Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. I tend to start at a 5 star rating and deduct things based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, which means I enjoyed it and would probably recommend it or watch it again. (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)]
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (w/ Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn, Adam Scott) – 4.5 stars – I will say that when I saw that this film was in the making, I was angry. Why? Because I am a huge fan of the original film with Danny Kaye & Virginia Mayo. It is actually my brother’s favorite film so my family saw it dozens of times and we can quote it to one another. I recently listened to the audio book as well wich is only 15 minutes long and narrated by Ben Stiller. I listened to it again after seeing this new version of the movie. Neither movie is exactly as the short story is, but both capture it in their own way. Back to the new version of the film. This was one of the prettiest movies I have EVER seen. The art of photography amazed me. The story was beautiful. There were little things throughout it giving homage to the original movie too. Walter Mitty is a man who daydreams on a regular basis of being someone amazing and adventurous. Unfortunately he is one who just takes cares of his mom and works and doesn’t do much else. There is a woman at his job who has caught his attention and he wants to get to know her more. Throughout the movie you see a great character built up! It had a great soundtrack with it as well. More films should be made like this one (well not exactly since that wouldn’t be original, but where they are pretty much clean).
content: a man is shown drinking and is drunk in a scene and mentions cheating on a woman, a man gets mocked regularly because he zones out, a statue of a man is holding a statue of a woman that is not dressed modestly, a fight scene (not intense though – more like wrestling), it is mentioned that “horny” men are on their way to a strip club, the word “erection” is said but it is not said sexually at all, heroin is mentioned, language: (“s” word 1x, Jesus’ name used as an exclamation 1x, kick-“a” used 1x, “hell” used incorrectly 2x)
Guardians of the Galaxy (w/ Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel) – 3 stars – I can’t help but shake my head in disappointment after seeing this movie. When it was in theatres, everyone was talking about this film and how great it was. I know someone who saw it four times in a row while it was still on the big screen. Now that I have seen it, I am thankful I did not go to see it in that way. This movie was “Cheeze Ball” and hyped far too much. The graphics were AMAZING, but that is where it ends. I was so confused in the first 20 minutes of this film, not understanding the plot. I asked my husband if he understood it yet, but he didn’t get it either. Finally things started to get into place for us, but the costumes and a lot of the acting was pretty poorly done. Basically, you have a boy who gets abducted by an alien (which the 1988 sequence scene shown was like ET and Flight of the Navigator for me – both 80s movies). Years later we get to see what life is like for that boy who seems to be a space pirate of sorts who runs into a bunch of mishaps that get teamed together. I felt like I was watching Star Wars a few times, and then I thought it was Rocketeer and Blade Runner and Dune and the original Total Recall put all together. I get that the main character was basically stuck in the 1980s, but all I can say is, “Howard the Duck” was a terrible movie and they had to put a whole scene using him? Ugh. The things I read about content in this didn’t make it seem like there’d be half naked girls throughout it either, which irritates me. I don’t know the actual story/comic for this, so perhaps that is the problem. Rocket reminds me of Starfox or whatever that game was from the early 1990s by the way. I don’t know what to say. I really had high hopes for this movie and was thinking I’d be giving out a 4 or 5 star rating. I almost allowed my sons to watch this, but now I am so very happy that I did not. It is not kid friendly. Read content for more.
content: A girl is shown sitting down in what appears to be her underwear (you see the color of them and her full legs exposed – and it seems that she was there from a one night stand), immodesty throughout (tight fit outfits on women and midriff and cleavage shown, people shown wearing bikini tops, women shown standing outside as if they are prostitutes – they are not dressed modestly), people punching and hitting and kicking and shooting and stabbing throughout this, people threatening to kill others. people killed (no gore), a hint to sexual activity in a ship and how to find out if it happened, talk about peeing, slavery shown, woman shown with her face and body coming apart and then blowing up purple-like, things blow up, creatures eating other creatures, language: (the middle finger shown slowly, large “b” word used, “s” word used. “hell” used incorrectly 2x, a guy about to say the “f” word but he just says “ffffff”, calling people donkeys, talking about calling people “dick”, calling a woman “whore”)
Eden of the East: The King of Eden & Eden of the East: Paradise Lost 2009 & 2010 (anime) – 2.5 stars – These are two movies to conclude the anime series Eden of the East. I hadn’t seen the series for a long time so I was a little lost for a bit but then memories kicked in. I had really enjoyed this anime. The movies were a bit slow and weren’t bad, but I am a little disappointed with the ending. It was sad. Basically, Saki goes to the US trying to find “Taki” as she calls him. He has lost his memories since the anime series and she is hopeful that she’ll find him at their special place. There are rumors going about that he is a terrorist and an illegitimate son of the prime minister. Good story and very unique. We learn about what this “game” is about and why the players have special phones.
