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Impractical Jokers: The Movie, is not available on digital for home viewing

 

I don’t know about you, but this “shelter in place” to keep everyone safely quarantined, is making me have “cabin fever.” I think I’ve watched everything there is to watch on Netflix and Disney+. I’m on the look out for new movies and series to watch.

This is a scary time in our world’s history. Because of this, I’m interested in watching things that make me laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine, so they say.

Are you familiar with the series Impractical Jokers? It’s a show where four life long friends try to make one another do embarrassing things.

To be honest, I used to think the show was kind of stupid. My son used to watch it all the time and laughed at it all the time.

One day I was flicking through the channels and landed on the show. They happened to be filming at our local mall, so I stopped to watch it. Knowing they shoot at our local mall often, I would find myself turning on the show to see if they filmed another sequence at our mall. As time went on, I found myself stopping to watch the show more frequently.

My husband was the same way. He used to think it was a ridiculous show, but now I find him watching it more and more too.

Impractical Jokers: The Movie features the same cast as on the television show – Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulvano and Brian “Q” Quinn.

In the movie, Joe, Murr, Sal and Brian are friends (as they are in real life). They get together and trick a security guard into believing they are also security guards in order to get into a Paula Abdul concert.

There is a little “incident” that causes them to reap havoc on the concert, which in turns makes Paula Abdul tell them that she will find them and seek revenge on them.

Fast forward to today. The boys are in a restaurant when they are approached by Paula Abdul. They are fearful that she is going to attack them in someway, but they were shocked to find that she didn’t remember who they were. In fact, she tells them that she’s a huge fan of theirs and invites them to a party she’s hosting in Florida.

The boys are pleasantly surprised, and are excited to attend the party. It’s time for a road trip!

There is just one problem – Paula only gave them three tickets. That means someone can’t attend the party. In order to figure out who can’t go, the boys play silly pranks on one another, and force each other to do humiliating “punishments,” in order to determine who is the unlucky one who can’t attend Paula’s party.

Some of the things involve a real life Tiger, embarrassing moments with someone’s parents, tattoos and a naked butt incident, to name a few.

There are special appearances by Joey Fatone (N’Sync), Jaiden Smith (Will Smith’s son) and Paula Abdul.

The movie features scripted content, and not-scripted content.

There is a male naked butt in this movie, and drug paraphernalia. To be honest, I don’t recall any cursing, so I cannot comment on that.

The gags and stunts featured in the movie are a lot like the ones shown on the television show.

Overall I thought it was a funny film. If you are a fan of the series, then you will most definitely enjoy the movie. It’s basically an hour and a half long episode, but with a plot.

If you are looking for a movie to make you laugh and not have to “think” too much, then Impractical Jokers: The Movie would be worth checking out.

Look for the film where ever you can purchase or rent movies digitally.

At this time I am not sure when the film will be made available on Blu-ray and DVD. I am also not sure of what bonus content (if any) there will be.

Below is the theatrical trailer for your enjoyment. The film is no longer in theaters (not that theaters are open anyway).

 

Kimberly

*I received a free digital code in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra and Digital

 

I hate to give away my age, but I saw the original Star Wars (A New Hope) in the movie theater when I was a young girl. It was released around my birthday (the release date was May 25, 1977). I was nine years old, and I really wanted to see it for my birthday. My father took me.

The moment I saw those words scrolling across the screen, I was totally hooked. After the film was over, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was a child and I wanted all the toys I could get based on the movie. Imagine my excitement when I found out they were going to make more movies in the franchise.

Over the years I have seen all but two of the films in the movie theater (I later saw them when they were available for home viewing).

I was sad to learn that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, was going to be the last film in the franchise. I grew up watching all of these characters. I can’t imagine a world with no hope for anymore Star Wars films. At the same time, I think they have run their course. There is only so much story telling the franchise can do (as far as major motion pictures are concerned).

Star Wars: A New Hope – the first film in the franchise.

Admittedly I did not see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the movie theater – something I regret. Life just got in the way and we missed out window of opportunity to see it.

The movie is now available for home viewing. It was previously released on digital, but today it’s also available on Blu-ray, DVD and Ultra 4K.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker picks up where the last film left off. Princess Leia and the resistance are hiding out until they can figure out their next move.

During this time, Kylo Ren found a device called a “wayfinder,” which helps him find the location of Emperor Palpatine – who is still very much alive and living on an uncharted planet called Exegol.

Palpatine shares his nefarious plan to send an armada of Star Destroyers to destroy all the resistance troops once and for all. Palpatine also needs Kylo Ren to find Rey and kill her.

