The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) leads an ordinary life sifting through negatives at Life Magazine.  His most exciting moments comes in his daydreams of adventures and his attempts to talk to new coworker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig).  Everything changes when not only is it announced that Life will go digital, but the most important negative of the last edition of the magazine is lost.  It’s up to Walter to track down the illusive photographer before it’s too late.  His search takes him to distant parts of the world and (along the way) to finding himself.

Ben Stiller starred and directed this humorous, imaginative and uplifting film.

1hr 54min.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Quirky inventor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) is on the verge of a scientific breakthrough, but no one except his wife (Marcia Strassman) and their kids (Amy O’Neill and Robert Oliveri) believe in him.  When an accident causes the Szalinski kids and their neighbors (Thomas Wilson Brown and Jared Rushton) to be shrunk to the size of bugs and put out with the trash, it’s up to the resourceful kids to battle through the biggest adventure of their lives; the Backyard!

Featuring some (still) impressive special effects, this film was a box office smash, opening at #2 behind Batman.

1hr. 33min.

The Black Stallion (1979)

Set on the eve of WWII, the story follows young Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno) as he is shipwrecked on a deserted island.  He soon realizes that he is not alone; the fantastic black stallion he saw being shipped on the same ocean liner has washed up on shore as well.  The two form a strong bond as they survive together.  When they are picked up by a fishing boat, their adventures continue back in the USA.  After a chance meeting with a former jockey (Mickey Rooney), they realize The Black has racing potential.  They get him entered literally as ‘The Dark Horse’ to race against two of the greatest horses of their time.

1hr. 58min.

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

The Robinson family is on their way to a new life in New Guinea, when they are chased into a storm by pirates, resulting in their being shipwrecked on a deserted island.  How the family survive and eventually thrive on the island is imaginative and believable in this adventure.  They’ve only forgotten one thing, the pirates. During a mission to discover if they are truly alone and on an island, the oldest Robinson boys (James MacArthur and Tommy Kirk) run across the pirates and rescue one of their captives (Janet Munro).  This sets off a chain of events that lead to the story’s exciting climax.

Filmed on the island of Tobago.

2hr. 6min.

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

During the French Revolution the Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews) is ingeniously saving families from the guillotine, while back home in England he plays the part of the rich fool Sir Percy.  While in France he meets the beautiful actress Marguerite (Jane Seymour). The two fall in love and marry, but the rumors started by the jealous Chauvelin (Ian McKellen) threaten to tear them apart.  All the while the Pimpernels most dangerous and daring rescues are about to commence.

2hr. 22min.

The Jungle Book (1994)

Set during the late 1800s in India, Rudyard Kipling’s timeless story about the boy raised by wolves is given a lush screen treatment.  Jason Scott Lee stars as Mowgoli who is orphaned and grows to adulthood in the jungle.  He is content but curious about the humans he sees, particularly Kitty (Lena Headey) who he new as a child.  The two form a friendship that blossoms into a sweet romance that is threatened by the greedy and jealous Cpt. William Boone (Cary Elwes).  Things get even more complicated when William learns that Mowgoli knows the location of a fabulous treasure.

This film was shot mostly on location in Bombay and Jodhpur, India.

1hr. 51min.

The Four Feathers (1977)

Beau Bridges stars as Lt. Harry Faversham, the son of a career army officer, who has been bullied by his father to join the army.  He is planning to resign and marry the beautiful but somewhat childish Ethne Eustace (Jane Seymour), but on the eve of his resignation he receives orders to move to the front in Sudan with his three close friends (also officers).  In a rash act he burns their orders and resigns the next day.  He is found out and branded a coward by his friends and the woman he loves, who each give him a white feather.  Determined to in some way make them take them back, he travels to the front alone and realizes that his three comrades are all in peril.  He decides to save them on his own, in a dazzling display of his military prowess and unflinching courage.

1hr. 40min.

Treasure Island (1950)

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, this film tells the story of young Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) who is entrusted with a treasure map by a dying pirate and gets caught up in a high seas adventure to Treasure Island. There he must fight to survive and match wits with the wiley Long John Silver (Robert Newton).

This was Disney’s first all live-action feature film, and the first color version of the story.

1hr. 36min.

Superman the Movie (1978)

Arguably the best Superman film of all time, Christopher Reeves plays the titular superhero from Krypton who is sent to Earth by his parents in order to escape the fate of his doomed planet.  On earth he discovers his powers and is determined to use them for good.

He finds love with the reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and his nemesis in the criminal mastermind Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman).

2hr. 23min.

 

Ladyhawke (1985)

Set in 14th Century Europe, this fairytale focuses on the star-crossed lovers Navarre (Rutger Hauer) and Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer) who are cursed by the insanely jealous Bishop to be ‘always together, eternally apart’; Navarre is a wolf by night and Isabeau a hawk by day.

On their travels they meet the thief Philippe ‘The Mouse’ (Mathew Broderick), that comes up with the scheme to break the spell and unite the two.

2hr. 1min.