GUS (1976)

A movie about a football team who uses a donkey to kick field goals for them. Now the normally losing team begins to win. So another sports movie where the team uses something or other to basically cheat but everyone is fine with it for some reason. And how does a football team win by just getting field goals? I mean, if your team was so bad before and couldn’t score or stop the other team from scoring, how are field goals the answer? Ah well, it’s not a good movie. Best to leave this one alone.



TOY STORY 4 (2019)

The toys are back! This time Woody gets lost while on vacation when he tries to save Forky, Bonnie’s new toy she made herself on her first day of school. It was another good installment of the Toy Story universe. It makes you laugh and introduces some great new characters, both good and bad. The best part about this movie, in my opinion, is that Bo Peep has returned!! And she is awesome. While I am still unsure of the ending, it still is worth a watch. And although it’s not as good as the first two movies, it’s on line with how we feel about the third movie. If you love the Toy Story movies, you will enjoy this one. But caution bringing the young ones, I heard about children who were scared of the ventriloquist dummies…as was I!



THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC GOURD (2007)

Oh no. This movie was so hard to get through. Perhaps lots of things got lost in translation as it’s a foreign film that has english dubbed over, but this movie was just bad. The story had no flow and just seemed to jump from one thing to the next. At moments things just didn’t quite make sense and we felt lost. And the magic gourd? He was annoying. I do not recommend this movie at all. It was not good.



ROB ROY: THE HIGHLAND ROGUE (1953)

Based on a real guy, Rob Roy leads the McGregor clan against King George I’s forces who have wronged him and banned his clan from using their name. Now young kids will probably be so bored of this movie. It’s a lot of talk and a lot of war fighting. But not quick cuts and tons of action fighting. While not one of the worst films we’ve seen doing this journey, it isn’t one of the good ones either. But hey, the Mary Poppins mom is in this movie. So there’s that.



THE SHAGGY D.A. (1976)

The teenage boy from The Shaggy Dog is now grown up, married and has a kid of his own. While running to be elected District Attorney, the ring that once transformed him into a dog has been stolen and the incantation inscribed in it read out loud again. Now in the middle of his campaign, Wilby is once again being transformed into a shaggy dog. Let the shenanigans begin. This movie may have it’s moments but we recommend just sticking with the original. It’s not nearly as good and at this point the story of man turning into dog is just too repetitive.



THE BEARS AND I (1974)

Bob goes to live in the northern wilderness and ends up taking care of 3 bear cubs after their mother is killed. This causes problems with the natives in the area as they believe the bears need to be set free or there will be a curse on their land. Bob has every intention to set the bears free, but they keep coming back to him and causing problems. The bears not being free means that tragedy has plagued their land. That is when the government comes in to tell if their plans to make the land a national park and the natives need to leave. It was an interesting enough movie and the bears were pretty cute. It is heartbreaking to watch a story about natives getting pushed off their own land they have had for centuries. I think it’s one that people could try once if they want to. Once was good enough for us.



JUSTIN MORGAN HAD A HORSE (1972)

This movie is about a guy named Justin Morgan…who had a horse. It actually is based on a real man who accepted two young colts as a payment for a debt. One of the colts grew up into a great horse, and so started breeding for the Morgan horse. The movie was a little slow but good for a one time viewing. Maybe only a must see if you are a die hard horse fan.



MALEFICENT (2014)

Being a fan of the original Maleficent, I was very excited to see her get her own movie. Finally people were able to say and remember the name of my favorite villain! I came out of this movie really liking it. Now some people hate the fact that it is so different from the animated Sleeping Beauty, but I think it is an interesting take on the classic story. If you look at it as it’s own thing, it’s a great movie. Angelina Jolie is great as the title character. This version presents a whole new side of Maleficent. And yes, I still will always pick greened skin Maleficent over this version, but it still is worth a watch and one I like to go back to every once in a while.



SO DEAR TO MY HEART (1948)

The boy who voiced Peter Pan stars in this movie as a boy who gets a black lamb that causes all sorts of problems. But the boy loves his lamb and will do all he can to prove to everyone that he is a prize lamb worthy of life. This movie was okay enough. Another movie that felt a little slow but kept us interested enough to want to see how it would end. No need to seek out to see but if you want to, go for it.



OCEANS (2009)

A Disneynature film that’s about, you guessed it, the ocean. Like all Disneynature films this one of beautiful. The images they are able to capture is fantastic. They are informative and bring you a world that you may not ever see otherwise. Depending on your kids, they may get bored. But it actually is pretty interesting and we recommend checking it out at least once.