Flashback Friday-Matilda (1996)

There are some classic children’s books that never get old, no matter how old you get.

One of these books is Road Dahl’s Matilda.

Matilda is a little girl growing up in difficult circumstances. Her parents despise her and the principal of her school, Miss Trunchbull takes a personal dislike to the little girl. But the help of a little magic and Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey, our heroine may get her happy ending.

In 1996, the  book was transferred to the big screen. Starring  in the movie was Mara Wilson in the title role, IRL couple Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman as the despicable Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Pam Ferris as Miss Trunchbull and Embeth Davidtz as Miss Honey.

This film is fun. Adhering to the plot of the novel, there is wonderful whimsical what if quality in both the book and novel that keeps endearing it to new generations of kids.

Do I recommend it? Yes.


Flashback Friday-70’s TV Girl Power-Wonder Woman (1975-1979)

In the 1970’s television began to reflect the changes in American society. One of these changes was the role of women and how it was thankfully evolving into a true partnership with the male sex.

Entering the world of comics in 1941, Wonder Woman has been part of the cultural lexicon for 70+ years.

In 1975, the comic was turned into an iconic television program starring Lynda Carter as the secret Amazon princess and Lyle Waggoner as Colonel Steve Trevor Jr., the military man who Wonder Woman rescues.

I was not around in 1975, but I can imagine the impact it had on young girls at the time. The 2nd wave of feminism was at it’s peak, Wonder Woman reflected the new woman and the possibilities beyond the roles traditionally assigned to women.

Do I recommend it? Yes.


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