DVDs for Father’s Day
Posted on May 29, 2008 at 8:00 am
Dad does not need a new tie! Make him some breakfast in bed and a hand-made card and then how about some DVDs the family can share and enjoy together?
If Dad is in his 50’s, he’ll enjoy some of the television shows from his childhood collected in Hiya Kids! A 50’s Saturday Morning Box. It includes “Kukla, Fran And Ollie,” “Howdy Doody,” “Flash Gordon,” “Lassie,” “Annie Oakley,” “Ding Dong School,” “Time For Beany,” “The Paul Winchell Show,” “The Roy Rogers Show,” “Captain Z-RO,” “The Rootie Kazootie Club,” “Winky Dink And You,” “Super Circus,” “Andy’s Gang,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Sky King,” “The Magic Clown,” “Kids And Company,” “Juvenile Jury,” “The Pinky Lee Show,” and “Sheena, Queen Of The Jungle.” At least a couple of them are guaranteed to bring back memories.
If Dad likes spy stories, he’ll love these sets: James Bond Ultimate Edition Vol 1 and Vol. 2 or The Jason Bourne Collection (all with some mature material).
A Discovery Channel/Animal Planet kind of guy? How about Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series or Walking with Dinosaurs.
And if he likes to laugh, how about a classic like Marx Brothers Collection or, if the kids are older, something more up-to-date like the Adam Sandler Collection?
A sports fan? Baseball – A Film By Ken Burns , the PBS series, is a great choice. Or, try Unforgivable Blackness – The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Step into Liquid, or When We Were Kings, the story of the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
And if Dad is a music fan, he might like Bob Dylan – No Direction Home, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 or Jay Z – Fade to Black.
2 Replies to “DVDs for Father’s Day”
I am shocked to see this site claiming to be a responsible review for family movies, esp. families of faith, promoting Jay-Z. The hands symbol he is using is against your own rules of conduct #5. Please look up Jay-Z and illuminati satanist keywords to see for yourself.
Thank you very much for your comments, D. I like your screen name and appreciate the constructive and courteous way you expressed yourself.
My understanding is that the allegations of Jay-Z’s satanism connections are a hoax, or, at best, an urban legend, along the lines of the old “Paul is dead” rumor about the Beatles. The sign he is making with his hands (while holding a microphone) is the diamond sign that symbolizes his company. And the clip in question comes from playing backward a version of Jay-Z’s music that was adapted by another performer, one that Jay-Z did not produce or endorse, frontward or backward. He is married to a young woman who is a devoted church-goer and whose reputation is outstanding.
I have seen the documentary, which is about what was at the time intended to be Jay-Z’s final performance, and I think it is a fascinating and important film about a brilliant businessman as well as a musician and about the role that hip-hop music plays in our culture, especially the appeal that it has for young people of all races and backgrounds. There is a moment in the film I wish everyone would see, where two aspiring young musicians talk about the conflict they feel knowing that in order to be successful they must pander to stereotypes about “gangstas” instead of addressing a wider range of issues or exploring their own experiences and feelings.
I wanted to have a range of suggestions so that there would be something on this list for any kind of father. “Fade to Black” is not right for many people but I think it is a very worthwhile film for its intended audience. I hope this explanation gives you a better idea of my views.