13th; 2016
4.5 stars
Everyone needs to see this documentary (check content for the discretion to use or what to be aware of).  White people especially need to see this movie.  When slavery was ended after the Civil War and the 13th amendment was added, there was a loophole in order to keep black people in slavery, and that was prison.  This shows the history afterwards, how laws were changed in order to keep black people under control, and how society is being tricked as injustices and oppression heighten over generations within the US.  It is excellent and should shake you to your core for wanting a change.  I found this to be so well done and engaging.
content: there is a brief scene of prison footage where men are naked and turned over (as a way to shame them), police brutality shown, people being murdered on footage or photos shown, talk about rape and murder, the “n” word used, a couple bad words are used within interviews

Beauty and the Beast; 2017
(w/ Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Hattie Morahan, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Nathan Mack, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
4.25 stars
This movie was really wonderfully done!  The costumes were beautiful, the scenery was quite lovely, the characters were well developed, and the songs were marvelous (including the additional ones).  I will share with you my problems with the movie, but there is little of that.  Let’s start with the good news.
I had heard hype about this film in the Christian circles, but I like deciding for myself what to watch and usually don’t listen to the hype and rebel.  What they hyped over was really dumb.  Our family saw this in theaters after I discussed with another Christian friend about content in the film and felt very assured of it being appropriate for my children (who by the way, didn’t pick up on a thing that was hyped about).  Check out my content so you can see more about that.
I saw the original animated version of this movie in theaters when I was a kid, but I always found it move too fast.  I never really felt connected enough to the characters, particularly the love relationship between Belle and Beast.  This far exceeded my longing for those connections.  I believe the actors were cast really well.  Gaston looked and sounded like Gaston should and convinced me to really not like him as much as I didn’t like him in the animated version.  LaFou is not as foolish as he always was in the original.  He has a redeeming quality to him that I believe was quite good.  He started out as a fool but ended up being respected by me.  Beast played his role so nicely with it resembling how he acted in the animated tale, but with an extra charm to make me actually like him.  I used to get mad that Belle was into such a slave driving type of guy as quickly as she did, as if it were a Stockholm Syndrome.  Here, he developed, fought, hung out more often, and really started to show change. ALSO, I never saw it before (I guess there was something there that wasn’t there before), but he is such an Anabaptist at the end of this.  Non-violent/non-resistance is my thing!  Yes! Belle was great and I like that we got to learn more of her back story. I had always wondered about her mother.  Her father was more wonderful in this as well.  As for the other characters throughout this story that are under curse, I do love that there were interracial relationships.  This movie made me cry, so that gives points to any film.
The things I did not like were that Belle had an effect on her voice where she’d be fine without it.  That really bugged me whenever I heard it.  They did lower Beast’s voice too, I think, but it worked.  I did not like Ewan McGregor’s French accent at all.  He’s Scottish. I like his Scottish accent. I swoon at hearing him sing, but I think they should have found a French actor instead (I know, I know. . .it is awful for me to say so).  That’s it.
content: cleavage, a guy talks about getting bit by another guy (bite mark shown), a man gets attacked by the wardrobe and has female clothes put on him (like in the animated version) but the guy seems to like it, two men are shown dancing together, a few couples kiss (all straight), a creature enslaves people and mistreats people and drags them about and yells at them and is not very nice, sword fighting and brawling, blood is shown from a wound on a person, a woman gets a very large snowball thrown at her face, wolves attack and fighting go on between them and Beast (they are not real wolves), someone spits (tobacco perhaps) into a spittoon, people are drinking (some perhaps are drunk), shooting, someone dies, there is talk of spells and magic and curses.

The True Cost; 2015
4.25 stars
This is another documentary that I believe everyone should see.  It talks about the price of the high fashion industry and how the clothes that are worn by many are cheaply made by those suffering to make them.  It highlights an Indian woman who works in a factory who tries her best to support her daughter, those who are fighting slave labor with the Fair Trade made products, and brings the realities of what is going on outside of our shopping and wearing.  One portion even talks about the chemicals and pesticides in cotton fields and how it is affecting a town within India known for having a high percentage of deformities, suicide rates, and more.  It also talks of the waste created because of our desires for 52 seasons of clothing.  Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, after petroleum.  It is really sad but so very good.  I can imagine how this might change a lot of views of those who buy clothes on a regular basis that are not ethically created.   Let’s end the fast fashion industry and help support those who create clothing ethically.  One way is by contacting and talking to companies to find out what their practices are like and if they are aware of their products’ sourcing.  Another way is to support companies that are making efforts and are strict about it.  I made a large list that is always being updated for you over at Justice Network.  I hope you are inspired and shop ethically!
content: talk about death, footage of disturbing images of real people, slavery shown, a bad word or two stated, advertisements shown on billboards or commercials where there is some immodesty

