How Do Movies Affect Society?

If you are a certified fan of movies, it certainly had influenced you a lot in your decisions, thinking, mood, views, and etc. Movies are one of the best choices of recreation. There are currently thousands of movies produced by different film industries today.

A romantic movie will give you romantic influence. It may give you some tips on how to persuade and please your partner or the person you love. It may give you a hint about doing sex or some affectionate scenes that couples or even youngsters may emulate once they saw it. Public displays of affection became popular because of the influence of romantic movies. There are scenes that feature a boy and a girl holding hands while walking in a crowd, kissing and hugging each other.

As scientists and doctors have proven through careful studies and research, the impact of violence really depends on the personality and character traits of young adults and children. A child or teenager who has been brought up in an abusive family and has been hit as a child is more likely to dash out at other people especially if they have just seen a very violent films.

Film stars have eventually got a huge number of fan followers and the attitude portrayed by the heroes in a film will be followed by some of them also in their real-life situations. Unfortunately, not only the educated groups of viewers tend to follow the inappropriate mannerisms that these heroes portray in the screen. The worst part is the fans will copy the stunts performed albeit they will risk their lives. Nowadays, we usually notice that the winning formula for a successful cinema today is about bandit or rebellion, gangster, rowdy and other movies doing sinful actions unlike before that winning entries are about good manners, legends, ancient characters, cultural attractions and etc.

On the other hand, there are films that will serve as your sources of information and knowledge. Research-based movies give you influence of research and inventing new things. A historical movie tells about the ancient times and their lifestyle which urges man to adopt or in some manner, influence from them. Classic movies give classic arts and lifestyle. These films are usually the sources of students for research purposes and it also serves as a means of broadening their knowledge about different things because it is more lively and perhaps, entertaining.

How do people interpret history? One of the main sources of history are movies because authors knew that people watch and believe those featured in these films. But the sad part is some data presented are not absolutely factual. That is the reason why youth are not that good in interpreting histories because they sometimes grasp the wrong information from films.

Thus, what is the purpose of requiring a rating system for movies and television programs? It is to raise awareness among the parents and adults if a film incite violence among teenagers and young children. However, there are still questions whether ratings like Rated “R” or Parental Guidance (PG) have been the best way to remind older people of their responsibilities to guide the young ones since we cannot ignore the fact that movie influences are really widespread and if this continues, it will even encourage children to play video games that are violent and abusive. Ratings are nonsense if people revolving around the movie industry do not know the right track of entertaining people considering that children might as well imitate some actions in movies that are too sensitive and improper.

Almost everybody had experienced circumstances wherein their minds are influenced by what they see on horror films. According to James Ranel of brown University, the best ways to deal with horror and violent films that teenagers and young children have seen is by also having parents or guardians talk with their children because it allows them to understand what they have just seen and that the film is not real. Some children think that shooting guns are cool. Parents must talk with their children to make them understand that it is not cool at all and in fact, very dangerous.

Movies portray reality yet reality portrays movies. Moreover, we should bear in mind that the world is the stage itself. All of us are merely players and we have our own exits and entrances. Now, how can we make happy endings if we continue to ruin each episode of our lives with fear, violence and anger? Like actors or actresses in movies, we should therefore be an exemplary model in the real world.

Watching movies is not that bad yet we have to know our own limitations. Why don’t we play the reality right instead?

5 Movies With Film Locations in Portugal

Portugal is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for film productions with a wide variety of locations of every description. But there haven’t been very many major movies so far that feature locations in Portugal, so we’ve dug into the archives to search out a few that you may remember.

If 007 visits you can be sure it will be remembered. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) is one movie that puts Portugal on the map, even though with George Lazenby as 007 it was perhaps one of the least popular of the old Bond movies. The movie kicks off on Guincho beach near Cascais west of Lisbon with Bond rescuing Tracy di Vicenzo, mobster’s daughter, from the sea. We see plenty more scenes of Portugal including the dramatic 25 de Abril suspension bridge in Lisbon and the glamorous Palacio Estoril Hotel where Bond stays. Much of the rest of the drama shifts to Switzerland, but these scenic landscapes of Portugal are still memorable today.

