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Movies & Music Suggestion Post #33

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.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 1 2010 (w/ Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) – 3.75 stars – Certainly this Harry Potter film captured the book details the best. However the problem I had with this film is that they had to put a scene where two characters are noticeably naked and are embracing each other while kissing (they don’t show anything but you see enough curves and skin that is a little too sexual for HP)! It was a little slow paced for me and was one of the more boring HP films out of them all, but it was truly gorgeous and amazing otherwise. I had imagined they would end it where they did too, and was happy that I got that part right. It was probably the saddest of all the films. Maybe it is all the snowy scenes and such that added to that.


My Favorite Brunette 1947 (w/ Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre) – 2 stars – Bob Hope is funny but this film was awful. It is about a detective. . .well not really one but one who wants to be one. Things get mixed up and eventually he is believed to being a murderer after he is hired by a beautiful Baroness trying to find her uncle. I just didn’t enjoy this much at all and I love Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour films (they did loads together).

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (w/ Paul Newman, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh) – 1.75 stars – It’s a Coen Brothers, so you know it is going to be a little odd. A dope of a guy lands the CEO position of a big business. He creates his own success with an idea he came up with. A reporter tries to use him to get herself a bigger name. There is a suicide scene and attemptive suicide and a vision dance scene with a girl wearing a very showy dress.

Robin Hood 2010 (w/ Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, William Hurt) – 4 stars – I love how they did this film as a bit of a prequel, and changed some of it up a bit. That made it really interesting! I was a little confused at first because of the story change, but it had me glued in anyway. It goes where Robin Longstride is an archer who ends up making a new life for himself while learning a bit of his own past. There was a little bit of language and a quick breast second and a backside of Prince John and a silhouette of Maid Marian changing. There was some violence as well but not very graphic other than a couple parts of it. Very good film. I thought it was going to be just another remake of the story. Well done. Entertaining.

Black Gold (Documentary) 2006  – 2.5 stars – This is about Ethiopia’s fight to get out of poverty. Most people who live there work in Coffee fields but don’t have enough funding to even survive. This talks about them getting their fair trade coffee sold more so that they can receive enough money to survive with a good meal and education for their children. A lot of peoplt here are in slave trade and are unfairly waged compared to the amount of money their coffee makes in more industrialized nations. Very sad documentary and sadly pretty boring but very informational. I hope that coffee drinkers who watch this feel a lot of guilt. I haven’t ever had coffee so I feel at ease, but I really feel for these people (my heart for the slave as always). I wish people would buy more fair trade (only) instead of all their other types. :: sigh ::

Easy To Love 1953 (w/ Esther Williams, Van Johnson) – 3 stars – This film was about a woman who feels over worked by her boss (she does swimming, water skiing, etc. . .afterall this is the legendary Esther Williams). She falls in and out of love with various men who just seem to swarm around her, while the whole time being so frustrated and irritated with her boss all the time. . .or maybe she really loves him instead? Ah the drama. Beautiful outfits. Of course bathing suits in this (some) are a little showy, but not too many. They have lingerie wearing scenes too. Other than that there is beautiful singing and synchronized swimming, and a love story.

A Christmas Memory 1997 (w/ Patty Duke, Eric Lloyd) – 1.75 stars – This kid was in so many movies back in the day. This is a film about a little boy who was abandoned and taken care of by a family, although only one really loves and enjoys spending time with him. He gets bullied by a girl who really just needs a friend herself. This is set in the depression and really is just a corny movie. It was odd to see Patty Duke looking so much older in this. What a dumb ending too.

It’s a Pleasure 1945 (w/ Sonja Henie, Michael O’Shea) – 2.25 stars – An Ice skater and a Hockey player become a couple. Their manager however has a temptress wife who tries to lure the Hockey player away. Drama drama drama and miscommunication become the real problem. The ice skating scenes are nice by three time Gold Medalist skater Sonja Henie. So much wasn’t done in skating then though so it’s odd. Some of her outfits are suggestive. I loved the dresses and hairstyles in this film though! The movie was not really enjoyable other than the ice skating scenes.

To End All Wars 2001 (w/ Ciaran McMenamin, Keifer Sutherland, Mark Strong, Robert Carlyle) – 3.75 stars – Really hard story to not only learn about, but to watch too. There is some graphic violence throughout this and a bit of language as well. It is about the Allied POWs held by the Japanese who were forced to build a Railroad bridge between Thailand and Burma. It is an amazing story about forgiveness and transformation by the power of God. It is not a Christian film, but it deeply captures the essence of the true story of how many men were able to survive this awful oppression. 16,000 men however were killed during it. They briefly show the Comfort women (forced prostitution. . I have read a few interviews with the women who survived this).

