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wife, homeschooling mom of 2 sons, photographer, abolitionist to end modern-day slavery/human trafficking, aspiring missionary, vintage fashion wearer


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World Water Day on the 22nd!

gfawater1750,000,000 people do not have access to clean water! That’s insane, my friends! That is about 1 of every 9 people! Almost half of that number are people living in South Asia alone!  Africa suffers the most with 367,000,000 people not having access to clean water!

Things to learn:
1. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
2. Globally, women spend 200 million hours collecting water for their families.
3. Open defecation and the lack of sanitation only worsen the water crisis. About 65% of people living in rural India do not have access to a toilet.
4. Every minute, a child dies from a water-related disease!!!!!
5. Moms have little choice but to give their children dirty water to drink.gfawater2

All around the world people suffer because the wrong things are entering their bodies when they drink. A lot of people live in slums where everyone bathes in the same water, drinks from the same water, and dumps in the same water. This is a great problem in our world. We need to be willing to care for those who don’t have access like we do and help them. I can access clean water too easily and it is extremely sad that most people have to travel distances to find water and the water they find is not clean!  How spoiled I am. I grew up with a polluted river running through my backyard. I can only imagine having to go there each day and drinking from it. My mom constantly warned me to not even step in that water let alone have to drink it. Could you imagine your mother saying you had to drink it because it was the only water you could find?

Gospel For Asia digs “Jesus Wells” and provides “Biosand Filters” to many communities around South Asia. You can donate to help! Jesus teaches that HE is living water to quench our soul’s thirst. He reached a woman who went to get water at a well. She did not have access to water from her own home. He cared for the woman. Many people have been going to GFA’s Jesus Wells and learn about His love for them and why He was sent by the Father to save them! He also wants us to help those who are poor and destitute and in need so that there is no one who has a need! We need to help them! Let’s make this World Water Day change the world!gfawater3


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Thursday’s Thoughts & Links #17

1. I own 4 Garlands of Grace head coverings though I don’t wear head coverings as often or daily as I once did for various reasons, I definitely wore them daily for three years of my life and find them to be beautiful. I was thrilled to have my photos posted on the blog for the site. :) They also make pretty leg warmers there.

2. I came across this nearly year-old article on the Hutterites (who wear head coverings). These photographs are GORGEOUS and were taken by a now 22 year old man who grew up as a Hutterite in Canada and was kicked out because of the photography he indulged in so often (they were against people being photographed in that colony). The images are amazing. I would love to be a Hutterite myself (they do use modern technology and are Anabaptists like me) but alas, I also photograph people (though hey, if I find a colony that allows it, no worries).Hutterites

3. Easter is coming up (chocolate lovers be prepared as you read this), though I celebrate Passover tied into Jesus’ last supper and his death and resurrection instead – I still eat chocolate (slave-free). I wrote an article for Justice Network (which I am a part of as the current events adviser) about chocolate back in February to prepare for Valentine’s Day, but now I share it with you as Holy Week and Easter approaches. Find out the links between slavery and chocolate that you might be eating.

4. Record Store Day is coming!! I’ve been collecting and listening to records since I was 7, starting with the 45 of The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” and The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” and Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” which were my top played 45s I played on repeat which probably bothered my family so much. I always prefered the sound quality of records and enjoyed collecting them over CDs and cassettes and over MP3s too. I expanded my collection a lot when I was a teenager and then I stopped for about a decade other than some here and there (very seldom). I’ve been getting more lately now that we have better storage for our records and some extra income (we had them tightly kept in cardboard boxes for ages which were hard to get out and put back in). It doesn’t help that I live 2 minutes from a store that sells records. I am looking forward to Record Store Day and will definitely get one or two records. If you follow my instagram you have probably seen my “Turntable Tuesday” and “Saturday Serenade” record features.

5. It is no secret that I am fond of Robert Downey Jr’s films. He has created with his personal production company with his wife 9 short films for commercials for a phone. I enjoyed watching all 9 of these shorts here.

