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Scooby-Doo Shaggy’s Showdown

 

Scooby-Doo fans – prepare yourself for a rootin’ tootin’ good time with a all new adventure with Scooby-Doo and the gang.

Now available on DVD and Digital HD is the latest adventure in the Scooby-Doo franchise – Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown. It’s available now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE).

It’s high action and spirited adventure when the Mystery Inc. gang visits the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, located in Sorghum City, an abandoned cowboy town–turned–tourist attraction. While visiting his cousin Tawny, Shaggy and his pals discover that the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, owned by Tawny’s family, is tormented by a ghostly cowboy named Dapper Jack Rogers, an ancestor who bears a striking resemblance to Shaggy!

The gang soon learns that Dapper Jack’s ghostly apparition has frightened most of the visitors from the ranch and nearby Sorghum City, forcing many businesses in the area to close. Without any tourists, the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, which has been struggling, is sure to close its doors. Unless Tawny raises enough money for the next mortgage payment, the family business will be sold.

Determined to save his cousin’s ranch, Shaggy puts the Mystery Inc. gang on the case, and together they set out to solve the mystery behind Dapper Jack’s haunting. It’s an unforgettable adventure set in the wild West, filled with rodeos, barn dances and non-stop cowboy high-jinks!

Included are three bonus episodes:

  • Ghastly Ghost Town
  • Mine Your Own Business
  • Scooby Ghosts West

Look for Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown where ever movies are sold.

This would be the perfect gift for the Scooby-Doo fan in your life, or a fun addition to your family’s movie collection.

Are you a fan of Scooby-Doo? Which is your favorite character?

Below is a clip from Shaggy’s Showdown.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free copy 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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Movie Review: Manchester by the Sea

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the Academy Award nominated film, Manchester by the Sea. The film is nominated for Best Picture.

It’s not often that I see Oscar nominated films. I tend to see animated films and horror movies in theaters. I do watch dramas, but usually from the comfort of my own home on the premium channels or on Blu-ray/DVD.

Manchester by the Sea stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges and Gretchen Mol, to name a few.

Affleck stars as Lee. Lee is a handyman that lives alone in his Boston apartment. One day he is contacted by a family friend that his older brother had a heart attack. Before Lee can make it to his brother, his brother dies.

Lee is strapped with the uncomfortable task of letting George’s son, Patrick, know that his father had died.

Lee has to return to his hometown of Manchester in order to bring Patrick the bad news. There are reasons why Lee is not happy or comfortable being in Manchester. Viewers don’t find out until later on what his reasons are through a series of flashbacks.

To his surprise, Lee was named Patrick’s guardian. Lee is not suitable to raise a teenage boy. Why Joe (Lee’s late brother) chose him, no one knows.

The movie goes through a lot of ups and downs as Lee tries to be a parent to Patrick, and how Patrick is dealing with not only the loss of his father, but also his alcoholic mother coming back into his life.

As the movie progresses we get to meet Lee’s ex-wife and find out his reasons for not wanting to be in Manchester and why it’s a surprise that Lee was named Patrick’s guardian.

In a way both Lee and Patrick help one another overcome things in their lives that have been bringing them down.

What is Lee’s reasons for not wanting to be a father figure to Patrick and remaining in Manchester? Will the pair be able to come together? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Manchester by the Sea. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I heard some people refer to this movie as a dark comedy, but honestly, I found it to be a very emotional film. There were a few moments of levity, but not enough for me to refer to this as a comedy. For me, this was a drama all the way with some funny moments thrown in for good measures.

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The cinematography in this film was superb. It made me want to hop on a boat and move to Manchester. It looks like a beautiful place to live.

Casey Affleck is up for Best Actor in this year’s Academy Awards. I can see why. His performance was brilliant.

This film will draw you in emotionally. You’ll find that you get emotionally invested in just about every character, right down to Lee’s ex-wife. This film will certainly tug at your heart strings.

Beautifully acted… beautiful location… beautiful story… I can see why Manchester by the Sea is up for awards this season.

There are bonus features with this film.

  • “Emotional Lives: The Making of Manchester by the Sea” Featurette
  • A Conversation with Director/Writer Kenneth Lonergan
  • Deleted Scenes

The Making of Manchester by the Sea is worth watching. It shows you how this touching film came to life.

