Back to the Future Day with Favorite Movies: Then vs. Now

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To kick off national "Back to the Future" day we thought it would be fun to go back in time and see what movies made the biggest impact on our teams then...and now. Personally, I’m always on the lookout for new suggestions, so this was great for me to pick up some new options. 

If you are like me and want some good ideas or just want to learn more about the taste of your friendly HLM staff, keep reading this article.

Favorite Movies: Development Team

Scott Holliday 

When I was a kid: Evil Dead 2. When I would ride my bike to the movie store (remember those? Mine was Movieland, just down the street) I would only peruse the horror section, grab a couple titles based on cover design, and take them to the counter. Evil Dead 2 was a standout before I even knew it was made by guys from Michigan. Something about the comedic gore that just did it for me. 

My default for the “now times” it’s Braveheart. Just an epic masterpiece, in my mind. Plus my mom's straight-off-the-boat Scottish, which makes a difference. I'd be remiss, however, if I didn't mention that after seeing Hamilton on Disney (it counts!) I turned to my wife, tears in my eyes, and said, "That was the best thing I've ever seen."

Bill Magliano 

As a young man I liked Jeremiah Johnson, my current fav is The Martian.

And now that I've typed that I see a trend. Isolated men surviving. 

Favorite Movies: Digital Marketing Team

Steve Carley

I was born during the Disney Renaissance (my first two movies in theaters were Aladdin and The Lion King), so while I don't really know if I had a true favorite movie at the time (I still don't) I'd say The Lion King was up there just because that was easily my favorite of the DR movies. 

Right now, I don't really have one favorite but if I had to pick I'd say either The Shawshank Redemption or Titanic because both are flawless and perfect and have no flaws.

Ryan Hegedus

Kid movie: Jurassic Park - it was probably too mature/gory at times for pre-teen Ryan to watch but like, dinosaurs, c’mon. 

Adult movie: Stepbrothers - just like Dale and Brennan, I may have gotten older, but I definitely haven’t grown up. Also, I’d like to check out the Catalina Wine Mixer.

Scott Peltier

Favorite movie as a Kid: Jurassic Park. I (like many kids at that age) was at a peak dinosaur phase when this movie came out...and it's still awesome. 

Favorite Movie Now: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. You get your hand chopped off when you rush into something without first completing your training. 

Honorable Mention: Days of Thunder. The climactic scene of the final lap of Cole Trickle setting up Russ Wheeler on the slingshot pass on turn four when the entire movie Cole has always gone high to pass - shocks the racing world when he goes low and puts Wheeler into the wall. Tom Cruise with the smile directly into the sun. Bonus points for the Hans Zimmer score. I still get chills watching this movie.

Don Marks

Kid - Star Wars, the Empire Strikes Back

Today -  The Hangover

Favorite Movies: Content Team

Penny Mayry

My favorite all-time movie - Shakespeare in Love... Queen Elizabeth: Have her, then, but you're a lordly fool. She's been plucked since I saw her last - and not by you. It takes a woman to know it.

But I'd have to say spending summers on the lake, Jaws had the biggest impact- especially when it came to swimming at night or random seaweed brushing your foot as you swam across the lake or capsizing a rowboat with your cousins. So many great lines... but of course, one we still quote to this day, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

Chris Ditty

As a 7-year-old kid with a visible love for all things cars, my favorite movie was the Cannonball Run. it was chock full of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, and of course James Bond's classic Aston Martin DB-5, as well as brought together one of the most amazing collections of era-defining actors in a single movie like Burt Reynolds, Dom Deluise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Jackie Chan, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore... even Jamie Farr!
This is not to say that I don't love the Goonies, all the original Star Wars films, all the James Bond movies, and even Ferris Bueller's Day Off, because I do (even to this day), but the Cannonball Run is a stand out because of how it cemented my passion for cars.
Aside from the handful of classics I cited above as still being among my favorite movies, today I am enamored with everything in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Many of these are not only great movies in their own right, I love how well each of them is woven together to create a larger storyline that effectively ended with Avengers Endgame. I know Spiderman Far From Home was technically the last movie of this first epoch of Marvel films, but that one is more of a sequel to the next phase, vs being a monumental ending to the first phase (as Endgame was).

Favorite Movies: Sales Team

Art Johnson

I thought Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a hoot when I first saw that movie, I think everyone in school wanted to cut class and have a day like Buellers.

Also, The Princess Bride is always a good, light-hearted, quirky movie.

Mark Hosch 

As a Kid, my favorite movie was: Red Dawn. My favorite line or part is: Is when Robby ( C. Thomas Howell) stands up to the Russian Helicopter shouting "WOLVERINES" 

Now, my favorite movie is: Goodfellas. My favorite line or part is: Both scenes have to do with Karen & Henry "Why Did You Do That Karen!?" Followed by a close 2nd "Wake Up Henry." 

Terri Matheson

As a kid in the 1970’s Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory probably because I loved candy and wanted to win a Golden ticket. My all-time favorite movie Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. I was obsessed with the Vietnam War ending and wrote a letter to President Nixon to ask him to end the war. I still have the letter and he wrote me back.

Favorite Movies: C-Suite Team

Robb Lippitt

The Princess Bride is my all-time favorite and I know it by heart. All of life is contained in its wisdom

Wes Mathews

When I was a kid I loved the movie Terminator - it was badass!

Favorite movie(s) now - 100% without a doubt the Star Wars Trilogy. I don't think anything comes close to this....... they don't make them like they used to. I love old school films. 

Favorite Movies: Performance Management Team

Shelby Packard

As a Kid, my favorite movie was: The Sandlot. My favorite line or part is: "You're Killing Me Smalls" and also "You want a s'more" "smore what?" "A smore." 

Now, my favorite movie is: Old School (Wedding Crashers an equal second). My favorite line or part is: When Frank is in the kitchen of the college party talking to young guys and goes ‘Well, um actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, and Beyond I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time!’ ..... now that we bought a house I quote this nearly every weekend!” 

High Level Marketing Team - Then and Now

It is wild to consider where we were and where we are now. HLM’s “Back to the Future” had us thinking recently about our more than 10-year journey. We have grown from a partnership of two to a team of more than 40 digital marketing professionals. Each of us is more than the work we do, and learning about each other’s interests makes us a better team! Check out more about our team here.


Jake Belknap
Content Manager