Where have all the young men gone?

(Note to reader: This post starts with housework but is actually about kids’ DVDs.)

When it comes to housework, I tend to be a bit all or nothing. Weeks and weeks can go by, and I’ll just do the barest minimum, and then I go crazy-mad and clean just about everything in sight. Like, the other day, I walked into the bathroom just intending to give the vanity a quick wipe, and ended up not leaving till I had cleaned the ceiling, scrubbed the floor, and attacked just about everything else in between. And as if that wasn’t enough, I then walked into the living room, took one look at the couch, which looked frighteningly like this couch* —

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Image: ©2011-2015 Crappy Pictures LLC

— and realised I couldn’t live with it a single moment longer and cleaned that too.

It seems I’m a bit the same with blogging…no posts since before Christmas, then all of a sudden, three posts in (almost) as many weeks!

Anyhoo…this post isn’t actually about housework**, it’s about kids DVDs. See, I noticed something the other day while I was popping DVDs back on the shelf… a whole cohort of the TV heroes and heartthrobs of my youth have taken to making — (wait for it… )

— pony movies and shaggy dog tales. Ya huh.

horseRemember Luke Perry from Beverley Hills 90210? Well, he’s swapped dreamboat for dad in Black Beauty (a modern retelling of Anna Sewell’s classic story — though Miss Missy and I thought the stories don’t have that much in common apart from the title). I know he was a teen heartthrob and all, but really, Luke Perry makes a better dad anyway — remember Dylan’s prematurely receding hairline and wrinkled brow?  Luke Perry also stars in A Fine Step and K9 Adventures.

What about Kevin Sorbo from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, remember him? Who could forget those open shirts and woven leather pants? No more mythical Cretan Bulls for him — he’s now roping rodeo bulls in Rodeo Girl.

Apparently Kevin Sorbo actually auditioned for the role of Superman in Lois & Clark, but of course Dean Cain got that role — and now you can see him without a cape in Horse Camp and The Dog Who Saved Summer.

Does anyone remember Ricky Schroder from Silver Spoons? My big sister had a bit of a crush on him, as I recall. No more spoiled rich kid for Ricky, now he’s playing the rugged cowboy father in Our Wild Hearts.

I was too young to actually watch Miami Vice, but nothing says ’80s TV quite like Don Johnson in a white suite, pastel t-shirt, and shades. Well, he’s dropped the white suit, but he’s still wearing shades in Moondance Alexander. Although it’s a pretty a typical girl-finds-horse-overcomes-odds story, Miss Missy and I did enjoy watching it.

Lastly, even though it’s not a pony story, I have to tell you about A Little Game, which stars Ralph Macchio, otherwise know as The Karate Kid (sorry folks, we don’t have the original at the library, we’ve only got the Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan version). There’s no “wax on, wax off” in this one, but it’s a similar tale of a young protégée and an older mentor, but instead of teaching karate, he’s teaching chess — and of course a few life lessons along the way.

So if the kids are getting bored over the holidays (especially if the rain keeps up!) why not give one of these movies a try? We’ve got plenty of new DVDs for kids, and they’re free to borrow!

*Minus the books propping up the corner. Of course I would never do that, what kind of librarian do you take me for? BTW, if you liked the Crappy Picture, you might enjoy Amber Dusick’s ebooks

**If you actually wanted a post on housework, I wrote one on clutter awhile back

See The Goonies this weekend on the big screen

I’ve always wanted to be a Goonie ever since I saw The Goonies when I was a kid. Whenever I watched it I always felt part of the gang and I was right there with them as they went off in search of One-Eyed Willy’s treasure, hoping to get further than Chester Copperpot and take home the booty. It’s one of those movies that I watch now and can relive my childhood. And I’m not alone. There are plenty of fan sites on the internet, run by grown-ups like me who loved the movie and want to relive the Goonies’ adventures. You can find out all the background information about the movie and the characters, visit Astoria where the movie was filmed, and there was even a 25th anniversary celebration in Astoria last month.

If you’re like me and you haven’t left your childhood behind, Hoyts are showing The Goonies on the big screen this weekend. I’ve already got my tickets but if you want more information go to the Hoyts website. If you can’t get there, we also have The Goonies on DVD in the library.

What’s your favourite children’s movie?

TVScreen2Being a big kid at heart I love children’s movies.  I have to say I’m definitely more of a fan of the old school style of movie making rather than the computer animated variety which seems to have taken over our movie screens.  To my way of thinking you really can’t beat Dick Van Dyke leaping around singing away cheerfully.  I grew up on classics such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and nothing made in recent times seems to even come close to those musical masterpieces.  My parents got some really strange children’s movies out from the library and video stores for me when I was a kid – sci-fi classics such as The Last Starfighter and Flight of the Navigator – but I loved them and still do to this day.

My all-time favourite children’s movie has to be The Princess Bride.  I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve seen this movie and can quote it verbatim.  I even own a t-shirt with Inigo Montoya on it quoting one of my favourite lines from the movie ‘My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father. Prepare to die.’

My top 5 are:

1. The Princess Bride

2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

3. Mary Poppins

4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (original musical version)

5. The Goonies

I’d really like to get other people’s opinions on what their favourite children’s movies are so please post a comment and let me know.