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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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My kids are waiting anxiously for better movies

From Shaun Strohmer, Minneapolis, MN:

My kids, ages 6 and 10, were very much looking forward to "Where the Wild Things Are." I can't say whether my kids constitute a significant demographic. But they have always disliked slam-bam animation. Finding Miyazaki's movies was a godsend -- otherwise what modern animation could they watch (some Pixar excepted?). They love "The Secret of Roan Inish." They have seen "Mary Poppins" more times than is decent. They wouldn't see "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" because they were so disappointed with the film adaptation of the beautiful book "The Tale of Despereaux." My friends have children just like this. As you might guess, we have some money. We have some leisure time. We organize a lot of our leisure time around our kids. We rarely take our kids to movies, because so many kids' movies are so awful. It may be true that there are a lot of kids who have gone to so many overstimulating, seizure-inducing kids' movies that they can't sit still for a slower one, but it is also true that there are kids of actual ticket-buying filmgoers who are waiting anxiously for a decent movie. Don't write us off!

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