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wife, homeschooling mom of 2 sons, photographer, abolitionist to end modern-day slavery/human trafficking, aspiring missionary, vintage fashion lover, World Vision child ambassador, Lifesong blogger


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 15 of 52

Letointheclouds2thumbthepaleoneishereagain2thumb Micahwatchingoutforantsthumbpastortimandrob2thumb1. Leto having fun on a playground, getting all sweaty and red in the face!
2. No explanation.
3. Micah investigates anthills and holes and insects on the ground.
4. I took this of Rob talking to our pastor.  Right afterwards our pastor asked me to take a posed shot of the two of them together, which I did, but I still like this one anyway. (I didn’t think they noticed me taking this).


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Movie Suggestion Post #89

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (w/ Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Woody Harelson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci) – 3.75 stars -  It has been probably four years since I read this book, so I kept remembering bits and pieces as it went along, and honestly, I think they did a splendid job in capturing my LEAST favorite of the book series.  This is an intense sequel.  We have Katniss and Peeta, victors of the 74th Hunger Games.  They go around on a tour to each district and suffer from PTSD from their past experiences.  President Snow has something in mind for the 75th Hunger Games.  This whole story is very sad and tragic and shows how control of people as well as rebellion can bring much destruction.  I think everyone was well cast for this film!  I was not disappointed at all with how they represented the book!  Many times I get disappointed with how such things occur, but I applaud this.  Sure there were a few differences here and there but they truly picked amazing aspects to tie the story together on film and that includes things that I didn’t think they could get right at all.  Bravo!!  I am sorry this review is mainly a depiction of the book and movie compared, but I just want to make sure that you know that it was that well done.  If you don’t know the story, the ending is going to disappoint you and probably irritate you (though I liked it).
content:: A dead rabbit is shown hung from a trap, kissing, a man gets shot in the head for being a disruption, cleavage, a man gets a cloth hood put over his head and taken away, a man gets whipped several times publicly, a woman gets punched and whipped, a woman strips (her back and shoulders are shown and a bit of her side as she walks away), a man gets beaten and dragged away, immodesty (tight fitted outfits and low cut tops/dresses) , violence for survival (being speared, etc. . .but no blood and such), boils on people’s bodies shown, wild baboons (fake CG ones) are killed, slapping, blood shown, drunkenness/drinking, language: “s” word, the “f” word that was bleeped (but you see it said in the lips), “b” wordthe-hunger-games-catching-fire

Thor: The Dark World 2013 (w/ Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings) – 2.75 stars - If you must know, Thor has been my favorite “superhero” since I was a child, but this movie was so disappointing for me.  Near to the end of the movie I still wasn’t even understanding the plot or concept.  I felt like I was watching a mix of Star Wars with The Hobbit. Basically, Thor hasn’t seen the woman he loves for two years and now she is trying to date, but it is a little difficult for her to do (when she can’t find one nearly anything like Thor).  Thor on the other hand has been trying to help defend Asgard, his home, which in turn helps protect Earth.  When Jane Foster accidentally comes in contract with a dark material that enters her body (still trying to figure out all that), an elven villain named Malekith gets mad and wants to use it to destroy everything.  So that is basically the movie for you. Oh, that and Loki who is our most confused and interesting character in this film or it would have been worse.  I was left with question after question in my head about things throughout watching the film.  I’m so disappointed.  I felt like it really was a rip off of the two movies mentioned but with Thor thrown into it (and it doesn’t help that Jane Foster is Padme Amidala haha).
content: war violence/battles (kicking, hitting, shooting – nothing graphic though), man’s bare chest shown, talk about sleeping with people, innuendos, naked man running around (censored), men being incinerated from the inside showing outwardly, a neck is snapped to kill someone, man in underwear, kissing, blood shown, language: hell used incorrectly x2, “s” word, “d” word x2

