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#21 Torchwood

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 03:03 PM

FWIW, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) has a parents guide for every movie in the database- includes violence, sexual content/references (if any), language, smoking, drug references, etc. I have the app on my iPhone and iPad just to quickly ID actors and where else I have seen them (usually a Doctor Who episode) while we are watching movies at home.


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#22 ianwilkins

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:23 AM

 you can show your boys The Sound of Music

 

Can we put the subtitles on and sing along? If so I'm IN!

 

You could say The Sound of Music makes important points about loyalty to country, family, honour, finding your place in the world and so on, AND you get to sing Do-Re-Me!

 

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#23 blw2

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 02:37 PM

The Martian is brand new, so its unlikely to appear on many lists yet, but i think it is really excellent.  It is rated PG-13 for language, but it has lots of really good examples of American heroism.  I just love it, and before the end, I felt like the United States really had sent astronauts to Mars. :-)

 

 

Whatever movie you watch, might I recommend you PREVIEW the WHOLE movie for situational issues and language. Some of the most mundane movies you may want to watch might have the f-bomb, s-bomb or suggestive scene you won't want your 11-13 year olds seeing (e.g. Transformers). 

 

 

I was gonna say I'll bet the martian has some bad language.  I haven't seen it YET, but I just finished the book. Lots of F bombs in there.  Other than that i really enjoyed it.

 

having just joined, my oldest is on the low end of the age scale so i don't have history of what a modern Scout aged boy would like.

 

I wonder if an oldie like Bridge over the River Kwai might be well received.

 

Regardless, this is really a question for the SPL, IMHO.  Just set some very clear rules about ratings/language.  No doubt a good SPL can be responsible enough to do that, and he's in touch enough with the scouts to know what they might like.  Might even discuss it with them (or the PLC?).  

Might be an idea to ask him to submit choice or choices to SM for previewing


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#24 qwazse

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 08:44 PM

The Eagle Huntress (http://sonyclassics....eeaglehuntress/) just made it to our independent theater.

I was very impressed. It's an ideal movie for young venturing youth.  It would be great for Troops, but not so much if your boys have trouble reading subtitles and speak neither Kazakh nor Arabic.

Also, if your people have qualms about skinning and butchering animals, you may want to give them a heads up.

 

The heroin is a 13 year old Mongolian. Her father is her sidekick. I think any dad who has taken his daughter hunting (or in my case,  tracking) will really appreciate this one. It's also a great way to get psyched for winter camping!

 

Of course it's an added bonus is when, after the closing credits, you can walk across the aisle to the families with three young girls, say, "Would you guys like to see an Eagle feather?" And pull the one you found on your last hike out of your wide-brimmed leather hat.


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#25 Eagledad

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 10:34 AM

"My side of the mountain". 1960s movie about a teenager surviving a long northern US winter in a hollowed out tree. I haven't seen it in years, but it was a Boy Scout favorite in the 70s.

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#26 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 08:51 AM

Usually shown on long Bus trips

 

Godzilla (1954)

Bond Films (Guns for the younger boys Girls for the older ones)

Monty Python + Holy Grail (Occasional Language) Boys either love or hate it

The Dark Knight+Batman(1966) double feature (billed as the Depressing One and the Mayor from Family Guy)

Das Boot

Apollo 18 (surprised me)

Shaun of the Dead.

World War Z.

Most any other Zombie movie.

Star Wars (New Hope and Empire Strikes Back most popular)

Independence Day (the 1st one)

Finding Nemo (the older boys will recite the entire movie word for word-it is a nostalgia trip for them) 

The Longest Day (surprised me)- they liked the gear and the theme songs

Bridge Too Far (mostly for the tanks-the boys will watch things if it relates to a game they have been playing)

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (once for a lock-in.)

 

Very much depends on the age of the boys and the event.


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#27 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 08:57 AM

I was gonna say I'll bet the martian has some bad language.  I haven't seen it YET, but I just finished the book. Lots of F bombs in there.  Other than that i really enjoyed it.

 

having just joined, my oldest is on the low end of the age scale so i don't have history of what a modern Scout aged boy would like.

 

I wonder if an oldie like Bridge over the River Kwai might be well received.

 

Regardless, this is really a question for the SPL, IMHO.  Just set some very clear rules about ratings/language.  No doubt a good SPL can be responsible enough to do that, and he's in touch enough with the scouts to know what they might like.  Might even discuss it with them (or the PLC?).  

Might be an idea to ask him to submit choice or choices to SM for previewing

 

I thought Bridge over the River Kwai would go great. We loved it in High School. But it went down in flames. I guess it was the pacing. You never know.


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#28 fgoodwin

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 04:08 PM

Most films that have this issue (Raiders is one of them), you can edit out the bad stuff on your own and save them to digital for showing to Scouts.

 

We always pre-release our movie schedule just in case a mom has an issue. Had one parent who forbade her kids from watching Harry Potter (magic was a no no as being anti Christian), but some how Star Wars was okay (despite Anakin being immaculately conceived and the prolific use of the force/magic).

 

FYI: "Immaculate conception" means born w/o original sin, and according to Catholic teaching (I'm Episcopalian myself), only four people were conceived immaculately: Adam, Eve, Mary, and Jesus.  This is different from "Virgin birth".  I think you meant the latter.

 

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#29 mashmaster

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:27 PM

Just watched 12 angry men with my son and he was blown away.  He couldn't understand why it was in black and white though.


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#30 MerleneMir

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 02:56 AM

October sky :)


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