Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Disney Film Festival

In the past, Andy and I have done our own little mini "film festivals."  We don't watch normal television, but occasionally we do like to watch a movie or show together.  So far we've done:

*  "As Time Goes By," the British television show that Judi Dench did years ago, which we found so witty and so charming that we chose "As Time Goes By" for our first dance at our wedding.

* All the versions of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol that we could find during one holiday season.

*  The "classic" horror films, though we kept falling asleep through most of them, and I think only made it all the way through a few of them.

This year we have decided to embark upon an "Old Disney movie" film festival.  Theoretically, it would be about one movie a week, though that may not work as well in the summer when it's so pleasant out on the patio.  It's a bit of nostalgia for both of us, as The Wonderful World of Disney was a staple of Sunday nights during both our childhoods.  Of course, so was Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" which came on right before Disney, but it's hard to be sentimental about watching Marlin Perkins repeatedly sending Jim off into danger week after week.  Come to think of it, I don't imagine that Jim gets real sentimental about it either.

Last night we kicked things off with one of my favorite Disney made-for-television movies, Blackbeard's Ghost.  Like most of the Disney movies of that era, Dean Jones is the squeaky-clean hero, there's a love interest (Suzanne Pleshette) who never has a hair out of place of mutters so much as a "dang it" no matter how bad things get, the bad guys are humorous buffoons who are really just there as a foil to a truly slap-stick climactic fight, and all turns out well in the end.  Very predictable, of course, but it does make me laugh every time I see it, so it receives two thumbs up from Chateau Sutton-Goar.

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