Read It and Weep 2006 (w/ Kay Panabaker, Danielle Panabaker, Alexandra Krosney, Marquise C. Brown) – 2.25 stars - A “nobody” in high school can’t stand the popular kids and how they treat her and her friends.  She writes everything down in her journal with intense emotions.  After some encouragement from her mom, she submits her journal for publishing for a writing contest.  Her whole life is going to change, but will it be for better or for worse?  Will it change who she is? It reminded me of a bad version of Harriet the Spy (not as good at all, granted even that movie probably gets 3 stars from me).  What I didn’t understand is that there was a “bad girl version” of herself that she talked to throughout the movie (which was played by her older sister).  It was a bit strange considering she wasn’t a little girl.  I think it had a valuable lesson for young girls especially to learn form (this was aimed towards a younger female audience).  I think if I did have a young daughter, I’d probably be cool with her seeing this movie, but otherwise if you are an adult or have boys, skip it.
content: kissing, mocking people

Hitchcock 2012 (w/ Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson. Toni Collette, Danny Huston, James D’Arcy, Jessica Biel) – 3 stars - I JUST realized while writing who was in the movie that Anthony Hopkins played Alfred Hitchcock.  I had no idea because it looks NOTHING like Anthony Hopkins, though I kept thinking “His voice sounds so familiar!” Little did I realize that I was fooled by good acting.  He really did a brilliant job too, as did Helen Mirren, who played his wife Alma.  The whole movie focuses on issues that Hitch and his wife had during the filming of Psycho, which he truly wanted to be willing to take risks to make.  I don’t know how true these things shown in the film may be, but I do know that yes, Alfred Hitchcock did have a fascination with his blonde leading ladies.  This movie was actually really good but the content was unnecessary.  If you’ve been following my reviews for a long time, you know I am a lover of Alfred Hitchcock’s films!  I believe this film was beautifully directed too.  For instance there was a sequence of Alma swimming in a pool (in a one piece) and later on Alfred Hitchcock sees lines on the back of his wife’s neck to indicate that she was in fact swimming or wearing a suit (and the way it is directed was unique and cool to show that he noticed little details that were shown in his directing).
content: Man looks through a peep hole as a woman dresses, Many scenes of women in bras or lingerie, a man and woman are caught having an affair (woman is being groped while in her underwear), kissing, an unwed couple are shown kissing on a bed wearing hardly any clothes for a movie scene, a man is in a bathtub, cleavage, hugging, real photographs of a murder are shown (gorey and graphic and disturbing), blood shown, innuendos, a man is shown hitting another with a shovel, a man goes into bed with a dead corpse of his mother, graphic talk about the story behind Psycho, alcohol consumption, smoking, a man shown holding a knife to threaten a naked girl (her lower shoulders and up are shown), language: “d” word, God’s name used blasphemously, “hell” used incorrectly, deceit, small “a” word, “queer” used to describe someone, name calling

The Central Park Five 2012 (documentary) – 3.25 stars - I truly do eat up documentaries sometimes.  I was so enraptured by this one.  This is about a group of teenaged boys who were basically in the wrong place at the wrong time (literally) in 1989.  They were accused of raping and nearly killing a woman in Central Park.  The media blew up over the events and everyone was talking about what was going on.  There was already a cerial rapist/murderer on the loose and these teens were under pressure and gave testimony to what they supposedly did to this woman.  Because I live near NYC, I do remember a bit what it was like in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  It was pretty crazy there with gangs and crime (still are gangs though of course, but it was a bit more insane then) and it was so dirty there.  I am not a fan of the city in general, but this documentary really captured what it was like in NYC in the 1980s!  It is much cleaner now but I still don’t like it.  I really think this documentary told so much in depth with video interviews from the past and interviews with the guys who were originally accused and served time for this crime.  It truly shows how messed up the justice system can be and how racial profiling can occur as well.  It was sad!!!  I loved this though! Truly it was a great documentary.  I learned so much.  I was a young girl when these things happened so I wasn’t very knowledgeable about what was on the news yet, but it is so interesting to go back to learn of.
content: sexual discussion about rape with details accounted by teenagers, some language, a courtroom drawing of someone holding a picture of a naked woman central-park-five-documentary1

