Nancy Drew: Troubleshooter / Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase; 1939 (w/ Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel) – 3.5 stars – I have a great love for Nancy Drew movies (and games too). I have yet to read any of the books and apologize that I have not (though I did read a couple Hardy Boys books as a child). These films are a combo pack and are each short to watch. The first one is about a man who is wanted for murder who has been a long time friend of Nancy’s father. No way did he do the murder! Nancy Drew can solve this problem and gets herself in trouble as well as her crush/friend Ted. The second film is about two elderly sisters who are going to lose their house due to certain situations. Some people think they are going a little senile and Nancy Drew sees suspicion in the whole circumstance and wants to help these ladies keep their home! Of course she gets all tangled up in a mess that Ted gets dragged into again. What I really love about these films is that they are usually humorous and filled with sweetness. I know that Bonita Granville who played Nancy Drew in all these films was very into trying to keep films clean and innocent and she plays her role so perfectly.
content: deceit, threats, kidnapping, guns shown, punching, flirting Nadia; 1984 (w/ Talia Balsam, Joe Bennett, Jonathan Banks, Carrie Snodgress, Johann Carlo, Marcia Frederick) – 3.25 stars – When I was a little girl I remember this being put on TV. I don’t remember anything but one very brief scene that stuck with me all these many years (I mean, I had to be 5 when I saw this back in the late 80s). Thankfully I always remembered that it was about Nadia Comăneci , who is the Romanian Olympic gymnast who changed everything by getting the first perfect ten and who won the hearts of many in 1978. I have wanted to re-watch this film since I first saw it, but could never find it. When I did see it on an amazon listing on dvd, it was a few hundred bucks. Finally I decided to see if Netflix had it, and it showed up! I was in shock! This is a hard to find film! I put it at the top of my que and saw it immediately and was not let down! This covers a lot of the relationship that Nadia had with her coach Bela Károlyi who has now coached many Olympians as well as her own struggles and determination. It also shows the friendship that developed between herself and Olympian Teodora Ungureanu (which still is strong). This film pretty much ends when she is 18 though, so if you want to learn more about what her life is like now, this movie won’t cover it. Definitely a fun watch if you are an Olympic junkie like me!
content: girls in gymnast outfits shown throughout, it seems at one point that teenagers are drinking in a social setting, a man who is a drunk is shown, people are shown smokingI decided to include a REAL Nadia Comăneci clip. 😉
Premium Rush; 2012 (w/ Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dania Ramirez, Wolé Parks, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung) – 3.75 stars – This movie was unique. It was about a bicycle delivery company and specifically a guy who has to do a delivery for his girlfriend’s roommate. The cops are somehow involved and the run seems suspicious. There is a lot of action in this film and the plot was intense and exciting! My husband and I really enjoyed this one!
content: girl bicyclists are wearing tank tops that show cleavage and they are sweaty so their shirts cling to their bodies, people drinking at a bar (not sure if they are drunk or not though they may be), smoking, kissing (in public), about two sexual comments made, name calling, there are a few accidents (traffic), blood is shown, there is shooting/gun violence, a woman is shown being strangled as a threat, an injured man is hurt more by another, there was a lot of bad language (mainly loads of the “s” word, one “f” word as well as the finger gesture, the long “b” word, a couple uses of the short “b” word, some genital words used).
The Sound of Music; 1965 (w/ Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath) – 5 stars – It has been about a decade since I last saw this film, so I figured it was time for me to watch it with my sons for the first time (which makes it my 300th time probably). I have never reviewed this film on here, so here I go! Julie Andrews had the most amazing voice (I say had because she has issues with her voice now that she has complained about having pain with, and I know she is still alive, sillies). The songs in this film are amazing. I do not know the actual history fully of the Von Trapp family, so I feel badly if it was not accurate, since I am all about accuracy in stories, but obviously our favorite Austrian family decided to fight the system by running away from their occupied area of the Nazis even though they were well to do. The seven children needed a governess and found one in a nun-in-training who was not very good at keeping her mouth shut and abiding by the convent’s rules. She loves music and teaches them songs while also inspiring their father to get to know how children better! I just always loved this film and am so glad the boys adored it and sat through the entire length without taking their eyes off the screen (it is a long movie for their ages).
content: guns shown (one shot out I believe), kissing, woman shown in a thick covering slip that is tight around her figure as she changes a dress, some cleavage shown, smoking, wine drinking (no drunkenness)