I've decided to start a new movie based feature since I watch so many of them, and more movie chat has been requested a couple of times. I'm not sure if it's something I'll do every week but Friday seems as good a day as any to start - after all the cinema week starts on a Friday because of the release schedule, so Friday Films it is! This week is a dedication to all those video tapes I wore out as a kid - not including the Disney ones, because they were certainly watched lots but remain popular now, whereas these ones are maybe slightly more...nostalgic?PIPPI LONGSTOCKING
My mum's cousin taped this for my brother and I along with Mac and Me (creepy ET knockoff, which I actually preferred...good thing my taste has improved...) and we watched it over and over. I can still hear the songs in my head, and that scene where they were in the barrels about to go over the waterfall - it still seems scary to me!
WILD HEARTS CAN'T BE BROKEN
Based (rather loosely) on a true story of a girl who dived horses in the 1920s as part of a fairground act. After an accident she lost her sight, but being a Disney film I'm sure you can guess whether or not she overcame the odds to dive again... ;) The book was republished a few years ago and makes fascinating reading, find it here if you're interested. I was so excited to find it back in print after years of searching, and it's good to read about how the story behind the movie actually went down.
THREE MEN AND A LITTLE LADY
I distinctly remember this being on TV at night a few times in the early nineties and my parents watching it while I loitered in the living room doorway, pretending I needed something but really just trying to watch as much as I could. (I also tried that trick with 'IT' but Mother put a stop to that pretty quickly!) This kid has three fun dads who rescue her when her mother moves to England to marry a mean, typical 'movie' Englishman (snooty accent, owns a mansion, tries to pack Mary off to boarding school almost as soon as they arrive...villainous).
A sweet coming-of-age type movie set in the 70s - so obviously expect fabby costumes and retro interiors. Vada is a slightly bratty type kid with an excellent name, Thomas Jay is her loyal companion, who just happens to have some life threatening allergies... I think this was one my gran also liked - she introduced me to most of my favourite movies and let us stay up late to watch random stuff on late night weekend TV, like The Breakfast Club, Single White Female and Fatal Attraction (I still think of her whenever the infamous 'rabbit scene' is mentioned!). Also my wee cousin is almost twelve and looks exactly like Anna Chlumsky in this movie, so it's always fun to rewatch.
THE SECRET GARDEN
I saw this for the first time at an old cinema in Blackpool, complete with velvet screen curtains and everything. It's no coincidence that I eat up costume dramas and love visiting old houses - in my head I'm still playing at being Mary Lennox, orphaned and alone and hiding among the overgrowth in a secret garden. This is still one of my favourites. In fact I read the book only about two years ago and was rather disgruntled that Mary's parents actually die of some disease - the earthquake death was way better!
On the UK cinema release schedule this week -
Django Unchained, Monsters Inc 3D, Everyday, The Sessions, V/H/S and The Wee Man
What were your childhood favourites? Did you share any of mine?