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Now available on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD – Sing Street (giveaway ends 8/12/16)

 

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The weather outside is “frightful,” and I don’t mean cold. It’s way too hot to be outside. Here in NY we’ve been having a heat wave. The heat and humidity is horrific, which no relief in sight. I cannot wait for the fall weather to arrive. Summer is my least favorite season.

If you are like me, you are probably looking for ways to entertain yourself indoors where the air conditioner can keep you cool and comfortable. One of my favorite indoor activities is watching movies, both at the theater and at home.

There is a new film available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (Video on Demand) you might be interested in. It’s called Sing Street.

Sing Street is a feel-good, coming of age story written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the 80’s.

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Sing Street takes us back to 1980’s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.

He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band… yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos

Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s (Once, Begin Again) life and love for music, Sing Street shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.

The film is rated PG-13.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

I am a child of the 80’s. I graduated high school in 1986. I remember all too well the music, the hair, the fashion. Seeing the film’s trailer brought me back to a more simpler time. The 80’s were pretty wild with the big hair, neon clothing and weird music – but it was also a fun time. If anything stands out the most about that decade it’s the music.

Check out the songs featured in the movie’s soundtrack.

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I’ve had the song “Pop Muzik” stuck in my mind ever since I read that title on the soundtrack list.

Radio, video
Boogie with a suitcase
Your livin’ in a disco
Forget about the rat race
Let’s do the milkshake, sellin’ like a hotcake
Try some buy some fee-fi-fo-fum

This looks like a fun, coming of age film. I’m looking forward to seeing myself.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram.

You can find out where you can purchase your copy of Sing Street on Go Watch It!

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I have a copy of the film I can give to a lucky winner, as well as a $25 iTunes gift card that the winner could use to purchase the official Sing Street movie sound track. The prizing courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 12, 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 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 was your favorite song/band of the 80’s?

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize package from Anchor Bay Entertainment for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New and exciting programming coming soon to Netflix

 

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Thanks goodness for Netflix!

If there is one thing I dislike about the summer (aside from the heat and humidity) is the never ending repeats. I do appreciate watching repeats of my favorite shows (The Walking Dead, The Middle…), it does get tiring after a while and we crave something new. That is where Netflix comes in. Whenever we see is nothing on television that night we grab our Apple TV remote and log on to Netflix to find something to watch.

My husband and I make it a point to watch a horror movie every Friday or Saturday night. We enjoy the genre but most horror movies these days are more silly and entertaining rather than scary. We watch them to laugh – not to be scared. There is a plethora of horror flicks on Netflix, so we have plenty to choose from.

Netflix has proven it’s self to be a powerhouse when it comes to family entertaining. I know several people who watch Netflix exclusively (meaning they choose not to have cable or satellite T.V.). We could probably do that, but my husband lives and breathes football, so we need network television.

Netflix just announced some new programming that might be of interest to some readers. These new shows are primarily for children, however there are plenty of new things for adults on the horizon too.

Here is thew news, fresh off the press from the Netflix Television Critics Association panel:

Netflix is releasing a variety of new preschool titles this year such as Kazoops, Ask The Storybots and Julie’s Greenroom.

Beat Bugs, premiering August 3, is welcoming Aloe Blacc, Robbie Williams, Frances and The Lumineers to its already celebrated set of singing talent that will help introduce the beloved catalogue of Beatles classics to a new generation. Covers by Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson and Tori Kelly will be featured in Season 2, coming this November.

Keep the sing-along going with a new Motown animated series coming soon to Netflix! From the creators of Beat Bugs, the yet to be titled show will have a contemporary take on Motown classics. With Smokey Robinson advising as Executive Music Producer, the show will bring 52 Motown songs to life, including those made famous by Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, The Supremes, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.

Some adults will be thrilled to hear that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, coming to Netflix on November 25. I know there are a lot of fans of the show out there.

What do you think about the new shows?

What is your favorite thing to watch on Netflix?

For more information about Netflix, visit Netflix.com. They can also be found on social media.

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Kimberly

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

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Caged No More – Now available on DVD

 

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As a parent I worry about the safety and well being of my family. It took me a long, long time to feel comfortable enough for my kids to do things like walk the dog (far enough where I couldn’t watch them from the window) or to/from the bus stop (about 1/4th of a mile up the hill).

Even though my daughter is in college and my son will be entering his senior year of high school, I still worry about them. I make sure to have them check in with me often and I use the Find My Phone app to make sure they are where they are supposed to be. Maybe that makes me an overly paranoid parent, but so be it. Their safety is a major concern.

