Father's Day is the perfect time to sit down and get caught up in a movie marathon with your family.
We talked to filmmakers and movie buffs alike about what they watched with their fathers and what they now watch with their kids to give some ideas on what to watch before the NBA Finals game Sunday night.
Finding movies that families can watch together without the father being bored out of his mind can be tricky. Overwhelmingly, Pixar films were selected as safe bets for fathers with younger kids.
Cole Selix, a writer and director at Single Tree Productions, has a 4-year-old son who loves Pixar films.
“I've probably seen ‘Cars' in the neighborhood of 100 times,” Selix said.
Mike Walsh, 32, a local filmmaker, said he is pretty daring with what he shows his kids, but that when they do watch kid's movies together, he prefers Pixar.
“Well I don't generally enjoy watching garbage with them,” Walsh said. “When I watch awful things I get pretty annoyed.”
Both Walsh and Selix said “Finding Nemo” is one of the better films to watch with younger kids on Father's Day.
“It's a good one for all ages,” Selix said. “You've got the whole father-son thing going on with that one.”
Walsh admits he has made some questionable decisions in what he watches with his kids, but ultimately he said he loves the memories he makes with them.
He let his 5-year-old son watch “Alien” with him, and his son was frightened but stayed to watch the whole thing.
“We had a really nice moment together, me and a 5-year-old watching a movie he probably shouldn't have been watching,” Walsh said. “But he had a huge smile on his face like he had accomplished something.”
Walsh also enjoys watching other movies with his oldest son, who is 10.
“‘Shaun of the Dead' is the one that me and my oldest son loved to watch,” Walsh said. “It got him in to the whole zombie thing. But he still covers his eyes when it gets really gory.”
“That's probably one of the highlights of the relationship I have with my kids — movies,” Walsh said.
One thing every father we interviewed shared was the great memories they had with their fathers when they would watch movies together.
Colin Warde, 35, a production designer for feature films and television, watched movies with his dad frequently before he passed.
Warde's love of all things sci-fi can be blamed on his father. For Father's Day, he suggests watching “Star Trek 2: Wrath of Kahn.”
“It has some really powerful father and son moments,” Warde said. “When I think about fathers and sons, that is what I think about.”
“Star Wars” is also a safe bet, Warde said. Though his son just turned 3, he already knows who Yoda is.
“I made sure to show him the clip of Luke Skywalker trying to raise the X-Wing out of the swamp and not being able to,” Warde said. “But then Yoda helps him.”
Another movie Warde suggests is “Frequency,” starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. It's the story of a father and son who somehow communicate across time to solve a mystery.
Walsh and his father shared a love of watching “pretty weird films” from Western to Samurai.
“He used to watch them all weekend long,” Walsh said. “I'd sit in the living room with him and I just adored watching those really bad genre films with my dad.”
Eventually, Walsh's dad let him do what he now does with his kids: watch whatever they want.
“He let me watch the cool science fiction stuff,” Walsh said. “‘RoboCop' was my favorite.”
Warde and Walsh both loved the time they spent watching endless hours of movies with their fathers.
“It was always really special to me,” Warde said.
So whatever you watch with your family on Father's Day, remember to make memories along with it.
That's probably one of the highlights of the relationship I have with my kids — movies.”
Mike Walsh, 32,