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.

Swing Time
1936 (w/ Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers) – 3.25 stars – “Lucky” likes to gamble. He ends up missing his own wedding and disappointing a lot of people. He needs to make loads of money so he can be able to get married for certain. One problem is that he just met a dance instructor who is changing his heart. I haven’t always been too fond of Astaire movies, but this one was really cute and very funny.  If you are to ever see a Astaire/Rogers film, this is the one to choose (and I’ve seen a few of theirs). content: kissing, revealing clothing/immodesty, gambling, drinking.

The Tree of Life 2011 (w/ Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken) – 2.75 stars – So many people have highly rated this, and that’s great and all but I was so bored out of my mind most of the time in viewing it.  THe imagery is GORGEOUS and probably the best I’ve EVER seen. The storyline is too slow and I didn’t completely understand it at times. This focuses on a family, particularly life for one man who gets a view of his whole life – the joys, the sorrows, etc.  content: a scene with a boy and lingerie, though we don’t exactly get told what is happening, one can figure it out easily enough. Also some violence and boys being boys in learning things regarding violence.  literal showing of sperm and egg joining together (but no pornographic sexual imagery shown around it, which is very good).  a scene of some light immodesty

Yogi Bear 2010 (w/ Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, voices of Dan Aykroyd & Justin Timberlake) – 2.25 stars – My boys liked this movie. It didn’t remind me enough of the cartoon which I adored as a child.  The voices were perfect though!  Ranger Smith wants to bring more people into Jellystone Park.  He’s always had problems with Yogi and Boo-Boo, but now they want to help save the park. Of course a woman comes around trying to help and a mayor is out to own the land. It was okay. A bit too mediocre. content: name calling, kissing, talk of marking a girl with pee (ahh!)

Jane Eyre 2011 (w/ Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench) – 2.5 stars – I’ve reviewed a different version of this before not too long ago and had been interested in seeing the new one. It was pretty interesting and kept my attention ikn the first bits of it.  It was when the actress who played Jane was in it more that she just seemed bored and uninterested in her role. I loved the dialogue and the expressions quite a bit, but this was so slow and boring.  It is also just a strange story about a troubled orphan girl who was raised in a girls’ home and becomes a governess for a strange man with a strange history. Gorgeous hair and costumes! content: kissing, girl and woman shown in a modest petticoat (but they are undergarments so that’s why I mention it), a painting of a nude woman is focused on a couple times, violence)

Something in the Wind
1947 (w/ Deanna Durbin, Donald O’Connor, John Dall) – 3.25 stars – This was a very sweet movie about a young woman trying to get into the singing business so she can survive and support her aunt who has been so helpful over the years to her (and she was named after her). A rich son learns that his deceased father was sending money to the young woman’s aunt, but instead mistakes the young woman of being in an affair with his father. Lots of miscommunication and misunderstanding, while also playing along to receive more money takes place in the movie. Perhaps instead love is being created in some odd fashion. This was actually a very cute movie. I really enjoyed it and I have always adored Deanna Durbin’s singing. I had always heard her opera sounding voice but not her swing type of voice that comes through a couple times in the movie. That was pretty interesting and so pretty.  There were some funny instances to make you chuckle too.  content: ideas of affair, idea of a child created through affair, kissing, kidnapping

Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 (w/ Chris Evans, Natalie Dormer, Sebastian Stan, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving) – 3 stars – A young man has been bullied his whole life for being short and scrawny. It is the 1940s and he wants to fight in the war, but they continually reject him. He has a heart for bringing justice to those who want to harm others and gets chosen to be involved in an experiment in the secret military tests. An evil man known as Red Skull is out to destroy the world. Can he be defeated? This movie was good and I enjoyed the storyline, but some of it was a little cheesy and made me laugh. I felt badly not enjoying it more being a Marvel fan. The good part is that the ending is different than what is common in these stories. content: bullying, fighting, kissing, drinking, violence (a few graphic scenes), immodest outfits, some foul language