The Carrie Diaries  2013 (TV: Season one)- 2.75 stars - This is supposed to be the sequel story to Sex and the City.  I never saw that show and I don’t intend to either, honestly.  This however has AnnaSophia Robb, whom I enjoy (since Bridge of Teribithia), so I thought to give it a try also because Freema Agyeman from Doctor Who was in it.  However, Freema’s character is usually always high on drugs like ecstasy and the whole show seems to be about dating boys and losing virginity.  It is pretty depressing. I love all the 1980s stuff throughout it though and it did remind me much of that time period (I loved the 80′s, even if I was only 7 when it ended).   I do have a thing for high school romance stories since I have one myself with my husband, so I think that s what ultimately lured me in, but I just couldn’t take how some of the females acted in this, all fickle and crazy and the drama.  It made me kinda glad that I wasn’t normal in high school. The show has potential.  It is mainly about Carrie and her sister growing up with their father, a widower.  They each are dealing with the loss of her mother in various ways.  Apparently boys are a good distraction. :: rolls eyes ::  I am glad that there were not nudie scenes or anything like that.
content: teenagers talk constantly about sex and oral sex (there is more to life than that, kiddies), drug use/people shown high, drinking/drunkenness, some bad language (the “b” word and God’s name used blasphemously), kissing, an adult officer has sex with a teen (nothing shown), two teens watch porn together (you hear noises. . the one girl takes notes thinking that is how to learn what to do with her boyfriend), same-sex kissing, immodesty

Girl Happy 1965 (w/ Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares) – 2 stars – This whole movie has to deal with how men objectify women (and the women seem to enjoy it) and how sometimes though there is a brain inside those women who look nice.  Ugh, but seriously, it was pretty bad and filled with half naked women who seem to like to get used and thrown out by men.  The story for this movie is that Elvis’ band (oh his name is Rusty in this) is asked by a mob boss to watch his daughter who wants to go to FL on her spring break with her friends.  She seems to really enjoy the company of Rusty until she realizes why he was being so nice to her, so she goes after some other guy and this just makes drama ensue.  Yeah, I didn’t care for the movie, though some of the songs were nice.  :: sigh ::
content: girls in bikinis everywhere and other immodesty (major cleavage, stripping, under garments worn, tight outfits, midriffs, etc), kissing, drinking/drunkenness, deceit, smoking

The Loving Story 2011 (documentary) – 3 stars - This was about the Lovings, the couple who changed the whole national law about interracial marriage in the US.  It was really cool because they never dealt with racism or saw a problem with skin in the part of Virginia where they grew up, so it didn’t matter to them or their families that they were “mixing colors” and I thought that was really great.  However, because it was against the law for them to be married in Virginia, even though they were married in Washington D.C., it was still illegal for them to live together.  They had three children and had to spend much of their time living away from their own home because of the law. it took them a long time before they could return.  I love how the videos of them are really well preserved and they took really beautiful photographs too.  I felt so sad and angry while watching parts of this simply because of some of the things stated by those who believe that even God Himself made people to not mix with other skin-tones. It was so aggravating!!!  I was very glad to learn about the Lovings and their family.
content: racism and racist remarks, kissing

Terms of Endearment 1983 (w/ Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow) – 3 stars- I figured I should try to see some of these Best Picture movies, since I have seen most, but not all of them.  The  acting was well done in this, and I can see how it got best Art Direction, though I don’t know if I would say it deserved “best picture”.  The scene with the Corvette driving on the beach was really beautifully directed especially.  The story is about a mother named Aurora and her daughter Emma and their rocky relationship with one another and the relationships they have with men.  I actually found the story pretty depressing at times and nice at other times.  It definitely shows how a mother and daughter can have problems but can also be very close with one another too.   I am sure it was one of the first films that featured information about cancer, specifically breast cancer.
content: a man grabs a woman’s breast going under her dress  for an extended time while she is telling him to get his hand out and he did not listen, kissing (some is really strange and awkward), talk about sex and innuendos, immodesty (cleavage, women in lingerie,  bikini, bum cheeks hanging out of shorts, half naked men’s bodies, people in bed together – married and unmarried), a couple making certain sex noises, smoking, bad language: the “F” word, God’s name used blasphemously far far far too often, implication of oral sex being performed (nothing shown), drunkenness shown, a boy gets slapped several times by a woman, a man and woman meet secretly and are having a relationship even though they are each married (they go to each other when dealing with problems, and honestly it is heartbreaking), two girls kiss on the lips (meant in a friendly unsexual way), smoking (looks like cigarettes to me but it is supposed to be weed), a woman in this never is wearing a bra, talk about herpes, talk about cancer

