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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 NeverEnding Story III (1994) poster

(on Wikipedia)
https://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

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
https://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

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091059/
https://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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Monkey King - Hero Is Back (2015) poster 12

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4644382/

Something about trolls and such, and a little boy who probably becomes a hero.

I didn't get very far into this. It's way too over-the-top childish for my tastes. I would recommend this be watched by a parent with their kid. It seems action-packed yet "safe". Nobody dies, even through major fight scenes.

  • Properly titled Monkey King: Hero Is Back (2015)
  • 西游记之大圣归来 or Xi you ji zhi da sheng gui lai in Chinese
  • You may think that "is back" would mean this is a sequel. It is not.



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