Walking with Dinosaurs The Movie

April 4, 2014 By · No Comments

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and BBC Earth Films have come together to create “Walking with Dinosaurs The Movie,” a cute family movie just in time for those Easter Baskets.  I imagine this would be a great movie to appear in an Easter Basket full of toy dinosaurs, chocolate covered eggs, etc. Take a step back in time with these friendly, and sometimes scary creatures as they deal with enemy herds and deal with coming into adulthood, to saving the herd from frozen over lakes that crack.

Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie, releasing on Blu-ray™ and DVD have been available since March 25.  Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (Meerkats: The Movie) and the writer behind the hit film Happy Feet, Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood’s biggest stars including: John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Rio 2), Justin Long (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Dodgeball) and Karl Urban (Star Trek).

From Little A: Patchi spots a girl and likes her a lot and tries to follow her everywhere she goes. Patchi and his brother were very close but then when his brother takes the herd he becomes mean to Patchi and doesn’t want to be his brother anymore, he even takes his girlfriend. They got into a fight. Patchi saves the herd though when the ice broke. I liked when Patchi got pooped on during another fight,but I did not like when his brother said he wasn’t his family no more. That was sad.

Lesson for this movie: This is one of those movies that teach you that even the “runt” of the liter can become something magnificent as long as they believe in themselves.  This little dinosaur must push past being the tiny little guy and learn that even those guys can be bigger than the biggest of the herd, it just takes a little time, patience and thinking outside the box.

I think the whole family would love this movie, I know we did.

 

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Contest DVD Review

December 19, 2013 By · 1 Comment

Disclosure: I was sent the DVD to review, there was no other compensation.
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My thoughts: Being a mom to a son that was bullied when he first started school always makes me wish there was something I could have done. Thankfully we moved away and he has had years of fun in school. When I was asked if I’d like to watch the movie “Contest” I wasn’t entirely sure because it deals with a teen boy being bullied at school and I wasn’t sure I’d like it because I’d see what I didn’t see when my son was getting bullied. Thankfully I did watch it and enjoyed it. Course that doesn’t mean I did cringe, scream, yell at the screen and cry. I also laughed and smiled.

There were a few messages in this movie, one was learning that he doesn’t have to do everything alone and can ask for help. How many of you are still learning that lesson? I know I deal with this a lot, I try never to ask for help and then I feel silly when I learn it was just around the corner. Another is you never know who will end up in your corner or as your friend. Finally, learn to follow your heart, sometimes this means stepping out of your comfort zone which is NOT easy.

My older two watched the movie with me and really liked it. I don’t know if I’d recommend it for anyone younger than a teen because of the violence unless you are trying to find out if your child is being bullied. (hopefully they are not) I must admit I’d love to see the anti-bullying campaign like they have in this movie go towards all schools.

CAST: Kenton Duty, Danny Flaherty, Katherine McNamara, Mary Beth Peil and Kyle Dean Massey

DIRECTED BY: Anthony Joseph Giunta

SYNOPSIS: Bullied high school student Tommy (Daniel Flaherty) is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor, Matt (Kenton Duty), the school’s most popular student and star athlete. Tommy is suspicious, but is forced to accept the awkward friendship in order to enter a cooking contest with a big prize. And besides, it’s so much easier to impress his crush, Sarah (Katherine McNamara), when he’s not getting beat up by Matt and his team. As the cooking contest heats up, Sarah sniffs out a conspiracy, but nobody wants to hear about it. Can Tommy trust his budding friendship with Matt or is it all a huge joke on him?

DISTRIBUTOR: ARC Entertainment

RATED: PG

RUNTIME: 88 minutes

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VeggieTales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas DVD Review & Giveaway

December 7, 2013 By · 13 Comments

Disclosure: We were sent VeggieTales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas DVD for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

My family has ALWAYS loved VeggieTales, in fact they could probably sing every song that is done by VeggieTales and everyone has  a different favorite song and episode. So when we were asked to review “VeggieTales Merry Larry & The True Light of Christmas I had to say yes, SoccerBoy (age 16) had told me only a month before that we needed to buy any Christmas VeggieTales that was out because he missed watching them. So he was happy to hear we were reviewing this, yes even teens like it. In fact you may remember seeing my HouseParty where I announced that the kids all watched this. The moment it came on to the theme song all the kids, even the teens sang the song. I wish I could get the video to load but it won’t for some reason. (sorry)