Bond’s more enduring face, that of Sean Connery, visits Lisbon in another role and another era. The Russia House (1990) is a spy thriller based on a Le Carre novel and the film stars Michelle Pfeiffer as well as Sean Connery. While most of the movie is set in Russia, (and filmed on location there, a first for western films at the end of the Cold War era) Barley, Sean Connery’s heavy drinking publisher character has a home in Lisbon where he takes refuge in the middle and at the end of the movie, as he waits for the girl to join him after her escape from Russia.

The House of Spirits (1993) has an all-star cast with Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas, and Vanessa Redgrave in a supporting role. The movie is set in Chile, based on the novel by Isabel Allende, but was filmed on location in Portugal and on set in Denmark. The rural Alentejo region in the South of Portugal with its rolling hills, mountains and hot dry summers doubles for Chile, and Lisbon provides some of the city backdrop to the drama.

Contemporary thriller, The Ninth Gate (1999) by Roman Polanski stars Johnny Depp as a rare book dealer seeking out a supernatural demon text. In the course of his travels around Europe through France and Spain, to track down the authentic copy of the book for his client, he visits Sintra in Portugal. It’s a picturesque area of Portugal just outside Lisbon with plenty of atmospheric hilltop palaces and castles. Depp visits Chalet Biester with its turreted outline tucked into lush green woodland exuding mystery.

The Lisbon Story (1994) was never a big box office draw, but being produced by Wim Wenders it has a certain appeal to movie buffs. Set in and around Lisbon it was originally commissioned as a promotional documentary by the city until Wim Wenders added a story line and some fictional characters to turn it into a full length movie. Of all these movies it is the one that probably shows the most representative views of the Lisbon itself, though the others have bucket loads more glamour!

Keep looking out for modern movies with locations in Portugal, as it’s sure to feature more and more on the film production companies’ lists of desirable destinations.

Movie Review – "The Big Lonely" – Surviving in Isolation

“The Big Lonely” is a captivating film telling the story of Michael Nelms, a persecuted man beaten down by an uncaring bureaucracy and left penniless to live on the streets. Having been a successful car dealer, a real estate broker and the victim of several bad marriages, retreating to a remote forest hideout seems a logical choice. Living under a bridge as a homeless person has no appeal for this man.

As he talks into the camera we discover he has built this small cabin on federal land and justifies his right to be there by calling it a mining claim, a bogus one he confesses. One of his daily tasks is to collect water from a nearby stream. The winter has been harsh and he has to chip through a foot of ice. Leading the way is his dog Tic, a mix of wolf and Malamute. Food is a constant need in this wilderness and obtaining fresh meat is a demanding challenge. In the winter, elk and deer go to lower elevations where food is more plentiful and the snow is not so deep. Snow pack levels have reached as high as ten feet in past years

As such, meat sources are limited to rabbits, coyotes, and rats. Dressing out of such animals and cooking them is a major part of the film. Michael shares his fixings with his dog Tic and their relationship is one of equal partners in their quest to survive.

However, the survival issues are not what make this film unique, it’s the positive attitude of the participants, both Michael and his dog, Tic. They accept the hardships as a part of life and work together to overcome them. When a bear attacks Michael and pins him on the ground, he stabs the animal in the windpipe. He describes this ordeal in detail, down to the whizzing sounds as the bear gasps for air. It’s a horrendous moment in his life and he displays the resulting scars with some trepidation. While the bear meat did get them through another winter, the attack left him with repeated nightmares. Michael recounts, “Dreams are where you take you mind. Nightmares are where your mind takes you.”

It’s philosophies like these that give weight to this film, that this man has learned from his time in the wilderness, and openly shares his thoughts with us. He talks about dying and wanting his body to replenish the land that fed him for so many years. With supplies running low in the midst to winter, the two journey some fifty-miles to restock. Michael sets up camp outside the town and finds various jobs to buy supplies that will get them through the next winter.

You may be asking how could he videotape this much footage without an electrical source to recharge the camera batteries. While not covered in the film I did notice a couple of solar power devices mounted on a tree, which likely allowed for the battery recharging.

The film is a stunning self-shot account as we eavesdrop on a man finding peace and understanding in the Oregon wilderness. It is one man’s inspiring story of resilience and the durability of the human spirit. A heartwarming film, “The Big Lonely” imparts prophetic wisdom about the sins of the past and hopes for the future..

