[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.]
Gone with the Wind 1939 (w/ Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniels) – 5 stars!! – If you KNOW me, you KNOW this has been my favorite movie (and book) since I was in middle school. Hands down. I watched this again in the presence of my husband (who half paid attention to it) on two different nights (yes, for some reason I need a break to recover from each part and can’t watch the whole thing all at once). He said, “Why do you like this movie so much again?” He was annoyed by the main character, Scarlett O’Hara and her selfishness. I said, “What stories do you know are written so that you want to strangle the lead character the whole time? If others like that exist, they took the idea probably from this. They always try to draw you into loving the lead character, not hating them!” I don’t think he understood. If you are unaware of what this story is about, it is based during the Civil War period. Scarlett lives in the south on a plantation called Tara. She has her eye on Ashley who is newly engaged to his cousin Melanie. While seeking him out to express her love, the war begins. She finds herself trying to find survival and longs to help #1 (herself) in the process. It is a very amazing movie in so many ways. Melanie is still the best character and who I strive to be like, honestly. I can quote so much of this film that it is ridiculous!
content: talk about seeing prostitutes, immodesty (woman in a corset, cleavage shown), kissing, the d word, killing, deceit, injured people shown (not graphic), mistreatment of a horse (whipped and thirsty), slavery (and mistreatment of one shown at one point), slapping people, drunkenness/drinking, talk of death/people shown dead, notation of sex happening (people being carried into bed and are shown happy the next morning and other things to make it known that a married couple had relations), a man kisses a woman who isn’t his wife (but regrets it)
Somewhere Between 2011 (documentary) – 3 stars – Many girls are left abandoned or put up for adoption in China because of a lack of money to provide for them, because girls are looked down upon, and because of the one-child policy, in which boys are usually more sought after to have. This documentary follows a few various girls who were adopted from China, and shows a bit of what life is like for them and how they may deal with the idea of being adopted and abandoned. I know a lot of people who were adopted (and one day I’d like to adopt), most were from China, so it was really an interesting documentary and very sad at times, though happy as well.
content: immodesty (mainly cleavage or bras seen with very low shirts revealing the bra from under the shirt), talk about God, talk of abandonment of children
Man of Steel 2013 (w/ Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Antje Traue ) – 3 stars– Another Superman remake. I grew up really loving Superman I & II as a young girl. Man of Steel was basically a combination of the two while taking concept ideas from movies like The Matrix, Flight of the Navigator, Dune, and the Devil May Cry game among other things. The costumes were really wonderful, the plot had some holes in it, though they did a good job for the most part in explaining things, but the movie was a bit quiet and slow. In case you are not familiar with the story of Superman, On the planet Krypton there are many babies that have a set purpose in their life and are not born from their parents. However, the first natural child to be born in hundreds of years needs to be protected before the planet is about to fall apart, so Jor El and his wife send off their child to Earth to be protected from the destruction. However, Zod and his minions have a sole purpose of protecting their planet and re-establishing its people and long to use earth as a part of that. On earth, Cal El grows as Clark Kent on a farm and has to adjust to the atmosphere of the earth, which is not always easy for him to do. He feels like he is cursed but his parents see that he has a purpose in life to help others and protect the people of earth. As he grows he learns to use his powers for good and to not get unnecessary attention. In the process he searches for answers about where he came from and gets to meet a woman who cares too named Lois Lane. What I thought was the dumbest part of this movie is that they did CG on Clark Kent’s abs!!! My husband and I noticed it right away and thought a lot of the CG was poorly done and obvious, while others was pretty good. I don’t think there was a good enough character development for Lois Lane and for the relationship she forms with Clark Kent.
content: shooting, killing, people disintegrating, fighting/punching/slamming people around, naked babies shown in “wombs”, cleavage shown, baby’s penis shown, spitting on people, language: (small a word, hell used incorrectly, s word, a person saying the letter “f” but not the actual f word though that is what they meant), man’s chest shown multiple times, mention of “measuring dicks”, carcass shown, drinking of alcohol shown various times, kissing, mass murders and destruction of a city area, talk of aliens, talk of God, blood shown but no actual gore in it though, snapping a person’s neck
Travel the Road (TV seasons 1-3, 2003-2010) – 3 stars – Two young men go on a journey around the world together to spread the gospel of Christ to them, including in the most remote places of the world. They document a few years worth of their time just traveling around and seeing God encounter others and them through some pretty crazy adventures. Some episodes are more about the history of the place rather than the missionary work. I did love a lot of these episodes, but I will say that the narration through out that is often used was a bit monotone and made me yawn. I LOVED seeing how God would heal people and work in people’s lives in various miracles though! The adventures and seeing the different people was so interesting! I really do think that people who want to become missionaries might enjoy seeing this! I think they are working on a 4th season now (I follow their instagram and facebook page).
content: guy in underwear seen while trying to get leaches off, men’s chests seen, some nudity shown in certain villages they went to, some gruesome imagery (such as birds eating flesh off of a body and injuries throughout it), much talk about demons and God, a couple times you can see animals being killed depending on where they were located and what the people in those villages do to survive or what their sacrifices and such might look like (some might be disturbing)
The Perfect Game 2009 (w/ Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Jake T. Austin, Jansen Panetierre, Emilie de Ravin) – 3.25 stars – This is set in the 1950s. It is based off of a real story. They show real footage too. There are a bunch of children in Monterrey, Mexico who don’t truly have much of anything at all but a dream of baseball. The children find a coach who gets them into a competing league in Texas. Throughout their time in the US, they suffer from racism. However, with their strong faith, they find their way through each game and trial they face. It was a good story! I really don’t have any complaints about it. It is a great family film. There were some really lovely hairstyles and outfits in it too.
