What was your
when you were 10?
To me, 10 has to be the peak year of childhood. You’re still young enough to truly be a kid, but by hitting double digits you’re also almost on your way to adolescence. It’s the age where you’re now smart and imaginative enough to do truly amazing things with your toys, while still being young enough to play with them without any embarrassment.
Which is why I like to find out what people’s favourite movies were when they were that age, because often–I find–their answers make a lot of sense and help explain who they are today. In my case I have two answers, because For part of age 10, I had one favourite, which was then supplanted by another. My 10th year began with me being obsessed with what I thought was the best of the Kristy McNichol movies. She was my first movie star crush and because of this, I watched The Pirate Movie more times than I could count.
It’s a movie of inherent and undeniable cheesiness–an 80s pop music version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance–but it’s the exact kind of sincerely dumb cheesiness that I still adore, which means I still enjoy the movie, even if it’s in a vastly different way than the sincere rapture with which I watched nearly 30 years ago.
But eventually that year I saw Back to the Future and that was all she wrote. There was no inherent reason for the joy the film gave me, beyond the fact that it was expertly executed and made me happy in a way not even The Pirate Movie had before. After that my memory of my favourite films gets a bit hazy until I hit my teens and saw All That Jazz for the first time. It’s gone up and done from the top since then, but is pretty much there most of the time these days.