CREDITS: Cast: Michael Nelms; Director – David Manougian; Producer – Troy Gamble & David Kamens; Executive Producer – David Monougian; Editor – Kerribeth Elliot Camera Setup & Consulting – J.P. Morgan; Camera & Sound – Michael Nelms; Composer & Performer of Original Music- Robin Zimmermann; Sound Editor – Reed Harvey; On-line Editor – William Schultz; A Juicebox Production Presentation; Unrated; 82 Minutes.

Check Out Tadaima The Movie

When World War II began, Americans and immigrants of Japanese descent found that the discrimination and prejudice that they had long experienced were escalated with hatred toward them being exhibited on every front. Immediately after the Imperial Navy of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, leaders from within the Japanese and Japanese American communities were arrested by the FBI. It was a time of great uncertainty and fear.

Then Executive Order 9066 was issued and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. This gave authority to the military commanders in certain areas to remove any persons from their homes. Although the order could have been used against others, it was only enacted with the people of Japanese heritage living on the West Coast of the United States. It was not used in Hawaii.

People were removed from their homes with little notice and taken to temporary assembly centers where they were housed at racetracks or fairgrounds. Most lived in horse stalls recently vacated by the previous occupants. Then ten camps were built in remote and desolate areas of the United States. The people were taken by train to those locations, where most were required to live as prisoners until the war ended in 1945.

At the end of the war, the people were released from the camps. Most were given a token amount of $25 plus a train ride or bus fare to the place of their choosing. Many tried to return to their former homes in California, Washington, or Oregon. It was extremely difficult for them to start over basically with nothing.

The story of one such family who tried to return to their former home in California is told in a film named, Tadaima The Movie. It premiered at the CAAMFest 2015 in San Francisco. It has received several awards including: Best Drama at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival and Best Short Narrative at DisOrient Film Festival of Oregon. Several screenings are scheduled. Information is available on the Internet. The meaning of the Japanese word “tadaima” is: I’m Home.

The film features a Japanese American family which must find the strength to rebuild their house and their family after suffering emotional and physical destruction caused by their incarceration experience during the war. The film stars Toshi Toda, Vivian, Umino, Mackenyu Maeda, and Jordyn Kanaya.

Tadaima The Movie was written and directed by Robin Takao D’Oench. The film honors the legacy of his grandfather, Paul Takagi, who was a UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus and recently passed away. The story is based on the experiences of his family and other Japanese Americans after the end of World War II. It is part of the Japanese American story.

Crazy Movie Buffs – How To Pick Up on Mistakes In Movies With 5 Simple Steps

If you are like me and probably a thousand others out there that are really into movies you won’t deny the excitement that comes once a new movie is released. You will watch practically all the trailers associated with that movie and then begin to make your own analysis on how that movie might fair in the box office. It’s a gift and a curse I would say seeing that in most cases the trailer tends to be a lot better than the movies itself how does that happen? No idea. My theory has always been that the directors used all the deleted good scenes to boost the trailers performance so that buffers like us can’t help but get all excited to see the finished product. How much do you actually know about movies, do you live it, breathe it, can’t seem to get enough of it? Then chances are you are a movie buff, that is if you actually fit the bill.

Another thing that I end up doing after watching a movie twice is spotting all the errors. These errors are not necessarily seen in the first viewing but if you have watched the movie 2-3 times then you would be able to find all the mistake missed the first two times around. The steps are fairly simple if you choose to pick a movie or just view the ones shown repeatedly on television then that is absolutely fine, First thing first:

  1. Film selection (it could either be an old or current film it doesn’t matter)
  2. Take notes of details whether they are minor or major ones (including facts which will useful for future references)
  3. Start looking for mistakes ( whether or not the plot has been consistent, bad times, omission, slip ups which would include the actor/actress whether something is on right or not or if they had a watch on but its missing in the next take).
  4. Make notes of errors and the precise time they occur.
  5. replay is necessary to make sure that nothing has been missed and or if you end up with little to no results.

Normally it is recommended to use movies that has been known to have multiple errors but it is not a given. You can choose a movie you love or one that wasn’t so great but like I said it is not a given, the same principles can be applied.

Why People Might Want to Buy Movie Tickets Online

The reasons to buy movie theater tickets online are many. Moreover, the convenience of such has brought recognition to this easy process. Modern consumers are finding more and more benefits for this type of transaction, and the technology as only getting better. The film industry itself has also adapted to this service.

I will discuss the many benefits and variables associates with online purchases. With attention to movies ticket in particular, I will examine the necessities of using such a service as well. It is my hope that this article will assist you in your decision on whether or not online purchasing is for you.

