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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.



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

the BFG


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

We nearly watched:

Long Way North


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


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


I’m so sorry

Martin Creed Exhibition – Harris Museum and Gallery, Preston.

Art is great. I’m no expert, and I think a lot of it is total BS. But it’s all still brilliant. It’s become particularly brilliant since I’ve been taking my children to art galleries.


neon excellence.

This Easter week we went to a Martin Creed exhibition at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston. There were paintings that looked very simple (like my 4 year old daughter could have done them), a line of cacti,  a light going off and on in a room, a video of people with different disabilities, unaided, getting across a zebra crossing, and a video of people making themselves sick on a floor (ewwww). Immediately we had a conversation about what is art. Everything can be art. My son, who is 6, said ‘art is creativity’ and I felt a bit smug. A bit ‘good job done’.

The next day my daughter asked me why some people have legs that don’t work. I didn’t realise at first that she was thinking about the zebra crossing video from the previous day. I got the link when she sat on the floor and started trying to move herself across the kitchen using her hands to lift herself back a little bit, like one of the people from the video. She was narrating it all, talking about it being difficult, wondering what could make someone’s legs not work, thinking about wheelchairs.


small child fascinated by videos of people being sick.

I never expected my children to mention what they saw again. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, and we certainly didn’t try and read all the descriptions. Just mooched about having a look, wanting them to just know these things exist and art isn’t just realistic looking paintings and sculptures. I think art should make you think, and this did just that.

The exhibition is on at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston until 3rd June.

Family Films – January

We’ve started a weekly family film in my household. Two hours a week where we hope to get some peace and quiet, while also subjecting our children to films we loved ourselves as children, only to be painfully disappointed and also shocked at the content of 80s films we thought would be kid friendly. Note to self: the 12 and 12A rating didn’t exist in the 80s, so PGs cover up to the 15 category.

For context, my children are 6 1/2 and 4. We are taking turns to pick the films.



Yes! My choice of film. Labyrinth is a marvellous film. Jim Henson puppets, David Bowie as the Goblin King, an Escher style maze, and a race against time for 15 year old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) to get back her baby brother who the Goblin King has kidnapped. There’s brilliant, funny puppets. Peril! The Goblin King and a cute baby dancing with the puppet goblins. Ludo. Hoggle. And let’s not forget David Bowie and his magnificent pants.


A brilliant film for everyone!



Completely brilliant. We all loved this film about a little rabbit becoming the first rabbit police officer. Normally, it’s just the large animals that get to be cops. In Zootropolis (Zootopia for US audiences) animals are living together in harmony. There’s a scandal erupting about predators ‘going wild’ and Judy Hopps (our bunny hero) must investigate with the help of  Nick Wilde, a sneaky fox (or is he?).

Full Out


It’s main saving grace was that the littlest family member chose the film this week and it was nearly Nativity again.

This is a TV Movie about a gymnast who has a terrible accident and misses out on her chance at olympic glory. She’s not recovering very well and so joins a hip hop dancing group, obviously. Then she goes back to gymnastics and is great again.

It really wasn’t that bad. 🙂

Batman – Mask of the Phantasm


I’m so sorry, I had a tiny bit of a hangover this day and I fell asleep during family film time. I will, sadly, never know what this film is about.