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Movies & Music Suggestion Post #14

Movies are rated on a scale of 1-5 stars. Anything over 3 stars is very worth it and is in bold.

Ponyo 2008 (w/ voices of Noah Cyrus, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson) – 4 stars – So gorgeously done! It was a great story too. I really enjoyed seeing this studio ghibli film and so did my husband and sons. It was adorable about a little fish who has the ability to transform into a girl, and about the boy that helps her.

Snowball Express 1972 (w/ Dean Jones, Nancy Olson) – 2.75 stars – I love family Disney films, Dean Jones of course did many of them.  This was about a family who inherits a ski resort hotel but it is so beat up when they get there. Other things occur after that which makes for a fun film.

Monkeys Go Home 1967 (w/ Dean Jones, Yvette Mimieux) – 3 stars – a man inherits land and needs workers. He gets some chimps to help him out with it, and cares very much for them. Of course being in France, he is told that they don’t like the Monkeys and want them to go home.  It also it a love story intertwined and is very cute.

Cats 1998 (w/ Elaine Paige, John Mills) – 3 stars – I live pretty close to Broadway (20 mins) and have only seen one production (Riverdance!), but Cats was HUGE. I remember the commercial for it so well. They showed it all the time for years.  The music in this is really great. The dancing is adorable.  My problem with it is that the setting was boring. ONE setting just strains my eyes. It started to get a little slow at times with the story because of that.  For years I wanted to see this, and now that I saw it through DVD, I was a little disappointed.  I love that I finally did get to see it though, since it is no longer on Broadway.  Another thing that irked me is that in the commercial all these little kids talked up a storm about how great it is, and I knew lots and lots of kids who went ot see it. There is a part where a male cat slides his hands downwards over a female cat’s breasts slowly. They are in their little skin tight outfits, but this just was something they could have left out.

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (w/ Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska) – 3.5 stars – Rob was so disappointed in this because he read the books – which this is hardly like the book other than the characters, says he. I liked that this was more like a sequel to everything, since Alice is older than the age she was in the books.  I thought it was very creative. The costumes were amazing and I loved how beautiful and artistic everything was. I don’t think it is too younger kid friendly though in case you want your kids to see it. I’d say wait until they are about 8. There is eye stabbing and things like that.  The art really is spectacular! This has a bit of a love story intertwined in it too. A girl who believes she’s had bad dreams her whole life ends up finding out that maybe her dreams are real. Does she have the courage to face circumstances or will she run away from it all and allow others to choose for her?

