Thursday, May 8, 2014

Worthwhile Movies for Teens

Film is a giant of media in today's world, to say the least. I've probably seen hundreds of movies at this point in my life, good ones and bad ones, dramatic ones and funny ones, and everything in between. I've seen art-house movies like To the Wonder and blockbuster giants like Batman Begins. I am a firm believer that good film is not necessarily pretentious, foreign (both to the audience's level and from other countries), or esoteric. And I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to engage literature in print and film more, because loving to read and watch movies for their own sake is good. Especially when you return to it. (Read An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis.)

Le gamin au vélo
So I'd like to put together a program together to introduce youth, say from around age 13 through seniors in high school with occasional college freshmen, to movies that address spiritual, moral, and philosophical questions and are good films. God's Not Dead and such need not apply. They can be any genre (comedy can show truth differently than drama), from any director and in any language. I realize everything I just said about the perceived qualities of good films is hard for this age group. So I probably won't put Terrence Malick films on this list, even though he's a fantastic director. And it would be most helpful if I could have some more English-language films. So many of these kinds of movies happen to be made by foreign directors...but yes, there are bad foreign films. Foreign is not equal to good. Finally, I need a few films where there is some action or movement. They can't all be slow and pensive!

So far I have, out of movies I have seen:
  • La vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful)
  •  Les Misérables (2012)
  • Gravity
  • Amazing Grace
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • A Man for All Seasons
  • To Live
  • Le Gamin au Vélo (The Kid with a Bike) 
I watched these when I was in high school or younger and find them to be good and reasonably unobjectionable for parents. I am not looking necessarily for films made by Christians, about Christians or specifically Christian themes. It's OK if they are, but if a film resonates with you as a Christian, then tell me about it!

There are many films I would like to see, and they are well-regarded so if you find them to be worthwhile (and age-appropriate, though I might not agree on that score) tell me about them! This goes for Ben-Hur, Becket, The Gospel according to St. Matthew, and a countless number of other films, both classic and indie/art-house. I also left off films that are similar to others or would bore and confuse even an enthusiastic and in my mind intelligent audience, e.g. Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves). If you would be so kind as to drop a comment, leaving the important bits such as the title, director, language, and a brief summary perhaps. 

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