Gravity 2013 (w/ Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) – 3.5 stars – On her first mission, Ryan works with a team to fix a satellite.  One problem, another satellite was blown up nearby which means debree is going to invade where they have been working.   All she wants is to get back to earth safely.  This was an intense film. My husband called it “This generation’s Poseidon Adventure.”  If you don’t know what that is, it was another escape movie from the 70′s that we enjoyed seeing as kids. My husband used to want to be an astronaut as a child. After seeing this film, I am so happy he did not pursue that dream. haha.  Very scary situations shown in this.  You’d think that a movie that only has two people in it would be boring, but it was full of thoughts of what would happen next.  The only down side was that there was some bad language in it and Sandra Bullock in little spandex type of underwear shorts.  Otherwise it was excellent.
content:  a very graphic image of a face impacted by debree in space (gorey), frozen bodies shown, immodesty (woman in basically underwear boyshorts), language: (“s” word x5, “d” word, “f” word, God’s name blasphemously used, hell used incorrectly various times, “b” word used???????


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 14 of 52

preachermanmaybethumbLetoallsweatyaftersoccerthumbWatchingtheboysoutsidethumbMicahplayingthumbNot the best photoraphic week, but oh well!  Sorry for the delay on the post!

1. Rob at church. I was very thankful for God’s work in him on Sunday when he preached a mini-sermon (as well as another member of our church). This was taken after church.
2. Leto after a long day at soccer camp. His poor legs were so sore.
3. Watching the boys playing (actually, watching exactly what Micah is doing in the next photo, though Leto was with him when I was watching). I didn’t know Rob took this of me as I “posed” for another shot a little earlier.
4. Micah being thrilled to enjoy the outdoors again with his truck (which has been his outdoor play companion for a few years now).


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 13 of 52

MicahisdashingthumbRobreadsBibletoLetothumbvideogamerforlifethumbletmesleepthumb1. Micah’s cute face!
2. Rob reading the Bible (on a tablet) to Leto and discussing it together.
3. Leto playing video games (LEGO Star Wars).
4. “Don’t wake me, I plan on sleeping in.” -The Postal Service


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 12 of 52

cuddletogetherallday3thumbMicahpianolessons1thumb cuddletogetherallday4thumbdeodoranttime2thumb1. I don’t really have an explanation for this photo.
2. Micah’s been getting piano lessons from his Aunt Mimi (Amy). He has been doing so well and loves it!
3. Rob fell asleep (on me, while I read a book) for a Sunday afternoon nap after I took this. I could gaze at his hazel eyes forever (and plan to).  I eventually passed out too and I hate naps.
4. Both of the boys get really sweaty and smelly after their ballet classes (especially Leto).  I don’t know what the “right time” for teaching boys to put on deodorant is, but they needed it.  They each have their own deodorant stick that they picked out to wear (regular deodorant, not antiperspirant). They smell so much better now.


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Movie Suggestion Post #88

[Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5.  Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is usually a pretty good rating (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). I usually rate based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.]

Turbo 2013 (animated w/ voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bill Hader) – 3.25 stars - A garden snail obsessed with watching race cars longs to race himself.  His brother just wants to work well in the tomato garden at home with the other garden snails.  When Theo aka “Turbo” has an accident that alters his life forever, he comes across other snails who love to race and finds people who hope to make a better living and believe in the little snail to help. This was definitely unique and pretty cute, and certainly unrealistic, but funny. A lot of it had similarities to the movie Cars, though the plot and subject matter are different. It was truly adorable though and teaches us to “not give up”.
content:: mocking, some immodesty, accidental chemical alteration, a snail beating a bird up, smack talk (cleanly done), putting people in danger of death and destroying personal property, snails smacking one another, a lady tries to kick a guy around, flirting between some snailsTurbofilm

