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#363: Movie Mondays – Love Comes Softly May 28, 2012

Cover of "Love Comes Softly"

Cover of Love Comes Softly

Year: 2003

Genre: Romance/Western/Drama

Description from www.IMDb.com: A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800’s suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again? 

Wife: For our last movie review, I wanted to choose a movie about marriage.  Husband suggested War of the Roses.  Really?  A cynical movie about divorce?  I don’t think so.  Instead, he agreed to review Love Comes Softly.  Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this is one of my favorite movies.  I have secretly wanted to own the entire series and I am not a movie collector.  What do I love about it?  It is clean, engaging, sweet, and faith-based.  And, it’s a love story!  Kathryn Heigl is excellent as usual. My husband teases me about this movie.  He calls it “Love dies a slow and agonizing death.”  Yes, he is both cynical and funny. 

Husband: I liked the storyline.  The male lead was a good man.  He was God-fearing and had the correct priorities.  He was patient and he waited.  There were no explosions so I only gave it a 5.  

Husband-Wife Compatibility: 7.5 (Wife gave it a 10)    

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#356: Movie Mondays – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo May 21, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Year: 2011

Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery

Description from IMDb.com: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Wife: I had seen people reading the book on the subway for a long time before I read it.  I read the trilogy but liked the first book best.  We saw the original Swedish version when it first came out. We liked that a lot. I loved that the actors didn’t look like movie stars.  The English version was good but different.  It had a different feel to it.  The Swedish version felt more authentic.  There’s something about hearing the Swedish language that let’s you get a better feel for the place, sort of like listening to music from Iceland like Bjork.  Although reading subtitles can be bothersome.  I liked both versions and am glad I saw them.  It’s such a chilling and interesting story.  The book was excellent.

Husband: The two versions are easily different.  The American version is darker and more realistic.  The actor who plays Lisbeth Salander has more edge in the American version.  As far as Mikael Blomkvist’s character, who can compare to Daniel Craig?

I was surprised.  Typically remakes are not as potent as the original.  For example, Psycho, 3:10 to Yuma.  The American version was a better film.

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 8


#349: Movie Mondays – 3:10 to Yuma May 14, 2012

Year: 2007


Genre: Action/Crime/Drama


Description from http://www.IMDb.com: A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.


Wife: I really liked this movie.  I am not a big fan of Westerns, but I do like good movies. I liked both this and the remake of True Grit.  It’s funny that this movie was not categorized as a Western.  I loved the portrayal of father and son and the theme of good and bad men. It drew me in.  I’ve seen it twice now.  It is such a classic.  I have not seen the original but want to.  Plus, it’s got a great title!

Cover of "3:10 to Yuma (Widescreen Editio...


Husband: i liked the movie.  It had  great storyline.  The characters were believable. [OK, my husband said this and I said, “Walter, you say this about every movie.  It’s like you don’t care.”  To which he responded, “Hmmm, you’re catching on.”  Luckily, we only have 2 more movie reviews.  Sorry Walter.]


Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 9




#342: Movie Mondays – The 13th Warrior May 7, 2012

Cover of "The 13th Warrior"

Cover of The 13th Warrior

Year: 1999

Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: In AD 922, an important emissary who is banished from his homeland. The nomadic outcast comes across a band of Norse warriors who coerce him into joining them when they are summoned to fight mysterious creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path. Eventually surrounded by the frightening and ferocious foe, Ibn must conquer his personal fears and help battle the illusive invaders–who emerge out of the shroud of fog in the black of the night.

Wife: This is a movie my husband owns.  One of the many in his vast DVD collection.  Early on in our relationship he would ask me to watch movies and I would immediately react and not like it.  Recently, he was talking about the Vikings and the Russia people.  I was interested and he said, you know that’s what The 13th Warrior is about.  So we watched it and it was great.  A little too much violence for me.  Very interesting story.

Husband:  I like this movie.  I own it and have seen it several times.  Although it is not 100% historical, it is based upon a real time in history.  I liked all the characters and the storyline.  I thought my wife would like it and am pleased that she watched it with me.

