One of the first actors who I began to follow was Elijah Wood. Seeing as how (a) he's only a year younger than I, (b) his films had a tendency to be rated PG or PG-13, and (c) his films tended to veer towards the serious side and my cultured cinematic mind was already burgeoning at the age of 12, he was one of the first actors who I guess you could say I followed through film. In my mind back then, I thought this kid was a good actor. Roger Ebert apparently agreed with me back then, stating that "Wood has emerged...as the most talented actor in his age group in Hollywood history." That's a huge statement. The question now is do any of his early films hold up today?
The Elijah Wood Early 90s Mini Film Festival will attempt to answer that question and also attempt to make me nostalgic for my youth. The films selected are from a short span of time -- 1992-1994. Looking at Wood's imdb filmography, after '94 I apparently didn't care anymore, and Wood swiftly flew off my radar (it's possible that '96's Flipper made me vehemently dislike the young actor for his choice in films).
The following films chosen for the festival are all available on Netflix's streaming service, so feel free to join in the conversation and take in a viewing or two along with me. (No, unfortunately, 1993's The Adventures of Huck Finn is not streaming or else it would have been included seeing as how it was Wood's single venture into the realm of Disney.)
Monday, April 4: Radio Flyer (1992)
co-starring Joseph Mazzello of Jurassic Park fame and an uncredited cameo from Tom Hanks
Tuesday, April 5: Forever Young (1992)
co-starring Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis
Wednesday, April 6: The Good Son (1993)
co-starring Macauley Culkin as The Bad Son
Thursday, April 7: North (1994)
co-starring Jon Lovitz (!) and Bruce Willis
Friday, April 8: The War (1994)
co-starring Kevin Costner