We have always been huge fans of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, both the movies and the books. Actually, we own more of both than I’m comfortable admitting. The Brisons love a good scare, and when it comes with stories as spooky as Stine’s we’re all in.
Because it’s Halloween Month (and my very favorite month of the year) I couldn’t resist suggesting Goosebumps for your family movie night.
There’s only one problem. They never eat in this film. It is seriously nonstop action from start to finish and ain’t nobody got time to eat when Stine’s monsters come to town.
It’s okay, we’re going to do something super fun instead taking the food from the movie.
Oh me. Oh my. Have you seen the Netflix production of The Little Prince yet? Because it’s my new favorite.
Of course the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is amazeballs, too, so I wouldn’t expect any less.
And the film is oh, so perfect for a family movie night. I’m not kidding, I belly laughed at Jeff Bridges’ Aviator and cried alligator tears at the end. I think you will, too.
Because what could be better than a story about a story?
Don’t you just love feel-good family films? The Great Gilly Hopkins is that kind of book, and it’s definitely that kind of film. But, I mean, you can never go wrong with Katherine Paterson.
If you’ve not seen this wonderful movie yet, it stars Kathy Bates (who is stellar, as usual) as Trotter, a foster mother with an enormous heart. When she takes in Gilly Hopkins, a tween girl who has been passed from home to home, she has her work cut out for her. Gilly is trouble–mostly because no one has ever bothered to care whether or not she’s trouble. Her mom is off on the west coast, and Gilly just knows she would come to get her given the right motivation.
So Gilly devises a plan. And it’s a bad plan. And it doesn’t work out quite the way she expects. Because while she’s waiting to hear from her mother, Gilly falls in love with the Trotter family.
My friends, the Lit Mama is rendered speechless. I just do not have words.
Okay, yeah, I do, because I’m me, but seriously, y’all… Have you seen the live-action Beauty and the Beast yet? Because I’m in love all over again.
Beauty and the Beast ties with Sleeping Beauty for being my all-time favorite Disney movie. So much so that I drove my family nuts singing along with the DVD at my first viewing of the latest version. I remembered every word. Every. word. I geeked out big time.
And Emma Watson rocked all the songs. Who knew Hermione could sing?! Plus, seeing Dan Stevens in anything at all makes me miss Downton Abbey a little less, and he played a beautiful Beast. Emma Thompson tops my list of all-time favorite actors, and she rocked Mrs. Potts. Kevin Kline as Crazy Old Maurice was endearing and Luke Evans made for a magnificent Gaston. But I’m not going to lie–Josh Gad as LeFou just about stole the show from Evans. He was perfect.
I’m gushing. Sorry.