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)]
Big Hero 6 , 2014 (animated w/ voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk) – 3.5 stars -Hiro gets himself in trouble and his big brother Tadashi always comes to help him out. He looks up to Tadashi so much and finds out he is a big of a science geek like him with working on “science projects” of sorts that might be able to help people out a lot. Tadashi also has friends who are similar. Hiro decides he wants to go to the same special academy school as his big bro, and that he is of age where he could possibly do it if he invents something amazing. Microbots is what he creates, but in the wrong hands it can be pretty dangerous. In the process of everything, Tadashi’s invention becomes a bit of a helper to Hiro named Baymax. Baymax looks like a big vinyl marshmallow. How in the world could he really help out? This was a very heartwarming story with lots of action and typical “coming of age” type of situations. Parts of this film reminded me of Bladerunner, Half Life, and Portal (the games). My sons both cried while watching this movie which surprised me a lot. They also laughed loads too. Definitely cute. I am not too into the violence in it though. The animation is amazing in this by the way.
content: talk about puberty (nothing sexual that I picked up on, mainly emotional talk and body hair), a character acts drunk but is not one bit, there is some wine showed at a ceremony, a death, some characters longing for revenge to where they are willing to kill people (and mentioned that this is wrong), someone cries out to God (could be both appropriate in calling out for help or blaspheming depending on how you look at this one in the scene), fight scenes happen where people get attacked and fight with weapons, possible scary imagery
Moonstruck, 1987 (w/ Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello) – 3 stars – I so wanted to make this more stars, but I just couldn’t (content is the reason). This is about a woman who is ready to settle down and marry after being a widow for several years, even though the guy she has been seeing isn’t really a guy she loves, is excited and knows he will take care of her and is a good man. When he goes away to visit his dying mother, she has to try to make amends with his brother for him so that he’ll attend their wedding. However, this guy is crazy and irritating and somehow is interesting to her. This movie was funny but there were definitely some “Oh no!” instances that make you concerned. Cher and Olympia Dukakis were wonderful in this and shone the most (no wonder why they won awards for their roles). Nicolas Cage’s acting was so bad to me though.
content: kissing, a man and woman kiss passionately in a bed (clothed) and you only see their heads but they moan and you know more is happening, a woman’s body is dark with an outline but you know she is naked even though you can’t see anything but she puts a sheet around her body, affairs are talked about as well as cheating on people in general, calling people prostitutes, immodesty (a woman is even powdering her cleavage at one point), drinking alcohol throughout (no drunkenness), a woman slaps a man a couple of times, a man threatens to cut his own throat, a woman holds up lingerie (she is fully dressed), language: (“s” word several times, “d” word, “Hell” used improperly, God’s name used blasphemously)
From Up on Poppy Hill, 2011 (anime) – 2.5 stars – This was a little boring. I didn’t realize it was newer and thought it was from the early 90s honestly. Umi raises flags constantly at her home where she cooks food for those who live there (there are boarders that live there too). She is only a teenager but has the most responsibility in the home. This is set in the early 60s around the time that the Olympics were in Japan. Regardless, being post Korean War, Umi hopes to find her father who went missing but raising these flags. She meets a charming young man in her school named Shun. He is smitten with her. However, there may be a circumstance that will tear them away from one another in one way and possibly bring them together in another. I will say once that situation became known I got a little weirded out but thankfully it had a happy ending. It was a sad story, and was sadly a little boring. I was hoping I’d like it more.
content: talk about death, flirting, rebellious talk, daring activity, some name calling
The Judge, 2014 (w/ Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga) -3 stars – This is one of those court movies, but the courtroom isn’t really the important part of the film. Hank (played by RDJ – which makes this my 72nd film I’ve seen with him in it) has been a big shot lawyer who seems to always defend the criminals. He’s been in the city for a while, but when his mother dies he returns to the farm town that he grew up in and the judge, who is his father (Robert Duvall) also is someone he hopes to not spend too much time around. They always had a bad relationship. His two brothers have always stayed near their home. Hank is also going through a divorce and his life seems to be falling apart around him. This is one of those bonding with family stories. I think it was filmed beautifully and the story was captivating, but it was a bit slow at times. If there wasn’t so much language in this especially that was unnecessary I would have rated it much higher.
content: A man makes out with a much younger (but legal) girl and finds out later something about her – he also gropes her bum while kissing her in public (they are dressed and she is immodest with a short skirt and cleavage hanging out), talk about murder, people trying to have a fist fight, some intense scenes of a man going through cancer problems of nausea, an old man shown without his shirt on, a man talks about how he is erect while making out intensely (clothes on), drinking (one character could be drunk), some talk about sexual things (maybe twice – once about how someone got pregnant – though not graphically talked about), smoking, language: (About 20-30 F words, God’s name used blasphemously a few times, short “b” word, “s” word, small “a” word, “hell” used incorrectly
The Egg and I, 1947 (w/ Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Louise Allbritton) – 3.25 stars – This movie felt really long but it was entertaining to the point where my sons watched most of it with me (they missed the beginning) and they cracked up in laughter at times. This was the second film of the double feature dvd with No Time for Love in which Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray return for a film. Newlyweds set out to buy a house on a farm together but there is a lot of work to be done and Betty is not so sure she likes the idea but her husband Bob is determined to make it work. A lot of mishaps happen and there are many neighbors that they meet including Ma and Pa Kettle (before the series was out, which I loved watching and got a kick out of as a kid watching reruns). Bob wants to have a great chicken farm. Betty just wants to be a good wife to him and goes along with him at times but she won’t give in to him as long as another chicken farmer who is a single woman keeps coming around to flirt with him (and he is such an airhead about it). This was based off of a book that I never read and was an autobiography of humor supposedly too.