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 9.5


#335: Movie Mondays – Pride and Glory April 30, 2012

Year: 2008

Genre: Crime/Drama/Thriller

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family’s moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora’s Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Wife: I like crime shows.  Being a Law & Order, this was right up my alley.  Although I thought it was a god movie, I had a hard time liking it.  The subject was disturbing and sometimes hard to watch.  I like Ed Norton and thought he did a great job.  It was a little long but maybe it just felt that way because we started it too late!

Husband:  It was a good film but I found it to be disturbing.  I was happy with the outcome.

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 7.5

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#328: Movie Mondays – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy April 23, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (film)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Year: 2011

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.

Wife: I get the feeling the book was excellent.  The movie? Not so much.  The acting was spectacular but it was hard to follow the story.  There were too many languages, characters, and points in time.  It was confusing and slow.  I watched until the end just so I could figure out if there was a mole and if so who it was.  At the end, I couldn’t tell you if there was one.  My advice, read the book!

Husband: I didn’t even bother to ask husband what he thought.  He watched only an hour then gave up.  He said it was slow and boring and said Lamo (as in lame) about 15 times during that hour.

Husband/Wife Compatibility Rating: 3.5


#321: Movie Mondays – Bridesmaids April 16, 2012

Bridesmaids (2011 film)

Bridesmaids (2011 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Year: 2011

Genre: Comedy/Romance

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Wife:  This movie is really about the maid of honor and it is more about friendship than marriage. But I’m a sucker for wedding movies so there you have it.  It was very funny. I love Maya Rudolph, she is so naturally funny, earthy and quirky.  The themes of the movie are friendship, believing in yourself, loving yourself, and competition between friends.  Kristen Wiig‘s character is so very likeable.  Melissa McCarthy‘s character is crude but hilarious.  (Warning: there are definitely some unladylike scenesand foul language in this movie).  However, very funny movie.

Husband: I thought it was hilarious at times and contrived at others.  Melissa McCarthy stole the show.  She was the funniest but was not the focus of the movie.  This movie was better than The Hangover.

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 8 (Wife gave it a 10, husband gave it a 6).


#314: Movie Mondays – Midnight in Paris April 9, 2012

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Year: 2011

Genre: Comedy/Fantasy/Romance

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: A family travel to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple who are forced to confront their differing views of a perfect life.

Wife: I loved it.  I had forgotten it was a Woody Allen movie but was reminded by the opening shots.  Allen clearly loves Paris the way he loves New York.  It’s an enchanting story – funny, beautiful, romantic.  Owen Wilson was great.  A magical story about Paris in the 20s.  Kathy Bates is a perfect Gertrude Stein.

Husband: It was creative.  I liked the cameos by historical figures.

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 7 (Wife gave it a 9, Husband a 5.  It was romantic enough for Wife but not funny enough for husband).


#307: Movie Mondays – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark April 2, 2012

Year: 2010

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

Wife: This was a very scary and creepy movie.  It had an old-fashioned feel to it.  This movie was produced by Guillermo del Toro who also produced Pan’s Labyrinth – another great movie.  I am not a big fan of horror but this was really horror-lite.  I do love thrillers though. My husband loves both horror an thrillers which probably explains our high compatibility rating.  The little creatures were terrifying.  Very enjoyable in a scary way!

Husband: Great!  A very creative scary movie.  Katie Holmes did a nice job.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011 film)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Husband-Wife compatibility Rating: 9


#300: Movie Mondays – Martha Marcy May Marlene March 26, 2012

Year: 2011

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Wife: I saw the previews and wanted to see it because I couldn’t figure out was going on and wanted to.  It had that indie feel to it.  Plus I like thrillers.  I thought it was good.  It was very tense.  The writing and acting were great.  Pretty scary stuff.  Cults are just creepy!  I thought Elizabeth Olsen was wonderful in the role.  I didn’t realize until after that she is younger sister to the Olsen twins.

Husband: It was weird.  The ending was terrible and ridiculously abrupt almost as if they ran out of film.  It was also slow and long.

Wife’s Note: Husband watched this movie the way I have watched March Madness: while “doing other things.” 🙂

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 6