8 Films to Bond Over.

In honor of Father’s Day what better way to celebrate dear old dad than this fine movie selections for my 2010 Father’s Day Film Festival:

  • The Stepfather/The Stepfather (2009) – You can go with the more suspenceful and bloody original or the updated, more exciting remake – either film is good and either is a fine portrait of a man who can charm a woman into quickly marrying him and just wants to keep his new family together – at any cost.
  • The Horseman – What father wouldn’t go on a blood-thirsty rampage of terror against those who killed his daughter?
  • Finding Nemo – Pixar’s often used theme of parents fears of their children leaving the nest is played for all its worth here with a single parent, over-protective father swimming across the ocean for his son.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – Every father has a favorite son, even if the favorite is really a more athletic cousin.
  • Fight Club – no dad’s here, they all moved away, got remarried and started new families. Like the f***ers were setting up franchises.
  • American Beauty – Sure Lester Burnhum hates his life, his stuff, his shrew wife and fantasizes about his daughter’s friend, but at the end of the day he wants his daughter’s life to be good. A great depiction of a father/daughter relationship when both are acting like detached teenagers.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – For all the dad’s out there who talk in fishing metaphors, want their kids to follow in their footsteps, have no idea what they are doing in their massive treehouse lab all day and need a monkey thought translator to tell their kid what they really feel.
  • Oldboy – for reasons that cannot dare be given away, this is pretty much the ultimate father/daughter story.