On Movies & Movie Collecting (Countdown to the Big Six-Oh Edition): I’m Getting Older…and So Are the Movies I Watch

The author, nearly 41 years ago. Photo Credit: Roger Laurence/Serpent’s Tale staff

In 10 days, give or take several hours, I will be 60 years old.

And as if I didn’t need any reminders of the passage of time, some of my favorite movies (made during my lifetime) are also getting their 60th, 50th, 40th, 30th, and 20th Anniversaries.

Here are some of the most prominent ones, including the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater.

(Note: I am only listing movies that I own on home media.)

60th Anniversary

(C) 2022 Kino Lorber. The Great Escape (C) 1963 The Mirisch Company and MGM-United Artists
  • The Pink Panther
  • The Great Escape
  • From Russia with Love

50th Anniversary

(C) 1973, 2012 Universal Pictures/Lucasfilm Ltd./Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • American Graffiti
  • Live and Let Die
  • The Sting

40th Anniversary

In 2015, the still Murdoch-owned 20th Century Fox studio released Return of the Jedi for the last time three years after George Lucas’s sale of Lucasfilm Ltd. to The Walt Disney Company. Fox owned the distribution rights to the five Star Wars films made between 1980 and 2005, and those were due to expire in 2020. The studio owned the original 1977 Star Wars film outright because it had financed the movie, which is one of the reasons why Disney wanted to acquire 21st Century Fox – the parent company – and its library of movies and intellectual property. (C) 2015 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd.
  • Star Wars – Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Christine
  • The Right Stuff

30th Anniversary

(C) 1993, 2023 Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Groundhog Day
  • Jurassic Park
  • Gettysburg
  • The Fugitive
  • Schindler’s List
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • In the Line of Fire

20th Anniversary

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Gods and Generals
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

10th Anniversary

  • Iron Man 3
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Man of Steel

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

3 thoughts on “On Movies & Movie Collecting (Countdown to the Big Six-Oh Edition): I’m Getting Older…and So Are the Movies I Watch

    1. I used to be an entertainment beat writer for both my high school and college student newspapers, and I’ve been in love with film for as long as I’ve loved to read. I suspect that I’ve seen more movies than you because you were busy with your professional endeavors and didn’t have the luxury of spare time to watch movies. Plus, I collect movies on home media, especially now that I have no uncomplicated way to go to a multiplex on my own.

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      1. Yes, I know you are a movie aficionado, I’ve seen it here, and I remember your excellent Epinions movie reviews. Also, when I was younger, I grew up in a fundamentalist Baptist environment and I did not watch any movies or listened to modern music. My brother saw King Kong (the old one from 1933) and everyone was against it, but secretly I wished I’d seen it too.

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