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Film Values/Family Values

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 21%

Joe Somebody (2001)

"The film says, self-confidence and happiness come from the ability to be violent but not do it, except attacking some people is okay. Parental guidance recommended."

Posted Dec 23, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

2 75%

Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius (2001)

"Features an outsider, youthful, bookish, and resourceful hero who makes good without violence. Full of positive ideas that any family will appreciate."

Posted Dec 21, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

3 38%

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)

"An entertaining fable about the nature of war and violence, racial prejudice and what it means to be human (no matter what the species)."

Posted Dec 20, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

4 91%

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

"Parents should be aware that while this lavish, visually stunning and intelligent mythological allegory is a fairy tale, it is not appropriate for young children."

Posted Dec 19, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

5 22%

For Keeps (1988)

Posted Dec 17, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

6 57%

The Nutcracker (1993)

Posted Dec 17, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

7 82%

Hercules (1997)

Posted Dec 17, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

8 9%

Captain America (1990)

Posted Dec 17, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

9 41%

Vanilla Sky (2001)

"Because of the complexity and the adult issues it addresses, this film will be of interest to only to the most mature teens"

Posted Dec 16, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

10 28%

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

"Tries to satirize other comedies - mostly it fails with the originals being funnier. Parents should be aware that this film is rife with loads of politically incorrect humor."

Posted Dec 15, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

11 ——

Tom's Midnight Garden (1999)

"Intelligently told, charming and gentle, a wonderful entertainment for the whole family. Highly recommended."

Posted Dec 13, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

12 82%

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

"A sheer delight of playful entertainment. Recommended for adults, teens, and youngsters who are not gullible about criminal heroes."

Posted Dec 8, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

13 93%

No Man's Land (2001)

"A strong, heartfelt film, but would be of interest to families only who, for some reason, would want to see the headlines fleshed out in all their bloody horror."

Posted Dec 8, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

14 ——

The Lost Continent (1968)

"Cheaply done with a lot of style and atmosphere. The monsters are tacky, but just scary enough to be fun. The film's philosophy is that if one doesn't try, one cannot succeed"

Posted Dec 7, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

15 87%

Ben-Hur (1959)

"The themes of family, freedom, and belief are beautifully developed in an exciting and gripping story. Parents will probably have to explain about leprosy."

Posted Dec 6, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

16 ——

An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island (2000)

"Loaded with good ideas and problematic moral issues. Parental guidance will be needed for all the political, social, and moral issues the film brings up."

Posted Dec 1, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

17 37%

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

"Exciting, fast-paced, and well-photographed sequences of aerial combat and battle scenes. A jingoist film says one American life is more important than a thousand foreigners."

Posted Nov 30, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

18 88%

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)

"This direct-to-video film is a little tougher than most Scooby-do films. A nice reversal of our expectations of who the good and the bad people are. A nice family film."

Posted Nov 30, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

19 ——

Shadow Skill - Volume 1 (1997)

"Fabulously animated martial arts, a female hero more powerful than any man, and characters of moral complexity. This sword and sandal anime is definitely not for all tastes."

Posted Nov 27, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

20 66%

Spy Game (2001)

"Fast moving, intellectual thriller where the nature of right and wrong are confused and confusing. Considerable parental guidance required. For mature teens and adults."

Posted Nov 25, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

21 14%

Black Knight (2001)

"While there are positive messages in this film, it is so filled with bad ideas - especially about violence - that parents should think twice about it. Lawrence fans only."

Posted Nov 24, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

22 8%

Out Cold (2001)

"The film implies that the sport of snowboarding includes heavy and constant drinking. Parental guidance required."

Posted Nov 24, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

23 82%

The Crow (1994)

"The film is an adolescent fantasy about how to deal with bullies: come back from the dead for revenge. Simplistic and linear revenge fantasy, but nonetheless fascinating."

Posted Nov 23, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

24 88%

Amélie (2001)

"For children, the weaving of reality and fantasy is a delight, but the moral difficulty is that Amélie is immoral but for a good purpose. For adults or very mature teens."

Posted Nov 22, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

25 80%

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

"Full of inventive adventure and positive ideas, like the idea that a person who thinks he (or she) is plain has special values that simply need to be brought to the surface."

Posted Nov 16, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

26 25%

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)

"Everyone, parents and children, grow in a believable manner and without preaching. A fun family entertainment."

