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 Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader 2010 (w/Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes) – 3.75 stars – I was raised on the Wonderworks version as a child and also read the book when I was a teenager. They forgot one important part towards the end, but I’ll let that slide if they fix it whenever they do The Silver Chair (which I know they’re doing The Magician’s Nephew next for some odd reason which is my favorite. . Silver Chair is my second favorite). The story goes that Lucy and Edmond are dealing with life back home but seem to miss Narnia. They stay with a relative and have to be around their annoying cousin Eustace. What will take place for them on this new adventure?? Very well done. I liked it much better than Prince Caspian (which was my least favorite story anyway). content: fighting, name calling, slavery
Coco Before Chanel 2009 (w/ Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola) – 2.75 stars – I think parts of this film was too slow, which is why I rated it so poorly. It is about the life of fashion icon Coco Chanel who revolutionized how many women dressed during the early-mid 1900s (and of course we know her name is still carried presently). This is about what her life was like before she became known at all. It was depressing at times with how she was treated or what went on in her life. content: sexual talk, kissing and undressing (but no nudity at all – just immodest clothes or lingerie), lots of smoking, talk and notions of affairs, drinking, innuendos
Road to Zanzibar 1941 (w/ Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour) – 2 stars – So this is the first Roat-To movie out of the many that they all did together. The storyline is always the same, two guys who are together always and who drive each other nuts but also depend on one another and seem to fight over who gets the girl. This had a different ending than what they usually have, which was interesting. However I was not able to enjoy this one as I have been able to in the other ones. It wasn’t funny enough, although one situation was pretty good. content: immodestly dressed women
Heartbeat 1946 (w/ Ginger Rogers, Jean-Pierre Aumont) – 2.75 stars – A woman is taught how to pick-pocket, but she never dreamed that she would find herself around high society life. Situations cause her to be around them more and more. Is she more honest than she thought? It was a cute movie and some romance intertwined too! content: immodest outfits, stealing, assumed affair
11:59 2005 (w/ Raymond Andrew Bailey) – 2.75 stars – This is about a guy who records news stories for a big News channel. When there is a big break in his career, he finds himself reliving or finding out things that doesn’t seem possible in order to try to solve the case. There is a conspiracy behind it all and he’s learning more and more about it. This movie was boring for most of the film but towards the end it was very interesting! I cried at the end. content: lots of language, some violent situations (nothing really shown).
Shrek Forever After 2010 (w/ voices Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas) – 1.75 stars – An interesting and finally final story from Shrek. It wasn’t that good but the moral is nice. Shrek seems bored with doing the same thing every day in his life. Somehow he gets to learn what life is like without what he was used to. Everything is going to change for him and he wants to set it back to normal. content: Seriously, why do they need to have hidden sexual comments in these kid films? other than that there is kissing and ogre violence and a harem of witches for one of the characters
I Love Lucy [season 1] 1951 – 3.75 stars – These are all so funny ever still today! Lucille Ball is such a goofball and I love her too! If you haven’t seen the first season at all, it is amazing. I laughed often. We all know that the story is that Ricky (Desi Arnaz) has a show and Lucy always wants to be on it and gets her landlords in on it often (and trouble usually follows close behind). content: immodest costumes, smoking, drinking, playing pranks
Sarah’s Choice 2009 (w/ Rebecca St. James) – 2.25 stars – I think this movie could have been better filmed, but it obviously was done on a low budget. It is about a woman who becomes pregnant and goes through different perspectives of deciding on having an abortion or not and how it might change a life be it for better or worse depending on what she decided. It wasn’t bad but it was a little boring. I expected it to be better, I suppose. content: talk of unplanned pregnancy and abortion
Some Like it Hot 1959 (w/ Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon) – 3 stars – This was funny. I thought I wouldn’t like it because a lot of Marilyn Monroe’s acting annoys me since she’s pretty much the same in every film. However, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon’s characters were really great. They are a couple of musicians on the run because they witnessed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. They hide out in drag while befriending or falling for one of the girls in their band. content: immodest outfits, transvestite situations, some drinking, lots of kissing, talk about breasts
End of the Spear 2006 (w/ Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen) – 2.5 stars – I read a book a couple years ago about Jim Elliot who was one of the missionaries who is slightly in this story (but not too much). This is from the perspective of a different missionary’s sons who lived during the events while trying to learn the language and translate the Word of God to the Waodani tribe in Equador. A lot of this showed the perspective of the tribesmen which was interesting. Anyway it’s based off of a true story but I don’t think it depicted it as well as what it really was like from what I learned when I read the account of Jim Elliot’s wife (like something that I thought was REALLY important for WHY the missionaries were attacked is not in this!) content: Loads of violence. . goodness. it’s not REALLY graphic, but they show enough. Also tribes people who don’t wear too much (loincloth type of stuff). Something bothersome is that they have a newly maturing pre-teen girl topless which was unnecessary.
North Country 2005 (w/ Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Sissy Spacek, Michelle Monoghan) – 3 stars – This is based off of something that happened in the late 70s regarding really bad sexual harassment towards the slight few women who worked in the mines with MANY men. One of them stands up against them to receive better rights since she was being threatened, mistreated, and treated like a piece of meat. This movie however also paints an idea of what else might have happened in her life and how life is like for her family as well. It was very interesting especially at the end but was so boring in the beginning half of it! content: sexual harassment tactics and cruel words to demean a woman, violence or dirty tricks against women, instances of rape, no nudity at all but there is sexual content with clothing on (but shown in a not so nice way other than one part where a guy grabbed a girl’s rear while she was in her jeans), lots of language (which ruined a lot of the movie for me honestly).
Boys Town 1938 (w/ Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney) – 3.25 stars – When a bunch of boys who seem to just roam the streets causing problems end up being shown kindness by a priest who decides to build them a home, they learn how to really live life in peace and feel loved. Of course when Father Flanagan decides to take in a new trouble maker who wants to rule the roost, it creates a new set of problems. This is supposedly based on a true story (which I’d love to learn more about). This movie was amazing. You felt a connection with the kids and how things might have seemed to be for them on the streets and you see the heart of someone who actually cares about them when everyone else seems to want to push the kids down and lock them up. content: punching, playing pranks on each other
Featured Band & album
The Aggrolites (self-titled album)
For over a year now my cell phone’s ringer has been the beginning of their song “Mr. Misery” which I love so much. They call their sound “Dirty Reggae” (which was another of their albums’ titles). I tend to think it sounds like a combination of reggae, funk, soul, and second-wave ska! I really love this band. If you have kids you may have heard them play some songs on Yo Gabba Gabba too (which I saw after I was already listening to them for a couple of years). They have a new album that came out in February called Rugged Road that I have yet to hear too!
Some of my favorite songs from this album are “Funky Fire”, “Mr. Misery”, “Thunder Fist”, “Countryman Fiddle”, “Work to Do”, and “Someday”
[the album version sounds better but this is the best I could post of it]