I actually watched some pretty good films lately; Rarity for me since I rate movies so low as I am a movie addict.
Movies are rated on a scale of 1-5 stars. Anything over 3 stars is very worth it and is in bold.
Miss HIV – 2007 (Documentary) – 4 stars -You can watch the movie here! This was excellent. It showed two sides of how people would view sex as being no problem as long as you have protection and those who encourage sex only through abstaining for marriage and encourage being faithful to them. What I got from this that was interesting is that since for instance Uganda had a lot of Abstinence being expressed, the spread of HIV went down, and since having more people from countries go in and tell them to just use condoms, it has gone up. That was really crazy to hear some statistics. I thought it really expressed things well. It is sad that a church though would kick someone out just because they are infected. Instead they should really show them love and kindness. That is what real Christians are to do. . .Just as Jesus would touch lepers and diseased people who were looked down upon in His time. I really recommend seeing this.
Uncle Buck 1989 (w/ John Candy, Amy Madigan) – 2.75 stars – When a couple has to tend to a sick father, they can’t find anyone who will watch their kids. They decide that the brother they keep away from is their only hope. Buck really embraces the fact that he is able to watch his nieces and nephew and along with doing so, he finds ways to connect with the kids even though they probably don’t like him. It was a cute story. There was sexual content and language including coming out of children’s mouths.
Josie and the Pussycats 2001(w/ Rachel Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid, Parker Posey, Alan Cumming) – 2.5 stars – I used to like this movie when it came out and I was almost done with high school. I loved the animated show as a kid, and now watching this, I don’t think they embraced the show well enough at all. I think they could have made it much less sexual and I was kinda surprised now that I’m an old married fart. The basic story is that a trio of friends who write music end up making it big, but perhaps it is the subliminal messages that got them known, rather than their actual music.
Shorts 2009 (w/ James Spader, William H. Macy, John Cryer, Leslie Mann, Jimmy Bennett) – 3.25 stars – A rainbow rock that grants any wish you want falls into the hands of basically a whole community. Chaos erupts in various forms because of it. I thought this was hilarious and cute, honestly. The idea was to do something like The Little Rascals, and I think they captured that. It also had an 80s film feel to it for me, and not just because two former 80s teen flicksters are in this. There is a girl bully in case you don’t want your kids to see a girl punch a boy or two.
Toy Story 2 1999 (w/ voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen) – 3 stars – I saw the first one in theatres and had never seen this one until now, since my boys LOVE Toy Story. I didn’t think there was as much depth to this one as there was in the first one. It was still a nice story. A rescue mission by the top toys after Woody is stolen for a guy’s collectables from an old puppet T.V. show. That’s basically all there is to it. There were a lot of funny things in it though. This was predictable.
Wildflower 1991 (w/ William McNamara and Reese Witherspoon, Patricia Arquette) – 3 stars – Based on times in the 30s A brother and sister really enjoy hanging out with this little girl with epilepsy who is beaten and kept locked up all the time. Her father thinks she’s demonic when having seizures. They show a lot of violence like a woman getting punched int he gut and a teen girl being hit in the face a few times. This movie was better than I had expected. Very sweet. There is some sexual stuff too because the epileptic girl doesn’t understand not covering up while bathing in a river because no one taught her anything. . and so there is a sexual scene between her and the lead boy.
Holiday 1938 (w/ Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn) – 3.25 stars – This was probably the first Katharine Hepburn film where her acting was really good and didn’t annoy me! I usually can’t stand her acting. This was about a guy who was set on marrying the girl of her dreams. Then her father pretty much wants to rule their lives and give them all the money on earth, when he wants to work hard to earn his keep. It was really fun.
Valentine’s Day 2010 (w/ Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, and a million other people) – 2.75 stars – The film had just various perspectives of how people handled relationships or what they thought about love and Valentine’s day. It intertwined various people’s stories as well. There was a lot of stuff that was very weird for me, but overall I loved Ashton Kutcher’s little story the best. I also liked seeing how the teens took their relationships and how they handled things even though I thought the Taylor Teens were overboard. . but I knew people like that in high school!!
