Matildaposter.jpgRaold Dahl was an author that was influential in my childhood. Many of his books have been read several times over and over again by children and adults all over the world. The first book by him that I enjoyed became a movie in 1996. Matilda is still a favorite movie of mine as a young girl with a brilliant mind and fantastic powers changes the lives of those around her.

From birth Matilda Wormwood has been misunderstood by her television addicted family. Each day, her dad goes to work as a crooked car salesman, her brother goes to school, and her mother goes out trying to win it big at BINGO. So, Matilda starts to take care of herself, each morning she makes herself breakfast and goes to the library. After reading all of the books there she manages to convince her father to let her go to school. But, her first day at school she discovers that the principal is a tyrant. Yet, she learns that her teacher, Ms. Honey, is kind and caring woman. While making those who make her life hard around her by punishing them using her powers, she discovers that Ms. Honey is the principals stepdaughter. After her father tragically died, she was told it was a suicide, but she believes that Trunchbull, the principal, was in on killing him. Trunchbull took everything from Ms. Honey by forging the will her father left her. Matilda knows that she has to take down the principal in order to make everything right again. But, she has to help her father out because the FBI is staking out her father’s car dealership because of his crooked ways. Not all is hope is lost, as Matilda uses her powers to take down the Trunchbull by scaring her using her powers to imitate the ghost of Ms. Honey’s father. With her gone, Matilda starts to spend her time with Ms. Honey. But, when her father is caught by the FBI her family is heading off to Guam. She manages to convince them to let her stay with Ms. Honey as she loves it where she is. They do so, and Matilda and Ms. Honey live happily ever after with the family they always wanted.

Matilda came to delight audiences in theaters in 1996. However, nothing compares to the original book that was written by Raold Dahl. On September 13, 1916, Raold Dahl was born. On this day he would have celebrated his 100th birthday, but he has passed on since. Even though he is gone his work lives on entertaining many people in the past, present, and future.

Subway Sadie

Subway Sadie lobby card 1926.jpgOn September 12, 1926 the silent film hit Subway Sadie came to theaters. This silent comedy was able to help pave the way for future comedy dramas. In this film there were many aspects that were able to come to life with the future of film

Salesgirl Sadie dreams of going to Paris one day and by chance she finds herself in luck. On her way home from work one day on the subway she meets Herb McCarthy, a subway guard. The two strike up a conversation and agree to meet on Sunday at Cleopatra’s Needle. After a short courtship, the two are engaged to be married. But, the wedding ends up being postponed when she goes from saleslady to firm buyer. She finds her dream of going to Paris in her midst, but knows that she has to leave Herb behind. However, she learn that Herb has been in an accident. Knowing that she cannot leave Herb behind she forgoes the job and visited him. When she meets up Herb in the hospital and agrees to marry him as soon as possible. It is then revealed that Herb’s father is the president of the subway company, thus allowing Sadie to discover her dreams of going to Paris anyway.

Subway Sadie is one of those filmsĀ that has stood the test of time. On September 12, 1926 this film hit theaters to positive reviews. Subway Sadie is a film that was able to create a sense of drama in a comedy like no other film of the time could.