6. I used to create my own necklaces from things around my home as a teen and such, but to make them out of nature is so adorable. I came across this DIY acorn necklace tutorial and it made me smile. I can’t do it though because my 8 year old got poison oak from simply touching acorns once. >.<happyacornnecklaces7. I really enjoy Steve McCurry’s photography as he just photographs people around the world everywhere just living. He has even photographed slavery which of course is something that needs to be seen so it can be stopped (there was a photograph I saw of a woman with crazy scars all over her back from being beaten). Some of his photography does include tribal nudity so I won’t be posting a link, but I love how each photograph really captures life and how people live. Here are a few of my favorites. Photographs from Vietnam, Philippines, Uganda, India, and US (in that order).VietnamSteveMcCurry PhilippinesSteveMcCurry UgandaSteveMcCurryIndiastevemccurryUSSteveMcCurry8. This blue flycatcher feeding its baby! So pretty! So sweet1
blueflycatcher9. I’ve been wanting to do a Youtube channel or a podcast or something where I answer questions about life, the Bible or my views on things or answer questions about my own life or try to help those who have questions too. If I did this, would you subscribe or ask me some questions here or by clicking my email link on the right top side of my blog to let me know something that you are interested in knowing more about or need some advice for something you are going through? Thanks.

10. I started to watch this Teen Vogue’s Strictly Ballet short show on YouTube to prepare myself for if my sons stick with ballet as they get older. They’ve been doing it for nearly two years now and seem really dedicated and interested and I want to see what hard work may be ahead of them as a mom of ballet boys.


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A Quilt for My 8 Year Old

Letohasaquilt3thumbWhile getting impatient about finishing up the first quilt I was working on with my quilting teacher from church, and because many times I was far too ahead of her because I got too much done in time or she couldn’t make it to a session, I decided to take matters into my own hands and start a second quilt on my own that I started in late October.

I went searching on Craftsy for free easy quilt patterns to make and came across Phoenix Fire and Ash. The original idea for the quilt was to make it two sided of the same design but with a hot side and a cold side of colors. Leto said he wanted me to make him a quilt and he liked this one (I had him choose from a bunch of patterns), but said he wanted different colors than the pattern suggested. I took the boys to the fabric shop where Leto chose his own colors and fabrics.

I spent an hour or more cutting through fabric while watching a movie. I then had to sew 4 pieces together at a time, cut the top and bottom of those, sewed things back together and cut once again and then sew once again before I had my completed blocks. I pieced the rows together (pictured right after this paragraph), put the two borders on, and then was trying to decide what to do about the back of the quilt. Leto said he wanted it to be orange and red, so I went out to get more fabric from his favorite red and favorite orange fabric he had previously chosen. I put the two colors together simply and started on the sandwiching.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI could not wait to finish this quilt, but I didn’t have a quilting machine. I had the quilt top done within maybe two weeks’ time (completed in November) and it sat waiting and waiting. The quilt could have taken me 3 weeks but as stated in my last quilt’s post, it took me a few months before I had a proper quilting machine to use to finish them up.

Letohasaquilt5thumb Letohasaquilt6thumbI decided to put stars all over it which Leto seemed to really like. The orange thread was pricey where I got it though, and I went through so many spools and had to keep going back to the store to get it. Halfway through I decided to go with cheaper matching orange thread (from cotton to polyester). It worked well but definitely made a mess in my machine (which was cleaned out). Now I know why people prefer cotton thread!

Letohasaquilt7thumb Letohasaquilt8thumb Letohasaquilt9thumbI am glad to be done with the quilt and Leto loves it. He couldn’t wait to have it on his bed. He said it was so cozy. Success! I’d say that compared to my first quilt, this one was much easier, but I did have fun and I am glad that Leto likes it. It is probably my least favorite of the three I’ve completed thus far (third one coming soon on here), but I did have fun doing the stars!

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What Is Happening to Me?

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset[I wrote this 7 days ago but didn’t know when to post it….]

Currently listening to: The Cure’s “Doing the Unstuck”
Currently reading: Matthew 4:1-11 and The Retribution of Mara Dyer (. . .this was two books ago now, reading The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen )

I had a long post typed out and highlighted and deleted it that talked basically about nothing interesting at all.
I don’t know what to say on my blog anymore.
I don’t know who really is reading these days if they read at all.

I think of the days of Livejournal in 1999-2006 when I wrote constantly in the one I owned. I used to freely write out everything out in the open for all to see from what I was doing during the day, my thoughts and beliefs, and my adventures in life. These days I don’t do that at all. I feel like there are those who scrutinize and understand me and it just isn’t possible. I felt a lot of freedom when I deleted my facebook six months ago because now there are not so many people telling me off because I have opinions that are different from theirs which they label in various forms and spout cruel things to me as if I’m dumb. There was too much drama and I have always been one who likes to help people who have drama (I like them to tell me their problems and I like being an outlet for them to feel safe because I’ll listen and try to help them in the best way I can) but I keep drama from being in my own life (if that makes sense). I don’t like people to try to judge me and then talk to their friends about me. Why can’t people be able to go to a person (me in this case) and say, “Hey, I saw what you wrote and it bugged me.” instead of going to someone else about it saying, “Did you see what they said? What is wrong with them? Their insane.” That or they stop talking to me completely in general which hurts most.

