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Movie Review: Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

 

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I’m a fan of the horror film genre. When I was younger I loved being scared. I don’t know why. I guess that made me a weird kid. LOL!

As an adult I have become disenchanted with horror flicks. Even ones that are supposedly so scary that you won’t sleep at night I find laughable.

Even with that in mind I still enjoy horror films and I’m on a quest to find a film that will scare me the way I used to be scared when I was young. Needless to say I don’t pass up the opportunity to review a horror film.

I recently watched Paranormal Diaries: Clophill which is available TODAY (September 30, 2014) on DVD.

Based on true events, six investigators head to one of the world’s most haunted places to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena. Known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists since the time of The Black Death, the ruined St. Mary’s Church at Clophill plays host to filmmaker Kevin Gates and his team of researchers. Obsessed with unraveling the secrets of this “unholy ground,” they venture into the murky darkness armed with cameras, curiosity and a need to expose the truth. However, some secrets were meant to stay buried – permanently. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world.

This is one of those films that are done as if someone is carrying a hand held camera (think Blair Witch Project). Personally I am not a fan of this type of film making. Usually the film is jumping around and it’s hard to keep focused. I prefer regular films.

There really is a place called Clophill. It’s located in England. According to information that I found (you have to love Google) the church is located in England. It is no longer considered holy ground and is not longer the responsibility of the church system but rather it’s the responsibility of the township it’s located in.

The cemetery on the church grounds have been desecrated. The grounds have also been the site of satanism and black masses.

Paranormal Diaries: Clophill is based on footage from a team of paranormal investigators who investigated the eerie occurrences on the grounds. It’s supposedly REAL footage from a REAL investigation team. I kind of don’t buy that. I mean, wasn’t the Blair Witch Project based on “real footage” too?

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It’s OK. I know it’s not real but it’s interesting to think it could be.

I didn’t get startled by anything that I saw, nor was I creeped out but my teenage daughter (who was watching the film with me) jumped twice. She wasn’t scared but rather startled by something in the movie.

I didn’t find the film scary (it’s only scary if it was 100% real) but it was entertaining none the less. Die hard horror fans won’t be too impressed but those who are easily scared will certainly jump out of their seat a few times.

I found it hard to connect with the investigative team. I don’t know why. I guess it’s because they don’t appear long enough to really get to know them.

The film does have some bonus features;

  • Audio commentary with co-directors and cast (I did not check out the audio commentary)
  • “Tales from the Graveyard” deleted scenes – Interesting scenes but I can see why they were not included in the final product.

Look for Paranomal Diaries: Clophill where ever movies are sold.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*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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Gone Girl in theaters on October 3, 2014 – Where is Amy?

 

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An interesting new film is coming to theaters on October 3, 2014. It’s called Gone Girl and it stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry. It was produced by Reese Witherspoon, Arnon Milchan, Joshua Donen and Ceán Chaffin.

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks interesting. It’s hard to say where Amy is and if someone killed her. Ben Affleck’s character certainly appears guilty, but Neil Patrick Harris’ character looks a bit suspicious too. I’m also wondering if she just up and ran away and made it look like a murder so that no one would look for her. I guess the only way to find out what happened to Amy is to go and see the film when it comes out in theaters.

Even though Amy Dunne is missing, her Pinterest page has been found. No kidding… Amy Dunne, the missing woman from the film, has her own Pinterest page. I wonder if it gives any clues as to what happened to her.

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Amy’s Pinterest page certainly gives you some insight into what she likes and what her interests are. I suspect there are also other hidden clues that might lead to her whereabouts.

You can explore her Pinterest page for yourself here – http://bit.ly/AmyDunne.

You can also check out the film’s Official Website as well as the film on FacebookTwitter and Google+ The official hastag is #GoneGirl.

What do you think about the film? Does it look interesting? Do you think you’ll see if when it comes to theaters?

I’ll be doing a giveaway related to this film. Keep your eyes out for it.

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Kimberly

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

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Get a Behind the Scenes look at The Boxtrolls – in theaters TODAY (9/26/14)

 

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Yeah! The Boxtrolls are finally in theaters as of today (September 26,  2014). Have you had a chance to check it out yet? Personally I tend to stay away from opening weekends for films, especially much anticipated films like The Boxtrolls. I plan on going to see it in the next week or two with my family when the movie is not as crowded.

