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Sue Thomas F.B.Eye

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Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Movie Review

 Sue Thomas F.B.I. Eye

I purchased the DVDs for this series several years ago from the American Family Association (AFA) after reading their recommendation for this very excellent 5-volume series (2002-2005).  It was created by brothers, Dave Alan and Gary R. Johnson, and was one of the highest ranking shows to air on PAX TV, which focused primarily on family-oriented entertainment, (currently ION Television, 2007).  I’m not sure if AFA still sells it but I’ve seen it on the Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Official Site and re-runs are sometimes shown on Christian cable television channels.

Sue Thomas F.B.Eye is the heart-warming story based on the true life story of Sue Thomas, a profoundly deaf woman who was hired by the F.B.I. to help with an elite surveillance team because of her ability to read lips.

I can’t say enough good things about this series.  The stories are well-written, the characters all fit well together, there’s a nice balance of drama, action, and comedy, and every episode is uplifting.  And simply put, Deanne Bray is a breath of fresh air.  She’s a great actress that is highly expressive and authentic as she plays the part of Sue Thomas because she, too, is deaf.  As she uses sign language and speaks and reads lips she is able to play the part as no one else could.  One of the things I particularly loved while watching this show is how Deanne Bray would watch the mouths of the other characters as they were speaking.  I don’t know if this was done out of necessity for her to know when to speak herself or if it was written in the script, but it really makes this show seem genuine.

This is a clean, wholesome, enjoyable, family-friendly series that we’ve enjoyed watching more than once, and it proves that a television program can be great without the usual violence, language, and sexuality because there isn’t any blood and gore or bad language and there aren’t any sexual scenes, and they use God’s name reverently and with gratitude.  These shows can be watched without any worry of inappropriate content.

This is probably the best money we’ve ever spent on DVDs and I cannot recommend Sue Thomas F.B.Eye highly enough. Unfortunately Netflix doesn’t carry it but it is available on the Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Official Site.

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I would really love to hear from any of you out there that have seen these shows.

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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

An Uplifting Movie

 

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio ~ a review of an uplifting movie

 

 

 

 

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio:
How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

by Terry Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can a movie be so sad yet so uplifting?

I first watched this movie several years ago after seeing it at a video store, without knowing anything about the real life story of Evelyn Ryan or ever hearing about it when it was at movie theaters.  But it was so engaging and well-acted that I purchased the movie and have watched it a few times since.  The movie is rated PG-13 and we watch it using our ClearPlay Filtering DVD Player that edits it down to a clean PG rating.  Click {here} to learn more about ClearPlay.

This is the well-written story by Terry Ryan, who beautifully tells the story of her mother, and how she, for better or worse, stayed married to her alcoholic husband despite his drinking up his paychecks month after month leaving her without money to provide the necessities for her large family of twelve.  And she did so gracefully and with a good attitude mostly by staying focused on her determination to raise her children well and with love, which she did. The children sadly lived with the devastating damage caused by their abusive, alcoholic father and adored their mother for her calmness, sense of humor, and loving kindness and for holding their family together and maintaining their dignity amidst chaos.

The time period is 1950s-early 1960s ~ an era when companies offered prizes for writing verses for their commercials.  Out of need, Evelyn was creative and used her talent for clever rhyming by writing advertisement jingles and winning prizes and prize money for them.  And that’s how she raised 10 kids on 25 words or less, as stated in the title of this movie.  Even though this movie sadly depicts life with an alcoholic parent/spouse, it’s also a fun, upbeat, inspiring movie to watch.  It has a lot of clever filming with commercial jingles being sung and Julianne Moore brings Evelyn Ryan to life and brilliantly portrays her cheerfulness and positive spirit, which I found to be so heartwarming and uplifting.

This movie has definitely enriched my life and I highly recommend it.  If you can’t find it at the library or a local video store, it’s available {here}

 

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Ramona and Beezus

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Does anyone out there love this movie as much as I do?

Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 movie with a PG rating that celebrates family.  It’s one of the rare films that has married parents and more than one child.  The movie is well cast, has a well written script, and has plenty of tender and funny moments without being sappy or over-the-top silly.  And it portrays realistic family situations ~ though Ramona and Beezus have normal sibling conflicts they also have a normal love bond as sisters.

Ramona has a very vivid and active imagination that sometimes gets her in trouble, but with the love and nurturing help of her father she is able to “save the day” for her family.  Her mother is gentle and nurturing, too, and there were a few times during the movie that I got a little teary.  One of the things I really love about Ramona is that she stays true to herself and remains optimistic even when bullied or when things she does turn out disastrous.

One thing I didn’t really appreciate about the film, though, was the mother immediately returning to the work force when the father was out of a job, but other than that I absolutely adore this movie and have watched it three or four times.  It’s an uplifting, fun, feel-good movie that instills strong family values and whether you have read the Beverly Cleary books or not, my guess is you will love Ramona and Beezus.

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St. John Bosco

An Uplifting Movie

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Saint John Bosco: Mission to Love

Today I want to share with you a movie that we watched a few weeks ago.  It is uplifting and inspiring in every way, and it’s the true story of the life of Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco who grew up fatherless and in poor conditions in Italy in the mid-1800s.  At a young age he felt called to become a Catholic priest and he spent his whole life serving others, mainly young delinquent boys.  He brought orphans off the streets and out of prison and began educating them, loving them, and bringing dignity and purpose to their lives. Bosco was an ordinary man and an ordinary priest who lived extraordinarily.  Although he had to constantly fight his superiors to move forward with his inspired plans to help the downtrodden street boys in the city, he was always cheerful.  He was selfless and compassionate.  He deeply loved everyone.  He teaches us what being Christlike really means.

This very well-acted, well-cast movie is Italian with English sub-titles and it is a joy to listen to the Italian language and view their beautiful countryside.  It is dated 2004, rated NR, and is available from Netflix or {here} or try your local library.

Saint John Bosco: Mission to Love has deeply enriched my life.
Give it try.
Then let me know if you love it, too.

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