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Thursday, June 30, 2011

TRON: Legacy

In this sequel to 1982's original TRON, Sam Flynn (Kevin's son, played by the fantastic Garret Hedlund) is a 27 year old college drop out with a bad attitude. His dad disappeared without a trace when he was 12, and that left poor Sam an orphan and a little bitter. Sam is drawn to the arcade that his dad owned by a curiosity, wondering why his dad's friend, Alan, was paged from inside it. While exploring his dad's old computer, Sam gets sucked into it. Thus begins what some like to call the 2-hour Daft Punk music video.
The plot/storyline of TRON: Legacy gets a 3. The storyline was a little predictable and cliché. But, it was able to hold my interest.
Special effects get a glowing 5. They were absolutely fantastic.
Language gets a 4. There were a few (5 or less) swear words used.
Violence gets a 4. There were a couple explosions, some frisbee fighting (like the original) and other fantasy related action.
Sexual content gets 4. There is one scene with mildly implied sensuality.
Overall, I'm giving this movie a 4 out of 5. I would give it a 5, but the plot really wasn't that great. But, the fact that there is very little objectionable content make TRON: Legacy perfect. for a family movie night. And personally, I really liked it and would not be opposed to watching it again.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


For computer people, this movie is hilarious. For us normal people... actually, it was pretty funny for us too, but in a different way. TRON was made in 1982 and is about a guy named Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges) getting sucked into a computer. Pretty interesting. And funny. For computer people who know what they are talking about when they say things like "bit" and "memory chip" and other more complicated technical terms, this movie is funny because they understand how ridiculous the notion is that someone could get sucked into a computer. For the rest of us, its funny 'cause of how old it is.
But seriously, I actually really enjoyed watching this movie. The story was enjoyable and the effects were fantastic for how old it is.
As far as rating goes, I'm going to give the story a 3.5 out of 5. It's pretty predictable. How well it's made gets a 4 out of 5. For the era it was made in, the effects are phenomenal.
Sexual content gets a 5. There wasn't any. 
Violence gets a 4. There's less violence then you would see in the fake wrestling on TV, and its of the same caliber. They're throwing frisbees around and there's a shocker stick used as a weapon. 
Language gets 4. There wasn't much, but there was some. 
Overall I'm giving this movie a 4 out of 5. As far as age goes, this is a great family movie. It's clean and tame enough for the kids, and yet has enough amusing moments that it is enjoyable for the parents. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Music and Lyrics

With wit, amazing music and perfect chemistry, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore write a song for a rising pop star in this delightful romantic comedy, Music and Lyrics.  Hugh Grant plays an 80's has-been, a former pop star who now lives in the past, trying to keep ahold of his former glory.  Drew Barrymore plays a somewhat eccentric young woman who works in marketing.  She covers for a friend and waters his plants for him, and while there, she gets roped into helping him write the lyrics for a song he his working on.
The story gets 5 stars. It's a little predictable, but it is very enjoyable to watch. 
Sexual content gets a 2. The pop star that Hugh and Drew write the song for is very sensual in the way that she dances, talks and moves. I actually ended up fast-forwarding all of the scenes that she danced in. 
Violence gets a 5. There wasn't any. 
Language gets a 3. There was a handful of swear words and suggestive dialogue scattered around.
Overall I'm giving this movie a 4 out of 5. I love this movie, but due to the inappropriate content, I would not recommend anyone under the age of 16 watching it. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Alright, movies of the past few weeks. I am going to organize the way I rate movies to make it a little easier for myself. I'm going to rate on a 1-5 scale (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest) the story/plot, how well it's made, and then how I like it overall. I am also going to rate the content, broken down into 3 categories: sexual, language and violence on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being little to no objectionable content and 10 being so much it's not worth watching. 

The Tourist
Starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. She's a beautiful and mysterious woman, he's an unsuspecting American tourist. They meet on a train. Perfect chemistry for an intriguing and fascinating movie.
 I have to give the plot a 4. It was intriguing, and fairly unpredictable, but I personally thought that the characters could have used a little more development.
 I'm going to give how well the movie is made a 5. The effects, style and everything about how it was made was superb in my opinion. 
Sexual content gets a 5. In the beginning there is an inappropriate reference, and later on there is a passionate kissing scene. 
Violence gets a 5 as well. There are some gun chases and other types of violence, but it wasn't too bad. 
Language gets a 6. There was a lot of swearing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie, and I would not mind watching it again multiple times. But, because of the content, I am going to have to give it a 4 instead of a 5. I would also say that this movie is definitely not appropriate for anyone under the age of 13. 

I honestly am not sure where to begin with this movie. I LOVE this movie. If I had to pick a top ten, this would definitely make the top of the list. Beautiful music, beautiful story, this is Disney princess at its best. There was no sexual content, no violence, and no language (thus earning a rating of 1 for each of those categories). The plot was sweet and fun and the movie was well made, thus earning a rating of 5 in each of those areas. Overall I give this movie a 5 and in my opinion, this movie is appropriate for all ages. 

I actually haven't been watching a ton of movies lately, I have been reading. I got hooked on the Left Behind Series by Jerry B Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. The Left Behind series if Christian fiction about what could happen in the last days. The first book starts with Jesus Christ rapturing His church and leaving all the unbelievers behind. The series then follows the people who come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ after the rapture as they struggle to survive in the world of the tribulation. In the last three weeks I have read books 1, 2, 3, 4 and am now in the middle of #5. 
Last night I watch Left Behind the movie. It was good, but read the book first. Or watch the movie and the read the book right away. The movie was true to the spirit of the book, but it cut soooo much out and took to many liberties. They would have done much better to have stayed true to the book. 

Well, thats all I have for today. Until later,
Goodnight world.