Got Teens? Boulder Teen Film Nexus Offers Fun Teen Night Out!

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.08.21 PM“I’m Bored!” – Ever heard that from your teen? Well here is a great option for your teen Tuesday nights throughout the summer! The Boulder Teen Advisory Board presents a series of 10 films appropriate for teens in middle and high school. The evening includes pizza and snacks before the films. All the films are chosen by teens for teens, so this should be a good run! This is a free event happening every Tuesday night throughout the summer – starting June 3, 2014.

Here is the line up:

  • Frozen
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Ender’s Game
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • Life of Pi
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Flipped
  • Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Coraline

Of course if your teen doesn’t want to go to the films you can always use this as a guide to good teen films to watch together at home!

Want more detail on this film series line up click here. Or contact Crystal Niedzwiadek or 303-441-4398

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Boulder International Film Festival [BIFF] Offers Fantastic Programming for Kids and Teens!

Check out the BIFF line up for kids! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the excellent cinema that BIFF brings to Boulder! There are fantastic youth appropriate films and workshops! What a great opportunity for Boulder area youth!

They even give you an idea what ages would be appropriate for the films and workshops–looks like 6+. Check it out…

BIFF Youth Schedule

I am thinking of heading to the Shorts on Friday. I think the Filmmaking Workshop looks great too! For more information on BIFF and the programs they have for youth click here. I hope your family enjoys this great annual event! 

Family Movie Nights [Not the ones in the movie theater!]


My family loves a good movie night! We often have a tough time finding a movie we agree upon. Recently we have tried to find some good oldies and it’s worked. The kids actually like them. And they tend to be free or cheap to watch.

home-aloneYou don’t have to pay [or pay much] to watch some wonderful movies! To get them free or almost free you have to stick to the older movies. Most kids won’t jump up and down for joy when you tell them you are going to play Princess Bride, but they usually end up loving them despite themselves. Head to the library, use Amazon Prime Instant Video [if you’ve got it already], or check your cable company’s free On Demand movie section. Babble has an interesting Top 10 List of free or almost free movies: 10 Picks for Cheap [or free!] Family Movie Nights.

In Boulder you can check out the Boulder Outdoor Cinema’s showings too. Some are better for the family than others! For 2013 it looks like Despicable Me & Princess Bride are the family-friendly winners in the line up.

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You cannot always count on movie ratings, especially with older movies, to tell you all you want to know about the movie you are considering watching with your family. To check out the appropriateness of a movie you can head to Common Sense Media where you can look into the movie themes and appropriateness for your kids’ age group. This is a fantastic resource since it really is tough to know what is appropriate for your family!

Enjoy family movie night without the huge expense of taking the family to the movie theater! The oldies really are goodies when it comes to watching movies with your kids!

Any other movie recommendations? What are your family’s favorite movies?

Kid’s Movie Review: From Up On Poppy Hill

The newest installation of brilliant anime from the Miyazaki family is finally here. From Up On Poppy Hill is written by Hayao Miyazaki, but directed by his son, Goro Miyazaki. I trust this collaboration will lead to the same quality movie as my family has grown to love. Time to rejoice because here is a great movie for your kids that and you will enjoy too! Rated PG and appropriate for age 9 and up [based on a review by Common Sense Media]. And it is playing in at Century Theaters in Boulder. Show times and tickets here.

My kids love Miyazaki movies and have seen all of them [I think]. If you are not familiar with Miyazaki movies you are missing out. They are stunning, positive, creative, magical, and beautifully done animated [anime] movies. Some our family’s favorite Miyazaki movies:

These movies appeal to kids based on the anime, content and themes. They appeal to parents because they are really positive in nature and capture the imagination of children without resorting to violence. Consider renting the older movies which I think can be shown to much younger kids [6 and up for some of them].

The review of From Up On Poppy Hill from Common Sense Media:

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Does your family love Miyazaki movies? If you saw From Up On Poppy Hill, did you like it? Did your kids like it? Would you recommend it to other Boulder Families?