content: guns shown, a “super deformed” drawing of a woman in a bikini, immodesty (woman in a robe that shows cleavage, a woman in a tube top dress that is hanging pretty low on her breasts, a woman is in the shower though they only show her face and steam covers the rest of her, 2 streakers shown in the credits very briefly and only partially shown though enough to see lots of skin), woman shown on a bed where you see her naked backside and her underwear worn, kissing, (language: “f” word, “s” word, small “b” word, “d” word, small “a” word)
The Doctor Takes a Wife 1940 (w/ Loretta Young, Ray Milland) – 3.25 stars – A woman writes a book about how women can overtake a man and be business minded rather than doing the usual housekeeping that wives did typically in that time. She comes in touch with a doctor who works as a teacher. After certain people see them together and assume they are married, they realize that there could be a benefit in them being married rather than single, though they aren’t really married nor do they live as if they are. This is a romantic comedy and I liked it a lot. It was short but good. I think it was strange though how quickly the mind of the woman changed when she seemed so anti-marriage. Ray Milland looks like a cross of my two favorite actors (Jimmy Stewart and Carey Grant) which is so strange to me.
content: people are semi-living together but in separate rooms and beds, someone makes it seem like there is a pregnancy when there is no marriage or sex at all but they imply that it had happened even though it didn’t, kissing, people assuming that married people are kissing other people, smoking, drinking (drunkenness shown)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 (w/ Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Tohoru Masamune, voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub) – 3 stars – I will say that I am not a huge TMNT fan, so if you are, don’t take my review to heart. Yes the show was around when I was a kid and was hugely popular but I didn’t watch it. Yes, I have seen the original movies. No I didn’t see the last movie that came out a few years back though. Now that I got the history over with, let me explain the movie. April O’Neal is a newscaster but she wants to truly do something of more worth rather than to show her pretty face. She misses her father who had died a while back. Her father’s work was important to her as well since she helped him out with it. There are people called the Foot Clan (what a weird name) who are causing issues about. Vigilantes are doing something about it and April O’Neal seems to be the only one who is following their lead. She of course finds something much more than she realized. I think this story explained things well and tied in the story in more of a realistic sense too, even though it is completely fiction. The movie was a little cheesy (not just because of the pizza in it), but it wasn’t annoying. I did not allow my sons to watch this though which I am glad of considering the content and amount of violence (no thanks, don’t feel like seeing my sons trying to do ninja and karate moves).
content: a woman’s very tight pants on her bum are shown up close in one scene as a man lusts after her, immodesty (cleavage and tight clothes, a billboard shown of a Victoria’s Secret bra ad right after the movie that was unnecessary), a turtle talks about his “shell tightening” as he checks out a “hot” girl, much violence throughout the movie of people kicking or punching or more, fighting with various weapons, a woman is dragged by her hair, language: “s” word, small “a” word, God’s name used blasphemously
Gilmore Girls 2000-2007 (TV show – all seasons) – 2.5 stars – I liked the first three seasons of this show. Afterwards it was just frustrating and annoying. Basically you have Lorelaiwho is the single mother of her teenage daughter Rory (their last name is Gilmore). The story surrounds how they live, how they interact with Lorelai’s parents, the town they are living in, and the loves they find. It was pretty clean until the fourth season and then it sometimes was a little raunchy (yeah, I understand not in comparison to today’s shows, but it still was too much). Once they made it seem like it was okay to be in love with an ex who was married now and lose their virginity to them through an affair especially, I was just mad – granted at least the character was told it was wrong in one scene but then it seemed like it didn’t matter anymore. There was only one couple who actually were pure in marriage that was admirable but of course they made it seem like their honeymoon intimacy was terrible as if married sex is not as fun as unmarried sex. Ugh. Drives me nutty! Why is Lorelai so fickle throughout this show too? It is frustrating. I was just annoyed most episodes because things were repetitive too. I only watched all the seasons to find out what the outcome of the story ended up being like.