My Babysitter’s a Vampire 2010 (w/ Matthew Knight, Atticus Dean Mitchell, Vanessa Morgan, and David Wotner) – 1.5 stars - When a high school teen pretty much fails at watching his own kid sister, he is grounded from watching her and a baby sitter his same age is hired instead to care for the sister (and even to keep a little eye on him if possible).  He’s pretty mortified about this fact.  A new teen hit vampire movie (made in mockery of Twilight) comes out and is all the rage in school.  However, there may be a lot of truth to the tale of vampires when the babysitter gets caught biting on a rat’s neck!  This was beyond cheesy!  This was terrible and filled with bad acting!  I actually laughed while watching it (the story, not laughing in having fun while watching it).  It was a poor decision on my part to want to see it. Don’t do what I did! It was a waste of time.
content: kissing, guys and girls checking out in a lustful manner of the opposite gender (all are modestly dressed from what I could tell), talk about making out, people biting people’s neck, blood shown, talk about hickies, young women being called “babes” and males being called “pervs”, talk about murder and soul stealing (and this is shown but without gore), fighting, kicking, a fork is shown sticking out of someone’s head, people being electrocuted, people evaporate forever like it isn’t a big deal, mocking people, language: small “a” word used, kids shown at a party holding plastic cups (but it is mentioned that no alcohol is there)

The Place Beyond the Pines 2012 (w/ Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali) – 2.75 stars - The movie begins where we see a tattooed guy in what seems to be the early 1990s.  Luke works at an amusement attraction as a motorcycle stuntman who rides in a sphere with two other guys.  He finds out he has a son he didn’t know he had with a woman he sees each year while on his tour.  He is very sad that he had no idea even though he didn’t stay in touch with the mother of his child.  He wants to be good for his son so he starts robbing banks to help his son and the woman he has fallen for. When a cop crosses paths with Luke, the cop’s thoughts go crazy and he doesn’t know how to handle everything.  This then goes into the story of Luke’s son and the cop’s son too.  It was far too long.  I am sure they could have shortened it up a lot, It was filled with too much bad language in it or I probably would have liked it a bit more.  Although the story was pretty interesting at times, I was bored.  I don’t like when movies make me bored (yes, I have ADD and movies usually work out fine for me) :: sigh ::  It was a sad movie. There were barely any happy scenes at all, in honesty!  I don’t do depressing movies too well.  I also don’t do movies with drug content too well at all.  I wanted to like this movie and I was actually pretty excited to see it when I heard about it, because it seemed unique – but I’m left feeling kinda empty afterwards.
content: man shown without a shirt on, smoking, woman’s nipples shown through a shirt (she has no bra on), a baby is born out of wedlock (they are not shown doing anything sexual at all together previously), baby baptism shown (Christ, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit mentioned), a man holds up a banks with a gun and robs them,  a man hits another man with a monkey wrench in the face (blood and wound shown), Unwed couple are shown in a bed together (it is a close up of them unclothed. there are pin-ups on a wall but you can’t see them as they are very blurred in the background but you know what they are, You can see that the man’s hand is covering the breast of the woman as he holds her), kissing,  shooting (blood shown), a man falls out of a window (lots of blood shown), popping oxycontin, kids smoke pot, kids caught with Ecstasy, a teen boy is in the shower (we see his chest and his boxers on), a teen boy is definitely high on drugs, teens get into a fight and one is punched up badly, a father forcefully holds his teenage son, a teen girl unbuttons a teen boy’s shirt while straddling him, deceit, partying/drinking (drunkenness), language: lots of the “f” word (too many to count), small and big “a” word, “s” words, “p” word, Jesus’/God’s name used in vain

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 (w/ Logan Lerman, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, ) – 3 stars- Percy and his friends Annabeth and Grover have been at camp Half-blood for a while now.  Percy finds out he has a half brother named Tyson who is. . unique.  He is not too fond of the idea of having a brother.  He’s been butting heads with Clarisse at the camp who seems to be number one in everything there.  At the same time he realizes that there is a prophecy and something in regards to finding the golden fleece that was last seen in the sea of monsters.  He wants to go find it and save the camp from destruction too.   I DID read all the Percy Jackson books and really had enjoyed this one.  They changed things around a bit., but they did a pretty good job.  The problem with these books is that so much happens, and sometimes really quickly that it definitely holds my attention, but for the most part I think it doesn’t work too well for making movie versions.  The CG in this film was terribly done at times considering the technology we have a hold of.
content: blood shown from battles, language: “d” word, mocking people for how they look, punching, sword fighting, murder, deceit, humans being eaten by a giant

