I will never get those hours back.
I can think of a few of movies that I would rather not watch than that one.
But only a few.
To my mind they certainly violate the “good for her soul” rule you started with.
You know every year Tom and the podcast folks have a thread of their best movies from the last year.
Now, I won’t claim that ALL of those movies are appropriate for a 12 year old, but I will tell you that watching a short list of those movies will forever change the way you view movies. The multiplex will just not be enough.
Here is a post I recently made in another place…
The 10 best movies you didn’t see in 2013…
Yeah, that shows how far behind I am. I JUST finished watching my list of films from 2013.
Sure, Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle and Frozen and 12 Years a Slave and Her and Zero Dark 30 and Iron Man 3 and Mud and Gravity and Nebraska and Philomena and others were all very good movies. Many of them only made it to the multiplex because of the hype around the Oscars.
You know what?
There is a whole class of fantastic movies that don’t make it to the multiplex.
Not even for a day.
Yeah, yeah, yeah…they have flaws, but watching movies like these are why I find it very hard to go to the multiplex these days. I’ll admit I enjoyed the latest Avengers movie and Interstellar with everybody else, but just like the old joke about being hungry after eating Chinese food, I find that after I’ve left the theater I am rarely touched or moved by most films I see at the cinaplex. If that’s your experience, here are some alternatives.
Side Effects - Smartest movie of the year.
Europa Report - Nice low budget ripoff of 2010. Great atmosphere.
Only God Forgives - Violent. But a fantastic notion of fate and God.
Francis Ha - Personal Favorite. I like lighthearted movies.
All is Lost - That Robert Redford guy might have a career as an actor.
Sightseers - Black Humor.
This is the End - If you like zombie/end of the world movies. Funny.
A single shot - Winter’s Bone for the single guy.
You’re Next - Slasher meets whodunit with a brain.
Stocker - Dark stuff. Is that a happy ending?
Many of these are very violent. Most have language. Many are more explicit than what is allowed in the mall theaters. Most are available on Netflix. The ones that I couldn’t find on Netflix were ….at the library.
BTW Let me know if you have already seen any of these, because they are ALL fantastic movies. And if you like these, let me know because I can give you more from other years.