Category Archives: films

Family Film Time – July 2017

Every week we have enforced family film watching time. Its partly to try and have a couple of hours down time, partly to be able to share our love of film with our kids, partly to have a tradition we hopefully will continue in the future. We take turns to pick. The participants are currently 39, 37, 7 and 4.

I say every week, but we’ve had a run of months where it’s not been possible to all sit down together. I can already tell you August is going to be a nightmare for this! So what did we watch in July:

The Simpsons Movie

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I’ve seen it so many times already, usually getting to near the end before it all becomes so familiar. Wasn’t sure what the children would make of it – they haven’t ever watched The Simpsons. My son found all the slapstick elements of it HILARIOUS, and they both loved SpiderPig. A hit.

Ice Age

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This film is from 2002! How?! My children wanted me to choose Ice Age 3, but I can’t possibly start a series of films in the middle. So the first Ice Age it is. I tried to help them understand the timeline of ice ages and times with dinosaurs etc. I probably shouldn’t have bothered. 😀

Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys

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Of all the pokemon films I’ve had to sit through so far, this has actually been the most enjoyable. Yes, you heard me. I quite enjoyed it. I mean, I’m not going to watch it again by choice, or actually recommend it to anyone, but it was alright. The best character was Munchlax. Pure comedy gold.

 

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This is Munchlax. 

The question I quite want to know is: How many more Pokemon films are there that my son has access to? I think he might have at least three more lined up…

Family Film Time June 2017

Every week we have enforced family film watching time. Its partly to try and have a couple of hours down time, partly to be able to share our love of film with our kids, partly to have a tradition we hopefully will continue in the future. We take turns to pick. The participants are currently 39, 37, 7 and 4.

Wow! First real failure month. We have had a birthday filled weekend and missed a week! Shameful!

 

Tinkerbell and Secret of the Wings

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ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

 

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We all really enjoyed this. I thought it would be a bit scary for the littlest one, but she seemed fine 🙂

The Game Plan

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The Rock + cute ballet loving daughter he never knew he had = family film perfection

Family Film Time – May 2017

Every week we have enforced family film watching time. Its partly to try and have a couple of hours down time, partly to be able to share our love of film with our kids, partly to have a tradition we hopefully will continue in the future. We take turns to pick. The participants are currently 39, 37, 6 and 4.

Tangled

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A surprising choice from the oldest child. I really like Tangled as far as Disney cartoons go. The horse is great. But the end is infuriating *spoilers ahead* so the whole family got a massive rant about how it was wrong of the guy to take the choice away from Rapunzel about cutting her hair. How very rude and presumptuous of him.

Minions

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Minions are an entertaining watch for everyone. A safe choice by the littlest one this week.

the BFG

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Ooooh I love Roald Dahl. Shame this version of the BFG is boring AF. *yawns*

We nearly watched:

Long Way North

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which looks AMAZING. It looks beautiful and is 5* film. Of course I hadn’t realised there would be quite so many subtitles. Considering one viewer is 4, and can’t read, it was quickly decided to shelve it and try something else. I panic chose and we ended up with:

Shark Boy and Lava Girl

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It’s actually quite good. And yes, that is a very young Taylor Lautner, of Twilight fame. I’m Team Run Away You Don’t Need Either Of Them btw

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I’m so sorry

Family Film Time – April 2017

Every week we have enforced family film watching time. Its partly to try and have a couple of hours down time, partly to be able to share our love of film with our kids, partly to have a tradition we hopefully will continue in the future. We take turns to pick. The participants are currently 39, 37, 6 and 4.

Back to the Future III

You can’t watch the first two and then leave the third. I love BTTFIII, I think it’s the second best one. The Western element, but with the story having all the echoes of the other films. This was much better for the little people than the second film. They understood that this was a long time ago and they were trying to get back to modern times.

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The kids loved loads of the action, especially the finale, and they went nuts when they saw the flying time travel train at the end!

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4 year old imparted some wisdom during the scene where Buford Tannen has lassoed Marty and is dragging him around the town.

Ben Elf has a lassoo, but he uses it for good. He resues people with it. That man is doing bad things with his lassoo.

Be like Ben Elf.

Back to the Future II

Kids were so confused by the time travel plot they barely noticed everyone saying shit all the time.

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When I was 10, I went to a fancy dress party at the Doc in his future clothes.

The biggest source of amusement was that this future, was 2 years ago. I think that contributed to general confusion from the small people.

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where is the hoverboard I was promised by 2015?

Pup Star

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Dogs singing, missing owners, dog bounty hunters, adventures, more dogs singing, stray dogs finding their perfect owners, a Simon Cowell dog. So clearly chosen by a 4 year old.

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

My choice because I thought we needed to watch something wholesome after last week’s Back to the Future bad language fest. Animals going on a journey. Sentimental. Safe.

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Family Film Time – March 2017

Every week we have enforced family film watching time. Its partly to try and have a couple of hours down time, partly to be able to share our love of film with our kids, partly to have a tradition we hopefully will continue in the future. We take turns to pick. The participants are currently 39, 37, 6 and 4.

