Tag Archives: Children

Pinocchio – A fantastical and magical return to the Collodi classic

This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Vertigo Releasing In 1883 Italian writer Carlo Collodi published The Adventures of Pinocchio; a magical wooden puppet desperate to become a real boy. The rural poverty of Tuscany and emerging industrialisation of Italy sitting at the heart of a story embedded in social change. Since that first publication, …

Muppets Now: Kermit and company stream their way back into hearts

It’s hard to believe that Kermit and co have lacked a dedicated TV presence ever since the first and only series of The Muppets on ABC back in 2015. I loved the mockumentary series, but alas its never found a dedicated audience, skirting between kids and adult comedy in a slightly confused manner. But, thankfully the good folk at Disney …

Kids Mix Summer 2020 – Think Like a Dog / Teen Titans / Onward / Horrible Histories

Every quarter we bring you four top picks for younger viewers. Kids Mix Summer 2020 features Think Like a Dog (PG), Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (PG), Onward (U) and Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans (PG) Think Like a Dog (2020) Director: Gil Junger Cast: Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Gabriel Bateman, Minghao Hou, Kunal Nayyar  Any dog owner who loves their furry …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Waiting for Anya

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, first published in 1990. Director Ben Cookson navigates the tightrope of bringing holocaust drama to children’s orientated filmmaking. While embracing the challenge of filming entirely on location. With the French mountain village at the centre of Morpurgo’s book, providing an important backdrop to the narrative. Creating a film that excels in both visual style and …

Abe – The truly delicious role food plays in celebrating diversity

This film review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Breaking Glass Pictures Fresh from the 2019 TIFF and Sundance film festival, filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade brings us a sweet exploration of cultural and gastronomic fusion. In a film that follows a simple yet nuanced narrative, encompassing themes of both individual and social identity. As we follow …

Muppet Movies: The Essential Collection

Many children of the 1970/80s will have The Muppets deeply embedded in their hearts. Their presence felt through TV, movies, music and theatre over the course the decades proceeding the mid-1970s. However, Jim Henson’s dysfunctional family of foam have of course been around far longer than a mere 45 years. With many early versions of the gang appearing from 1955 …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Onward

It is hard to believe that Toy Story burst on to our screens 25 years ago, changing animation forever. While equally embedding the wonderful worlds created by Pixar into our collective conciousness. However, as time has passed has the magic of Pixar slowly diminished? And can Pixar still find original stories that engage and inspire new generations of children and adults alike? …

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – Film of the Week

This article is dedicated to the creative genius of Allen Daviau who passed away in April aged 77 from COVED 19. Allen was a cinematographer whose work continues to inspire. From E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to Empire of the Sun and the Colour Purple. He leaves a legacy of excellence, creativity, innovation and beauty. In 1968, Allen and I started our …

5 Essential Family Movies this Easter

Its Easter! And whether you are in it for the chocolate, the roast dinner or the religious significance, we are here to help you celebrate. With five great family films that scream Easter in all its spring bound wonder. From the Easter Bunny to religious epics and the indulgence of chocolate, these films have Easter written all of them. So …