Movie Review: The Driftless Area


The Driftless Area DVD

Now available on DVD is the film The Driftless Area.

The Driftless Area stars Anton Yelchin (Odd Thomas), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Frank Langella, Alia Shawkat and John Hawkes.

I’m having a hard time trying to decide which genre this film falls under. There is a love story, crime story, supernatural story, thriller and drama all rolled into one.

Anton Yelchin stars as Pierre, a young man whose life has certainly had it’s fair share of drama. He left his small town to make his way in the big world, only to return home after both is parents died at the same time. Feeling a bit like an “orphan,” he is taken in by his best friend Carrie, who is more like a sister to him.

The film starts off with Pierre stranded on the side of the road carrying a rose bush. A car pulls over to offer him a ride. It’s driven by a man name Shane. Shane said he would give Pierre a life if he pays him $20. Pierre agrees.

Shane only drives Pierre a short distance when he forces Pierre to get out of his truck. Pierre is a bit thrown off by his request. Shane even demand that Pierre leave the rose bush. Pierre is forced out the truck and Shane takes off – only to pass out (he as drunk) and crash the car in a ditch.

Pierre witnesses this and runs to the car to get his rose bush. To his surprise he also finds a bag filled with money.

We come to find out that Shane stole the money from a home and set it on fire, not knowing there was someone in the home at the time.

Things seem a bit uneventful after that. Pierre returns home and meets up with his friend Carrie.

Fast forward a day or two later. Pierre is wondering around a grassy field when he accidentally falls into a well. He spends the night in the well. There is no way for him to get out and no one can hear his screams.

The Driftless Area Screen Shot

The next day he is rescue by a beautiful, mysterious women named Stella (Deschanel). Stella is the same girl from the fire.

This is where the story takes on a lot of twists and turns. Is Stella dead? If she is, how can Pierre interact with her? Shane is alive (or is he?) and wants the money that Pierre stole from him. Stella also has a strange relationship with the town’s hermit, Tim (Langella).

There is so much going on. Things make sense, but at the same time they don’t make sense. Is Stella dead? Is Shane dead? Is Pierre dead? Or are they alive? Or both?

The rose bush Pierre is carrying in the beginning of the film was for Stella, but at that point he had not met Stella yet – or did he?

Do you see why I think this film is very confusing?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s an interesting film. It’s just difficult to figure it all out. I even watched the bonus feature about the making of the film and even the actor’s thoughts about the film confused me.

I wish Yelchin smiled in this film. He seemed like he was in a constant fog and and never happy. Even though Deschanel’s character was dead (or was she?), she seemed much happier than Yelchin’s character.

I do know that Pierre was supposed to be the one to help make things right between Stella and the man who murdered her (Shane).

Ghost story, love story, crime story… label it as you’d like. The Drifless Area will certainly keep you guessing and trying to figure out the film, long after the film is over too. You won’t certainly forget it.

From a cinematic standpoint the film was beautiful. The scenery shots are lovely. I don’t know where the film was shot, but it’s a gorgeous place.

There is a bonus feature about the making of the film. It’s based on a book written by Tom Drury.

The film is currently available on DVD. Look for it where ever DVDs are sold.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Lindt Sweetens up “Mother’s Day” movie as the Official Chocolate


Mothers Day Movie Poster

Have you seen the holiday themed films Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve? They star some of Hollywood’s top actors including Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Jamie Fox, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Halle Barry, Robert De Niro and Jessica Biel, to name a few.

Now a new movie is coming out similar to the other films called Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day stars Julie Roberts, Jennifer Anniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis. It’s a film about, what else, Mother’s Day. 

Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

The film will be in theaters on April 29, 2016.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.


It looks really good. I’d like to go and see it, if I can convince my hubby it’s not a total “chick flick.” LOL!

I don’t know what my family has planned for me for Mother’s Day. I keep telling them that I’d love a clean home and a clean care as a “gift” (I am not a fan of cleaning). I wouldn’t mind dinner out and maybe some chocolates too.

Did you know that Lindor is the official chocolate of the Mother’s Day film? I LOVE their Lindt Truffles! I can’t eat just one. They are so good!

