[Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is usually a pretty good rating (5 star ratings are very rare with me)! – Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view (or what to be aware of). I usually rate based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.]
Once Upon a Time 2011 (TV season 1) – 3.25 stars – I had been planning on seeing this show since I saw the trailer for the first episode, but waited until netflix had it available. I really enjoyed it a lot other than the slight bit of contact that was in it. The story is about a woman named Emma who is 27 and grows up believing she was abandoned by her parents. She goes to meet her son which she gave up for adoption who believes her parents were Snow White and Prince Charming. Here’s where it is very interesting, Part of the story is based in a faerytale world and the other part is set in modern time, but the lead character ends up in a town where supposedly they all live but don’t realize at all who they are. Only Emma can break the curse. content: some language which is unnecessary (they don’t use it in every episode, thankfully), cleavage clad characters (not too many, only a few), a man who openly checks out an immodest waitress who has short shorts on and an exposed belly (she is seen a few times in this show); the main character is seen in nearly every single episode with a see-through shirt where you can see her bra, in the Cinderella episode she does take her shirt off where you see her in her bra; murder, deceit, a couple episodes of talk of kids born out of wedlock, magic, violence & sword fighting, kissing, people are sleeping together without being married in a couple of the first episodes (we see the characters in the bedroom but not doing anything)
Love Crazy 1941 (w/ William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jack Carson) – 2 stars – A married couple celebrates 4 years, but there is a real problem; Mr. Ireland comes across a former girlfriend and Mrs. Ireland’s mother believes they had spent an entire day together. This causes pressure for divorce, but Mr. Ireland will do anything to get his wife to believe he is faithful. Most of the movie just made me upset and it didn’t make sense how people were acting from time to time. I love Powell/Loy films, but this one wasn’t that great. content: a married woman tickles another married man (they aren’t married to each other), a woman walks around in lingerie (modest for today’s time), a woman suggests to make a room smell like an orgy, a man dresses as a woman, an unmarried man kisses a married woman a few times as well as embraces her.
Barefoot in the Park 1967 (w/ Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) – 2.5 stars – A newly married couple is trying to enjoy their new life together in their tiny one roomed apartment in Greenwich Village. They meet the strange people in their building and deal with family. It was a little strange and worked for the time period. content: woman seen in a man’s button-up shirt (no pants on) in the presence of people, woman walks around in a bra during a whole scene, kissing. .lots of kissing (clingy wife, much?) , woman in a slip, immodesty, smoking, drinking, drunkenness
The Wolf Man 1941 (w/ Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Ralph Bellamy, Claude Rains) – 3 stars – A man enters a town and finds a beautiful girl who tells him about werewolves. He finds himself confused and interested in the mysteries there. Or Maybe the mystery finds him! This movie was one I have seen before, but not since my childhood. It never scared me and I always felt badly for the guy turning into the werewolf. It is a good film and very short as well (about an hour only). content: a murder, someone beating a “dog” (nothing seen, but you hear the noise of pounding), kissing, gypsy dancing and her skirt spins and you can see her bloomers, man being choked
Blue Like Jazz 2012 (w/ Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Eric Justin Welborn) – 2.75 stars – A student wants to be a writer. He decides to go to a liberal college after feeling failed by the church. He is trying to find himself by fitting in. He is tired of people who lie in the church, though he is not much different. I never read this book, though I know many who have. I don’t know much about Donald Miller, but this is supposed to be based on his life and his book. I was a little disappointed that they had to share some of the content in the film, though I understand why they did. It was an interesting story and truly shows why so many people lose faith as they start attending college or why so many have left the church or don’t like Christians. After watching it I really am glad I never went to college, but that was the most I got from the film. The music in it was pretty cool too. content: some bad language (s, h, d, a, almost f – though they cut it short), a guy talks about lusting after his friend’s mom, tobacco use (dip), a girl stands outside in only a t-shirt in front of others, smoking, someone imitating a pope, civil disobedience club takes place, thoughts of a pastor sleeping with a mom, a carrot girl has breasts, immodesty, guy without a shirt on, co-ed toilets used, giant condom, bi-curious girl checks out other girls, mockery of God, a woman says she is pregnant through an affair, bras hanging in a laundry room, pot brownies. hookah use, a guy kisses another quickly.
