Movies are rated on a scale of 1-5 stars. Anything over 3 stars is very worth it and is in bold.
Splash 1984 (w/ Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah) – 2 stars – I would have liked it more if they gave her seashells or something. It would have been kinda cute otherwise but would have still been a 2.5 :: shrugs ::
The Heavenly Kid 1985 (w/ Lewis Smith, Jason Gedrick) – 3 stars – Basically take the beginning of Rebel Without a Cause, but have the kid who died go into purgatory and needing to help a living human nearly a couple decades later so he can go to heaven (or in this case “uptown” as he is in “midtown” temporarily). He is allowed to show himself to the person he has to help. It wasn’t that bad. It made me laugh a little here and there. A little cheesy and imaginative, but not that bad.
Treasure Planet 2002 (w/ voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – 2.5 stars – Treasure island just retold to an intergalactic story. It was okay.
The Littlest Rebel 1935 (w/ Shirley Temple, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson) – 4.25 stars – my all-time favourite Shirley Temple film (and I own them all). A confederate soldier’s daughter softens the heart of a union soldier so much that he is willing to help her and her father through his compassion. great music and dancing as usual, thanks to the amazing Mr. Bojangles who is one of the main characters.
The Awful Truth 1937 (w/ Cary Grant, Irene Dunne) – 3 stars – hilarious, and I only saw the last half of this on TCM at my parents’ house or I would have rated it higher. Basically a couple who feels they are being unfaithful to each other start making each other jealous even though they are and have always been crazy about each other. The things in this are just great.
Two For the Road 1967 (w/Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney) – 2 stars – I’m sorry but Albert Finney’s character was so boring and he talks so monotonly-like that it hurt. This was a depressing film about a married couple who review their relationship and see how empty it is. . or not. I was bored out of my mind.
1984 1984 (w/ John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton) – 1.5 stars – Extremely interesting as far as the storyline goes, but extremely boring with how it came across on film. I really don’t enjoy nudity in films (I feel it takes away from the artistry and imagination honestly), and this one had tons of it. Probably 15-20 minutes of this film was done in the nude.
People Will Talk 1951 (w/ Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain) – 3.5 stars – A beautiful story about a Dr./Professor of a college who has a man who is always at his side helping others. There are people out to destroy them both, but all they find are some of the kindest people. Of course a love story is also included. This was really good!
Race To Witch Mountain 2009 (w/ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) – 3 stars – You may have noticed I made sure I rewatched the originals first. 3 cute cameos I noticed in this: Of course the original two kids from the original films played a cop and a waitress, so that was sweet. And an unrelated witch mountain cameo from my of my favourite childhood films was the T.V. newscaster “Natalie Gann” who was indeed the girl who played the lead in the film Journey of Natty Gann. That was sooo nice to me! I wonder how many others even took note of that! The story itself was okay. It was average. The new kids were fine too but I think they overdid it a little. Oh well.
Taken 2008 (w/ Liam Neeson) – 3 stars – I had huge hopes for this film since it focuses in on human trafficking – my hearts’ passion to want to end such horrific realities. I guess it bothered me that they really only focused in on the father’s skills. I was also just bothered that he left a blood bath without really finding justice for anyone. . just all to only get his daughter saved before she would get hurt. I Think they did show some good points of what it is like, but it just was sadly not realistic. . no one can storm in and just do what he did, as nice as perhaps that would seem. I was bummed out. My husband thought it was amazing. I was upset that they didn’t even have anything in the special features or in the beginning to state how to end such things. . I think a lot of people wouldn’t realize it is true :: sigh ::
Overboard 1987 (w/ Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell) – 3 stars – adorable movie about a rich woman who gets amnesia and ends up being put into a family’s life, as a father of three troublesome boys tries to make her think she is their mother. very funny.
You Can’t Take It With You 1938 (w/ James Stewart [my fav!], Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore) – 3.75 stars – Very funny and crazy storyline. A nutty family that is kind to many, who are living on land that is wanted by a rich family, thing is their kids are in love and wanting to get married to each other. The families crash into each other with their differences.
Music I’ve been listening to lately:
Dolores O’Riordan – Are You Listening album
The Cranberries – all their albums (my 3rd favourite band!)
Chris Murray – Yard Sale album
The Israelites – Roots album
Band of Horses
and yes since I’m on such a Dolores O’Riordan kick, I offer you a video from her latest album “No Baggage” that was released last year (which I am about to go listen to). . .and The Cranberries have been on tour since autumn now! I missed them in November when they were over here 😦