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Movie Review: Claire in Motion

 

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Now playing at select theaters, as well as being available on VOD (Video on Demand) is the film Claire in Motion. The film stars Betsy Brandt, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Chris Beetem and Sakina Jaffrey.

Claire (Brandt) seems to have it all – a loving husband, a successful career, a wonderful young son and a home.

One day her husband Paul (Beetem) takes off for a survival hike in the woods. He’s done it before. He goes off the grid for a few days in the woods, surviving on whatever food he can find. Because he has done it before, Claire does not think twice about it.

When Paul fails to return home, Claire gets worried and notifies the Police.

The Police, and Claire, search through the woods looking for Paul. After a few weeks the Police suspend their search. They fear he fell down an embankment and into a crevice and might not ever be found. They also don’t want to risk the well being and safety of the searchers.

Claire refuses to give up on her husband. Her and her son blanket their community with missing person’s posters and go off into the woods on their own looking for him.

As time goes on Claire discovers things about her husband that she never knew. She suddenly sees her husband in a whole new light, especially after meeting an art student (Hollyman) he had been collaborating with.

Suddenly Claire’s idyllic life is turned upside down. She questions everything about her husband, their marriage and ever herself.

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Will Paul ever be found? What secrets and lies does she uncover on her quest for the truth and what really happened to her husband? To find out you need to go see, or rent, Claire in Motion. 

Here is a statement about this film from the film’s directors –  Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson.

With this film, we were interested in telling a story about something that’s been lost — both physically and spiritually. It was intriguing to give Claire a life crisis that leads to a bigger mystery, one that unravels her perception of all she knows to be true. We wanted this experience to be closely observed, and to bring intimacy to every element of the film: the acting, the landscapes, and especially the camerawork.

The world of the Appalachian Ohio college town where the story is set, with its lonely streets and manicured homes, imposing rocky cliffs and dark forests, are all filtered through Claire’s slowly destabilizing mind. Her quest to understand her shifting world after a crisis is a metaphor for universal questions: How do we keep changing throughout our lives? How does our own change and behavior surprise those closest to us, or even ourselves? Can we ever really know anyone? These were the ideas that we explored through the writing and directing of Claire in Motion. 

I received a screener copy of this film to review and there were no bonus features on it.

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

From what I saw from the trailer this film looked interesting. Sadly, it wasn’t a film for me. I would consider this more of an “artistic” piece. Hopefully that makes sense.

The film replies heavily upon cinematography. It is vital to this story. You’ll see a lot of random shots (lonely house, woods, the ground as seen from above…). The film is also a bit “dark” in color. You won’t see many bright, vibrant colors. I think that helps to set the tone of the film (sad, depressing…). I also found that the images bounced around a bit too much for my liking. For example, you’ll see a scene involving Claire and then it cuts to a scene of the ground as seen from above (skydiving), then back to Claire again.

This is a “deep” film. It goes beyond just being entertained. This is a “thinking film” where you really need to immerse yourself into it to “get it.” I honestly don’t find films where I have to really think about what is going on in order to be entertained. I just want to be entertained.

Personally I found the film to be slow, boring and the ending was horrible – BUT – that is just one person’s opinion. It simply wasn’t my “cup of tea.” I have read other reviews for this film and they were glorious reviews. They loved the film. So it just goes to show, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” as my mom used to always say. That means just because one person doesn’t like something doesn’t mean that another person won’t love it. Claire in Motion was simply not my type of film.

If’ you’d like to learn more about this film, visit ClaireinMotion.com.

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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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Movie Review: Train to Busan – an actual GREAT horror movie

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I enjoy horror movies. I am a big fan of the genre. I was into zombies long before most people jumped on the zombie “bandwagon,” thanks to shows like The Walking Dead. I’ve found zombie movies entertaining since the original Dawn of the Dead (1978).

As a child I enjoyed Dracula and other horror movies featuring actors like Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi, to name a few.

Sadly, these days I find most horror movies silly or boring. There is no “fear factor” left in them anymore. In fact, I think these days most horror movies are meant to gross you out rather than scare you. I can’t remember the last time a horror movie left me sitting on the edge of my seat.

