Movie Review: Up on the Wooftop



Available on DVD and On Demand is adorable family friendly holiday film Up on the Wooftop. 

The film has all the makings of the perfect family friendly holiday film – adorable talking animals, cute kids, Santa and holiday hi-jinx.

When it comes to films about cute animals I am more than happy to do a review. Ditto for holiday films.

When Santa (Dennis Haskins of “Saved by the Bell”) discovers that his dog Toby (Voiced by Adam Hicks of  Disney’s “Zeke and Luther”) is missing, he enlists the help of everyone in the North Pole to find the adorable little pup.  It turns out that Toby was left behind at the suburban Iowa home of the Anderson family during a test flight of Santa’s sleigh.  Now Toby must convince the Andersons of his true identity so that they can help him get back to the North Pole by Christmas Eve!  Along the way, Toby learns that it’s more important to have a big heart than to be a big dog, as he helps the Anderson kids foil the evil plans of a crooked mall Santa & his elf henchmen, and most importantly, helps their dad rediscover the magic of Christmas.

Check out the film’s trailer.


The dog who plays the role of Toby is SO CUTE! Our dog, Espn, is part Rat Terrier (I’m assuming the dog playing the role of Toby is a Jack Russel Terrier). He reminded my family of our dog (when our dog is shaved/groomed that is).

I have to admit that I was surprised that Dennis Haskins was Santa. He looks so different than his “Saved by the Bell” days. If I didn’t know it was him I would have never had guessed it.

The film was a bit cliche at time, and often predictable, but that is coming from an adult’s perspective. Children will not see it that way. They will be mesmerized by the talking animals and the whole idea of Santa. Even so, as an adult, I still enjoyed the film. It’s a fun film that will give you the “warm fuzzies.” It’s geared more towards children (dog fart jokes, snowball fight…) but adults can enjoy the film too.

My teenagers were not overly impressed (they did love the adorable dogs featured in the film). My husband said it was a cute movie and he would watch it again. I would also watch it again if I saw it on TV. We have the DVD (I was sent a copy to review). It’s not one of the holiday films I would reach for on a regular basis, but if I happened to grab it by mistake, or see it on TV, I would certainly watch it again. Sometimes you need a light-hearted holiday film.

The film has a fun time of a little less than an hour and a half.

Look for Up on the Wooftop where ever DVDs are sold, on On Demand. You can also check out the film on Facebook.

This film would make a great stocking stuffer too!

Are you a fan of holiday films? Do you like films that feature talking animals? Feel free to share your thoughts.

PHOTO SOURCE: Up on the Wooftop Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: Up on the Wooftop Facebook page


*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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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War trailer now available


Captain America Civil War

Are you a fan of the Captain America films, Marvel films and/or Marvel comics? If you are you might be excited about the new Marvel’s Captain America film coming out next year called Civil War. The new films puts Captain America against Tony Stark’s Iron Man.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

Check out the trailer.


It looks REALLY good. I’m looking forward to seeing it and find out what happens.

The film stars

Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

If you would like to learn more about the film visit Marvel.com/CaptainAmerica. You can also “like” Captain America on Facebook and follow on Twitter (@CaptainAmerica). In addition you can check out Marvel (@Marvel) on Instagram.

What do you think about the film? Whose side would you be on – Captain America or Iron Man?

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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: A Christmas Horror Story


A Christmas Horror Story DVD Cover

Available today on Blu-ray and DVD is A Christmas Horror Story.

This time of year people are thinking about fun, family friendly, heart-warming holiday movies. The word “horror” doesn’t normally come to mind when you think about Christmas movies.

I’m a fan of the horror genre. I enjoy horror movies year round. I was surprised to learn about a horror film that was based upon the beloved holiday of Christmas.

A Christmas Horror story is actually several stories woven into one movie. They are all inter-connected and they all happen on Christmas Eve.

The film starts off with Santa covered in blood and a huge gash across his face. There is something evil trying to bang down the doors, but you won’t find out what it is until the end of the film.

During the course of the film you’ll see the story line involving Santa and the zombie elves.

One of Santa’s elves gets sick – the point where he dies. But Santa’s elves DON’T die.

A Christmas Horror Story Screen Shot Zombie Elf

It turns out the elf was infected and he comes back to life, turning the other elves into killer zombies too.

In another story we learn about a Police Officer who is taking a break from his job after a horrific murder scene he went to a year earlier on Christmas Eve.