The truth is that I am crazy. I like being crazy.
I don’t like being like others. I don’t want to think the way people tell me I should. I don’t want to celebrate the holidays everyone else does. I don’t want to live the way the rest of my society and culture do. I just don’t think it makes sense anymore. The more that I read God’s word, the more that I see things in a way I was never told about it, the fact that I wanted to start fresh and see things in baby eyes and get it more than ever upsets others because it is not what they were brought up to believe and it confuses and bothers them that I can’t think the same way the majority of Christians today do.

Most Christians I know are very into liturgy, tradition, nationalism, politics, and worldly living. They surround themselves with those who think just like them, who look or dress just like them, and who acts just like them. I can’t be that way anymore. I want to have unity with people who are the opposite of me, who don’t think like me, who might barely have anything to wear, and who I might not understand at all but will be willing to listen to them and be there for them. My life is very different today than it was two years ago and even a year ago. I am told I have gone off the deep end by a few people, and honestly, I found truth and have broken out of the bubble that many Christians blindly seems to follow.Scripture64

My thoughts on how I look at people have completely changed for the better. I am starting to see how Jesus saw the Pharisees and Saducees more and more each day. They were the people who knew the law backwards and forwards and were all knowledgeable and appeared to be holy and great, but deep down inside, they disregarded others and showed little love for the poor and the hungry and the slave and the widow or the refugee or the lepers or the sick and “unclean” ones. Most of the Christians today remind me of them. They will argue until they turn blue about doctrine and apologetics but when you ask them if they have ever wanted to show love to an immigrant before explaining the situation of the immigrant, they go crazy into why the law says illegal immigration is illegal for a reason and that they can’t care for them because they are supposed to follow the laws of the land. While I know someone personally who has illegal immigrants living in their home with them and shows them the love of Jesus because they had no one to care for them and were suffering from oppression and that person to me is much more understanding of God’s love than the person who is “full of knowledge” of God’s word. They are helping the poor and needy like Jesus told us to regardless of any law.

And this is why I am crazy to people. I serve a huge loving God who actually decided to have his amazing son killed off to save us all and therefore we are all worthy of love and forgiveness no matter how evil they seem or how dirty they are. I am learning little by little in my church to adjust to the smell of homelessness that enter the building. It has been a huge change for me but the homeless I meet have been teaching me a lot about life. If a man will give me very nearly empty laundry detergent bottles he’s collected so that I can use the amount of soap left in it for my own laundry to help me save money when he has nothing himself and asks me to recycle the bottles for him, I start to understand how he sees the world and how even though he smells and lives on the very cold wintry street, he wants to help me and values the little things that I would take for granted or waste. I’m amazed. He doesn’t ask me for hand-outs but hands me things that he thinks I will need. I think about Jesus who didn’t have a place to rest his head who offered only Himself and pointed to the Father to be glorified through the love he poured out for us. That’s beautiful.


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My First Quilt and the Adventures Behind It

It’s funny how long I’ve wanted to quilt. I told my mom a few years ago that I was going to teach myself to quilt and she said that she always wanted to learn how to do so, and that she would have loved to see me quilting. I had never known this before. The last time I sewed anything was when I made this dress. Funny, how in re-reading it I said how I couldn’t wait to learn how to quilt. I had bought a book that was supposed to teach me how to do it, but I didn’t understand some of it. I am one who learns when it is shown to me. The book sat on my shelf. I brought up wanting to quilt a few times to Rob, and it was just a notion.Ourquilt9thumb

