What Should We Watch?

For a long time now, Little Satis and I (little … he’s nearly thirteen!) have had a tradition of watching a movie on Friday or Saturday night, something we like to call Movie Night. There was a time when I would write up reviews of what we watched, and I’d like to start doing this again. However, I need some help. After years of superhero and action/adventure movies, I’m looking to expand his horizons by introducing him to some other varieties—classics, thrillers, horror, etc. I’ve come up with a few categories that I’d like to expose him to: I’ll list these below with some example films from each. If you feel so inclined, I would love to know what film recommendations you have for a thirteen-year-old to watch with his dad.


  • Rear Window (1954)
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  • A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
  • The Outlaw Jose Wales (1976)

(Yes, they’re all Clint Eastwood)


  • The Usual Suspects (1995)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Sixth Sense (1999)


  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)


  • The Godfather (1972)
  • Road to Perdition (2002)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)


  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Schindler’s List (1993)
  • Gallipoli (1981)


  • Spartacus (1960)
  • Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  • Titanic (1997)


  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Tremors (1990)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Science Fiction

  • Alien (1980)
  • Starship Troopers (1997)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


  • Total Recall (1990)
  • Robocop (1987)
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)


  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)

What do you think? Are there any genres I’ve missed? Any great movies that we really ought to watch? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “What Should We Watch?

  1. In classics you have to include the Charlie Chan mysteries. They are black and white and run about 1 an change. They were movies I watched with my Grandad. Also Dirty Harry, although R rated you see worse in pg-13 now a days.

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