Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is totally worth seeing! – I rate pretty harshly.
It’s a Great Feeling 1949 (w/ Doris Day, Dennis Morgon, Jack Carson) – 3.25 stars – I saw this in colour, not black and white like the screenshot. Very cute movie about a girl who wants to make it in the movie business in Hollywood and pretty much gets chased by two friends who are actors and producers. There are a lot of known actors/actresses that make cameos in this movie. My favourite was Danny Kaye’s cameo. Very cute movie with lots of music, great fashion, and hairstyles. The only thing in this is when one of the lead roles takes a look at Doris’ Day’s bum (she is fully dressed) and there is a dream she has where people seem a little cruel to women and violent. Otherwise it is really cute.
The Great Gatsby 1974 (w/ Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston) – 2.75 stars – This was such a depressing love triangle. Beautiful outfits and cars in this though. It was just a sad triangle of a story. . or more than that even. A wife is sad that her husband is unfaithful and her old love comes back to her. Of course she also has a cousin who loves her and sees everything go on in front of him. There is sexual content, violence, and very slight language.
My Sister’s Keeper 2009 (w/ Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin) – 3 stars – This movie was great but sad. I thought I’d cry but I didn’t. It is about a family and how they handle the situations of one of the members having cancer. It is narrated by the youngest of the family and how she was created to help her sister out so that she could continue to live. That was mainly the focus. There was a cute love story put into this as well that I thought was nice. There is language and some sexual instances/talk.
Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (documentary) 2006 – 3.25 stars – This was interesting for us to watch. It talked all about this guy and what his life was like int he spotlight of revolutionizing the skateboarding world. He was such a partier and pretty much wasted his whole career when he became addicted to crystal meth. What blew my husband and I away with this story is that out of no where he starts talking about how God transformed his life as soon as he got in prison. He now is a Christian and a preacher. This guy was hugely known by skaters and I had never heard of him (he was always in competition with Tony Hawk and was usually more popular until later on when he faded away from it, which is why Tony Hawk got all the fame). There are shots of girls in their underwear in this and stuff like that (don’t believe there was anything beyond it). There also is a lot of language. Definitely an amazing documentary!!
Susannah of the Mounties 1939 (w/ Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott) – 2.75 stars – I used to love this as a kid, but now I have a problem with how they treated Native Americans so much that I have a hard time, even if they were probably treated worse. :: sigh :: but anyway this is about a girl who is orphaned and raised by the military that found her and it is sad! It is good that a little kid can bring about happiness to others though.
The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 (w/ Jay Underwood, Lucy Deakins) – 3.5 stars – I always loved this movie as a child, and still do. I have seen it so many times. It is about a family who moves into a new neighborhood and have to adjust to life. There is a quiet strange boy who seems to have problems next door. This kid always seems to escape from his problems by sitting on the roof pretending to fly, although through the kindness of the lead girl in this (Milly), she seems to see that there is more to his supposed imagination than anyone expected. I used to have so many dreams of flying just like him, and I also had a crush on Jay Underwood for a while because of this movie and a few others he was in during that time (Not Quite Human movies – as Chip). Great family movie!
Lean on Me 1989 (w/ Morgan Freeman) – 3 stars – This is based off of a school that is probably about 10 minutes from where I live. What a scary neighborhood that is anyway, but really this shows how a principal tries to change a crime infested school and how they depend on him. Sadly it has some historical inaccuracies, especially sad that the school didn’t improve at all after the principal left – but is now probably as bad as it was then! There is language in this, drug talk, one scene in the beginning of a girl who gets her shirt ripped off by other girls (but they don’t show anything since she covers herself.) Otherwise a good movie!
Heroes (season 3) 2008 – 3 stars – I finally finished this series. We were watching this on netflix as the episodes came out (they do that with some shows). Sadly we never finished until now. One more season to go. I like the first two seasons much more. This one was fickle and just a little screwy at times that didn’t make enough sense here and there (my husband kept picking up mistakes). It was good and addicting though. Lots of violence though. In this season they go between capturing people with powers and saving them. . .people go back and forth with what they want to do. I loved the parts where they dug into Angela’s past.