At our Mennonite church we attend, a woman stated how she wanted to teach quilting to women interested. I right away let her know I wanted to learn. She was hoping she’d hear from many women. Apparently she had started to teach a few women but they never finished what they started. She was taught by an Old-order Mennonite woman 16 years ago (the kind that wears the cape dress and cap. . .which we don’t in the new-order Mennonite church). She started to come over to my house and said that she had bought a quilt kit (where the pieces are pre-cut, you just have to piece them together and sew them). I was so excited. She was glad to know that I already knew how to sew, so she didn’t have to teach me too much. She gave me “homework” by leaving me several blocks to work on. I finished them within the week. She was in shock. She thought I’d do one a week or start it and have her help me finish it each week.learningtoquiltthumbIMG_0601There were a few weeks where my teacher couldn’t make it to me home because she has an elderly husband (he’s much older than her). When she arrived again, she taught me how to do applique and left me with the remaining blocks to work on. I finished them within the next week again. She couldn’t keep up with me and said she hadn’t finished a quilt in 3 years while I had the majority done. I was most nervous about that ribbon on the block that is pictured below. I had to hand sew a portion of it and then I sewed it on. I was afraid it wouldn’t fit or would look terrible, but it came out nicely and Rob came home and I showed him my success. He laughed and said, “It looks great!”appliquefinishingthumbProcessed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetThe next part was the setting. Apparently the kit she had was from 2006 and was out of print and no longer was sold and she didn’t have the setting to teach you how to piece things together and had more fabric pieces included. It took her over a month to tell me we’d have to just start finishing similar fabric and work on piecing it together. She came over with a little bit of fabric and we were able to measure and configure out a row which was very simple (she is shown below fixing tension issues with my basic sewing machine I have owned since 1999). However, there were many rows that wold require adding pieces to blocks. She said she’d help me with those the following week, but she couldn’t make it. I got so in the mood to want to finish this quilt that I started working on Leto’s quilt which I was able to finish the top so quickly that I had to wait again. I finally went out to buy fabric that I though would go well with the rest of the quilt and used a tiny picture as a reference to the rest of the quilt top to be completed (I am holding up the picture of what I had to figure it out from two pictures down from here). I finished it within two weeks and shocked my teacher again. She said I was going to have to teach her how to quilt.Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetOurquilt5thumbProcessed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetquilttopthumbI told her I didn’t know how to sandwich and she said she’d help me with the backing. She couldn’t make it, so I did it on my own and sandwiched it on my own. She also wanted to send in the quilt to have the final quilting pattern put on it. She never did her own final quilting and didn’t know how to do it. “Oh no!” I told her I wanted to do the whole thing myself (which also would save a lot of money too). She was so impressed by how I was coming along and how easily I took off with quilting, that she gave me a quilting sewing machine (she had 5). I was so touched and blessed. The machine that my teacher gave me however, had a terrible issue with its free-motion quilting foot. The metal piece that usually hangs behind a bar that goes up and down kept dropping and causing my needle to not want to go into he quilt. It made me so crazy! I just wanted this quilt done with. I started it in September and it was so pretty and here January was and I couldn’t finish it. I found a free-motion spring foot that worked slightly different for my sewing machine. While waiting I traced leaves all over the quilt which took me a night and an afternoon (about 6 hours) to do. Of course the ink pen ran out and I had to get another at one point, and some of it faded from sitting for so long waiting to be traced with the sewing machine.Ourquilt1thumb

When I started to use my new free-motion-quilting foot, the tension was terrible. I continually tried to fix the tension but after an hour of testing it out, the machine stopped working! I broke my teacher’s gift! I was so sad about it. The pedal stopped going and I had fabric that got stuck in the feed even though the feed dogs were down. I set the machine aside and waited another month before Rob got me a new machine with our tax return money. The older machine he tried to fix for me and it was so nice of him, but the pedal still did nothing, though we cleaned the machine out well enough otherwise. The new machine worked immediately. Therefore the free-motion-quilting took me about two to three days with a few hours at a time to do. It was done other than the binding. I then had to wet the entire quilt which I did while watching a movie in order to get the blue from the pen marks out (most people put it in the washing machine but I don’t have one and didn’t want to pay money to wash out the marks).Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetOurquilt3thumbOurquilt2thumbOurquilt4thumbOurquilt7thumb

I didn’t know how to do binding so I called my teacher to help me out because I knew she knew how to do that. After a week she arrived and she loved my new machine and said how she missed the machine she gave me. I explained how it didn’t work anymore but she wasn’t bothered by it and would get it fixed (I told her I’d get it fixed for her but she didn’t seem to want to be apart from it any longer). Funny how those things work out. She showed me how to bind and left me with my project which I finished. A quilt that could have taken me maybe a few weeks to do took me months! I had so much fun and it was well worth it. There are few mistakes here and there that I see, but for my first quilt, I am very satisfied. It fits perfectly on my full-sized bed (which I haven’t taken a photo of yet). What I love most about working on this quilt was that I learned so many different things all in one quilt. I don’t know if I’ll do a kit again in the future because I enjoy figuring things out and piecing them together and cutting the fabric myself. Keep in mind that although I just finished my first quilt yesterday, I am already on my 4th quilt and have seen the progress made as I work more.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOurquilt8thumbOurquilt6thumbcutelittlethumbinessquilt


