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Movie Suggestion Post #73

[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.]

A Date with Judy 1948 (w/ Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Stack, Carmen Miranda) – 3.25 stars – Judy has a great singing voice (operatic) and she cares a lot for a young man she knows, but he decides to not go to a dance with her so she picks a date with a guy she sees in a drugstore. Judy’s beau’s sister is Judy’s closest friend & it seems as if both girls are going through some changes and learning more about love.  Judy’s father is also getting lessons to do the rumba as a surprise for his wife for their upcoming anniversary, which makes for some assumptions in Judy’s head.  It was a cute movie and I adore the fashion in it.  The songs were sweet too.  Definitely a nice movie you could see with your whole family.  content: immodesty, kissing

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Apocalypse Now 1979 (w/ Martin Sheen, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Frederic Forrest) – 1.75 stars – A man becomes a Captain who has been longing to get back home after serving in the Vietnam War for far too long.  He has a special mission to take someone out who seems perfect as can be, but the man went insane.  This movie seemed pretty realistic to what the war might have been like (my dad was in the war).  I do believe this movie must have been shocking when it came out (and to me it was as well). I don’t think I have seen such great depictions of the war before in film. It was very well directed and made me feel horrified to see warlife.  I didn’t read the book which it was based on called Heart of Darkness either, by the way.  It was a very long movie, and I don’t really think it had to be. Sometimes speech in it seems to be filled with monotones,  which makes it a bit annoying as well. Now that I saw this, I hope I won’t have nightmares. It was intense and crazy.  Now I know why my dad gets flashbacks so often.  content: man in underwear; man seen drunk; language: s word x7, d word, b word, a word x3, f word x15 ..stopped counting after that (The Doors’ “The End” is playing all the way through, which has a few f-bombs in it too); smoking; gruesome corpses, The Lord’s name taken in vain blasphemously x8 (makes me mad, huge point deduction), the Vietnamese are called “gooks” & “savages”, shooting, violence, stabbing, gruesome war wounds (seriously); men’s chests revealed; centerfolds of pornographic women hanging up; Playboy girls dancing in go-go outfits for entertainment for the troops, slaughter of an animal (pretty graphic, looked very real to me), killing of other animals

Devdas 2002 (w/ Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit) – 3.25 stars – I was recommended this film a few months ago.  I had a closet love for Bollywood films when I was a child and would watch them on Saturday afternoons and my mom thought I was very odd to do so, but I love them, it is true.  I never saw the 1955 version of this film (though I may have watched song clips from it in my childhood).  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is seriously the most beautiful woman in the world (yes, I mean that so much) and she also won Miss World once, so that makes sense.  I have seen a couple of her films before. Devdas comes home after being in England for 10 years. He wants to see his childhood friend and love Paro. She counted each day that he was gone. It is a great love story and very sad too! If you don’t like sad romance films, don’t see it.  It is a very long movie (3 hours) but was so great. The costumes throughout it are so gorgeous, as well as the sets. I honestly didn’t like the character of Devdas though, but Paro was wonderful. content: some immodesty (exposed bellybuttons/bellies here and there, though not without things in the way to cover most of the belly, as well as some exposed backs), drinking and drunkenness, smoking (cigarette beadies & hookah),  a man hits a woman with pearls, blood seen, there is sensuality without any form of nudity or kissing or anything (flirting and such and some of the dancing and way the body is laying), mention of prostitution 

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Evangelion 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance 2009 (anime) – 2 stars – I have finally seen all the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime stuff. There was the full series (which every weekend when I first started working, I’d buy a couple VHS tapes of this anime back in 1998) and then various films created. They retell the story of the anime series here once again. There have been loads of retelling, and every time a little different or information added in or things that might have been missed in the series but they added in. It was interesting to see this one, but I hold the original series as special in my heart and it is still one of my favorite anime of all time.  If you are unfamiliar with the storyline: the world had been destroyed quite a bit by “angels” which are strange aliens who come and attack the planet.  Shinji is a teenage boy and his father is ahead of the Evangelion unit, which are mecha to be piloted by his son and a few other teenagers chosen to destroy the “angels” to protect the people who live on earth. All the teens have things in common but are different in personalities and have special uses for their mecha as they work together as a team (a very dysfunctional team).  I don’t like the content in this one at all.  I could have lived very easily without even seeing this. The actual TV series was more worth it. content: girls in underwear, tight outfits worn & immodesty throughout, nudity, the f word once, s word 3x, God’s name used blasphemously (nooo, the worst thing ever), some other language like the d and h and small a words, a girl lands on a boy with her chest in his face (why do they do this awful stuff in anime, really???), drunkenness, violence (blood and stabbing of aliens and such), smoking