The VeggieTales Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas
46 Minutes long
Big Idea

Larry The Cucumber is a Christmas elf at the Spring Valley Mall who just wants to spread joy at the holidays. When he meets a little girl with a big heart whose only Christmas wish is to help a friend in need, “Merry Larry” sets off on adventure that will light up the holidays like never before and show the town of Spring Valley what Christmas is all about – “Christmas shines most bright and true when you give the love God gave to you!” Featuring Si Robertson as Silas the Okra!- Big Idea

My Review: Bob is taught the true meaning of Christmas in this one, by the way he is my absolute favorite. Larry and Bob get the whole town to help one family out at Christmas time. This will teach not only the true meaning of Christmas but how helping another person and not expecting anything in return will make your heart a happy one.

Written by my 13 yr old:

This “bright” tale is about how the Spring Valley Mall thinks lights are everything. While the decorations were being put together, a little girl shows up at the “Ask Santa’s Elves” workshop. She asks Larry the Elf if he will buy a photo she drew because she is trying to save enough money to help her neighbor rebuild her house. Larry convinces the two VeggieTales characters in charge that he is responsible enough to use the light. Larry then steals the lights and the “Star in a Box”, and brings them to the little girl. They rebuild her neighbor’s house and Larry set off the “Star in the Box”. Now it is up to Bob to save the day and the neighbor’s house…again. Will he be able to do it? Will Larry and the little girl show others what Christmas is all about, or will their speech not get through to the others?  Find out in Veggie Tales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas!

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Holiday Movie~ Journey to the Christmas Star DVD Review & Giveaway

December 6, 2013 By · 5 Comments

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Journey to the Christmas Star

Director: Nils Gaup
Cast: Agnes Kittelsen, Jakob Oftebro

Synopsis: A courageous girl sets out on a hazardous journey to find the Christmas Star in order to free the kingdom from a curse and bring back a long lost princess, but some mighty foes try to stop her. A Christmas adventure for the whole family set in a magnificent winter

Running Time: 77 Minutes
Rating: G
MSRP: $14.99
Format: DVD
Audio Format: DD 5.1
Vertical Entertainment

Our Review:

This is a sweet Christmas tale, Journey to the Christmas Star, is about a little village that is overtaken by darkness.  After the death of the King’s wife and the disappearance of his little girl after she runs into the woods and never returned he banishes the Christmas Star. Little did he know his own right hand man had a major part in his little girl’s absence and was working with a witch that would forever keep him childless. But somewhere deep inside the forest is a 14 year old orphan girl named Sonja that is desperate to get out of her own home, one day she does and her “friends” try robbing the King’s castle of their food.

Sonja refuses to steal and when she’s about to be tossed in to the dungeon one of the King’s men agrees she tried stopping her friends from doing it. She pledges to the king that she will find the Christmas Star and off she goes into the forest to find it. Along the way, she will encounter and befriend enchanted gnomes, a bear and even Father Christmas himself. She discovers the secrets of the good/bad children, even finds the Christmas Star and learns it was never missing but the anger inside the King has kept him from seeing it. He must discover his little girl and she must find him for the doom to be lifted off the village. But it all must be done before Christmas for the curse to be lifted. Will Sonja be able to return in time?

This is a story of commitment, learning about yourself and going that extra mile to help someone out.

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Holiday Gift Guide ~ Edible Arrangements Review & Giveaway

December 5, 2013 By · 52 Comments

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I was so happy when I heard that I was able to review something from Edible Arrangements, however if you live a good distance (outside a 50 mile radius) from an Edible Arrangments store you won’t be able to buy the fresh fruit displays that are done that day as it is too far to get it in time. However, if you are like me and still love yummy fruit and delicious chocolate there is still hope. I was sent a delicious box of dipped fruit called premiere apple fruit truffles that the kids, myself and my in-laws were able to dig into and decide which were our favorite.

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Now if you are in driving distance to an Edible Arrangments you can get an adorable “Reindeer Sleigh Bouquet” which is great for holiday parties, your home, school, etc. This is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday party and features reindeer-shaped pineapple dipped in semisweet chocolate surrounded by other fresh fruit and all nestle perfectly into a festive sleigh. Adorable right? I love fresh fruit but I love chocolate even more and here are both blended together which would make a perfect snack.

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