January 19

Movies Worth Watching – Listener Recommendations



Have you ever found yourself frustrated by inappropriate content thrown into what would otherwise be a very good movie? Yesterday Greg had been pretty irritated by this and Jennifer offered the guideline that if you have any concern about your child walking into the room and seeing what is on the screen then the movie is probably a non-starter.

So today we asked TCND listeners for their movie picks, here are their suggestions for movies worth watching, and here they are:

Fishers of Men was recommended, could not find it on Amazon but Grassroots offers it direct here.

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Greg is married to Jennifer. They've got five kids.

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  • Shoes of the Fisherman is a fav of mine. I agree with Evelyn, but you may need a tissue or two. For the older kids, Percy Jackson and Magician’s Apprentice.

  • Some foreign film recommendations.

    (France) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) silent film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Powerful acting on the part of Renée Jeanne Falconetti. The burning at the stake scene while not graphic, may be disturbing for the younger kids.

    (Japan) The Twilight Samurai (2002) directed by Yoji Yamada. Not a typical hack n’ slash samurai movie that most people think of. A very slow paced, human story, and not what you may be used to compared to Hollywood. Not gory, but there is one brief fight scene that might not be for young kids. It is also a long film with subtitles, but it really is a superb film.

    (Hong Kong) Shaolin Soccer (2001) directed by Stephen Chow. Comedy kung-fu wire action with soccer, enough said. Don’t have to think too hard while watching. Fighting violence is more like slapstick, there is a little blood but no deaths.

    (Japan) Director: Hayao Miyazaki
    Porco Rosso (1992), Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) : fine for the older kids
    Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), My Neighbor Totoro (1988) : good for all kids

    Decent Films Guide has reviews for all of these other than Shaolin Soccer.

  • I’d like to add GATTACA with Ethan Hawke, Jude Law and Uma Thurman. It’s a movie about genetically ‘perfect’ people and those who were born the way God intended becoming second class citizens. Jude tosses a couple of “F” bombs and there is one scene with premarital sex. The underlying message is. God doesn’t make Junk.

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