content: talk about sex throughout as well as pre-marital sex several times (not shown) and affairs and cheating throughout, people kiss, people shown kissing on top of one another in beds, people shown in lingerie, language throughout of various words, drinking (and drunkenness), fighting (punching), smoking shown, immodesty throughout, people name calling or mocking people throughout the show, trouble making a couple times
Secret Garden 2010 (Korean TV show) – 3.25 stars – I have been meaning to watch this show for a couple of years when my in-laws told me about it (yes they and I watch Korean drama). Netflix put it on instant play and I was thrilled about that! I was blown away by the first episode and it took me a while to watch the next one, but once I got going I couldn’t stop (and these are hour long episodes. . .20 episodes for this show). Now to get to the plot. The poor girl who plays a stunt woman for TV shows somehow meets a rich CEO of a mall. She can’t stand how he shows up or is always around her and he can’t stand that he cant’s stop thinking about her all the time. She is not his type of woman. She is just not interested in him at all anyway. She has a thing for a big pop star. The pop star is the CEO’s cousin! Unfortunately, due to crazy circumstances that happen, she can’t get rid of the CEO and is pretty much in need of him often that she starts to just get used to him being around. The story seemed crazy to me by episode 6, as if it didn’t make sense anymore, but as it went on I was amazed and needed more and more and more! It was so good! I loved how they tied things together to make you go “A ha!”. Really awesome sets throughout this show by the way. I don’t understand the Korean culture quite too much, but I guess it is common for them to grab women by the wrist and make it seem like they have to go with them? That part is strange to me. This was a romantic comedy and was totally great. Also, it is rare to see shows these days where the lead couple don’t have sex at all before they wed! What a breath of fresh air. So much crying is shown throughout the show and they do it so well! ahh!
content: kissing (including about 2 scenes of people kissing on top of each other fully dressed), language throughout (“s” word, long “b” word, “hell” used incorrectly, God’s named used blasphemously), talk of sleeping with people, talk about seeing parts of someone’s body (and being angry if they did), fighting (punching/sword fighting/shooting. . . she’s a stunt woman, remember), talk about people dying, immodesty (cleavage, tight outfits, short skirts)
Jim Thorpe, All American 1951 (w/ Burt Lancaster, Phyllis Thaxter) – 2.75 stars – Of course an old movie gets the whole racial aspect of Jim Thorpe wrong when they did the mistake of casting a white man instead of a half white half Native American man for the part. This film shows how Jim Thorpe started when he was in college and picked up easily on sports. It also is the love story of his first wife. . .but they don’t tell the whole story correctly, and that’s the problem. They want to show the sweet Olympian and they didn’t really express his hardships enough, though they did express a few of the hardships, but barely. I think this is a film they need to redo so they can get it right and cast an actual Native American too, please. It wasn’t bad though, but is typical for a 1951 film.
content: racism and mockery of a Native American, kissing, talk about death
A Night to Remember 1942 (w/ Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Gale Sondergaard, Jeff Donnell) – 3 stars – Nancy decides to rent a basement apartment for her husband as inspiration to write his next mystery novel. Little did they realize the place had a history of mystery in itself with “stiffs” (dead bodies) showing up regularly. They want to figure out what is going on and who is trying to scare people away or murder those in the complex. The thing that is interesting is that this is a comedy, so there is slapstick throughout serious situations. It was alright. I had a double feature DVD of Loretta Young and this was the second film and lesser liked one by me. Throughout the film you figure out what is going on and the main characters don’t which is frustrating and makes it interesting!
content: a woman has pictures shown displayed in a room with some immodest clothing worn, shooting, dead bodies talked about/shown, punching/hitting people with objects, smoking, drinking, kissing, women shown throughout wearing nightgowns (very modest by our standards today)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 (animated w/ voices of Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Kit Harington, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Djimon Hounsou, Craig Ferguson) – 3.5 stars – We watched this movie as a family. Leto has read the first book (which he said this movie was more based off of) and the boys love to draw dragons. There was a sad scene in this movie and our Leto cried and was sad about what happened. It picks up from the first movie. Hiccup is exploring with his dragon Toothless to see what is beyond their village. He hears about a man who is trying to steal all the dragons and take control over all the villages. Something has to be done! What a beautifully made movie and I loved the animation throughout it. So amazing! This was a very good story. I don’t know if I like this or the first one more, but they were both so good and I can see watching them back to back.
content: death, possible scary imagery with how the dragons look or act or how the bad guy acts, a woman character checks out guys often in this (based on their strength – she likes their muscles in their arms), kissing, fighting (swords and arrows and such)