The film was done in “claymation”, similar to the classic movies like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and A Year Without Santa Claus. Each and ever charactor in the film was made by hand and the entire world of the boxtrolls and the city above was meticulously created, piece by piece, by hand. I find that very fascinating.

Check out this Behind the Scenes look at the making of The Boxtrolls.

 

I have more appreciation for a film when I learn about everything that went on behind the scenes to bring a film to life. I don’t think I would have the patience or the skill to create each itty bitty piece by hand.

I am in total awe at how much time and effort was put into bringing this fun family film to life.

Here is a brief synopsis of the film.

A family event movie from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

I wouldn’t be surprised if you see a lot of Boxtrolls merchandise available for the holiday season. I’m sure after seeing this film many children are going to want their own Boxtroll. :-)

If you would like to purchase tickets in advance you can do so here on Fandango – http://www.fandango.com/theboxtrolls_163451/movietimes.

If you would like to learn more about the film, or keep up to date with it’s upcoming release, you can check out the official website, www.Boxtrolls.com. You can also visit the official Facebook page or the official Twitter account.

If/When you see the film I would love to hear what you think about it. Please feel free to comment on this post and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Focus Features and Social Moms to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Troll of Your Tongue

 

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The Boxtrolls arrives in theaters TOMORROW (Friday, September 26, 2014).

If you have not heard of the film, or seen the trailers on TV, here is a brief synopsis of this fun, family film.

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

If  you have seen the trailer I’m sure you’ve noticed that the Boxtrolls don’t speak English. In fact they speak their very own language.

I think it would be fun to speak your very own language – one that only you and a few special people can understand. As a child I remember trying to invent my own language. I wouldn’t be surprised if many children did that.

The Boxtroll language is not just some random gibberish that the film makers threw into the film. They gave it a lot of thought. They wanted to come up with the perfect language for the misunderstood underground dwellers.

Check out this brief featurette called Troll of Your Tongue to learn how film makers came up with the Boxtroll’s unique language.

 

The film looks really cute and I am looking forward to seeing it with my family.

The film opens in theaters on Friday. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance you can do so here on Fandango – http://www.fandango.com/theboxtrolls_163451/movietimes.

There is also a Twitter party on September 26, 2014 where you could win $500!

The Twitter party is from 11:00 AM (PST) – 12:00 PM (EST) – add three hours for EST. The official hashtag is #TheBoxtrolls. You can RSVP to the Twitter party here – http://bit.ly/1s5LwPX.

If you retweet this message (below in bold) you could win a $20 gift card.

Join #TheBoxtrolls Twitter Party 9/26, 11am PST! RT For a chance to win a $20 GC! RSVP: http://bit.ly/1s5LwPX @TheBoxtrolls

If you would like to learn more about the film, or keep up to date with it’s upcoming release, you can check out the official website, www.Boxtrolls.com. You can also visit the official Facebook page or the official Twitter account.

What do you think about the film? Do you plan on seeing it with your family?

Photo Source: The Boxtroll's Facebook page

Photo Source: The Boxtroll’s Facebook page

Kimberly

*I am working with FocusFeatures and Social Moms to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own.

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What makes a family?

 

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I work in Family Court at our local court house. I see all different kinds of families come through our doors – single parent homes, families with two moms or two dads, families of mixed races, families where the grandparents or other relatives are raising children. Families come in all different shapes, sizes and set ups. You don’t even need to be blood relatives to be a family.

I was raised by my paternal grandparents. As far as I’m concerned they are my mom and dad and no one can tell me otherwise (I do have a great relationship with my biological father and my stepmother).

The Boxtrolls, which opens in theaters on Friday (September 27, 2014), is a good example of what makes a family.

The Boxtrolls are cute little trolls that live under a town. When they happen upon an orphaned baby they decide to take the child in and raise him as their own, even though they are not human and the baby is not a troll.

The Boxtrolls are all that the boy knows and as far as he’s concerned they are his family.

Check out this featurette for the film.

 

This looks like a really funny film. It’s also a “family friendly” film which means young and old alike will enjoy it.

