Movie 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.
Heaven Can Wait 1943 (w/ Done Ameche, Gene Tierney) – 3.5 stars – I was a little unsure about this film at first. I didn’t really understand what the concept of it was. A man dies and talks to a devil about his life and how he was a horrible person. He hadn’t actually entered hell at this point though. We see a long review of his life and learn of his genius and how much of a womanizer he was. However it also shows an amazing love story and it was quite a funny film and filled with beautiful color. I quite enjoyed it!! content: the idea of sex without being mentioned, kissing, and talk of unfaithfulness.
Morning Glory 2010 (w/ Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton) – 2.5 stars – I was looking forward to this movie but really it was kind boring other than the relationships between people who work together. A woman gets fired from her job and becomes a producer for a morning show. However the show has low ratings and she finds ways to be able to gain higher ratings and more viewers. content: a scene where a woman runs around covered other than without pants/skirt but in underwear bottoms, kissing, language, sexual talk but not graphic
Resident Evil: Afterlife 2010 (w/ Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller) – 3 stars – I’ve seen all of the Resident Evil movies, but this one was mediocre. It’s not one of the better ones. We learn more about where the last film ended off. Alice goes back to find her friends at Arcadia but instead is confused and curious about what really happened to her friends. She ends up trying to solve the issue when she finds one of her friends suffering from memory loss while trying to continue and survive the zombie epidemic. content: violence, language, man looking at a porn magazine in which you see a topless girl on it briefly :(.
How I Won the War 1967 (w/ Michael Crawford, John Lennon) – 3 stars – This movie starts out as a mockery of WWII soldiers from a British point of view. A British Lt. talks about how he won the war and about the people in his unit. It was quite hilarious and interesting in the beginning, but towards the end it gets really serious and sad. It used a lot of interesting concepts of imagery and is wacky and odd. content: soldier walks around in army green underwear, language, violence (not intense but it is there and blood is shown)
Princess Protection Program 2009 (w/ Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez) – 3 stars – Yes I have been resorting a lot to Disney films since I get upset about content in most other films, but I really liked this one. A princess of a small country is about to become queen, when an attack occurrs to take her crown from her. She gets saved by a military man who works for a Princess protection agency. He ends up taking the Princess under his wing to live with him and his daughter in Louisiana. Of course with two backgrounds quite different from one another, it causes a clash but perhaps friendship is possible too. I thought it was cute and wonderful. content: questionable outfits worn by teenagers, people being cruel to one another with teenage drama and pranks
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy 1946 (w/ Mickey Rooney) – 2 stars – I’ve seen a few of the Andy Hardy movies, but this was not that great. It is about how Andy falls in love (again) but this time he really wants to marry a girl. He goes back to college just to propose to her, but he meets some other people along the way that cause issues for him to get a chance to tell her of his proposal. It was one of the less funny ones. content: kissing, mockery of short and tall people (was a cute few scenes though & best part of the film)
Anna Karenina 1948 (w/ Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore) – 2.25 stars – I don’t take depressing Russian stories too well. This one is about a woman who has a very well-to-do Czarist bureaucratic husband, but she “falls in love” with a man who doesn’t leave her alone and a husband who doesn’t want their marriage to end but keeps her from seeing their son. Everything is so dramatic and depressing between all the people that Anna Karenina and those she knows. There wasn’t really a happy moment in this movie other than all the beautiful outfits in the film. content: adultery without anything shown but noted throughout movie, kissing, low cut dresses
Ink 2009 (w/ Chris Kelly, Jessica Duffy, Quinn Hunchar) – 3 stars – At first this movie seemed so cheesy with how it was filmed, but there were some interesting aspects in how they filmed it. The story is about a father and daughter who definitely care for one another, but things are happening in their lives that separate them. There is a dream world filled with people who try to help those who dream (specifically the father and daughter) but others are out to get them and destroy them completely. It was interesting. As a Christian I couldn’t help but think of spiritual warfare of demons and angels, but I don’t think that was the intent even though they did even quote how “a thousand years is like a day, and a day is like a thousand years” which is Biblical. content: lots of usage of the F-word and a few other words, blood, violence but not graphic – people fight each other, cleavage
Easy Living 1937 (w/ Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland) – 2.75 stars – A wealthy financier is so annoyed by his family because they spend so much of his money, wasting it. In anger he throws his wife’s coat out a window. . .and a working class woman has it land on her. Little does she know she’s going to end up being involved with the family. This movie was pretty funny and cute. It was a romantic slap-stick comedy. I like Jean Arthur films. content: an assumed affair (though not true), some unkind words said
Romeo & Juliet 1968 (w/ Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey) – 2.75 stars – I have always wanted to see this version of the story but never had. We all know the story. They did a great job of telling it, but honestly a lot of the time I was bored while watching it. Ms. Hussey was perfect with how she portrayed Juliet. She was a real teen playing her and I think she really played what a young girl would do in certain situations, so she was the best in the film. I had no idea however that there was nudity in this and that especially bothers me b/c both of them were under 18 when this was filmed so that makes me really upset (being against child exploitation and all). content: lots of cleavage, breasts shown with hair trying to cover but you see a nipple, Romeo’s naked backside, violence, suicide
Sherlock (TV Series 1) 2010 (w/ Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves) – 4 stars – What a great T.V. series done in the UK. The music and portrayal of Sherlock Holmes reminded me so much of the RDJ film, but it was also quite different. The idea of this show is that Sherlock Holmes is living in the modern day world and is able to deduct a case to solve it. It is a really cool new way to view Sherlock Holmes. Amazing. They did a great job and Mr. Cumberbatch plays an excellent Mr. Holmes! They truly captured the books (I read them) and made it fit for today. The saddest part of this series is that it is only 3 episodes that have been made! I want more! What a tease! content: violent references and assumed circumstances through means of deduction, slight language
Featured Band & album
I’ve been listening to a 6-song EP Abandon Kansas released in 2009 for over a year now and can listen to it on repeat without tiring of it. I just found out today that they released an EP and a full length album over the past couple of months (album came out on the 7th)! The New album which is called “Ad Astra Per Aspera” is Latin for “To the stars through difficulty” This made me very happy to finally have a full length to listen to. All their songs are very “chill” and calming. Some of these new songs are fun and more upbeat as well. I love listening to the sounds their instruments make and the smooth singing voice the lead singer has (sorry I don’t pay attention to names so I don’t know his). The lyrics are honest and deep about theology and life. The songs that stood out the most to me on this album are “Heaven Come My Way”, “Liar”, “The Golden State”, “A Conversation with the Sky”, “Take My Lead”, the amazon exclusive track “Don’t Forget Where You Came From”
Here’s their video for the opening track on the album “Heaven Come My Way”