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#ProfoundlyLoved

This started over at The Goodness Revolt, I was tagged to do this #profoundlyloved post by Kalin. I don’t tend to do things that I am tagged in at all, but I loved the message behind the post and figured I should pass it on. The idea behind it is to know that God truly loves you and wants you to understand how precious and wonderful you are. So many times people look down on themselves and love is often pushed aside or overlooked even though we all search and need love. We need to speak truth to ourselves and know that we are made for giving glory to God.  profoundlylovedblogpartyThose who are tagged in this post just need to answer the questions then tag more people.

1. Tell me about someone you love, and why.
- I am insanely in love with my husband. I truly believe God put him into my life at the right moment and knew how great of a team we were going to make. I love him because he cares so much for me (I like the attention he gives me, it is true).  He is always so gentle and spoils me in so many ways. He talks to me a lot and I don’t think a lot of husbands really do that with their wives and tend to do it more with their buddies. I love that he has had a really long journey and has come so far because he realized God has always loved him. Although he has had loads of struggles in his life, he has come out rejoicing in the Lord, and that is what I adore. He loves to learn about God and longs to see His Will put out.  He inspires me so much. He’s been the most loyal friend in my life and never had given up on me. I know I could write a book simply about why I love him, so I’ll stop here.2. What is one thing you do that makes you feel all like “man, I could do this forever” when you do it?
This is hard to think about. I think waking up and cuddling with Rob would be one. I know that is pretty generic and part of why I love him too, but I really love that I don’t sleep alone and that he is there next to me in the mornings. There is actually a lot of reasoning as to why this is a huge blessing to me, and I think that is why I could do it forever. That or reading beside him or being “bored” together.

3. What do you love about yourself?
-I love that I am my own person through God’s working in my life. I have never given in to wanting to be like others or tried to work hard for the approval of man. Sure I love the idea of making friends, but for them to like me for who I am. I like that I don’t ever change myself to get people to like me. I am glad that in doing so it kept me out of a lot of trouble in my younger years and I think honestly it still does.4. What advice would you give to someone who doesn’t believe she/he is beautiful?
-Many times I have heard people speak ill about themselves and think themselves to be ugly or unimportant.  I tend to tell them each the same thing. First off: Stop caring so much about what people think about your beauty. Everyone grows old.  What beauty will you leave behind with your heart? Second off: You are more gorgeous than you even realize. So many times people don’t see their own beauty because they are comparing themselves with everyone else.  I have seen some of the most gorgeous girls think they are not beautiful and I want to shake them and say, “Have you looked at yourself in the mirror?? You are amazingly gorgeous!” It drives me nutty actually when I hear them talk so lowly about themselves when I see so much beauty in their appearance and in their hearts and how they act.

5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about confidence?
-I have not really ever been told any advice on it because a lot of times people have told me I have a lot of confidence, so instead I offer you advice. Confidence is the most attractive part of a person. It helps you get jobs and keep them, it helps you work hard, it helps you in relationships, and it helps you excel in many ways. Most people are drawn to confidence. If your confidence is in Christ above all, you will soar far, for the mentality you have towards him will cause you to care less on earthly situations and more on doing His Will.

6. If you were your own daughter, what advice would you give yourself?
-I try to think of what God would tell me since I am His daughter, though He tells me much through His word as it is. I think many times he would tell me to not worry and to continue to trust in Him with my life. I often get anxious about things and want to do much more than I can at this point when my body is too weak to keep up with it all. I think He’d tell me to be at peace and to do what I am doing.

7. a verse, poem, sonnet, ancient-old proverb that inspires you to love yourself and others?
-I know this one may not make sense to many people, but the fact that Jesus said this makes it understandable that ALL people are loved by God and that if we are to have His love within us, we need to love those who try to harm us and that hope that their hearts will be changed. I often think about “enemies” and what this means. My enemies are hurting people too. There is a reason why they say or act as they do. They need to know that there is someone who loves them. If I show them love even when they put me down or try to kill me, I will be in obedience of Him and will also be doing well to the hurting one with pain in their heart. So this verse DOES inspire me a lot to love myself and others. . .for how can I love anyone if I don’t even know how to show love to myself? Obviously my enemy must not love themselves that they can hurt others.