Look for Manchester by the Sea where ever movies are sold.

To learn more you can visit the film’s official website, or “like” the film on Facebook or follow the film on Twitter.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

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. sp;

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Are you a cheater?

 

 

Are you a cheater? Do you cheat on your significant other?

Wait! Don’t assume I’m referring to infidelity. No, no, no… What I am referring to is watching shows on Netflix.

I think we are all guilty of doing that. I know that I am. I’ve jumped ahead on my favorite series without my husband knowing about it. A good example would be when we first watched Stranger Things on Netflix. We watched the first episode together, then he went to bed. He had planned on watching the next episode a few days later. Oh no! Not me! I had to watch the next episode right away. In fact, that night I watched four episodes in a row. I never told him about that. We he finally watched the next episodes I “played dumb” about it and acted as if I was seeing the story unfold for the first time – even though I knew what was going to happen.

I did the same thing with the new Netflix series, Santa Clarita Diet. We watched the first episode together, then he fell asleep in his chair, so I went ahead and watched two more episodes. He slept the whole time. He never knew that I cheated and watched the next two episodes.

I know I’m not alone. I know there are plenty of other people who cheat on their significant other, or friends, and “sneak watch” episodes of their favorite series on Netflix. In fact, new data reveals 46% of streaming couples around the world are watching ahead of their partners and most only plan to cheat more. This cheating behavior only continues to grow with 60% of consumers saying they’d cheat more if they knew they’d get away with it. And once you cheat, you can’t stop: 81% of cheaters are repeat offenders and 44% have cheated 3+ times. I am definitely a repeat offender. I’ve cheated many times by binge watching and watching ahead a few episodes without my husband knowing about it.

I know he cheats too. He has access to Netflix and work and I know sometimes he sits at his desk to eat his lunch and watches Netflix. I just don’t know how many times he’s cheated on me. If he has cheated, he’s good about it because he never slips up.

Here are some more interesting facts about cheating with Netflix.

WHERE IS CHEATING HAPPENING? (EVERYWHERE)
Cheating happens all over the world….though it varies a bit by country. The most cheaters are in Brazil and Mexico where 57%-58% of streaming couples have cheated, respectively. The most loyal viewers are in Netherlands (73% have not cheated), Germany (65%) and Poland (60%).

WHAT SHOWS ARE WE CHEATING ON? (ALL OF THEM)
While no show is off limits, top cheating temptations are The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, American Horror Story, House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Narcos, and Stranger Things.

WHY DO WE CHEAT? (WE JUST CAN’T HELP IT)
Most don’t plan to cheat…it just happens: 80% of cheating is unplanned. The trigger for the growing trend in cheating? Two-thirds (66%) of cheaters said that “the shows are just so good we can’t stop bingeing.”

HOW DO WE CHEAT? (ANY WAY WE CAN)
Sleep with one eye open: 25% of cheating happens when one partner falls asleep. But whether this is even cheating is hotly debated. Half say “sleep cheating” doesn’t count (53%), but the morality of “sleep cheating” varies across the globe. Chileans think it’s no big deal, Japan sees it as unforgivable. Many are still cheating in secret: 45% never admit to their indiscretions.

IS CHEATING SO BAD? (DEPENDS WHERE YOU LIVE)
If you stray, don’t beat yourself up about it. Cheating has become more socially acceptable, with 46% saying it’s “not bad at all.” Unless of course you live in Hong Kong, where 40% think watching ahead of your partner is worse than having an actual affair.

IS MY PARTNER A CHEATER? (SPOILER ALERT: MOST LIKELY)
Cheating comes in many forms. Netflix has created a series of assets to help explain the phenomenon. Cheating Profiles highlight the most common types of offenders lurking in households around the world. This infographic illustrates cheating motivations and behaviors, and reaction GIFs help couples work through their indiscretions so they can protect their relationship…or keep on cheating.

Even our teenage daughter has cheated on her ex-boyfriend with Netflix. She admitted it to her ex that she did.

If you still plan on being a “serial cheater” on your significant other, and continue to watch Netflix shows behind their backs, as least make sure you don’t get caught.

Check out some great tips on how to cheat and get away with it.

 

I love that term – “steaming infidelity.”