Don’t get me started on sex and nudity in horror movies. Why some film makers feel that is necessary I’ll never know.

I’ve reviewed a lot of horror movies over the years. Most have been just “ok.” I can’t tell you the last time I was impressed by a horror movie.

I received to review the film Train to Busan. After seeing the trailer (below) I knew I had to see this film.

 

The film is in Korean, and unbeknownst to us when we watched the film we could have had it dubbed in English. We didn’t know that was an option. We watched the film where they spoke Korean and we read the subtitles. I’m not a fan of reading subtitles, but thankfully this film was more about the action on the screen than what people were saying.

Train to Busan is the story of a workoholic father who spends more time wheeling and dealing at work than he does paying attention to his young daughter. He even went so far as to miss a concert she was singing in because he was too involved with his job.

For her birthday, the young girl wanted to visit with her mother who lives in another city far away. The story doesn’t really go into why the little girl lived with her father and not her mother (unless it was a joint custody arrangement).

Initially the little girl was going to travel to the place her mother lived (Busan) by herself. At the urging of his mother (the young girl’s grandmother) the father was going to escort his daughter to Busan.

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While on the train the passengers had no clue what was going on in the world around them. The father was more concerned about his work than anything else. The passengers were also blissfully unaware that a young woman, infected with some kind of virus, had boarded the train.

The infected woman turns into a zombie and attacks others on the train, who in turn also attack passengers. Before you know it half the train is filled with flesh eating zombies.

How are you to survive on a train with cars full of ravenous zombies?

Even getting off the train is not an option, as the passengers found out the hard way.

Will any one survive? Is there any safe haven left in the world? Or are they doomed to die while riding the train to Busan? To find out you need to pick up (or download) a copy of Train to Busan, available today where ever movies are sold.

As I mentioned earlier, I am a die hard horror movie fan and it take a lot to impress me. I LOVED this film. That’s right – LOVED IT! It truly had me on the edge of my seat. This is hands down the BEST horror movie I have seen in many, many years. It didn’t matter that we watched it in Korean while reading the subtitles (you CAN have it dubbed in English). There wasn’t a lot of dialog. The film was very visual.

WOW! WOW! WOW! I cannot get over who amazing this film is.

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This film didn’t contain foul language, nudity or sex. And believe it or not, it wasn’t overly gory. It’s a TRUE horror movie that relays on your fear of the unknown and not knowing what is going to happen next. I was LITERALLY sitting up right on the couch (and not buried under my fuzzy blanket) because I was anxious about what was going on in the movie.

Even my husband agrees that its the best horror movie that we have seen in ages. I honestly cannot even tell you the title of the last horror movie that filled us with such excitement. It’s been that long.

The acting was perfect and the zombies were truly terrifying. They are fast zombies too. I find fast zombies much more scary than slow moving ones. If you have seen the film World War Z you know about fast zombies.

Train to Busan is non-stop action. It’s a little slow in the beginning, but once they father and his daughter get on the train the action is non-stop – right up to the very end.

There are some bonus features which as basically behind the scenes stuff at the making of the film. It’s pretty interesting but to be honest with you I was so enthralled with the film that I don’t remember much about the bonus features (I did watch them – I just don’t remember much about them).

If you are a fan of horror movies you MUST see this film. You’ll be glad you did. From one horror movie fan to another this film is truly a must see.

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Kimberly

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

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Awards Season Giveaway From Fandango/FandangoNOW (giveaway ends 1/28/17)

 

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It’s awards season. Actually, the season kicked off back on October (2016) with the announcement of the Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominees (October 10, 2016). Awards season ends on February 26, 2017 with the biggest award of them all – The Academy Awards (Oscars).

There is still more than a month away from the Oscars, but there is already plenty of buzz about some front runners who might just walk away with the most prestigious award.

Some films who are front runners for Best Picture include;

Arrival
Fences
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

According to IndieWire, other contenders include;

Deadpool 
Hacksaw Ridge 
Hidden Figures
Lion
Loving
Nocturnal Animals 

How many of these films have YOU seen? Personally I’ve only seen Deadpool and Hell or High Water. I want to see La La Land and Noctural Animals.

