5 Movie Parents We Would Love to Have

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jul 29, 2013 Under Movie Articles

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Good movies draw you into the story line and make you feel connected to the characters. Often, viewers will identify with some of the characters and perhaps feel like they know or wish they could get to know some of the characters in real life. With National Parents Day coming up on July 31st, let’s take a look at 5 movie parents we might like to have.

1.) Steve and Josie Stronghold from Sky High
Steve and Josie Stronghold, also known as The Commander and Jetstream, from “Sky High”. Who wouldn’t love to find out that their parents are powerful super heroes and they will be following in their super parents’ footsteps by attending Sky High, a special school for the children of Super Heroes? Life would certainly be interesting with famous super hero parents.

2.) Bob and Helen Parr from The Incredibles
In “The Incredibles” we find out that the seemingly normal Bob and Helen are in fact super heroes with three children that end up discovering their own super powers. Bob and Helen, also known as Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, are super parents as much as they are super heroes. Bob and Helen are fun and they show their love for their children as they support them and help them discover who they are, and there is definitely something super about that.

3.) George and Nina Banks from Father of the Bride
“Father of the Bride” is all about the relationship between a father and a daughter as he struggles with letting her go as she grows up, but both of the parents in this movie are fun to watch. George and Nina Banks are the type of parents many would like to have. They clearly love each other and are funny together, and they both love their daughter and have her best interests at heart.

4.) Daniel Hillard from Mrs. Doubtfire
In Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel Hillard, played by actor and comedian Robin Williams, shows us how far a loving father will go to be with his children and do what is best for them. A father who puts his children first and keeps you laughing along the way is one most would love to have.

5.)Tom and Kate Baker from Cheaper by the Dozen
In “Cheaper By the Dozen” we watch a family struggle with the decisions the parents make to pursue dreams that they think will benefit the family. Tom and Kate Baker and their twelve children keep us laughing as they discover what is means to put family first. Tom entertains us as he struggles to keep control of their many children while Kate is traveling on a book tour. Both Tom and Kate are fun parents who show us by the end that their children are their top priority.

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3 Things To Consider When Picking A Movie For An Outdoor Movie Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jul 22, 2013 Under Tips

Movie Projector You want to host an an outdoor movie event that will attract along of guests. Choosing the wrong film and movie goers will not show up at your event making it your special event a flop. Here are three things you must consider when picking a movie for your next outdoor movie event:

1. Know The Rating of the Film
When it is time to pick a movie for your outdoor movie event, you should have determined what demographic you are catering to. Is your event for families, adult couples or teenagers? When picking a title to show, consider the rating system by the Motion Picture Association of America or MPAA helps provide advance information about the content of movies.

The current Movie Rating System includes:

G:General Audiences. All Ages Admitted. A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents with young childen

PG — Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children.

PG-13 — Parents Strongly Cautioned. PG-13 — Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13

R: Signifies that the rating board has concluded that the film rated may contain some adult material.

Prior to 1984, the MPAA did not have a PG-13 rating to choose from. Films that were given a PG rate in the 19070’s and early 1980’s such as Jaws Gremlins and Raiders of the Lost Ark, would be labeled with a PG-13 by today’s standards.

2. Know The Length Of The Movie To Be Shown
Most DVD boxes today state the running time of the movie. The running of the credits are included in the run time so you can subtract 5 minutes off for that. During summer outdoor movie events, when the days are long, movies may not get started until 9pm by most equipment provider. A movie with a runtime of 2 or more hours will have your guests and staff staying at the venue until a late time. In towns and cities with sound ordinances, a long film may violate your local government’s restrictions.

3. Know The Image Quality Of the Movie
Preview the movie you want to show at your open air event. Is it bright and colorful or dark and filled with night scenes? A film that had dark imagry such as the latest Harry Potter or The Dark night films use filters to create a dreary effect. Most outdoor equipment rental companies will not have the right equipment to display a dark film so that it can be seen well on the inflatable movie screen.

For these reasons, I would recommend that you work with a professional outdoor movie equipment provider and not a company that adds-on movie screen rentals to their existing services such as a dj or bounce house business. Professionals that specialize in outdoor movie event productions will be familiar with movies and their content which will contribute to your event’s success.

