The Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Fleming, Mervyn LeRoy, Richard Thorpe and King Vidor
Year Released: 1939
Rating: 3.0

Alice in Wonderland-type children's tale has already secured its place in cinema history and successfully ingrained itself into the American psyche: it's really silly for adults and annoyingly conservative in tone - the magic is in your head, there's no reason to search for things outside your own backyard - so the ideal first time to view it is as a gullible youngster. I don't think it has the grace of, say, the best Disney pictures (Fantasia, for one) but there is much to like: the catchy numbers, the Freudian elements, Dorothy (Judy Garland) as a Good-Natured Innocent and Margaret Hamilton's awesomely campy Wicked Witch of the West. Should I sire some little ones I will be a good parent and make sure to mix their viewing of this with The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. - but don't panic, no one is pregnant just yet (so just forget about dialing Child Services).