Waiting for Forever 2010 (w/ Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge) – 2.5 stars – This is one strange story, but at times it is really sweet and other times a bit surprising.  A young man has grown up with the memories of Emma, the girl he has loved since he was a child. They have so many memories together, but he hasn’t talked to her in many years.  He wants to marry her. He’s struggled since the death of his parents and is ready to face the love of his life again and hopes she won’t reject him. She has problems of her own though. The storyline was just a little too out there for me. I love romantic stories though. content: kissing, cleavage, noting female anatomy, violence, one bad word mentioned, alcohol (but I don’t recall anyone actually drinking)

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  1. The only one of these I've seen is Captain America, and I think you're right that the chesse factor was noticeable at times. Then again, it's comic book fare so I guess it's to be expected. What I really loved was the addition of the Howling Commandos; Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader "Dum Dum" Dugan has always been one of my favorite comic book characters. It's too bad the chronology of the Marvel films wouldn't allow Sgt. Nick Fury to be there with Captain A as well. Oh well, you can't have it all.TimP.S. Do you remember Junior Juniper as one of the original Howling Commandos, killed off and replaced by Pinky Pinkerton? Dum Dum Dugan was having none of it at first, still mourning Junior, but the diminutive Englishman soon proved himself. Their friendship grew and according to Marvel lore, Dugan was the one at Pinky's bedside when he died from cancer.

  2. I don't remember reading Captain America ever. I used to read Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and The Amazing Spiderman and a few others when I was a kid. Sorry!

  3. Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos appeared in 1963 as a series of comic books about a WWII combat unit, then they morphed into SHIELD for cold war stuff. The idea that Nick Fury (by way of Samuel L. Jackson) is in present day SHIELD operations while the rest of the Howling Commandos appeared with Captain America in WWII meant he could not be part of his own squad. More's the pity, because he would have been a great character to add to teh Captain A movie. Oh well.My wife likes watching these action movies as much as I like the romantic-comedies (and I do enjoy a good rom-com!), so we get to see a lot of good stuff together.Thanks for showing us your own admirable taste in movies. Going to do Iron Man 2 soon?Oh, and if you're looking for a Fred Astaire movie worth watching I'd recommend "You'll Never Get Rich" with Rita Hayworth. It has everything you'd expect in one of his musical comedies, plus some of the best tap ever.

  4. I reviewed You'll Never Get Rich before. 😉 Thanks for the history of SHIELD. I know who Nick Fury is by the way. I did read a couple of the Avengers comics but not many.  Iron Man 2 has been reviewed before. I'm also a big Robert Downey Jr. fan (seen 65 of his films) so yeah. My husband likes romantic comedies too. I actually prefer action films and always have. 😉 That's great that your wife and you watch things with one another.  Most of these films I review I watched alone during my sons' naptime while my husband is at work. Ones he wants to see (like Captain America) I hold off on until he's willing. haha.  We'll be seeing Green Lantern soon. . .I didn't really read much DC comics though. My brothers had loads of EVERYTHING and I think the only of DC they owned were Green Lantern and I think I skimmed one once. I remember the comic book covers of some of them as I write it. I really only ever read a few of the Justice League comics and Neil Gaiman Sandman graphic novels from DC. You read DC or just Marvel? Just something about them Marvel characters that you can relate to more you know?

  5. The Reviews. . .You'll Never Get Rich: Man 2:

  6. I read both Marvel and DC, but you're right about the different feel to the two publishers. We really liked the Green Lantern movie, but perhaps that's because he's my favorite super hero of all time. I can still recite the Green Lantern oath from memory:On brightest day, in blackest nightNo evil shall escape my sightLet those who worship evil's mightBeware my power, Green Lantern's light!I became a Christian long after first reading those comics, but this oath still resonates with me. I think in large part it's because we worship the Father of lights (James 1:17), and the Green Lantern oath is a good reminder for me whenever I hear or read it.Tim

