Family Movie Night: A Hit and A Miss

As I wrote about recently, I’m trying to start a family movie night tradition. In theory, it’s supposed to be on Friday after pizza, but in practice it’s kind of jumping around a bit and not attached to one particular food yet. But I’ll keep trying.

A few years ago, I tried to watch Mary Poppins with Drake, who was maybe 4 or 5 at the time. He was frightened by the booming cannon at the beginning, and refused to watch again till last weekend. So it was with some hesitation that I popped in the 139-minute movie. But both 7yo Drake and 4yo Guppy were unperturbed, and we went on to watch the first half of the movie, which included the classics “Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidicous,” which Drake had a hard time wrapping his mouth around. Funny, how my husband G. Grod and me must have had to practice as children too for it to come so trippingly off our tongues as Drake struggled. We saved the second half for the next night, and it went just as well. The kids were delighted with it. I have been less delighted to find myself with some of the songs stuck in my head this week, but I hope that will pass.

The kids were less delighted when I borrowed John Sayles’ Secret of Roan Inish from the library. They were happy to watch the cute seals, but the long intervals of storytelling and flashback were too much for them. The main character, Fiona, is such a brave, scrappy little girl I think this is a good girl-power movie. But probably for older kids than 7yo Drake.

4 Responses to “Family Movie Night: A Hit and A Miss”

  1. MFS Says:

    Loved, loved, loved The Secret of Roan Inish. The girls were older, though, and, well, girls. (*grin*) That was a neat summer of movies — just two years ago now:

    I’m pretty sure you would love many of the films the girls and I saw. Your boys, though? Not so much. (Although Nim’s Island, maybe.)

  2. girldetective Says:

    M, the boys complained that there wasn’t enough fighting. Sigh.

  3. MFS Says:

    Hey, did you see the Tim Gunn Q&A I linked over at M-mv? The Misses and I heart Tim. (Even if he does loathe Crocs. *smile*)

    I quoted a different bit on M-mv, but I like this bit, too:

    What problem would you most like this next generation of designers to solve?
    Women who are larger than a size 12 are a very dismissed population. I feel that designers are thumbing their noses at these individuals, and it’s done disrespectfully, without any real concern for the challenges of dressing a larger woman. I have to say I am really intent, speaking for my day job at Liz Claiborne Inc., on having our Liz Claiborne brand address this, and get it right.

  4. girldetective Says:

    I wore Liz Claiborne in high school in the 80s, I interviewed with them after college, and I wore it again in the early 00s when I was in the corporate world. In high school I was a size 12. Twenty years later, at about the same size, I was an 8. I applaud what’s he saying, but Liz, like Banana and so many other retailers, have done this weird thing with size distortion that I’m just not comfortable with, so it makes me wonder, is he talking about an 80’s size 12, or a (oh my goodness, how to I shorthand this decade?) more recent one?