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.
The Majestic 2001 (w/ Jim Carrey, Laurie Holden, Marin Landau) – 3.75 stars – Set in the 1950s; A screenwriter named Peter loves movies so much that he hopes to make it big in the movie writing industry. Of course now he is going to get blacklisted and ends up getting amnesia when his car crashes. Somehow he ends up in a small town and everyone believes him to be a missing WWII soldier that grew up there. The town is going to reopen “The Majestic” which was a local movie theatre now that “Luke” is home. Gorgeous costumes and very sweet movie!! content: a couple uses of bad language, kissing
Shag: The Movie 1989 (w/ Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Anabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Robert Rusler) – 3 stars – A bunch of friends want to hang out together at Myrtle Beach before one of them gets married. There is a lot of dancing that goes on and meeting boys. My favorite part throughout this film is a relationship that gets built between one of the girls and the boys that she meets. They do a lot of dancing together and it’s just really a sweet romance without any of the physical issues that a lot of movies try to put between young couples. However there is some of that in this movie too. It was a nice movie with pretty outfits. content: girls in bras/bikinis, kissing, sexual talk, cruelty between catty girls, drinking, smoking, light language
Harum Scarum 1965 (w/ Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Billy Barty) – 2 stars – a movie star idol lands in desert land when he gets kidnapped. He ends up meeting people and falling for others while trying to save a few from slavery. There are songs and dances throughout this. It was a really bad storyline though and was pretty boring. The little child slave girl made me smile but I felt like she was exploited with her dancing. content: lots of cleavage and immodestly dressed women, kissing
Due Date 2010 (w/ Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis) – 2.75 stars – This is the 64th Robert Downey Jr. film I’ve seen. A man is trying to get home to his wife who is going to have a baby. Of course he gets into some situations that cause him to go on a road trip with a guy he’s not fond of at all and just makes matters worse for him. This was a funny movie but there were things in it that just caused me to not really be able to enjoy it well enough. content: language galore, drug reference/use, an adult hurting a little boy and tries to control him, breaking the law, violence, talk of masturbation, dog shown masturbating
Beaches 1988 (w/ Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, Mayim Bialik) – 3.25 stars – I remember when I was about 12, a girl told me this was her favorite movie ever. I finally got a chance to see if it was good or not, and I thought it was very good. Two very different girls meet each other on a beach and form a friendship that is kept through years of letter writing. One is a rich girl who feels controlled by her father, and one is a poor girl trying to reach stardom. This story is all about their friendship. Content: language, cleavage, talk of breasts, couples in bed, slight sexual talk (asking about if someone has had sex with someone, etc)
Summer and Smoke 1961 (w/ Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey, Rita Moreno) – 2 stars – What a really weird feeling movie. It was kinda creepy throughout it. A woman named Alma who is a preacher’s daughter is really a little too wild about a doctor she grew up with that lived next door. He has a thing for the woman at the bar named Rosa. Alma becomes a bit too obsessed and stalkerish. The ending is really sad and this movie wasn’t worth it to me. I don’t like depressing films. content: sultry dancing bar woman, kissing, man unbuttoning woman’s front part of her dress to hear her heart (nothing shown but woman likes it), violence, drinking, smoking
And Your Name Is Jonah 1979 (w/ Sally Struthers, James Woods, Jeffrey Bravin) – 3 stars – A boy is misdiagnosed as “retarded” but is really just deaf. He goes home and his family after living with other “retarded kids” & the family has to adjust to life with Jonah, trying to help his hearing issues and more. This was a good movie. I had a hard time dealing with it because I was partially deaf as a child and some of it brought back memories I don’t like. content: name calling (like using the word “retard” a lot)
Road to Singapore 1940 (w/ Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour) – 2.5 stars – I have always loved all the “road to” movies and think this was the first one made. The concept is always the same in them all, and these three always shine as they fight each other for love or try to figure out who they love, etc. There is a potion that a couple of sailors try to sell off to make money while also entertaining with songs. The location of course is in Singapore. content: smoking, loads of immodestly dressed women, kissing
Papa’s Delicate Condition 1963 (w/ Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Linda Bruhl) – 3.25 stars – This story was kinda strange but the characters are just so interesting that you keep wanting to see what happens. A drunken conductor comes home to his wife and two daughters and each one loves him or hates him in different ways (well, the youngest glorifies him in every way). He is into investing his money and although it seems a little odd to some, perhaps he does it with a really genuine kindness for people. How does his family handle it though? Very beautiful costumes especially.
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I really enjoy the melodic sound of this band! To me it is a combination sound of The Smiths, Jimmy Eat World, and surf rock from the 60s. The band met in high school and grew up in Orange County, CA where they spent time on the beach surfing together and playing music. Their songs are about love and the beach. My favorite tracks are “12 Fingers”, “I Got”, “God Made Man”, “Strings”, and “Cough Syrup”
Here’s “I Got” which is so lovely (and is live and not exactly like their album version but pretty close). It is going to be my summer song.