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Movie Suggestion Post #75

[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 Lucky One 2012 (w/ Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart) – 3.25 stars – This is one of those Nicholas Sparks novels made into a film (no, I haven’t read the book).  A military man named Logan found a picture of a woman while in Iraq and as he looks at it, everyone around him is attacked as he’s spared.  Eight months later he returns home.  He decides to look for the woman who “saved his life”.  I gotta say, Zac Efron acted like a war veteran very well (I grew up in a household with one).  I think my biggest problem in this is that there are people who go to church and act “churchy” but are doing things they shouldn’t be doing (not even trying).  It was sad at times, dramatic of course too, but overall (minus some of the content in it), I actually enjoyed it.  It’s a cute romantic story filled with love, conflict, and seeking out answers.  I think Taylor Schilling did a great job too, but I do think she looked “too old” for Zac Efron (who actually looked “aged” in this compared to all his other films – but still younger than her, since she looked 30 to me and he looked about 23). content: shooting (war violence), PTSD problem that cause a soldier to nearly choke a boy, immodesty, language: the s word (a few times), d word, God’s name blasphemously, hell used incorrectly, kissing, woman sits on top of a man as they kiss and touch here and there (stops pretty quickly though), drinking/drunkenness, woman propped against a wall as kissing goes on, man squeezes a woman’s bum (over clothes), a man playfully bites a woman’s belly/ribs, man’s chest shown, woman in bra seen, woman put her hand down a man’s pants to squeeze his bum, man shown unlatching a woman’s bra (her back seen), couple wakes up in bed together (implied un-marital sex), couple seen in bed with a sheet over them (nothing seen other than their heads or backs)

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The Three Musketeers 2011 (w/Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Ray Stevenson) – 2 stars – A young man named D’artanian wants to become a musketeer and seems to know how to find trouble wherever he goes.  The Musketeers are retired but still trying to make a living.  One of them is in love with “Milady” who seems an adventurer herself. The Cardinal of course is always devious and not the man of God he pretends to be.  I have seen pretty much every version of this film made since the 30s, and grew up with the one from the 90s (and loved it as a kid).  This one however started out where I didn’t quite get what was going on, regardless of the fact that I do know the gist of what the story is supposed to be about.  I enjoy the art of sword fighting (without bloodshed).  It is really beautiful and of course they did a great job with the fight scenes, though at times the slow bullet-time action sequences were tacky.  The sets were beautiful and the costumes are lovely, but the wigs that most of the guys wear are dreadful.  The movie was pretty cheesy and boring other than the amazing air ships (which Rob & I agreed was the only good part of the whole film).   content: cleavage (a lot of it, including one sticking a key down their cleavage), sword fighting, murder, poisoning, drinking/drunkenness, kissing, language (s word, small a word, d word, God’s name in vain), immodesty, shooting, naked statues

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 (w/ Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush) – 4 stars – A married couple has longed and tried to have a child of their own, but are unable to. They decide to bury the ideas they have for having a child, which brings about a mysterious child who fits those qualities.  This was a heartwarming film about how we have expectations and how sometimes there are things that happen that change our lives and aren’t perfect, but are still wonderful.  It is okay to be different and to not be perfect.  That is what I love about this. It was a great story and I wasn’t sure when I first saw the trailer for this film if I’d like it or not, but I loved it! I did have a few tears roll down my cheek as I watched it as well.  If you are a parent, I think you’ll have a few laughs or understand a lot of the emotions that go in being a parent that is portrayed in the film.  content: kissing, wine shown (no drunkenness), little girl in two-pieces, immodest pre-teen/young teen, young boy’s chest seen, boy kicks a girl in the face, mocking others, misuse of the word “hell”
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Now, Voyager 1942 (w/ Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid) – 3 stars – This is about a woman who is raised under a strict woman and not given a chance to live her own life.  She is called “an ugly duckling” and is thought of as ill.  When she tries to work her life out, she finds more confidence than she can bargain for.  This movie did have a good plot and emotions are heightened and portrayed well.  One thing though; when I see married people going after others, I get easily bothered by the entire story.  This was good in certain ways, and bad in others.  I’ve never been one for Bette Davis, but she really was a good actress.  content: kissing, married person kissing someone that is not their spouse, smoking, drinking