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Many of the film’s that could walk away with the Oscar for best picture are still playing locally (at least where I live). Moonlight, Lion, Fences, La La Land and Hidden Figures are currently playing in our local movie theater.

When we plan on going to the movies we always purchase our tickets online at Fandango. Not only does purchasing our tickets from Fandango help us to skip the lines, it also lets us see what seats are available and allows us to pick out the ideal seats (depending on the theater).

Once we purchase our tickets online I simply print them out and show them to the person at the theater who collects tickets. There is no need to wait online (unless you want something from the concession stand).

Fandango also has a companion site, FandangoNOW where you can purchase or rent movies and television shows – including some award nominated films and television shows. You can watch them online or download them to approved devices.

If you are looking for a great gift idea, Fandango and FandangoNOW gifts cards are a great option. The recipient can use them to enjoy current movies in their local movie theater, or they can rent or purchase their favorite films and television shows online.

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For the first time, Fandango is offering gift cards good for award-worthy movies on the big screen (via Fandango) and on digital platforms (with FandangoNOW).

With awards season, Fandango has you covered for all your movie news and needs, from the big screen to your screen!

You can learn more about the latest movie news, nominated films, awards shows, movie news, trailers and more by visiting the Fandango Movie Awards page.  I appreciate this page. It’s given me more information about the nominated films I didn’t know much about (like Fences and Moonlight). It’s a great resource for movie lovers.

You can also check out the Awards Season Gift Card, which can be found here. You can pick one up for yourself or grab a few for gifts (birthday, anniversary, Easter basket…).

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To help you catch up on some of the most talked about films of awards season, Fandango/FandangoNOW would like to give two lucky readers $25 Fandango/FandangoNOW gift cards (each winner gets one $25 gift card). The winners can use the gift cards to see movies in theaters or purchase/rent movies online.

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 28, 2017. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners 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 which movie you are most anxious to see (in theaters or purchase/rent online)?

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 in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon

 

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Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra and Digital Download is the docu-drama Deepwater Horizon.

The film stars Mark Walhberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.

Deepwater Horizon was inspired by the true event of the Deepwater Horizon rig that had a serious blow out leaving eleven crew members dead and causing the largest oil spill in U.S. waters.

Some people might recall the massive oil spill that occurred in 2010. Hundreds of thousands of fish, birds and other wildlife were killed as a result and many fishing businesses suffered because they could not fish in the oil filled water.

The film Deepwater Horizon is based on the events from the real life Deepwater Horizon rig.

When the movie starts off we get to know a little bit about some of the key players in this horrific disaster.

We meet Mike William (Wahlberg) and his wife Felicia (Hudson). Together they have a young daughter.

It would appear that the couple is used to Mike’s unusual job and schedule. He spends a few weeks away from his family working on the rig, and a week or two at home before heading back to the rig. The rig is in the middle of the ocean so it’s not like Mike can come home to dinner every night.

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We also get to meet one of the newest employees of Deepwater Horizon, young Andrea Fleytas (Rodriguez). She drives a “muscle car” which is clearly very important to her.

Once aboard the rig we are introduced to elder statesmen on the rig, Mr. Jimmy (Russel). We also meet a not-so-nice, sneaky and “all about the money” BP executive Donal Vidrine (Malkovich).

Life aboard the rig seems to be going as usual, but there is concern that corporate cut some corners in hopes of getting everything up and running quickly. For that reason some testing was done to ensure that everything was in working order.

Things seemed to be going OK until mud, water and oil backed up in the pipes, forcing it to explode on to the rig. Employees scrambled to stop the back flow, but they are too late. The debris causes an explosion leaving the Deepwater Horizon a blaze.

Now it’s a race against time and the elements to save the crew of Deepwater Horizon before it’s too late. Stopping the leaking oil is not even an option at this point. People’s lives are in danger.

Who will survive? I can’t ask what happens next because if you are familiar with the real life outcome, you know what happens next.

Look for Deepwater Horizon where ever movies are sold. You can also download it (Digital Download) on iTunes and Google Play.

