#14. Grease (1978)

♥ Romeo and Juliet ♥ Scarlett and Rhett ♥ Elizabeth and Darcy ♥ Cinderella and Charming ♥ Johnny and June ♥ Bogart and Bacall ♥ Ross and Rachel ♥ Danny & Sandy ♥

Who doesn’t love the classic love story of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olson?! It’s a
classic tale about the good girl falling for the bad boy. I MV5BMTcyMTA5MTY3MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTMwNzAxMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_think I can safely say that we have all seen the movie Grease at least once, but if you haven’t, STOP and go watch RIGHT NOW!

John Travolta had secured his spot on the Hollywood A-List with Saturday Night Fever (1977), when he conquered the role of Danny Zuko. Olivia Newton-John was climbing the music charts when offered the part of Sandy Olson. Together, the pair made this iconic, quotable and timeless film and sealed their roles in American pop culture.

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#13. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

o-NAKED-GUN-REBOOT-facebookStarting with the first scene you will be rendered completely powerless against this film’s outrageous comedy. The only objective of The Naked Gun is simply to laugh…to laugh a lot!

David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, the three-man comedy team who gave the world Airplane, developed a short, six-episode series called Police Squad, which spoofed the many cop dramas of the time. Police Squad first introduced the world to Lt. Frank Drebin, famously played by Leslie Nielsen; however it wasn’t until the release of The Naked Gun that Lt. Drebin really got the crowd’s attention.

The over-exaggerated plot has Lt. Drebin valiantly attempting to thwart a scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II at a baseball game. SPOILER ALERT: Hilarity ensues!

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#11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

The Beatles in Let it Be.
Led Zeppelin in The Song Remains The Same.
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Being a huge classic rock fan myself (Thanks, Dad), I don’t know why it had taken me so long to see This is Spinal Tap. Over the years there have been countless documentaries following the lavish and wildly eccentric lifestyles of the world’s most famous rock stars. But in 1984, Rob Reiner put a new spin on the typical documentary genre with This is Spinal Tap, unwittingly launching the now popular “mockumentary” format flatteringly imitated in such megahit sitcoms like The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Modern Family.

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#10. Stand By Me (1986)

Hello dears, I’m back!

After a loooooong break, I have decided to start writing again, thanks to the friendly urging of some family (S.O. to my Koehler aunts and cousin Tristan). As we swelter in the very heart of Summer 2015, I thought, “What better movie to relaunch my blog than a classic summer coming-of-age/adventure/BFF movie like Stand By Me?” So I spent a nostaligic morning with my best friend, Netflix, and enjoyed Stand By Me for the first time in maybe 10 years.

Stand By Me is a classic coming-of-age film and should be mandatory viewing for every pre-teen and teenager. Although, I think the message of this film resonated much more with me as an adult.

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From Left: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell

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#9. Rudy (1993)

rudy1In honor of today being the first Chiefs game of the season, I decided to dedicate this post to a classic football movie–Rudy.

I LOVE FALL for many reasons, one being football season. Now I’m not the biggest sports fan; I occasionally enjoy a good basketball game and I tend to fall asleep during baseball (but being from Kansas and having loyalty to the Royals, I will always root against the Cardinals no matter what! You’re Welcome Dad!). However I do really enjoy football. I don’t go insane over it, like my mother and brother tend to do, but I enjoy attending games and watching them on t.v.

Growing up in Kansas City my whole life, the Chiefs were on our t.v. every single Sunday without a doubt. In fact, from birth till about age 18, my family had season tickets. One of my most cherished memories is being inside on a cold, November day and hearing the broadcast of a Chiefs game throughout my house.

mcdrudy-ec003-h-1-1Rudy is a true underdog story about a boy (Sean Astin) who, despite many obstacles, refused to give up on his dream of playing football for Notre Dame.

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#8. The Breakfast Club (1985)

August is coming to a close, football season is just beginning (Go Chiefs!), final BBQs are being held, and kids are returning to school. Back-to-School season brings a certain feeling along with it each year. It is a bittersweet feeling, a subtle combination of wistfulness, nostalgia, and endless possibility. For kids, going back to school is a fresh start, a new beginning. This is the first year that I will not be returning to school in the fall. I’m finally done and I’m in the real world (whatever that is!?). However, I’m pleasantly surprised that I’m beginning to get that bittersweet feeling again. It makes me wonder, will fall always bring this feeling with it or will this eventually wear off with time? Will I always fill the need to go down the school supply aisle even though I don’t need them anymore? Will the end of summer always bring with it an air of possibility? Truthfully, I hope this feeling never fades. Now that I’m a grownup (sort of), I have found that adults really need that to get this ‘fresh start-anything is possible’ feeling, maybe even more than the kids…As a recent grad I am beginning to understand how easy it can be to feel weighed down by real world responsibilities and expectations. For this reason, I chose to write about a movie that teaches great lessons in humanity that can inspire us to be ourselves. In honor of the back-to-school season, I decided to enjoy one of John Hughes’ greatest MV5BMzYyNTQ1Nzk2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODk0NTQyMQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_masterpieces—The Breakfast Club. Hughes so wonderfully wrote, directed, and produced some of the greatest teen movies to date! Therefore it is no surprise that The Breakfast Club is listed as one of the films we all must see before we die! The Breakfast Club features an all-star cast for 1985, starring teen queen of 80s, Molly Ringwald, along with Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, and Judd Nelson. Who would have thought that a movie about five Illinois teenagers spending a Saturday in detention would have had such a large impact?

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

I am truly saddened by the news of Robin Williams’ death. Not only was he a master story teller and a comedy God, but he was also a father, husband, and one fantastic gift to Hollywood. He will be greatly missed by fans-both young and old. I first enjoyed the hilarious, gut-busting comedy of Robin Williams with a little film called, Mrs. Doubtfire. In 1993, Robin Williams took on the role of Daniel Hillard, an unemployed voice actor & devoted father of three, who transforms himself into Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire in order to spend more time with his children. Below are just a few pieces of evidence that perfectly explain why Mrs. Doubtfire will always be one of the best:

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#7. Rocky (1976)

“But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”- Rocky Balboa

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Okay, so I know it’s crazy, but I just saw Rocky for the first time yesterday! It was one of those movies that I always meant to see but never actually got around to doing so. But thanks to Netflix (God’s greatest gift to the world), I can now proudly say that I have seen it and share with you all a few points of interest I had while watching Rocky for the first time.

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#6. The Sound of Music (1965)

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…

still-of-julie-andrews-in-the-sound-of-music-(1965) The Sound of Music is truly a staple in history. It really is a remarkable story. It opens on a young Julie Andrews as a quirky, yet kind  postulant, Maria,  frolicking in the hills of Austria. Wanting Maria to know in her heart that the church was the place for her, Reverend Mother sends her off to become the nanny for Captain Georg Von Trapp’s seven children. Throw in some side plots about the Nazi’s and the Baroness, a few comedic moments, singing nuns, and you have yourself one great piece of cinematic history. Did I mention that they have singing nuns?! SINGING NUNS!!! My Catholic upbringing can’t stress enough just how great singing nuns are!!

While I could go on and on about what every single detail of this movie means to me, I decided to narrow it down to the following…

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