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Movie Suggestion Post #63

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. Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view.


Dial M for Murder
 1954 (w/ Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams) – 4 stars – What an excellent movie! I think this is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best, honestly (and I’ve seen most all of his films – granted it is rare for me to not like any of his films anyway).  A man is tired of his wife playing games with another man behind his back and so he has a plan to perform the perfect murder.  Can he pull it off and get away with it? At the beginning of the film, I was a little bored, but it built up very well and kept you hoping for certain things to happen!  content: intense scene involving violence with intent of murder, kissing, talk of affairs, drinking

Du Barry Was a Lady 1943 (w/ Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Red Skelton, Virginia O’Brien) – 3 stars – This was a pretty funny film about a few people in the 1940s who are in show business and all seem to have feelings for someone else, and some the same people. One of the characters has a really long dream about King Louis the XV and Madame Du Barry.  The people who are involved in their love scenarios in the 40s are these people in the dream from the 17th century. Of course it is all connected somehow. There are some songs in this movie that make it pretty fun, as well as dance routines (what good is a Gene Kelly film without them?) content: immodest outfits, kissing, smoking, drinking, sexual innuendos 

Hidden Secrets 2006 (w/ John Schneider, Staci Keanan, Corin Nemec, David A.R. White) – 2.25 stars – This was a Christian film and it was sadly one of those corny ones.  A bunch of old friends from high school reunite after one of their friends dies.  Of course they all have something they’ve been hiding or going through that might be a problem when interacting together.  Some of the characters really make you angry and others happy.  content: kissing, talk about abortion, talk about homosexuality, talk about pre-marital sex, wounds shown with blood on them

Win Win 2011 (w/ Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young) – 2.75 stars – This is a story about a man and his family living in New Jersey as a lawyer who doesn’t have much money. He is also a wrestling coach at a high school.  Involving a man in one of his cases, he takes in the grandson of the client (reluctantly) and tries to get to know him and solve the issue of the teenager while dealing with the stress of his own life.  It was boring at first but in time it became pretty interesting. Since I live in NJ it reminded me a bunch of life here.  The kid who plays the trouble teen boy was an actual NJ State wrestling champion the year before this film released.  content:  The first word of the whole movie was said by a “6 year old” girl which was the s word (she does repeat it too), regarding language, there were a bunch of s & f words and a few others.  As the movie climbed in time, the language was less and less.  cleavage revealed, there are a couple sexual innuendos, there is wrestling and boys in their wrestling gear and therefore wrestling violence is involved, a man pulls down his pants where his bum is revealed, smoking shown by both an adult and a teenager

Mother Teresa: In the Name of God’s Poor 1997 (w/ Geraldine Chaplin, Keene Curtis, William Katt) – 3.25 stars – This movie focuses on the calling that Sister Teresa felt from God as she had been teaching for a school in Calcutta, but had never seen what it looked like outside its doors. Once she did, her life was burdened for the people on the streets. This follows her life in India up through when she won the Nobel Peace Prize.  It was a very good movie and I shed some tears.  India is one of the countries I have a heart for, so I believe that is why my tears were shed.  I am unsure if other people would enjoy this film as much as I did though.  content: a man trying to attack a woman with a knife, many sick people with sores and bloody looking wounds, smoking, drinking 

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (w/ James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott, Eve Arden) – 3 stars – A woman gets raped and her husband kills the man who raped her.  A nobody lawyer is hired to defend the murderer.  He pieces the events together and tries to figure out what really went on.  It was an interesting movie, but that would also be because James Stewart is my favorite actor ever.  content: light language, talk about rape, immodest women, talk about panties, prison fight, drunkenness, mention of sperm

What If. . .
 2010 (w/ Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson) – 2 stars – A man who is about to get married has a great opportunity for a job and will be separated from his fiancee for 8 months. 15 years later he finds himself with the life he seems to enjoy but encountered by an angel who brings him to a life he “could have had” if he continued to pursue God. It was a bit boring most of the time, honestly, but it was an interesting concept and “It’s a Wonderful Life” account. content: kissing, a little bit of immodesty

Never Been Kissed 1999 (w/ Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, David C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Leelee Sobieski) – 3 stars – It has been so many years since I’ve seen this one, and I still remember when I first saw it in a little cabin in the woods when I was a freshman in high school (when it was first out for rent).  It is about a woman who is in her 20s who works for a newspaper company and gets chosen to go undercover as a teenager for a study for her journalism.  She is so excited until her brother reminds her of the horrible experiences she had when she was a teenager who got teased constantly.  She’s never had a boyfriend before but thinks she is falling in love for the first time while pretending to be a teenager. I liked it so much as a teenager, but much less now because of the content. content: Talking about having pre-marital sex, talking about grabbing a bull’s “balls”, profanities used, The Lord’s name taken in vain, bullying, talking about naming body parts, immodesty, kissing, smoking, drinking, drug use, a woman puts a feathered boa between her legs and moves it forwards and backwards, there is a sex education class where they show girls trying to put condoms on bananas, drinking

The Thin Man 1934 (w/ William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan) – 3.25 stars – A couple is preparing to get married and the woman is excited to tell her inventor father who often forgets things.  There are conspiracies involving a murder of a woman involved with the inventor. The inventor’s daughter approaches a man she remembers when she was younger, in which this story revolves around this man Nick and his wife Nora who do much detective work together without being detectives.  Although this is a detective story, it was quite humorous too and had a bit of “who done it”. Gotta love Powell/Loy films (I do, anyway).  content: a man is looking at an advertisement for lingerie in a magazine (which the ad wasn’t extremely showy, but it is underwear, none-the-less, and he looked at it with lust), kissing, drinking, gunshots, smoking, blood appears on a body of a dead woman, immodest dance costumes briefly shown, a man knocks out his own wife to protect her so she wouldn’t get in the line of fire when someone comes in shooting, punches thrown

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5 thoughts on “Movie Suggestion Post #63

  1. Thanks for the suggestions, I have not seen of any of these. Alfred Hitchcock is one of my favorite directors so I think that I will like Dial M for Murder and Grace Kelly was excellent in “Rear Window”.

    -James

  2. I saw Dial M for Murder on the stage in London before seeing the movie on TV. Haley Mills played the lead and was excellent. It was so good I went back and saw it a second time.

  3. I LOVE Hitchcock and Dial M for Murder is up there with my favorites. I’ve also seen Never Been Kissed which was a pretty good 90s teen flick – usually the ones they make today are much more suggestive, so I’m always up for popping a good 90s one in both for entertainment and memory’s sake:) I’m very interested in checking out the Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly film now!

    1. I don’t know. . .I’ve re-watched a lot of the 90s teen movies over the past few years and was surprised at how much suggestive stuff were included, but I do agree that they are even worse now!!!! I prefer 80s teen movies still. hehe.

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