The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (w/ Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Woody Harelson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci) – 3.75 stars – It has been probably four years since I read this book, so I kept remembering bits and pieces as it went along, and honestly, I think they did a splendid job in capturing my LEAST favorite of the book series. This is an intense sequel. We have Katniss and Peeta, victors of the 74th Hunger Games. They go around on a tour to each district and suffer from PTSD from their past experiences. President Snow has something in mind for the 75th Hunger Games. This whole story is very sad and tragic and shows how control of people as well as rebellion can bring much destruction. I think everyone was well cast for this film! I was not disappointed at all with how they represented the book! Many times I get disappointed with how such things occur, but I applaud this. Sure there were a few differences here and there but they truly picked amazing aspects to tie the story together on film and that includes things that I didn’t think they could get right at all. Bravo!! I am sorry this review is mainly a depiction of the book and movie compared, but I just want to make sure that you know that it was that well done. If you don’t know the story, the ending is going to disappoint you and probably irritate you (though I liked it).
content:: A dead rabbit is shown hung from a trap, kissing, a man gets shot in the head for being a disruption, cleavage, a man gets a cloth hood put over his head and taken away, a man gets whipped several times publicly, a woman gets punched and whipped, a woman strips (her back and shoulders are shown and a bit of her side as she walks away), a man gets beaten and dragged away, immodesty (tight fitted outfits and low cut tops/dresses) , violence for survival (being speared, etc. . .but no blood and such), boils on people’s bodies shown, wild baboons (fake CG ones) are killed, slapping, blood shown, drunkenness/drinking, language: “s” word, the “f” word that was bleeped (but you see it said in the lips), “b” word
Thor: The Dark World 2013 (w/ Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings) – 2.75 stars – If you must know, Thor has been my favorite “superhero” since I was a child, but this movie was so disappointing for me. Near to the end of the movie I still wasn’t even understanding the plot or concept. I felt like I was watching a mix of Star Wars with The Hobbit. Basically, Thor hasn’t seen the woman he loves for two years and now she is trying to date, but it is a little difficult for her to do (when she can’t find one nearly anything like Thor). Thor on the other hand has been trying to help defend Asgard, his home, which in turn helps protect Earth. When Jane Foster accidentally comes in contract with a dark material that enters her body (still trying to figure out all that), an elven villain named Malekith gets mad and wants to use it to destroy everything. So that is basically the movie for you. Oh, that and Loki who is our most confused and interesting character in this film or it would have been worse. I was left with question after question in my head about things throughout watching the film. I’m so disappointed. I felt like it really was a rip off of the two movies mentioned but with Thor thrown into it (and it doesn’t help that Jane Foster is Padme Amidala haha).
content: war violence/battles (kicking, hitting, shooting – nothing graphic though), man’s bare chest shown, talk about sleeping with people, innuendos, naked man running around (censored), men being incinerated from the inside showing outwardly, a neck is snapped to kill someone, man in underwear, kissing, blood shown, language: hell used incorrectly x2, “s” word, “d” word x2
Read It and Weep 2006 (w/ Kay Panabaker, Danielle Panabaker, Alexandra Krosney, Marquise C. Brown) – 2.25 stars – A “nobody” in high school can’t stand the popular kids and how they treat her and her friends. She writes everything down in her journal with intense emotions. After some encouragement from her mom, she submits her journal for publishing for a writing contest. Her whole life is going to change, but will it be for better or for worse? Will it change who she is? It reminded me of a bad version of Harriet the Spy (not as good at all, granted even that movie probably gets 3 stars from me). What I didn’t understand is that there was a “bad girl version” of herself that she talked to throughout the movie (which was played by her older sister). It was a bit strange considering she wasn’t a little girl. I think it had a valuable lesson for young girls especially to learn form (this was aimed towards a younger female audience). I think if I did have a young daughter, I’d probably be cool with her seeing this movie, but otherwise if you are an adult or have boys, skip it.
