Memory Lane: Leo’s Top 5 Nostalgic Movies

Written by Leo Panasyuk February 28, 2013

You know that feeling you get when you’re channel surfing and you land on a movie that you saw as a kid and all of a sudden you’re flooded with memories of the good old days? Of course you do, because there’s no feeling quite like it. As a kid, I saw a lot of movies and while most do give me a strong sense of nostalgia, there are a select few that act as cinematic time machines and take me back to a simpler time when life was easy and I had not a care in the world. These are those movies. Nostalgia attack, commence!

5) “Good Burger” (1997)


Pretty much my reaction to this movie today.

Kicking off this list and making me equally hungry is “Good Burger”. This hilarious gem from Nickelodeon stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell as employees of the eponymous fast food joint. I remember this as being the weirdest yet funniest movie I had ever seen and I would watch it at least once a month. Even though certain parts of the plot were as absurd as they could get, it was still a movie that I enjoyed and would still enjoy even today.

4) “Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” (1983)

Must have been a rough 'Take Your Kid to Work Day'.

Must have been a rough ‘Take Your Kid to Work Day’.

Okay, get mad at me if you want, but Episode 6 was the first Star Wars movie I ever saw. When you’re 5, you have no idea about chronology or continuity but if little furry forest people with rocks and spears take down a giant, bipedal mech, you don’t really even need either of those. This was the movie that immersed me in Star Wars and made me want to watch the other two episodes of the original trilogy. And the rest, as they say, is history.

3) “Jumanji” (1995)

"We should have just played 'Snakes & Ladders'!"

“We should have just played ‘Snakes & Ladders’!”

I remember borrowing this from my neighbour just because Robin Williams was on the cover. After watching it, my opinion of board games changed drastically as the fear of my chessboard summoning alligators and Venus fly-traps became a dominating thought for me. Maybe I’m exaggerating but the basic idea is there. In any case, “Jumanji” is one of those movies that was a big part of my childhood and I’ll be damned if they try and remake it.

2) “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)

T-800's always make the best role models.

T-800’s always make the best role models.

Yes, you read this right. “Terminator 2” was not only one of my favourite movies as a kid; it was one of the first movies I ever saw in my entire life! I forget how young I was but I remember watching this movie as much as I could and always being afraid of watching one particular nightmare scene only because it frightened me to pieces. Nevertheless, I loved this movie as a child and I still do today.

1) “The Goonies” (1985)

Leo's #1 nostalgic movie, "The Goonies"

If you seek adventure, prepare to ‘Truffle Shuffle’.

As much as I enjoyed “Toy Story” and “The Lion King”, they compared nothing in my eyes to “The Goonies.” I loved the story, the actors, the dialogue and everything else. I could go on forever listing the things I loved about this movie but the way my face would light up when I’d find this playing on TV was like nothing else. Few movies ever give me a sense of adventure or a sense of ‘I wish that happened to me!’ but “The Goonies” is the best of those few.

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About Leo Panasyuk

A fan of all things film, Leo never really lets himself get tied down to one specific genre. He's always interested in watching new and old films and especially loves the IMAX format. When he's not choosing which movie to watch next, he's studying Film and English at Western University.

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