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M ovie M ania ! THE FILMS THAT SHAPED MY YOUNGER YEARS

Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call 623-544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL 623-544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. In my elementary years, “The Wizard of Oz” topped my list. Because it was also my dad’s favorite film when he was younger, we would watch it together once a year. Nowadays, people have access to films in a variety of ways. In his book “The Great Movies III,” Pulitzer Prize- winner and arguably the most prominent and influential authority on cinema, the late Roger Ebert wrote, “Because we are human, because we are bound by gravity and the limitations of our bodies, because we live in a world where the news is often bad and the prospects disturbing, there is a need for another world somewhere, a world where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers live.” Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated by whimsical films that allow me to be swept away in humor, music, and crazy dance numbers, and I have a number of favorite films I always return to.

You can buy a DVD, use streaming entertainment services like Netflix or Hulu, or you can even rent from

Redbox; in short, you can watch virtually whatever you want whenever you want. During our years watching “The Wizard of Oz,” we didn’t even have access to the film on tape or digital, so we’d wait until we saw commercials for it on TV each year, then we’d anxiously wait for it to come

think she agrees that Olivia

Newton John and John Travolta’s renditions are way better!

out. While I remember hiding behind the couch when the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys came on screen, my dad would sit there quoting the entire film. Nowadays, kids are so desensitized that they likely wouldn’t

While I still have a soft spot in my heart for the movies I loved as a kid, I now spend much more time watching comedies, both old and new. After a long day’s work, when Dave and I crave some good belly- rolling laughs, we’ll often resort to watching silly but eternally hilarious ‘90s films like “Tommy Boy” and “There’s Something About Mary.” The most recent comedy we’ve both fallen in love with is “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” which we found purely by accident. We were switching through channels when we came across this film title and saw its star-studded cast including Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza. After that first time watching it through, we found ourselves laughing so hard we were crying. Now, I watch it nearly every time I see it playing on TV. Perhaps it’s because I find something new to laugh at each time, or maybe I remember the days of waiting all year to watch “The Wizard of Oz” and want to take advantage of novel technological innovations. Either way, I love rewatching the classics and finding new films to enjoy. Have any recommendations for me to check out? Let me know!

be afraid, but I’m not going to lie — those monkeys still scare me!

In my teenage years, I remember watching “Grease”,

“Flashdance”, “Footloose”, and “Dirty Dancing” on repeat. While I always enjoyed the films’ narratives, it was the musical numbers that played on a seemingly endless loop in my mind long after the credits rolled. I now have the soundtracks and still listen to them on occasion, especially when I want to get motivated. It’s especially interesting for me because my daughter is growing up during a time when remakes of these older films and ones with similar plots are being released. While she loves to sing along to the “High School Musical” series, I forced her to watch “Grease” with me. I

–Andrea McWhorter

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