My husband took the kids to see BRAVE at the theatres. I'll watch it with them when it comes out on Neflix. I'm not a fan of animated films and find the animation distracting from the story. That said, I loved The Secret Life of Arrietty (adapted from The Borrowers) but when I think back, the first animated movie I loved was Grave of the Fireflies. I was so wrapped up in the story, a WWII tragedy, that I wept.
We watched Finding Neverland. Great film about Barry and his friendship with a woman whose four boys inspired Peter Pan. I immediately wanted to see the Beatrix Potter movie, but I'll have to put that on our queue.
Let's see. We watched an interesting movie called Conflict. Both my son and I scoffed at the title. What next? Character? Plot? This is a family where these words are bandied about on a regular basis. Yes, conflict is essential. It was a futuristic movie, but looked like it happened in the 1970s given the cars and bellbottoms. A low-budget film. But at the heart of it was a thoughtful movie about what the Mass is. Set sometime in the future where there's been a Vatican 4, a group of Irish monks are being made to stop offering the Latin Mass. Beliefs are being distorted in the name of getting along ... This quiet movie was rich in the questions it asks.
Speaking of Irish things, we all enjoyed The Secret of Roan Inish -- it is a must see for the whole family. It's got stories within stories and the ending is soooo perfect. Everything comes together. I loved that all the tales are told with a certain seriousness.
We also watched Milo and Otis -- the little cat Milo reminds me so much of my first cat Moje. Oh, how I miss that ornery old cat. I had a vivid dream about him, and waking up was painful. No purring cat kneading my stomach. Sigh. I just love Schumann's Strange Lands and People ... I believe it was used in another film: My Brilliant Career.
As you can see, I have many more movies to stick in our queue. I'm in the mood for movie adaptions of writers' lives. Little Women is already on the top of the queue now. And we have the biography of Ayn Rand, which we have to watch together since my son just finished Atlas Shrugged. He was wowed by the story, the whole concept, and the philosophy.
What else can you all recommend? I'm still celebrating :)