content: kissing, mocking people
Hitchcock 2012 (w/ Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson. Toni Collette, Danny Huston, James D’Arcy, Jessica Biel) – 3 stars – I JUST realized while writing who was in the movie that Anthony Hopkins played Alfred Hitchcock. I had no idea because it looks NOTHING like Anthony Hopkins, though I kept thinking “His voice sounds so familiar!” Little did I realize that I was fooled by good acting. He really did a brilliant job too, as did Helen Mirren, who played his wife Alma. The whole movie focuses on issues that Hitch and his wife had during the filming of Psycho, which he truly wanted to be willing to take risks to make. I don’t know how true these things shown in the film may be, but I do know that yes, Alfred Hitchcock did have a fascination with his blonde leading ladies. This movie was actually really good but the content was unnecessary. If you’ve been following my reviews for a long time, you know I am a lover of Alfred Hitchcock’s films! I believe this film was beautifully directed too. For instance there was a sequence of Alma swimming in a pool (in a one piece) and later on Alfred Hitchcock sees lines on the back of his wife’s neck to indicate that she was in fact swimming or wearing a suit (and the way it is directed was unique and cool to show that he noticed little details that were shown in his directing).
content: Man looks through a peep hole as a woman dresses, Many scenes of women in bras or lingerie, a man and woman are caught having an affair (woman is being groped while in her underwear), kissing, an unwed couple are shown kissing on a bed wearing hardly any clothes for a movie scene, a man is in a bathtub, cleavage, hugging, real photographs of a murder are shown (gorey and graphic and disturbing), blood shown, innuendos, a man is shown hitting another with a shovel, a man goes into bed with a dead corpse of his mother, graphic talk about the story behind Psycho, alcohol consumption, smoking, a man shown holding a knife to threaten a naked girl (her lower shoulders and up are shown), language: “d” word, God’s name used blasphemously, “hell” used incorrectly, deceit, small “a” word, “queer” used to describe someone, name calling
The Central Park Five 2012 (documentary) – 3.25 stars – I truly do eat up documentaries sometimes. I was so enraptured by this one. This is about a group of teenaged boys who were basically in the wrong place at the wrong time (literally) in 1989. They were accused of raping and nearly killing a woman in Central Park. The media blew up over the events and everyone was talking about what was going on. There was already a cerial rapist/murderer on the loose and these teens were under pressure and gave testimony to what they supposedly did to this woman. Because I live near NYC, I do remember a bit what it was like in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was pretty crazy there with gangs and crime (still are gangs though of course, but it was a bit more insane then) and it was so dirty there. I am not a fan of the city in general, but this documentary really captured what it was like in NYC in the 1980s! It is much cleaner now but I still don’t like it. I really think this documentary told so much in depth with video interviews from the past and interviews with the guys who were originally accused and served time for this crime. It truly shows how messed up the justice system can be and how racial profiling can occur as well. It was sad!!! I loved this though! Truly it was a great documentary. I learned so much. I was a young girl when these things happened so I wasn’t very knowledgeable about what was on the news yet, but it is so interesting to go back to learn of.
content: sexual discussion about rape with details accounted by teenagers, some language, a courtroom drawing of someone holding a picture of a naked woman
The Carrie Diaries 2013 (TV: Season one)- 2.75 stars – This is supposed to be the sequel story to Sex and the City. I never saw that show and I don’t intend to either, honestly. This however has AnnaSophia Robb, whom I enjoy (since Bridge of Teribithia), so I thought to give it a try also because Freema Agyeman from Doctor Who was in it. However, Freema’s character is usually always high on drugs like ecstasy and the whole show seems to be about dating boys and losing virginity. It is pretty depressing. I love all the 1980s stuff throughout it though and it did remind me much of that time period (I loved the 80’s, even if I was only 7 when it ended). I do have a thing for high school romance stories since I have one myself with my husband, so I think that s what ultimately lured me in, but I just couldn’t take how some of the females acted in this, all fickle and crazy and the drama. It made me kinda glad that I wasn’t normal in high school. The show has potential. It is mainly about Carrie and her sister growing up with their father, a widower. They each are dealing with the loss of her mother in various ways. Apparently boys are a good distraction. :: rolls eyes :: I am glad that there were not nudie scenes or anything like that.
