Anchors Aweigh; 1945 (w/ Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson) – 3.25 stars – Two Navy men are on leave in Los Angeles. To look cool in front of their friends, they make it seem like they have women waiting for them back home. They start to fall for a beautiful woman who wants to gain singing success. They go through lies to try to get her an audition and all these things. My issue why this rating is not higher is simply because I don’t like how they make women seem easily manipulated or the use of the word “dame” constantly. It just irritates me! I can watch Gene Kelly dance for hours on end. I often wonder how they got his hairpiece to stick so well to his head (and look so real) with all the dancing he did. He was so very handsome. I don’t know why girls found Frank Sinatra handsome at all, but oh well. Kathryn Grayson’s voice is amazing! The music and dancing in this was so good and obviously there were some new techniques used in this that hadn’t been done before like Mr. Kelly dancing with cartoons (which he did a lot of outside of this such as my favorite Jack and the Beanstalk movie I grew up watching where he sings and dances with things like wobble birds).
content: women shown in bathing suits and in two piece outfits, women objectified, deceitfulness, kissing
Finding Dory; 2016 (animated w/ voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence) – 3.75 stars – I took my boys to see this. They both liked it better than Finding Nemo. I think what I liked about this movie is that a correlation was made about dementia by a person who blogs and how her mom has it. I kept thinking about her mom and my great-aunt who has it too. It made this more relatable and personable to what a person may go through who has dementia. I also liked that Sigourney Weaver is the voice of reason to the fish (if you saw the movie, you’d get what I am saying). The animation was beautiful and the plot was quite interesting and good. I think I like it about the same as Finding Nemo. Don’t know what the movie is about? Dory is a fish with short-term memory loss. She is trying to remember her parents bit by bit and sets out to learn about her life and how she got to where she was with Marlin and Nemo.
Content: “Suck it” is said as a jeer
The ’85 Bears; 2016 (documentary) – 3.5 stars – I used to love to watch football highlights on teams and players in the late 1980s/early 1990s with my brothers when I was a little girl. I specifically remember learning about this team and knew the names of all the players as well as their nicknames. I was 2 in late 1985/early 1986 so I have no memory of their games, though I guarantee they were watched in my home. It was so interesting to learn further about the 1985 Chicago Bears. It talked about different players on the team, their coaches, how they got along, the rough moments, the great times, and what they are doing now. A lot of it was sad and some of it was so much fun. It was truly beautiful. They really were so great. Mike Singletary’s heart of compassion made me cry.
content: there was swearing of all sorts of words (football players do have quite foul mouths usually, unfortunately), there was talk about injuries and death, talk about drugs and drinking, talk about promiscuity (possibly a showing of immodest or barely clothed girls as well briefly)
City Lights; 1931 (w/ Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers) – 3.5 stars -We need more people like Mr. Chaplin. His movies are all so moving even with the loads of humor put in between the plot. This is about a homeless man who tries to help others and sometimes is treated poorly while doing so. It was definitely something that was incredible to see played out. One of the people he interacts with is a rich man who wants to end his life. The other is a blind girl trying to help her mother keep her home. He starts to befriend the man, who seems to only like him when the man’s drunk. The blind woman he begins to fall in love with. It was beautiful. Go rent it.
content: drinking/drunkenness, some immodesty, suicide attempt, smoking, a boxing match (so fighting)
Zootopia; 2016 (animated w/ voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Shakira, Octavia Spencer) – 3.75 stars – Our whole family really enjoyed this movie so much, so much so that our nine year old son cried! The world is filled with animals that get along (prey and predator). There are still those who might look down on others though (this story certainly shows racism and stereotype lessons). A bunny wants to be a police woman when no rabbit has ever become a cop. She starts to become dependent on a fox who is a predator and often looked down on. Many predators seem to be going back to their more naturalized selves of being hunters and such, attacking other animals. Our rabbit friend is out to solve a case no matter how looked down upon she is for being small.
content: There is a little bit of violence in this from rabid animals attacking others where blood is even shown (may be a little scary for younger kids), There is talk about a certain “drug” that is not like our typical ones at all, bullying shown, an animal (Shakira) is shown with a not-s-modest outfit (but she is an animal), Speaking of which there is a scene where animals are supposed to be in the nude (most of the animals wear clothes in the film) but there is nothing shown to depict private areas of genitalia or anything, God’s name is used twice in an exclamatory sense
The Little Prince; 2015 (animated w/ voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, and many more) – 3.75 stars – I grew up loving the musical version of this with Gene Wilder and I have in fact read the book, which is sweet. This animated tale is more of an original type of story line about a girl who has a very calculating mother. She is dead set on keeping schedules. They move next to an old man who seems a little crazy. This man just wants someone to listen to his story about the Little Prince he encountered years earlier. Basically he is telling the little girl about the story throughout the movie, but then she gets her own story too. I think my only problem with this version is that the little girl is only 8 but her mom leaves her alone at home a lot, the little girl goes off with a strange man she doesn’t know here and there, she keeps secrets from her mother. . .those things bother me a lot. My sons and husband seemed to have liked this much more than I did, but it was well done!
content: I THINK I heard one use of the “s” word (my kids didn’t even notice it at all) but I may be mistaken. There is an issue of death that is a theme throughout this.
Salam Neighbor; 2015 (documentary) – 3.5 stars – By the guys who did Living on a Dollar, they decided this time to spend some time in a refugee camp filled with Syrians who have left their war-torn homes to live in Jordan. I think this was really well done and shows how people just want to survive and live in peace with their families and with others. It shows the struggles many have as well as a few accomplishments as well. I really feel like this was too short though!
content: there are some graphic war images shown at one point in explaining the research these guys made before going out (from bombings to bodies)