The Lady Vanishes 1938 (w/ Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Dame Mae Whitty) – 3.75 stars – I always loved this Hitchcock film. It is about a young woman who is on a train ride and meets a very nice governess woman named “Froy”. When Ms. Froy disappears suddenly, the young woman goes on a search throughout the train for her. So many people make it seem as if she never existed, but she is able to gain help from a music scholar to help rescue Froy. Very good movie.
The Endless Summer (documentary) 1966 – 2.75 stars – This was an old documentary about surfers in the 60s and all the places they went to in order to learn how the waves were in those different countries or parts of the ocean. Some of these surfers are so crazy! I can’t even imagine why they would go on waves where their boards could cut them in half and where there has to be an ambulance waiting for them. It was funny though. The guy who narrated it made me giggle a few times by what he said. There was a part where they talk about some girl surfers and their bathing suit problems and how the guys can’t surf well. . .the girl’s bathing suit is half off on her bottom the whole time, so other than that, it is great and clean.
April in Paris 1952 (w/ Ray Bolger, Doris Day) – 3 stars – I’ve been wanting to see this movie since I was a kid, but never could find it (Doris Day is my favourite actress ever)! I really enjoyed it. Great singing and dancing in it. Cute love story even if I do think relationships like this are far too rushed!!! It is about an American government worker who wants to get Ethel Barrymore to cheer up the country, but instead invites the wrong Ethel – a chorus girl. Of course he gets all mixed up making her angry, and well drama ensues.
Blossom (season 1&2) 1991/1992 – 3.25 stars – I used to watch this when I was a kid and loved it. Now that I understand much more in life it made me a bit sad. The first season was excellent (4 stars). It was more heartfelt. I always hated Blossom’s fashion sense though – but I hate 90s fashion as it is. The story showed more about the great relationship between the father and his three kids and Blossoms’ school life and dealing with missing her mom and spending time with her best friend Six. The second season (2.5 stars) was out of hand. It became incredibly sexual and there was a lot more language in it. Yes, yes, I always had a thing for Joey Lawrence (he was my favourite 90s teen “idol” when I was a kid). I really didn’t enjoy the second season much.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010 (w/ Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris) – 2.5 stars – This is about a little kid who is trying hard to become popular and to be known in the yearbook. Of course he has a best friend who just doesn’t seem to understand or want to become popular. The lead role was a bit cruel and selfish. I liked his best friend. Of course there were instances in this movie that were not necessary, like showing a magazine throughout it of a busty girl in a tiny bikini. The movie wasn’t that great but I did laugh at certain parts of it.
Veronica Mars (season 1) 2004 – 4.25 stars – excellent series. I was hooked. I always admire when there is an individual in teenage life since I was one who didn’t fit in with any norm. Veronica is a teenage girl who has a P.I. father whom she works with, but she is trying to help solve a murder of her best friend throughout the series while helping solve other issues for people she goes to school with or elsewhere. There is some sexual content or talk (like making out, showing bras, talking about sex but not exlipicitly). There is also some language (not too much at all, thankfully). I was so into this series that I really look forward to watching more seasons!!
Music I’ve been listening to:
Mae – (a)fternoon album, what’s out of (e)vening album – favourite tracks: “Communication”, “The Fight Song (Crash and Burn)”, “Sleep Well”
Minus the Bear – Omni album – favourite tracks: “Excuses”, “Dayglow Vista Rd.”
My Epic – Yet album – favourite tracks: “Author”, “Rich”, “Patience and Silence”, “My Time”
Random Task – Dividing Line album – Favourite tracks: all of them
The O.C. Supertones – Adventures of album, Strikes Back album, Faith of a Child album – favourite tracks: “Adonai”, “The Grace Flood”, “Louder Than the Mob”, “Little Man”, “So Great a Salvation”, “Faith of a Child”,
Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down album, favourite tracks: “Forget and Not Slow Down”, “Savannah”
The O.C. Supertones covering The Maytals’ “Hallelujah”
This is from a big 2 day music festival that we went to this weekend (we could only make it on Sunday). My husband was the only one who wore a suit to see this band (they wear suits all the time, but he wears suits constantly anyway and is into the traditional mod rudeboy look). He was noticed earlier in the set by the band, and was nicknamed “Dusty Suit” by the lead singer. If you check at 4:30 and watch a bit, the singer again talks about “Dusty Suit” and his wife (me). So it was fun.