Memory Lane: Alex’s Top 5 Nostalgic Movies

Written by Alex Bowman March 01, 2013

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", one of Alex's nostalgic favouritesNostalgia has always been a big part of my life. I tend to thrive in the memories of times gone by when movies I used to watch as a kid were simple and entertaining. Back then, they left me with a sense of euphoric happiness and wonder. Nowadays, I can’t sit through a single viewing of a movie without finding something to complain about every 20 seconds. This is when I start to reflect on the movies that left a huge impact on my life growing up, films that have created memories that I will always remember for years to come. These are my top 5 nostalgic films.

5. The Mask (Chuck Russell, 1994)

I saw this movie a few years after its initial release and, to be fair, I couldn’t comprehend about 99.9% of the jokes but I still remember enjoying this film for what it was: Jim Carrey being funny. Carrey’s career was just starting to pick up steam and I legitimately thought he was comedic manna from heaven. Whether it was his mannerisms, his blatant acts of violence or just the need to mug to the camera every 20 seconds I ate up his performance with a spoon and I’ll always remember loving every minute of it.

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Steve Barron, 1990)

I grew up watching a large majority of the old 1980s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” cartoon series when it was aired on YTV and my parents noticed that I was really into the show. They broke down and eventually granted me the privilege of seeing the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie where the turtles were brought to life thanks to the brilliant skills and creativity of Jim Henson. I had to be hospitalized for several weeks afterwards due to my jaw hitting the ground as hard as it did upon viewing this odyssey of awesomeness. I will never forget how Henson was able to use his incredible skills in movie magic to fulfill my dreams of seeing the turtles brought to life.

3. The Brave Little Toaster (Jerry Rees, 1987)

This movie always puts a smile on my face whenever I think about it because I have very strong memories associated with this film. When my brother and I were first shown this movie we immediately were introduced to an incredible film that actually made us press our faces up against the screen in hopes of somehow entering this amazingly colorful world filled with adventure and perseverance. My brother and I would always dance our diapers off when the protagonists started cleaning to Little Richard’s “Tooty Fruity” and I still find myself dancing away as an adult thinking back on this wonderful little treasure of a film.

2. An American Tail (Don Bluth, 1986)

This movie is hard for me to talk about because whenever I reminisce about this film I get incredibly choked up. This film made me cry a lot when I first watched it as a wee little boy and it still tears me up a bit as an adult. As a kid, I felt sorry for this poor mouse that gets separated from his family and what made this movie stick out in my mind is how sad I would feel if that same thing were to ever happen to me. This simple story of an anthropomorphic mouse trying to get back to its family is enough to bring the water works every time.

1. The Lion King (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994)

This was the first movie I saw that was my introduction into the Disney Renaissance and it stands the test of time as being the ultimate nostalgia trip for me. This movie brought something out in me as a child that I can properly explain with this anecdote: After I saw this movie several dozen times in a row, I stood in my garage while my dad was fixing his car and recited the entire movie off by heart. That moment in time will always be cemented in my memories because I will never forget the feeling of knowing that this was what I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life.

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