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Snowed in? Have some fun with The Boxtrolls

 

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Part of our country found it’s self blanketed in a lot of snow which caused school closings and many businesses shut down as well. My job closed, my husband’s job closed and my kid’s school was closed today too. I’m sure that most people welcomed the day off from work or school. For others not a good thing.

In case you find yourself “snowbound” and unable to get outside to enjoy some fun, here are some printables and activities based on the movie The Boxtrolls that you might be interested in.

Simply click on the graphic to save/download to your computer so you can print out and enjoy at your leisure.

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If you would like to read my review of The Boxtrolls you can find it here – Movie Review: The Boxtrolls.

The Boxtrolls is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

Kimberly

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

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Movie Review: The Longest Week

 

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD is the film The Longest Week, staring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup.

I posted about this film last week. I am giving away a copy of the film (giveaway ends 1/31/15) in case you are interested. You can find the giveaway here.

In this sexy and smart romantic comedy, Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, and Billy Crudup find themselves entangled in an exhilarating love triangle. The longest week of Conrad Valmont’s (Bateman) aimless and affluent life starts when he’s suddenly cut off from his allowance following his wealthy parents’ messy divorce. Suddenly broke and evicted, Conrad is forced to move in with his friend Dylan (Crudup). But innocent flirtation leads to fateful infatuation, and Conrad soon finds himself trying to seduce Dylan’s gorgeous girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). As the sparks fly, both men vie for her affection…but which one will win her heart?

Jason Bateman’s character, Conrad, is the type of character you “love to hate.” He is a spoiled rich kid who has always had everything just fall in his lap. He’s never had to make an effort for anything. For that reason you want to see him suffer a bit and have to truly work hard at something. Jason plays the role of this slacker perfectly.

Billy Cudup’s character, Dylan, is a bit more down to Earth. He’s almost a total opposite of Conrad. He’s the one people would most likely root for to win the heart of the girl they are both vying for (Beatrice).

To be honest I am not familiar with Billy Cudup, so am not sure about the types of characters he plays. I can’t even name another movie he’s been in, sad to say.

I think the film makers did a great job casting Olivia Wilde as the love interest in this “love triangle.” She has a mysterious quality about her but at the same time she comes off as the “girl next door.” I’ve always liked Olivia Wilde for that reason.

Sadly the film seemed a bit predictable. In addition I could have done without the narration.

Don’t get me wrong, the film is OK. But it’s not the type of film I would watch again. It’s a “rom-com” and would probably make a decent film to watch on Valentine’s Day. It’s just not a romantic film that measures up to films like The Notebook, Titanic or rom-coms like When Harry Met Sally and Bridget Jones’ Diary.

The movie does have funny parts. I’ll give it that. But they are too few and far between.

I have The Longest Week on Blu-ray and the bonus feature is the making of this film.

The film has a run time of 87 minutes and I believe it’s rated PG-13.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

Kimberly

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

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Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets Animated (giveaway ends 2/8/15)

 

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It seems like writer/director/producer Tyler Perry is everywhere. He’s conquered both film and television. Now he’s venturing into a whole new genre – animation.

Tyler Perry’s first animated film, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love, will be available on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand on January 20, 2015 from Lionsgate. You can also find the film on Digital HD a week earlier (January 13, 2015).

All of the favorite characters from the Madea films are in this animation including Madea (of course!), Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam.

In this film Madea gets herself into even more over the top and outrageous situations – all in the name of helping children save their youth center.

After a hilarious run-in with the law, Madea is sentenced to community service. Determined to do good for the ’hood, Madea enlists Aunt Bam and Uncle Joe to try and save the Moms Mabley Youth Center from being shut down. With her irresistible sass and wisdom, Madea rallies the local kids to make a stand—and proves that behind her tough exterior is a whole lot of love!