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Movie Suggestion Post #101

Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5.  I tend to start at a 5 star rating and deduct things based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.  Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, which means I enjoyed it and would probably recommend it or watch it again.  (5 star ratings are very rare with me)! –  Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view (or what to be aware of)]

Paddington 2015 (w/ Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, & voice of Ben Wishaw)   3.75 stars – As a child, I loved Paddington the cartoon, though I had never read the book. I even had a nightie when I was a child with Paddington on it. He was a sweet bear who always looked like he was ready to face any downpour. When I saw the teaser trailer for this movie, I was so excited. We saw this in theatres as a family. The boys loved it and so did we as adults. I actually felt I could relate to the mother in many ways (such as coming up with strange names to call my children). Paddington is a Peruvian bear who travels to London because of an explorer who visited his Aunt and Uncle years earlier and taught them how to make marmalade and other things. Paddington meets a kind family and tries to learn about life in London. This causes many mishaps. There is a woman who seems interested in him and hopes to capture him. It was cute to see Peter Capaldi in this too (who is the current Doctor in Doctor Who). I did not know he was going to be in it. If you are a Harry Potter fan, Mrs. Weasley is in this too.
content: cross-dressing (though the scene was not obscene and was funny though a man did flirt with the man thinking it he was a she), tight fitted clothing on a woman shown, A taxidermist is shown with animals that had been collected – most were one-of-a-kind animals, a character dies (not shown but assumed), a woman tries to get a man drunk as a distraction (so there is drinking and drunkenness in this)Paddingtonstationpaddingtonbirdies

Invasion of the Body Snatchers  1978 (w/ Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy) – 3 stars – I just found out this is a remake of a fifties film, so now I want to see the original, because I don’t tend to like remakes too much.  This version of the film had great graphics for a “horror” flick, and I know I don’t watch too many of those types of movies at all, but alas, here I am.  I have heard about the title for many years and thought it was a b-flick that was terrible (in my head before seeing the movie).  Now that I saw it, I was actually really impressed.  Many things in it were very realistic and the way it was filmed was really great too.  The story is about an alien plant that comes to take over the earth and a woman notices that something is happening to her boyfriend.  She goes to her co-worker friend for help to figure out why her boyfriend has changed so drastically.  In the process they both start to discover much more than they bargained for.  Definitely an interesting story.  My only big problem with it is that content made it worse (so I would have had a higher rating for it).  What a let down. This movie ALMOST made it through without nudity.
content:  a large man gets up from a mud bath and you can see the very bottom half of his bum and a little. . . bit of his scrotum, a woman is shown covered in a weird fiber that looks like breasts for a second without any nipples, a man is shown with blood dripping down his head after a hit and run, a man is shown stabbed in the neck with a dart, in the last 14 minutes of the movie a woman is shown topless and walking around a building (top portion only shown), kissing, a man axes a person’s head (it isn’t a person though, but looks like one). . . this actually looks very realistic and it does have blood, some scary imagery throughout (the whole concept of this movie is unique and freaky), a man’s nose bleeds, the use of speed pills shown, language: small “b” word

To the Beautiful You 2010 (Korean TV show) – 3 stars – An Olympic gold medalist high jumper goes to an all boys’ school and has a hard time jumping again afterwards.  A girl who admired the Olympian decides to go to his school as if she is a boy so she can help him jump again.  This leads to interesting situations throughout the show.  I enjoyed this one a bit, though not as much as I have enjoyed other Korean dramas.  I think that some of what happens seems realistic and some of it not so much.  The girl did not look much like a guy to me at all and I don’t know how that would fool anyone especially for as long as it did.  The only guy who won’t go swimming and never shares the same locker room with them while they are inside of it. . . is very suspicious and easy to figure out!
content: girls shown in a towel a few times, guys’ chests seen throughout the show, people dressed in drag, kissing, deceit, a guy shown with a pretty busted up bloody nose, a guy has a crush on the girl who is pretending to be a boy the whole time thinking he may be homosexual because of it and has a hard time with that throughout – even though he has a crush on an actual girl though there is a guy who does have an actual crush on another guy throughout this as well, talk about people being porn addicts or perverts (people show magazines being held but they never show what is on the covers), a guy puts his palms on a girl’s chest and her chest is all wrapped up to make it seem like she is a guy so he gets fooled, guys shown sitting on toilets, people try to harm others, punching, a girl is in a dangerous situation that may cause sexual assault, a boy and a girl share a bedroom together (never any sexual stuff happening there), some language in it like the “s” word