Meanwhile, Po Dameron and Finn get some intel from a spy that knows the whereabouts of Palpatine. The problem is, they have no clue how to find the planet Exegol. In order to find the planet, they need to find the other “wayfinder.”

Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca and C-3PO head off on an adventure on the Millennium Falcon to find the Sith “wayfinder” in order to find Palpatine and destroy him and what is left of the First Order. This proves to be easier said than done. Not only does Rey need to figure out Luke’s notes on where the “wayfinder” might be, but she also has to deal with Kylo Ren who keeps using the force bond he has with Rey to find her location and stop her before she finds the way finder, and to fulfill Palpatine’s request for him to kill Rey.

Will Rey and her friends be able to find Palpatine’s lair before it’s too late? Why does Palpatine have it out for Rey? Will the answer of who Rey truly is and how she got her Jedi powers finally be explained? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Star Wars: The Rise of Skwalker. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

Of course there is an ample amount of bonus content worth checking out.

  • The Skywalker Legacy – This is a documentary (over two hours!) that no only explores the making of The Rise of Skeywalker, but it also explores all the films in the franchise. This is definitely worth checking out – especially if you are a die hard Star Wars fan.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – This is a look at one of the film’s biggest action sequences.
  • Aliens in the Desert – Parts of the movie were filmed in the desert in the country of Jordan. This featurette explores building the sets as well as exploring the location and how it plays out in the movie.
  • Cast of Creatures – a look at the alien creatures featured in the film.

There is more bonus content to check out as well.

It’s sad to see the last film. It did answer some nagging questions, but I still have some questions that were left unanswered. I guess I’ll just have to come up with my own conclusions.

Overall we really liked this film. It’s much better than it’s predecessor (The Last Jedi). The story line was much better, and the action sequences are pretty awesome.

The special effects and “movie magic” in this film is incredible. Just seeing the armada of First Order battleships hoovering over the planet of Exegol is pretty awesome. Everything in the film looks so realistic.

There was a part of the film that was sad… briefly. I don’t want to give it away. Let’s just say I was mad at the filmmakers for a bit, but thankfully they redeemed themselves.

I like that Finn and Poe saw more action in this film, but for the most part this film centers around Rey and Kylo Ren.

You’ll see some familiar faces in this film (one I expected, the other I did not). There is also a death in this film, which I also did not see coming.

If you are a fan of the film franchise, and you didn’t have a chance to see the film when it was in theaters, be sure to purchase or rent the film. Now is a great time with everyone home under quarantine.

Below is the theatrical trailer for the film. It is no longer in theaters.

 

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. 

Movie Review – A Days End

 

Available now on DVD and digital is the zombie horror film, At Days End.

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you know how much I love the horror movie genre. It’s my favorite type of movie.

I’ve always loved horror movies, ever since I was a young girl. I believe I’ve been enjoying horror movies since I was around 9-10 years old. I’ve seen all the classics (Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Salem’s Lot, The Shining...), and I’m always out to find a new favorite horror film to add to that list. That is why whenever I am pitched a horror movie, I am excited to see it.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review a new film called At Days End. It’s one of those straight to digital and DVD type of movies (I don’t believe it was ever in the movie theaters). That’s OK with me. Some “hidden gems” are often those “straight to DVD” type of movies.

The film was written by Justin Calen-Chenn and Michael Souder. Michael Souder also directed the film.

The film stars Lyndsey Lantz (Carly), Andrea Nelson (Rina) and Joshua Keller Katz (Wyatt).

Carly and Rina are a couple. Things have not been easy for them lately. Rina lost her job as an attorney, and Carly decided to drop out of medical school. Because of this, they find themselves “down and out” with no jobs and no money. They have had to move out of their apartment into one of those cheap motels that people use as a residence (the ones with kitchens).

Even though they don’t have anymore money, Carly decides to spend what they had left on a video camera. She thinks it’s an investment because she’s hopeful she can perhaps get a job as a  videographer. To practice, she video tapes everything and everyone she can at the motel.

The girls also have a friend who works at the hotel – a retired military guy name Wyatt.

Unbeknown to Rina, Carly wants to propose to her. But she’s waiting for the right moment to do it. Will that moment be today?

