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Date Posted: 5/27/2008 7:52 PM ET
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I'd like to see more conversation going on in here, so forgive me for starting frivolous topics like music and movies.  :) 

What are some good movies that you guys like?  They don't necessarily have to be Christian movies (although I do like those, and always like to hear about them), just movies with good values, or that are good for families.  I watched Facing the Giants awhile ago, and really loved it. 

I actually heard on KLove them talking about the movie Bella, but when I looked it up at Redbox, I couldn't quite figure out why they were talking about it.  Has anyone seen it?  Is it good?  I wanted to watch it last weekend, but my husband wasn't interested.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 8:15 PM ET
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We just watched it this weekend. It's an ok movie, I didn't seem to like it as much as everyone else seems to like it. My husband liked it more than I did too.

Basic premise: a man with a troubled past who is a chef at his brother's restaurant spends the day with the waitress his brother fired that same day due to continued lateness. The waitress is pregnant, and over the course of the day he tries to encourage her about the meaning of family and love and gently moves her in the direction of thinking about an option other than abortion.

It was a decent movie, but I didn't care for the ending. Too subtle for me.

Movies I love (in the past and recently):

Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption, Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, Dan in Real Life

Melissa

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 8:38 PM ET
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Nice idea for a thread.

Since you liked Facing the Giants, you may like Radio also: A small-town high school football coach (Ed Harris) befriends an illiterate, developmentally disabled man (Cuba Gooding Jr.) nicknamed "Radio," who has always been the target of jokes and teasing. Although their friendship raises eyebrows at first, Radio's growth under the coach's guidance ultimately inspires the local townsfolk. Based on the true story of the life of James Robert Kennedy.

When I'm in the mood for a girly movie, I'll go for any movie in Jeanette Oake's trilogy (Love Comes Softly, Love's Enduring Promise, Love's Long Journey). http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1389

We recently watched Andre: Andre is the remarkable true story of a seal who each spring swam hundreds of miles to visit the human family that rescued him when he was an orphaned pup. Keith Carradine stars as a Maine harbor master who witnesses the playful and appreciative animal's impact on his hometown, his family and especially on his shy nine-year-old daughter .

I also liked My Louisiana Sky: Newcomer Kelsey Keel stars in this touching coming-of-age drama. Tiger Ann Parker (Keel) is a 12-year-old girl in 1950s Louisiana who lives with her mentally handicapped parents. Old enough now to realize the gravity of her parents' disability, Kelsey struggles to cope with these unsettling revelations. Her lively Aunt Dorie (Juliette Lewis) soon comes to the rescue, helping to ease both Kelsey's mind and her parents' burden.

Sorry so long but I thought it might be nice to include a summary of the movie.

Has anyone seen Water Horse or Eragon? Opinions?

 

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 8:46 PM ET
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If anyone wants to be my Netflix friend and see my giant queue, my name over there is RealRoseyPosey

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:41 PM ET
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The Water Horse was a cute movie. My kids really liked it. Last year, we watched The Legend of Mee Shee, and it was really similar.

 

Here's the link to add me as a friend at Netflix, I have a huge queue too.

http://www.netflix.com/BeMyFriend/P7ATJRQJfcpXrqm6vpxB 

Melissa

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:45 PM ET
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We just watched "The Perfect Stranger" and it was really good.  It's about a woman who gets an invitation to have dinner with Jesus. (it's a modern day setting)  I really liked it.

And it's on Netflix!  :D

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:51 PM ET
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I think the most recent movie that I saw, that I really liked was "The World's Fastest Indian"..........a true story about an old guy that sets a world speed record at the Bonnyville Salt Flats.

Also liked "Secondhand Lions"

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 10:11 PM ET
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My Mom got me to watch the "Love Comes Softly" series.  I love them!

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I'm looking forward to seeing "Prince Caspian", but since I'm too cheap to go to the movies, I'll probably wait until it comes out on DVD!

I also want to see "Amazing Grace", but haven't been able to find it at the local video store.  I'll have to try a little harder, I guess.

I also like movies based on Jane Austen's books and that type of thing.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 11:16 PM ET
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Lisa, "Amazing Grace" was really good!  :D

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 11:43 PM ET
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I don't have Netflix, since we usually use Redbox and the library. 