The Signal 2014 (w/ Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Laurence Fishburne, Beau Knapp) – 3 stars – I would have rated this higher but unfortunately because a girl was shown in underwear, it missed getting a higher mark. This however, was a very strange and thought provoking film that left me going, “WHAT?” at times but leaving me so intrigued. You have a couple of hackers and the girlfriend of one of them on a search for a Nomad who has been hacking them at MIT. In their search they end up finding themselves in some strange facility and are told they have a sickness of some sort. It was truly so interesting to try to figure out what was going on. Laurence Fishburne of course pulls out his Morpheus-like role again, but at the same time it is very different too. My husband didn’t see the underwear scene but outside of that he LOVED this film so much. This is one of those films where I want to explain the plot but that could give too much away. I actually watched this “blind” as my husband called it. He wanted to see it and didn’t tell me what it was going to be about and so I started watching it not knowing the plot, and I think that worked out for the best. The beginning was confusing and a little boring to me and I didn’t understand it. It seemed like some teens just traveling around but then when they reach a certain destination and something occurs that changes everything, I was hooked. There was just one thing that seemed out of place (with a cow) that didn’t make sense, but you’ll see what I mean.
content: A scene where a person’s body flies in the sky making them look “rag-doll-like”, A girl is shown standing in front of two men with her butt cheeks hanging out of her underwear for a few seconds before she walks away (totally didn’t need this in the movie too because it didn’t go with the rest of it at all), blood shown at various times mainly dripping out of people’s noses, disturbing imagery that might be scary, people get shot by guns and die, kissing, immodesty, language: (“s” word a few times, “f” word once, God’s name used blasphemously, “d” word, misuse of “hell”)

The Identical 2014 (w/ Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Erin Cottrell, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Joe Pantoliano,) – 3.25 stars – This is a movie about a boy who was separated by his twin brother at birth and raised as a pastor’s son, though always having a calling towards singing and music even though his father wants him to be a “man of the cloth.” This story focuses on what his life is like and how he is searching for himself while relating to a top singer. This is set in the 1950s and yes, the guy looks and sounds a little like Elvis too. It was a good movie regardless of the slight cheesiness in the actual songs not sounding too much like their time (that’s the only issue I had). Definitely a Christian film and seemed to have been made by Messianics (Jewish believers of Christ). I of course loved Ray Liotta’s acting best. Overall the message is well revealed and inspiring.
content: a couple of women shown in old-style bikinis briefly, people drinking (no drunkenness shown), people shown smoking, immodestythe identical

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2011 (w/ Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Rachael Stirling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Mison) – 2.25 stars – In the desert of Yemen, fishing is definitely not common, but apparently it was so in the past before the waters dried up.  A sheik wants to bring it back and he wants fisheries experts from Great Britain to help him bring this to a reality, but most of the people from Yemen are not too happy with him.  The main subjects of the story are Fred Jones, who is an expert in fisheries and Harriet who has hired him and is working along side of him to fulfill this dream for the Sheikh.  Harriet’s boyfriend is a soldier who is about to go off to Afghanistan and Fred’s been married to his own wife since he was young and she wants to go off for a few months to do what she wants to do, which saddens him because he wants a child.   Since Harriet and Fred do business together, they are around each other a lot when they are going through their hard times and build a friendship.   I didn’t really find the story to mesh well and Kristin Scott Thomas’ character seems like an angry selfish woman in her scenes and she swears most of the time as she works for the press in regards to the Prime Minister.  Harriet (Emily Blunt) definitely shows the best acting to me in this film especially as she grieves over missing her boyfriend.  The Sheikh actually is the most likable person in this whole movie and I really like how his friendship with Dr. Jones built well.
content: a man mentions being married to several women, kissing, assassination attempts, a man gets a wound on his cheek with blood showing, a married couple are shown in bed with the man on top (both are shown wearing clothes and are under the covers) though the man thanks his wife for allowing them to have sex (he does moan as the scene comes in), a woman takes off her pants and is shown wearing underwear and she climbs quickly into bed (panties barely shown but her entire leg is definitely exposed), people shown making out and we can figure out that they had sex (nothing shown at all), immodesty, a quick TV channel sequence shown where a pop star is in underwear, a man’s neck gets snapped, smoking shown, drinking shown without drunkenness, language: (short “b” word used in plural, long “b” word, “f” word used once vocally and a few times typed out, God’s name used blasphemously and one included with the “d” word, “bloody” used a lot (it is a British film), “hell” used incorrectly, “a” word used several times, Jesus’ name used improperly 2x)

