It's Thursday! You know the drill. Time for more of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks.
Let get to this!
This week's theme is:
Now, I watch a lot of kids movies. I mean, A LOT. I have three of them and so, as I've mentioned here quite a few times, nearly every film I see in the theater is some variation of a children's movie. I'm obviously going to be very bias here, because this kind of thing always hinges on personal taste. So, here are three 'kids' movies that I have enjoyed. One is a personal favorite of mine as a child, that I've since been able to introduce to my own children. One if a children's classic that I never saw as a child but was introduced to as an adult and adore it. And one is a film that is based on one of my favorite children's books and was a beautiful shared experience with my daughter in the theaters.
Here we go.
|E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial|
Fact, I never saw this as a child. My father hated this movie and so he never allowed me to see it. I guess 'allow' is the wrong word. It was certainly never encouraged and so it never happened. We watched other things. I can't fault him too much, since his love of the musical and classics like Casablanca opened my eyes to a whole world of cinema that most youngsters don't get introduced to, but still, when I saw this I called him up and berated him (playfully) for a good ten minutes because E.T. IS A MASTERPIECE!
One film that I saw many, many times as a kid was The Rocketeer. What I love so much about this as an adult is how little it plays like children's films of today. It is paced so well, it is steeped in a real sense of adventure and fun and yet it never feels like it's catering to a nation of children with ADD. The gags are simple yet well executed and the throwback to the thrills of Indiana Jones, yet tapered to a child's level, make this such an exciting ride. Being able to introduce this to my children and have them embrace it has been so wonderful.
|Where the Wild Things Are|
When my eldest daughter was a baby, I would read her this book almost every night. It was a favorite of mine growing up and it became a favorite of hers. Such a simple story with so much depth. When the film came out, she was two. My wife and I took her to a matinee on opening day (I took off work specifically for this) and she sat on my lap as all the emotions just flooded. We laughed and jumped and cheered and smiled and cried (yes, we BOTH teared up during Max's departure home) and it just filled my heart in a way that few film 'experiences' have been able to. Some will balk and say that this is not a children's film, but that is all dependent on your child. All of my kids have seen it, and all of my kids love it, and while this may be more 'a film about what it means to be a child' over 'a film for children', I think it still counts!