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Movies & Music Suggestion Post #19

Emma 1996 (w/ Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming) – 3.25 stars – Emma tends to be into match making and seems uninterested in romance for herself, while all along she has love under her little nose.  This was a really sweet movie.  Sadly I don’t think she advises people too well, but oh well.  Sometimes this film was a little slow.  Recommended film, especially if you like those Austen stories. Such beautiful colours and styles worn by Gwyneth Paltrow (and others too). 

Fame 2009 (w/ Kay Panabaker, Asher Book, Naturi Naughton, Kherington Payne) – 2.5 stars – I will say that I didn’t really like the original, but at least it had a storyline that was dynamic in comparison to this one. The music was okay. The dancing was okay. I just couldn’t connect to any of the characters. There was language in this and scantally clad dancers. At least it didn’t have all the crazy content that was in the original.

Starlift 1951 (w/ Janice Rule, Ron Hagerthy, Doris Day, Gordon McRae) – 2.75 stars – I thought this was going to be a big Doris Day film because Netflix had her on the cover of it, etc. She was only in the beginning and sang a few songs, which was nice. I hadn’t ever seen this one and I’m a huge Doris Day fan. Anyway really this story was about a woman who plays a top named actress (most of the people in this play themselves) and she comes across an Air Force soldier who grew up with her. A little romance tale comes through in between lots of songs and dances done to entertain troops.

River of No Return 1954 (w/ Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Tommy Rettig) – 3 stars – Finally a movie with Ms. Monroe in which her acting didn’t make me go crazy. She actually didn’t put on that horrible little voice and she actually seemed to play the guitar while singing in this. She wasn’t just the typical tramp she always plays. She actually fought off Robert Mitchum when he tried to kiss her. This was about a man and his son who end up coming across a gambler and his “wife”. When a situation occurs, the gambler leaves his “wife” with the man and child in which they take a raft along a rapid river to find him.

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (w/Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Robyn Lively) – 2 stars – Suddenly there is language all over the place in this part. The others I don’t remember it so much. When Daniel-son gives up his college funds to make a bonsai tree shop with Mr. Miyagi, he ends up coming across a bunch of Karate bullies who want him to fight his championship title. This movie was lame.

According to Greta 2009 (w/ Hilary Duff, Evan Ross) – 2 stars – A teen is pretty much ignored by her mom and sent to the Jersey Shore with her grandparents. She has a list of things she wants to do before she dies and ways that she can die because she wants to kill herself.  She comes across a cook who is her age and learns about life through him and her grandparents. What a selfish little girl she portrayed though. It was a bit of a depressing film.

Night of the Living Dead 1968 (w/Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea) – 3.5 stars – A bunch of people end up together in a house trying to figure out what is happening outside, as there are loads of creatures killing others. Of course they are zombies. This is such a graphic film for that time, and still graphic today. There is a zombie bum in it and violence. This movie always makes me so sad at the end though. I don’t think there are many movies that don’t have happy endings like this one.

Pleasantville 1998 (w/ Tobey McGuire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels) – 2 stars – A teen who is obsessed with a 50s T.V. show ends up being placed inside of the show along with his sister. Everything is in black and white. They try to get people to find who they really are inside. This movie has language, teen sex, masturbation, adultery and nude art. . .so that’s why it has such a low rating – since they make it all seem wonderful in a way :: sigh ::. I LOVE the outfits in this.
Now and Then 1995 (w/ Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Melanie Griffith, Demi Moore) – 2.75 stars – there are a few seances in this and some language. There is also sexual talk and little kid boy bums, and young teen smoking.  It was a nice story about friendships kept since childhood and to explain that people can still love each other despite how they have grown and changed. Honestly though, the film is a little cheesy at times.
I Love You, Man 2009 (w/ Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones) – 3 stars – There is a lot of oral sex jokes and talk about masturbation and men kissing and such that really didn’t have to be in here. . and there was a lot of language. Otherwise there was no nudity or anything close to it so that was really awesome. I thought parts of this film were really funny and so i laughed. It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud like that, so it gets an average rating! It’s about a man who is going to get married and tries to get a best man or at least friends to be included in his wedding party, since he has none.
Inside Daisy Clover 1965 (w/ Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford) – 3 stars – wow this was pretty intense. It takes place in the 30s during the depression. A 15 year old gets noticed for her singing and makes a smash success. When she thinks everything she dreamed is coming true and is possible for her, she sees how she is exploited and how her fame is fast and doesn’t go anywhere. There are suicide attempts in this film and sexual instances.  I liked it, just don’t think I was wowed compared to most films. It really is interesting though.
Fanny 1961 (w/ Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, Horst Buchholz,) – 3.25 stars – A story about a young girl who falls in love with a boy she grew up with in France. He is in love with the sea and chooses to sail it instead of marrying her. When circumstances arise there is a rich man who offers her hand. This was actually a wonderful story!!! There wasn’t any affair or anything like a lot of movies make seem like it is okay if you loved them before, etc. . .I think they did a great job. I loved all her outfits in this too. This made me tear a little too.
Music I’ve been listening to:
Mae (week two) – (m)orning album, (a)fternoon album – favourite tracks “The Fisherman Song (We All Need Love)”, “Two Birds”, “In Pieces”, “Communication”
Kim Lenz and The Jaguars – It’s All True album – favourite tracks “Zombie for your love”, “He’s All Mine”
My Epic (week two) – I Am Undone album – favourite tracks “The Oil Press”, “Lest We Die”
Abandon Kansas (week two) – We’re All Going Somewhere album – favourite tracks “Close Your Eyes”, “The Harder They Fall”, “Make Believe”
Kim Lenz & The Jaguars – Zombie For Your Love

11 thoughts on “Movies & Music Suggestion Post #19

  1. I really enjoyed the 2009 BBC Miniseries version of Emma. As a miniseries they can go a bit more in depth. I've seen the version you referenced also and think I like the miniseries better. (Just like a loooove the miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice,

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I am now on the hunt for Fanny!I love Now and Then. I watched it a bunch of times as a kid and my best friend gave me a dvd copy just recently. Christina Ricci played my favorite character. I thought she and Devon Sawa were just the cutest :)love,B from A plus B

  3. Brinn – I saw that the Emma series is available. I have seen the Pride and Prejudice TV series. Leanna, I'm surprised you haven't seen Night of the Living Dead at least. It is okay that you haven't seen most of these. . .I don't think many people in our generation have. Keep in mind that I watch about 12-18 movies a week, so I'm just insane.B – hope you enjoy Fanny. I used to have a crush on Devon Sawa and he was everywhere on my walls when I was 11 & 12 years old back in the early 90s. haha. I also had Christina Ricci on my walls because I thought she was amazing in Addams Family and Mermaids and everything.

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I am now on the hunt for Fanny!I love Now and Then. I watched it a bunch of times as a kid and my best friend gave me a dvd copy just recently. Christina Ricci played my favorite character. I thought she and Devon Sawa were just the cutest :)love,B from A plus B

  5. I really enjoyed the 2009 BBC Miniseries version of Emma. As a miniseries they can go a bit more in depth. I've seen the version you referenced also and think I like the miniseries better. (Just like a loooove the miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice,

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