Char, I saw Eragon.  It was okay.  Not very memorable, apparently, since I can't remember much about it other than that we saw it.  I couldn't finish the book, and I finished the movie, so I guess I thought the movie was better than the book.  :) 

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 12:59 PM ET
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For those of you who liked "Facing The Giants", there is a new movie coming out by the same company called "Fireproof" that hits theaters in September '08.  You can find out more at:  www.fireproofthemovie.com .

There have been a number of films made with a Christian worldview that I really enjoy:

Facing The Giants

The Wager

The Visitation

The Second Chance

Thr3e

Time Changer

Unidentified

You & Me...Us, Forever

The Ride

The Climb

 

You can find a lot of these on our sister website SwapADVD.  If you don't want to wait, then check out www.christiancinema.com .

 

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 1:43 PM ET
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I love the Love Comes Softly movies.  I have seen them all several times and never seem to get sick of them.

I saw Prince Caspian over the weekend and it was fantastic.  I can't wait to see the next one in this series but it doesn't come out until 2010.

I recently rented Becoming Jane and loved it I wanted to put it on my wish list over on swap a dvd but when I saw that there are over 120 people already on the wish list I just went ahead and bought it.

Christine

 

 

 

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 1:47 PM ET
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I liked Becoming Jane, too, Christine.  And I like all the movies based on adaptations of Jane Austen's books.  Except not so much the newest Pride and Prejudice.  The A&E version with Colin Firth ruined any further remakes for me.  That one's the real one.  :D

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 2:01 PM ET
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ooh, I forgot about Time Changer. I liked that one too. It displayed how morals apart from Christianity are not the same. The standards of the world are much lower than the standards set for us in God's Word.

ETA: This was written and directed by Rich Christiano, who has several other films you can google if you liked this one.



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Date Posted: 5/28/2008 11:19 PM ET
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I, too, am a big fan of the Love Comes Softly movies.  About a week ago, I saw the newest one at Best Buy, bought it, and I've already watched it twice!  I also splurged to see Prince Caspian (I hardly go to the movies anymore, either), and it was just okay for me.  I liked the first Narnia movie so much more.

Becoming Jane was pretty good, I thought.  Kind of along the same line, IMO, was Miss Potter with Renee Zellweger.  Miss Potter was an excellent movie!  :o)



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Date Posted: 5/30/2008 5:18 PM ET
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Ooh what wonderful ideas.  I haven't heard of alot of these.  I don't get out much. LOL!! 

I love Jane Austen based movies and I'm with Brenda on the PBS version of Pride and Prejudice...UNBEATABLE!!

I did NOT know there was a Love Comes Softly movie series.  I fell in love with these books as a young teen.  I will have to watch these.

I love, love, love Lord of the Rings and was surprised that I didn't care for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so much.   I'm curious to see Prince Caspian.

My favorite chick flick is You've Got Mail.  I cry every time I watch it.  I also love While you were Sleeping.  Most chick flicks have too much, you know what, for my taste. :-)

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 6:36 PM ET
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I also loved the "Love comes Softly" movies. :)

Some of my favs are: Untamed Heart, Return to Me, Far and Away, No Reservations...and many more!  LOL!

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 7:10 PM ET
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I watched Bella last night.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I really wish it was at least half hour longer, and that they hadn't left so much up to the viewer to piece together what must have happened.  But I thought it was very good, especially on the budget they had.  I appreciate what they were trying to do with this movie.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 9:29 PM ET
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That's pretty much the way I felt about it Brenda. I guess for me also, I didn't see her life as THAT screwed up that she would have abandoned her child for that many years. I just felt like a whole bunch of the story was left out and I felt kind of cheated.

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 10:52 PM ET
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did anyone read the Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard? it looks like there's a movie coming out with Dean Jones in one of the major roles

here's a link to where you can see the trailer

http://www.mandiemovies.com/

 

as horrible as I'm going to sound, those are the worst Native American costumes I have ever seen. they look like something out of a high school play.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 12:07 AM ET
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I agree Deborah, those costumes are horrid. Actually I wasn't that impressed with the rest of the characters' wardrobes either. But I like the Mandie books so maybe the story will be strong enough to overlook the cheap budget look.