Kiss Them For Me 1957 ( w/ Cary Grant, Leif Erickson, Jayne Mansfield, Suzy Parker, Ray Waltson, Larry Blyden) – 3 stars – In 1944, three men who are Naval officers decide they need a leave once finishing their tour. They each are considered war heroes. One of them can’t wait to become a part of the government, another has had his share of war and can’t wait to just be away from it. The last one just pretty much follows them around as a loyal friend. Of course this is right before the Pearl Harbor bombing, so they just are out to have fun in San Francisco. While having a party in their hotel, Cary Grant’s character is out for drunkenness and girls, but finds one who seems so interesting and beautiful (Suzy Parker). I think her acting was terrible. She was so emotionless at times. I couldn’t stand it. Of course Jayne Mansfield is treated like a sex object as usual, which is always sad. They make her out to be dumb though in ways she is very smart and I wish they cared a bit more about that because she actually acts really well in this. Cary Grant is always grand in his acting and shows his comedic humor. I think the story for this was very sad. It showed a lot of the mentality of those who serve in war and how varied they can be. It was quite interesting to see.
content: a man talks about how much he loves his wife while he is willing to kiss another woman who says he can think of his wife while kissing her, two women quickly compare bust sizes, lust, immodesty, smoking, lots of drinking and drunkenness shown, kissing and making out (though of course their kisses aren’t as deep and intense as these days show in films), talk about going to an apartment (sex assumed though nothing shown at all), punching, war footage shown of planes blowing up in the air, language: the “d” word

New Hope 2012 (w/ Ben Davies, Samuel Davis, Dodie Brown, Perry Frost,  Will Schwab) – 2.75 stars – Another Christian film where the pastor somehow always has a poetic monologue and all the answers without many actual problems.  It is actually a little frustrating and annoying and unrealistic.  A family moves to a new town where a kid recently committed suicide (a year earlier).  The kids in the school are picking up the pieces still as well as the family of the boy who did it.  He was a teenager and even had a brother whom he was very close to who is not coping well.  The new family that moved is a pastor and his wife and two kids.  His son is going to join the basketball team and he shows an interest in a girl there who doesn’t seem to be a believer of God and who was the girlfriend of the deceased boy.  So many people have this way of looking at him as if because he is the pastor’s son he is a good example at all times.  It was definitely one of those faith films that was pretty good other than things here and there.  It wasn’t terrible like a lot of other movies I’ve seen in this genre.
content: a girl is interested in sex and hands her boyfriend a condom, talk about suicide, fighting, underage drinking and smoking shown, mocking people (for faith and in general)

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me 2012 (documentary) – 3.25 stars – I have known about Big Star for only a few years now and truly enjoy their music. I was excited to see a documentary about them. Basically their band tried to make it big in the early 1970s, but they were not getting known no matter how may reviews were put out about how amazing their music was. This saddened the one who started the band in Memphis and wrote the majority of the music named Chris Bell and shows the struggle he had since the failure of the release. The other members of the band tried to continue to hold on. The band only released three albums but they have a great cult following of fans. Also this focuses a lot of Alex Chilton in the band too. We learn a lot about the studio in which they recorded at too. I think the only downside I had about this documentary is that we didn’t actually learn much about who each member was and where they came from. Two of the members are dead now, and while they explained a little how one died, they didn’t mention at all about how the other one died. I figure it was to protect him, but it was strange. This documentary definitely is good but the story is pretty sad. I liked how it was done though. Of course what did not make sense to me is that this documentary was finished after a third member of the band died of cancer but that wasn’t even mentioned which is odd to me. Now there is only one surviving band member.
content: some language (About 3 or 4 words), talk about drugs and videos of people who are most likely high at times, people shown with alcohol and shown smoking cigarettes throughout, drunkenness talked about, talk about Jesus, some immodesty shown, people shown kissing, talk of deathBigStar

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