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Movies & Music Suggestion Post #28








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.





Me and Orson Welles 2008 (w/ Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Zac Efron) – 3.25 stars – At times it was slightly boring, but at the same time I was fascinated by the film. It is about a young man who is finishing up high school while dreaming about becoming an actor.  He gets hired to be in an Orson Welles play and tries to become a man too soon.  There is some language in this movie. There is also talk of sexual things but the only thing shown is Claire Danes in a long v-neck nightgown (covering cleavage from what I noticed, it was a quick second). The acting was really enjoyable and the outfits….LOVED them!

Seventh Heaven 1927 (w/ Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell) – 3 stars – A girl is oppressed by her sister, who works her to the bone to supply for her alcoholism even though they haven’t the money as it is.  When she attempts to end it all as things just get worse, she meets an angel. . well not really, she meets a hard working class man who saves her and pretty much pretends that she is his wife in order that she wouldn’t go back to the old life she was forced into. This was a really sweet and romantic silent film. I really enjoyed it.
Salaam Bombay 1988 (Shafiq Syed, Chanda Sharma, Hansa Vithal) – 2 stars – I watched this because I have heard it said often about how it exposed a bit of the red light district and slave life in India. It certainly did. It was such a depressing movie. I often times couldn’t handle some of what I saw, which they didn’t actually show anything really at all, but just one shot they had especially sticks in my mind. They filmed driving through a red light district in Bombay and there were loads of young girls standing all throughout the buildings, all were probably forced there against their will, and believe me, they certainly brought in young girls in the film and focused on that life forced upon them into prostitution. The story mainly focuses on a young boy who is homeless. It was rather sad. There is language, sexual stuff, some violence, and drug use.




The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry 2008 (w/ Janson Panetierre, Gavin MacLeod) – 2.75 stars – A boy who is just trying to make it through his life in 1970 with dealing with a crush and bullies ends up meeting an old guy who tries to tell him about God in ways he never really thought about. Perhaps through this old man he can have the abillity to get through things more easily. Cute movie, but kinda boring at times with some cheesiness thrown in.

Bikini Beach 1964 (w/ Frankie Avalon, Annette Funichello, Keenan Wynn) – 3.25 stars – The beach is a huge hangout for the young kids, but a man who is into the idea of making a retirement location and getting those kids out of there, does whatever he can to say how horrible they are.  There are a lot of girls in bikinis in this and some bums zoomed in on and a go-go dancer and girls in little babydoll lingerie. those parts were sad for me, but the whole culture of the time was interesting to see and the outfits in this were nice. I laughed a lot because Frankie Avalon plays two roles in this. Otherwise this movie is kinda cheesy but it is too cute too. I love 60s surf films.

Avalon 1990 (w/ Elijah Wood, Joan Plowright, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn) – 2.5 stars – I saw this movie before when it came out on VHS and I remember not enjoying it then, and nothing changed really. It was about various stories from one family and how they deal with the culture of their Jewish line while living in the U.S. I don’t know why some films just tend to leave me so uninterested in a story while others suck me in so easily. This one I just couldn’t wait to get over.

The Misfits 1961 (w/ Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift) – 2.75 stars – Most of this movie was just really sad to me. You have a woman who goes from ending a bad marriage and then being the goddess amongst a few men’s lives that she comes across. Of course they all have this hidden lifestyle that surprises her and makes her so enranged. Again, I hate how she is always pretty much the same character in every movie, but at least she acted a bit better in this film and got to let off steam too.  Great acting, just sad movie. I will say, if you hate seeing animals mistreated, they do tie up some horses a bit in this film. Just warning.

