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The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

As much as I like Elijah Wood, he's too young for the role. And of course this is a Disney film, so much of the satire has lost it's edge. My favorite thing about the book is not so much the story, but how the story is told, in Huck's voice and language, yet still filled with beautiful descriptions. And I love the more subtle, gradual growth of Huck's character in the novel. Unfortunately, this is all lost in the film. But if you take it as just a simple boy's adventure, it's still entertaining.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Afraid of the Dark (1991)

A disturbing look at the darker side of childhood. The story is completely turned around half way through, making you question what you just saw. It ends leaving you with a lot more questions than answers. It's a movie you'll find either really thought provoking or completely frustrating. Ben Keyworth gives a disturbing but sympathetic performance.

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Night of the Hunter (1955)

This is one of my favorite films. Robert Mitchums role is legendary. And Billy Chapin is great in it as well. Some of the images are so beautiful, disturbing and surreal, like the mother at the bottom of the river with her throat slit and her hair flowing almost seductively in the water. Or the little girl singing as she flees down the river with her brother. It's a shame that this film flopped on it's initial release. If Charles Laughton would have made more movies, he probably could have rivaled Hitchcock.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Oliver Twist (2005)

Very well done I thought. By now I know this story inside out. It's probably second only to A Christmas Carol as Dicken's most well known story. But it still kept me interested. I thought Barney Clark did an excellent job. The charcter of Oliver Twist is the least interesting character in the whole story. He's good-hearted and sympathetic and is basically there to react to the more interesting characters in the story, and Clark did this very well. But the best reason to see this movie is for Ben Kingsley as Fagin. Was he even nominated for this role? If not, he should have been, and he should have won. It's great to see a classic like this get a nice, big budget treatment by a talented director. Bring on Great Expectations next! :)

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Simon Birch (1998)

A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my favorite books. I had no clue that this movie was an adaption of it until I saw it. I wondered why they changed the title, or why they didn't just call it "Owen Meany". I later learned that the author was so disapointed with this movie that he demanded the title be changed. I can see why. The book followed the characters through childhood and college. It raised interesting points about God, faith, and American politics, particularly our involvement in Vietnam. I see a lot of members here like the film, and I'd like to be able to judge it on it's own merits. But it hurts to see this happen to such a great book. I would expect a masterpiece, instead I got an after school special.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed Star 2 / 10
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