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  1. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018) Score: 3/5 Starring: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Andrew Rannells, Henry Golding, Ian Ho, Joshua Satine, Kelly McCormack. This is a modern murder mystery story that I quickly figured out (You don't read every Agatha Christie book and come away with nothing). There was a surprising amount of humor in this one. I am a fan of Anna Kendrick's; she was quite funny in this (the audience kept laughing at a lot of the things she said). Side note: Anna was also nominated for a Supporting Tony award for the Broadway musical, "High Society" back in the late 1990s, at the age of like, 12. Little bit of trivia for you all. Essentially, Stephanie (Kendrick)'s friend, Emily, disappears and no one has any clue where she is (she's a very private person who no one really knows much about, not even her husband).
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    I Just Watched...

    THE EDGE (1997) Score: 1/5 Starring: Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau. After my dad recommended this one to me, I decided to give it a try. Let's just say: I'm going to be screening his future recommendations more carefully. It honestly wasn't that good. I thought it was rather dull. It wasn't even all that interesting when the bear showed up, to be honest. I only watched this for Alec Baldwin, since I'm slightly in love with him.
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    What are your parents favorite classic movies

    My mother seems to tolerate older movies. She will watch them occasionally if it'll make me happy haha. I've gotten her to watch How to Marry a Millionaire and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She was born in 1968, so she missed the great era of Cary Grant, Olivia de Havilland, etc. My father introduced me to some of my favorite older films when I was younger: The Ten Commandments (1956), My Fair Lady (1964), Doctor Dolittle (1967). He seems to enjoy them a lot more than my mother does, although he was only born 2 years ahead of her (1966)... Recently, I've been hearing him rave about 12 Angry Men (1957). One of my dad's favorite current actresses is Jennifer Garner, however. 😋
  4. As much as I'd like to think we don't need a fourth version of "A Star is Born," I might end up going to see this one. I am a fan of Lady Gaga; she has more talent, vocally, than I think a lot of people give her credit for. She's proved that on her songs with Tony Bennett, in my opinion. Bradley Cooper is a good actor, I guess, not a huge fan of his (simply out of not having seen virtually any of his films). My strategy is to go in with lower expectations; that way maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.
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    I Just Watched...

    PEPPERMINT (2018) Score: 3/5 Starring: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher, Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner, & Cailey Fleming. A story about a mother/wife who witnesses her family die tragically. She then develops a hunger for revenge, and teaches herself how to fight, use weapons, and heal herself. You can imagine just how dangerous she is due to the fact that she has nothing to lose. I think a lot of people are going to be shocked when they see this total shift in the type of character Jennifer Garner plays. I was certainly used to seeing her in rom-com/drama type roles, so it was interesting to see a different side to her in this. *Warning* Do not see this if you cannot handle blood or violence (unless you're safely at home and can fast-forward at your leisure).
  6. Harry Potter (series): Without talking about each of the 8 movies individually, the film series did a great job of maintaining the events that occurred in the book series. The plot stayed quite consistent to the original source material. Lord of the Rings (trilogy): Having just re-read the books and re-watched the movies simultaneously, I have to say the films and books correlate quite well with each other. I'm sure if I really think, I could come up with some minor differences, but that's about it. The Hobbit (trilogy): Why on earth was this even extended into a trilogy? Quantity is not equivalent to quality. There are tons of minor, as well as major, discrepancies between the films and book (yes, singular). There is an abundance of added characters and plotlines that do almost nothing to propel the story forward. This is one I have not finished yet (it's been about a month) because I am having trouble finding the willpower to continue on.
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    All Hallow's Eve Film Fare

    It's not a Halloween movie, but Disney's 1985 film "Return to Oz" freaked me out as an adult.
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    Disney's Christopher Robin is wonderful

    I'd have to agree with you there, spence. Although, I may be biased since I'm such a huge Disney fan. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and may or may not have seen it 3 times...
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    I Just Watched...