The Monster Squad 1987 (w/ Tom Noonan, Stan Shaw) – 3 stars – I wish the language was MUCH less in this movie. It breaks my heart to see that these underaged kids were told to use so many bad words for the film. I enjoy this movie aside from this factor, to see how a bunch of boys love monsters, but the little sister is the cutest of course!! I love how they used classic looks from old films for the mosters in this. Oh you gotta love 80s movies. 
The Three Faces of Eve 1957 (w/ Joanne Woodward) – 3 stars – This is really a great film about a woman who has multiple personalities.  It is really good. One of the personalities doesn’t even show up until later in the film. I probably should have rated it higher even, but oh well. It has its slow moments. The outfits are great in this too.
Once Upon A Mattress 2004 (w/ Carol Burnett, Tracey Ulman, Zooey Deschanel) – 2.5 stars – Tracey Ulman is hilarious and a great singer. Carol Burnett’s singing always surprises me, because sometimes she is awful to me but in this she excells with such range.  The story is about a kingdom where the queen tries to get her son to marry, but every princess fails a test presented for them (basically she doesn’t want him to marry). No one in the kingdom is allowed to marry until her son marries, which makes it difficult for some people such as Zooey Deschanel’s character who gets pregnant and wants to run away because of her shame. Anyway so Tracey Ulman’s character is a princess who comes in and stirs things up.
Father’s Little Dividend 1951 (w/Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett) – 2.75 stars – A little boring but it was cute. it is the sequel to the original Father of the Bride so this one is about their son that they have and how the now grandfather deals with it.
Come September 1961 (w/ Rock Hudson, Bobby Darin, Sandra Dee, Gina Lollobrigida) – 3 stars – This is about a man who goes to his villa every September.  Turns out the place was transformed into a hotel without him realizing it by his associate. I laughed a lot with a few scenes, especially one with a jeep and Bobby Darin’s friends. Rock Hudson was actually pretty handsome, tis a shame he didn’t have a thing for the ladies and died young from AIDS. 😦 I love the clothing in this too (Sandra Dee was always so adorable, yey for NJ girls). It is really a beautiful Italian location film. Bobby Darin does sing in this, in case you were wondering. Rock Hudson tries to be all fatherly to the younger girls in this and that was kinda cute.  He can’t dance at all even though he tries to. Gina Lollobrigida is so classy in this film too. It just is one of those really great early 60s films! cute love stories intwined.
The Blind Side 2009 (w/ Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw) – 3.5 stars – A Christian family that is rich and lives in a community filled with rich white folks end up bringing a big black boy into their home and love him as their own son.  Based off of the true story. This was lovely indeed. My only problem I had is that there was no need for the little bit of language they put into it or the husband acting like a pig telling Michael he’ll be “having fun” as they scope out the females on a college campus. Otherwise this is really sweet and touching. I used to cry every time I saw the trailer (about 5 or 6 times) and I didn’t cry while watching it, but I did tear up at parts.  It makes me happy to see families who are willing to do the right thing rather than being concerned about how others will view them.  We need more people like them.
Music I’ve been listening to:
Morning Benders – Big Echo album (week two) – favourite track: “Excuses”, “All Day Day Light”
Miik Snow – Self Titled album (week two) – favourite track: “Animal”, “Sylvia”
Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals album – favourite track: “Sunrise”
Orange County Supertones – Supertones Strike Back album – favourite track: “So Great A Salvation”, “Little Man”, “Louder Than The Mob”
The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You album – Favourite track: “Kick Drum Heart”, “It Goes On and On”, “I and Love and You”
Broken Bells – Self Titled album – favourite track: “The High Road”
The Enemy – Music For the People album – Favourite Track: “Sing When You’re In Love“, “Last Goodbye”
Chris Murray – Yard Sale album – Favourite Track: “Better to Know”, “Shades of the Same Color”
The Avett Brothers’ “I and Love and You”
I have been an Avett Brothers fan for about 4 years now and just really adore their music. This is from their newest album which has been out for a while, but I listen to all their stuff pretty regularly. Their harmonies always are so lovely.
Broken Bells’  “The High Road” This song and the lyrics are really depressing but it keeps getting stuck in my head.This band is really only the drummer and the singer/guitarist but they have musicians that played on this with them and all.


OC Supertones’ “Little Man” – I think I love this song because Rob plays it so often on bass that it gets in my head randomly sometimes

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7 thoughts on “Movies & Music Suggestion Post #14

  1. I agree with Rob – the Alice film was dissapointing to me too and I also agree with you about the art and coustumes – those were really the best thing about it. Sadly, a movie adaption of a book that lives of its language should not be just about great costumes!And ponyo is one amazing movie! Check out all the other movies by Studio Ghibli, they are all worth to watch, especially "Nausicäa of the Valley of the Winds" which is from 1984 (and technically not a Studio Ghibli movie, because it was released before the studio was founded, but let's not be nitpicking)…

  2. I agree with Rob – the Alice film was dissapointing to me too and I also agree with you about the art and coustumes – those were really the best thing about it. Sadly, a movie adaption of a book that lives of its language should not be just about great costumes!And ponyo is one amazing movie! Check out all the other movies by Studio Ghibli, they are all worth to watch, especially "Nausicäa of the Valley of the Winds" which is from 1984 (and technically not a Studio Ghibli movie, because it was released before the studio was founded, but let's not be nitpicking)…

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