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Happy Father's Day

I think you know who my favorite TV fathers are. :) Here's a Father's Day picspam from some of my favorite movies. (And OMG, I spent way too much time on this.) Spoilers for many, many movies from Armageddon to Gangs of New York

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BEST DAMN DADS EVER

DENNIS QUAID (FREQUENCY, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, THE PARENT TRAP)
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C'mon, who didn't tear up when he gave grown-up Jim Caviezel a hug in Frequency? Who didn't cheer for him when he pointlessly trekked across the frozen wastelands to save Jake Gyllenhaal? And who else could tame two Lindsay Lohans?

SEAN CONNERY (TIME BANDITS, LAST CRUSADE)
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He was just the kindest, most perfect surrogate father in Time Bandits and then those damn dwarves had to come steal the poor little boy away. Dammit! So not fair! And who else could have possibly played Indy's dad with that blend of irascible charm and crankiness? No one!

DONALD SUTHERLAND (ORDINARY PEOPLE, PRIDE & PREJUDICE)
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He breaks my heart as he keeps trying to hold his family together in Ordinary People and then he's just so wonderfully warm and fathery in Pride & Prejudice. He's played his share of villains, definitely, but those two films have cemented him in my Movie Dads Hall of Fame.

NOBLE DADS

LIAM NEESON (GANGS OF NEW YORK)
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The movie never really recovered after Liam Neeson bit it, alas. Leo spends the whole rest of the movie trying to avenge his death.

LINUS ROACHE (BATMAN BEGINS)
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Noble and inspiring even in death, here's a man worth devoting your whole life to avenging.

BRUCE WILLIS (ARMAGEDDON)
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Okay, I admit it. This movie is a complete piece of crap that I only saw for the air conditioning, but it still made me cry. Bruce fuckin' Willis sacrificing himself to save the entire planet made me cry, mock me if you will. When Liv Tyler says goodbye, with her hand on the screen ... gah! What can I say, it's just too easy for me to imagine that's me and there you go. SAP.

LIAM CUNNINGHAM (A LITTLE PRINCESS)
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For my money, the father here is the most perfect movie father ever (apart from that whole leaving his daughter behind to go fight in the war thing): Kind, generous and when it seems he has died, I dare you not to tear up. And then when he doesn't recognize his own daughter, I defy you not to weep buckets.

VENGEFUL DADS

RUSSELL CROWE (GLADIATOR)
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Lest we forget, Maximus takes down Commodus because he (very foolishly) had Maximus' family killed. Here he takes time out from his busy vengeance schedule to remember his wife and son after Cicero has returned the figurines that represent them to him.

TERENCE STAMP (THE LIMEY)
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A tight little existential revenge film, with Stamp hellbent on finding and killing the person responsible for his daughter's death.

SEAN PENN (MYSTIC RIVER)
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When his beloved oldest daughter is killed, he stops at nothing to exact revenge. Almost more chilling than that is the speech his wife gives when she knows what he's done and whom he's killed, that he did it all for his children, and what a good thing that is.

BACHELOR DAD

GLENN FORD (THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER)
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I have such a soft spot for Glenn Ford in this film, even if he's not the best dad ever, he has the best heart and it's all just so wholesomely heartwarming.

WORKING DAD

BRENDAN FRASER (THE MUMMY RETURNS)
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I just get a kick out of the scene where he tells off both Oded Fehr and his son, saying, "You, big trouble. You, lighten up." :)

CLUELESS DADS

NICOLAS CAGE (RAISING ARIZONA)
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Still funny. Still priceless.

ALAN ARKIN (SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS)
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Always aspiring to a better life, he drags his family around one terrible apartment after another, as long as the zip code is still Beverly Hills. I've always loved Alan Arkin, even if he gave such a lousy Oscar acceptance speech they should maybe have taken it back.

WORST DADS EVER
JOHN NOBLE (LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING)
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Gorging while you send your youngest son off to die? Yeah, that's the stuff of epic bad fathering.

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (AT CLOSE RANGE)
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Walken's known for playing dark characters but here he's just cold-blooded, killing friends left and right with no remorse. The showdown scene between him and Sean Penn, who plays his son, is reason enough to see this film.

RAYMOND MASSEY (EAST OF EDEN)
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The scene where James Dean tries to shove the money he's earned at his father, who won't take it, will kill you. He's just desperately tries to stuff it in his pockets and his father is backing away, horrified, rejecting him completely and it just hurts that nothing he ever does is good enough for his father. I've heard that Dean improvised this scene and Massey's shock was genuine here.


THE ONLY MAN IN THE WORLD WHO MAKES ME WANT TO HAVE HIS CHILDREN
MATTHEW FOX
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Now, you know I love Josh something fierce but seeing Foxy with his kids or hearing him talk about them well ... yeah, that just does something to me.

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zelda_zee
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
LOL! I can't believe Foxy makes you want to have his babies! That's kinda cute. And that pic is adorable.

Me, I like to keep the idea of kids and men separate. Like, it's fine if some guy I think is hot has kids, but I don't want to be reminded of it, especially not if it's a guy I'm in the habit of writing. Yikes! Makes me feel kinda pervy.

Fun picspam! :)
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Hee, well, my ovaries are safe since he's happily married and all, LOL. I think it's just that he's such a loving father and that kinda makes me melt. He's the only celeb who does that for me. If Josh had kids, I'd probably feel the same about him, though, I guess.