The Police Officer takes his family out to chop down a Christmas tree. He knowingly and willingly trespasses on someone’s land and steals a Christmas tree for his family. He knew he was breaking the law. He should have never had gone there.

After his family chops down a tree and they are taking it back to their truck, the couple’s son goes missing. They find him but he doesn’t seem right. There is something different about him. Something his parents should be very afraid of…

In another story three teenagers go to investigate the site of the grisly murder that happened a year earlier on Christmas Eve (the same murder scene the Police Officer investigated).

The murder happened at a Catholic school, downstairs in the basement where unwed teenage mothers delivered their babies. They were hidden in the basement so no one could see them.

A Christmas Horror Story Screen Shot 2 School Teens

One young mother claimed to have became pregnant through immaculate conception. She was one of the residents in the basement area until she killed herself trying to abort her baby.

Creepy things are going on in the basement, which makes it even scarier for the teens when they find that they are locked down in the basement and there is no way out.

In another story a family visits a spooky elderly relative. Their great aunt kicks the family out after their son purposely breaks a strange looking figurine that looked a lot like Satan (part man, part goat). On their way back home they have a car accident and have to walk through the woods at night to find their way back to their relative’s house. The only problem is they are not alone in the woods. Something is following them.

In between the stories there is a story line involving William Shatner as a local DJ (I believe he’s the grandfather of the family who got into the car accident, mentioned above). He loves Christmas and is thrilled to be playing his favorite holiday tunes. He goes on to talk about how wonderful this time of year is (all while enjoying spiked egg nog).

The weather man from the radio station appears to be having a very bad day. He leaves abruptly to go to the mall to help with a food drive.

As the DJ’s story line progresses he talks about something tragic that happened at the mall, but he doesn’t go into much detail about it. All viewers know is that the Police were there and there was a hostage situation.

William Shatner A Christmas Horror Story DJ Story Line

Throughout the movie viewers go in and out of each story line. I like the way the filmmakers did that because they flow together nicely. I also think it’s interesting that all the stories are some how connected with each other and they all take place on Christmas Eve.

Some parts of the film were predictable, however the ending of the film totally blew our minds (mine and my husband’s). We did NOT see that coming. The ending pulls all of the stories together and you will never, ever anticipate the ending. Bravo to the filmmakers for doing a great job with that.

The movie wasn’t scary for die hard horror movie fans, like myself. I did jump out of my seat at one part because I didn’t see it coming.

There is a lot of gore, but not as bad as it could be – thankfully. There are zombie elves heads being split into to, someone losing a hand and plenty of blood.

There is a lot of foul language in this film. I could have done without that. They could have done this film WITHOUT the foul language.

There is no nudity, but there are sexual situations. This is another thing the movie could have done without. NOTE TO FILMMAKERS – you CAN make a film WITHOUT sex, nudity and/or foul language.

A Christmas Horror Story Screen Shot Krampus

The special effects are really cool. Again, kudos to the filmmakers. Their Krampus character (pictured above) was really cool looking – right down to his awesome “six-pack” abs. LOL!

I asked my husband for his thoughts on the film, and he replied (and I quote), “Weird. It was just so weird.” I have to agree with him. The movie was weird, but very entertaining at the same time. There wasn’t really any slow parts, and the film keeps you guessing what it going to happen right under the very end. Again, you’ll NEVER expect the ending.

This is NOT a film for children. I would give it an “R” rating because of the foul language, sexual situations and graphic horror. You will NOT find a jolly St. Nick, cuddly reindeer and merry elves in this movie.

There is a bonus feature on the DVD version of the film (the version I have) which gives you a behind the scenes look at the making of the film and how the film went from an idea to an actual movie.

I have to say this film was fun to watch and very entertaining.

Look for A Christmas Horror Story where ever movies are sold.

Here is the trailer for your entertainment.



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

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Get your holiday parties rockin’ with Rockin’ Rudolph music CD



Are you a fan of holiday music? Do you find yourself tuning in to all-holiday music radio stations and/or pop in your favorite holiday music CD on a regular basis? If that sounds like you, you might be interested in a new holiday music CD, Rockin’ Rudolph.

My family and I enjoy holiday music. We have several music CDs that we pop into our car’s CD player. We also listen to a radio station that plays holiday music 24/7 from Thanksgiving day to Christmas Day. In addition I pop CDs into my computer and/or stream holiday music from my computer when I am working/blogging.

Rockin’ Rudolph is a new holiday music CD by Brian Setzer.

Brian Setzer used to be in a band called the Stray Cats. Those of you who are my age (forty-something) might remember them. I saw them in concert when I was in high school.

