youth-friendly entertainment

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A Wrinkle in Time - (2018 movie) image

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1620680/
http://movies.disney.com/a-wrinkle-in-time

A standard broken-family Disney movie, but with magical thinking.

God damn this is a low-effort piece of shit.



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The Hobbit - (1937 book), by J.R.R. Tolkien cover

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(on Wikipedia)

An unlikely little hero is swept into an travel-adventure through dangerous lands to recapture the lost treasures of a fallen Dwarvish kingdom.

Considered a classic fantasy book, it's definitely a children's book from it's narrative tone. It's slow and awkward in a lot of places, and takes too long to pick up into anything interesting for me. Perhaps it's because I had read it long ago, and perhaps it's because of the staggering quality of its associated movies, but I didn't like it.

Definitely not recommended as an entry into fantasy fiction, in spite of its popularity. Veterans of the genre may as well read this just to say they have.



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The Man with One Red Shoe - (1985 movie) image

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089543/

As part of a delaying tactic for an internal power struggle at the Central Intelligence Agency, an everyman is pointed out as a pawn to be followed as a delaying tactic.

A fantastic, classic, movie. It's simple and with a light tone. I don't think it's particularly recommendable now, but I still like it.



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Willow - (1988 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096446/
http://lucasfilm.com/willow

An evil sorcerer queen hunts a baby who's prophesied to kill her, but the baby is being spirited away by a pair of unlikely heroes: A scoundrel and a gnome.

Fun as hell. Mandatory viewing.

TODO - To watch with commentary and all the bonus material.



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(on Wikipedia)

A spoiled little girl loses her rich parents and is sent away to live with her reclusive heartbroken (rich) relative.

The story is fairly awful to me, though I can see how this was popular at the time. It has definitely aged, not just in its period but in its language and writing style.

I'll class this as "liked", but I only see this as being good for historical reasons and wouldn't recommend it. I'll also class this as child-friendly, except it's child-friendly in its context: A parent reading to their child in the early 1900s.

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The Transformers - The Movie (1986) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092106/

To solidify its power, a planet-eater tracks down the only thing which could threaten it, the "matrix of power", a device passed down from the leaders of a race of alien robots.

This was a deeply-moving movie for me as a child, though this impression was only possible because I grew up watching the original series. Re-watching this as an adult, it didn't have anywhere near that impact.

Though I do still like it, I don't know that I can recommend it, not just because it looks "old", but because it requires so much context from the series. I think for the young these days this would look like a crappy old cartoon with decent, but old, rock music.



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The NeverEnding Story III (1994) poster

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110647/

I must have watched some of this and stopped. I'll get back to this later.

  • Properly titled The NeverEnding Story III

    • Yes, the camelcase was intentional.
  1. The Neverending Story - (1984 movie)
  2. The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie)
  3. The NeverEnding Story 3 - (1994 movie)



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The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100240/

summary

opinion

  • Properly titled The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter

    • Yes, the camelcase was intentional.
  1. The Neverending Story - (1984 movie)
  2. The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie)
  3. The NeverEnding Story 3 - (1994 movie)



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The Neverending Story

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088323/

A boy skips school, is assaulted by bullies then hides from them in a bookstore which he then robs, then hides out in his school's attic to read.

An extraordinarily powerful movie.

There's a certain feeling with movies in the 1980's which were positioned for children but had unashamedly-adult themes running through them. The Neverending Story has, at its core, themes of literacy, imagination, will, loss, hope and determination.

  1. The Neverending Story - (1984 movie)
  2. The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie)
  3. The NeverEnding Story 3 - (1994 movie)



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Flight of the Navigator (1986) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091059/
http://movies.disney.com/flight-of-the-navigator

A twelve year old kid is kidnapped by an alien research drone, who experiments on him by stuffing him full of knowledge, and although his brain ends up "leaking", he is the drone's only chance to get back home after hitting some power lines and getting shocked.

Though there aren't many kid-friendly science fiction movies out there, this is easily the best among them. Even ignoring its "present day" time, it's beginning to show its age. The fact that its "present day" is 1986 will inevitably be its biggest hurdle to accessibility to today's young. This movie is definitely worth a remake every fifteen years or less.



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