Famous Movie Dads

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There are a lot of movie dads that either remind us of our fathers, make us wish were our fathers or make us thank the stars, the moon, the sun and all that is holy that our fathers are not like them. They’ve made us laugh, cry, cringe, gasp and more. And we thought it would be fun to list some of the famous movie dads that, whether they were good, bad, ugly or funny, did the best they could for their children.

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Here are our picks in no particular order of preference:

  • It’s a wonderful life (La Vita è Bella) directed and starred by Roberto Benigni (who, by the way, won the academy award for best actor for this role) is a funny and ohh so sad movie set in the WWII time. It’s a story of a father and son who were taken to a concentration camp where Benigni’s character is set on sheltering his son from the sadness, horrors and tragedy of their misfortune by convincing him that their time in the camp is not real but a game. If you haven’t watched the movie, we won’t spoil it for you but we suggest you have a box of tissue at an easy reach.
  • Of course you cannot talk about famous movie dads without talking about Bryan Mills played by Liam Neeson in Taken. This is a multi part movie about a man  trying to rescue his daughter and her friend, who had been abducted by sex/human traffickers in Paris, by utilizing his massive skills learned from his former life as a government operative. Famous quote I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money… but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it – I will not look for you, I will not pursue you… but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you… and I will kill you.” That is a whole lot of promise, and judging from this movie, words that need to be heeded.
  • The Pursuit of Happiness is another goodie played by real life father and son, Will and Jaden Smith. This heartwarming movies of perseverance, hard work and a stubborn refusal to give into despair as a father struggles to make a better life for his son and himself after the pair get evicted from their home with no place to go. Even living in a shelter, or finally landing a job as an intern (so without pay) in a brokerage firm didn’t dim his light or discourage him in his pursuit of his and his son’s happiness. Which, in the end he achieves.

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  • There are, of course, great fathers of the cartoon variety too. Let’s not forget how Marvin from Finding Nemo swam across the Pacific Ocean accompanied by a spacey blue fish, that couldn’t retain water let alone information, to find and rescue his son that was “taken” by a human diver P. Sherman whose address is 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney – the only thing that Dory could remember and apparently so do we. This is a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Has a lot of funny bits and a lot of fatherly determination to get his son and also a son’s bravery.
  • While we are in the fun world of the animated, the other awesome father that is always there, whether dead or alive, to install words of wisdom into his son, is the King Of the Jungle, Mufasa from The Lion King. This mighty king’s mission was to make sure that his son grows up to become the best kind of king to the animal kingdom he could possibly be. And he did so even after his death. That, friends, is dedication to this parenting thing.
  • This one may be controversial, but no matter Don Vito Corleone’s mobish ways in The Godfather, he was still a good and dedicated father to his children. And all he did in his “unethical” business dealing and offers he made that people couldn’t refuse, he did for his children, his family. He wasn’t just a father to his children but a fathers to his community.
  • Traditionally, a father is the provider, and to provide for his family, he needs needs a job. And this was especially true in old Italy. In post world war Italy jobs were scars and a man had to go through great lengths to get to his job. Literally. So when Antonio Ricci in Bicycle Thieves gets his only mode of transportation, his bicycle, stolen he starts his bicycle retrieval adventure accompanied by his small boy Bruno. This is a beautiful story of a determined man  who to is the ultimate role model to his son and a son that learns about his father’s daily struggles to provide for his family. If your heart doesn’t ache and you don’t have tears in your eyes throughout this movies, I’d check for pulse.
  • Ofcourse not all movies about dads turn us into emotional puddles of goo. There those that use humour to show is the lighter and funnier side of fatherhood, much like Steve Martin’s version of Father Of The Bride and Father Of The Bride II (spencer Tracy’s original version was funny too). The movies show a father’s neurosis in the funniest ways, when he is faced with the reality of his little baby girl is now a woman and is getting married. These are movies you can watch over and over again and never tire of.
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There are ofcourse many many many other great movie dads that follow similar themes of perseverance and determination, fatherly duty, unconditional love, and bravery. Watch John Q, It’s A Wonderful Life,  Road to Perdition and Boyz N The Hood and we dare you to not be in awe of these fathers and not be moved. Seriously, go ahead and watch…we’ll wait right here…

Now tell us, doesn’t your father deserve to be celebrated for being the kind of of father he is. He did his best to make sure you are safe, protected, and grew up to become the man or woman you are. Showed you how a father should be and much much more. This Father’s Day show him he is the best father you could have ever hoped and wished for. And friends, Fathers like flowers too… Don’t let that alpha male, testosterone, grrrrr fool you. There is a sweet, kind, soft side to him that appreciates delicate things like a pretty arrangement of flowers.

10 Best Gift Ideas for Dad

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Daddy’s Day is around the corner and you have no idea what to get him. you’ve done the silly tie, the “world’s best dad” coffee mug, the handy man tools, the barbeque set, the wallets (seriously, how many wallets does one need?) and endless dinners out to a steak house. Now you’re running out of ideas. We’ll give you some ideas you may not have considered. Before we list some of our favorite great ideas we want to remind you when daddy was a super duper hero, when you couldn’t wait to spend time with you, to have him tell you stories, play basketball or baseball or football or soccer with you outside, when he carried you on his shoulders and did the airplane? Don’t you think he deserves something special?