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (w/ Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev) – 3.25 stars – Charlie is going through a hard time starting high school and longing to meet friends after struggling through a loss of his best friend.  He meets a pair of step-siblings who seem to have loads of fun, but have things that they keep secret.  He is learning about relationships and pain held in. Charlie seems to see and learn of other’s secrets and hurts and it grieves him.  It was an interesting story and reminded me of the way many 80s movies feel (which I have a weakness for teen 80s films).  I am guessing this is based on the late 80s or early 90s…not sure (they lacked big hair in it – but made mix-tapes and dressed the way people did in those times).  I haven’t read the book.  I liked this movie. I would have liked it more with less content included in it (it would have had a much higher rating without all that junk), but otherwise it was really good and a touching story.  There were so many amazing quotes in it and I can’t stop thinking of it a day after seeing it.  It is one of those “coming of age” stories.  content: kissing, immodesty (including 2 Rocky Horror Picture Show acting scene, so if you know what that film is like. . .then you can understand what type of immodesty is in this film), a kid gets accidentally high on weed brownies, talk of suicide, boys kissing very briefly, 1  s word, 1 b word, 3 blasphemous uses of God’s name all in a row near the end of the film (come on! why??), 1 long A word, use of the word “faggot”, innuendo, girl gets slapped by a guy, LSD use, underage drinking, a teen boy touches a teen girl’s chest (bra on) 2x, knowledge of teens having sex (but nothing at all seen, as scenes are cut around it,  fighting, bullying & name calling, hints & signs at sexual and physical abuse

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Far From the Madding Crowd 1967 (w/ Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch, Terence Stamp) – 3 stars – A vain woman named Bathsheba seems to lure men in with such ease & works on a farm with sheep herders and has been asked to marry. . .a few men.  She meets a soldier who seems to be equally vain in himself.  This movie has beautiful settings and interesting art direction.  It is totally 60s.  It is totally too long too. Unfortunately it is one of those very depressing stories, which I have a hard time with pretty often.  It is based off of a book (haven’t read it).  It doesn’t end too poorly which is nice how they did it, and it wasn’t a bad film, it was just too long! content: sheep fall to their death off a cliff, a dog is shot, sheep are punctured,   kissing, dead corpses seen (one including a newborn), a man’s bum shown partially, attempted suicide, murder, a man’s chest seen

Tuff Turf 1985 (w/ Kim Richards, James Spader, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Mones) – 3.25 stars – A girl is in trouble with a bunch of hoodlums she hangs around when a new guy (James Spader) in school shakes things up.  He has his eye on the toughest guy in school’s girl!  His past isn’t too wonderful and his parents are concerned for him but think he’ll never accomplish anything good in life (and believe he’s always looking for trouble).  I first saw this a few years back and loved how long Kim Richards’ hair was (she was in the Disney witch mountain movies from the 70s) and I laughed that she tied her hair in a knot which I’ve done since I was a teen.  RDJ plays drums in a punk band in this film.  James Spader sings a love song.  The fashion is atrocious, but that’s why it is so amazing.  There is a bit of dancing in this too. content: immodesty (girl in not too revealing lingerie as she dresses, suggestive outfits, immodest go-go dancers, dance bloomers seen), The Lord’s name taken blasphemously 2x, the a, s, d and b words, hell used improperly, smoking, guys in underwear, guys’ chests seen, trouble-making teenagers, bullying, a few portions of sexual talk & innuendos (like getting laid, being spitters, “I came in a BMW once too”, a song lyric), sexually suggestive dance moves, dead animal put in someone’s locker, kissing, fighting (punching, hitting people with objects repeatedly), teens drinking, shooting, a guy hits a young woman several times, a guy kissing a girl on a bed (they show bare shoulders and a man’s back), “faggot” & “Fag” is said to people once each, as a girl is being thrown around in the distance you can see the bottom of her bum hanging out (her skirt was so short that it popped up)
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[screen caps are all from me other than ones for Odd Life of Timothy Green, Perks of a Wallflower shots from here]

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3 thoughts on “Movie Suggestion Post #75

  1. I agree about teh most recent 3 Musketeers. The Kiefer Sutherland version was better, and the Oliver Reed version even better. In fact, Reed’s might be the best ever.

  2. OMG RDJ is so young in those photos! I really want to see Perks, but I want to read the book first. Kyle wanted to see the Odd life of Timothy Green, it looked a bit too cheesy to me, but now I kinda want to watch it.

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