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Annie
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for some mild language and rude humor
Release Date:
December 19, 2014

 

Pride
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language and brief sexual content
Release Date:
October 9, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language
Release Date:
December 19, 2014

 

Magic in the Moonlight
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout
Release Date:
August 1, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Release Date:
December 19, 2014

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Release Date:
August 8, 2014

The Best Fathers in Movies and Television

posted by Nell Minow

ANDYOP1sml.jpgCheck out my Gallery of 10 of my all-time favorite movie dads.
And check out Idol Chatter’s list of the best TV dads. I love all the fathers on all the list and in the comments, especially Andy Griffith. I also loved Tom Bosley on Happy Days. He always had just the right words of wisdom and support. I loved the late Sydney Pollack as Will’s father on “Will and Grace.” Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) and Archie Bunker (Carrol O’Connor) had their moments! So did Jerry Stiller as George’s father on “Seinfeld.” And it was a treat to see a glimpse of one of the all-time best TV dads, the late Bill Bixby in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” in the new “Incredible Hulk” movie (a nod to Bixby’s role in the Hulk TV show).

Where are the Wild Things Going?

posted by Nell Minow

It seemed almost too good to be true. One of the best children’s books of the 20th century, Where the Wild Things Are, written and directed by Maurice Sendak, was going to be made into a movie written and directed by two extraordinarily sensitive and imaginative men, director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) and writer Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). The style is a combination of actors, giant puppets (remember the puppets in Jonze’s “Being John Malcovich?”) and computer-generated graphics. Sendak worked with them as a consultant.
Yes, there was a concern that expanding the book’s 338 perfect words into a feature-length screenplay could be disastrous. Think about Dr. Seuss and “The Cat in the Hat.” But I had faith in Jonze and Eggers and New York Magazine, which obtained a copy of the script, was reassuring, calling it “filled with richly imagined psychological detail, and the screenplay for this live-action film simply becomes a longer and more moving version of what Maurice Sendak’s book has always been at heart: a book about a lonely boy leaving the emotional terrain of boyhood behind.” (I stopped reading after that; I didn’t want to spoil anything.) wherethewildthingsaremtv.thumbnail.jpg
Now the bad news. The $75 million film’s studio has ordered extensive reshoots. Release has been pushed back to 2009. There are rumors of bringing in another team to redo the film. I hope we get to see the version Jonze, Eggers, and Sendak created.

Best Twist Endings (Entertainment Weekly)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie The Happening, Entertainment Weekly has prepared a list of the all-time best movies with twist endings. Don’t worry — the twists will not be revealed unless you ask for them. It’s a great list: “Psycho,” “Diabolique,” “Fight Club,” “The Usual Suspects,” and more classics. But they left out one of my favorites, an underrated gem with more than one twist about a high-stakes poker game in the wild west with a powerhouse cast including Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and Joanne Woodward:

Fox News and the term ‘Baby Mama’

posted by Nell Minow

I have always disliked the terms “Baby Mama” and “Baby Daddy.” Originally they were used only to describe unmarried parents and the implication was that their connection through the baby or children was all that remained of their relationship. The implication is derisive and distancing. As often happens with slang, the expressions originally from one segment of the culture (Jamaican terms adapted by African-Americans) appeared in popular song lyrics and were then picked up by the mainstream. Salon’s Alex Koppelman noted that Fox News used the term “Obama’s Baby Mama” in a graphic for a story about criticism of Michelle Obama and Fox is now responding to criticism that the term was inaccurate, inappropriate, offensive, and racist by saying that its producer used poor judgment.
Families should talk about how words used in different contexts can have different meanings and how slang terms move from the fringes to the mainstream and yet still be seen different ways by different people in different circumstances.

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Pride
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posted 6:00:25am Dec. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Interview: Ava DuVernay of "Selma"
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posted 9:41:45pm Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Smile of the Week: A Boy and a Penguin
This reminds me a little of the depiction of a child's world in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Barnaby. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iccscUFY860[/youtube] Many thanks to Slate for this and the others on its list of the year's best ads.

posted 12:06:45pm Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Mel Torme and Judy Garland: Christmas Song
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaEedtRHklg[/youtube] I love it that Judy Garland sings "rainbows" instead of "reindeer."

posted 8:00:57am Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

What Happened to All the Great Quotable Movie Lines?
Michael Cieply has a fascinating piece in the New York Times about the movie lines we love to quote and why there don't seem to be any new ones. Look through all of the top ten lists of the year, and see if you can think of one quotable line from any of them. That doesn't mean they aren't well wri

posted 3:58:57pm Dec. 20, 2014 | read full post »


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