Suddenly a pandemic breaks out, and people are turning into flesh eating monsters (zombies). Carly and Rina are still alive, but for how long? Will they be able to find a way to escape the motel they live in and find safety before it’s too late? To find out you need to rent or purchase At Day’s End. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

This film is shot in a person’s point of view (Carly). Normally I hate these types of films because I can’t keep up with what is being filmed, and the bouncing up and down of the screen gives me a headache. THANKFULLY this film was not entirely filmed that way. A lot of it was film as seen on the video security cameras surrounding the motel. And what was filmed on Carly’s camera wasn’t bouncing all over the place. It was pretty steady, so I was very grateful for that.

I’m a dire hard horror movie fan. It takes A LOT to impress me. As far as scary movies goes, this one didn’t even make me flinch. If you are easily scared, or grossed out, than you’ll appreciate this film. It’s not overly scary or gross, but for some, it might be.

There is a little bit of gore, but honestly, it’s not that bad.

I know this is suppose to be a horror movie, but there were times the film was actually funny. I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but I did find some funny spots in the film. Take for example when an older zombie lady picks up Carly’s video camera and talks into it. Well… it was more like a growl, but you get the idea.

As for bonus content, there was some of the DVD screener I received, but I didn’t get a chance to watch it, so I am not sure what it is.

Over all, it’s an entertaining film. I don’t know if I would pop the DVD back in to watch it over again, but if I happened to see it on television, I would certainly watch it again.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment. As for social media accounts, or an official website, I did not find any.

 

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. 

Movie Review – Richard Jewel

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is a film based on real life events called Richard Jewell.

I will admit, I am not a fan of watching the news. It’s usually always bad news. I know the world is not a perfect place, but I prefer to focus on good news.

Back in 1996, during the Summer Olympics that were held in Atlanta, Georgia, a security guard by the name of Richard Jewell, found a suspicious backpack. He was instrumental in getting people to safety before the backpack exploded.

I hate to come across as not very well informed, but I honestly don’t remember any of these events. That was the year I go married, so maybe I was just too focused on that instead of the nightly news.

Some saw Richard Jewell as a hero. Others suspected he might be something else – the person who set up the bomb to make himself appear to be a hero.

The film that was just released for home viewing, Richard Jewell, is based on those events.

The film was directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood.

This film is not the type of film I would normally watch. I’m more so into horror movies and comedies. However there was something about this film that piqued my interest, so I was happy to do a review. I was sent a free screener copy to review this film.

The film stars Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and Kathy Bates.

Richard Jewell (Hauser) lives with his mother (Bates). He works as a security guard at a college, where he takes his job a bit too seriously. A little too much if you ask the college dean.

Years later, Jewell is working as a freelance security guard at an event hosted by AT&T at Centennial Park. While watching the attendees, he notices a suspicious backpack lying by a bench.

Acting on his gut instincts, Jewell chases everyone away from the perimeter for their protection, just as a bomb that was inside the backpack explodes.

Jewell is seen as a hero for saving people’s lives. As a result, he finds himself the center of attention in the media, being interviewed by well known reporters.

The FBI makes is a point to do checks on so called heroes because there have been instances where people set things up intentionally to make themselves appear to be a true hero. It’s pretty much standard procedure.

Tom Shaw (Hamm) is assigned to Jewell’s case. Shaw lets this information slip to reporter Kathy Scruggs (Wilde), who in turns makes it her point to prove that Jewell is guilty of setting up the bomb. She works as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and she’s trying to prove that women reporters are just a good as men. Both Shaw and Scruggs are hell bent on proving Jewell’s guilt.

Knowing he needs to defend himself, Jewell hires a little known lawyer named G. Watson Bryant (Rockwell) to defend his innocence.

If you are familiar with the case, you probably know the outcome. I won’t give away any more details because I don’t want to give away the ending or anymore spoilers.

As I mentioned earlier, this is not the typical film you would catch me watching. That being said, I found this film very interesting and entertaining. I feel stupid for not knowing anything about Richard Jewell until now.

The film was very well written and not boring at all. My husband groaned about having to watch this movie with me, because he worried it wouldn’t be interesting. He watched the film the entire time (he didn’t look at his phone), which says a lot as far as I”m concerned. He’s even happy that he watched it.

The actors were spot on. I think the film makers did a fantastic job casting the actors that they did. It’s as if the roles were written with them in mind.

Bonus content includes interviews with Clint Eastwood, and the actors from the film. There is also the story of the real life Richard Jewell, as well as the making of this film.

If you are stuck in quarantine, like most of the country, and you are looking for an interesting film to watch, check out Richard Jewell. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

Below is the THEATRICAL trailer for the film. It’s no longer in theaters (not that theaters are open to begin with).

 

Kimberly

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

Spend quality time as a family with Imagine Neighborhood

 

How is your family dealing with the recent events of the Corona Virus (Covid-19)?