Back to the Future

Oh wow. We are in epic, amazing film territory here. Share one of the best films ever with your kids too, but be aware you will also teach them to say ‘son of a bitch!’, ‘bastard!’ and ‘shit!’ (potentially worth it to get out of having to watch another Pokemon film this week).

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OMG repeat to self: PG films from the 80s have bad language in them. PG films from the 80s have bad language in them. PG films from the 80s have really bad language in them.

You’ll also have to explain what Libyans are, why they might want plutonium, and also wtf incest is.

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Despite all that minor stuff, this is STILL ONE OF THE BEST FILMS EVER and everyone, obviously, loved it. Success! Although my husband seems to have adopted a Marty McFly checked shirt, life preserver combo since we viewed this last week. Hmm.

The Little Mermaid

A 16 year old mermaid is willing to give up her friends and family for a chance with a man she’s glimpsed once. Adventure happens, then she is sent off , in human form, to marry him in the end. Still, for an oldish Disney film, it’s alright.

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Surprisingly, my children found Ursula a bit more frightening than any of Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events. Weird.

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Ursula is the best character in The Little Mermaid

Now while l was googling for Little Mermaid pictures, I found this. The Northern Ballet’s version of the Little Mermaid. Looks amazing! Just wish it was touring a little nearer to where I live.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

I had serious misgivings about this choice from my husband. It looks blinkin’ scary! It was all alright in the end though. Every one liked this film, especially the baby that bites things.

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Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

I love this so much. There’s plenty of jokes for the grown ups and loads of fun for the kids too. Wallace and Gromit can do no wrong.

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And don’t forget the super cute bunnies!

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Family Film Time – February 2017

Every week we have enforced family film watching time. Its partly to try and have a couple of hours down time, partly to be able to share our love of film with our kids, partly to have a tradition we hopefully will continue in the future. We take turns to pick. The participants are currently 38, 37, 6 and 4.

Hotel Transylvania

This was my choice and it is a great film. There are a couple of scary bits (when Dracula gets a bit worked up and does a scary face). I was a bit concerned the 4 year old might not like that, but she was fine.

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Dracula has set up a hotel for all the supernatural creatures safely away from humans. Then a back packer stumbles upon the hotel and wants to stay…

Dracula also has a daughter, Mavis, he is desperately trying to protect from the world. She is getting older and wants some independence. This is also the story of them adjusting to their new relationship. I loved the character of Mavis, and overall really enjoyed this film.

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Explorers

This is our childhood nostalgia film for the month 😀 Not mine, I’d never seen it before. It was enough for me that it has a very young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix in. So cute! It’s the debut film for both of them.

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The plot is that these teenage inventors build a spaceship and explore space, encountering aliens. The internet tells me there were big production troubles with the film and it was rushed to be finished. You can tell! It starts off with so much promise, then just goes a bit crazy towards the end.

I’ll be honest though, I fell asleep just as they had discovered how to make an unlimited source of oxygen, then when I woke, there were these crazy, vagina faced, aliens everywhere.

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Hotel for dogs

I went into this with quite low expectations, and then I LOVED IT!

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There are orphans, cute dogs, amazing gadgets, evil foster parents, sweet romance, and a very silly plot. What more could you want?  This film was universally loved by all of us (and we don’t even really like dogs in real life 🙂 ) It even made me cry at the end – a sure sign that I have actually really enjoyed a film and have got emotionally invested.

As a superb bonus, there is a big action sequence in the middle with an amazing Tim Armstrong song accompanying it. Heaven.

Pokemon – Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

I tried to follow the plot, really I did. In fact, I think I was the only one left watching it at the end. Two other family members were snoozing, including the 6 year old who chose this film. There were murmurings of ‘I know how it ends… I’ve seen it before’.

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I really would only really recommend this if you are already heavily invested in the world of Pokemon 🙂

Book Review: Beloved – Toni Morrison

This is a book that will break your heart. The story of Sethe, and those she knows, gradually unravels. She was born into slavery and manages to escape, though of course, her experiences never leave her. It’s about an how someone might rather kill her children than see them taken back into slavery.

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This book is about the worst in people. About racism and about how vile people can do vile things to other humans in the name of power, profit and thinking they are superior. It’s also about love and what on earth that can mean when you’re whole life makes you feel used and wretched.

Heartbreaking, difficult, raw, but with touches of hopefulness and joy. I’m glad I read this.

Update 26/2/2017

Last night I watched The Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. It is set in pre-civil war times in 1858, and covers themes of slavery in America. Beloved is set in the post civil war era (after 1865), but covers the same era as Django Unchained in the characters histories. It really helped bring Beloved to life to see a visualisation of the world of Beloved.

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I have never studied American history and had no clear visual idea of what 1860s Kentucky would look like, for example. In Django you see the American west (I hadn’t even managed to put together this era in the same time frame as Beloved!), then they move to the South and the plantations. You see the slave collars described in Beloved and generally get an idea of what the landscape might have looked like.

Django has it’s problems, but is a good entertaining film. There are issues with the representation of most of the slaves though and I certainly didn’t watch it thinking it was telling me anything real about slave life.