If you would like to check out all the great cheat-worthy programs on Netflix, visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

Do you cheat on your significant other when it comes to watching Netflix programming? What is your favorite series to commit “streaming infidelity?” Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I am a member of Netflix’s Stream Team. I receive free service in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Get ready to “rock out” with Rock Dog – coming to theaters this Friday (giveaway ends 2/28/17)

 

Are you looking for something fun this weekend to do with your family? Why not check out the latest andimated film from Lionsgate – Rock Dog.

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. Rock Dog opens in theaters February 24, 2017 starring Luke Wilson (Bodi), Eddie Izzard (Angus), J.K. Simmons (Khampa), Lewis Black (Linnux), Kenan Thompson (Riff), Mae Whitman (Darma), Jorge Garcia (Germur), with Matt Dillon (Trey) and Sam Elliott (Fleetwood Yak).

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks like a fun film that the whole family can enjoy.

Sadly, we just lost our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin). If you are a long time reader of She Scribes you know that I have written about him a lot over the years.

Espn was diagnosed with an incurable liver disease, Hepatocutaneous Syndrome, last June. The doctors gave him at best 2-3 months to live. We were able to fight and do our best to help him. He managed to outlive their expectations (8 months), but we had to finally let him go. He was never going to get better. He was in pain almost all of the time (he was very stoic about it). His quality of life was deteriorating.

So, yesterday morning at around 10:30 AM, our sweet dog Espn was put to sleep. I couldn’t even bring myself to go to the vet. My husband and son went. Our son couldn’t witness his die, so he stayed in the waiting room. My poor husband had to go through it all by himself. I feel horrible (VERY HORRIBLE) doing that to my husband, but he knows how I am – especially when it comes to our pets. I am grateful that Espn wasn’t alone when he passed and that my husband was with him (Espn adored my husband).

Rest in peace our dear Espn. Until we meet again…

I’m sure Espn would have loved to have been a “Rock Dog,” just like in the film. He loved to “rock out” to the sounds of his toys. He LOVED his toys – most especially ones that made noise. I will miss those sounds very much.

I hope that you and your family will enjoy Rock Dog, which opens in theaters on Friday.

For more information about the film you can visit the official website. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow Rock Dog on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #RockDog.

To get you excited about the film I have some cute FREE coloring pages for you to enjoy. Click here to get started.

In addition, I also have a Rock Dog giveaway for a lucky reader, courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere. The prize package includes:

  • $50 Visa to see the film in theaters
  • Beanie, Tambourine and Temporary Tattoo

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 28, 2017. 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’d like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on going to see the film?

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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Kimberly

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

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Movie Review: The 9th Life of Louis Drax

 

Now available from Lionsgate on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is the thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. The film stars Starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Sarah Gadon (Indignation), Oliver Platt (Chicago P.D.), Barbara Hershey (Insidious) and Aiden Longworth as Louis Drax. 

Louis Drax considers himself accident prone. You name it, it’s probably happened to him. From food poisoning to getting electrocuted, and from broken bones to nearly being killed by a falling chandelier.

Louis is a bit of a loner. He has no friends at school and his classmates call him “weirdo.” Thankfully he is very close to his mother Natalie and adores his father Peter.

It’s clear right away that Natalie and Peter are not happily married. Peter sticks around because he loves Louis.

Louis doesn’t like his parents constant bickering. He tries to find ways to drown out the sounds when they do.

One afternoon, on his 9th birthday, Louis and his parents go for a picnic near a cliff overlooking the ocean. When his parents get into yet another argument, Louis runs off and some how slips off the cliff… or was he pushed? According to his mother, his father pushed him off  the cliff and then took off. As Louis is being rushed to the hospital there is a man hunt for his father.

Louis is pronounced dead, but a short time later its discovered that he’s alive, but he’s in a coma. He is placed in a coma ward and put under the care of a handsome young doctor, Dr. Pascal.

Things start to unravel as secrets become revealed, and not everything is as it seems.

Was Louis fall from the cliff an accident… or intentional? To find out you need to pick up (or download) a copy of The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

There is a bonus featuette which is the making of the film. It gives you insight into how they brought this film to life.

When the movie first started playing I thought it was going to be a comedy of some sorts (or even a dark comedy). The movie starts off with Louis telling viewers about his life thus far and all the accidents and bad luck he’s had growing up. It all comes off somewhat comical, including silly animations. But as the story gets going you see that it’s not really a comedy.