If you are familiar with the Stray Cats then you know that their sound was what some would call “rockabilly.” Brian Setzer brings that rockabilly sound – mixed with big band – to Rockin’ Rudolph. The band featured in the CD is his own band, the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Rockin Rudolph

Rockin’ Rudolph contains the following songs;

  1. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  2. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide
  3. Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  4. Rockabilly Rudolph
  5. Here Comes Santa Claus
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7. Swingin’ Joy
  8. Carol of the Bells
  9. Little Jack Frost
  10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  12. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide (Extended)

This album will be a lot of fun into your holiday parties – and even make a long drive to Grandma’s less boring.

Some tunes have the full big band treatment including Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Here Comes Santa Claus. These are also my favorite songs on the album.

Yabba-Dabba Yuletide as totally unexpected. It’s the EXACT Flintstones theme song, but the words were change to reflect the Christmas holiday. The first few times I listened to it my mind went to the Flintstones theme song, but after a while this song grew on me. I like it, but my die hard Flintstones fan hubby is not overly keen on this tune.

Rockabilly Rudolph reminds me of the opening theme song to a super hero cartoon. LOL! You’ll have to hear it to know what I mean.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is more toned down than the other songs, but still really enjoyable.

Swingin’ Joy, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Carol of the Bells are all musical. There is no singing in these songs. I didn’t really like Carol of the Bells much. It doesn’t seem very “Christmassy.” It’s a holiday song, but the music makes sound a bit harsh. O Little Town of Bethlehem is also all musical. It’s enjoyable to listen to but the big band “touch” doesn’t make it sound quite the same. A song like that should be more subtle, if you know what I mean?

Overall the CD is very enjoyable and fun to listen to. It’s a nice addition to my family’s music library.



PledgeMusic is offering this music CD as a Deluxe Box Set that comes with A LOT of extras. Their editions are special numbered and are a limited edition.

Here is additional information about PledgeMusic’s Deluxe Box Set.

Like all other PledgeMusic campaigns, fans and pledgers will have access to behind the scenes content, track premiers and even a look into the production of the record through exclusive pics and studio videos, with the AccessPass that comes with all pre-orders. Plus, pledgers will have access to a few limited-edition items for pre-order as well.

Each Rockin’ Rudolph Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set is numbered, and includes:

  • Brand New Rockin’ Rudolph album on CD
  • Commemorative Sheet Music / Guitar Chart to “Nutcracker Suite” ~ just as Brian reads on stage!
  • Custom Brian Setzer Die-cut Christmas Tree Ornament (3″ tall, alloy metal)
  • Brian Setzer’s Own Murray’s Pomade (Hair Product)
  • Commemorative BSO “Martini Logo” Stainless Steel Guitar Pick
  • BSO Christmas Album Cover Drink Coasters
  • Six Polaroid-style BSO Concert Photos
  • “Live in Nashville” 10×10 print
  • Reusable 8GB USB Credit Card w/ Extras, including:
  • Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track Rockin’ Rudolph album
  • 2 New Bonus Instrumental Tracks Not Included on Album: “Deck The Halls” & “Little Drummer Boy”
  • Album Cover Rough Sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger
  • Brief Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO’s Rockin’ Rudolph recording session at the House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.
  • “Jingle Bells” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
  • “Nutcracker Suite” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
  • Behind-the-scenes look at Brian writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released)

WOW! They really give you A LOT of bonuses with the Deluxe Box Set.

If you are interested in placing an order, or learning more about this editions, visit PledgeMusic.com/Projects/TheBrianSetzerOrchestra.

What do you think about this new CD? Does it sound like something you and your family would enjoy?

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*I received a free product sample 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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Get Ready for Your Family’s Holiday Movie Night with New Holiday Titles (giveaway ends 11/28/15)


Family Movie Time

Are you ready for chilly nights snuggled under a fuzzy blanket, sipping hot cocoa, and enjoying a entertaining holiday movie? Me and my family sure are. Even though it’s not yet Christmas time, we’re already planning on which movies we plan on watching first. We have dozens of holiday movies and specials that we MUST watch each holiday season.

I love watching holiday movies. Even ones that are not considered “classic.” They are still fun to watch and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Here are two movies you might want to consider adding to your family’s holiday movie collection. Each film is available for purchase.

