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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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LEGO Batman Movie – In theaters this Friday (giveaway ends 2-18-17)

 

Whenever I think of the film The LEGO® Movie, I can’t help but think of the song “Everything is Awesome.” The film actually was pretty awesome. I honestly didn’t think I was going to like it but after I saw it I was totally into it. It had something for everyone and both young and old alike could enjoy it.

A new LEGO film is coming to theaters this Friday – LEGO Batman. From the promos I’ve seen this film is going to be a blast, just like the first film.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

It looks really funny. Check out the trailer.

 

I find it amazing how the filmmakers can take a popular children’s TOY and turn it into a funny, action packed, animated film.

I grew up watching Batman, the television series that stared Adam West. It aired before I was born and when I was a baby, so I only watched repeats of the series when I was older. It was corny, but I loved it.

 

I remember Batman in the first LEGO movie. I would have never thought about offering him his own film. I wonder if the filmmakers plan on making other LEGO character movies in the future? That would be fun! I’m looking forward to them doing something like that.

The film will be released nation wide this Friday. Look for it at a theater near you. In fact, you can grab your partner in crime and make a date to see #LEGOBatmanMovie  and purchase advanced tickets here – http://tickets.legobatman.com/.

If you would like to learn more about the LEGO Batman Movie,  you can visit the Official Website. In addition, you can “like” the LEGO Batman Movie on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #LEGOBatmanMovie.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you are going to see it in theaters?

I have a super fun LEGO Batman Movie giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • T-Shirt, Stationery Set, Backpack

Open to US mailing addresses only

Prizing and samples courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 18, 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 Warner Bros. Pictures 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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Disney’s classic Pinocchio now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD

 

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I have always been a huge fan of Disney films, for as long as I can remember.

My mom always took me to see the the latest Disney film whenever one was released. I was also very fortunate that our local movie theater would play a different Disney film every week during summer vacation. That gave me the opportunity to see Disney films that were released before I was born on the big screen – classics like Snow White (1937), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942) – to name a few – on the big screen in the movie theater. I am forever grateful that my mom took me to see every single movie, every summer, until the theater closed down.

Another film I was fortunate to see in the theater was Pinocchio (1940).

To be honest, I cannot remember the last time I’ve seen Pinocchio. It might have been close to 30 years. I remember the story very well, I just can’t remember when the last time it was that I saw it.

Pinocchio is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

Pinocchio is the story of a wooden puppet who needs to prove himself in order to become a real boy.

The film stars out with Gepetto in his workshop. Gepetto creates toys, clocks and other items out of wood. One of his most favorite pieces is a puppet he named Pinocchio. Pinocchio is so realistic looking that Gepetto talks to him like he was a real boy.

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One night a Blue Fairy shows up at Gepetto’s shop while he is asleep and makes Pinocchio come alive. She tells Pinocchio that she can turn him into a real boy but only after he proves himself to be brave, truthful and unselfish.

In addition, she turns a vagabond cricket named Jimney into Pinocchio’s conscience to help him figure out what is right from wrong.

Gepetto awakens to find that Pinocchio has come to life, and he is over joyed.

Gepetto sends Pinocchio off to school and along the way he meets up with a no-good fox and cat who trick Pinocchio into going to work at a theater. From there Pinocchio is faced with one temptation after another, finding himself in bad situations.

All Pinocchio wants is to find his way back to Gepetto and do what it takes to become a real boy.

Will he make it back to his father? Will he ever prove to the Blue Fairy that he can be brave, truthful and unselfish? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Pinocchio. Look for it where ever movie are sold.

I was in awe of the film as I was watching it. It’s 77 years old – yet the animation is still stunning and wonderful. The film was just as magical as it was the first time I saw it.

I forgot how many songs came from this film including When You Wish Upon a Star, Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee and Give a Little Whistle

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There are some great bonus features also included.

Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere:

Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.

In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.

The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.

Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

Back when these movies were being filmed, I’m sure they never considered making bonus content like today’s movies do. That is why I was pleasantly surprised to find so many wonderful bonus features with this film.

I LOVE all the background on this film, from found storyboards to hearing Walt Disney discuss the film in his own words. It’s great to know that all this material was saved for people to enjoy for years to come.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” is also a fun bonus feature. It’s a “must see.” It will show you just how far along animation has come.

If you and your family are fans of Disney films, then adding Pinocchio is a must. This is a timeless classic that everyone can enjoy – both young and old alike.

Below are some fun craft projects you might want to try out in honor of the film’s release. I especially love the light up box one. I am going to make that one for sure.

Click on the images to retrieve the instructions and necessary info. to make each project.

Download Pinocchio Night Light Display
 

Download Pinocchio Handcrafted Wood Puppet
  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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Check out the new LEGO Batman Movie and fun movie app

 

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When I was a young girl I used to love to watch the Batman series on television – the one that stared Adam West. The series aired from 1966 – 19968 (I was born in 68′), so I saw repeats of the original series.

Back in the day Batman was one of my favorite super heroes.

If you are fan of Batman, super heroes and/or LEGOS, you’ll be interested in knowing that a brand new movie is coming to theaters on February 10, 2017. It’s appropriately called The LEGO Batman Movie. 

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (Muppets Most Wanted, the Hangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

My family and I enjoyed The LEGO Movie, so we are looking forward to seeing this film too. Even the kindergartners that I work with are super excited about seeing this film too. They talk about it often.

It looks like a fun movie that the whole family will enjoy, even if you are not necessarily a fan of super heroes.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Site. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #LEGOBatmanMovie.

The new film even has it’s own gaming app worth checking out.

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The LEGO Batman Movie app features the following fun play modes;

RUN, DRIVE & FLY: Play as LEGO Batman. Run, Jump and Grapple across The Bat Cave, The Street and Rooftops of Gotham & Arkham Asylum. Drive your own Batmobile and use the Batwing to fly to new environments! Battle Villain Bosses such as the Joker, the Penguin and Poison Ivy!

BUILD A CUSTOM VEHICLE: Customize your vehicles. Unlock and modify epic vehicles from The LEGO Batman Movie such as The Batmobile, the Joker’s Notorious Lowrider and Bane’s Toxic Truck. Once modified, deploy them into the game for an added boost to gameplay! Use them to destroy Gotham’s most evil villains! 

DJ MODE: DJ your way to stardom in the DJ Mini Game. Tap your way to the beat of the rhythm and nail that beat! Featuring music from The LEGO Batman Movie. Each time Batman looks like he’s ready to hang up his Batboots he has the opportunity to save himself with DJ MODE!

Check out the trailer for the app.

 

It looks like fun. I think a lot of children will especially enjoy being able to build their own Batmobile.

The app is also FREE!

The LEGO Batman Movie app is available for both iOS and Android.

If you would like to learn more about the LEGO Batman movie app you can visit the app’s official web page.

What do you think about the LEGO Batman Movie? Do you think you’ll go and see it when it comes to theaters?

What do you think about the movie app? Do you think you’ll check it out?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Warner Bros. to bring you this information. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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