Mothers Day Promotion

In honor of this, Lindor is offering consumers beautiful Lindt gifts for mom, special deals and a giveaway for a chance to win not only tickets to see the film but also a YEAR’S WORTH of Lindor Truffles. Yummy!!!!

If you would like to learn more about the contest or mother’s day gifts, visit the special Mother’s Day page on the Lindor website.

To find a location near you, or to order online, you can also visit LindtUSA.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of their website.

Are you a fan of Lindor products? Do you have a favorite (I LOVE the truffles!)?

Are you planning on seeing the film, Mother’s Day, when it comes to theaters this April 29th?



*I received some free products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Ratchet and Clank coming to theaters April 29, 2016


Ratchet and Clank

Coming to theaters this Friday (April 29, 2016) is the animated comedy film, Ratchet & Clank.

The film stars the voice talents of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone to name a few. Has Stallone ever voiced an animated character before?

From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.


The film is rated PG and has a run time of 94 minutes.

For more information about the film you can visit the film’s Official Site. You can also check out the film on social media including Facebook, Twitter (@ratchetmovie) and Instagram (@ratchetmovie). The official hashtag is #RatchetandClank.

What do you think about the movie? Do you think you’ll go and see it in theaters?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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New Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York & Sketchers Giveaway for mom and daughter (giveaway ends 4/30/16)



Available now on DVD is the animated film Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York. It was also recently shown in theaters across the country.

It’s the last day of school and 14 year-old Grace (aka “Twinkle Toes”) has been dreaming of the ultimate summer vacation with her best friends, Sporty Shorty and Jordan.  But when Twinkle Toes’ Dad gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to direct a Broadway musical, Twinkle Toes is swept from her small-pond suburban life and thrown in the hustle and bustle of New York City for the summer.  As Twinkle Toes learns the ins-and-outs of the Big Apple and Broadway, she impresses the show’s choreographer and is invited to be a part of the show’s cast alongside the teenage starlet, Olivia Conners.  But when Twinkle Toes gets a taste of the Broadway limelight, the chance for stardom overwhelms Twinkle Toes and the show is ruined!  To make things right, Twinkle Toes must use all her creativity, smarts, and dancing skills to help her new friends and save the show!

Check out the film’s trailer.


It looks cute. We also live outside of New York City and visit it often, so anything to do with the city is of interest to me and my family (although my kids are a bit older than the film’s target demographic).

Look for the Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York where ever movies are sold.

Did you know that the popular shoe brand, Sketchers, makes Twinkle Toes shoes as well. They really twinkle!

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These are just two examples (above). You can find more awesome light up Twinkle Toes shoes by Sketchers HERE.

The shoe are available in a variety of colors, designs and sizes for both big girls and little girls.

They are pretty cool. I know my daughter would have loved a pair of shoes like these when she was younger. Even as an adult I think they are awesome. I’d love to see what they look like at night time.

For more information check out Sketchers online at www.Sketchers.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In honor of the film’s release, I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader. One winner will receive a copy of the film, Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York on DVD AND the winner’s choice of Sketchers Twinkle Toes shoes for their daughter/granddaughter (found here), as well as a pair for themselves (women’s Sketchers). The available women’s shoes can be found on the Originals and Burst pages.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Movie Review: Norm of the North


Norm of the North Blu-ray

Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is the animated film Norm of the North. 

Norm of the North stars the voice talents of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Bill Nighy and Gabriel Inglesias, to name a few.

Norm of the North is about a Polar Bear living in the North Pole. He’s not much of a hunter like most Polar Bear are. He’d rather dance than hunt. He also have the ability to talk to humans.

Life at the North Pole is not what you expect. Instead of living like normal animals, the creature of the North Pole are bombarded daily by tourists. As a result they put on shows for the humans instead of being like normal animals.

One day Norm finds a house set up near by where they live. It’s a model house that will be used to try and sell more houses in the North Pole.

A company run by a man named Greene is hoping to sell A LOT of homes in the North Pole. He even goes so far as to film a commercial there that Norm was able to stop before they were able to finish.