Sing; 2016
(animated w/ voices of Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll)
3.25 stars
When you take a beautiful song from The Beatles to start a movie, it has to be done really well….which happened.  Okay, you got me hooked.
When I first saw the trailer for this, I was confused and didn’t want to see it at all.  I don’t like when I have to guess a plot.  Our boys kept saying how they really wanted to see it.  We finally rented it and watched it as a family, and I have no regrets.  It was cute.
I just realized I don’t have a gif or picture of the wonderful elephant character in this movie.  She was really great too.  The plot of this film is that a famous theater is going to be closed down due to a lack of funds.  Creating a singing contest could boost it’s popularity.  There were so many problems faced throughout it for each of the characters. The songs are beautiful, the humor makes you laugh, and hey…I shed tears again.
content: two characters are boyfriend and girlfriend and living together (no sexual things ever talked about so this could raise questions considering it is a kid movie), a mom semi-abandons her own children though no one seems to notice she is even gone, one character is really deceitful and selfish, another character has a father who does criminal activity and tries to get his son involved, one character is shown in a speedo (he’s an animal….so),  talk about butts, a character has a glass eye that falls out throughout the film, porcupine spikes land on people (or. . other animals that is), there is gambling, electricity gets stolen from another person’s property

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; 2016
(w/ Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol)
3.5 stars
I did read the tiny book in which this was based off of, but it has been several years since I did so.  This is set in the Harry Potter world, but in the US instead of in England.  The idea of it is that Newt Scramander is a Magizoologist who does research on various types of creatures and helps save many of them, giving them a home.  He cares deeply about them.  When he enters the US, he finds himself in a world of trouble.  There has been an issue with a creature on the loose and while most would want to destroy this creature, he believes he has a way of saving it.  The movie was very well done.
content: There is scary imagery throughout it from creatures and destruction, there are those who seek out evil, deception, a woman abuses children, there is a sense of a religious sector cult in this, people are shown drinking in a bar, kissing, flirting, a woman shown in a type of lingerie that is not revealing, cleavage shown, talk of animals mating, a couple sexual innuendos, people die, some torture shown with electricity, mutilated looking faces, guns and shooting, punching/fighting, the word “hell” used incorrectly three times

Rurouni Kenshin: Origins, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends; 2012-2014
(w/ Takeru Satô, Emi Takei, Yû Aoi, Munetaka Aoki, Yôsuke Eguchi, Kôji Kikkawa, Taketo Tanaka, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Tao Tsuchiya, Yûsuke Iseya, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Min Tanaka, Maryjun Takahashi)
4 stars
This is a live action film based off of Rurouni Kenshin the anime.  Rob and I love and own this anime (including the animated films).  It is a semi-long series, so we were curious how they could fit it all into a movie, only to find out they fit it into three movies.  Let me explain the plot to you.  After the Edo period ended in Japan during the late 1800s (around the same time our Civil War ended, though slightly later), the samurai was banned from the use of swords.  The lead character in these films is a former samurai who is known as simply a ronin – one who serves no master – who travels about.  He was known as the best ever with an X scar on his face.  He comes into Tokyo and meets Kaoru who runs her own dojo (martial arts school/known as “place of the way”).  Both of them believe in the same method – not taking the life of anyone, but serving to protect people in a peaceful manner.  These movies are about the struggle during that time with the government changes and the violence in that changing era.  It is a fictional story set in a real time.  It always fascinated us. Kenshin forms bonds with people throughout this while working to end injustices and oppression and fighting between people.  It is very good.  They did a good job of bringing together characters of the anime and telling the story as it was.  These movies are nearly three hours long each, just to warn you.  My husband absolutely loved these and would probably give them five stars.
content: lots of violence with sword fighting and brawling, There is a lot of blood in this (it is not heavily graphic though), a man with severe burns is shown, women do get hurt in this, there is a character who is a prostitute (nothing sexual is shown one bit in this entire film), people are getting high on a strange opium type of drug in the first film, there is bad language in these films (sporadic)

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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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