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Movies & Music Suggestion Post #21

Toy Story 3 2010 (w/ voices Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack) – 4 stars – Andy is going to college and is told to put his toys away, give them up as donations, or take them to college. When a situation gets the toys sent to a daycare center, there they find either joy or a prison. Can Woody help save his friends? This was really good. I saw the first one in theaters and really love it.  I think it had the same type of feel as it while the second one wasn’t that great.  I thought Barbie and Ken were a hilarious addition to it as well.  I brought my older son to see this which was his first theatre experience. He really thought it was great and he shared my popcorn with me as he sat between my husband and me. I highly recommend this to families.

The Children’s Hour 1961 (w/ Audrey Hepburn, Shirley McClaine, & James Garner) – 3 stars – instense drama. Lots of little girls screaming. This was about two teachers who end up going through a lot because of a little selfish girl who doesn’t seem to like them and wants her own way all the time.  A tiny bit of language in it, some sexual assumptions.

Remember Me 2010 (w/ Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Tate Ellington, Pierce Brosnan) – 3 stars – My husband cried watching this so I think he would have rated it higher especially how afterwards he said, “That was a great movie!”. It was about two college students and how they became connected and what their lives were like and how they fell in love up until the tragedy of September 11 occured. It was actually very touching and sweet.  I think they made it a little long though. We had to fast forward through a sexual scene, and there were other sexual instances & talk.  There was also a lot of black bra/wet white shirt on the lead girl in this movie, and there was language.

Tuck Everlasting 2002 (w/ Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Jonathan Jackson, Ben Kingsley) – 2.75 stars – I read this book in 6th grade and it was just so weird to me then. It is still weird to me. It is about a young girl who ends up meeting this family that found the fountain of youth and they are not able to die or get hurt.  The clothes were gorgeous in this.  I used to have a crush on Jonathan Jackson when I was younger, as he is a year older than myself. I tried writing him a letter one time and got a response from Jonathan Taylor Thomas instead who I found OOoogly. . guess I sent it to the wrong Jonathan address 😦 haha. This boy and Devon Sawa were my favourites!  His acting was so-so though. 

Seems Like Old Times 1980 (w/ Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Charles Grodin) – 3 stars – When a writer gets mixed up in a heist, he goes to his ex-wife’s place in hopes to survive and not get caught. Only thing is she is married to the DA.  This movie was quite funny. I think there was a little bit of language.

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (w/ Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery) –  2.75 stars – This story starts out a little boring with a bunch of newspapers exclaiming things that happened.  It eventually gets into a story about people on a train. When a murder occurs, there are many suspects and stories.  The clincher is the ending . . I was all, “WHAT???” It was a bit lame for me, but it was still interesting. This movie is slow at points. Again I make a point that 70s movies really have a very weird feel to them.

A Walk to Beautiful 2007 (documentary) – 4 stars – It is very heartbreaking how people treat others in the world. Most of these girls grow up working hard very young, which causes them to be underdeveloped in body form. Many girls are forced into marriage between ages 9-15 in Ethiopia. This leads to problems with childbirthing where stillborns are common. Because of poor medical attention given to these young girls, they are sent home and a lot of them end up having a lot of damage with their fistula and bladders. This leads them to have constant leaking of urine and/or feces. They are shunned by society. This documentary is about three women who are hopeful to be cured at a wonderful Christian hospital specifically at helping these issues. The Lord works through the lives of the doctors to help give a way of life back to these young women who have been stripped of everything.

