With Father's Day around the corner, a personal look my father's favorites
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9. "The Right Stuff" (Philip Kaufman, 1983)
Philip Kaufman’s adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel has randomly become an annual Thanksgiving viewing ritual for me, but earlier than when that perennial experience kicked off, I recall watching the film on cable or the rare network appearance with my dad. It’s a guy’s guy movie for obvious reasons (featuring ultimate guy’s guy Chuck Yeager played by ultimate guy’s guy actor Sam Shepard). But it’s also a bit of an epic, filled to the brim with talented performers and focused on something that fascinated me, and I'm sure many others, as a kid: space travel.