The Little Prince

I was pretty excited late in 2014 to see a movie version of The Little Prince by Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry was in production. It’s a French classic written as a children’s book, but the concepts and messages seem like something that will go right over a child’s head. It’s almost better read as an adult to remind us of important parts of life that are easy to lose sight of as we grow up.

Growing up is not the problem. Forgetting is.

—The Aviator, in the movie adaptation

The first trailer I saw was in French, but it was enough to get me excited with its beautiful animation, particularly the loving tribute to Sainte-Exupéry’s original illustrations.

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Waking Ned Devine

As lottery mania grows in the U.S. with the Powerball jackpot surpassing $1.5 Billion, I feel like this is a good time to recommend everyone watch Waking Ned Devine (known outside North America as Waking Ned). It’s a British comedy set in a small Irish town where the winner of the lottery promptly dies from the shock, and his friends and neighbors attempt to claim the prize as him.

The movie is one of my all-time favorites. A recommendation: the accents are strong and over the years we’ve found it better to turn the subtitles on for first-time viewers. Waking Ned Devine is available on multiple streaming services.