Gilda 1946 (w/ Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready) – 2.75 stars – A gambling man who pretty much wants to erase his past life gets caught up with a business man and starts to work for him. When the owner suddenly gets married, hatred between her and the gambling man is evident – or is it? Maybe they have a history together. The problem I had with this movie is that I wants to kick Rita Hayworth bad! I never hated her in a role before. She is selfish and unfaithful and the lead role gambler was irritating the whole time yet I understood why he acted the way he did.
Three O’Clock High 1987 (w/ Casey Siemaszko, Anne Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Tyson) – 2.75 stars – I love 80s teen flicks a lot. This one is about a guy who goes to school with his friend and sister, only to bump into the new kid who is known for being a big bully who fights people just for touching him. This causes quite a stir in what he thought would be a good day. Everything seems to be going so wrong for him.  There is some language and violence in this. It was pretty fun to me to watch.
College 1927 (w/ Buster Keaton, Harold Goodwin, Anne Cornwall, Flora Bramley) – 3 stars – A silent film! It has been ages since I’ve seen a Buster Keaton film.  He is hilarious.  He enters college and decides to become a jock in order to win over the girl of his dreams.  One thing though I didn’t realize, he was really VERY toned for not being a jock like his character. His leg muscles are huge! Anyway it was cute! Loved the ending!
The Princess and the Frog 2009 (w/ voices Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos) – 3 stars – A girl with a dream and a Prince trying to make some money both end up getting involved with voodoo, causing them to become frogs. They work hard to break the spell and end up finding happiness in ways they wouldn’t suspect. I was actually disappointed in this. I thought there would be more music. I adore frogs by the way, so that part was great. Not too fond of the whole voodoo stuff at all, but evil was wiped out.  It was nice to see it finally, as I had wanted to see it in theatres.
Niagara 1953 (w/Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter) – 2.75 stars – I love the hairstyles in this movie and the beautiful dresses. Marilyn Monroe’s acting I again suffered through. There she is playing the same “tramp”  role as usual. This is about a couple who goes on their delayed honeymoon three years after they married. They went to the Niagara Falls and come across another couple who seems very troubled. It was a bit odd, very predictable, but it was not bad.
Northanger Abbey 2007 (w/ Felicity Jones, JJ Feild, Carey Mulligan) – 3.25 stars – This is about a girl who came from a middle classed large family, but goes on a vacation to Bath. She meets quite a few people including one gentleman in particular who has a mysterious feeling family. Her imagination often runs rampant as she reads many books that occupies her time.  This was a really cute story. Again the costumes are so amazing in this. My only issue is that they showed loads of cleavage and purposefully drew your attention to it. Just tell the story and make it pretty! gah.

Music I’ve been Listening to:

Paper Route – A Thrill of Hope EP, Self Titled album, Are We All Forgotten album, Absence album – favourite tracks: “The Sound”, “Are We All Forgotten”, “American Clouds”, “Second Chances”, “Enemy Among Us”, “Last Time”, “Dance On Our Graves”
Chris Murray – 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”
The Go-Gos Vacation album, Beauty and the Beat album – favourite tracks: “Our Lips Are Sealed”, “This Town”, “We Got the Beat”, “Beatnik Beach”, “Worlds Away”, “Head over Heels”
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light album – favourite tracks “Chase This Light”, “Let It Happen”
Steel Train – self titled album, Trampoline album (deleted because of how depressing and negative it was even though I think it is their best album) – favourite tracks: “You and I Undercover”
The Temper Trap – Conditions album – favourite tracks: “Sweet Disposition”, “Down River”, “Soldier On”
Enemy Music For The People album – favourite tracks “Sing When You’re In Love”, “Last Goodbye”

The first noted all girl band that wrote all of their own music: The Go-Gos “Our Lips Are Sealed” (full ext. version)
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10 thoughts on “Movies & Music Suggestion Post #21

  1. I noticed that a lot of the movies you review are on instant play! How convenient 🙂 I added some films I haven't seen to our Netflix. It really helps that you talk about content! If my husband were to do this, he'd probably include video games too. I get annoyed over some video games that really draw your attention to cleavage especially with the costumes– and kids mainly play these video games. How sad.Have you seen the 40's film Great Expectations? I looked through some of your reviews, but I haven't really gotten to them all enough to see if you have! Great movie and book. I haven't seen the recent one with Gwyneth but my husband has. I am not sure which he likes better, but obviously the older film is more true to the book. It really has no objectionable content.

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