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Movie Suggestion Post #69

[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.]

The Amazing Spirder-Man 2012 (w/ Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans) – 3.5 stars – Peter Parker was sent to his Uncle & Aunt’s home after his parents had an incident in their home.  Years later Peter finds clues about his parents’ past and tries to find out information, but gets more than he bargained or expected.  I used to be really quite in love with the comics of Spider-Man when I did read them as a child, and I loved the old 60s cartoon show and the Tobey Maguire films (which I adored like crazy).  I didn’t really know if I’d like them to remake it, but this was more like the comic books than the Tobey Maguire films.  We get to see a bit of Peter Parker’s time with Gwen Stacy, which is cute.  It was a long movie, but it was really well done.  I just think they could have done without the bra part (my rating would have been higher if it weren’t for that).  I look forward to the next one. Andrew Garfield made a great Peter Parker.  I’ve never had complaints about Emma Stone.  content: immodesty, punching, bullying, a woman in a bra when her shirt comes off accidentally (you’d think she’d try to cover up from the shock of how it happened too), the A word (cut-off), violence, blood, kissing, guy with tight outfit on, guy chests visible, deceit

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Bend of the River 1952 (w/ James Stewart, Julie Adams, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson, Lori Nelson) – 2.25 stars – The story follows a man named Glyn who has been dealing with Indians hijacking wagon trains.  When he reaches Oregon, it seems there are new sets of problems to approach him.  He has a past that he pretends he didn’t have, and he has changed and has an interest in a woman that seems to have cares for another bad boy with a past. Jimmy Stewart is my favorite actor, but this is my least favorite film I’ve seen with him (and I’ve seen dozens). I was a bit bored and bummed out by the film.  content: fighting between white men and native American Indians, murder (only blood seen) , stabbing (arrows & knives sticking in people), shooting, kissing

Christmas with a Capital C 2011 (w/ Daniel Baldwin, Ted McGinley, Nancy Stafford) – 0.25 stars – Cheesy bad acting throughout it. Why are there so many lame Christian films? This story is about a town in Alaska that seems pretty openly Christian. A lawyer pulls a fast one on them, wanting all things regarding Jesus, religion, etc…to be removed.  It was absolutely boring. I turned it off after 30 minutes because I was getting sleepy. Poor movie didn’t even get a chance with me! content: kissing

The Patchwork Girl of Oz 1913 (w/ Violet MacMillan, Marie Wayne, Bobbie Gould) – 2 stars – Rob has been reading through the Oz series and the 7th book or so is the title for which this film is from. Frank Baum actually worked on the film as well.  It was an interesting story where Ojo has no food and decides to go to the Emerald City for food. They get around to finding a magician who has powder of life which brings life to a patchwork doll that the magician’s wife makes.  This causes a problem though and turns others into statues.  Now they all have so many reasons to go to the Emerald City to get help. content: kissing, magic, person in an animal costume itching its bum on a tree

Brave 2012 (animated with voice of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly) – 3.25 stars– Merida lives with her parents and three brothers in Scotland. Her dad becomes king and she has a mother who is always training her as a princess. Merida just wants to explore and enjoy archery.  When her mom surprises her with the reason for her training as princess, she wants to make her mom understand her!  It was a very beautiful film. It wasn’t a great plot, though it all flowed well.  The moral of it in the end is nice.  My sons were covering their ears (we didn’t even have it on loudly) because of the “scary bears”.  I guess it was pretty practical and predictable though. It was a nice change for Pixar stories!  I guess I have seen the Brother Bear films too often and this reminds me of them, but with a different culture.  I have grown weary of films with witchcraft though at least this shows that it is not good to mess with it. content: cleavage (very visible), men’s & boys’ bums, disobedience of parents, scary sequences, witchcraft (spells, wisps/spirits, & a witch)

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Red Dawn 1984 (w/ Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Darren Dalton, Lea Thompson) – 3 stars – I have seen this movie a few times, but always through T.V. editing (until now). The story is about a group of kids who try to survive after an attack hits the US from Russian and Cuban Communists and the town they live in.  It shows the struggle between people and how they can work together as well.   It was such a unique story in its time, and now it seems so much more common to see films like this (I know they remade it now, which maybe one day I’ll see too). However, it is also a bit unrealistic.  content: language (s, d, God’s name in vain, 5x God’s name used in a curse), drinking of animal blood, violence, murder, gore (people being shot, blood shown), teen smoking, smoking, alcohol/liquor use, a man looking at a centerfold in a porn mag (but it is in the distance where you can’t see things)

Holiday in Handcuffs 2007 (w/ Melissa Joan Hart, Maria Lopez, June Lockhart) – 2.25 stars – It was like watching an aging Clarissa Explains it All with hardly aged Slater from Saved by the Bell combined for catastrophe.  The story is about a woman who resorts to kidnapping a random guy she sees so she can bring him to dinner to her parents’ for Christmas. It was very weird. It got better towards the end, but otherwise it was just a “What?” type of film.  content: a, ba, h, & b word (though censored by a honking horn, you can still see his lips saying it); talk about sexuality;  perversion; a gun & kidnapping, immodesty

Sex Slaves in America (aka MSNBC Undercover – season 1)  – 3 stars – I don’t have T.V. channels and remember wanting to see this show. I am glad that they put it on instant play on Netflix! I will say that this show already has a little bit of outdated information, but for the most part, it shows what really happens in our country to the countless victims of human trafficking.  They even had a woman (Theresa Flores) on one of the episodes, which was cool, because she wrote a book about what she went through that I read when I was pregnant with Micah. Although I personally didn’t learn anything, I think many people should see this show to learn about what  is going on right in their own neighborhoods.content: girls (some minors probably) in underwear (they do censor a lot, but show things to show what is going on), some bad language (most is censored), talk about sex & sex acts, talk about diseases, talk about brutal beatings, much immodesty

12 Dates of Christmas 2011 (w/ Amy Smart, Mark-Paul Gosselaar) – 3.25 stars – Kate gets to relive the same day for 12 days which includes a blind date that was planned, but all she wants is her ex-boyfriend back and to basically get her own way.  This is a mix of Groundhog Day with Run Lola Run to me (but not as good as either).  It was a cute film though.  I love Christmas films.  Okay, I know it sounds dumb, but I actually cried while watching this.  Therefore it got an extra .25 rating. content: the d word 2x & b word, immodesty, drinking, kissing

MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR, AMY SMART

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5 thoughts on “Movie Suggestion Post #69

  1. I liked The Amazing Spider-Man and Brave, I have not seen the other movies, but a few look interesting.

    I watched “Arsenic and old lace” with my parents last Friday (might do a post on it), have you seen it? It was pretty funny.

    Re your comment: Rosario sang by herself, but asked the girls she was with and the rest of the girls in the bar to come up and dance with her. I am very lucky to have met two celebrities who are nice. I am glad it does not get to their heads like with others.

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