Just My Imagination: Other Recommended Titles

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Alice in Wonderland (1951): The ultimate acid trip following an imaginative young girl and based on Lewis Carroll’s political satire is perhaps Disney’s strangest release.

Big Fish (2003): This tall tale from director Tim Burton positions the incomparable Albert Finney as the ultimate yarn-spinning relative in this fantastical family drama chock full of imagination and an excellent cast. It does, however, break a certain secret about Santa and the Easter Bunny.

The Bridge to Terabithia (2006): Despite some sub-par writing, this adaptation of the popular novel about a friendship between two middle school outcasts and their imaginative world has some astonishing visuals and a great premise.

Curse of the Cat People (1944): Following Val Lewton’s low-budget horror flick Cat People, this one switches gears following a lonely 6-year-old girl who creates her own friends using her fertile imagination.

Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997): Perhaps the biggest problem with this dramatic fantasy is the last three words of the title. While inspiring (and touting stars Harvey Keitel and Peter O’Toole), this film about the Cottingley Fairies leaves out a few essential details.

Harvey (1950): This feel good movie based on the Broadway play stars Josephine Hull, James Stewart, and the most famous imaginary friend in history – a 6-foot-4-inch rabbit.

Look Who’s Talking (1989): We hear the thoughts of a curious infant, as voiced by Bruce Willis, as his mom goes through a mid-life crisis of sorts. Some mature content.

The Mighty (1998): An inspiring melodrama about two disabled middle-schoolers (one physically and one mentally) who begin an imaginary partnership as Knights of the Round Table.

Night at the Museum (2006): A night guard (Ben Stiller) at the New York Museum of Natural History contends with exhibits coming to life. The concept is great, and execution far less so (it twists more history lessons than it imparts). It’s mindless and mildly enjoyable.

Radio Flyer (1992): Had it SimonBirchconcentrated on just the two brothers’ (played brilliantly by Joseph Mazzello and Elijah Wood) fun and inventive imaginations, and not involved the conflicting topic of child abuse, this film would have been much better. That being said, it’s quite enjoyable.

Simon Birch (1998): A touching little tearjerker concerns bastardhood, faith, and sex, as experienced by the human embodiment of a miracle and his best friend.

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