The film features the voice talents of Tyler Perry as “Madea” and “Uncle Joe” among others and Cassi Davis (TV’s “House Of Payne”) as “Aunt Bam” along with Rolonda Watts (TV’s “Curious George”), Avery Kidd Waddell (Road Trip), William “Bootsy” Collins (Night at the Museum) and Cree Summer (TV’s “WordGirl”).

This is a Dove Family approved film.

There are some bonus features including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a sketch-to-screen storyboard comparison that show Tyler in the recording studio voicing his characters.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

It looks like a cute movie. And since it’s approved by the Dove Family you know that it’s truly a family friendly film.

I like that Madea is helping out children in this film. I think all of us could learn a lesson about helping out in our community.

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To get you excited about the film, Lionsgate has a fun prize package to giveaway to TWO (2) lucky readers (each winner get one (1) prize package). The prize package includes;

  • Notebook
  • Tumbler
  • Pencil Pack
  • Coloring Book
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love on DVD

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February , 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply 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 – OR – what is your favorite Tyler Perry movie or sitcom?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Lionsgate will be providing the prize package. 

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Move Review: The Boxtrolls

 

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Available today on Blu-ray and DVD is the hit movie The Boxtrolls by Focus Features, the same production company that brought us Coraline and ParaNorman. The Boxtrolls if filmed in the same style of stop motion animation/claymation as Coraline and ParaNorman.

The Boxtrolls stars the voice talents of  Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning and Tracy Morgan.

The film takes place in the fictional town of Cheesebridge. The mayor of Cheesebridge is Lord Portley-Rind. He’s a member of the prestigious “White Hat” class. Others, like the town exterminator Archibald Snatcher, doesn’t have a white hat. He desperatly wants one because it will lift his social status.

Snatcher makes a deal with Lord Portley-Rind. He vows to rid the town of the subterranean trolls that live under the city. They wear boxes (which helps to hide them from people) and rumor has it they eat people including a little boy they supposedly kidnapped many years ago. Lord Portley-Rind reluctantly agrees to Snatcher’s deal.

The Boxtrolls live underneath Cheesebridge. They come out at night to go through garbage and pick up little odds and ends that they tinker with back in their home to built things like machine and lights to help make their lives easier.

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Living with the Boxtrolls is a young boy named Egg. Egg is the boy that was supposedly kidnapped by the Boxtrolls and eaten by them. The reality is that he lives underground with them and is a part of their family.

Snatcher is determined to capture all the Boxtrolls so he can earn his white hat. Soon most of the Boxtrolls have been captured. Egg and the remaining Boxtrolls set out to find their friends and set them free.

While above ground Egg makes friends with Winnie, Lord Portley-Rind’s precocious daughter. Reluctantly she agrees to help Egg, but in doing so only puts her in harms way too. Snatcher will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means destroying the entire town of Cheesebridge.

Will Snatcher ever kill off all the Boxtrolls and finally get his White Hat? Will Egg and Winnie be able to save any of the Boxtrolls? To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Boxtrolls available TODAY where ever movies are sold.

There are plenty of bonus features for this film. I only watched the ones on the DVD (I was unable to watch the Blu-ray version when I was watching the film).

Here are the bonus features.

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Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack

  • Preliminary Animatic Sequences
  • Play with Commentary by Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable
  • Baby In The Trash
  • Eggs In The Underworld
  • Man On A Horse
  • Trubshaw’s Inventorium
  • Cheese Shop
  • Tea And Cheese

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack and DVD

  • Dare to be Square: Behind the Scenes of the Boxtrolls
  • Voicing the Boxtrolls - The tremendously talented cast members of The Boxtrolls discuss what it’s like to voice an animated puppet, what each actor brought to his/her role, whether their personalities were similar to their characters, and more.
  • Inside the Box – The directors, producers, and creative supervisor of character fabrication Georgina Hayns share the challenges of crafting characters who are inside a box.
  • The Big Cheese: Allergy Snatcher – The directors and producers are joined by Brian McLean, director of Rapid Prototyping, to discuss how the animation studio LAIKA creates the faces for their puppets.   The big story here – literally! – is how Snatcher’s face changes shape due to his cheese allergy.
  • Deconstructing the Dance – Discover how LAIKA combined traditional stop-motion animation with visual effects in order to create the beautiful ballroom dance sequence – and  how costume designer Deborah Cook met the challenge of creating costumes that could flow during a dance scene.
  • Think Big: The Mecha Drill – Standing 5 feet tall and weighing over 75 pounds, the Mecha-Drill is the largest stop motion puppet/prop ever created by LAIKA.  Follow its creation from design to completion.