The film opens in theaters on Friday. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance you can do so here on Fandango – http://www.fandango.com/theboxtrolls_163451/movietimes.

There is also a Twitter party on September 26, 2014 where you could win $500!

The Twitter party is from 11:00 AM (PST) – 12:00 PM (EST) – add three hours for EST. The official hashtag is #TheBoxtrolls. You can RSVP to the Twitter party here – http://bit.ly/1s5LwPX.

If you retweet this message (below in bold) you could win a $20 gift card.

Join #TheBoxtrolls Twitter Party 9/26, 11am PST! RT For a chance to win a $20 GC! RSVP: http://bit.ly/1s5LwPX @TheBoxtrolls

If you would like to learn more about the film, or keep up to date with it’s upcoming release, you can check out the official website, www.Boxtrolls.com. You can also visit the official Facebook page or the official Twitter account.

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Kimberly

*I am working with FocusFeatures and Social Moms to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own.

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Movie Review – Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild

 

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Available today on DVD is the animated Korean film Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild. The film was shown in theaters and sold over two MILLION tickets at the box office. It’s now being released in the United States on DVD.

In Korea the film is known as Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild. Its based on the highly acclaimed book “Then Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly”.

Although this is a foreign film it’s completely dubbed in English. It’s not subtitled. All the characters speak with English voices.

Daisy the hen lives on a farm. Her life is to serve one purpose – lay eggs. Even though she lays a lot of eggs she is not allowed to hatch any of them. She dreams of being a mother some day and caring for her babies.

The other hens might be content to live their lives in a cage and lay eggs on a daily basis, but not Daisy. She wants to feel the sunshine on her face and live freely.

One day Daisy passes out and the farmer mistakes her for being dead. He takes her and other dead hens into the forest and dumps their bodies into a ditch.

Daisy awakens in the nick of time – just as a weasel was about to make a meal out of her. Daisy would have surely been eaten if she wasn’t rescue by a duck named Wilson.

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Daisy is excited to finally be free, but Wilson shoots down her dreams and tells her to go back to the farm. He doesn’t think she can make it in the wild.

Daisy sets out to make a new home for herself. With the help of an otter referred to as the Mayor, Daisy finds a home in a briar patch. It turns out that her neighbors are Wilson and his wife.

One night Wilson’s mate is attacked and killed by the weasel leaving behind her and Wilson’s egg. Daisy finds the egg and sits on it to keep it warm.

Wilson is saddened by the loss of his baby’s mother, but he is grateful that he has Daisy to act as a surrogate mother.

Wilson tells Daisy to take his unborn child to the marsh. The request didn’t make sense to her then, but it becomes more clearer as the story goes on. That night Wilson loses his life.

Daisy ends up raising the baby she names Willy on her own. Life is almost perfect. She finally has a child of her own (Willy) and she lives freely. She even moves to the marsh like Wilson told her to. There Willy learns how to swim. Swimming and flying are two things Daisy can’t teach Willy since chickens can’t swim or fly.

The older Willy gets the more restless he gets and curious about who he really is. He knows that Daisy is different then him. The other ducks in the marsh make fun of him for it.

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One day Willy almost loses his life when the farmer captures him. Thankfully Daisy was able to rescue him. The incident made Willy appreciate Daisy even more. At the same time his restlessness grew more intense.

Finally something happens in the marsh that changes everything. Life for Daisy and Willy will never be the same again.

What happens in the marsh? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

This is a very sweet movie. As a mom I can really identify with Daisy, especially when Willy becomes restless and literally wants to spread his wings and fly. As a mom to two teenagers, one of which will be graduating high school in less than a year, I can sympathize with her character.

The animation is beautifully done. The landscapes throughout the film are stunning and very realistic looking.

Some of the characters had an anime look to them which I expected.

I did not see the ending coming. Part of it I did but not all of it. I was shocked!

The story is wonderful and makes for a great film the entire family can watch and enjoy together. Please note there are a few parts that might be a bit intense for very young children.

You can purchase the film on iTunes;

US – https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/daisy-a-hen-into-the-wild/id899599670

Canada – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/daisy-a-hen-into-the-wild/id899599670

It may be available where other movies are sold too.

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

*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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