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (w/ Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith, Ewan McGregor) – 3 stars – This is the sequel movie to Nanny McPhee, which I think I liked more than this one, though it has been a few years since I have seen it.  It is WWII era and a woman has so much going on while her husband is off fighting in the war.  She has three children and a niece and nephew will be arriving as well.  She has no money and fears losing her farm. Nanny McPhee comes in to help.  I was impressed with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s British accent, and think she did a great job in the movie.  I think I always have a hard time with these films (which were based off of books) because I love Mary Poppins so much (which I did read the book for) and it seems too similar.  I think in a way it shows though that parents don’t seem to know how to take care of their own issues though.  I understand needing help, but when Nanny McPhee came, I was a little upset with how it came about. I didn’t watch this with my boys because I read that there was some language. I am glad they didn’t see it.  There were also portions where the kids didn’t seem too obedient or considerate of their parents. content: kids fighting together, name calling, improper use of the word hell, God’s name in vain, kissing, much talk about poop, some immodesty

My Fake Fiance’ 2009 (w/ Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence) – 3.25 stars – Like most ABC Family love stories, they had to create some strange story about a woman trying to get some money and attention by creating a fake wedding. . .well a real wedding but a fake relationship as a ploy to get the money.  Vince her fiance’ owes some money.  Jennifer hates weddings and wants to have her chance.  They figure they could make enough money together and perhaps divorce right after the wedding.  I don’t like the idea of people toying with weddings as a game.  This obviously is fiction and I hope these things don’t really happen.  It was a love story though and actually really sweet.  Sort of off-topic but Joey Lawrence was one of my first celebrity crushes and I have such a hard time looking at him without all his hair. content: kissing, make-out session, deceit, mention of male body parts & sex/”banging”, d word, immodesty

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Blue Hawaii 1961 (w/ Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters) – 3 stars – This was one of the better Presley movies I’ve seen (and I’ve seen 10 or 11 now).  His character is Chad who comes home from being away for two years in the army.  He doesn’t want to do anything but surf and have fun all day.  His mother has other ideas for his life and he also has a love interest who doesn’t think he is too faithful.  He becomes a tour guide who is mixed up with a bunch of women.  content: Girls in one-piece bathing suits, kissing, kissing people who you’re not in a relationship with, young girls trying to throw themselves at an older man, men’s chests exposed (and wearing swim trunks), fighting, drinking, immodesty

Less Than Zero 1987 (w/ Robert Downey Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, James Spader) – 1.75 stars – I used to like this movie so much more a few years ago.  I recently finished reading the book, so I wanted to see the film again. Bad idea. I forgot about some of the stuff in it.  The storyline is based on Clay who comes home from college on Christmas break and spends time with his friends and family. His ex-girlfriend and his best friend seem so different from who they were six months ago. The thing that is irritating is that the way Clay acts in the book is very different until the end. . so they basically have him act the way he was at the end of the book throughout the movie. I do like the movie better. The book has a lot of graphic and horrific stuff in it (much human trafficking is brought throughout it too which is not brought up in the movie).  It is a very sad story. The book has a dumb ending but the movie ends better (though very sad).  I will say that RDJ’s character of Julian shines in this story. The acting was bad otherwise, honestly. RDJ did a great job and it was convincing and very like himself in the book too. This movie shows how even beautiful people who you may think have it together might be suffering a lot.  It also shows how dangerous it is to get involved in drugs. The only reason why I like the story, is because it is so intense and makes me really glad that bad sides of this stuff is shown instead of a good thing. This story is of everything going wrong when you make dumb choices that you think are fun at first. I once rated this movie with 4 stars on Netflix. . .all the content and how I’ve changed over the years made it so different this time around. content: sexual talk (“giving head”, having sex, etc), the f word several times, the Lord’s name in vain, whole “a” word several times, s word, hell used improperly,  d word, drug use (crack & cocaine), smoking, drinking (underage), puke seen, two men caught in compromising positions with bare bum seen in a mirror, a couple has sex a few times with areas covered (but definitely too long seen and very graphic. . skipping these scenes are very worth it – this is what I forgot about in the movie & my memory of it came back when it showed up so I skipped it this time through), make-out scenes with tongue seen often, immodesty (tight clothing, woman in a bra, short skirts, much skin revealed)

Little Miss Broadway 1938 (w/ Shirley Temple, Jimmy Durante, George Miller, Phyllis Brooks)- 3.25 stars – As a young child I owned 25+ Shirley Temple movies. She has always been one of my favorite actresses.   This movie I have always wanted to see, but never had! I knew the songs in it (such as “Be Optimistic”).  I was glad to finally see it.  Shirley Temple is about 8 or 9 in this.  She was in an orphanage but a friend of her late parents were taking her in.  She ends up being in a hotel filled with music and entertainers. A woman next door seems to be a complainer, but her nephew has a heart for the little girl he meets on her doorstep.  When trouble comes around, there has to be a way to fix the problem! It was very cute. This one had a lot more song and dance than storyline/plot than some of her other movies. It was cute.  I never have complaints of her films (though it is odd that she mainly plays an orphan in her films).  content: part of a little orphan girl’s bum is shown (very very quickly as her underwear started to fall & needed Shirley Temple to button it for her), smoking, drinking, a girl’s bloomers seen, a child runs away from an orphanage, kissing

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