content:: Racist remarks, mocking people, segregation, flirting, fighting between kids, talk about a death of a child, people shown drunk and holding alcohol (not drinking it), talk about God, deceit
Despicable Me 2 2013 (animated w/ voice of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan) – 2.5 stars – The story follows Gru’s new life as a father of the three girls he has adopted. He is asked by an undercover company to help find out who created an evil serum that will cause many problems to destroy the earth. Gru is given a female partner to help catch the crook. I found the film to be a bit weird (bad weird) with some of the things shown in the film that weren’t very kid-friendly in my opinion, and I couldn’t really get into the story. They wanted to give some sort of romance in it, which was sweet at times. This film wasn’t that funny and I think the plot was rushed through. The CG in this was really well done though.
content: a woman appears to be drunk at a party, violence (such as tazers used on people, running them over with cars intentionally, punching, slapping, freezing people, other such things. . .), a rabbit shown used as an experiment, cross dressing, immodesty (man’s hairy chest exposed, minions having dresses fly off, sensuality (gyrating pelvic movements, a woman’s bum in the air that is shot as it bounces, close up of a woman’s bosom), nudity (a minion’s bum is shown), a kiss shown, deceit, intent of murder
Elysium 2013 (w/ Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, William Fitchner, Sharlto Copley, Diego Luna) – 2.75 stars – Max lives on earth, which is a bit of a terrible place. So much is messed up there that the wealthiest people moved out of Earth and into a place called Elysium that was built nearby and has its own atmosphere in space (the built “planet” looks like a wheel), Max wants to go to Elysium and always has. When he comes in contact with something deadly, he is willing to risk everything to go to Elysium. This movie. . .well, Rob had wanted to see it for quite some time and it is truly very violent and nasty violent (disturbing). It wasn’t that great of a film. The concept and plot was pretty interesting at times, but I think the story started to get lost somewhere. It was not that great. I liked the ending, My husband actually shed tears at the end, so he’d probably give it a much better rating.
content: language (f word several times, s word several times, a man giving the middle finger), stealing, a woman seen in a bikini, a man seen without a shirt on, destroying ships of people, smoking, drinking, threats, guns shown, throw up coming out of a man’s mouth, an operation to the head shown (with blood), extreme gore (a man’s body exploding after getting shot, men get stabbed, a man’s face is being blown off by a grenade), a man hits a woman, man punches people and flips one over, a man harasses a woman (smells her and kisses her head when she doesn’t want it)
The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (w/ Robert Downey Jr, Molly Ringwald, Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello, Victoria Jackson, Harvey Keitel) – 2.25 stars – It’s been about eight years since I’ve seen this, so I decided to do so again on New Year’s Eve (yeah, I forgot to include this in the last review post), Jack Jericho loves to get beautiful women’s numbers so he can basically get a one-night stand out of them and that’s about it. He doesn’t seem to care about connecting with any. Then he meets Randy Jensen and continually wants to keep in touch with her, which is so out of character for him. He doesn’t understand it. She seems to be a bit unconcerned with him, but he wants to prove himself worthy of her. She needs a lot of money to help her dad who has a debt he needs to pay, but her dad is an alcoholic and doesn’t seem to think much about anything else. Jack lives with his grandmother and seems to not really care about bills he has to pay even, but he is a teacher (gym teacher? I never figured it out really). Although I don’t really like a lot in this movie, there are so really cute quotes in it. I don’t think I’ll see it again because when I last saw it I still didn’t care about content in movies at all like I do now.
content: talk about sex and one night stands, kissing, making out, immodestly dressed women throughout it, gambling, drinking and drunkenness, smoking, deceit, quite a bit of language throughout, a man and a woman are in a car and you hear sounds and know they are having sex (nothing is shown), violence towards women, punching/fighting
The Host 2013 (w/ Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Chandler Canterbury, Max Irons, Jake Abel) – 3.25 stars – This is based off of the book by Stephenie Meyer (which I have not read, so I can’t compare it). The world has been invaded and there are only a few people who are still humans. While life appears as human on earth, they are invaded just as well. A young girl who tries to escape is “saved” but replaced with the alien life-form parasite to use her body in order to gain information to locate other humans. Her memories are still there and she is fighting to get her body back, for she hasn’t completely died. The human within her is called “the host” and fights to protect her memories. The alien’s name is “Wanderer” aka Wanda and the human is Melanie and she has people she hopes to protect. Some of this movie had it’s slow points, but a lot of it was so intriguing that I wasn’t bored while watching it and wanted to learn more. It was a unique story about love, trust, and survival. I have rated a few movies with Saoirse Ronan pretty highly now, it seems.
content:: girl falls out of a window (bruises shown on her body), a girl’s shoulders are shown, some immodesty, a man is shown holding a gun (you hear a bang and are told he took his own life), kissing (quite a few scenes), hitting, punching, kicking, a girl is shown taking a back (her shoulders are the only thing visible), people shown driving a vehicle into a wall to their deaths, shooting (some blood is shown when one shoots someone in the head), a couple is shown kissing in bed (you see that the woman is wearing a bra from the back and they show the lower back of a man), insults thrown at people, , language: misuse of the word hell, the “d” word said, small “a” word, cuts with some blood are shown