Friday Night Movies

Ww This Week's Big-Screen Goody:

If you've been reading my column regularly (Hi Mom!), you've probably figured out by now that I was a fantasy- and sci-fi-loving geek as a kid. The darker children's movies, like The NeverEnding Story, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth, were my favorites, and they still hold a special place in my equally as geeky adult heart. So, I went into the big-screen update of Where the Wild Things Are (rated PG) with some pretty big expectations. And in that sense, I was let down. To be fair, it was a perfectly good movie, especially in the beginning with its quieter family interplay. Fellow GoodyBlogger, Barrie, LOVED it‚Äîthe acting, the plot, the haunting visuals. But I walked away with the feeling that it was missing something. I just didn't get swept up into the childlike wonder that I'm used to when watching the best of these type of fantasy films‚Äîand maybe that's more of a reflection of me (and my current state of cynical grown-up-ness) than of the movie itself. I'm curious to see what you guys think. Post a comment, and let me know your review. 

One note of warning, though: The Maurice Sendak classic tale that we all know and love is great for the preschool set. This live-action movie? Not so much. Use your discretion: The film's larger-than-life monsters and darker themes might scare kids under 8—unless you have a fantasy fan-in-training on your hands.

Wub This Week's DVD Goodies:

The Backyardigans: Robot Repairman

Bakugan, Vol. 5 

Barney: Christmas Star 

Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 7

Playmobil: The Secret of Pirate Island 

PThomas & Friends: Sodor Friends Holiday Collection 

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Vol. 3 

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubb Idol (Featuring Beyonce)


The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

The Proposal


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  1. by barrie gillies

    On October 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Yes, Yes, Yes, I did love this film. It stayed with me and i would see it again. I ached for that little boy and i loved the creatures he imagined. I think this’ll go down in history as a classic film. An by the by: read the newsweek article that got spike, maurice and dave together to discuss this film. Maurice has real interesting things to say.

  2. by Stephanie Balvin

    On October 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Oh, this is my current favorite romantic comedy. I laughed out loud at the theater (by myself). Maybe it was because I was burned out from the kids and I was having a quiet day off, or maybe it’s because it was really good- I don’t know. But I do recommend it!

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