I worry about all the things that could happen to them – kidnapping, rape, murder… even human trafficking. That is a legitimate problem in the world. Thousands of children are being kidnapped, sold and bought into slavery and the sex industries (porn, prostitution…). It’s not just something that happens in other countries – it’s happening right here in the Unites States too – possibly in your own neighborhood.

There is a movie that is now available on DVD that explores on scenario where children are sold at auction and forced to do unimaginable things. The movie is called Caged No More. 

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Caged No More stars Loretta Devine, Kevin Sorbo, Allan Powell, Cassidy Gifford (Kathy Lee & Frank Gifford’s daughter), Anthony Evans, Abigail Duhon, Dallas Lovato, Cynthia Gibb, Christos Vasilopoulos, George Kostru and Debra Wilson. 

In Caged No More, Miss Aggie (Devine) happens across her employer (Lottie) who committed suicide. Before she dies she tells Miss Aggie a cryptic message that Miss Aggie doesn’t understand.

When this is happening, Lottie’s’s oldest daughter Skye, was in the U.K. attending college. Her husband, Jack, was visiting with Skye along with their youngest daughter Elle. Or was he?

After doing some research Aggie feared that Jack might have taken Elle some place to sell her. Not having the resources to go after him, Aggie turns to Jack’s twin brother, Richard, his wife and their military son Will for help.

Will, Aggie and Will’s friend Tyler head over to Greece, where Jack’s trail lead to, in order to find him and Elle before Elle can be sold at auction. They also learn that Skye does not attend college in the U.K. Jack had sold her off months earlier and no one knows where she is.

It’s a race against time to find Elle before she’s sold at auction, and to find Skye before the unimaginable happens to her.

Will they find the girls in time? What else will they learn along the way?

The film is loosely based on a true story. It’s not an outrageous story either. Stuff like this DOES happen – not only around the world but also RIGHT HERE in our own country. It could be happening RIGHT NOW in your own neighborhood. It doesn’t matter if you are rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight… none of it matters. What it boils down to is people selling other people like they are objects just to make money and other people getting their jollies from owning, controlling and abusing human beings.

Human trafficking is a real thing. This film gives you only a tiny glimpse into one scenario.

I want my daughter to watch this film when she has a chance. Then maybe she’ll realize why we are overly protective of her and our son and why we want her to always be safe and aware of her surroundings. A kidnapping can happen in a heartbeat.

For more information about this eye opening film you can visit the official website at CagedNoMoreMovie.com. There you can also find FREE ebook downloads about human trafficking, information and resources.

Check out the trailer (below).

 

Kimberly

*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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Don’t Worry Baby – opening in theaters July 22, 2016

 

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Opening in select theaters across the country tomorrow is the dark comedy Don’t Worry Baby, written  and directed by Julian Branciforte.

Don’t Worry Baby stars John Magaro (CarolThe Big Short, Woody Allen’s Upcoming Series). Chris McDonald  (Happy GilmoreThelma and Louise), Dreama Walker (CBS’s The Good Wife), Tom Lipinski (USA Network’s Suits) and Talia Balsam (No Strings Attached, AMC’s Mad Men).

The film was filmed in the director’s actual Chinatown apartment. It was also filmed at other New York City locations including a pre-school owned by the director’s parents on the Upper East Side. All other locations (bars/restaurants/etc.) were owned by filmmakers’ friends and family.

Robert (Magaro) is a struggling artist/photographer. He doesn’t have the best relationship with his philandering father Harry (McDonald).

To make ends meet, Robert works at a daycare owned by his parents.

Robert’s mother in not around much. She is aware of her husband’s affairs, especially with younger women.

One such one night stand with a woman named Sara Beth resulted in a child, Mason. Robert has made arrangements for her to put her daughter (their daughter?) in their preschool.

There is just one small problem… Robert had a one night stand with Sara Beth too, the same week his father did. Meaning it’s very possible that he is Mason’s father – not Harry.

The trio agree to get a paternity test (Robert, Harry and Sara Beth). It will take a few weeks for the results to come back. In the mean time, each man has the opportunity to get to know Mason.

Who is Mason’s real father? Who would make the better father for Mason – struggling photographer Robert or the much older Harry who has a weakness for beautiful young women and prone to having affairs. Robert has also never been a father before, but at the same time, Harry is a father and didn’t exactly do a good job of it. There are “pros and cons” to both men.

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To find out who is the father you’ll need to go see Don’t Worry Baby. Look for it in a theater near you.

This was a sweet movie.

When I saw the trailer I knew I had to see the film because I was curious to see who Mason’s father turned out to be.

Although classified as a “dark comedy,” I would consider this more of a “dramady” (part drama, part comedy).