content: teenagers talk constantly about sex and oral sex (there is more to life than that, kiddies), drug use/people shown high, drinking/drunkenness, some bad language (the “b” word and God’s name used blasphemously), kissing, an adult officer has sex with a teen (nothing shown), two teens watch porn together (you hear noises. . the one girl takes notes thinking that is how to learn what to do with her boyfriend), same-sex kissing, immodesty
Girl Happy 1965 (w/ Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares) – 2 stars – This whole movie has to deal with how men objectify women (and the women seem to enjoy it) and how sometimes though there is a brain inside those women who look nice. Ugh, but seriously, it was pretty bad and filled with half naked women who seem to like to get used and thrown out by men. The story for this movie is that Elvis’ band (oh his name is Rusty in this) is asked by a mob boss to watch his daughter who wants to go to FL on her spring break with her friends. She seems to really enjoy the company of Rusty until she realizes why he was being so nice to her, so she goes after some other guy and this just makes drama ensue. Yeah, I didn’t care for the movie, though some of the songs were nice. :: sigh ::
content: girls in bikinis everywhere and other immodesty (major cleavage, stripping, under garments worn, tight outfits, midriffs, etc), kissing, drinking/drunkenness, deceit, smoking
The Loving Story 2011 (documentary) – 3 stars – This was about the Lovings, the couple who changed the whole national law about interracial marriage in the US. It was really cool because they never dealt with racism or saw a problem with skin in the part of Virginia where they grew up, so it didn’t matter to them or their families that they were “mixing colors” and I thought that was really great. However, because it was against the law for them to be married in Virginia, even though they were married in Washington D.C., it was still illegal for them to live together. They had three children and had to spend much of their time living away from their own home because of the law. it took them a long time before they could return. I love how the videos of them are really well preserved and they took really beautiful photographs too. I felt so sad and angry while watching parts of this simply because of some of the things stated by those who believe that even God Himself made people to not mix with other skin-tones. It was so aggravating!!! I was very glad to learn about the Lovings and their family.
content: racism and racist remarks, kissing
Terms of Endearment 1983 (w/ Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow) – 3 stars– I figured I should try to see some of these Best Picture movies, since I have seen most, but not all of them. The acting was well done in this, and I can see how it got best Art Direction, though I don’t know if I would say it deserved “best picture”. The scene with the Corvette driving on the beach was really beautifully directed especially. The story is about a mother named Aurora and her daughter Emma and their rocky relationship with one another and the relationships they have with men. I actually found the story pretty depressing at times and nice at other times. It definitely shows how a mother and daughter can have problems but can also be very close with one another too. I am sure it was one of the first films that featured information about cancer, specifically breast cancer.
content: a man grabs a woman’s breast going under her dress for an extended time while she is telling him to get his hand out and he did not listen, kissing (some is really strange and awkward), talk about sex and innuendos, immodesty (cleavage, women in lingerie, bikini, bum cheeks hanging out of shorts, half naked men’s bodies, people in bed together – married and unmarried), a couple making certain sex noises, smoking, bad language: the “F” word, God’s name used blasphemously far far far too often, implication of oral sex being performed (nothing shown), drunkenness shown, a boy gets slapped several times by a woman, a man and woman meet secretly and are having a relationship even though they are each married (they go to each other when dealing with problems, and honestly it is heartbreaking), two girls kiss on the lips (meant in a friendly unsexual way), smoking (looks like cigarettes to me but it is supposed to be weed), a woman in this never is wearing a bra, talk about herpes, talk about cancer
Gravity 2013 (w/ Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) – 3.5 stars – On her first mission, Ryan works with a team to fix a satellite. One problem, another satellite was blown up nearby which means debree is going to invade where they have been working. All she wants is to get back to earth safely. This was an intense film. My husband called it “This generation’s Poseidon Adventure.” If you don’t know what that is, it was another escape movie from the 70’s that we enjoyed seeing as kids. My husband used to want to be an astronaut as a child. After seeing this film, I am so happy he did not pursue that dream. haha. Very scary situations shown in this. You’d think that a movie that only has two people in it would be boring, but it was full of thoughts of what would happen next. The only down side was that there was some bad language in it and Sandra Bullock in little spandex type of underwear shorts. Otherwise it was excellent.
content: a very graphic image of a face impacted by debree in space (gorey), frozen bodies shown, immodesty (woman in basically underwear boyshorts), language: (“s” word x5, “d” word, “f” word, God’s name blasphemously used, hell used incorrectly various times, “b” word used