|Cropped screenshot of Judy Garland from the trailer for the film The Wizard of Oz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The films that I'll be listing in my April postings may not necessarily be films that I'd call my favorite films, but they will be favorites in the genres I'll be naming. The A to Z genres are very specific micro genres as opposed to the broader genres like action, romance, or comedy.
This category is huge. In fact it probably could cover more than one category, but being for the letter 'Y' I'll just say this micro-genre will be about being young--anything from childhood to teens.
Some of my favorites may be yours too, but if I missed one of your favorites tell us about it in the comments:
Heidi (1937)--There are so many Shirley Temple films that I could put on this list, but I'll pick just one. They used to show this on television every year when I was a kid and I never missed a showing.
The Wizard of Oz (1939) --Judy Garland was a teenager when she made the film that would become one of the most beloved of all time. It's the story of a young Kansas girl who gets carried away by a tornado to the Magical Land of Oz where she meets a truly memorable array of characters.
The Exorcist (1973)--Innocent young girl becomes possessed by devil and priest is brought in to perform exorcism. One of the scariest films ever. This was a huge box-office hit and has continued to make money with releases and spin-offs. Not for the kids or the highly sensitive.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)--One of best science fiction-fantasy stories about kids. This film by Steven Spielberg is ideal family viewing.
The Goonies (1985)--The ultimate adventure with kids searching for a stash of pirate treasure. A great film with an excellent cast.
Stand By Me (1986)--Based on a Stephen King story, the film tells about a group of boys who trek along a railroad track to find the body of a missing boy who was struck by a train. Funny and sad--one of the best coming of age stories.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)--Boy befriends projectionist in local theater and learns to love movies.
Home Alone (1990)--Kid accidentally gets left behind when the family goes on vacation leaving him to fend off bumbling burglars. Funny film that spawned a series of sequels.
My Girl (1991)-- A sweet film about a girl who lives in a funeral parlor with her single father who is the mortician. A story of death and first love.
Almost Famous (2000)-- Inspired by the real life story of rock journalist Cameron Crowe, this film tells the story of a 15 year old hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with a popular rock group and write an article about it.
Juno (2007)-- Sixteen year old becomes pregnant and has to decide what to do about it.
What other films about youth can you name? Which on my list are your favorites? Is there a youth movie that you particularly relate to in your life?
Are you ready for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge Reflections Post? Starts Friday May 3rd with the list open for a week. For more information go to the A to Z Blog.