Besides the obvious lesson learned in this film (don’t have one night stands and if you do make sure you use protection), I think the ultimate goal of the film is that that modern family is different than a traditional family – and there is NOTHING wrong with that. At least that was what I took away from the film.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out Don’t Worry Baby if it’s playing in a theater near you.

The film has a Facebook page in case you are interested in checking it out.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

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

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Nine Lives – coming to a theater near you on August 5, 2016

 

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Are you looking for the “Purr-fect” summer film? If so, you should check out Nine Lives which will be pouncing in a theater near you on August 5, 2016.

The film stars Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walkin, Robbie Amell, Malina Weissman and Cheryl Hines. 

Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game.  His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).

Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.

En route to present his daughter with her dream pet, a bizarre turn of events finds Tom trapped inside the body of Mr. Fuzzypants.  Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.

If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.

The film reminds me of that classic film The Shaggy D.A., which was a film about a talking dog. It’s not often you find a film based on a talking cat.

Check out this special clip.

 

As a cat lover (we have five cats), I can’t wait to see the film. It looks like it will be very funny.

The film has partnered up with Tom the Talking Cat to create a fun app that readers might be interested in trying out.

Ever want to say something but you don’t know how? Download the Talking Tom app, press the ‪Nine Lives record button and share your second chance messages.

Check out this brief video that gives you more information about this fun, free app.

 

Talking Tom reminds me of a plush toy I reviewed a few years ago from a company called Cuddle Barn. Their Talking Tom toy looks a lot like the Talking Tom in the app (I wonder if it’s one on the same). You can read my review here (I also feature a video of Talking Tom in action).

I’m going to download the app and try it out for myself. It looks really cute (and it’s FREE!).

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Site. In addition you can “like” Nine Lives on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. In addition you can follow the cat, Mr. Fuzzypants, on Instagram.

The official hashtag is #NineLives.

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

What about the app? Are you going to check it out?

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Photo Credit: Takashi Seida © 2016 EuropaCorp

Kimberly

*I am sharing this information for the enjoyment of site readers. There is no compensation. Any opinion expressed is my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fandango is offering collectible The Secret Life of Pets gift cards (giveaway ends 7/31/16)

 

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Hubby and I with our feet up (recliner chair) waiting to watch The Secret Life of Pets.

Have you had the opportunity to see The Secret Life of Pets yet? If not, I would recommend it. It’s a really cute movie. There are a few intense scenes that might not be good for very little children, but over all it’s a fun family movie.

My husband and I saw the movie last weekend. Our kids didn’t go with us because they are teenagers and are mortified at the idea of being seen at the mall with their parents. LOL! That’s not a problem for us. We consider it a “day date.”

I purchased our tickets online with Fandango. I am fortunate to have a few Fandango gift cards that I have been given over the years, so going to the movies doesn’t really cost us much (except anything we get from the concession stand).

Even if I didn’t have gift cards I would still buy my tickets from Fandango. It allows us to skip the ticket line because I can print the tickets at home and bring them with us. It saves us A LOT of time because sometimes ticket lines are very long. We literally just walk in and show the ticket collector our printed tickets and they let us inside.

Another perk about ordering online with Fandango is that we can see what seats are available at our local theater and select what seats we want. There is no more worries about having to sit apart or having to sit at ground level and have to look up the entire time to watch the movie (we did that once – we’ll never do that again).

Fandango has teamed up with The Secret Life of Pets to offer consumer collectible Fandango gift cards featuring the charming characters from the film.

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Very cute! I like the character quotes featured on the gift cards too.

I have a feeling kids are going to want these cards to keep (after you use them of course). I see a lot of The Secret Life of Pets products in stores. I know it’s a popular movie.

Fandango gift cards make a wonderful gift. I for one appreciate receiving Fandango gift cards because I know my family can enjoy a great movie. Going to the movies is not always “do able,” because it can be expensive. Gifting someone a Fandango gift card helps them to see hit movies any time of the year.

Young and old alike can enjoy Fandango gift cards. You can go wrong with giving someone one of these gift cards. They are great for anyone because most people enjoy going to the movies. There are some movies you simply must see on the big screen to truly appreciate them.

If you would like more information about Fandango gift cards visit Fandango.com/Fandango-Gift-Cards. You can also check out the latest movies and show times at Fandango.com. They are also on social media (all of the links are found at the bottom of their website).

The Secret Live of Pets is currently playing in theaters across the country.

Check out this fun quiz on the Fandango website that tells you which Secret Life of Pets pet should belong to you.

Also on the Fandango website are funny animal videos you might enjoy. You can find them here – The Real Secret Life of Pets: Check Out These Crazy Animal Antics.

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Fandango would like to give a lucky reader a $50 Fandango gift card. Thank you Fandango!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email 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 and/or what movie would you like to see with this gift card?

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving a Fandango gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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