Dads offer ideas about movies for Father's Day

Fathers talk about their suggestions to watch with your family on Father's Day as well as what they watched with their fathers.
BY CONNER ROHWER crohwer@opubco.com Published: June 17, 2012
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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.

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That's probably one of the highlights of the relationship I have with my kids — movies.”

Mike Walsh, 32,

local filmmaker

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