My husband and I watched the film together. It didn’t take me long to figure something out about Louis mother. I don’t want to give away any plot details, but if you know anything about psychology and are familiar with Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, you’ll have an idea of what is going on in this film. As soon as I figured it out I “bet” (not a real bet of course) my husband that Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome is what was going on. Even so, it doesn’t explain the mysterious disappearance of Louis father and some strange sea monster that appears throughout the film.

I could have done without the sea monster part. I guess in a way it was necessarily, but it didn’t seem to flow right with the film.

The film was a bit weird (mostly the sea monster and the comical beginning), but overall a good film. It will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Even the ending was a bit of a surprise.

There were a few scenes in the film I could have done without – most especially the one involving a hamster and a book. I feel like film makers could have found another way to get that point across.

Overall we enjoyed the film. My husband initially set up his computer to do work while I watched the film, but after several minutes he closed his lap top and watched the film. He found it interesting enough to set aside work to watch.

Below is the 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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Movie Review: The Eagle Huntress

 

 

Do you like to watch documentary films? I know that they are not for everyone. My husband is not a fan, but I sure am. I truly enjoy watching documentaries. I find them a wonderful, entertaining way to learn about the world outside of our home. Earth is a huge place and there is a lot that goes on around the world – even our own “backyards” – that we might not be aware of.

I think my love of documentaries if one of the reasons why I do so well playing the game show Jeopardy while watching it from home. It’s because I am passionate about learning and enjoy exploring new things.

I recently watched a new documentary that was just released for home viewing this past Tuesday. The film is called The Eagle Huntress.

This documentary is just a wee bit “different” than the ones I would normally watch, but I found it a bit intriguing from the trailer that I watched for it. Check it out for yourself.

 

The Eagle Huntress is the true story of a young teenage girl (13 years old) named Aisholpan. She lives in a remote home in Mongolia.

From all appearances, Aisholpan is pretty much a typical teenage girl. The only difference is that her “hobby” is a bit more unsual than collecting teeny pop magazines and snapping photos for Instagram. Aisholpan enjoys working along side her father and training to be an eagle hunter.

In Mongolia, people train Golden Eagles to help them hunt for food and fur, most especially during the harsh winter months.

I was surprised to see how very well cared for the trained eagles are. Because they mean so much to a family’s livelihood, it’s important that their eagle be treated with respect and well cared for.

I also find it interesting that after seven years the eagles are set free to live out their lives as well as to procreate a new generation of eagles to be trained as hunters.

Being an eagle hunter is something that is passed down from generation to generation. Traditionally, father’s pass their skills on to their sons. It’s something that has been done for centuries. Aisholpan has challenged this tradition and had her father teach her how to be an eagle hunter.

Aisholpan is clearly a natural. In fact, she is a better eagle hunter than men twice her young age (and older). Unfortunately she has to prove herself to others who feel like a female has no place being an eagle hunter.

Join Aisholpan on her incredible quest to become an eagle hunter and to gain the respect and admiration of her eagle hunting peers. Look for The Eagle Huntress where ever movies are sold (or downloaded).

The Eagle Huntress is narrated by Daisy Ridley (“Rey” in the new Star Wars films). There is also a lot of subtitles since Aisholpan and her family don’t speak English. I didn’t mind that. It’s not like there was a lot of conversation. That is why there was a narrator.

 

I found this film to be fascinating. I knew that people in Asia and Mongolia used eagles to hunt with, but I never really thought about how they trained the eagles to work with people, and what kept the eagles from flying away.

I also enjoy learning about different cultures and different parts of the world. I don’t think I could live where Aisholpan does, and without a lot of modern conveniences. But at the same time I can appreciate how her family and community like to stick with tradition because it’s part of who they are.

The cinematography in this film is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Truly breathtaking. I was in total awe of the majestic, snow covered mountains and the shot of the eagles in the sky as well as seeing the world from the eagle’s perspective. What a beautiful world Aisholpan and her family live in. It’s hard to believe that places like this really exist on our planet.

There are bonus features on the DVD. One feature is commentary (I don’t like commentaries) and the other is a behind the scenes look at how they captured all of this on film. I would recommend you check out that feature. It gives you a better understanding and appreciation for a film when you know what went on to bring it to life.

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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