I get my love of movies from my dad. Growing up, I would always be watching movies with him, and he definitely was the person who helped to spark my love of the cinema. Still to this day, we bond over the factious worlds of our favorite art form. Here are some of the movies my dad and I love together, and some ideas for films you can enjoy with your dad with Father's Day.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather is the greatest movie ever made (which is a fact... I read it in my film history textbook). And it's also my dad's favorite film (also a fact... he told me). The first time I saw The Godfather was with my dad on Christmas during one of its many marathons on TV. It's a movie I will always associate with my dad. The Godfather is an absolute masterpiece; it is everything a film should be, and more. It's a film cinephiles devour, but it's also a film that the average movie-goer can enjoy. It's the perfect film to watch with any type of dad because it is ultimately a movie about family. "It's family business," right?
Directed by Tom Hopper
This one is probably not relevant to most dads, but my dad is obsessed with Les Misérables. We are very much a musical loving family (even my dog stops barking when the show tunes come on). My dad's first musical he ever saw live was Les Mis, and it had a profound impact on him. So, the show holds a special place in his heart. When it was announced that the film version was coming out, he was all over it. Our entire family went to see it in the cinema (which never happens), and now it's a favorite in our household. Tom Hooper really redefined the musical movie genre with this film, setting the bar high for the future of the genre.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
When your daughter is a British cinephile, you are often subjected to sad, dark British films. But occasionally, you get to enjoy a fun, entertaining comic book British film. Kingsman is a great film to watch with your dad if you love Colin Firth and he loves big explosions and overly dramatic fight sequences. What is great about Kingsman is it combines the uppity style of posh British films with the grim edginess of real life Britain. It grabs you in with the feeling of familiarity but then turns you completely up-side-down. It is a fun, probably a bit overly masculine, two hours to spend bonding with your dad.
X-Men: First Class
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
This one is a no-brainer for me: Dad gets to watch action and superheroes and I get to watch Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. It's the best of both worlds! I will admit, X-Men is the only comic book series I can actually tolerate enough to watch because it does actually have some ounce of originality and interesting batch of characters (unlike all the other horribly placid, shamelessly trite, and sinfully money-grubbing comic book garbage out there... BUT that is a passion-filled post for another time). So, in turn, it is the only superhero movie I will (morally) watch with my dad. Although, my dad doesn't have the same burning hatred for Marvel movies like I do, so I'm sure he would watch any of them (which is why I always pick the movies). Dads love superhero movies, don't they? So just pop any one of the ten billion versions of the same movie on and I'm sure he'll be happy.