Great Expectations 1946 (w/ Anthony Wagner, Jean Simmons, Martita Hunt, John Mills, Alec Guinness) – 3 stars – Lovely movie. I thought some of the way the scenes were filmed were just so pretty photographically. It is really just about a boy that goes from a pretty hard life and growing up around the girl of his dreams, then he becomes this different changed man because someone rich helps provide him to become a bit successful. He finds the girl of his dreams when he is grown up and is still crazy about her. I always have such issues with Estella’s character though.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale 2009 (w/ Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander) – 3.25 stars – What a very sweet story. We need more rated G movies like this. A great movie without all the extra distractions of language or sex and such. I choked up a little bit. It is about a professor who finds a puppy at a train station.  The man and the dog grow attached to each other, and it is just a really beautiful story. It does have some slow parts to it though. Really it is a story based upon a bit of truth, yet I doubt the characters are anything alike. A statue in Japan at Shibuya Station was made after Hachiko died. I knew about the statue for years, but it was nice to know a little bit of a back story, even if it may not really be the same story.

Music I’ve been listening to:
Sufjan Stevens – The Age of ADZ album – favourite tracks: “The Age of ADZ”, “Bad Communication”, “I Want To Be Well”, “Impossible Soul”
My Epic 
– Yet album – favourite tracks: “Author”, “Rich”, “Patience & Silence”Random Task – Dividing Line album – favourite tracks: all. 
For Today – Breaker album – favourite tracks: “White Flag”
Mattie Montgomery – When the Sons Become Fathers – favourite tracks: it is a spoken word album and all are really good
Saves the Day – Can’t Slow Down album – favourite tracks: “Always Ten Feet Tall”, “Three Miles Down”, “Obsolete”, “The Choke”, “Collision”, “Nebraska Bricks”, “Jodie”
Circa Survive – On Letting Go album – favourite tracks: “In the Morning and Amazing. . .”, “Kicking Your Crosses Down”, “Carry Us Away”
Ascend the Hill – Take the World, but Give Me Jesus album – favourite tracks: “How Great Thou Art”, “Take the World, but Give Me Jesus”, “I Surrender All”
Abandon Kansas – We’re All Going Somewhere album – favourite tracks: “The Harder They Fall”, “Make Believe”, “Close Your Eyes”
As Tall As Lions – Lafcadio album, Into the Flood EP – favourite tracks: Don’t really listen to it enough to have any even though I’ve had these albums for a long time
Circa Survive’s “Get Out”
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11 thoughts on “Movies & Music Suggestion Post #28

  1. i have not watch most of the movies yet but thank u so much for sharing thisabout Hachi A Dog's Tale , my friend told me it was a very very sad movie i now have a list of movies and new music to check outby the way i love Sufjan Stevens too

  2. I enjoy reading your opinions:D I've been looking forward to watching Me and Orson Wells for awhile, but I didn't even know it was out yet. I've seen The Misfits, and enjoyed it, though, like you mentioned, it is rather depressing. I think maybe my love of Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift got the better of me when I was viewing it 😀

  3. ooh havent seen alot of these! will have to check them out, an old classic i love is barefoot in the park with robert redford, if u havent seen it def do! its fab! or the quiet man filmed in Ireland near where my boyfriend has family! 🙂 x

  4. I will have to check out some of this music…and I have really wanted to see Me and Orson Welles…I am a big period movie girl, so I will have to rent that one. It's been so crazy I feel like I have barely been able to check out blogs! I miss it. Hope you are well!xo,Jennahttp://sevenstylenotes.blogspot.com/

  5. YES! Sufjan's new album is out! It's funny because before he released his EP and this new album, he ranted about the purpose of making music and how he finds it being pointless. He was even thinking of retiring and just stop making music altogether… Now, he's back to his senses and released an EP and a new album. Incredible. I'm going to see him this November!! :)I'll have to check out that movie with Claire Danes. I fell in love with her from My So Called Life!

  6. YES! Sufjan's new album is out! It's funny because before he released his EP and this new album, he ranted about the purpose of making music and how he finds it being pointless. He was even thinking of retiring and just stop making music altogether… Now, he's back to his senses and released an EP and a new album. Incredible. I'm going to see him this November!! :)I'll have to check out that movie with Claire Danes. I fell in love with her from My So Called Life!

  7. ooh havent seen alot of these! will have to check them out, an old classic i love is barefoot in the park with robert redford, if u havent seen it def do! its fab! or the quiet man filmed in Ireland near where my boyfriend has family! 🙂 x

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