I’m not sure how things are in your “neck of the woods,” but here where I live in New York, everything is shut down and families are told to self quarantine. There is no school, no day cares, no movies, no mall, no playgrounds… nothing.

My kids are young adults. They both have to work, as well as my husband. Since I work in an after-school program, I am out of work for at the very least two weeks (possibly longer).

I belong to a local Facebook group, and I am seeing the same issue being posted over and over again – what to do with the children to keep them entertained?

I have a few suggestions that might help if you find yourself in the same situation.

  • Go outside in your backyard and play games.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Play games.
  • Have a family movie night (or afternoon).
  • Do arts and crafts.
  • Spring cleaning.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Enjoy a picnic in your living room.
  • Bake a cake or cookies.

Another great idea would be to check out a new (free) podcast that was just released, Imagine Neighborhood.

The Imagine Neighborhood is a podcast designed to help children and their grown-ups grow their social-emotional skills.

Social-emotional learning (or SEL) is sometimes called emotional intelligence or people skills. SEL helps people build their empathy and relationship skills and manage big emotions.

Having strong social-emotional skills help kids and their grown-ups communicate better, manage their conflicts, and solve problems together.

Working with children for many years, I know the importance of Social-emotional learning. When my children were little, I made it a point of teaching them about empathy for others and expressing their emotions in healthy ways.

Imagine Neighborhood is a podcast available on various platforms – iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are found. You can also listen on their website, ImagineNeighborhood.org.

Imagine Neighborhood uses entertaining stories, fun music and easy activities to help children and adults develop various skills. Grown-ups are also given extra tools, like activities and conversation starters, to relate to the topic in each episode.

There are three episodes currently available, with new episodes to be added.

Count Vacula Feels Afraid

Host Scotty has a tiny robot vampire who sucks up all the crumbs that Scotty drops on the floor during the day, and returns to his charger at night. 

Vacula expresses to Scotty that he’s afraid of the babysitter. Using music, Scotty lets Vacula know that it’s OK to be afraid, and lets him know that he doesn’t need to worry when he leaves the house, because he’ll come back. 

The Clouds are Made of Cake

Scotty starts off the episode talking about how wonderful it is to just sit outside, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds around you. Using background sounds of birds chirping, the beginning of the episode makes you feel calm and peaceful. 

Scotty and his friend, Doctor Apocalypso, talk about what it feels like to be very excited, and why it’s important to learn how to calm yourself down too. 

Macho Supreme Has an Accident (release date March 23, 2020)

Macho Supreme is stuck in Scotty’s doorway. He tries to make it seem like he did it intentionally, because he doesn’t want to admit to Scotty that he did it by accident. He also won’t ask for help, because he doesn’t think it’s “macho” to ask for help. 

Crossing Lava Lake (release date March 30, 2020)

In this episode, Scotty has to cross a very dangerous street called Lava Avenue. Lucky for him, he bumps into Princess Donnasaurus. Together they brave the street of rolling boulders and hot lava. 

This episode talks about dangerous situations, and using “SPEW” (stop, pay attention, use your ears, and wait), as well as using your “danger voice” to get other people’s attention. 

Imagine Neighborhood utilizes music in each episode. Some songs are familiar, for example, “Macho Man” by the Village People, and a song called “Powerhouse” which sounds like something I’ve heard on The Jetsons, or some other cartoon.

Children can listen to the podcasts on their own, but as a parent, I would recommend listening with your child. These podcasts are a great way to segue into a conversation about the episode’s topic. After all, these are all emotions children and parents feel. As a parent, you can discuss how you deal with the emotion, as an adult as well as when you were a child. It’s also a great way to find out how your child is feeling.

In addition to the activity suggestions offered by the show’s host, I think these episodes could also be turned into a craft and/or fun activity. Some activities are suggested (like pretending the floor is made of lava – something I used to do when I was a kid). Others you can use your imagination and create something. For example, why not make a cake the looks like a cloud in honor of the episode “The Clouds are Made of Cake?” Or build your own Vaula Robot using recyclables and other materials found around your home. The possibilities are endless.

Check out Google and Pinterest for activities and crafts to help support each episode.

Now is a great time to spend quality time with your child/children. It’s also important to know how your child is feeling during these trying times. I’m sure plenty of children are scared about the virus, and unsure as to why things are shut down and families are quarantined.

If you are interested in learning more about the Imagine Neighborhood, visit their website at ImagineNeighborhood.org. They can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What do you think about the Imagine Neighborhood? Do you think you will check it out with your child?