One benefit of an online purchase is that you can complete the transaction from the comfort of your own home. With just the click of a button you can reserve your seat. This is particularly attractive to individuals who do not live close to a movie theater, as calling or buying a movie theater tickets in advance at the location can be a hassle. You can also check the movie titles and times that a theater is offering.

Another reason to buy online is that it can save you a trip. Securing a seat will prevent you from showing up to the theater and finding out that the film has sold out. This is recommended for any of the more popular titles.

There is most likely not a person alive that enjoys standing in line. With an online purchase you can avoid the monotony of such a task. Purchasing from a website and picking the ticket up from a kiosk will help you to avoid this very tedious practice.

Plenty of customers have a difficult time enjoying a film if they are forced to sit in a seat that is not to their liking. Most newer theaters will now allow you to choose your seat when buying from a website. By purchasing long ahead of time you can choose the best spot in the house.

An additional benefit of any type of online purchase, is that you are able to have a ticket or confirmation number sent to a friend as a gift. By paying online ahead of time, you can give the perfect present without any resistance, as the transaction is already complete.

The discounts that are available online are also an attractive feature for this type of transaction. By using coupons, special offers, or membership perks, you will be able to keep a little bit of money in your wallet. There are even some movie pass sites that offer seasonal deals.

As I have said before, this whole process is rather sample. What you generally need to buy a ticket from a website is a credit card, computer access, and an email address. With these tools, you are only a click away.

Hopefully it is clear now that there are many advantages to buying movie tickets online. The process is rather simple for the customer, and there are many advantages to choosing this method. Being prepared with the necessary requirements are a must. If you are interested in this option, the only thing left to do is to choose a film and get started.

The Big Six – Top 6 Major Film Studios in the Movie Business

When you watch a movie, whether it be at the cinema or in the comfort of your own home, it’s seldom you actually think about where the movie was produced and how each film company secured the rights to the movie you’re watching on the screen. The movie business is extremely competitive. The six major film companies discussed below comprise 90 percent of the US and Canadian box office revenue. If you’re pondering a career in film, you may want to pay very close attention to the statistics below.

And while there are a few “mini-majors” still turning a profit in the industry (Lions Gate Entertainment and MGM for example), it’s fairly difficult for film companies to stay afloat while competing with these highly successful empires.

Below you will find the six major film companies (also known as “The Big Six”) and a brief description of each:

1. Warner Bros. Pictures. Comprising a whopping 19.7 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Warner Bros. Pictures is the biggest player in the film industry. Securing the rights to major films like Harry Potter, Superman, Batman, The Matrix and Star Wars have made Warner Bros. the No. 1 name in the business.

2. Paramount Pictures. With 15.5 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Paramount Pictures continues to be one of the most successful film production companies in the world. Star Trek, War of the Worlds, the Mission Impossible series, Transformers and Tropic Thunder are just a few of the popular films produced by Paramount Pictures.

3. Walt Disney. One of the most renowned film production companies in the history of the business, Walt Disney now holds 15.3 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures). With highly successful movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Meet the Robinsons and Enchanted, there’s no doubt that Disney will continue to play a key role in the industry for years to come.

4. Columbia Pictures. Comprising 12.9 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Columbia Pictures remains a big player in the business. Some of this company’s recent successes include Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, the Spider-Man series and Step Brothers.

5. Universal Studios. 12.2 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures) belongs to Universal Studios, which continues to make millions for the film industry. With major hits like the Bourne series (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum), The American Pie series, Knocked Up, American Gangster and The Incredible Hulk, it’s very clear that Universal Studios knows what it takes to make money in this industry.

6. 20th Century Fox. Also known as “Twentieth Century Fox,” this highly successful movie production company makes up 11.9 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures). Some of the biggest and most successful movies from this empire include the X-Men series, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Star Wars Episodes II and III, and the Fantastic Four.

Once again, if you’re looking for a career in the film industry, the six companies listed above are the cream of the crop. If you have the opportunity to work for one of these companies, we wouldn’t suggest passing it up.