Dick Tracy 1990 (w/ Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Madonna, Mandy Patinkin, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke) – 3 stars – I just adored the hairstyles, costumes, and the colours were all so vibrant. I loved the Film Noir and how they did all the make up for the villians. There is however a scene of Madonna wearing a see through garment and she is sexual in this film. No wonder why I wasn’t allowed to see it as a kid, like I wanted to. She doesn’t sing too well in it either (and believe me, as a former huge Madonna fan, I feel I need to be honest. She was off-key often) but Many Patinkin sings so nicely! I just thought “The Kid” was really what stole this movie. If you don’t know what Dick Tracy is, it was an ongoing comic strip that was very popular and started in the early 30s up through the 70s! So this film was great other than all the sexual “You want me!” and the slapping women stuff. I would have rated it higher.
My Neighbor Totoro 1988 (w/ U.S. voices Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning) – 4 stars – This was really cute. I’ve been wanting to see this for over a decade and finally put it at the top of my Netflix que when Erin of Calivintage recommended it. I never know if these films will be too scary for my boys or not, but they seemed to like it. It was about how two little girls cope with a new move, having a very hard working father, and having their mom in the hospital. They come in contact with a magical world of Sprites and such who help them out. It was very cute. There is a scene where the two little girls take a bath with their father which is part of Japanese culture where they bathe together, so just letting you know in case you weren’t aware – I am used to knowing this because I’ve been watching anime forever. . over 300 films/series. . .
Road to Morocco 1942 (w/ Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour) – 3 stars – I grew up watching all the “road-to” movies with all these same stars. They were always so much fun. I never saw this one. It is about these two friends that survive an explosion on a ship as they stowed away on it. They travel to Morocco and end up in a human trafficking scam that Bing Crosby gladly accepts. There was singing, dancing, and lots of laughter. Oh and there is a scene where guys kiss for a second (they didn’t try to) so I’m warning you for that.
The Way We Were 1973 (w/ Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford) – 2 stars – A woman who is involved in political speech falls for a guy who everyone admires and adores – the popular sportsman in college. Although their lives are very different from one another, they try to love each other through their differences. This movie is so depressing. Not worth it in my opinion. There is a sexual scene and there is some language and drinking. There were some really great outfits though.
Flaming Star 1960 (w/ Elvis Presley, John McIntire, Barbara Eden, Dolores Del Rio) – 2.5 stars – A mix bred man tries to bring peace between the Native American and the white man. Elvis really is pretty violent in this film, so if you don’t like seeing him punching people, hitting people’s heads into things, and shooting people down. . .don’t see it. There really was a lot of violence considering the time period!! I honestly was a bit bored by this film but it wasn’t toooo bad.
Legend of 1900 1998 (w/Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Clarence Williams III, Bill Nunn) – 3.5 stars – When a child is abandoned on an ocean liner ship, a worker decides to bring the child up and names him 1900 for the year he is found. 1900 becomes a child prodigy pianist and doesn’t know life outside of the ship he has been raised on. He befriends a trumpeter and perhaps in the future, finding love will encourage him to step off of the ship. There was a lot of language in this, a little bit of gore in the beginning, but otherwise this is a really beautiful film but very depressing!! Thanks Loryn for recommending it to me. Tell Devon Rob and I loved it.
Music I’ve been listening to Lately:
Random Task – Dividing Line album – favourite tracks: all of them. . which is why they are one of my all time favourite bands. Love my former local NJ scene band.
Mae (week three) – (m)orning album, (a)fternoon album – favourite tracks “The Fisherman Song (We All Need Love)”, “Two Birds”, “In Pieces”, “Communication”
Bjork – Debut album, Medulla album – favourite tracks: “One Day”, “Human Behaviour”, “Like Someone in Love”, “Venus As a Boy”, “Where is the Line”, “Who Is It”, “Submarine”
And Then There Were None – Who Speaks For Planet Earth album – Favourite tracks: “Bed of Nails”, “Reinventing Robert Cohn”, “The Hospital”, “Action is the Anecdote”
Happy 2B Hardcore – Vol. 3 Comp. – favourite tracks: “Shooting Star” by Bang! Bang!, “Pleasure and Pain [Justin Time Remix” by Ad-man, “Eye Opener” by Brisk
Future of Forestry – Twilight album – favourite tracks: “All I Want”, “You and I”, “Open Wide”, “Sanctitatis”
And Then There Were None – “Thank the Watchmaker”(which is not one of my favourites of theirs at all, but would you believe these guys were a hardcore punk band and decided to just randomly write an industrial techno album for fun??)