The Canned In Film Festival: Day Five

Like with actual film festivals, real life goes on around you while you’re still watching movies.

Today is the strange day. A hefty dose of reality – how much more reality can we take? – for many now beginning life under a proper (if unspoken as yet) lockdown or life at least with homeschooling. It’s a beautiful day in London, and we made to take the kids to school as usual – just so we could get that urgency going and shout Clean Your Teeth, Get your Shoes On, We’re Going to Be Late. We even headed off down the road towards school, but then jogged round the park together – all very Royal Tannenbaums.

but then we got home and did PE with Joe Wicks. That was exhausting. Blimey, he needs to calm it – he can’t keep that pace up for the next month.. Still, it was an impressive live stream and made me think, well, if he’s doing that for fitness, I can do that for your watching entertainment at the Canned In Film Festival.

I know you won’t have time to watch all of these but there are days when the kids will need to see a movie after school, or when it’s raining and dull and stuffy and sad. So I’ll keep to the general structure of a kids movie, a family movie, and then a slight more grown up movie.

They won’t all be good, but I hope they’ll be different and something you haven’t or wouldn’t chose for yourself when scrolling through Netflix.

So today, let’s start with:

The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists! (2012) U – probably my favourite Aardman movie and chosen to support my 11-year-old’s Charles Darwin project. And to give them something fun to relax with at the end of a school day in the home…!

It’s on Rakuten or you can get it on Amazon Prime.

For family shall we try Millions (2005) (12), the Danny Boyle movie about two kids who find a bag of money? It’s written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and is quite strange yet full of amazingly inventive moments and with a big heart. I think you’ll be surprised by it, and that’s the point of all this festival. I found it on Amazon Prime.

After a tough day,  you’re going to need to chill and have a laugh and crave something cheeky and adult. Trainwreck (2015) (15) is on Netflix and I think it’s very funny. It is rude and certainly not perfect, but its irreverence is what makes it different and its feminism is fresh, and it features one of Tilda Swinton’s most transformative performances as Amy Schumer’s editor. Go on, have a giggle.