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There are A LOT of bonus features with this film. A vast majority of them pertain to the behind the scenes stuff which I found to be very interesting. They show you how specific scenes were filmed as well as how they created the rig. It looks so real but it’s all just a movie set. I was very impressed.

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  • “Beyond the Horizon” Hour-Long Five-Part Series
  • “Captain of the Rig: Peter Berg” Featurette
  • “The Fury of the Rig” Featurette
  • “Deepwater Surveillance” Featurette
  • “Work Like An American” Tributes

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “The Fury of the Rig” Featurette
  • “Deepwater Surveillance” Featurette
  • “Work Like an American” Tributes

The Fury of the Rig and Deepwater Surveillance are the best bonus features to watch if you want a good look at the behind the scenes stuff. It’s very fascinating and I would recommend watching them – if not all the bonus features.

Most people, myself included, are familiar with the aftermath of the oil spill, but we don’t really know what it was like to be on the rig as it was spitting out oil and a towering inferno. This film gives you a better understanding and appreciation for the events that happened, the heroes and the lives that were lost.

Kudos to John Malkovich for making himself the most unlikable character in the film. Don’t get me wrong – his acting was great. It’s just that his character was a very unlikable person. He was more concerned with the big bucks then the safety of the people on the rig and the rig it’s self.

Mark Walhberg pulled off another great role. I love how Walhberg can play silly characters (The Other Guys) and totally serious ones like in Deepwater Horizon. He’s a very versatile actor.

Overall I was pleased with the film. It had action. It had excitement. It had incredible special effects. It also kept me on the edge of my seat, not knowing if/when anyone was going to get off the rig before it was too late.

For more information you can visit the film’s official website as well as it’s social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The film’s official hashtag is #DeepwaterHorizonMovie.

Below if the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

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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Get ready for Disney’s 2017 movie slate

 

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I enjoy going to the movies with my family, or just with my husband (date night). There are several movies coming out this year that I am anxious to go and see, several of which are from Disney.

Check out the 2017 movie slate from Walt Disney Studios.

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March 17, 2017 – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios)

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The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

 

I cannot wait to see this film!!!!

I have to admit, when I first heard that Disney was making a live action version of this film I was a bit put off by the idea. After all, why try and re-do a masterpiece? It wasn’t until I saw the first teaser trailer that I quickly changed my tune. Now I cannot wait to see this film. It looks amazing!

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April 21, 2017 – Born in China (Disneynature)

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Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.

 

I love DisneyNature films. I’ve seen all of them (I even own most of them). They are incredibly beautiful films. They are very “eye opening” too. If you haven’t experienced a DisneyNature film yet, I would highly recommend it.

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May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

 

I loved the first film. I am looking forward to the next “volume” in the franchise.

Not only are the Guardian of the Galaxy films packed with action, they are also very funny.

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May 26, 2017 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Walt Disney Studios)

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

 

I can’t believe there is another film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. It’s been such a long time since the last film (2011). It looks like Captain Jack is up to his old tricks.

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June 16, 2017 – Cars 3 (Disney / Pixar)

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Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

 

Cars is probably the only film my son ever wanted to see when he was little. He’s not a fan of movie theaters (he never has been) but when he was a little boy and saw the trailer for Cars in the movie theater he was super excited about it and would ask how long until the film came out until the day we took him.

The film looks so realistic now, based on the teaser trailer. We can’t wait to see it.

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November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)

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In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

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November 22, 2017 – Coco (Disney / Pixar)

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Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

And… one of the biggest films I cannot wait to see…

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I am a HUGE Star Wars fan (two of our cats are named after Star Wars characters – Padmé and Anakin (“Annie” for short).

I am still saddened by the sudden passing of Carrie Fisher. I am curious to see how her role of General Organa is going to play out now that she is gone.

Seriously… I cannot wait for the new Star Wars film!

What Walt Disney Studios film (or films) mentioned in this post are you excited to see? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

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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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The “Anti-Fairy Tale” – When are your kids old enough to watch more mature programming?

 

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When our kids were little we tried to keep them away from television as much as possible. I was a stay-at-home mom so I was always trying to engage them with toys, games and crafts. They watched very little television.

