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.
See my list of favorite Christmas movies here (a post I made last year)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (w/ Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace) – 4.25 stars – This is the 66th RDJ movie I’ve seen. It was amazing. I’ve been so sad to hear that a bunch of critics rated it so low. It is as good as the first movie (though I think I like the first more, but this is seriously on the same level). We get to meet Moriarty in this one (the nemesis throughout the stories). It is very interesting, sad, and funny throughout the film. I think the reason why maybe people don’t like it as much is because it is missing the romance that was involved in the first one. Mr. Holmes is trying to find a way to destroy Professor Moriarty. He’s been following all his crimes and needs to figure out what he’s hiding and how he continually gets away with destruction. Of course Dr. Watson is going to get married and ends up becoming involved. I cracked up laughing so hard for one scene in particular that I cried and couldn’t stop laughing (I tried to calm down for the sake of the surrounding viewers). content: kissing, man in women’s clothing, a man’s chest seen, a man is naked but not visibly so – you see part of his bum’s crack and he turns around but is covered by a pile of books, a nude statue, women in tights for an acrobatic scene, women not wearing as much for that time (though they are relatively modest), drinking, smoking, a couple instances of language, murder, fighting, violence
Dance, Girl, Dance 1940 (w/ Maureen O’Hara, Lucille Ball, Louis Hayward, Ralph Bellamy) – 2 stars – a group of girls who had gone to a dance school all look for a job as a troupe. While one girl seems to be willing to do whatever she can to make some money, another wants her ballet to be appreciated and used. It was a nice story and I didn’t know that Maureen O’Hara danced (though I know that Lucille Ball did). content: immodestly dressed women (doing hula dances and such), death, slapping faces
The Muppets 2011 (w/ Jason Segel, Amy Adams) – 3.75 – My boys loved it (mainly the older one). Considering how often I’ve immersed myself into watching the very original muppet films since childhood (The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan) – You can truly see SO many clues, props, set-ups, outfits, etc throughout the film! I thought that was cool because I picked up on a lot of throwbacks. I have seen a lot of The Muppet Show as well, but not as much as I have watched, memorized, and rewatched those three films. I’ve seen all the other films, too (and in theatres) but those are just classic! This story is about Walter and his brother. They have always been so close and Walter has adored The Muppets his whole life. When his brother Gary plans on having a ten year anniversary with his girlfriend, they end up getting involved with the actual Muppets! I liked the storyline. It was sweet. I didn’t like all the violence and punching (though I excuse it when it involves Miss Piggy because she’s just “hog wild”). I was sad that they didn’t have more original songs in it (Loved the “Muppet Man” song). They played songs from the past (like “Rainbow Connection” and “The Muppet Show”), and maybe about 3 original songs, but I was hoping for a great soundtrack like The Great Muppet Caper has (which I have on vinyl). I’m a really huge muppet fan so I guess most of my expectations were satisfied, while some were not. I did like it though! content: kidnapping, punching, tackling, kicking, worst word was the use of “idiot”, two muppets kiss, muppet imagines people in underwear (mostly people in well-covered slips and such), a comment about not being “done” with his balls (on his costume), women in dancing outfit that resemble the late 70s/early 80s dance costumes (legs are showing, rest is modest), . . they are kept in a closet though which is a little cruel to me, a brief showing of a woman walking by in a two-piece on a beach (she’s not centered and part of the focus though), a building gets blown up by its’ owner, gunshots heard, a joke of burning another muppet, punching a teacher for a show they talk about on T.V. (which gets canceled and is spoken of as wrong)
Take Me Home Tonight 2011 (w/ Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer) – 1.5 stars – The best part of the movie was the Michael Ian Black cameo. This movie COULD have been great. It was pretty funny. However, with the great amount of content it was quite terrible and I hated it!!! Back in high school in the 80s, Matt was an amazing student, a geek, and he didn’t get the girl of his dreams. He never got over her. When he comes across her again 4 years later, his heart goes all a flutter and he wants her in his life but lies to her a bit to try to make her like him. His best friend and his twin sister are by his side cheering him on and have their own issues on the side too. content: there is sex in the movie (I assume, I skipped a bunch) because a guy wanted to watch his wife/gf have sex with someone to be able to get turned on and she was getting naked when I skipped the scene (though according to netflix’s details, she was indeed naked and sex was in it). another couple is seen taking off clothes (underwear seen) but nothing further shown. Lots of kissing, touching, far too many innuendos and perversity, loads of language.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II 2011 (w/ Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham-Carter) – 3.25 stars – I know, you’re thinking this is rated too low. I liked Part one much better than part two. I know I should probably rate them together, but I had rated the first one after seeing it in theatres and hadn’t a chance to see this part in theatres. I just feel they left out a few things that were important in the story from the book, though they did get the majority. It was wonderful to see. This part is about finding the last of the horcruxes and settling things with Voldemort once and for all. content: kissing, violence & death, scary images (not recommend for children to see).
Safe Harbor 2009 (w/ Treat Williams, Nancy Travis) – 2 stars – At first this film was really cheesy. The music was so lame-movie-from-the-early-1990s sounding. The acting at times was so bad. A married couple wanted to go around the world to sail here and there. They come across a few teenagers who have been in and out of Juvie. They have some hardships in the process but they truly learn so much about these boys that they’ve taken under their wing. It is based off of a true story. content: punching, attempted suicide, saying words like “stupid”
Green Lantern 2011 (w/ Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong) – 3.5 stars – A show-off test pilot who seems a bit full of himself, though who really truly wants to protect people and live up to his hero (his father) who died when he was a boy gets chosen by an alien to become a Green Lantern and protect the earth from destruction. He receives new abilities and adjusts to his new life, all while trying to impress the girl he likes and the other Green Lanterns who just laugh at him as a measly human. This was very well done. I was impressed and thought it was great! content: man and woman in bed together (not married) to imply they had sex the night before, man in underwear, kissing, The Lord’s name in vain, some language (sadly more than necessary), scary imagery of people being killed and souls being taken, punching and fighting, social drinking (not drunkenness)