This weekend, I really appreciated the phrase, “oldies but goodies,” as I watched several old movies on various cable channels. Some of them I remember fondly but actually did not remember enough specifics to even summaries the storyline and name the stars for you. For example, I watched “Sleepless in Seattle” when it first came out in 1993. I remember that is tarred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, and that most people consider this movie to be one of the Top 10 Chick Flicks of all time. But what was the storyline and where did it take place? Duh – I had forgotten all the details! Watching it on Saturday was like seeing it for the first time – and I liked it all over again!
Another oldie but goodie that I watched was “Under the Tuscan Sun,” starring Diane Lane. It came out in 2003 – so it’s only been 10 years. But I was so much younger when I watched it 10 years ago that I didn’t really connect to the story at all. In 1993, I was in love, newly married and just starting out my life, whereas the main character was dealing with an unfaithful husband and having to restart her life in a foreign country. Well, look at how things turned out for me – now I totally relate to the movie and I loved it even more the second time I watched it because it meant more to me!
It’s good to revisit the older, classic movies. When you have experienced more in your own life, the oldies become more relevant to you and you appreciate the stories even more than when they first came out.