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Movies & Music Suggestions #24

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


Shenandoah 1965 (w/ James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Katharine Ross) – 4 stars – A father of a large family during the Civil War period tries to keep everyone together. When the war sweeps through, his youngest 16 yr. old son (in which his wife died during child labor) gets mixed up and imprisoned by the Union. He sets out to save him. Their family may be from the south, but they were against the use of slaves. This of course is something dear to my heart since I am very against modern day slavery. The movie was brilliant. It made me cry. It was wonderful.  I love Jimmy Stewart. Why did it take me this long to see this film?? There is violence in the movie, in case you were wondering.


The Adventures of Robin Hood
 1938 (w/ 
Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland) – 3 stars – I liked the classic adventure in colour and filled with vibrancy and green tights! Rob watched this with me and it made him want to see Men in Tights.  Errol Flynn is wonderful and I love the fast forwarded sword fights, the romance story and how it developed, the action, the wit, the genius. I really love Olivia de Havilland and her great acting and very different roles in all her films. This was great! I recommend it. There is a lot of non-bloody violence though.


Gamer 2009 (w/ Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick) – 1.75 stars – Why? Why ruin a perfectly good story with too much sex? I saw enough breasts and booties to make me angry while being intrigued by the storyline! Lots of sexual things that were completely annoying. There is also a LOT of violence and gore in the film. The plot is that a guy convicted of a life sentence for first degree murder is told he will be free if he wins 30 games. . .thing is his brain’s neurons are set up with a 17 year old kid who plays the game for him and all the moves he makes are the moves the convict makes. There is a whole society set up of people being used to do whatever the gamer tells them to. They get paid to be used this way, but it is sick and really disgusting how society is NOT too far off from this as it is with all the sexual slavery that exists in the world. It reminded me a lot of Philip K. Dick’s stories which my husband reads loads of his books and loves the films based off of his works. There is a lot of homage to Blade Runner in this that it is a little too odd and obvious.

The Cure 1995 (w/ Brad Renfro, Joseph Mazzello) – 2.75 stars – A lonely kid makes friends with his new neighbor, whom has AIDS. He finds someone who really completes his life. He longs to get his friend cured. They go running off on an adventure together, and long to just have fun together. This was a good story. There was a lot of language and the boys look through a playboy magazine which was pretty much a skipable scene but it is short. It was a sad story

Face of a Fugitive 1959 (w/ Fred MacMurray, Lin McCarthy, Dorothy Green) – 2 stars – A man is accused of a crime, he runs off but wants to become a deputy so he can right the wrong done against him. This is a western and it has a little romance, a little violence, and it was kinda boring. Fred MacMurray is probably too known to me as the Absent Minded Professor and the dad from the original Shaggy Dog movies though.


The Miracle of Our Lady Fatima 1952 (w/ Susan Whitney, Sherry Jackson, Sammy Ogg) – 3 stars – Very interesting story based on a true life experience in a village of Fatima, Portugal where religion and miracles were highly frowned upon. Three children saw a vision of a lady appearing to them and telling them secrets. They were laughed at and persecuted for voicing what they saw and heard. The village though was transformed when they would go to see a miracle that was to occur. They call it The Miracle of the Sun. It is very interesting to read up on if you are interested. The movie was very good and held true to the accounts, which is good. I enjoyed this movie. 

Planet 51 2009 (w/ voices of  Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Sean William-Scott) – 2.5 stars – a little boring. It is about a bunch of sea monkeys that live on a planet that supposedly is stuck in the 1950s (but they have a bit of 60s protesting hippies in it too). A sea monkey really wants to get the eye of the girl he likes but he lacks self confidence in himself in many ways. Then a US astronaut lands on their planet and stirs things up a lot. There was one comment made about the man’s penis because he doesn’t have an antena where the sea monkeys do. . .they didn’t need that.


Pushing Daisies (season 1) 2007 – 3.75 stars – I don’t have T.V. channels but I once in a while will watch a series through netflix. I am addicted to this show. I adore it on many levels, from the colours, the costumes, to the storyline. There isn’t an overload of sexual content which makes me happy too (of course for the lack of it, they make up for it in cleavage). Ned fell in love as a child to the girl named Charlotte (aka Chuck) who lived across the street/next door from him. Both of them lost a parent and hadn’t seen each other for many years. Thing is Ned has a special gift. He can bring things back to life when he touches them. . .but there are set backs. I really love this show!!!! Thanks to Solanah for blogging about it.

St. Trinian’s: School for Bad Girls 2007 (w/ Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Mischa Barton, Lena Hedley) – 2 stars – What a wacky movie. I have a love for British humour usually, but this movie was just so odd. It is about a school for girls who are all rebellious and the teachers don’t really seem to mind that they cause trouble (which there are movies like Belles of St. Trinians from the 50s that this climbed an idea from). They always had the headmistress acted by a man in drag (but the character is pure woman). . .and there is sadly sexual stuff all throughout this movie and girls in their underwear. The idea is that these girls want to save their school from closing so they have plans on how they can get the money through extortion.  I have no idea how in the world they are able to make a sequel for this, but it did come out last year. The only reason why I’ll see the sequel is for David Tennant’s acting.