  7. Ah Swing Time!!  I haven't seen that in years, but it is definitely in my book of favorites.  It really reminds me of afternoons spent over my grandparents house…my grandfather would always have AMC on.  I believe that is probably where I first saw this movie.Thanks for the review on Yogi Bear…I have been wondering if my son would like this or not.  As he is only 21 months, he doesn't watch very much TV to begin with, but I am always looking for kids movies for our long car trips to Philly, etc.  Based on your review, it would probably not be a great watch for him at this point in time.  Thanks for the heads up!Waiting for Forever sounds intriguing, but also a total hit or miss.  Hmmm, I generally like Rachel Bilson so I might give this a go.  Have a lovely weekend lady!  xx Marisa

  8. Yeah, I'd hold off a bit on Yogi Bear until he's about 5 or 6 honestly, maybe older. aww. That's cool about AMC with your Grandfather. I used to go rent videos of old films as a child because we didn't have cable. It has always been a bit of a love of mine.  It is a shame I hadn't seen Swing Time before.Let me know if you end up liking Waiting For Forever.  

  9. Great reviews. Haven't been able to get a straight story yet about why they brought Cheadle in, but I agree he did a wonderful job. As for the great dancing in "You'll Never Get Rich", it reminds me of a story Debbie Reynolds told about filming "Singin' in the Rain." She ran into Fred Astaire on the lot and he asked how it was going. She felt miserable and said she thought she'd never get it right, that she had trouble with the songs and the dancing, and she couldn't understand how he did it so well in his movies. He offered to give her some tips and told her to come by his sound stage the next morning.Debbie arrived and saw just Fred and his pianist. Fred started warming up, then ran through his dance routines. Then ran through them again. And again, and again, and again, over, and over, and over. This went on for about three hours until his clothes were drenched with sweat, while Debbie sat and watched … and watched … and watched. Finally, he grabbed his towel, walked over to her and said, "That's how I do it, Debbie."We've all seen the results of that little tutoring session. "Good mornin', good mornin'!"Tim

  10. oh goodness, now wonder why he was so good. . .all that hard work and that's how he stayed so thin! haha.  I never knew that about Debbie Reynolds with Singin' in the Rain (and I adore that film so much).  I've always been a Gene Kelly fan more than Astaire.  I heard that Cheadle was cheaper,  more humble, and less pushy and whiney about his role, and that's why he was the replacement.  I guess only the people involved know for certain.

  11. I've heard Waiting for Forever was a pretty terrible movie. I was interested in it because I used to consider Tom Sturridge to be a good-looking bloke, because I saw Being Julia but the negative reviews killed my interest. It seems like WFF is either a hit or miss; nothing particularly notable or spectacular.I was SOOOOOO disappointed with Jane Eyre 2011. I've seen the 10 or so Jane Eyre versions and nothing will ever compare to the 1983 or 2006 version. Of course, it's very, very difficult to make a convincing portrait of this classic book in 2 hours, but here are my complaints: The two lead actors have absolutely no chemistry, the actor was wrongly cast for Rochester, the dialogue was…lame, and St. John! This St. John wasn't the slightest bit cold or stone-hearted!! Seriously??? Sorry for being overdramatic and overly harsh, but Jane Eyre is one of my most favorite books and it saddens me to be interpreted this way…but the costumes were gorgeous and the settings were perfect. Oh, and one more complaint: Rochester lost a hand and his eyesight in the fire but Fukunaga interprets that with a pinkeye…um…yeah…

  12. I have yet to read the book. One day I shall, but I don't blame you for being upset about the way these films have come along. I thought this version was too much like the other version I recently saw (I don't remember which year that one was though, but I assume 2006).  It looked the same but with different people acting. I agree that there was a lack of chemistry!!! Such a pity.  I never heard of Tom Sturridge before.

  13. thanks so much!! I looooove ginger rogers, I think she is so gorgeous and always has the best outfits!

  14. Hey! So Breaking Dawn… No "nudity" but very suggestive. You see her naked back often, and at one point while they are "enjoying their honeymoon night" I swear I saw a small glimpse of her boob. Subtle and fleeting, but I saw it. You never see their front or her butt, though. I hope that helps!

  15. Hmm.  That's a shame. I truly hope to see it on DVD then at least.  Thanks SO much for letting me know.  

  16. With the cold fast approaching I've been looking for new movies to watch.  I'm definitely bookmarking this post!  Thank you!!


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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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