Advantages of Writing Movie Reviews

Television commercials on new releases are enough to entice millions of movie lovers who run off to the movie theatres to watch those movies. These movie commercials are created to hoodwink the audience. A commercial tends to show that a movie is simply amazing, whereas when a movie buff actually sees it, he finds it to be a complete flop picture. Just by watching these commercials, movie buffs run to theaters and waste their money to watch flop films that do not even stay in the theaters for a week. There is one simple way through which movie buffs can actually save their money. They can visit various movie review websites, if they are keen to know about new releases. From these movie review sites, movie buffs come to know people’s opinions about a particular movie. On the basis of the review a movie buff can take his decision (whether to watch it in the theater or categorize it as a flop movie).

Movie review writing has become quite popular these days. With numerous movie review sites out there in the Internet, many people are actually writing genuine and useful film reviews. In fact, many content writing firms are hiring talented copywriters to write genuine and proper film reviews and then, posting these reviews to various movie sites. Apart from E book writing, blog writing and posting, website content writing and article writing, the firms rendering online content writing services, are urging their copywriters to write reviews on the newly released films. Individual movie critics are also writing film reviews. By checking the reviews, people can actually take their decision on watching a movie. A bad review of a newly released movie will definitely deter a person from watching that movie.

Most of the movie review websites are free sites where people can visit and read reviews any time they wish. The user can also register to some of the movie sites. This allows him to write reviews about the films he has watched. After all, others might also be interested to know about the films that you have watched. Registration is very simple procedure. All you need to do is to follow the steps and get your name registered in the particular site.

Among the varied movie review sites The New Release Hall, IMBD and the rottontomatoes.com offer the best reviews of the newly released films. The registration process is simple and once you are a registered member, you can read free film reviews and write and submit your own reviews as well. A bad movie can spoil your mood and interest. Moreover, it also burns a hole in your pocket as you spend dollars to watch a flop movie. So it is always better to visit one of the movie review sites, read the review of a newly released movie and then, decide whether it is worth watching in the theater.

Watch Free Movies Online and Experience Different Movie Genres

You’ll find a variety of movie genres when you watch free movies online. Just log on to any video streaming site and choose from among the categories to get a list of all movies available in a particular genre. Aside from comedy, action, adventure, drama movies, and fantasy movies, some of today’s popular movie genres include the following.

War Movies. War movies depict courage, humanity and heroism in the midst of strife and adversity. They can also be filled with drama and make strong political statements. War movies may or may not be heavy on special effects, but they usually feature spectacular battle scenes that explore the grisly nature of war and its deadly aftermath.

Teen Movies. Quite obviously, these films tackle the various themes that preoccupy today’s youth-school, family problems, friendship, teenage romance, growing up and battling one’s fears or insecurities. Of course, there stereotypes such as the popular girl, the jock, the rebel, the geek, the outcast, the cheerleader and the star player, the average girl/ boy, the girl-and-boy-next-door, and the new girl/boy.

Science Fiction Movies. These films explore the frontiers of our civilization, science and technology. Sci-fi movies bring viewers to fantastic places like far-flung planets and parallel dimensions. A lot of sci-fi movies are set in a chaotic and dangerous post-apocalyptic world that is vastly different from the world we live in. There may be elements of time and space travel, encounters with extraterrestrial life and the struggle for freedom against tyrannical invaders, human and alien.

Mystery Movies. Unsolved crimes and political conspiracies often provide excellent plot points that can leave viewers guessing well after the movie ends. Mystery movies either fall into an open or closed format. An open format reveals the criminal at the beginning of the film as the story is retold, while a closed format is like a typical whodunit detective story which tracks the protagonist’s pursuit of the suspect whose identity is typically revealed in a totally unexpected fashion.

Documentary Movies. These are normally shown in cinemas and movie festivals but are also released in DVD format. You can find a lot of documentaries if you happen to watch free movies on video streaming websites. Documentary films tackle various social and political issues in-depth. Some documentaries follow the lives of certain people to establish a character portrait. While most documentary films depict “real life” and “real people,” quite a few fictional narratives are actually shot in documentary style for a more convincing effect.

The Top Ten Mermaid Movies Ever

Most people have seen Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” animated movie. But there are several others which are absolutely excellent – classics. Here they are:

1. My top pick for a mermaid movie is “Splash”. Not only is it funny and the plot wonderful, but there is quite a bit of awesome footage of Daryl Hannah mermaiding in the ocean. We can’t get enough of that! Keep in mind that this is not a children’s movie. It was made in the ’80s, and for the most part it is okay for the family to watch. But there is a little bit of nudity (when the mermaid is walking into New York out of the ocean with nothing but her long hair to cover her) and there is some implication of what she and the Tom Hanks character are doing in the elevator, though nothing is shown. The movie is wonderful, with a great story and awesome mermaid footage and lots of laughs, as well as a great romance.

