Compiled by esteemed film critic Ty Burr, it’s clear he knows and loves movies nearly as much as his own kids. There are familiar titles like Singin’ in the Rain and the The Gold Rush (my brother’s childhood fave) to the celluloid path less traveled including Fear Strikes Out, for baseball–and Karl Malden–fans.The “sell” suggestions are spot on (for The Thief of Baghdad: “So that’s where Disney’s Aladdin got all its ideas”), Burr’s got smart advice on why watching King Kong seems like a better idea than it is, and he offers plenty of fun trivia and tidbits about the movies and the actors to keep kids engaged.
Make a list and hit Netflix, or TIVO Turner Classic Movies Sunday nights all summer for TCM Essentials Jr, which has Abigain Breslin and Chris O’Donnell serving up oldies but goodies like Meet Me in St Louis which airs tonight. I’ll trade notes with you about it tomorrow. –Liz