    TRUE GRIT (2010) Score: 3.5/5 Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen. This had been on my list for a while, so I'm glad I got around to watching it. Bridges (one of my favorite actors), plays Rooster Cogburn, a drunk old codger (who just so happens to be an officer of the law), who is employed by 14 year old Mattie Ross. Mattie's father was shot and killed by a rather well-known small-time criminal, Tom Chaney, and she needs help to find him so she can exact her revenge on him. Rooster is reluctant at first, but ultimately agrees to help Mattie, on the condition that she travel home by train. She refuses, and ends up joining him and a Texas Ranger by the name of LaBoeuf (pronounced "La-Beef"). I have to say I was quite impressed with Hailee Steinfeld. She did a great job in this, at only 13 years old. This is easily one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen this year so far.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #33: TONKA (1958) Score: 1.5/5 Sal Mineo stars as the main (human) character. This one opens by saying, "The lone survivor of the historical Custer Massacre was a horse... This is his story." Mineo plays a Native boy named White Bull. It is clear from the beginning that he has a little bit of a rebellious streak. He tries to rope one of the wild stallions for his own, but is caught by another member of the tribe (who just so happens to be the actual owner of the rope and bow he uses to try to catch the horse). White Bull goes back to retrieve his cousin's belongings, but ends up spending time training the horse as well. He names the horse, "Tonka," which means "Great One." Tonka and White Bull go home and see that the camp is in disarray. Soldiers have frightened the tribe away, and White bull eventually finds them and reunites with his family and friends. Upon his return, White Bull's cousin wants to take the horse for himself and the chief allows it. This causes further dissension among the two young men. Long story short: White Bull has a few run-ins with some white soldiers, there is a battle between the soldiers and the tribe, and Tonka is reunited with his owner. Source: Hoopla
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #32: THE LIGHT IN THE FOREST (1958) Score: 2.5/5 Starring: Fess Parker, Wendell Corey, Joanne Dru, James MacArthur, Jessica Tandy, Joseph Calleia, and introducing Carol Lynley. I had a crush on James MacArthur when I was a lot younger after seeing him in the 1960 Disney live action film, Swiss Family Robinson. I went into this one fully blind (meaning I hadn't read anything about it so I had no idea what it was about). Evidently, this is based on a book of the same name by Conrad Richter. At approximately 2 minutes into the film, the sounds of bagpipes filled my ears and I very audibly groaned. Just when I thought I was going into a fairly enjoyable live-action film, I was struck with the thought that this wasn't it. MacArthur plays "True Son," a white boy who was adopted into a Native tribe. He and the other white children are ordered to go back and rejoin "civilized society." True Son is accompanied home by Fess Parker, who is really the only person True Son listens to. Tandy plays True Son's mother, and she proves to be just as stubborn as her son. True Son's (aka John Cameron Butler) parents throw a welcome-back party for him where he meets the rest of his family and neighbors. One of his uncles is a loudmouthed bigot, who, may also prove to be an adulterer. As I got further into the film, I realized that my initial judgments were unfounded. I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. It definitely has its dull moments, but it proved to be one of the more entertaining live-action films I've seen so far. This movie seemed to show both sides of the coin, (so to speak) in regards to the relationship between the Native Americans and the white settlers. It does, as they say, take two to tango. Source: YouTube
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    Usually no. If I've already planned on seeing something, I'll most likely see it. For example, I love Disney films, and I have made a goal to watch every single one in theaters until the day I die. I don't really care what the reviews may say; I watch them because they make me feel happy. Conversely, if there's one I'm on the fence about, I will read some reviews, and if they are generally negative or wishy-washy, then I won't pay money to see the movie in theaters; I'll wait until it's out on rental.
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    I Just Watched...

    WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967) Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Jack Weston, Richard Crenna. This was my first time watching this one, and I actually was able to sit through it. A nice change of pace from all those dull live action Disney films I've been watching. I haven't been watching older films lately so I thought I'd give this one a try, and I'm glad I did. Audrey did a great job as the terrified blind housewife, and I was surprised to see Alan Arkin before the gray hair (I've only seen him in stuff from more recent years, and those were comedies, so it was slightly terrifying seeing him pull off a killer as well as he did). There were a few scenes in which I very visibly jumped, but the film as a whole didn't frighten me nearly as much as I thought it would (this is a good thing). I also really liked Julie Herrod as Gloria, the little girl who helps Hepburn's character out during the day sometimes. Her acting was quite natural; it didn't seem to be forced like a lot of other child actors then (and now). Score: 3/5
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #31: OLD YELLER (1957) Score: 3/5 In the opening credits, it says, "Introducing Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran," so I guess this was both of their official debuts. Also starring Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Jeff York, Chuck Connors. I remember watching this when I was really young. I liked it a lot; probably because it's one of my dad's favorite Disney movies. When Travis (Kirk) first meets Yeller, the result is a broken fence and a runaway mule. Travis don't take too kindly to this here yeller dog (I was going to do the entire review in Old-West dialect, but it's too exhausting, so that whole idea was thrown out the window). Travis hates Old Yeller because on top of his wrecking their farm, and chasing off their mule, he steals some of their meat. Travis hates this dog so much. He keeps threatening to shoot him. Seriously? Get over yourself. And to make matters worse, he purposely lowers a leg of meat in their store-house so he'll have an excuse just to shoot him. After Little Arliss (Corcoran) gets attacked by a mama bear (he was asking for it after trapping her baby) and Yeller saves him, Travis comes around. The end of this movie is quite sad, but very necessary. Source: Library
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #30: JOHNNY TREMAIN (1957) Score: 1.5/5 Starring: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten (ugh), Richard Beymer (Tony from 1961's West Side Story), Jeff York, Whit Bissell, Sebastian Cabot (Voice of Bagheera in The Jungle Book, 1967). I remember reading the book a long time ago, and certain moments were familiar to me. Luana Patten may be more mature in this, but I wish I could say the same for her acting. The setting is Revolutionary Boston, and Johnny is an apprentice to a silversmith (Mr. Lapham). Johnny lives in Lapham's house with Lapham's daughter and granddaughter. They all seem to get along fairly well. One thing I noticed was how much this Hal Stalmaster character resembles Bobby Driscoll. I guess Bobby passed on the role or something. Lapham receives a goblet from Mr. Lyte, the landlord and wealthiest man in town. Lyte wants Lapham to restore the cup, but Lapham is unable to. One day, when he goes out to a meeting, his family and Johnny try to fix the cup on a Sabbath (which is punishable by possible imprisonment). The constable comes nosing around and in their haste to put everything away, some molten silver is spilled and Johnny burns his hand (this is one of the parts I remember from the book). A mostly dull film surrounding the Boston Tea Party and the Bostonians' issues with Britain. Source: Hoopla

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