Public Enemies 2009 (w/ Johnny Depp, Christian Bale) – 3 stars – I would have rated this higher but it was a little boring at times (too drawn out). I am really big on biography stories, and this one about John Dillinger is a bit inaccurate which bugged me. They did get the gist of it though, so that works. Of course there is violence and some language in this film. No nudity, but there is a woman in a tub naked in which you can’t see actual parts but they show a lot of her, and there is a sexual scene with a woman in lingerie.  I loved the clothes . . even the prison dress.

On The Waterfront 1954 (w/ Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb) – 3 stars – What a sad and depressing story. This is about a working class former boxer who is caught up between the crime around him, his job, finding love, and surviving. Intense. There is violence in this. I think this had the longest movie kiss up to date . . well it seemed long anyway.  I enjoyed it. Nothing more to say but it was worth seeing finally.


G-Force 2009 (w/ voices Penelope Cruz, Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau) – 2.25 stars – my son loved this. There were a few questionable things in it, but for the most part it is a cute but really lame kid movie about little agent guinea pigs.


Glee (Season 1) 2009 – 3 stars – This one has been recommended to me by many people, so I finally decided to see it. The show was a little addicting, but just because of the music for me, honestly.  The acting and storyline don’t really capture me enough other than Quin’s story.  Oh and I’m sorry but Curt’s actor’s voice bugs me big time. I also like Finn’s character because he is genuine, which is something I admire in real life. His singing is my favourite in the show too. I like Mercedes’ singing best out of the females. The way they all harmonize is amazing of course. . .which gets me sucked in the most!!! I will say I did enjoy the Madonna episode just because I used to be a really big Madonna fan.

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner 1967 (w/ Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton) – 3.25 stars – The end monologue by Spencer Tracy was great. Anyway the whole gist of this movie was that a white woman falls in love with a black man. They want to get married and don’t care what their parents will think, but they know what they’ll think.  It is really one of those films that broke a lot of barriers. It is still intense today because there are still people out there who really aren’t fond of mixing races.  For instance I know someone who is worried that black people are going to outnumber white people. My response to them was, “so what. as long as people are around that is what matters.” I really really hate racism. If my sons fall in love with girls that are different races, good.  It is just skin tone. So this movie was great but at the same time I think especially back then, they would have received a much worse reaction. They would have people kicking their kids out of the family and wouldn’t talk to them again if they were to marry. I think this was still good though.


Music I’ve been listening to:
Future of Forestry – Travel album, Travel 2 album – favourite tracks: “This Hour”, “Hallelujah”, “Set Your Sails”, “Slow Your Breath Down”

Sleeping Giant – Dread Champions of the Last Days album, Sons of Thunder album – favourite tracks: “Oh Praise Him”, “This is the Word”, “The Army of the Chosen One”, “Sons of Thunder”, “I’ve Seen”, “He Will Reign”
My Epic – I Am Undone album, Yet album – favourite tracks: “The Oil Press”, “Lest We Die”, “Author”, “Rich”, “Patience and Silence”
Hanson – Underneath album, Shout it Out album – favourite tracks: “Misery”, “Broken Angel”, “Deeper”, “Carry You There”, “And I Waited”, “Use Me Up”


Don’t get freaked out, but anyway this is Sleeping Giant’s “The Army of the Chosen One” – It is a Christian Hardcore band.


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9 thoughts on “Movies & Music Suggestions #24

  1. Zooey Deschanel can look beautiful. I don't think she is naturally beautiful, but she can pull of looking good through her makeup, hair, and outfits. I can't believe I am saying this because I almost never call anyone ugly unless their personality is too! We do like making fun of Zooey's "Kermit-talking" voice; although, her singing voice is divine. Anyway, I've only seen The Adventures of Robin Hood, Public Enemies, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner! I hate racism, too. Sadly, it's still around especially in Europe. Europe is worse than the US with racism! We take it very seriously here, but they seem to let this kind of thing go more in Europe. Rob knows this British guy at work who makes really foolish remarks about Latinos at work. He does it to be funny, but it makes him uncomfortable a lot of times. I would be too! I don't think it's the Europeans fault. I just think it's the culture that allows them to be more lenient about racial remarks, and perhaps more people seem to be okay with it.PS: Just read your e-mail! 🙂

  2. Thing is that he actually thinks Zooey is gorgeous as can be, but he thinks the actress who is in Pushing Daisies looks like a less attractive version of her. I hate racist remarks. When I hopefully adopt a girl from Vietnam, I don't know what I'll do if she is ridiculed just because of where she will come from.

  3. Thing is that he actually thinks Zooey is gorgeous as can be, but he thinks the actress who is in Pushing Daisies looks like a less attractive version of her. I hate racist remarks. When I hopefully adopt a girl from Vietnam, I don't know what I'll do if she is ridiculed just because of where she will come from.

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