Posted Nov 14, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

27 56%

Focus (2001)

"While it deals with issues that are relevant today and are important for older children and teens, it is too long, heavy-handed, and repetitive to make its point effectively."

Posted Nov 14, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

28 ——

Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999)

"An entertaining bit of silliness with a serious message about overcoming personal fear through friendship and kindness. A great film for kids."

Posted Nov 13, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

29 81%

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

Posted Nov 12, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

30 51%

Shallow Hal (2001)

"Brilliant critique of society's obsession with physical beauty. While this is a one-joke movie, what it has to say to teens is so valuable that it should be required watching."

Posted Nov 10, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

31 65%

Heist (2001)

"Labyrinthine, stylish, and original, this crime caper is full of twists, double- and triple-crosses. Because of admirable, successful criminal heroes, it is not for children."

Posted Nov 10, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

32 14%

The One (2001)

"Disappointingly, Li's martial arts skill is hidden behind a lot of computer technology. Objectionable gratuitous violence and brutality. This film is just not very well done."

Posted Nov 7, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

33 80%

Waking Life (2001)

"Were it not for the mesmerizing animation, the pretentious conversations would be insufferable. Kids might be like the animation, they probably won't like the diatribes."

Posted Nov 7, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

34 23%

Domestic Disturbance (2001)

"Encourages distrust of parents, remarriage, and stepparents. Parents, police, and other authorities are ineffective and unreliable. Predictable, formulaic, and simple-minded."

Posted Nov 6, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

35 78%

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

"Extremely disturbing and equally important film - perhaps the best anti-drug film ever made. Obviously made for adults, the messages are important for every teen."

Posted Nov 6, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

36 86%

Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master) (1984)

"Perfect blend of martial arts and humor. Shows that martial arts is related to philosophy, nature, and spirituality. One of the best martial arts films ever made."

Posted Nov 5, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

37 96%

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

"Perfect blend of amazing animation, character, charming story, and psychological depth. Celebrates the victory of love over hate, joy over anger, friendship over alienation."

Posted Nov 3, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

38 70%

Shiloh 2 - Shiloh Season (1999)

Posted Oct 30, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

39 ——

Armitage III - Poly-Matrix (1997)

Posted Oct 30, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

40 ——

Born to Be Wild (1995)

Posted Oct 30, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

41 41%

K-PAX (2001)

"Prot's innocence opens us to relations, society, importance of family, and his strong parallels to Jesus. These complex, mixed messages may need guidance from parents."

Posted Oct 29, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

42 14%

Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001)

"The film scares very well: unsettling images, claustrophobia, and a delightful hall-of-mirrors set. If you have a taste for scary, gory films, good choice; if not, stay away."

Posted Oct 29, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

43 81%

Mulholland Drive (2001)

"This surrealist dreamscape takes Hollywood to task, pulls back to say it was all a fantasy, and then shows the reality is even worse than the fantasy. Not for most kids."

Posted Oct 27, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

44 52%

The Last Castle (2001)

"Messages about courage, honor, patriotism, paying for mistakes, a quest for justice, and looking for the best in people, outweigh the films faults."

Posted Oct 24, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

45 57%

From Hell (2001)

"Murder mystery combined with a modern graphic violence and an overlay of paranoia, depression, and hopelessness from Generation-X values. For adults or very mature teens."

Posted Oct 22, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

46 67%

The Big Brawl (Battle Creek Brawl) (1980)

"It is fun to see Jackie Chan beat opponents two and even three times his size. Enjoyable, with a lot of comedy, but not Chan's best"

Posted Oct 22, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

47 49%

Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

"Demonstrates the debilitating consequences of one or two bad decisions, in this case teen pregnancy and drugs, and how they have consequences that can ruin lives for decades."

Posted Oct 20, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

48 90%

Iron Monkey (2001)

"The brutal treatment of women and children might be shocking. This delightful Eastern Robin Hood Father/Son story is highly recommended, if you like martial arts films."

Posted Oct 16, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

49 6%

Corky Romano (2001)

"Parents will have to balance the bad ideas (drugs made attractive, FBI as killers, unpunished crimes, etc.) in the film against the good ones (acceptance, family love, etc)."

Posted Oct 15, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

50 65%

Bandits (2001)

"Parents must deal with criminal heroes who are not punished and wind up rewarded for their life of crime. Sporadic laughs, but not enough to defuse the moral ambiguities."

Posted Oct 14, 2001

H. Arthur Taussig

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