I constantly want to subject my kids to all the great 70s Disney live action movies. People only seem to remember their animated movies these days. The problem is that so many of them rely on the ‘objects moving on their own’ trick that they did in Mary Poppins. I remember that being amazing when I was a kid… but kids these days have grown up with cgi in everything so it no longer impresses.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug, Escape to Witch Mountain (original),etc… though of course Mary Poppins remains the best.
If you want a totally different somewhat forgotten Disney movie then I recommend The Journey of Natty Gann. It’s darker and more grown up than most Disney kids movies, so not for little ones. I remember loving it at the time (probably around age 12-14). No moving objects.
I’ve had Pattern Recognition on my ‘read next’ list for ages. It keeps getting bumped down by other things, so I’ve only read the first chapter. Maybe next.
RE: The director… no idea on his other stuff, but didn’t Passengers get panned critically?
Side note on Gibson, which I wasn’t sure whether to post here or in the books thread. I was just reading an article on his alternate Aliens 3 script, which apparently got made into an Audible audio drama somewhat recently, with Michael Bean ( ) and Lance Henriksen (I can’t be arsed to google how to spell their names! Sue me!)
It apparently focuses on the Hicks and Bishop characters, and Aliens without Ripley seems kinda wrong, but that’s because the studio didn’t think they could get Signourney back when they commissioned it, so not really Gibson’s fault.
Back in the early days of the internet I remember reading the other unfilmed Aliens script that they mention, the one where everything takes place on a wooden planet. I remember thinking it was pretty cool at the time.