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The Wiz Live! (2015)
if I wanted to hear screaming, I'd go to a playground
I don't think I've ever actually seen The Wiz before. I do remember the commercials and all the interviews back when Michael Jackson's version was made, but don't recall seeing the entire movie. Perhaps it's time to check it out now. For a big-name production and, I'm sure a big financial commitment by NBC, this is a sad mess. Some of the songs have become iconic, but the renditions here show each performer trying to make his or her "mark" by screaming out the songs. Screaming may be in vogue right now, but it is not pleasing nor does it actually showcase a singer's talent. I found it so annoying, I had to force myself to sit through the entire production. The reason we enjoys musicals is so that we can live through the songs with the story. If I'm gritting my teeth and grimacing throughout, I'm not enjoying. Skip this version. Unfortunately another loss for NBC live productions.
The story of The Wiz should be light and airy. This one was so angry that I would have ended viewing if children had been present. We never saw Dorothy scowl before. Speaking of children, Dorothy, who is a child, had the shortest skirt NBC could get away with. I am appalled that, even with children, we cannot seem to have modest clothing. The actress did not have a slip on either. Her turns showed all the way up. This version is definitely not for children or anyone who appreciates fine theatre or their hearing.
Moondance Alexander (2007)
Beautiful movie and story, weak script
Loved the look of the movie, beautiful shots, wonderful characters, actors seemed fine. I'm not much of a horse person, so with me that doesn't carry the movie. Movie was the right length, not too long. The script was just so poorly written, I'd find myself wincing at the dialog. Character names were strange also (Gelsey, Moondance?), as if the author was "putting on airs". The makeup on the young actress bothered me also. First, she's a child and second, she's working in a stable and riding a horse. Those aren't activities where someone would normally be so made up and certainly not a child. If you're looking for a family movie with an interesting story (based on a true story), maybe about second chances, then this would be a good pick.
Moms' Night Out (2014)
save your children's brains, avoid this at all cost
This is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Granted, I've missed the classic worsts by paying attention to reviews, so I confess I've never seen Gigli, Showgirls and Glitter. But this one caught me off- guard. I love Patricia Heaton, our hometown girl, love Sarah Drew from Gray's Anatomy, have always loved Sean Astin and have recently come to love Alex Kendrick but, even with all that going for it, I have wasted my day with this one. I never allowed my son to watch Barney, even though every other kid was watching and singing along. And that's for the same reason I'm begging you to avoid this one: nothing but time- wasting, brain cell killing fluff. The ending was tender, but we knew it was coming. Wish I hadn't had to pay with my life to get there. Not funny at all. Stupid is never funny to me. Stay away.
the language is terrible
I had to downgrade this by several points for the bad language. That's not funny or acceptable in any way. Let's get back to decency and respect. That the parents spoke this way in front of their kids (and obviously in front of the kids who will come to see this movie) is reprehensible. More and more, we're expected to tolerate this lack of decency wherever we go and that's not right. We need to be teaching young people that we do not tolerate this and decent people leave wherever this is going on and make a public rejection of the behavior. The movie was funny and touching and the language did not make it more funny. We need to expect more from movie makers and stand up for the right thing as we raise our children.
Last Ounce of Courage (2012)
It's not about Christmas, it's about freedom
This movie was so much more than I expected. What a powerful message about the price that has been paid for freedom in this country and around the world, and we are letting it slip away because we're too intimidated to stand up and fight so that we don't lose it all together. When they came for the Jews, I didn't say anything because I'm not Jewish, etc., etc. What a great story, good acting, powerful message, super ending. Sometimes it just takes one person to get things going. People want to be shown how and will follow. A great movie to watch with the entire family, no matter your faith. I'm going to add this to my Christmas movie collection to watch again and again.
truth and government control
Perhaps this movie was released a year too early. If you look through the reviews you will see many who say that persecution against Christians isn't happening. For those that truly believe that, you're either ignorant of current events or woefully prejudiced. Globally Christians are being horribly executed and here, in the USA, there is no longer a legal right to voice opinions according to one's own faith.
This movie is about truth and lies, about good versus evil, about government going beyond its given rights. It's not about Christians being persecuted. It's about agendas being forwarded without the consent of the people.
In a country where the media controls what is and is not distributed for consumption and most people not willing to seek out the truth, it is a look into the near future. Our legislators are approving legislation that they have not read and was not written by those we have elected to handle this job for us. The people's rights are being quickly overtaken. This movie is about what can, and probably has taken place to control those who will not submit.
The acting is superb. The story is excellent and the suspense handled like mainstream movies. I would not agree that it is a 'Christian' movie. You will be on the edge of your seat.
The main character says 'If you take away a man's freedom to speak his mind in a country founded on that very principle, then we have no country at all'. These are cautionary words for people of any faith and so 'ripped from the headlines'.
Frozen Fever (2015)
dispensing bad medical advice
What the point of dispensing any medical advice was, I couldn't tell you. Anna tells her sister she has a cold and needs medical care. The vendor tells her she needs a cold remedy. There is no medical care needed or of any value for a cold. We should stop seeking attention for the common cold. This raises all of our medical costs, wastes time and puts unnecessary and perhaps damaging 'medicine' into our children. It will pass. A fever is also mentioned. There is no fever with a cold. All in all, poor advice and not the place for advice-giving at all. Done with Frozen. Let it die. Do not push more on us. A surprise birthday party, without any invited guests, is all the writers could come up with for this nothing cartoon?
prefer no children see this
While this is fine for telling the story of Cinderella, several things bothered me immensely. Ella's dresses are too low cut and combined with the use of a corset, give us 'heaving bosom' every time she attempts to show emotion. I'd like to say I never want 'heaving bosom' in a children's movie. The fairy godmother's bosom was pushed so far up that it nearly met her collarbones. Makeup was mostly terrible and a huge distraction. The stepmother's lower eyeliner in the early scene where Ella and her father are talking before his trip, looks like someone without any knowledge or skill did it. Fairy godmother's fake nails looked exactly like that, fake. Her lipstick was applied poorly; look how it's smeared at the crease between lips. It's also applied past the lipline. Overall, it's just a bad representation of a Disney movie. I did appreciate, though, that the stepsisters were not 'ugly'.
extremely offensive language, constantly
This could have been a perfect show without the constant, offensive language. We're supposed to believe this family loves each other? The way each of them speaks to their 'loved ones', without any respect or dignity, makes me think they don't love each other at all and that they aren't interested in decent viewers either. That Kyle Chandler would take this role and accept the language, I have to say is shocking. I'm certain he does not speak to his own family this way, nor would he speak this way in my presence. This is a completely unnecessary addition to this show and, in my opinion, an extremely offensive one. I find I'm gritting my teeth, a terrible thing to demand of your customers.
Peter Pan Live! (2014)
fun song and dance, rest is tedious
Fell asleep twice last night watching this. Now, having spent several painful hours forcing myself to get through it all, I understand why I couldn't force myself to fight the sleep. Ms. Williams turns out to be an excellent singer, but she doesn't know what to do with her hands while she's singing and so keeps repeating the same motions over and over. It was so annoying. Walken is fine, perhaps a bit disappointing. Was this production meant to be seen by adults only? I have to wonder why it was shown on a school night and starting so late at 8 pm at that. Three hours is way too long for this. It was too long between songs and I saw no acting worth watching. I believe I was actually in pain, forcing myself to see it through to the end. One more complaint: why, on earth was the child, Wendy's, gown untied to show just a bit of pubescent cleavage? Remember her father saying she was almost grown-up? Why purposely present children this way? A disgrace for certain.