Girl Rising 2013 (documentary) – 3 stars - This documentary follows 9 girls/young women from various parts of the world who want to be heard and who may not have the opportunity or rights or freedoms that we are used to in the US.  I had wanted to see this when it was in select theatres, but honestly, a lot of it was a bit slow and boring.  I loved all the stories very much, but sometimes the narration was very monotone and dry that it made it hard to enjoy at times.  I do adore the message put across however!! It was definitely very much about human trafficking as well and I know that World Vision had a hand in working with it too (which I am a child ambassador for).  They used some interesting artistic ways of showing some of these stories which was cute.
content: graphic explanations of things witnessed by people (such as physical or sexual violence), a young girl who is a mother is shown nursing a child (a close up of it drinking from the mother’s bosom), a couple images of women dressed immodestly when talking about sexual trafficking, One girl mentions that her mother shares a husband with another woman.  There was also a mention of a grown man giving a child alcohol (nothing shown)

Kon-Tiki 2012 (w/ Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann, Gustaf Skarsgård, Jakob Oftebro, and Agnes Kittelsen) - 3.25 stars - This movie was a little odd for me to see at first because I didn’t really understand what it was going to be about.  This story is based in the late 1940s about an ethnographer named Thor Heyerdahl from Norway.  He had spent time with his wife in the Marquesas Islands doing research.  He learned about an Incan man who sailed against the current in a raft across the Pacific from the tribal people.  Inspired by the tales told to him, he worked on setting an expedition to try it out himself with a team of others who wanted to explore and test it out.  The idea was crazy, but they said that if it was done before, they could prove it could be done again.  This is the story about the journey on their raft called Kon-Tiki from Peru to the Tuamotu Islands.  It was at times a very sad movie, at times a little slow, but it was really beautiful and interesting!  The only thing about it I didn’t care for is that they showed a shark pretty much being chopped up (if it was a real shark used, I am not sure) and it was an intense scene that didn’t even happen on their journey from the journals and video recording done about the journey.  I really hope it wasn’t real, because that makes me mad.
content: smoking, drinking (no drunkenness shown), A shark being attacked brutally and cut up with much blood shown, a married couple is skinny dipping (nothing shown at all and no close ups, but you know what they are doing), a man’s bum is shown from behind, a spear is thrown at a whale, blood shown on a wound, language: hell used incorrectly, the “s” word used a few timeskon-tiki_off_to_sea_big_lg

Grand Theft Auto 1977 (w/ Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan) – 1.25 stars - Probably the first Ron Howard picture made.  There are a few Howards that show up throughout it. The film starts out with a couple that wants to get married even though the girl’s parents don’t seem to want her to marry outside of her rich society.  They steal her parents’ Rolls-Royce and book it to Vegas.  They get chased down by parents, a pastor, and a private investigator, and a “fiance” of the girl – who offers a reward for his “fiance” to be returned to him.  I suppose this is where the game got its idea from, sadly.  The entire time people steal cars to chase down the couple. The film is terrible! I like the cars in it though, but I am sad at how many of them got all smashed up throughout it.  The film was definitely from 1977! haha.
content: awkward kissing scenes (ew – it got better when they’d kiss at the end), stealing, lots of car crashing/accidents throughout, language: God’s name used profanely 6x, “s” word a few times, hell used incorrectly, the finger is given at one point

Gardens of the Night 2008 (w/ John Malkovich, Tom Arnold, Jeremy Sisto, Gillian Jacobs) – 3 stars - A little girl gets kidnapped and goes through a rough time with her captor for years as a prostituted sex slave along with another child her age who is a little boy.  This is her story.  I really enjoyed the beginning and how horrific it was and how they were able to do so without showing any content.  It was so sad and realistic.  Halfway through the movie the perspective goes into the little girl being older.  This certainly is a movie about human trafficking which is why I decided to watch it.  It was very sad and I am pretty sure it gathered a chunk of what would probably happen to a girl who is kidnapped (which is why whenever I see “Have you seen me” missing ads I get sad and usually know that the child has most likely been abducted and put into prostitution.
content: smoking, kidnapping, a little boy and little girl are in a bath together (you see above their shoulders), A little girl is filmed sleeping naked (her body is not shown), language: “f” word (several times), small “b” word, “s” word several times, a man shoots another man (you hear the bangs of the gun), a little girl gets handled violently, a little girl is raped through forced prostitution (nothing shown, but you know it happened a few times), drug use (marijuana, cocaine), sexual abuse to a child known (nothing shown ever), stealing, women in underwear and short skirts, a man in boxers, kissing, A man is watching porn (nothing shown but you can hear noises), punching (blood shown), a woman shown talking very dirty to her customer (they show right below her shoulders but you know she is straddled on the man and they show her side of her body while laying on a bed very upset (her waist and ribs and upper hips are seen), a young woman attempts to drown herself in a tub

