Posts Tagged ‘movie review’

Letters to Juliet

May 21, 2010

Letters To Juliet Movie Still

What a refreshing movie to see in today’s world of over-sexed, potty-mouth, shoot-em-up flicks.  I’m a self-professed clean movie die-hard that so appreciates the film industry making movies that are endearing, romantic, humorous, inoffensive and beautiful.  Of course I know not all movie goers appreciate this type of entertainment…. one review I read said Letters to Juliet was a “witless ninny of a movie.”  So I assumed that reviewer would consider me a witless ninny, but that’s OK.  I thoroughly enjoyed two hours of witless entertainment. 

The summary of the movie is hopelessly romantic… a chick flick to the nth degree.  A wall in Verona, Italy, is known for Juliet’s stone balcony.  Yes, Juliet of Montague and Capulet and Romeo fame.  Lost souls leave letters in the wall of love gone wrong, and love missing in action, and lovers needing advice, and love stories lacking love.  A group of Juliet’s secretaries answer the letters.  Yes, it’s true… in real life, not witless ninny life, in Verona.  Club Juliet is actually functioning as the movie tells it, answering letters left at the wall.  A modern-day Dear Abbey in motion.  Ah, hopelessly romantic!

Sophie helps collect the letters one evening and knocks a block out of the wall only to discover a 50-year-old letter written by an English woman.  Sophie answers the letter encouraging the woman to follow her lost love, whom she jilted and returned to England.  A few days later, the “Gran” shows up in Verona accompanied by her grandson (the cold fish), determined to search for her Lorenzo from 50 years previous…. and the journey begins.

One of the eye-pleasing additions to the film is the unequalled views of the lush countryside in Italy.  Not many films can inspire vacations to Europe like this one.  If you happen to be a male reading this, let me give a few hints: you will score major points if you take your sweetheart to see Letters to Juliet, but be forewarned that she will also add to her bucket list “Trip to Italy”.

Where’s the Righteousness?

June 25, 2009

Philippians 2:1-2  If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

This is the verse that I took my encouragement from today…. being united with Christ.  It seems those around us have blurred the lines of righteousness when it comes to entertainment.  We had a no-brainer decision to make today about our son attending a birthday party where they were going to see a PG-13 flick….. it was a 12 year old’s party.  I did go look up the movie on to read the review.  Some (read: FEW) PG-13 movies would be acceptable for a 12 year old to view if I have seen it first and there is no language/nudity/brutality/etc.  There aren’t many films that have made that cut.  This particular movie had a strong warning for sexual content, language and battles. 

I just don’t get the point of filling your mind with filth.  What in the world?  This film has the Lord’s name used in vain MORE than 10 times.  Last time I checked, that was one of the no-no’s in the Ten Commandments.  So, once again, my child is going to stay home while his buddies go movie watching.  He asked if Dad could see the movie first to check it out.  I asked him is Dad should go to a movie where the Lord’s name is used repeatedly as a swear word?  He agreed… no.  He was disappointed about not being with his friends, but I believe he understood.  We talked about surrounding ourselves with like-minded people who stand for righteousness.  I believe he got it, but it’s not easy.

Later the topic came up with our 15 year old daughter.  She asked, “Why aren’t there more people who think like you and Dad about movies?”  I really didn’t know what to say.  There are…. they live in communes and don’t have electricity.…   I guess my thinking is that if you are going to choose a book to live by…. then don’t skip the parts that you don’t like.  Or find another book. 

It reminded me of the story of the mom who baked some brownies but added a little bit of dog poop to the mix.  Her kids were asking to go see a movie that only had a little bit of bad stuff in it.  She offered them the brownies but shared that there was only a little bit of bad stuff in them.  :o)  Wise woman.

The whole situation made me feel sort of lonely in my convictions, but then I read about being encouraged by being united with Christ.  That is who we are to be measuring ourselves against and emulating.  I took great comfort in that and am feeling a little better.