Norm feels compelled to stop the humans from moving to the North Pole and taking over their home. They only way he can stop them is to get to Greene. To do so he stows away on the model home as it’s taken back to New York City.

Norm of the North Screen Shot

Once in New York, Norm auditions as an human actor in a bear suit to be the spokesperson for Greene’s housing project. Greene knows that Norm is not a human in a bear suit, and uses Norm as their spokesperson (spokesbear?) in hopes that people will want to buy homes in the North Pole if an actual Polar Bear is encouraging them to do so.

Will Norm be able to stop Greene from destroying the North Pole? Will Norm choose to stay in New York City and live out the rest of his life there? To find out you need to pick up (or download) Norm of the North, available where most movies are sold.

I’m not sure if the filmmakers were aiming to simply entertain children and families with this movie, or show how humans impact the North Pole – or both?

This is a cute movie that children will enjoy. There are a lot of adorable characters, music and dancing. There is also a lot of “crude humor” (farting, urinating…) which I didn’t think was necessary for the film. I realize some children find farting funny, but you can make a great movie without stooping to that level.

Mot of the characters were likable. Some of the human characters, like Mr. Greene, were rather creepy looking.

Norm of the North Mr Greene

The CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) was not flawless. You could tell the film was animated via the computer. It did seem a bit “ameraturist” at times. Adults might notice that, but honestly, I don’t think kids will care. All they see is a fun movie.

Overall I think it was an entertaining film with a bit of a lesson about how people negatively effect the North Pole. It has a great soundtrack and enjoyable characters.

There are some bonus features – Deleted Scenes, That’s Funny – the movies best jokes and one liners, Arctic Challenge Trivia Game and “Do the Arctic Shake” sing along featured below.


In honor of the film’s release I have some FREE activity sheets you can enjoy with your family. Simply click on the image (below) to download them.

Did you and your family see Norm of the North? If so, what did you htink about it? I always love to hear from my readers.


*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Janette Oke’s When Calls the Heart Season 2 Giveaway (ends 4/26/16)



If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I love When Calls the Heart. I’ve written about the series in the articles below and more.

When Calls the Heart is a family-friendly frontier romance based in the Canadian Rockies. The story centers on a coal mining town and the characters living there – particularly the romance between Jack Thornton (a Mountie) and Elizabeth Thatcher – a school teacher.

FishFlix.com recently reached out and asked if I’d be willing to conduct a giveaway for the entire Season 2 set, I thought that sounded like a wonderful idea. You can gain up to 6 entries in the drawing by subscribing to the FishFlix.com email list (3 entries), checking them out on Facebook (2 entries) and leaving a comment on this post (1 entry.)

What’s included in the 10-Disc Set?

The When Calls the Heart Season 2 Collector’s edition includes the entire second season of the hit Hallmark Channel frontier drama, packaged both as 10 TV episodes and as five feature films. Also included is a disc with bonus features, an instrumental CD inspired by the show and a documentary that was directed and produced by the producers of When Calls the Heart. For fans of When Calls the Heart, THIS is the set you need. See all the details HERE

Synopsis of When Calls the Heart:

From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, “a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love” (Common Sense Media).

Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is a strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home – and a bit of unexpected romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack – in the small frontier town of Hope Valley. But life on the frontier can hand you many tough turns, and so it is for Jack and Elizabeth as they face their very different upbringings, the pressures put upon them by family, rival suitors and even various criminal counterfeiters and kidnappers in their quest to find their place in this remote and rugged land.

One exciting thing is that if you join their email list, you’ll immediately be sent a $5 coupon that can be used on their site after you confirm your email address. The drawing concludes April 26, so you’ll want to enter right away!

This giveaway is hosted and run by FishFlix.com. They will be selecting the winner.

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This contest was sponsored and written by FishFlix.com. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect my own. There was no compensation. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. FishFlix.com aims to be your one-stop shop for Family Friendly and Christian DVDs. They hope you’ll check out their website to find Great Prices, Amazing Customer Service and endless variety on the types of Movies that Christians like.

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