Friday, August 20, 2010

Top 5 books-into-movies for big kids

List by Digital Services (Tosca, Danielle and Clint)

'Turn around/Look at what you see/In her face/The mirror of your dreams' ('Neverending story', Limahl)

'Is it a kind of dream/Floating out on the tide/Following the river of death downstream?/Oh, is it a dream?' ('Bright eyes', Simon and Garfunkel)

We in Digital Services are big kids at heart, and believe me, the length of our 'short' list for this category proves it! We have a selection of movies that creeped the bejeebers out of us as kids, as well as some more recent movies that surprised us pleasantly with their watchability - y'know, when we watched them with *actual* kids!

(There was also a short 'short list' of movies included for gratuitous and less-than-noble reasons, hello, The Rock, I'm looking at YOU 'Race to Witch Mountain'...)

Honourable mentions: Peter Pan; Stardust; Jungle Book; A series of unfortunate events; City of Ember; Bridge to Terabithia; The Spiderwick Chronicles; the Harry Potter movies; the Narnia movies (excluding the old version of 'The silver chair'); Charlotte's Web.

Coraline (2009) (book)
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own. Behind the locked door, she finds a corridor that takes her into a house very similar to her own, but with counterfeit parents and a terrible quest on which her survival, and more, depends. where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

A fantastic adaptation of the book, and the book was creepy enough! Quirky and quite gothic. We can't get enough Neil Gaiman round here, he is seven kinds of awesome.

Inkheart (2009) (book)
When Mo Folchart reads a story aloud, the characters leap off the page. Literally. And that's a problem. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta are two villains. Dustfinger is a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Mo's daughter, Meggie, discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp. Mo has been searching for a long lost book that will help so he can use his special powers to the interlopers back to their world.

Oddly *less* dark and moody than the book, but a lot of fun nonetheless. Throw in the fabulous Andy Serkis and the even more under-rated Paul Bettany and you have a kids' classic that can be enjoyed by any big kid with a thing for pretty special effects and European architecture.

Watership Down (1978) (book)
A small band of rabbits escapes the threatened collapse of their community only to find the same dangers (predatory men and beasts, and a totalitarian state imposed by their own species) in their new domain. Animated.
One woman's "DEPRESSING" (Tosca) is another woman's mournful and haunting childhood favourite (Danielle) - though I could have done without my dad singing 'Bright eyes' the only time he ever tricked me into eating rabbit...

Under the Mountain (early 80s) (book)
While vacationing with relatives in Auckland, twins Theo and Rachel discover that they are endowed with special powers to oppose mysterious giant creatures that are determined to destroy the world.
Actually a TV series rather than a movie, as we remember it, but indelibly printed on our childhood brains. Tosca: "I was ever after pathologically afraid of slugs, maggots and Rangitoto Island." Danielle: "I was always afraid I would have been the twin who dropped her stone, I remember the anxiety. And I also remember the huge crush I had on the ill-fated Ricky."
A young boy escapes the neighbourhood bullies by retreating into a mysterious book that takes him to a shimmering world of creatures, giant forests and massive oceans. An awesome world, but a world in decay. Its existence is being threatened by ... The Nothing.
Based on the absolute classic by German surrealist Michael Ende, we still remember reading this in it's wonderfully two-toned edition, with red and green print (to denote the two worlds of the story). The film didn't really live up to the book, but was lovely in it's own right, and we can still sing along with the fab 80s theme song, by Limahl. Sigh.

1 comment:

catatonia said...

OMG this is a great post, Danielle! And it brings back so many good memories - especially of The Neverending Story. I LOVED that book. My mum bought it for me as a present when I was 9 and it was so well-thumbed by the end of that year. Sadly, I don't know what happened to it :(