The Inn of Sixth Happiness 1958 (w/ Ingrid Bergman) – 3.25 stars – I had this sitting in my Instant Play que for probably a year (it’s 157 minutes long!) and decided to finally see it. I really didn’t have any idea what it was about at first. A woman named Gladys Aylward (true story) decided to go to China on her own to become a missionary (after she was told she wasn’t qualified for the job many times). We learn about what life might have been like for her as she first arrived and the challenges she faced while standing firm in her faith to face down fear as a lone single woman in China. It was very interesting and engaging. However, I found out that the real Gladys Aylward in which is was based off of did not appreciate the way they did this movie. I therefore plan on reading about her life in a book soon. content: violence (but nothing truly shown, but you know what is going on), kissing
[screenshot captured by me]
Life as We Know It 2010 (w/ Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas) – 3 stars – A single guy who just likes getting some action from women and a single girl just trying to do her friend a favor are going to go on a date set up by their best friends. They are complete opposites but somehow they both become God-parents to their friends’ child Sophie. However due to certain circumstances, they have to raise the child up now together. This was a sad and funny movie. content: people in bed/on a couch together indicating there has been sex outside of marriage, language, talk about penises, kissing, drunkenness, people high on marijuana (it is seen in a plastic bag, but not shown being smoked)
Welcome to the Rileys 2010 (w/ James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo) – 2.5 stars – I would rate this higher but it was too boring at times and the content brought my rating down. It is about a marriage that seems to be falling apart because of tragedy. When the husband goes on a business trip to New Orleans, he comes across a teen runaway who is stripping and prostituting to survive. He wants to reach out to her. Now the reason why I watched this is because it is such a true story of what happens to many girls who are trafficked. Although this girl’s character seems to be the one in control, in reality, girls this young are usually always watched like hawks by pimps (their traffickers). It was pretty realistic to what I’ve come to know about it though otherwise (which is always so tragic). content: an affair (people shown in bed), lots of language, talk about vaginas and penises, girl wearing hardly anything (they put tape on her nipples since she was playing a stripping teenager), You see a girl throughout the movie in her underwear and showing her bum’s cheeks, girl in bra, etc. . (no nudity shown), bruises and cuts shown to indicate abuse.
Alabama Moon 2009 (w/ John Goodman, Jimmy Bennett, Clint Howard) – 2.25 stars – A young boy is orphaned and was pretty much raised in the woods living off the land. He is sent to a boys’ home but doesn’t plan on staying very long. Maybe he’ll make some friends along the way! This was a pretty sad movie. It had some nice points, but goodness it wasn’t what I expected. content: people dying, seeing a broken leg (looks nasty), some language, people chasing people and talk about shooting people and animals.
The Long, Hot Summer 1958 (w/ Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles) – 3.5 stars – There were some times where I felt a little lost and confused about the storyline for some reason, but really it is about a man who was rumoured to have burned many barns. He arrived at a new town to make a living and notices that the big-man to see for work has his name plastered about the buildings. His arrival starts to change a lot of people (or open them up a bit) and drama is sure to come about! There is a bit of a romantic tale in this as well (and of course we know that there is a real-life marriage that occurred between Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and this was their first film together. aw). I loved some of the monologues in this! Thanks to Mandi’s review of this that inspired me to see it (got the screenshot from her since it’s not on instant play anymore like when I had seen the movie last week). content: woman in a slip/lingerie teasing her husband as he chases her about a room, some drinking and smoking, attempts to kill or attack people, bickering, people wanting to control people, kissing, talk about exploring sexually (without actually saying it).
Priest 2011 (w/ Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Cigandet, Maggie Q, Stephen Moyer) – 2.25 stars – This is based off of a Japanese Manga that I never read about vampires destroying many people and that the only ones who can defeat or stand up to them in order to protect the people from harm are the Priests. They aren’t just your normal priests though, they know how to shoot and do martial arts in the name of God. It was a bit interesting and had some good action, definitely some great steampunk clothing. However, it seemed to be a bit dull in the storyline at times. It wasn’t bad, but I think sometimes it was too cheesy! content: violence (shooting, stabbing, lots of gore), fighting, language
Ride the Wild Surf 1964 (w/ Fabian, Barbara Eden, Shelly Fabares, Don Taylor) – 2.25 stars – It was all about finding someone on the beach to fall in love with and guys wanting to make a living surfing waves and winning competitions. It had it’s bad storyline sometimes but I like beach movies haha. content: women in bikinis, people dancing, kissing, people getting hurt surfing
Rio 2011 (w/ voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez) – 2.5 stars – My sons seemed to like it. It was about trying to mate the last two blue macaw birds since they were endangered. It was a little strange to me at times with why they would make this a kids movie and actually rate it G. content: throughout the film they are in Rio, Brazil where women are wearing hardly anything, actual joking of birds looking as if they are mating with each other (while making sexual sounds and actions). . .yeah, I won’t be letting my kids see that one again. Thankfully that stuff went over their heads.