been able to start watching season 3 yet; no one knows when it's going to air in the UK. Jim Parsons is definitely the main attraction, I have to agree. He's so good at Sheldon that it's almost difficult to believe he's a real person.

  4. I'm not a tv or movie watcher but am married to one. Fourteen years later, I'm still waiting for him to find a show I get hooked on as well. Just turns out I'm happier in my own head, without someone else's version of the visual.

  5. Alice - LOL No. I have a couple of other friends who do not have a television by choice. Whatever works best for you. :-)

    Sandy - I never could get into Amazing Race. I'm not much for reality television except for American Idol now and then.

    I couldn't leave out Anakin! :-)

    Meghan - My husband's a geek--I consider myself one too except I lack the brains. LOL

    I hadn't realized the show had been on so long already! Sheldon annoys me no end, but he really is funny and I can't see the show without him. As you said, it's hard to believe Jim Parsons does it so well it's hard to believe Sheldon isn't real.

    Kristen - My husband and I tend to have similar tastes when it comes to movies and often TV. There are exceptions, of course.

    I'm almost as passionate about movies as I am about books. I love a great story and great characters and both can provide that for me.

  6. That is a great pick of fathers and they are all so different. I haven't thought about Murtaugh in a long time. I used too love those Lethal Weapon movies.

  7. I love Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and what a great pick with Mr. Weasley. I can't believe that I didn't think of either one. I'm going back to make a link to your post in mine. I love your pics. my movies.

  8. Our nerdiest friend has been after us for ages to start watching The Big Bang Theory, and we've finally added it to the DVR rotation. We'll have to catch up with the earlier seasons on DVD later (I've heard the second season improves on the first), but it's cracking us up, especially Sheldon :-).

  9. I am a big fan of Lethal Weapon!!! I just love them...

  10. Good movie selections! The only one I've not seen is Martian Child. My list is HERE.

  11. You listed some great dad, especially David Gordon from Martian Child, I really liked that movie and Sgt. Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon, much better that I expected. Once you start to think about it, there are a lot of movies with dads as major characters.

    I have never seen Big Bang Theory. But I might check it out now. I like to watch at least once good sitcom but most of the ones I likare now in repeats and off the air..Frasier, Ray ...

    I tend to starts watching the new season of a TV show that looks good to me and after a fewq shows tire of it so that a month into the new TV season I am watching almost no TV! Although there are a few shows I am a die hard fan of...Criminal Minds, First 48, The Shift..

  12. Oh, yes - Mr. Bennet is a wonderful father character. Mr. Austen must have been a great guy.

  13. I don't think I've seen any of the movies you have listed. I've always meant to catch The Big Bang Theory but for some reason never have. I enjoy your review of it and may have to watch it tonight!

  14. My parents and I have been watching Big Bang Theory since it started - it's one of the few TV shows I make a point to watch. I get such a kick out of it. Jim Parsons definitely does the supernerd thing too well!

  15. I loved Chris Gardner and Arthur Weasley!! Very cool dads!!

  16. Danny Glover did play a very protective Dad didn't he? I love that scene from the first one where his cop buddies put all those blown up condoms on his desk after finding out the apple of his eye, his little girl, is all grown up and did a condom commercial much to his chagrin. His reaction in that entire storyline was so cute. And of course sets up all of his action and motivation later in the movie.

  17. I'm also a fan of Big Bang Theory. Last season, I thought Sheldon was a bit too over the top, but this season, he seems better. I don't know why- it's probably more a change in me than him. He seems to have more a sense of humor, though :-) I also love, love, love How I Met Your Mother, which is on right afterwards, I think.

  18. Nicole - I couldn't find a photo of Murtaugh and his children, otherwise I would have posted that. I always felt so sorry for him having to deal with Mel Gibson's character. LOL

    Kaye - Thanks, Kaye! I couldn't leave the Harry Potter movies out. Have to fit them in somehow. ;-) And Mr. Weasley is such a great character. I really like Mr. Bennet's character in Pride and Prejudice.

    Florinda - My husband says the second season should be better too. I enjoy it, but I have such a peculiar relationship with comedy that it takes a lot to win me over completely. I probably wouldn't watch Big Bang Theory if my husband wasn't so interested in it.

    Lulu - Those are fun movies. :-)

    Heather - Martian Child is such a good movie. Very heartwarming. The father figure in the movie isn't really the child's father, at least not through most of the movie, but he is a perspective adoptive parent. It may have been a stretch to include him here, but since he basically steps in as the boy's father, I figured that should count.

    Amy - I really liked Martian Child. I just happened to catch it on HBO one day, not knowing anything about it. Very heartwarming.

    I'm the same way when it comes to new TV shows. I watch several and then end up getting tired of most of them before long. I've gotten a lot more picky about what I watch as a result. This year it seems my husband and I are attaching ourselves to different shows, which rarely happens. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

  19. JLS - I imagine Mr. Austen was too. :-)

    Kristie - Let me know what you think, if you do watch The Big Bang Theory. I've only seen most of the 1st season and haven't caught any of the recent episodes.

    Megan - Jim Parsons definitely does. I get so annoyed with him, but he really does make the show, I think.

    Staci - Pursuit of Happyness was such a good movie. I especially loved seeing San Francisco on film. I know it's an often used setting, but it's one of my favorite cities.

    Bumbles - LOL Yes, that was a great scene in Lethal Weapon.

    Aarti - I have only seen a handful of episodes of How I Met Your Mother (the first season). That's one I really want to go back and watch again, starting from the beginning. I've heard great things about the show.

  20. Hubby and I just started watching The Big Bang Theory and LOVE it!

  21. Jen - I am glad you enjoy it! Sheldon is so funny.

  22. I'm with you on the ability to grab a movie. There's been soooo much going on in my life. EEK!

    Nice post.


  23. Thanks, Sheri. It's been hard to get out. Hubby and I did make it to the theater this past weekend. It'll probably be another couple of weeks before we think about going again.


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