Christmas Trade key art

Christmas Trade

Mitch Taylor, is a workaholic attorney and widowed dad to a 12 year-old son, Robbie.  Lately, Mitch is in way over his head, trying to be a dad, pease his hard-edged boss and make partner, while juggling an impatient girlfriend. His son Robbie has problems of his own.  The school bully has made Robbie his latest target, he is trying not to be a total nerd in front of the girl he likes, and to make things worse, he was cast as lead role in the Christmas Pageant unwillingly. Robbie really want his dad to go out of his way this year to make Christmas all it’s cracked up to be. Mitch and Robbie definitely think the other has it pretty easy—until a mysterious toy causes them to switch bodies. They are forced to find out what it’s like to spend the holidays in each other’s shoes. Stars Denise Richards (Starship Troopers), Tom Arnold (True Lies) and Billy Baldwin (Backdraft).

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.


This film is a lot like Freaky Friday, but with a holiday spin to it.

Because the film is a lot like Freaky Friday, it’s a bit predictable, but it’s fun to watch none-the-less.

I was surprised to see Denise Richards in this film. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her in something. Billy Baldwin on the other hand seems to pop up a lot in made for television movies.

The toy bear in the movie is a little creepy when he’s making the characters swap lives, but nothing that would scare anyone (he’s a bit creepy looking to begin with – LOL).

This film could be enjoyed by people of all ages, making it a fun movie for Family Movie Night.

This film could also lend it’s self to an interesting discussion about how other people’s lives might not be as easy as they look. There are days I wish I could be a kid again, but then I see the stuff they are learning in school (Common Core Math – YIKES!!!) and it makes me grateful to be an adult. Meanwhile, my daughter thinks she has it so hard going to college and working – that is until she finds out how much it costs to have a car (payment, gas, insurance, maintenance), her own cellphone plan and other bills. It makes her realize how much WE do as adults/parents.


A Christmas Tail

Starring Antonio Cupo (American Mary), Chandra West (White Noise), Tiera Skovbye (The Unauthorized Save By The Bell Story) and newcomer Beamer Wigley, the touching film captures the significance of love, friendship and most importantly, family.

After visiting a local animal shelter, single mom Maggie (West) adopts an adorable Labrador Retriever for her son, Ethan (Wigley). But complications soon arise as they discover their new pet was mistakenly placed at the pound after losing his original family; bachelor-dad Jack (Cupo) and his daughter, Olivia (Skovbye). Deciding to share the dog,  the foursome spends quality time together and realize they may have more in common than just their canine companion.

Check out the film’s brief trailer.

Holiday movie + cute dog = wonderful to watch.

I love holiday movies. I love movies with animals in it. When you combine the two you know it’s going to be a heart warming movie.

I found this film to be very sweet and charming. The dog really steals the show. Whenever he’s in a scene it makes you want to go “awww….” because he’s so cute!

This is a delightful film for family members of all ages – both young and old. Little ones will enjoy watching the dog while older children and adults will enjoy the story line.

This is a sweet film that I really enjoyed. Even my husband said it “not bad” (some guys might think it’s a “chick flick,” but I don’t see it that way).

Look for Christmas Trade and A Christmas Tail where ever movies are sold.


Cinedigm would like to give a lucky reader a copy of BOTH films as well as an adorable plush teddy bear and a holiday toy for your dog. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 28, 2015. 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 giveaway – OR – which of the holiday movies in this post would you most like to see?

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 received free screener copies of the films to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Cinedigm will be providing the prize. 

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 coming to theaters March 25, 2016



Have you ever seen the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding? It was in theaters back in 2002. I remember it well because it was my mother in law’s favorite movie. When she received the DVD as a gift she watched it over and over and over again.

Did you know that the film was produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson?

Now the hit comedy film has a sequel, appropriately named My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. It’s coming to theaters on March 25, 2016.

Gold Circle Entertainment and HBO present a Playtone production of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time.  Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, Waking Ned Devine) directs the next chapter of the film that will be once again produced by Rita Wilson and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.  Paul Brooks and Steve Shareshian return to executive produce alongside Vardalos and Scott Niemeyer.  Universal Pictures will distribute the comedy domestically and in select international territories.

Check out the film’s trailer.


It looks really funny. I LOVE how the original cast members are back. I don’t think the movie would be the same without them.

I wonder if Windex can fix all the problems they encounter in the sequel. Ha Ha.

If you would like to learn more about the film check out the official Website. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Instagram and Twitter. The official hashtag is #MyBigFatGreekWedding2.

What do you think about the new film? Do you think you’ll see it? Are you a fan of the original film? Do you have a favorite scene or character? Feel free to share your thoughts.



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

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