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Here are some of our favorite gifts for dad:

  1. If dad is a whiskey connoisseur sign him up for a year’s subscription to monthly or quarterly bottle deliveries. This will allow him to get to gether with his buddies and show off his vast collection of fine amber you got for him as they merrily taste them.
  2. Get him a personal one-on-one golf lesson so he can perfect or…ahm…improve his swing, so next time he is out on the green he can show off a bit.
  3. Take him to a paintball arena for a fun day with you. It’s a great way to bond and have your dad show you he can still beat you at the game.
  4. Take him to a shooting range. Why not? This is another way you can spend more time with your dad.
  5. If he is a meat lover? there are many services that allow you to get him a subscription for monthly deliveries of various kinds of meats.
  6. Take him camping or fishing. Again this another “let’s spend some time together doing manly things” plan.
  7. Does dad like sports? Does he have a favorite team? Buy a ticket to a game for the two of you. Even if you think his team is the worst, your gift to him is to cheer for his team like they were yours.
  8. Plant a road trip to somewhere he’s wanted to visit but hadn’t had time to go.
  9. His favorite musician or band from his favorite band is having a concert? Buy him a ticket and go with him. Rock hard or mellow out with him.
  10. Give him the gift of doing NOTHING. Take over his chores.
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Notice how the gifts are either a way to spend some time together or giving him something he actually will enjoy. He put a lot of thought in the way he raised you, took care of you, provided for you thinking about what is best for you. It only logical that you put some thought into your gift with what he likes in mind and remembering that the best gift you can give him is showing him that you enjoy spending time with him.

 

Father’s Day Stories that we Love

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Father’s Day is June 16, which means you’ve got less than a week to find Dad a gift that isn’t yet another tie!  Father’s Day is one of the few times a year when many families gather together to visit and catch up.  Even though it’s close to Mother’s Day, which does often seem to be the bigger holiday, a lot of people still make the trip home, especially if they don’t live that far from their parents.  One of the best aspects of Father’s Day is listening to Dad tell some of his great stories.

Some of these stories are classics.  He might reminisce about when he first learned he was going to be a father (or a father again).  Maybe he has some special memories or favorite times he spent with each of his kids.  Some of these might be a little embarrassing for you, but that’s okay—if your dad loves them, then they’re special, and there’s no reason to be embarrassed by that.

Dad might also have stories about family vacations or things he did with your mom before the kids were born.  There’s even a chance this will involve bringing out the photo albums or watching old home movies.  Listening to Dad tell his favorite stories, even if they’re stories we’ve heard before, is something magical.  It’s these great stories and memories that will remember for years and will tell our children and grandchildren about, especially the ones that might not get to meet their grandfather or great-grandfather.

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Great Card Messages for Father’s Day

Wondering what to write in Dad’s card for Father’s Day?  Here are some of the most popular messages children write to their fathers.

Dad, you have been there for me all of my life. Thank you for giving me everything I needed and a lot more.

Happy Father’s Day! You have been a great role model and inspiration to me.

Thanks for acting like a kid when I was a kid, a friend when I needed a friend, and my dad when I needed my dad.

I didn’t realize how important it was to have a dad like you when I was growing up.  Now I do.  Happy Father’s Day!

I’m happy to have a dad who is cool enough to hang out with!

Dad, I can’t imagine what life would have been like without you.

Has anyone ever made you realize how much of your life you gave up just to raise me? Thank you for sacrificing so much!

Thank you for helping me become the person I am today.

Some of my friends didn’t have a dad when they were growing up. I’m thankful for you.

You watched out for me, taught me, laughed with me, and loved me.  Thanks for being the best dad anyone could ask for.

Happy Father’s Day to the dad who loved me enough to teach me some tough lessons, even when I didn’t want to learn them.

Dad, you have been one of my greatest influences in life.  You have taught me many things, I’m a better person because of you.

Dad, I think God knew what He was doing when He made you my dad.  He knew that it would take someone patient, wise, and loving to raise someone as willful as I am.

Dad, you are my hero and my role model. Thanks for being there and being such a great example.

Other things you could write:

Describe a special time you spend with your father.
Thank your dad for something special he did recently.
Tell your dad why you love him so much.

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Give Dad His Due

This Sunday, it’s time to give your dad his due.  He’s raised you, supported you, and helped you through your life, and now it’s time to thank him.  It’s also a day to show appreciation for brothers, uncles, grandfathers, and husbands who are fathers.  So how will you show those special dads in your life how much they’re appreciated this year?  We’ve got some thoughts.

Many men love sports.  If your dad is a fan of one of your local sports team, buy him season tickets.  If you really want to splurge, get him box seats.  Of course, you might want to get two tickets so he can take your mom (if she likes sports), one of his friends, or you!  Jerseys, hats, and other team memorabilia are other options.  If Dad plays sports, get him some new gear.

Another great gift idea is a new electronic gizmo.  If your dad works out, get him an iPod so he can listen to his favorite music while he exercises.  If Dad loves to read, he might like a Kindle or other ebook reader.  If you really want to get him something trendy and cool, go with the iPad or iPhone.  If your dad doesn’t have a blu-ray player yet, now’s the perfect time to get him one.

There are a number of websites and stores that allow you to customize things for your dad.  You can create a custom t-shirt, have his name embroidered on a nice polo shirt, and more.  These customized items take traditional, somewhat boring gifts and put a neat, personalized touch on them.

Do you know your father’s family history?  A unique, personal gift for him could involve doing some research and created a detailed family tree for your dad.  You can also research the family crest and see if you can purchase a nice piece of artwork featuring it.  Kids could even help draw a family tree for their Dad.

Of course, if you’re an artist, you can create a wonderful piece of art for your father.  A recreation of the family crest is just one idea.  You can paint his portrait, draw the house you grew up in, or create a piece of art that goes with one of his hobbies.  The possibilities are endless.

While flowers are usually sent on Mother’s Day, some fathers do enjoy a nice arrangement, plant, or gift basket.  Let us handle all your Father’s Day Flowers in McLean, VA.