Truth comes from the mouths of babes — or rather kids, or young adults, or the future of humanity. Whatever you label them, these pint-sized pulse-takers of youth culture are back this summer with their own reviews of movies for young viewers screening every Wednesday at the Chilmark Community Center.
The organizers of the Summer Film Series at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival teamed up with the Gazette to bring you reviews by Island kids, here for the summer or year-round, each Tuesday, before each Wednesday film presentation.
Today, it’s Alexander Fisher reviewing The Point, which plays tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center.
The Point, directed by Fred Wolf (U.S.A,) 1971, 74 minutes. For all ages; in English; animation.
The Point is a movie about a boy who didn’t want his dad to read a book to him, because he wanted to watch TV (who could blame him?), and his dad read to him anyway. It was the story about a world where everyone had points on their head except for one boy named Oblio. The other people were very surprised that he didn’t have a point, and there was a mean count who was more powerful than the good king, and two nice parents.
Oblio had to go to the pointless forest because the people made a rule that if you didn’t have a point you had to go to the forest. The kid was very brave to go.
Oblio and his dog were the first to go there. They had plenty of adventures there, and met lots of people, even a magical being. The people he met were all different than each other, so Oblio didn’t feel like he was the only one anymore. He talked about everything he had seen with his dog, and then went home and everybody celebrated to have him home. His head had gotten pointy while he was away wearing a pointy hat, and everyone else’s had gotten unpointy. The morals were:
Even if you are different, it doesn’t mean you can’t play with anyone else.
It doesn’t mean you are better or worse than someone else if you have something different about you.
I give this movie 4 stars (and 10 is the highest) because it had good parts and bad parts. It was pretty good for little kids, and also 6 or 7 and maybe 8 1/2-year-olds. The best part was the moral and the music was great. The bad part was that he got banished. Go see it and see what you think. I don’t mean other people, I mean you.
After the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday kids screening there will be Scottish Bakehouse meals made with local ingredients and live music in a series curated by Colin Ruel from 7 to 8 p.m.
At 8 p.m. is a special evening with producer Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, screening the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
What happens when one of the world’s most famous directors gets trapped inside one of his own movies? Thirty years ago, Roman Polanski was convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. After serving 42 days in prison, he fled the U.S. and has never returned. Reopening a case that has inspired curiosity, controversy and confusion for over three decades, this film is an exploration of the circumstances that led up to — and the circus that followed — Polanski’s conviction. An examination of a case that became the prototype for Hollywood courtroom scandals to follow, the film becomes a discourse on the attraction/repulsion that defines celebrity culture in America today.
Admission is $10, or $7 for center members; $5 for festival members.