Stranger Things; 2016 (Netflix show w/ Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, Cara Buono, Rob Morgan, John Reynolds, Noah Schnapp) – 4 stars – I fought off seeing this because I saw that there was a sexual scene in it and I hate how things get ruined by that. I am actually truly annoyed they had it in there because everything else was so amazing! This is about a little boy who goes missing, setting his mother on edge who believes he is alive (and she won’t give up on him). A little girl shows up in a hospital gown and is taken in by a boy her age. A teen girl crazy about a guy who cares for her best friend begins to question her surroundings. A cop who has little zest for life tries to figure out what is going on around him. There were so many characters with such great stories throughout this show. Ultimately it is science fiction/horror and based in 1983 (hello, year I was born). There is something out there and people who keep going missing. Each episode becomes an addiction to watch, and there are only 8 episodes! There are hints to lots of 80s nostalgia throughout it as well.
content: A scary monster is shown as well as some yucky decaying bodies at one point, people are killed and die, blood is shown, there is underage drinking, adults are often shown smoking and a couple of them drinking, people have guns at some portions, deceit is used, kissing, a make-out/sex scene where a girl is shown in her bra. The annoying part about it is that you can’t skip it easily because an important scene is happening at the same time and they keep going back and forth between screens. language: lots of use of the “s” word, I believe an “f” word is flown out once, a couple “d” words, a little “b” word and large “b” word used, and I believe God’s name used blasphemously at one point
Who Took Johnny; 2014 (documentary) – 3.25 stars – I watch a lot of films and documentaries about human trafficking on a regular basis as a resources adviser for an organization on the subject. This story is about a mom who has worked for decades helping families cope with missing children, as she herself has a son who was and continues to be a missing child since the 1980s. Johnny was pretty much the first milk carton child. While they tell about this case, it shows the lack of help from the police who were on it, and it tells about the human trafficking rings that targeted boys and would sell them for sex and child pornography. Of course, most missing children are victims of human trafficking, unfortunately. A lot of people don’t realize boys are put through that since girls get focused on so often.
content: There is talk about sex abuse and molestation throughout this and even a photograph shown of those who were in captivity. Definitely not something young children should watch at all. There is bad language used in it as well.
Pele’: Birth of a Legend; 2016 (w/ Mariana Nunes, Seu Jorge, Leonardo Lima Carvalho, Colm Meaney, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro) – 3.75 stars – I was told by a high school friend that Pele’ wasn’t that great of a person. Although I know nothing of who he was as a person, his skills as a soccer/football player are incredible. This movie focuses on his soccer and his childhood mainly (and the hardships he endured as a kid growing up in a very poor area of Brasil/Brazil). It is crazy to think that his skills are what continue to be used today. This movie was really great.
content: There is a really sad scene at one point where a child goes through something scary. This might upset kids but if they are over ten it would be a good lesson to learn about. There is a scene where children steal, some kids are made fun of, there are people who drink and smoke in this, I believe I heard the misuse of the word “hell” and the “d” word
Cowspiracy; 2014 (documentary) – 3.75 stars – This was so informative! I had seen other films like this and thought this was going to be gory and stuff, so I held off. However, there wasn’t any of that except for one occasion. This talks about animal husbandry and how it effects the environment. The mass production of animals raised for slaughter is really causing issues to our air, rain forests, water, and more. I would have laughed about this maybe ten years ago, but goodness. . . . It is so interesting to watch and learn from. It made me become a vegetarian (seriously, I am not joking). Watch this to learn some things about our own culture’s grossness really too.
content: a duck’s head gets chopped off at one point (I had to look away. It was sad). Otherwise I don’t remember anything bad in this.
Beauty and the Beast; 1991 (animated w/ voices of Robby Benson, Paige O’Hara, Angela Lansbury) – 4 stars – Because the trailer for the live action version came out, and because I keep singing the songs from it, I figured the boys needed to see this and I had to get it out of my system! They really loved it so much that they watched it again and asked if we could keep it (which since I got it from Netflix to rent, that is not happening any time soon). You know, Beast at the end of this movie truly becomes an Anabaptist! haha. It makes me appreciate it more!
content: cleavage shown with bouncy breasts, people try to kill others, wolves attack a character and one is thrown, people are imprisoned with no good reason/crime
I Am Your Father; 2015 (documentary) – 3.25 stars – David Prowse is the British actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Though we never saw his face, nor heard his voice, he was Darth Vader and had to learn all the lines and everything. He did an incredible job. This documentary is about his life with following his body building career and into his old age. It was good to learn about him! The man who created this movie had a question to ask Mr. Prowse and he got a response. You’ll have to watch it to find out what the question was.
content: some language was used at one point briefly, but I only remember hearing one word.