Without realizing 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek, back in May my friend Tom and I started podcasting about each of the Star Trek films. I did this not having seen a single episode of the show. I had seen Galaxy Quest and the 2009 Star Trek reboot film but that is it. When I found out it was such an important year for Star Trek it felt all the more meaningful to understand this significant cultural phenomenon- to see what all the fuss is about you might say.
This week for Family Movie Night I really debated about my choice. Could you really get kids today to watch a 4 hour Ben-Hur? I remember watching it when I was little usually around Easter time but it seemed like too much to ask these days? However, with the remake coming out I felt I needed to revisit the old epic and I figured if it was good enough for me, it is good enough for kids today as well! So I am going to share with you my thoughts on the movie but it got me thinking. How do you introduce kids to these classics? How do we get them excited about the great films of the past?
There are some times when I wish I could force everyone to see certain movies. For reasons that don’t make any sense great films often get skipped when weak films like Smurfs make millions. As a film fan it can be very frustrating. Well, one film I would force you to see if I could is the new masterpiece from Laika Animation Studios, Kubo and the Two Strings.
I hope you are all enjoying the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as much as I am. I’ve been a huge Olympics junkie all of my life and so whether summer or winter I love watching any event I can get my hands on. In tribute to the games in Rio I thought it would pick a film set in Rio, in fact named Rio, for my family movie night pick. Rio is also appropriate because we recently had the release of Ice Age: Collision Course by studio Blue Sky and I think Rio is far superior to that film. Rio may be a bit forgettable but it’s still an engaging, fun little animated film.
This week for Family Movie Night I thought I would shake things up a bit and give you some insight into the year in movies for 2016. Honestly it’s been a bit rough and many films have disappointed me. Just to prove this point I didn’t really like Batman v Superman but it is 46 out of 69 in my 2016 rankings. That means there are 23 movies I liked less than Batman v Superman, a film I didn’t enjoy. But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some films of value and that includes family films. So I thought I would share with you what I think are the best family films of 2016.
You, my faithful readers, may think it is easy to write about the great films. That the prose should just flow when talking about the masterpieces. Unfortunately I have found the reverse to be true. I sit there and stare at the screen and think ‘how do I capture how great this greatness is?’ Such has been my dilemma in writing about arguably the greatest family film ever made- Mary Poppins. That is probably why this article is a day late. I just couldn’t get it done!