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 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.

Join the conversation! 17 Comments

  1. Thanks for the linkage. 🙂 The only two of these I have seen are (obviously) Long, Hot Summer & Inn of 6th Happiness. I TOTALLY know what you mean about beach movies, though! They always seem to have SUCH cheesy plots, and often horrible acting, but they are just so fun and nostalgic! I've watched a lot of them this Summer, but couldn't bring myself to write a review of them, because I just couldn't recommend them. haha

  2. Thanks so much for letting me use your screen shot. Ah, most people haven't seen a lot of the movies I list in my reviews. Thanks for taking the time to read/respond to the entry!

  3. New fresh movies for me to check out! I have been wanting to see Rio, it looks really cute. Oh and um, Paul Newman? Yes please. 

  4. I love how thought out and put together your reviews are. I trust them. 🙂

  5. The only one that I have seen of these is Life as We Know It…which was a pretty cute movie, but I'll be honest…as a mother, I now have such a hard time watching movies that deal with that type of subject matter. 😦

  6. Thanks to your down-right honest reviews, I enjoyed "Tangled" immensely. I usually dislike today's Disney, due to a bias, but I was itching for some old-school-reminiscent-fairy-tale movie and this was perfect! And you hit the nail on the head. I am a HUGE fan of Anne of Green Gables (I practically idolize her) and though I knew the Highwayman way before I watched the movie, she encouraged me to memorize the entire poem!

  7. I keep hearing about Alabama moon. Whether it's good or not, I have to see it, since it was filmed in my hometown!!!

  8. Oh how exciting! It is always fun when things are filmed in hometowns. The Sopranos often filmed in my hometown and in the town of my high school but I never watched the show to see. Hope you enjoy it when you see Alabama Moon.

  9. Oh that is really cool that you have been able to watch some of the movies I've talked about. I used to have The Highwayman memorized and Lady of Shalot too. I forget it now.

  10. yeah, I know what you mean!!

  11. Love this series, it's so fascinating & I adore the screenshots. x hivenn

  12. Have you ever given any movie a 5 star rating?

  13. I had given Doctor Who season 6 part 1 a 5 star rating as well as movies like Tangled, Dogtown & Z-Boys, and Star Trek (though I don't think I'd rate it that high now, more like 4.25). I do give some that are nearly a 5 star rating, but yeah, it's rare. My favorite movies that I haven't included in reviews certainly have 5 star ratings.

  14. Hey! YES I did receive my super cute dress from Shabby Apple! I've been saving it for a special occasion. 🙂 I'm definitely going to blog about it, though, so I'll be sure to tell you! Thanks!

  15. You can find a cheap, used paperback copy of The Small Woman by Alan Burgess, about Gladys Aylward, on Amazon. The book is terrific.


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Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (


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