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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.
The Equalizer (2014)
it's no wonder our world is so violent and we're becoming immune
There were so many good things about this movie, not the least of which is certainly Denzel Washington. Good suspense and character-building, we certainly like whom he likes and want them avenged. I just can't see that type or amount of violence being necessary or good for the society in general. It's often said that in the good old days, sex was implied and out of our line of vision. I'm now voting for us to put the violence out of our line of vision also. Kids spend countless hours with the violent video games and movies of this type feed that appetite. What price are we paying as a society? How is this different than the ISIS beheadings? There was so much of this movie that I had to turn my head from, that I quite reasonably deserve a refund.
Jersey Boys (2014)
So much more than a musical tribute
I went because I thought I would enjoy the music and I really knew nothing about the story of The Four Seasons. This movie is so much more than just a musical tribute. It's the story of friendship, brotherhood (and therefore sisterhood), parenting and doing the best we know how, love, heartache, disappointment and each of us making our own way in our own way. It brought tears to my eyes several times and not necessarily for the screen story but for what story crossed into my own family and relationships. I absolutely wanted to applaud but no one in my theatre did so (all seniors). I'd like to see this taken seriously by the Academy. Thank you Clint Eastwood.
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
Could have been better
I loved the characters. Story was OK, acting OK. So why the low score? The language was terrible. Is this really the way black men talk to each other and about their wives and girls? I hope not. Do they think that makes them "manlier"? That's enough reason I wouldn't even want one of these guys. People are going to consider this a "black film" and this is the way you want us to think you behave? You want to be "mainstream"? Then you need to speak with and to all of us with respect and decency. I wouldn't put up with that kind of language myself or permit it to be around my children. Why would anyone expect me to pay money for people to speak so disrespectfully around me? How long will it take for me to just avoid "black films" altogether? How many people already do avoid these movies for that reason?
Farmed and Dangerous (2013)
everyone should know what's in food in America
This is an extremely cute, amusing show with the interesting premise (based on facts) that big oil now controls all food production in the country. Behind the scenes we are shown how big corporations manipulate and control public opinion. We learn about free-range farming, problems with giving constant antibiotics to livestock, all about corn, GMO, in the misguided mission of food manufacture. Food was never intended (nor should it be) manufactured. Do we really not understand why bacteria is so out of control and can't be stopped to a large degree by the formerly miraculous antibiotics? What is it we don't understand about the obesity epidemic? If I were a teacher, I would require this series to be watched and discussed in all of my classes. The show is genius, playing like a comedy but dishing out important information we should all be aware of. Ray Wise, once again, plays a devilishly delightful bad guy.
Brooklyn Castle (2012)
For the Democrat Chess-Lover
If you're a lover of the game of chess and especially for those of who who subscribe to the Democratic Party philosophy of taking from others to give to your own causes, then this might be a movie for you. I thought it was going to be a movie about giving kids a chance to pull themselves up and out by achieving but it is, alas, a movie about complaining about greedy bankers who killed the economy instead. I'd like, for once, to see an honest movie about all who share the blame, including continuing to spend money we don't have and can no longer pay back. You think it's sad that kids can't play chess without funds? That's the very least of our troubles. These kids can take up to seven classes a week in chess. What? Seven classes for a fun, non-necessary skill? Can they read? Can they think independently? Can they do math and follow logic? Do they have the economic and financial basis for becoming productive citizens? Where are those classes? Do they know supply and demand? Guns vs. butter?
entire movie in foreign language
A movie which forces you to read English translation throughout will always be considerably downgraded by me. If your attention is taken up with trying to find out what the characters are saying, then you can't see the action much. Either my eyes are on the bottom of the screen with the subtitles or they can watch the entire screen but they cannot do both. Could have been a much better movie if I could have watched it. Might just as well read a transcript and forget about the visual altogether. I don't speak Mayan and I don't know anyone who does and don't really even know if this is actually the Mayan language, but it's not my language and I can't enjoy a movie this way.