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    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.
  10. I have decided to go back and watch/re-watch all of Disney's animated and live action movies in order by release year (except for Disney Channel Original Movies & straight-to-video sequels), so I thought I would go ahead and start a thread in case anyone is interested and wants to see my reviews and trivia as I progress. If anyone wants to contribute to this, feel free. I'm mainly just doing this, because I think it could be interesting to maybe 1 or 2 people on this site lol.
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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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    DO YOU LET REVIEWS INFLUENCE YOU?

    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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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #29: WESTWARD HO, THE WAGONS! (1956) Score: 1.5/5. Starring: Fess Parker (surprise, surprise), Jeff York, Kathleen Crowley, Sebastian Cabot, Cubby O'Brien (Mouseketeer), Tommy Cole (another Mouseketeer), Doreen Tracey (another Mouseketeer), George Reeves (his final film), & Iron Eyes Cody. The film opens with a chorus singing the theme song, and a shot of a bunch of covered wagons driving across the prairie. Evidently, they are headed for Oregon. Just from the opening, I could tell that this was going to be another difficult-to-get-through live action 50s movie. I'm not generally a fan of Westerns, so I think that's probably it... I enjoy things like "Old Yeller" a lot more, most likely because the source material is much more substantial. The wagon party awakens one morning to find some of their horses have been stolen. Parker and this kid named Dan go off and find the horses, and are almost attacked by the Natives, but ultimately escape. Upon their return, the group has a little dancing party and Parker sings one of his little Western ballads. Not the worst thing I've ever watched, but not one of the best either. At least Luana Patten was nowhere to be seen. Source: Google Play
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #28: DAVY CROCKETT AND THE RIVER PIRATES (1956) Score: 2/5 Fess Parker stars once again as Davy Crockett. He's accompanied once again by Buddy Ebsen and Jeff York. This film is comprised of the television episodes, "Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race (Nov 16 1955)" and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (Dec 14 1955)." Davy and George meet a keelboat captain named Mike Fink, who tries to extort them after they ask for a ride on his boat in order to get home. George and Fink agree to a boat-race, and George's pelts and Fink's whiskey are placed as wagers. Obviously, George and Davy win the race, and they then try to buy horses from a friendly Chickasaw Indian, but end up getting captured by one of the tribes. The Chief and the rest of his tribe are sick and tired of dealing with white men. Meanwhile, Davy figures out that there are pirates stealing and causing other mischief, while disguising themselves as Natives, and the Chief lets them go so they can arrest the pirates and bring them to justice. Fairly straight-forward movie, that's why I don't have much to say about it. Source: Google Play
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    Going to see the TCM presentation of South Pacific (1958) in theaters for its 60th anniversary. I don't believe I've ever seen this one all the way through...
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    What's in a Name?

    Movies with names in the titles... Laura (1944)
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #27: THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE (1956) Score: 2.5/5 Opens on a red book of the same name (by William Pittenger, a member of the Andrews Raiders). About two minutes and 16 seconds in, you can see Claude Jarman, Jr. as one of the Raiders. I had no idea he was was in this; I thought he looked familiar, checked IMDb, and whattaya know. Also, I guess Walt really liked Fess Parker. I can list off at least 4 he was in from the 50s. The film takes place during the Civil War (you can tell right off since some of the men start talking about the "Union" and the "Confederacy"). Parker plays Andrews, a real hot-shot soldier whose goal is to sabotage the railroad or something to hurt the Confederate Army. Andrews corrals about 10-15 Yankee soldiers to help him with his mission. A few of them and Andrews end up at an inn due to the river being flooded. It's interesting to me how the film portrayed the division among all the states. The Yankees and the Confederates really appeared to hate each other. Source: Hoopla
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #26: THE LITTLEST OUTLAW (1955) Score: 1/5 Starring: Pedro Armendariz, Joseph Calleia, Rodolfo Acosta, and introducing Andres Velasques. It was my first time watching this, so I had no idea what to expect. Velasques stars as Pablito, the son of a horse trainer who uses questionable methods to train these horses. Pablito's father agrees to train one of the Army general's horses for a race. The cruelty shown to the horse results in the horse's refusal to jump, and he is scheduled to be put down after there is an accident. The accident is not the horse's fault, it's the trainer's fault for making him afraid. Pablito escapes with the horse and becomes a fugitive from the law. The two aren't exactly conspicuous. This one was another rather dull movie. At least, Velasques was a fairly decent actor. Better than Luana Patten, that's for damn sure. That's an hour and 12 minutes I'll never get back. Source: Hoopla
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #25: LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955) Score: 3.5/5 This opens with another one of those choral overtures (the song that is sung is "Bella Notte"). The film stars Barbara Luddy as Lady (she was in her 40s when this was released), Larry Roberts as Tramp, Verna Felton (Disney favorite) as Aunt Sarah, and Peggy Lee as an astounding 4 characters: Darling, Si and Am (the Siamese cats), and Peg (3 of which are animals). The protagonist, Lady, is the apple of her owners' eyes until Darling becomes pregnant. Tramp warns Lady about the perils a baby can bring. The remainder of the film deals with Lady being neglected and running off with Tramp and exploring the city she lives in. I have fond memories of this movie. I loved it as a child. I appreciate the effort to show this from a dog's perspective: the animators drew only the bottom halves of all the human characters (for the most part). The Mellomen singing/recording their parts for "He's a Tramp." George Givot and Bill Thompson rehearsing their "Bella Notte" number. Source: Personal collection.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #24: DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER (1955) This stars Fess Parker as the titular character. The film is comprised of the first three episodes of the Disney TV show: "Davy Crockett Indian Fighter" (Dec 15, 1954), "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" (Jan 26, 1955), and "davy Crockett at the Alamo" (Feb 23, 1955). The plot centers around Davy Crockett and his friend, George Russell. They volunteer for General Andrew Jackson and end up winning the battle, so they return home. George gets kidnapped by a Native tribe, and it's up to Davy to rescue his friend. George and Davy then go off again, and Davy gets word that his wife has died. In the meantime, Davy runs for Congress and wins. The film was most assuredly a success and RACCOON skin caps became very popular among young boys. Disney then decided to do another Davy Crockett film (this time a prequel) a year later. I'm not that wild about this one, but it was much better than The Sword and the Rose (1953) and Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue (1954). Source: Google Play
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #23: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954) Score: 3/5 Starring: James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas. Live-action film adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel; I enjoyed all the aforementioned actors in this. Kirk stars as Ned Land, a sailor, Lukas stars as Professor Pierre Aronnax, and Lorre stars as Conseil (Aronnax's man-servant). From re-reading a portion of the book recently, the casting choices were fairly on point. To refresh everyone's memories, some kind of elusive "animal" is repeatedly sighted throughout the ocean by several ships' sailors/passengers, so a group of able-bodied men is assembled to destroy the creature since it has proven to be a threat to seafaring citizens. The crew of the ship ultimately finds the creature, but they are unsuccessful in detaining it before it begins ramming the ship. In the chaos, Ned, Aronnax, and Conseil are thrown overboard, and end up finding refuge on the top of the machine. They are allowed inside the machine (the Nautilus), and meet Captain Nemo (Mason). It is soon evident that Nemo is a multi-faceted man; many might call him an anti-hero of sorts. He seems to have few to no scruples about destroying ships of men due to issues that occurred in his past. I enjoyed this one significantly more than some of the previous movies I've watched for this challenge (I'm looking at you, Sword and the Rose). P.S. Kirk Douglas really pulls off the whole sailor look, in my opinion. Above: behind the scenes of filming the movie Source: Library

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