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Roland Martin - Issue #56


Roland Martin

June 21 · Issue #56 · View online

Headmaster - City of London Freemen's school; Chief Officer - City of London; Chair - Society of Heads - '...write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing' Benjamin Franklin

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Why films are good for your children
I subscribe to an educational digest called Headlines. This morning, the story which caught my attention/imagination was: 
Films to aid childhood development”
Now I love a good film as much as the next Head, and find the years of cinematic pleasure shared with my family have made for some of our fondest times (which possibly explains our unadulterated love for Disney and his various lands/worlds). So I was fascinated to see what the suggestions were and who was making them.
The press release/summary reads: “The Lion King and Up! have been included in a guide of films all children should watch, created by film education charity Into Film, in partnership with the UK video industry, to launch the Must See Movies Before You Grow Up campaign. It measured films against a series of metrics including the impact on a child’s intellectual, educational and emotional development, and will see all 50 films distributed by retailers this summer in a bid for children to see them before turning 11.”
Who and why?
The charity IntoFilm works with schools and youth groups to encourage meaningful appreciation of films while also providing resources for film clubs, recommending ways to put ‘film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people across the UK.’
Must See Movies Before You Grow Up - Into Film
The list of films is broken into genres/subject matter thus:
Thrills and Chills: A Little Princess, Coraline, Hotel Transylvania, Jumanji, Kubo and the Two Strings, Star Wars; A New Hope, The Gruffalo, The Witches, Wallace and Gromit; The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Zootropolis.
Kids Rule:Annie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Free Willy, Home, Hook, How To Train Your Dragon, Matilda, Swallows and Amazons, The BFG.
Classics: 101 Dalmatians, Babe; The Gallant Pig, Dumbo, Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee, Oliver!, The Iron Giant, The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
Adventure: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Night at the Museum, Paddington, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Adventures of TinTin, The Never-Ending Story, The Secret Life of Pets,Toy Story, Trolls, Up.
Heroes and Villains: Beauty and the Beast, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frozen, Shrek, Space Jam, Spirited Away, The LEGO Movie, The Lion King, The Lorax, The Princess Bride.
Who else?
There’s a whole host of other expert bodies recommending films to watch as a family.  Here are some of their lists too.
50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12
Top 100 Kids & Family Movies - Rotten Tomatoes
50 best kids movies to watch together on family movie night
The 77 best kids' films of all time - Film
Best Kids Movies: Empire’s Definitive List
20 Best Movies for Families | Parenting
The 30 Best Kids Movies on Netflix (2017) :: Movies :: Lists :: Netflix :: Page 1 :: Paste
What we say!
I asked my own children over dinner for their opinions on the ones listed here. Given that our youngest is named after a character in an erstwhile favourite film of her older brother’s, and the fact that our hard drive is clogged up with things they want us all to watch together, they understand that they are somewhat steeped in cinema love … here’s what they think should and shouldn’t feature.
The eldest (16) thinks the list from IntoFilm is all well and good, but hardly groundbreaking; he would have liked some suggestions he hadn’t heard of before. The younger one (12) rated all the films she’d seen and added dark Tim Burton underdog fantasy Edward Scissorhands (US rating PG-13, but a UK 12, so not in fact valid for the <11 list) to the Thrills and Chills category.
Here’s the findings of the rather unscientific research at home, ratings from the youngest Martin, for the films she’d seen:
Thrills and Chills:
Coraline, LOVE IT (although we remember her first viewing as a little less than enamoured - be careful with this one … it’s pretty creepy if button eyes freak you/yours out!)
Hotel Transylvania, lame
Jumanji, jokes
Star Wars; A New Hope, YASSSSSSS!
The Witches, fine
Wallace and Gromit; The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, sure
Zootropolis, alright
Kids Rule:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, cringey
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Love it
Home, Laaaaaammmmeeeee
How To Train Your Dragon, urgh, really?
Matilda, oh the cringe
Swallows and Amazons, Not seen, not planning on it.
101 Dalmatians, sure
Dumbo, cute
Mary Poppins, alright 
Nanny McPhee, ok
The Iron Giant, AWFUL
The Jungle Book, Alright
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, kind of jokes!
Night at the Museum, fun
Paddington, Y.E.S.!
The Adventures of TinTin, I think I’ve seen it …
Toy Story, Y.E.S.!
Trolls, hmm …
Up. Yes, but buy some tissues.
Heroes and Villains:
Beauty and the Beast, fine
Fantastic Mr Fox, weird
Frozen, NOOOOOO!!!
Shrek, Sure
The LEGO Movie, Jokes!
The Lion King, fun
The Lorax, strange.
Apparently, ‘jokes’ means it’s funny, good fun, worth seeing for a laugh, something along those lines. Lame is the opposite … I think.
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