Listen: Russ Matthews talks movies taking us up mountains with Ally Barnes
Mountaineers brave the harshest natural elements at altitudes requiring oxygen tanks. They chat about death zones, edema (‘excessive swelling’), and losing limbs to frostbite like the rest of us talk about blisters and paper cuts.
If you prefer to appreciate the heights from the comfort of your couch, our movie guy Russ Matthews, from Reel Dialogue, has a great list of flicks with mountains at their heart.
Enjoy – without any frostbite.
Base Camp – Mountain Films for Kiddos
Reel Dialogue pick: Monsters Inc (Disney+)
Synopsis: In order to power their city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters. After a child gets in to Monstropolis, two monsters (voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal) realise things may not be what they think. Oh, and they wind up on a snowy mountain with a yeti. Naturally.
Trekking up the Mountain – Films for Tweens and Teens
- Into the Wild
- 127 Hours
- Never Cry Wolf
- White Fang
Reel Dialogue pick: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Disney+)
Synopsis: When both he and a colleague are about to lose their job, Walter takes action by embarking on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Mountains get involved.
Reaching the Summit – Films for Parents
- Free Solo
- Jeremiah Johnson
- Seven Years in Tibet
Reel Dialogue pick: Everest (Netflix)
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