Recommended Family Movies

FINDING NEMOI don’t think too highly of the recent Pixar movie, Cars. I wasn’t too excited about The Incredibles either. Neither of these films come close to the what Pixar accomplished with Finding Nemo, which I think is one of the best movies ever made, period. Not being a kid, though, I might not be the best judge of kids’ movies.

Nevertheless, I made this short list of movies I’d recommend as family viewing. Some of them are good for younger children, others not, but I think they all fall under the category of family viewing.

What movies would you add to this list?

Finding Nemo, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, A Bug’s Life, The Jungle Book, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Antz, Balto, Big, Ice Age, The Incredibles, Millions, Monsters Inc., On Golden Pond, The Polar Express, The Prince of Egypt, Robots, The Rookie, Saint Ralph, The Secret of Roan Inish, Shrek 1 and 2, Stand By Me (though it contains profanity), Star Wars: A New Hope, Treasure Planet, Two Brothers, Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trouser, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Whale Rider.

I Almost Lost Five Dollars

I was walking out of a grocery store, struggling with six bags of groceries while putting my cell phone away, when a huddle of youths approached me, lead by an eight foot monster with black, curly hair with too much grease in it. They passed without incident, but then I heard, “Hey you!” Oh shit, and I forgot to bring my gun. I turned around and the giant approached me with a five dollar bill in his hand. “You dropped this”, he said. “Wow. Shit man. Thanks.”

Kinda makes your day, that sorta thing.

A Review Of The Movie “Cars”

Cars movie posterCars is good. Caitlyn and I disagree with Phillip’s assessment of the movie; we liked it.

Cars is a film from Pixar, the company behind the computer-animated films such as Finding Nemo and Toy Story, and this one raises the animation bar, as does every new film from Pixar seems to do.

The film opens with a stunning (due to the computer graphics) car race. The main character (a car – in fact, even the flies are cars) then has to travel to another car race, getting stuck in a forgotten town in the desert, learning the pleasure of the slow life.

Caitlyn, my five year old daughter, didn’t fidget sitting through it; she watched the whole thing, mesmerized by the talking cars. “It wasn’t a funny movie, Daddy”, she said afterwards, but we didn’t get bored. I chuckled a few times at some adult humor; the story is predictable, but it has a nice message.

Life Is A Highway, the hit song by Canada’s Tom Cochrane, was featured in it, but not Tom’s version. It was butchered by some other group.

Before Cars started there was a short film called One Man Band, a nice story about two street performers competing over a coin a small girl is about to throw into a fountain.

Townes Van Zandt Documentary

TOWNES VAN ZANDTI’ve seen the Townes Van Zandt documentary, Be Here to Love Me, and it’s not exactly great. As a big fan of his music, I had high hopes. But this documentary didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know about him, nor will the film enlighten many newcomers to his music. If the filmmakers’ intention was to present the lifestory of Townes Van Zandt, they only got it half-right by presenting bits and pieces of his life; they didn’t tell much of a story.

The most interesting aspect of the DVD is the bonus material, unused fragments of interviews with Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris and others, along with performances by Townes and others who knew him. J.T. Van Zandt, the oldest son of Townes Van Zant, does a remarkable job of the song, “Nothin’.” He looks and sounds a lot like his father. Guy Clark recalls this story Townes told him about something he learned in science class in grade 3 (short clip, contains profanity).

As the only biographical film of Townes Van Zandt out there, it’s worth a look, but otherwise not what I’d call a must-see film. Too bad.