Now, if you are looking to host an outdoor movie event in the South that is stress-free to organize and will be a big hit, contact Southern Outdoor Cinema of Atlanta. At Southern Outdoor Cinema, we don’t just rent movie screen equipment, but instead we share nearly a decade of movie event experience to help our clients produce outdoor movie nights that are extraordinary. You can find us on the web at www.SouthernOutdoorCinema.com

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5 Movies to Watch With the Family on Halloween

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 Under Movie Articles

Halloween is such a fun family holiday. Children and adults will enjoy decorating the home, dressing up, trick or treating and attending other fun Halloween events. Enjoying a family movie is another great way to celebrate this holiday. Many Halloween selections are too scary for families with young children, but these selections make excellent choices to watch with the family on Halloween.

Monsters vs. Aliens

Susan is hit by a meteorite on her wedding day and it turns her into a giant. She is taken into custody by the government and locked away with other monsters. Susan was initially afraid, but over time develops friendships with the monsters. The monsters make a bargain for their freedom by agreeing to fight a giant robot alien. The monsters defeat the robot and they are set free. Susan is initially anxious to return to her old life, but finally discovers that being turned into a monster and finding her new friends was a good thing for her.


Ghosts are a big part of Halloween. Casper is a movie about a friendly ghost the whole family will enjoy watching. Carrigan inherits an old mansion from her father but is scared away by the ghosts in the house, so she hires an afterlife therapist to come. He arrives, along with his daughter, and the pair end up developing a relationship with the ghosts, particularly Casper, the friendly ghost of a young boy. This sweet and funny movie will get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

Scooby-Doo: The Movie

In this movie, the Mystery, Inc. gang is accidentally reunited after a previous break-up of the group. The members of the gang are all asked to an island to investigate a mystery, and they find the others upon arrival. During the movie the gang is reminded why they need each other and ultimately reunites.

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The Addams Family

The Addams family was inspired by both the cartoon and the television show about the quirky family. In the movie a stranger comes to the home claiming to be a relative; His real intent is to steal from the family. The Addams family, using their usual weird and entertaining methods, keeps the intruder from stealing their fortune.

Monster House

In this movie, a group of neighborhood kids must take on a scary house in their neighborhood that turns out to be a living monster. Children will especially enjoy this movie since the kids are left to take on this adventure on their own when the adults refuse to believe them.

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5 Movies to Teach About Bullying

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jul 25, 2012 Under Movie Articles

For parents, educators, and others who work with children or young adults, bullying is an important topic right now. Parents are worried about their children bullying other children or being bullied, and teachers and administrators are trying to figure out how to keep bullying out of their schools. These movies offer a great way to get a discussion going and teach about bullying. (Click here to tweet this.)

Mean Girls

Mean Girls is a comedy, and, while it is entertaining, it is based on disturbing events that are taking place in real schools. Cady is in for a shock when she begins a new school in Evanston, Illinois. Cady teams up with Janis, an outcast at the school, to take down a popular, mean group of girls. Unfortunately, Cady gets too caught up as she executes her plan, and becomes just as mean as the girls she had been trying to get revenge on. After losing her friends, she finally realizes what she is doing, and she begins to act like herself again. This movie can serve as a starting point for a conversation about bullying and other mean behaviors that take place between young girls, and highlights the importance of resisting pressure to become someone you are not.

The Benchwarmers

This movie is about men who were bullied as children, and some of their bullies. They are confronted by adult bullies when they are trying to play baseball, and decide to stick up for themselves by challenging them to a baseball game. They end up winning, and go on to continue playing and winning baseball games. They confront their past along the way as some face their former bullies, and some face people they used to torment. This movie offers a reminder that bullying, even when it takes place in childhood, can have long-lasting implications.

Chicken Little

Chicken Little becomes an outcast when he attempts to warn the people of his town about a possible threat, and no one, not even his own father, believes him. Chicken Little surprises everyone when his claims turn out to be true. He plays an important role in protecting his town, and gains the respect of the members of his town and his father. Like many who are bullied, Chicken Little has a different appearance, and exhibits different behavior. This story is a reminder that different does not equal bad, and we should not be so quick to judge others.

The Karate Kid

After moving to a new school, Daniel becomes friends with a cheerleader, and angers her boyfriend, Johnny, and his friends. After being tormented by them, Mr. Miyagi, the handyman in Daniel’s apartment building, comes to his aid and trains him to fight. Daniel and Myagi form a strong bond, and Daniel ends up defeating Johnny and earning the boy’s respect.

About a Boy

This movie centers on Will, a single man who begins looking for love at a single parent’s group, even though he is not actually a parent. He ends up meeting a 12-year old boy named Marcus, and ends up spending time with the boy as Marcus struggles with bullies at school and his mother’s problems. This movie emphasizes the importance of positive adults in the lives of children, particularly those who are begin victimized by bullies.

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