I would, never, of course, put the kids in a fic or anything! Eeee! Even mentioning wives is a total fun-killer for me. But if I were picking one man to have kids with, I think it'd have to be Foxy. *nods* (I can't imagine being married to a celeb of any kind, though. Yeesh, the trust issue would be enormous!)
cmonkatiekatie
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Awww, that makes me want to watch A Little Princess in just the worst way. I love your clueless Dad's, those are great (and remind me of my Dad). What a fantastic picspam, esp that last one there, I know exactly what ya mean.
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
I don't own most of these movies so I had to search and search for images but A Little Princess is just sooo good. When they were discussing who should direct the first HP movie, I was like, "The guy who directed A Little Princess!" And years, later, they picked him to do the third HP movie, which is also my favorite book. :) So that made me happy.

And hmmm, who's my dad most like? Probably Glenn Ford, I think. A little bit impatient but extremely goodhearted and more than a little square! :)
inthekeyofd
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Oh I could add one to the list..a wants to protect his family and goes off to fight even though he knows it's fruitless dad.

BEST LIST EVER BY THE WAY..first Henry Jones, and you put in Glenn Ford from the "Courtship" how cute was Ron Howard in that movie? MAXIMUS!! Donald Sutherland, the ending, he chose his son over his cold ass wife, EXCELLENT, love LOVE that movie and showed that Robert Redford could actually direct (even though I do feel that Clint Eastwood is a much better actor to director), and East of Eden is my second favorite all time book, add in it has a glorious soundtrack, I love the movie too!!

All of them GREAT choices!!!

Kick ass job on this and seriously, you deserve a round of applause, that was a LOT of work!!

And Foxy, he adores his children...just the way it should be.
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Hmmm, which movie could you be talking about? LOL.

And those are def. some of my favorite movies, but I don't own a lot of them. Some I just like the father's role in them and I don't necessarily love the movie (like Armageddon! Darn you, Bruce Willis!)

It was far too much work, LOL. There were a lot more important things I should have been doing instead but hey, that's why we're all on LJ, right?
elise_509
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Whenever I see Foxy with Byron or hear/read him talk about both the kids, I too, suddenly overcome my dislike for children and am ready and willing. And I really, really don't like kids.
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
You and me both, sister! I am actually horrified by the whole idea of pregnancy and childbirth (hence the complete lack of preg fic of any kind by me, save for that one Kate fic that's hardly a happy one!) so for me to say that is really a stretch! But we're both safe since Foxy's very taken. But yeah, when he talks about this kids, he just lights up and it's so damn sweet!
toestastegood
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Aw, that last picture is so cute!

I refuse to watch Armageddon any more. It makes me cry way too much even when I'm sitting there wailing that I shouldn't be crying at it.
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
Isn't it though? Foxy with his kids is soooo sweeet.

And Armageddon totally chokes me up too. *sighs* Augh. Self sacrifice always gets me, whether it's Boromir or Bruce Willis!
vixerunt
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Okay, A Little Princess was the first movie to ever make me sob hysterically. I just couldn't take it when she finds out he's "dead" and then later when he doesn't recognize her and the cops drag her away. Ugh. Kills me every time! I am such a daddy's girl though so that probably has a lot to do with it!

And yeah, Foxy. Hmm...I think I find the whole bad boy/good father thing appealing. Plus his kids are just too adorable!

He'll probably have competition though when the Holloway's reproduce ;-)
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
OMG, me too! I just SOB when they're pulling her away and she's screaming for him and he just doesn't recognize her. AUGH. So traumatic, but ultimately, so happy. (Interestingly enough, Cuaron went on to direct HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which is the most daddy issue-laden one of all of them. Now that got me tearing up, when he thought he saw his father across the lake. Something about daddies, yes, that definitely gets me!)

Foxy just dotes on his kids and that's tremendously appealing. He lights up when he talks about them and that seems kind of rare. And yes, I agree the whole bad boy /good father thing is catnip! Except for the giving birth part, heh.

And I'm sure Josh will be a fantastic father.. augh ... jealousy setting in!
gottalovev
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
=D

what a great picspam! I am very grateful that you all don't know that I nailed the perfect father... ;) aww, seriously, Foxy is way cute with his little one.

you really made me smile

(oh and Denethor? my goodness, I cringe every dingle time. poor faramir.)
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Aww, good for you, hon! :) Glad you got yourself a good one.

And yeah, Denethor fascinates me. The whole Men of Gondor storyline is my favorite from the books and I think the film mostly did justice to that. (Apart from the running fireball thing! Eep!) And they didn't really suggest that it was looking into the palantir that warped him and robbed him of all hope. But the casting was perfect.
isis2015
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
What can I say, it's just too easy for me to imagine that's me and there you go. SAP.

Yeah. Yeah, same here. I'm a ridiculous sap who cries at the emotional moments of even the worst of movies. So you know I was crying when Bruce Willis blew himself up. Actually, I cried when Liv Tyler said, "Daddy, no" and had her hand on the screen, 'cause...yeah. I can't help but put myself in her place at that moment and...as said, I'm a sap.

And, god, that picture of Foxy and his son...god. I love how he talks about his kids. You're right. There's just something about it that gets to me. If Josh had a kid, thought, I think I might explode.
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh man, I can start crying at the drop of a hat. Definitely. I thought of throwing Running on Empty here because that always makes me cry like crazy through the last 20 minutes or so. Judd Hirsch isn't an ideal dad in that, but he is very loving and, usual, a total mensch. ;)

And Foxy, hoo boy. He's just such a great dad, it comes out of his pores, you know? :) If Josh has kids I'm going to be a goner, LOL!
siluria
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
THE ONLY MAN IN THE WORLD WHO MAKES ME WANT TO HAVE HIS CHILDREN -
MATTHEW FOX


Word. Kids are a complete no-go area for me, but I reckon I'd cave there :)
halfdutch
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hee, I'm surprised to find so many friends who agree with me on that! ;) I mean, LOL, both the no-kids policy and the Special Foxy Exception Clause! I should do a poll!
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