Featurettes

  • The Nature of Creation
  • Troll Right Off the Tongue
  • Allergic To Easy
  • Let’s Dance
  • On the Shoulders of Giants

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I would highly recommend checking out the bonus features. You get to see a lot of behind the scenes of the making of this film. It’s truly amazing how this film was made.

I love the Boxtrolls. They are adorable and funny. Some of the other characters, like Snatcher, are not visually appealing. The people characters in this film are not “cute”, nor very likable. Snatcher’s cheese allergy is especially nasty.

I liked the story line. I would have liked to have seen less people and more of the Boxtrolls.

Although this is a “family friendly” film I think some of the scenes might be a bit intense or scary for little kids. I also think that seeing a man who enjoys dressing up in women’s clothing (Snatcher) a bit confusing too.

Have you seen The Boxtrolls? If so, what did you think of the film?

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

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

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Nicholas Sparks’ The Best of Me Giveaway (ends 2/1/15)

 

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Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on February 3, 2015 is the most recent Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The Best of Me stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.

Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one’s funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices they’ve made. Also starring Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and featuring beautiful scenery along with music by Lady Antebellum, The Best of Me is a powerfully romantic story of love, hope and second chances.

I didn’t see the film in theaters, but I am anxious to see it. I LOVE Nicolas Sparks! I have seen all of his films. In fact I own all of his films too. If you search for Nicholas Sparks on my site’s search bar you’ll find my reviews for all of his films too.

I love his films (and books) tug on your heartstrings. I STILL ball my eyes out whenever I watch A Walk to Remember (the first Nicholas Sparks film I ever saw).

I also really like James Marsden. :-)

Fox Home Entertainment is releasing a “Tears of Joy” Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. This edition will include an all new story line and an alternate ending.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

For the Home Entertainment release, the “Tears of Joy” Edition Blu-ray and DVD will include an all-new storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending so Amanda and Dawson finally get that second chance at love.

 

Thanks to Fox Home Entertainment I have a Blu-ray/DVD copy of The Best of Me – Tears of Joy Edition to give to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply 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 a copy of this film?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving a copy of the film in exchange for my participation from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Giveaway: The Longest Week (ends 1/31/15)

 

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD is the film The Longest Week. It stars Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup.

In this sexy and smart romantic comedy, Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, and Billy Crudup find themselves entangled in an exhilarating love triangle. The longest week of Conrad Valmont’s (Bateman) aimless and affluent life starts when he’s suddenly cut off from his allowance following his wealthy parents’ messy divorce. Suddenly broke and evicted, Conrad is forced to move in with his friend Dylan (Crudup). But innocent flirtation leads to fateful infatuation, and Conrad soon finds himself trying to seduce Dylan’s gorgeous girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). As the sparks fly, both men vie for her affection…but which one will win her heart?

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks good. I also think it would make a fun movie to watch with your special someone on Valentine’s Day, in case you are planning on having a romantic dinner and a movie at home.

Olivia Wilde is such a beautiful woman.

I’ve been watching Jason Bateman sine he stared on Little House on the Prairie and Silver Spoons. Oh how time flies!

The film does have special features including the Theatrical Trailer and The Making of The Longest Week.

I have not seen the film yet but I’ll be receiving one to review. Look for my review in the next two weeks, give or take.

In the mean time I have a copy of the film to give to a lucky reader, compliments of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply 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 a copy of this film?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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