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Movie & Music Suggestion Post #48

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.


Sucker Punch 2011 (w/ Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung) – 3.75 stars – I wrote a very detailed review for this movie here. The short of it is that a girl is put into a mental institution that is really just a brothel in disguise (hello slavery joint). “Baby Doll” is setting out to find and take 5 items to get her out of there (and save some others along with her if possible). Every time that she dances, she goes into a fantasy world to help find these items, fighting for freedom. It was a great movie but that is because it seemed to target human trafficking. It was beautifully done and was very imaginative.  content: girls in immodest outfits throughout the movie, violence (mainly fantasy based), a few profanities



The Turning Point
1977 (w/ Anne Bancroft, Shirley McClaine, Leslie Browne) – 1.75 stars – The dancing was the only thing I liked in this movie. Goodness I always forget that ratings for “PG” movies from the 70s and 80s usually are more PG-13 on the border of R. This movie was about a woman and her family who are filled with ballet dancers. The oldest daughter wants to dance for the rest of her life. The mother gave up her life of dancing to have her daughter. The mother’s best friend whom she didn’t see for years danced her whole life, living the dream her friend wishes she could have had. Drama drama drama between them all. content: language, dance costumes that are risque and shows a lot of cold nipples, a scene that was sexual with making out and who knows what else (not sure what was in it, as I skipped in on netflix instant play), a “cat fight”

When You’re Strange
(documentary) 2009 – 2.75 stars – This is about the band The Doors, mainly Jim Morrison and the life he had. I didn’t learn anything new from what I already knew other than where “Mr. Mojo Risin'” came from. The Doors used to be one of my all time favorite bands but sadly I have a hard time these days trying to listen to them because their lives depress me. If you really don’t know anything about the band though this would be a good way to learn about them. content: language, There is nudity and sexuality in this when they talk about woodstock, a film that he made, drugs, alcohol, smoking, Jim Morrison skinny dipping, and a couple other things mentioned where they didn’t really have to show anything but they did.

Cars 2 2011 (animated w/ voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine) – 3.5 stars – We took our boys to see this because they LOVE Cars. They adored this one probably even more! We thought it was cute too! The story is set a few years after the first movie. This time there is a race around Europe with all the best race cars going against one another. There is a new fuel being used for it, but something sketchy is happening on the race track and the fuel is being targeted. There are some spies trying to get in on a lead and Mater might be getting mixed into it, the trouble maker that he seems to be. content: name calling, girls checking out a race car that is not their actual love interest, some surprising violence



Citizen Kane 1941 (w/ Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnew Moorehead, Ruth Warrick) – 3 stars – Talk about beautiful cinematography, this has it plenty.  The fictional story is about the life of a man named Charles Kane who is taught to become rich from the earliest part of his life. He longs for success and making it big. In the process he gains and loses some friends and wives. It’s a sad story. The whole story begins and follows reporters trying to find out the mystery behind his last word on his deathbed. It was interesting and good! I was told to see this film ages and ages ago and am glad I finally got around to doing it. content: the idea of people having an affair, drinking

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (animated w/ voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Ashley Jensen, Michael Caine, and so many others) – 2.75 stars – A story based on Romeo and Juliet but set in the lives of garden gnomes which was really a cute concept. This has a twist apart from the original story though. They make it more of a comedy than a tragedy. It was cute. content: violence of gnomes against each other and goodness it is innuendo city. I don’t know how this got a G rating

Featured Band &Album:
Monsters of Folk’s self-titled album [2009]
I know some of you are fans of She & Him with M. Ward. This is something he is involved with as well as Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst & Mike Mogis as well as My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.  I only recently heard of this because my husband had been listening to it, and he kept it from me for some time that was odd to me, because I’m more into folk music than he is! There are a lot of beautiful songs in this. I like “His Master’s Voice” best. I love good harmonies. Other good songs are “Dear God”, “The Sandman, The Brakeman, & Me”, and “Say Please”. They are all really good though.

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19 thoughts on “Movie & Music Suggestion Post #48

  1. Thanks to the link for your long review of Sucker Punch. My husband and I were interested in going to see it but haven't because I was worried about the sexuality/nudity content. Now I feel much more confident in knowing what is in it if we do decide to see it. πŸ™‚

  2. I think seeing how much my sons enjoyed Cars 2 added to my high rating of it, while depressing movies like Citizen Kane make me a little sad so their rating doesn't go as high. I like happier movies! Sorry!

  3. Orson Welles. Ohhh geez, love him so much. Gotta watch Citizen Kane now again. I've bought a Citizen-watch just because the brand name reminds me of this movie πŸ˜€

  4. hmm sucker punch was one of the movies showing on the plane on my long flight the other day and i was about to watch it but had no idea what it was about so just went to sleep instead lol.. it sounds really interesting though. now i'll see it!

  5. I always look forward to your movie reviews! I really want to see Sucker Punch and now I think I will. Just saw Harry Potter and I must say I was pleased. xx

  6. Squuuueeee!!!!! Monsters of Folk are one of my favorite groups ❀ I love you for featuring them πŸ™‚ I just saw Gnomeo & Juliet and thought it was amazing, so cute! Weezer did a song for Cars 2 and that is one of the main reasons that I want to see it, haha. Oh and Citizen Kane is currently on my DVD player waiting to be watched along with a few others.Β 

  7. Although I have yet to see them, Cars 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet are definitely on my list…thanks to our little guy who would probably enjoy them both. πŸ˜‰ Β I have been undecided on Sucker Punch…but your review made me want to see it!Β 

  8. Hmmm…my bro's want to see cars, but I may watch Sucker Punch. It doesn't show any adult adult content right? It sounds like a awesome movie! πŸ™‚

  9. Oh I am sure your little one would definitely like them both. πŸ˜‰ Mine liked Gnomeo and Juliet a lot too, but they are a little obsessed with Cars 2 (everything is about Finn McMissle lately).Let me know if you like Sucker Punch when you see it.

  10. yey! That's good that I posted something that someone already liked. Sometimes I don't think people really heard about the bands I post about. eek! I'm trying to do more that I think people will enjoy.YES, I heard Weezer's song when we were watching Cars 2! I thought of you. haha. Weird to think of you when I've heard Weezer since I was in 7th grade and someone put the Pinkerton album on at a birthday party with boys and girls. That was in 1996.

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