Blood Bath1966 (w/ William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders) – 2 stars – The aspect ratio was terrible on Netflix instant play, but I endured. A man is a little obsessed with tormenting women and is a vampire. He paints his victims after he kills them. The acting is terrible with pre-mature screams before the characters even see what is lurking around. The way it was directed was really pretty to me though. content: cleavage, man kills women, nude drawings (one a little grotesque), women in leotards, immodesty, blood seen (lots of it), the side of a woman’s leg seen (appears to be naked but it is not too visible), a woman in a bikini
The FBI Story 1959 (w/ James Stewart, Vera Miles) – 3.25 stars – I love James Stewart more than any other actor, so usually my ratings for his movies are higher than others (granted he deserves the high ratings). This is based off of the life story of Chip Hardesty who was an FBI agent that knabbed men from the Ku Klux Klan, gangsters, Nazis, and other terrorists. The film shows the struggle between having to live a dangerous job and wanting to be with your family and keep them safe. It was very good. I always saw this film from the last 30 minutes about 4 times and finally saw the whole thing through! content: violent scenes that show dead bodies with blood at certain times, punches, kissing, gun fighting, people tormenting others (such as KKK members doing so), a cry to God which some might believe was the Lord’s name in vain (I did not see it as that)
Beetlejuice 1988 (w/ Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder) – 2.25 stars – A married couple loves their home but ends up dying and try to figure out why they are wandering around. They also want to be able to stay in their house but a new family is moving in. I really only love the scene with the “Day-O” song. It gets in my head quite regularly. Now I don’t really enjoy this movie at all, though I loved it as a kid. The graphics are a little odd and outdated now, but there were some really visually interesting parts. content: The Lord’s name used incorrectly (with the d word put together with it), some language (heard three words, one was the d word, one the incorrect usage of the h word, and the other was the F word), kissing, woman quickly licks the nose of her husband, gory imagery of dead people trying to scare and freak people out (like hanging themselves in a closet and taking their skin off their faces), talk abut demon possession, scary looking “people” who look as they do because of how they died, smoking, a daughter thinks her parents are having sex due to noises, a guy trying to violate a woman through sexual harassment drinking, someone was on Valium a scene with a brothel of very immodest women trying to lure someone in, seance performed, talk about a teenager wanting to die
Pretty Little Liars 2010-2012 (Seasons 1 & 2) – 2.75 stars – I didn’t really want to see this but some of my youth girls were talking about how much they adored it, so I gave it a try. The story is about a group of girls who were friends with a girl named Allison who was killed. They started to receive messages from an “A” and often receive black mail. The story really is about how it IS NOT good to lie because of all the problems it causes, and the girls start to learn how they need to be open to one another. It is a psychological thriller which surprised me. I have ended up loving the storyline but hating what the content is of. Also, I can’t stand the horrible photoshop glossy stuff they do from time to time as they backtrack on the past and show the opening sequence. It looks terrible. content: girls seen in bikinis and bras from time to time (though not too often), topless guys, bullying, kissing, lesbian sequences (cuddling and make-out sessions), talk of people having sex, some bad language (a lot of use of the b word), talks of murder, threats, deceit, a student and teacher relationship throughout the series, pregnancy out wedlock, talks of affairs, people slapping and hitting people, disobedience to parents, much flirting
Indiscreet 1958 (w/ Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant) – 2.25 stars – A famous woman is falling in love. . .with a married (and separated) man who supposedly can never get divorced. She wants to marry him so badly but she keeps their relationship pretty much a secret and figures she can’t get any other man. How depressing. I actually hate affair movies, but I didn’t read the description when I put it on my que a couple years ago and there is actually a surprise twist to the whole story. I just saw that Cary Grant was in it and I hadn’t ever seen it. It was actually a bit boring but the outfits and decor are so nice. content: kissing, deceit, idea of an affair, drinking, misuse of the word hell
Doctor Who 2011/12 (Season 7: Part 1) – 3 stars – Many of you know I’ve been watching Doctor Who since childhood in the 80s and am a huge lover of the classic episodes. The Doctor is a “man” from a planet called Galifrey. He time travels in the TARDIS with his companions that he picks up here and there while on his adventures. I had a really hard time with the past few episodes. I found some to be a bit unoriginal mixing things like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or The Terminator into it. I did enjoy Asylum of the Daleks a bit, but most of the episodes for this season seemed very rushed and would have been better in two parts. The endings came out of nowhere at times and just didn’t really appeal to me. I have never really been fond of Amy Pond, but Rory was a great companion. I look forward to seeing more of the new companion and am glad we had a sneak peek of her in the Dalek episode. The Power of Three episode was so good until the ending. I would have enjoyed it if they didn’t again rush, but that was the best episode of the season until then. I hope the new episodes have more fascination for me. content: cleavage, kissing, a couple innuendos, violence and murder, the doctor swore (made me mad).
I Am Because We Are 2008 (documentary) – 3 stars – Malawi has a lot of issues with AIDS/HIV and having a tough time fighting it. This documentary focuses on the various issues of pain that people suffer because of AIDS/HIV. It was very good and very sad. If you watch this, there is also a website where you can help the people of Malawi at iambecauseweare.com content: people practicing witchcraft to try to heal people of AIDS, oppression on women and children, many images of people with AIDS, dead bodies seen, a woman with AIDS completely naked, naked children seen, talk about attacks on women and children, talk of sex and removal of body parts
Road to Avonlea 1990 (TV Season 1) – 3 stars – I read the entire book series including the chronicles and further chronicles of Avonlea, and the stories in this series are based from those two books, though changed a little. The story follows little Sarah who has a father charged with criminal activity. She is sent off to live with her relatives and has to deal with her cousins. It is a cute show, but I was not addicted to it like perhaps I was hoping to be. I did watch some of this when I was a kid, but it didn’t really interest me then either (surprisingly). I adore all the costumes though. content: one d word used in the last disk of the series. disobedience, superstition regarding magic/witchery, kids being mean to one another and bullying, lots of gossip
War Horse 2011 (w/ Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, David Thewlis,) – 4.5 stars – A family doesn’t have much but they have a new colt who may cause them either problems or save them. As the young man in the family named Albert grows attached to the horse, his family sells it as the first WW begins for the military to use so they can get money to save their farm. The movie follows the journey of the horse. It was an excellent movie! Beautifully done. More movies should be like this one. content: language (about 2 uses of the ba word, and misuse of the word hell, I believe), war violence (not grotesque at all), killing an animal that was worked to death