Misery, Hidden Agenda, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1990
Why are some films scary for children? Batman, The Little Mermaid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lassie Come Home, An American Tail, Robocop, Lethal Weapon 2, Total Recall
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3 thoughts on “Misery, Hidden Agenda, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1990”
Misery is probably one of the best screen adaptations of King, though there are quite a few good ones. Bates was on fire in the 90’s, and while I may not have appreciated it at the time, looking back, she really put the work in…. Fried Green Tomatoes, Dolores Claibourne, The Late Shift, The War at Home, Primary Colors etc.
I honesty find their children’s film segment a tad prudish. But maybe that’s cuz I watched pretty much anything from a young age, so I just can’t relate.
Siskel and Ebert were great. But their Violence in Kids Movies segment really bother me because of how poorly researched it is and comes of as a propaganda scare piece for parents who protect kids from any negative emotion. They show clips from hard Rs like Robocop, Total Recall, and Lethal Weapon 2, which were more for teens and for adults. They also show the “Under the Sea” sequence from The Little Mermaid, making it look like it’s an upbeat film for kids, despite that fact that it has terrifying scenes involving Ursula. Then they show a scene from Batman, forgetting that fact that dark scenes like that make the Batman myth so appealing. They also forget the fact that some children’s books have terrifying elements. Read the works of The Brothers Grimm and L Frank Baum and you see what I mean. Kid really can handle this stuff. If kids really repeat the behavior, it’s either the fault of lazy parents, or kids who can’t tell the difference between the real world and fantasy. Not a very good segment.
I agree. This has to be the most confusing, short-sighted segment I’ve ever seen on this show. It makes absolutely no sense.