content: kissing, immodesty, a woman set out for a married man regularly, smoking, drinking (no drunkenness that I recall but there is talk about a moonshine still)
Picture Bride, 1994 (w/ Youki Kudoh, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Akira Takayama, Yoko Sugi) – 2.75 stars – This film honestly is so beautifully directed that I thought it was much newer than a 1994 film. It looked like it could have been 2004. The quality is gorgeous. This is based off of stories of many of the women shipped from Japan to Hawaii as brides to men who wanted wives from their homeland by sending pictures to them and receiving one in return. They worked in the sugarcane fields and over time the men were very lonely. This story is about a very young girl who is only about 16 or so and is sent to a man who is in his 40s. She saw a picture of him looking much younger and was appalled to find out that he was so much older than she. Therefore, she keeps her distance from him even though they are wed but he is a very kind man who respects her and realizes that he did wrong in deceiving her in the first place. She wants to escape her past which is why she went in the first place. She makes a friend who teaches her how to survive Hawaii while she starts to learn about her kind husband. This was very interesting but as much as I liked it there were parts that I had to skip or I would have rated it a long higher. In case you are wondering, this is in both Japanese and English here and there throughout it.
content: there is death (though not physically shown), a woman peeks by accident on a married couple making out as their bodies are semi clothed on one another, a man goes to grab his wife’s breast, a woman is undressing and we see her bare back including her lower back as her husband peeks, people shown in a bathtub, a couple shown in bed as the woman’s bare shoulders and back (including lower back and hips) from behind, a couple shown in bed together making out (sex implied), a woman talks about domestic abuse, a man threatens to whip his workers, deceit, men’s bare chests seen
Paris When it Sizzles, 1964 (w/ Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Tony Curtis) – 2.5 stars – This is a story about a screenwriter who can’t figure out what to write for a movie. He hires a woman to type it out for him while he tells her the story, but he only has two days to do it. While preparing and telling the story, the two are shown acting it out (like a movie within a movie) and sometimes the plot has to change and other times not. The typist and the screenwriter begin to bond in the process. It was so strange to me and I don’t think the two actors meshed well with one another. I was pretty disappointed with the content too. I watched this while folding laundry and am glad I used my time semi-productively. The ending was nice though at least.
content: women shown in bikinis being objectified by an older man without issue, a woman later on is shown being carried on a fishing net by two men at a party with pasties on her nipples, lots of drinking (drunkenness), lots of smoking, a few kissing scenes (passionate), couples shown on beds kissing with suggestive ideas behind it, women dancing nearly naked for an older man in a party scene, a woman shown in a bathtub, a man shown in a bathtub (different scene from when the woman was in the bath), men punching other men, a woman smacks a man with her purse, ice cream is thrown at a woman’s cleavage and she giggles, the “d” word used once
Promised Land, 2012 (w/ Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt) – 3 stars – A man who is very dedicated to his work with natural gas and who longs to help people out by finding rich land is ready to get pushed up in his business. He has an assignment with his fellow employee to go to a farm area where there are many poor people living. These people are pretty dedicated to their land and work and families. Steve comes across an older man who is concerned for the community who is going to make it harder on him. On top of everything, soon an environmentalist comes in to make matters worse. Steve wants to let us know that he really isn’t a bad guy even though his company may seem to have some shady business. This had a lot of talking throughout the film so you have to listen carefully and pay attention. There were funny parts throughout it. I am actually surprised it was rated R instead of PG-13 (check out content why though). My husband seemed to like this more than I, but it definitely made you think about companies and how things work in the country.
content: a woman mentions being kissed, there is a lot of drinking at a bar mainly in this movie including some drunkenness, pictures shown of dead cows, punching, a man has a bloody nose, language (25 “f” words, God’s named used blasphemously 3x, “s” word used about 8x, long “a” word used, “hell” used incorrectly a few times)
Rape For Profit, 2012 (documentary) – 4 stars – This is one of the best anti-human trafficking movies I’ve seen. I’d go so far as to say it is in my top 5, and I’ve seen dozens of films and documentaries on the subject. It was produced partially by Jada Pinkett Smith who has become an advocate for a few years on human trafficking for Don’t Sell Bodies in which this had much to do with (without mentioning them other than in credits). Basically this documentary covers an area in Seattle where a police force works primarily in arresting pimps and “Johns” and try to help out the prostitutes who are caught in the act. What I truly loved about this film compared to most I’ve seen, is they attach the issues of pornography with both being “Johns” and prostitutes. It also showed how many young women are devalued from an early age by their own fathers and needing a good role model in their lives who is a man that they get abused so often and at such a young age, that they feel there is nothing more for them. A former prostitute who is no well into her adulthood, but was put into it during the 1970s and is overweight now said, “Ugly is so safe. I’m not afraid to be raped now because I’m ugly.” Hearing that broke my heart so much. Her story really was very heartbreaking. There was a lot of footage of talking to pimps and Johns and prostitutes in this and it all tied into the safehouse and work of Genesis Project which as of 2012 when this film was made had helped work with 43 girls who were prostitutes. I cried while viewing this movie and truly recommend it to those who want to know more about sexual exploitation in the US.
content: immodesty shown of girls walking streets not wearing much as well as photos shown at times with very blurred out parts if they were nude at all (they would show underwear photos but all girls had blurred faces) – some of these were backpage ads, talk about sexual abuse including as children, Little girls shown wearing bikinis from Vogue magazine, guys shown pulling pants up when caught in cars with prostitutes (blurred out as they would be doing so), language: God’s named used blasphemously, “f” word said several times, big “b” word, small “b” word, “hell” used incorrectly, “s” word