Movies are rated on a scale of 1-5 stars. Anything over 3 stars is very worth it and is in bold.
The Outsiders 1983 (w/ :Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane) – 3.75 stars – Wonderful story about a bunch of greasers who are working hard to make it in the world. When two friends get caught up in a murder, will they be able to find peace and understanding of what life is really about? This was intense and lovely. Man, there was a LOT of male crying though. Loved the clothes and hairstyles. It was a great movie. There was violence, a little language, and a couple male underwear shots and one very fast female panty shot.
Seven Year Itch 1955 (w/ Tom Ewell, Marilyn Monroe) – 2 stars – This movie was awful to me. I am not one who likes when movies seem to promote lusting after someone who isn’t your spouse and even if he didn’t have sex with her, he did kiss her and committed adultery in his heart by his imagination. I have tried and tried to watch these Marilyn Monroe movies but she is the same character in every film and her acting is awful. It just makes me sad and I suffer trying to watch her. :: sigh ::
Penny Serenade 1941 (w/ Irene Dunne, Cary Grant) – 3 stars – Very sweet movie about a couple, who after a miscarriage adopts a baby. You get to see how they grow and mature individually and as a couple because of their baby. Anyway this is a really cute but sad story.
Nana 2005 (w/Mika Nakashima, Aoi Miyazaki) – 3 stars – I loved the anime and manga series (which hasn’t finished yet due to the artist being injured) and thought this really held pretty closely to it, but you don’t get into it as in depth as the series. It is about two girls who have the same name who meet and end up sharing an apartment together. Both are in search of love and are trying to find themselves. Through their friendship they are able to do this. It ended poorly, but there is a second movie! The music is really good.
Nana 2 2006 (w/ Mika Nakashima, Yui Ichikawa) – 2.25 stars -They replaced one of the lead roles and her acting was so fake and awful. The other actress was exactly like the anime/manga character to me. The other Ren was better too. Therefore it wasn’t as good as it could have been. I didn’t see enough friendly chemnistry between the two Nanas in this either like in the first. It just made it sad for me. Hachi Nana is pregnant and doesn’t know if it is Nobu’s or Takumi’s. . when I saw the anime I was pregnant with Leto, so I sorta could relate (other than knowing who the father was).
Love Finds Andy Hardy 1938 (w/ Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Anne Rutherford) – 3.25 – It was cute. A guy is told by his girlfriend that she can’t go to the dance with him because she’ll be away, therefore a friend of his wants him to take his girl to the dance for odd reasonings to see if she would miss him or not. Also a new girl moves in next door with her grandmother. All these girls go wild over Andy Hardy, who is just trying to buy a car and have a pretty girl on his arm for the dance. check out their great hair:
Harold and Maude 1971 (w/ Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort) – 2 stars – This is such an odd movie. It starts off with showing a few fake suicide attempts by the lead role, in which his mom is well adjusted to him doing. He is bored and rich and tired of his mom trying to set him up with girls all the time. He has a fascination with death. He comes in contact with an old widow who is fascinated by life. The two of them form a friendship. There is always a strange feeling I get when watching certain films from the late 60s and the 70s.
Ball of Fire 1941 (w/ Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck) – 3 stars – pretty cute. A man is working on a slang dictionary with a bunch of older men. He comes across a club singer/dancer who has a slew of slangs in her song and wants to talk to her. She ends up taking refuge with all the old bachelors while the mob is on her tail.
My Man Godfrey 1936 (w/William Powell, Carole Lombard) – 2.75 stars – in a “scavenger hunt” by rich folks, a woman brings back a bum in which she really is very kind to. She offers him a job as her family’s butler. . .but maybe he is really rich himself! Is love possible between them? The leading lady just made me annoyed most of the time or it might be a higher rating.
Ghost Town 2008 (w/Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear) – 3 stars – A man who doesn’t really care to be bothered by anyone and keeps to himself, but is a little rude because of it, starts seeing ghosts that follow him around to finish things for them. One ghost in particular is constantly with him and wants him to help his wife. This to me was a bit too similar to Heart and Souls which is one of my favourite Robert Downey Jr. films, but it was indeed quite different too. There was some language in it and talk about a mummy’s penis. My husband cried while we watched it during one of the ghost’s finished business (the guy who played cameron from ferris bueller always has a hold on my man though, and that is who the actor of this ghost was). It was a good movie.
The Brothers Bloom 2008 (w/ Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi) – 3.25 stars – Two brothers grow up together trying to figure out how to make money. The older of the two is a great mind who can come up with plans to con others. The younger is used to act out ways of receiving the money. They have a quiet Japanese woman who likes to blow things up on their jobs. The younger brother has always wanted an unscripted life. He decides to do one more con with his brother in order to live his own life. A bored learned rich woman becomes the target. This film was directed so beautifully and the wardrobe is amazing. There was some language, violence, and sensual aspects in it, and a quick hospital gown bum shot.
Music [I’ve listened to lately]
Chris Murray (week 2) – Why So Rude album, Yard Sale album – favourite tracks “Love Flame”, “Micahel and Anne”, “Switchblade To Soul”, “The Real Ska”, “Better to Know“, “Shades of the Same Color“
Bjork – “Joga” (the song has been in my head a lot this week and I really just should have listened to the whole album but I wasn’t in the mood for it)
Edison Glass – A Burn Or A Shiver album, Time is Fiction album – favourite tracks “Forever”, “My Fair One”, “When All We Have is Taken/Comfort”, “Let Go”, “Without A Sound”, “Our Bodies Sing”
Too Much Two Tone (Comp) – favourite tracks The Selecter’s “On My Radio”, The Bodysnatchers’ “Let’s Do the Rocksteady”, The Specials’ “Nite Klub”, The Selecter’s “Missing Words”
The Israelites – Holy of Holies album, Roots album – favourite tracks (none really stand out, sadly)
The Beatles – Beatles For Sale album – favourite tracks “I’m a Loser”, “I’ll Follow The Sun”, “Every Little Thing”
Here is Chris Murray’s “Love Flame” (I have used it in a hair tutorial because I adore it)