2. My second top choice is “The Secret of Roan Inish”. This is a safe, quiet movie the entire family can enjoy. It was made in Ireland, and as such is slower and quieter than most American movies. It is about a little Irish girl who moves to live with her grandparents. While there she unwittingly stumbles upon the mystery surrounding the island the family used to live on, called “Roan Inish” (Island of the Seals). As she slowly solves the mystery, she brings healing and unity back to the family. In this movie the mythical creature is a selkie, not a mermaid. The selkie lives in the form of a seal. On occasion she climbs up on a rock and removes her seal skin, revealing a beautiful woman. So this movie is a little bit different, and you will never look at a seal the same way again.

3. My third favorite mermaid movie is “Aquamarine.” This one is geared to the teen crowd. It has nothing unseemly, so the whole family can enjoy it. It’s a delightfully different rendition of the classic Little Mermaid story, with a wonderful surprise ending. The mermaid in this movie is different, more like a regular teen girl. There are several good shots of her in the water. The messages in this movie are high quality, such as loyalty, friendship, personal confidence, selflessness and courage. And it is also very funny.

4. Number four of my top mermaid movies is an old black and white classic called “Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.” You will have a challenge finding this movie to watch, but VHS versions are available for sale on Amazon.com. All of the underwater footage was filmed in the famous Weeki Wachee Springs in Weeki Wachee, Florida, only a year after this underwater theater opened. Made in 1948, this movie is about a married couple taking a vacation in the Caribbean. The man is almost 50 and is having a mid-life crisis. While on vacation he accidentally fishes up a live mermaid from the sea! Ann Blyth plays the enchanting mermaid and you will love this wonderful film. The only objections a parent might have is the theme of extramarital flirting, and some funny scenes with a guy trying to give up smoking.

5. One that is a little different, and which only recently came out, is a Japanese anime Miyazaki movie called “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”, or simply “Ponyo”. In this one the fish-girl is depicted as a goldfish with a human face, which is rather strange. But in an unusual twist, this five-year-old fish-girl has to get the little five-year-old human boy to love her faithfully, or she will turn into sea foam and be no more. It is such a sweet interpretation, these small children learning to love and trust each other in such an innocent way. It is a tale of wonder and courage and should not be missed.

6. My pick for number six is Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. It was the movie that got Disney back into the popular movie business again in the 1980s. The music and story are a delight. I remember how enchanted I was when it first came out – it is a delightful mermaid movie, fun for the whole family.

7. Number seven for me is the Russian adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” This 1976 film shows plenty of wonderful mermaid footage under the sea. Back then the swimmers had only small flippers, so they had to ripple their legs in a very quick motion for movement. The underwater scenes are only in the beginning of the movie, but they are marvelous!! (I can’t figure out how those swimmers could be in the water with all those jellyfish!!). You can find this movie to rent at Netflix and it is directed by Vladimir Bychkov. Again, this version of Anderson’s famous story is a little different, almost a completely new story. Be forewarned that there is nudity in one scene, and portrayals of a witch performing magic. Other than those the whole family will enjoy this one.

8. “Barbie Mermaidia” is a little-kid movie, but the plot is good and the scenes are beautiful. I especially enjoyed the unusual design of Barbie’s mermaid tail. In this story the main character has to make great sacrifice, and learns some good lessons. I like this one better than the newest Barbie mermaid movie because of its great message.

9. There was much excitement this year over the new release of “Barbie in a Mermaid Tail.” This one has wonderfully fun surfboarding scenes. The mermaid world of Oceana was a little strange – basically a mimic of our materialistic society. This made it funny but in this setting you lose the mystery and magic of legendary mermaids. This is what I call a “fluff” movie – nothing deep, just fun images and a nice little story.

10. My least favorite mermaid movie is a kid movie called “Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid.” It’s about a young small-town journalist named Roxy who gradually discovers her new homeless friend (a beautiful blond) is actually a mermaid. The movie is okay but throughout the entire film there are no underwater scenes or scenes with a mermaid in a tail – none – until after the very end. Then, finally, you see about 10 seconds of the blond mermaid swimming underwater with a gorgeous tail. The story is interesting enough, however, and children will certainly enjoy this movie.