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Movies & Music Suggestion Post #18

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

Cloak & Dagger 1984  (w/ Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman) – 3.25 stars – I remember loving this as a kid. It was still just as great as my memory recalled.  A little boy’s mom dies. To fill the void he is wrapped up in fantasy and his Atari game, thinking it might be connected to secret government issues in reality. His father wants to help him but has a hard time.  The boy’s imaginary friend Jack Flack might be what he needs to get through the situation. there is violence in this film.

Dear John 2010 (w/Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried) – 2.75 stars – I think when I watched this trailer I expected a lot better. The movie in the beginning was pretty interesting. I enjoyed the opening sequence.  Then suddenly we have a two week in person romance and then an extra two days in person after a few months of letters. I thought this was sweet at first. There was a lot of straddling that I didn’t think was necesssary and of course a supposed sex scene before the lead, John, went away to war.  I liked how at the end the lead stood his ground and didn’t give in like a lot of movies say. I’d say what I mean but that is a spoiler. Anyway I was proud of him. This movie was just one that made me say, “. . .okay” at the end.

Duma 2005 (w/Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Eamonn Walker, Alex Michaeletos) – 2.75 stars – I thought this was going to be animated for some reason. It wasn’t at all though.  It was about a boy and the Cheetah he raised with his father. When his father died and he had to move, he decided to bring his Cheetah Duma back into Africa and find a home for him. Of course this leads him on quite an adventure. It just seemed so boring in a lot of cases though.

Pagan Love Song 1950 (w/ Esther Williams, Howard Keel) – 2.75 stars – Music, dancing, syncronized swimming (what Esther Williams is known for)! The story is that a girl named Mimi wants to go back to the U.S. where she was born but was raised in Tahiti. When a U.S. man comes in town, she starts to play hard to get with him and the two of them may be too different for each other. 

Double Indemnity 1944 (w/ Fred McMurray, Barbara Stanwyck) – 3 stars – ah, film noir detective types of films. An Insurance man ends up falling for a married woman who wants insurance for her husband so she can get his money if he dies. . .and in the process they plan to murder her husband together. It was really interesting but really sad at the same time. 

Babes in Arms 1939 (w/Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland) – 3.25 stars – I used to rent this constantly as a kid. I wanted to remember why I liked it so much. I don’t like it as much as I used to, but I decided because I have seen it so much I’ll rate it above 3 stars (which is what it really deserves now though). Vaudeville teens try to make a living even though moving pictures are all the rage instead. In the meantime there is a romance tale in this. Lots of beautiful songs, dancing, and outfits!!

Just Friends 2005 (w/Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris) – 3 stars – This was very funny and interesting. Unfortunately it had tons of sexual content including having posters with cream on bossoms while going to eat a banana, to the things said out of people’s mouths, & the actions of a horny pop star. Outside of that it was a love story about two close friends. One was an overweight male who left town to be completely different just because he fell in love with his best friend who was popular with the guys and she had kept him in the “friend zone”. He ends up back to town after losing all his weight as a music manager, bringing along a big pop star. He wants to win back his best friend, and make her his.

Thunderhead: Son of Flicka 1945 (w/Roddy McDowall) – 3 stars – cute movie. After finding out that his friend flicka (haha. . .the horse. . you know. . this is the sequel to “my friend flicka”) had a colt, he decides to train it as a racehorse even though it is very wild and difficult to do.

All About Steve 2009 (w/ Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper) – 2.75 stars – A woman who makes a living creating newspaper crossword puzzles is set up with a man who video records newscasts. She becomes a little obsessed, so much so that she follows him around the country to be with him.  The good message about this film is to be yourself, which I am all for. The bad part that I didn’t like, outside of language, is that there was a lot of sexual talk in the first scenes and Ms. Bullock in her bra being groped a bunch. That really made me not enjoy this movie. It can be conveyed in other ways. :: sigh ::

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (w/ Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole, Verne Troyer) – 3 stars – Terry Gilliam’s movies are always weird. This is something to be expected. This was all well and good until near the end. There mirror scene for instance with shards of glass all over, it looked far too computerized that it looked bad. There are sexual idealisms, some language, and what I thought was awful – slapping a woman like it was no big deal.  When the movie ended it was just kinda dumb. The imagery was neat in it otherwise. I am sure if they didn’t have to replace Heath Ledger due to his death, it would have been better too. Colin Farrell was awful. Jude Law was average. Johnny Depp was very short lived but that is good in a way since he is known for his oddity roles (that he rules in).

This Gun For Hire 1942 (w/ Veronica Lake, Robert Preston) – 3 stars – I didn’t know Veronica Lake could sing. I assume she wasn’t dubbed.  The opening scene includes a woman getting her dress torn and she got slapped on the face. That was sad. This story is all about revenge with counterfeit money and murders. It was actually really interesting but not astounding.

The Express 2008 (w/ Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown) – 3.25 stars – based off the true story of Ernie Davis who was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy, after playing for Syracuse College Football. This movie had a lot of language I didn’t like, and one sexual scene (no nudity).  Otherwise it was really amazing. I loved the outfits. The whole fight for equality was definitely a rough one as seen here especially for Ernie Davis, who really inspired many for different reasons.  I had some tears here and there.

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Music I’ve been Listening To:
Abandon Kansas We’re All Going Somewhere album – favourite tracks “Close Your Eyes”, “The Harder They Fall”, “Make Believe”
Mae – (m)orning album, (a)fternoon album (no favourite tracks yet. . only listened once each to these albums. . soon)
Future of Forestry – Self Titled EP – favourite tracks “All I Want”, “Open Wide”
Seabird Til We See the Shore album, Rocks Into River album – favourite tracks “Rescue”, “Cottonmouth (Jargon)”, “Not Alone”, “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful”, “The Sound of You and I”, “Baby I’m In Love”
My Epic – I Am Undone album – favourite tracks “The Oil Press”, “Lest We Die”

Abandon Kansas – “Close Your Eyes”

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