Favourite childhood movies: Live-action

This weekend I’m posting a selection of my favourite movies from my childhood years in response to the Let’s Go to the Movies Childhood Films blogathon. Today I’m posting a list of my favourite live action movies and tomorrow’s post will be on animated movies.

Here’s a few of my favourites:

Stand By Me

Stand By Me is not only my favourite film from my childhood but also my favourite film of all time in general. I discovered it (shameful to say) through my crush on Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher in ST:TNG and now host of Tabletop) but what I found was a fantastic film full of childhood adventures in small town america as well as a fantastic soundtrack and a soon to develop appreciation of Stephen King. A coming of age story, Stand By Me truly gets what it is like to be a kid of a certain age with the carefree innocence of childhood behind you and a scary grown up future filled with change, responsibilities and decisions ahead of you.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

I have realised when putting together today and tomorrow’ blog posts that I may indeed be a bit Robin Hood obsessed. I put some of the blame at the door of me having grown up a stone’s throw from Robin Hood’s own Nottingham.

Whilst Disney’s Robin Hood is a topic for tomorrow’s post, I had to include The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn on my list. Much like every other film on these lists, I watched the VHS copy of this we had (recorded off the tv) over and over. My mum is also a big fan of this film so it might not have all been my doing!

I haven’t seen this film in a long time (a wrong that I must right) but I remember it being lots of classic movie fun.

The Muppet’s Christmas Carol

Ok, I know this is a Christmas movie but it’s also one of my favourite movies generally. Whenever I think about this film I just remember happy and cosy Christmases sat in front of the fire watching this film again and again and again when I was a child. Endlessly quotable and heart-warming, Muppet’s Christmas Carol is a classic.

My husband will attest to the fact that I can still quote and sing along with this film (including the voices).

It’s an unbeatable prospect: Muppets + Dickens + Christmas + Victorian London.

Other childhood films I loved

My Favourite Things: Rehearsal pics, Gilmore Guys, Pinterest and comics

Four of my favourite things from this week.

CumberHamlet and Bakkhai rehearsals

This week in theatre news: the Barbican Centre and Almeida Theatre released photographs from rehearsals for (Cumber)Hamlet and Bakkhai respectively. It’s great to get an insight into the rehearsal process and as I’m lucky to have tickets to see both of these plays, they have served to ramp up my excitement levels to previously unknown heights.

Also, British actors have the best hair. Discuss.

Gilmore Guys

Gilmore Guys

Over the past couple of weeks I have been obsessively listening to the Gilmore Guys podcast through Soundcloud. Hosts Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe sit down (often with guests) to watch a chronological episode of Gilmore Girls and talk about it. I’ve half-way through their recaps of season one and love it. I especially love the pop culture references megamix.


emiliahearts on Pinterest

emiliahearts on Pinterest

I have recently rediscovered Pinterest and all my boards on there. There’s boards on crafts, New England, travel, museums, Nottingham, cake, films, books and loads more. Feel free to have a browse around!

Do you ever forget about a social network and then rediscover it again months later? See also: tumblr

Batgirl and Black Canary

Every few months I pop into Page 45, my brilliant local comics shop in Nottingham to collect my standing order. Waiting for me this time were multiple issues of  (take a deep breath) The Wicked and the Divine, Lumberjanes, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Gotham Academy and Ms Marvel. On top of that I also snuck in Hawkeye vol 3, the first issue of Black Canary and Batgirl vol 1: The Batgirl of Burnside. So much reading to be done!

I read Batgirl and Black Canary first and absolutely loved them. Heartily recommended for anyone like me who loves vibrant, YA-infused superhero comics. I don’t read much DC stuff but I always love anything that a collection of the following people are involved with: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr and Annie Wu.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Coming this weekend are posts about my favourite childhood movies in response to the challenge from Let’s Go to the Movies