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Movies & Music Suggestion Post #34

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.
The Baxter 2005 (w/ Michael Showalter, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Banks) – 3.25 stars – This story is about a guy who is “the nice guy who never gets the girl”. When finally he is feeling like he’s going somewhere, his fiancee’ apparently has an ex that he never heard about who comes around. He asks for advice from a former temp that worked for him and is just in complete confusion. This is a really cute love story and I enjoyed it. My husband was always a huge fan of MTV’s The State (most who were also in Reno 911 afterwards), and Michael Showalter wrote and starred in this movie and brought in a few of his friends from The State for cameos. Therefore my husband rates this movie higher than I do (4 stars he says). It was a relatively clean movie other than the fact that you see a couple in bed together (wearing PJs) and you see a woman’s back as she is getting dressed. Of course Michael Ian Black’s character walks around in underwear and there is a guy dancing in a spandex unitard thing. Only a few profanities used.

The Last Party 1993 (Documentary by & w/ Robert Downey Jr.) -2.25 stars – RDJ film #62 – I thought it would be worse. It was kinda interesting at times because it just showed a bunch of perspectives of various people and their views all from different parties, however they focused most on the Democratic view which was favored throughout the documentary. Interesting thing is that I have seen most all of the interviews RDJ has had with people and he’s stated how his political views have changed since he was in prison, but he can’t vote because of his time there. There is some female nudity/stripping for a short time and a scene of RDJ running around in protest in tight pink man underwear.There is a lot of language too.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 2010 (w/ Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman) – 3.5 stars – I probably would have rated this much much higher. I loved how this film was done so much. It was humorous and entertaining. I am sure some of you understand how hard it could be to deal with the past of your love interest, I know I have battled that. Scott Pilgrim literally has to battle his love interest’s past. He needs to defeat his new girlfriend’s 7 evil exes. He also has to deal with a few of his own ex girlfriends and the hopes of getting his band signed. Great music in this film. My favourite character was Knives. The content: girl in underwear a few times and slight make out sessions, sexual references, guys kissing each other and shown in bed together (sometimes more than a few) but nothing shown, language (most which is censored), girls not wearing too much, someone gets an orgasm, lots of fight scenes as well.

Auto Motives 2000 (short w/ James Cameron, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Hopkins, Moon Zappa) – 1 star – lame. It was just a short about people and their cars but they tried to make it all with a storyline that was just awful. Language in it. (RDJ film #63)

Searching For Bobby Fischer 1993 (w/ Max Pomeranc, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen) – 2.5 stars – Great story but boring at times that I could have probably fallen asleep. This is about a young boy (based off of a true story) who becomes a chess genius at 7 years of age. He has interests in sports as well but his parents see an interest and gift in their son for chess and enter him into competitions. He has two different types of teachers who help him feel like he could be the next Bobby Fischer (another chess genius). content: name calling, I know there was a city street scene showing drugs being bought.

Charlie St. Cloud 2010 (w/ Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Ray Liotta, Charlie Tahan) – 3.25 stars – While Charlie has a great life ahead of him, a tragedy strikes in his life. As he is dealing with the pain of the emotions, he stops his life from moving on. A girl with a hobby he shares in sailing starts to help him move on but there are still twists in that story as well. This was very good, very interesting, and it showed that there are second chances given to us and a purpose for it. The content: some language, a sexual scene where a couple is lying together naked (nothing seen) but they show that clothing is being removed, a quick glance of a girl in a sports bra, lots of half naked Zac Efron.

The Stork Club 1945 (w/ Betty Hutton, Barry Fitzgerald, Don DeFore) – 3 stars – This wasn’t a long movie but it felt like it for some reason to me. It is about a woman that works at a night club who saves a man’s life and receives an inheritance. She waits for her war boyfriend to come home, but if he sees that she has all this money, will he still love her? It was very sweet but a little ridiculous at times too. Beautiful outfits and hairstyles and music. The only content is a bikini worn in the beginning and some light kissing.

The In Crowd 1988 (w/ Donovan Leitch, Jennifer Runyon, Joe Pantoliano) – 3 stars – I love me some good 80s films, especially clean ones (and I want their clothes). This is based in the 60s when dance television started to sweep the nation. A local station is played constantly by Del who loves to dance. He decides he is going to sneak in and be on the show no matter what. In the process he is also looking for love, as there is a girl who he dreams of dancing with. Is it going to be everything he dreamed after all? It was really sweet but really sad all at once. content: light language, light violence, outfits that are a bit revealing, kissing

How To Train Your Dragon 2010 (animated with voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Furguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill) – 4 stars – I cried, okay! Stupid me crying to an animated movie. It is about a viking village that is used to killing off dragons on a daily basis. When Hiccup who is a puny viking is looked down upon, he finds a dragon no one knows much about and starts to learn about it while he is in training to kill dragons. Hopefully he’ll be understood and appreciated in time. Very very good movie. the content: dragon killing and talk about killing plus name calling.

Music I’ve been listening to:
Last.fm Christmas Radio (which is pretty much the only thing I’ve listened to all week)

Josh Harmony – There’s a Rhythm album – favorite tracks: “There’s a Rhythm”, “I Live”, “Thank You Lord”

Atomic Tom – The Moment album – favorite tracks: “We Were Never Meant to Be”, “Take Me Out”, “Maybe I’m Wrong”, “You Always Get What You Want”

 I know I tend to share music videos, but instead I share with you a song that keeps getting stuck in my head that I have on a Christmas comp and that also plays on the last.fm station. It’s really pretty.

The Christmas Song – Raveonettes

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13 thoughts on “Movies & Music Suggestion Post #34

  1. Love the Raveonettes! I think I've used them twice in my posts now. Scott Pilgrim and The Baxter are really awesome. The State and Reno 911 are favorites of my husband too, but I think he got rid of Reno 911 because of the strippers! I love The State a lot, and we kept that one because it didn't really have anything from what I remember. Just a lot of sexual innuendos, but no actual nudity or even frequent immodesty (surprising).We still have to see How To Train Your Dragon. We've been meaning to see it for the longest time (even skipped seeing it in the second-run theater). We'll have to get it on DVD. About the crying, I cry a lot in movies…even the silliest things. I cried so much in Up, and that was an animated movie. I will have to check out The In Crowd (not sure if my husband has seen it) and Charlie St. Cloud. Seeing Tron at all today?

  2. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love your reviews. You aren't timid or afraid to actually review something, a rare quality now-a-days!!Tell me you don't love Envy Adams from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I love the Clash cover of Black Sheep by Metric. I'm in lesbians with it.

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