Yesterday would have been my brother Todd’s 37th birthday, so for this week’s three favorites, I’m doing something a little different. Starting from the time he left home for college, there were three major places where Todd lived. Here’s my favorite story that takes place in each of them.
Chicago: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
There are lots of good candidates for this one. Steelheart takes place in Newcago, and Divergent takes place in post-apocalyptic Chicago. Classic films like Poltegeist III, The Blues Brothers, and While You Were Sleeping take place there. And if you count John Hughes movies that take place in the suburbs, then there are lots of great Chicago stories. But the most definitive one is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Japan: The Karate Kid, Part II
Thanks to Japanese anime there are a ton of candidates for this one. Akira and Miyazaki films Ponyo, My Neighbor Totorto, and Kiki’s Delivery Service all come to mind. But without a doubt my favorite is The Karate Kid, Part II. Cue up “I am the man who will fight for your honor…”
Hawaii: Lilo and Stitch
I can’t think of many candidates for this one. There’s Magnum, PI and the story of the Brady Bunch and the taboo idol. But for me, Hawaii stories begin and end with Lilo and Stitch. That film also contributed a motto frequently heard around these parts: “Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”