By John Rocha
In 2007, I discovered a book entitled The Best Old Movies For Families: A Guide to Watching Together by Ty Burr while listening to an interview on NPR. What attracted me to the book was my own background of watching old black and white movies on weekends while in my teens. Perhaps, I had too much freedom in watching television, but this was also the time before 24 hour airwaves, cable television, and streaming on demand. I discovered movie characters like Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes, as well as the acting duos of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, and even Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. None of these duos make the book, but that is what makes me fond of it, adding movies that I may not have heard of or watched in while.
I have thought about this book often over the last seven years as families search for middle ground between engaging modern culture and keeping their children from being overrun with technology and media. One suggestion to balance the use of media and technology is to explore movies as a family, rather than leaving children to experience the digital world alone. Ty Burr is a professional movie critic for the Boston Globe and has past experience with Entertainment Weekly. What brought him to write the book was his experience in sharing his love of movies with his two young daughters. Continue reading Exploring Movies with the Family