With Father's Day around the corner, a personal look my father's favorites
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6. "The African Queen" (John Huston, 1951)
This marks the only entry on the list that I flat out disliked. It’s up toward the middle because it was (and is) a big favorite of my dad’s, and we watched it frequently, but it might have been farther up if I actually enjoyed it. Sorry Dad, but it contains, in my view, Humphrey Bogart’s worst performance (and he won an Academy Award — go figure) and some of the most over-the-top histrionics actress Katharine Hepburn ever accomplished on screen. Nevertheless, it is a firm reminder of my childhood movie-watching experience and deserves recognition. A negative impact is an impact after all.