X-Men: First Class 2011 (w/ James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, January Jones) – 3 stars - When a concentration camp child in Germany named Erik is selected to be tested on and primped by a Nazi scientist who is interested in his mutation, while he has one himself, this child grows with hatred and revenge on his mind.  We know this man Erik as Magneto.  He wants to use mutated people to do his bidding for evil.  You have Charles Xavier who we know as Professor X.  He has researched mutation and wants to use it for good in order to fight evil forces in the world.  This is set mainly in the 1960s (and there is a cameo of Wolverine by Hugh Jackman).  Anyway, this whole movie sets up the story of the X-men and why certain people might have branched away from one another as enemies, etc.  The story was good, but they ruined a good movie with too much sexual content (objectification of women just bugs me out in general).  Also there are plans of Americans sending missiles to Turkey and a whole story surrounding that too.  Kevin Bacon made an amazing villain and I have admiration for James McAvoy’s acting (he’s good at everything).  I love Professor X in general. He doesn’t believe in vengeance and knows that people mess up and make mistakes.  This story also shows us how Professor X gets put into a wheelchair for life.
content: Two mutants in this have a type of skin that appears to make them look naked throughout the whole movie, A whole scene sequence in Vegas of many women shown in underwear walking and lounging around for several minutes, killing (shooting, using items to stab people and more), deceit, drinking excessively at a party (drunkenness), holocaust victims shown, women in bikinis and mini-skirts and showing deep cleavage constantly, There is a go-go bar scene (more half-naked girls throughout it), language: (“f” word, “d” word, hell used incorrectly 2x, God’s name used profanely 2x) an older man kissing and groping a woman, a man kills several people by transporting them high in the air and dropping them down to their deaths, people killed by swords, naked statues shown, woman in a bed (a man kisses her and she is under a sheet that covers her), explosions of aircrafts and more

The Truman Show 1998 (w/ Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Ed Harris, Paul Giamatti) – 3.25 stars - I had remembered when this was in theaters. I was never interested in seeing it, but now that I finally did so, I am glad I did!  It was totally something horrific that I could see being done today with all the reality shows that seem to be aired.  Basically, the plot is about a man who’s entire life (yes entire) has been aired 24 hours a day live for all the world to see.  His life however is fabricated.  Everything that he knows was controlled around him, since his friends were hired actors and so were many others in his life.  Everyone is in on it but him.  He’s starting to see that there is more to his life, and he wants to seek a way of liberation.  Ed Harris’ character I don’t believe was well acted but at the same time it also made perfect sense that he was portrayed as he was, so I don’t know what else to say!!
content: A threat made with a knife, someone trying to murder someone publicly and trying to cause others to help, cleavage shown, drinking (no drunkenness), kissing, a baby’s bum is shown, language: (God & Jesus’ names are used blasphemously a few times, the s word 2x, hell used incorrectly, “d” word, small “a” word)trumanshow2


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 11 of 52

LetoLEGOs2thumbeatingyummipopcornthumb Micahinballetclassthumbputtingtheboystobedthumb1. I gave Leto a haircut. . .the same haircut I’ve been giving him since he was 2.  Afterwards he told me to look at his LEGOs with him as he explains each one.
2. Fresh out of the shower and eating popcorn while watching a movie with my sweetheart
3. Micah practicing ballet stretches
4. My sweet “hobbit husband” talking with the boys before they went to sleep.  Micah was “beeping” his nose, which he does constantly to us.

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