One night my husband and I were watching Titanic (back then we watched it on DVD).  We were engrossed in the movie, as well as our daughter who was about two years old at that time. She was fascinated by it and she was really into the character of Rose as well as her “heart of the ocean” necklace. She was so into it that she asked to watch the movie. My husband still chuckle about how she said Titanic and “Jack and Woes” (Woes instead of Rose).

We let her watch it (we made sure she didn’t see any bad parts like when they engaged in sex). We even bought her a beautiful Rose doll and the heart of the ocean necklace.

Anther movie she got into for some odd reason was The Mummy (1999). It’s not a scary movie for adults, but she caught us watching it one time and wanted to watch it with us. She enjoyed that movie too.

Our son has never really been into watching television or movies. Even now that he’s 17 years old. He rather listen to CNN or MSNBC (on in the background) than watch television.

When he was just a toddler I had fallen asleep watching the movie The Ring. When I woke up (a short time later) our on had crawled out of his bed (he was napping too, which is why I fell asleep) and sat on the couch in the living room next to me. When I woke up he was watching The Ring. He was not phased by it at all, but I felt like the worse mother ever knowing that my toddler was watching a scary movie. Thankfully I think he was just too young at the time to understand any of it.

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As a parent, when do you know if your child is ready to watch “grown up” movies and television?  When does a child transition from Princesses and Fairy Tales to zombies and violence? When is a child ready for the “Anti-Fairy Tales?” What I mean by that is movies and shows that don’t feature singing princesses, talking animals, sunshine, rainbows and unicorns (make believe, fairy tale stuff).

Our daughter will be 20 this year and I still cringe when I know she’s going to see an “R” rated movie. She’s legally able to, but as a mom I am not always accepting of it.

Her and her best friend went to see the film Sausage Party which probably should have been X-rated if you ask me. It’s a very raunchy film with A LOT of sexual references and foul language. I wish she had seen something else.

It reminds me of the time one of her friends went to see the film Knocked Up when she was only 9 years old. That movie is VERY inappropriate for 9 year olds. Sigh…

I think the child’s maturity level has a lot to do with it. Our daughter was never really into things like Barney or Sesame Street. She seemed to gravitate towards movies and shows for older children (or adults).

I am NOT suggesting that parents let their young children watch programming with sex, violence and foul language. I think when it comes to shows like The Walking Dead, which is very popular with the kids in middle school, and American Horror Story, which many teens watch – it’s up to their parents to decide if they are mature enough to watch them. I am still not keen on our daughter (almost 20) watching American Horror Story. There is a lot of sex and innuendos in that series. But she’s almost 20, so she’s mature enough.

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When it comes to watching television or movies together as a family I always look for things that are more “family friendly.” Take for example Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (premiereing on Netflix on January 13, 2017). The series is a dark comedy that will entertain older kids just as much as their younger siblings. Even parents will enjoy it.

Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

I had the opportunity to check out the new series. I even asked my 17 year old son to watch with me to get his feedback.

As an adult, I enjoyed the show. It’s a bit corny at times, but in a fun way. I found it to be very entertaining. Neil Patrick Harris is rather scary looking in his role of Olaf.

My son is hard to impress. As I mentioned earlier he’s not a big television watcher. He said it was “pretty good.” Sadly, he’s a man of few words. I did ask him if he would watch it again and he said “yes.”

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is fun and entertaining for both young children, ‘tweens, teens and adults. It’s the ideal “family friendly” series.

The series premieres on Friday, January 13, 2017. I think it’s funny that this dark comedy debuts on the dreaded Friday the 13th. LOL!

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Other Netflix original series that are ideal for families to watch together include Fuller House, DreamWorks TrollHunters, Dawn of the Croods, Some Assembly Required, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Tarzan and Jane and even Stranger Things. I LOVE Stranger Things and I think it’s OK for older children, as well as ‘tweens and teens. I’m an adult and I LOVE that show.

When did your child transition into more grown up shows? What age were they when it happened? Why did you feel it was time?

If your child is still too young, at what point do you think you’ll let them watch more grown up programming?

I would really love to hear reader’s thoughts on this subject matter. I would love it if you could comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

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