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1941 (w/ Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard) – 2.5 stars – What a different type of Hitchcock film! It was interesting but didn’t hold me captive like I tend to hope movies do. A couple who are happily married find out that their three years of marriage. . they weren’t really married legally at all. This of course sends Mrs. Smith off to try to search for herself in other places while Mr. Smith goes wild trying to convince her to marry him for real. She felt lied to and betrayed as if what they had weren’t real. It was a funny film. I am sure someo f you have seen the “remake” but this is nothing like it.

My One and Only 2009 (w/ Renee Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Kevin Bacon) – 3 stars – After she catcher her husband with another woman, Anne goes out in search for a new husband to support her. She takes her two sons on a road trip journey in search for her perfect match. I really love Logan Lerman’s acting in a few movies I’ve seen him in now (he plays the lead son role). There is a scene where a girl shows (but nothing is seen) her breasts to the one son. There is no nudity or anything in this but there are sexual refernces. It was a good movie, but at times a little odd. I enjoyed the end really a lot.

Words and Music 1948 (w/ Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, guest appearances from Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, June Allyson, Lena Horne and many others) – 2.5 stars – The musical score and dancing for this was incredible!!!!! I really loved Gene Kelly’s scene. The storyline behind it is about a couple of song writers who make it big but while one seems to find success in real life with love and family, the other seems to go downhill after being rejected by the woman he loves. sad and not a really strong plot at all. Entertaining though. Is it just me or does Gene Kelly’s dance partner look like Doris Day (who was an amazing dancer but had an accident when she was young that halted that career)?? She wasn’t credited at all anywhere even on imdb, but I am convinced it is her.

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (w/ voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Colbert) – 1.5 stars – A woman turns into a giant during her marriage ceremony when a meteor hits her. She must fight with other monsters on earth against aliens out to destroy the planet. This was just not entertaining at all and I just couldn’t get into it.

Cinderella Man 2005 (w/ Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti) – 4 stars – Very good film. There is some language in it (I only heard Paul Giamatti’s character say any of it), but aside from that it is really touching. It is based off of a real story of a boxer named Jim Braddock who comes out of his retirement in order to provide for his starving family during the depression. He really did care so much for his wife and kids and that is just so amazing that it was depicted so well. There is boxing violence in this, but no nudity or sexual scenes at all. yey! Great film! Beautiful costumes.

Music I’ve been listening to:
Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas album – favourite tracks: Love it all! Go get it. 5 disk collection!
Josh Harmony – There’s a Rhythm album – (no favourites yet, have not listened to it enough)
Happy Christmas (punk/ska/indie 1998 compilation) – favourite tracks: pretty much all of them. this is a classic for us since we were teens.
Abel – Lesser Man album – (no favourites yet, haven’t listened to it enough)

Skater Josh Harmony performing a song “I Wait For The Time”

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13 thoughts on “Movies & Music Suggestion Post #33

  1. I love your reviews. Love.I've yet to see the newest HP film.. I'll probably wait until it's released. No rush.And Sufjan Stevens… heck yes! Songs For Christmas has been on replay!

  2. My fave was Robin Hood! I was so impressed by the dialog. Especially when he tells Robin, "Good knight". and she says, "Short and sweet". and Robin said, "No, I meant he was a good knight." It was so funny. I was gonna tell you about my brother…the day was difficult. I hadn't really dealt with it in a healthy way at all, and sorta pushed all those emotions into a really deep place inside, so it was not the easiest day.

  3. I heard from my husband, though, that the snake scene was much more brutal than how it was showed in the movie! The naked scene I don't think really happened, but maybe I'm remembering it wrong. I got somewhat uncomfortable with that, yes. I tweeted about it right after seeing it because that really didn't have to be there, did it? I get so happy when I see a movie that is excellent and well-done but with no nudity or overt sexuality in it. Sexual scenes aren't really necessary for plots or even for "artistic" reasons. Sex is primal, and people justify sexual scenes for artistic reasons when those scenes do one simple thing to people, and that is to cause lust. There is nothing artistic or complex about that. People will justify just about anything to get what they want. It's sad to me that David Lynch, being so brilliant and artistic, could also be so sexual in his creations. I think he would be equally praised even if he didn't put all that sex in his movies/show.For all the movies you've rated high, I agree 🙂 All the other ones, I probably need to catch up on if they're even worth it! Thanks for the reply you had on the suicide topic! I replied over there just so people can follow our thoughts on the topic because they were all related.

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