I really appreciate the suggestions you gave me about movies to watch with my kids. By far the best one we watched on your recommendation is Singing In the Rain. I saw it in high school but I'm surprised how well this show holds up. It has a quirk-factor that makes it feel modern. We loved it. I copy Lina Lamont's wrist dancing almost every day and we love to ponder over the supposed invention of lip-synching by singing, "Watch my mouth!"
We also watched The Lion King, which I have always liked. Ben and Ellen hadn't seen it yet. They thought it was good.
For Family Home Evening we watched New York Doll. It's so inspiring to me. It's one of my all-time favorite stories and I'm happy my kids are old enough to watch it with me. God rest Killer Kane's soul.
A couple weeks ago Great Performances showed a big anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera. Ellen, Ben, Maggie and I watched the whole thing. Does it count as high art or music? Don't know. Don't care. It's pretty compelling--even for a 4 year old. At the end Andrew Lloyd Webber came out with original members of the London cast. I remember selling out of that double casette sucker at Pegasus Records. What's wrong with Michael Crawford, by the way--did he have a stroke? That's not a joke. I think he did. I sympathize.
And then one night--because you put the idea into my head--I queued up Labyrinth on Netflix and watched it with Ben and Ellen. Dudes. That is some psycho shiz. I had never seen it before. I loved it. I love David Bowie and now I have, like, five more reasons to love him. 1) His hair. 2) His upside-down walking. 3) His throwing of babies. 4) His inappropriate propositioning of tweens. 5) His rapport with muppets--he doesn't suck up to them like everybody else does.
Yes, Labyrinth rules. Thanks for encouraging me to watch it. Anything else we should watch?
Oh I love to twirl and dance and kick and throw:
Spazzy and quirky and bizarre and fantastic--Yes. It's all of those things: