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What Were Your Favorite Movies When You Were Growing Up?

It was sad to hear today of the passing of Ray Harryhausen. His name might not be immediately familiar, but it’s very likely that you’ve seen a movie or two of his. In fact, two of my all-time favorite movies from when I was a kid, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Clash of the Titans,’ were films that Ray Harryhausen brought to life. He wasn’t the director of these movies, though. He was the effects artist that mastered combining live action with stop-motion animation.

It’s kind of funny how some of the movies you loved as a child withstand the test of time, and others don’t. ‘Ghostbusters’ is just as enjoyable to me today as it was when I was five. On the other hand, there have been several times when I re-watched something that I was enthusiastic about as a kid, and realized I remembered it being a lot better than it actually is (several of the 80s and 90s horror movies that I really shouldn’t have been watching, anyway, come to mind).

‘Clash’ and ‘Argonauts’ are two that hold up pretty well. Quite honestly, even though I thought the ‘Clash of the Titans’ remake from a few years ago was entertaining, I’d rather see the 1981 original, one more time (even though that Medusa scene scared me to death!).

Not long ago I watched ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ on Blu-ray, and it looked terrific. I have the Blu-ray for ‘Clash of the Titans,’ but I’ve not yet watched it. Maybe I will, tonight.

What were your favorite movies when you were a kid?

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