What other topics would you like to see Imagine Neighborhood talk about in their fun, interactive podcasts? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always value the comments of my site readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Imagine Neighborhood to bring you this information/review. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

Playing with Fire – A fun, family friendly film now available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital

 

If you are a regular reader of She Scribes, you know how much I love horror movies. It’s my favorite movie genre. However, I also enjoy comedies, dramas, documentaries and other movie genres as well.

My children are young adults now. When they were little we used to have Family Movie Night (usually on a Friday or Saturday night). We would pick out a movie (the kids usually argued over who got to pick it out), pop some popcorn and enjoy some quality time together.

We still have Family Movie Night from time to time, but not as often as we used to, and the movies have changed. My kids are into horror just like me. They also like dramas and “romcoms.”

Even though our kids are busy with their lives (work, college, friends…), my husband and I still enjoy movie night together.

Friday nights are always “Stupid Horror Movie Night.” We look for the silliest sounding horror movie we can find and enjoy making fun of it as we watch it. It started out as a horror movie night, but since most horror movies are not scary, it turned into “Stupid Horror Movie Night.”

Saturday nights we watch another film. Most of the time it’s family friendly films. We are just big kids at heart and have no problem watch a classic Disney film, or films that people with younger children might watch.

We had the opportunity to watch a newly released film, Playing with Fire, along with our son (our daughter had plans with friends that night). It was a rare occasion to have one the kids home.

Playing with Fire stars John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Haysbert.

Jake Carson (Cena) is totally into his smoke jumper career. A smoke jumper is a specialized fire fighter who parachutes into fires to help rescue people and tend to fire aid needs. They also help out with rescues in remote locations.

Jake’s father was a division commander – something that Jake aspires to be. In fact, there is an opportunity for him to replace the current division commander when he retires.

Jake is “hardcore” and almost militant about his position. He doesn’t smile or show any kind of flexibility. He is completely goal orientated.

Jake works at a station with a few other smoke jumpers – Mark (Key), neurotic Rodrigo (Leguizamo) and a man they affectionately called “Axe” (Tyler Mane) because he carries his fireman’s axe where ever he goes (literally!).  There were other smoke jumpers at their post, but they bailed and went elsewhere.

One day the group are alerted to a cabin fire deep into the woods. They to to asses the situation and realize the cabin is occupied. Jake is let down into the burning cabin via a rope. Inside he finds three children Brynn (teenager), Will (young boy) and Zoey (toddler).

The children are rescued and brought back to the station. Due to weather conditions, the children are forced to stay at the station, much to the dismay of Jake (the other men welcome the children into their station).

Something happens and the children are forced to stay there a lot longer than Jake had hoped.

How is this “tough as nails” firefighter, and other men who have no knowledge or experience with children, suppose to take care of three children? Needless to say the results are hysterical.

Of course there were bonus features. On the Blu-ray disc, the bonus features included;

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Storytime with John Cena
  • Lighting Up the Laughs – A behind the scenes look at some of the funniest sequences.
  • What is means to be a family – The cast and crew give their definition of what a “family” is.
  • The REAL Smokejumpers – A look at the life and work of real smokejumpers. Let’s just say it’s not something anyone can do. You have to be really brave and skilled to do their work. They are true heroes.
  • And more!

The bonus content is really funny (for the most part – the segment on the real Smokejumpers is not funny). I highly recommend checking out the bonus content for more laughs.

This movie is a lot of fun. It’s great for families of all ages. Our son is twenty years old, and he was laughing throughout the film. I should also note that our son doesn’t really have much of a sense of humor, so for him to laugh it has to be REALLY funny.

The kids are the scene stealers, most especially the little ones. The character “Axe” is also very funny too. He’s played by Tyler Mane, who played the character Michael Myers in the newest Halloween movie. He doesn’t say anything in the movie, he just grunts a lot.

This movie is ideal for even young children. There is no sex or foul language. Some children might be scared by the fire scenes.

I was sent a copy of this film to review, along with a cool (no pun intended) fire hydrant reuseable water bottle and some yummy popcorn to enjoy while watching the film.

In addition to the other goodies, we also received a GIANT Jenga set, similar to the one featured in the film. WOW! It’s HUGE! It stands five feet tall when set up.

I brought the Giant Jenga to work with me one day to let my “work kids” have fun with it. They had a BLAST! The Giant Jenga was even taller than some of the kids playing with it (my “work kids” are ages 9-12).

I’m currently keeping the game in my car. That way I have it at home when we want to play with it, and I can bring it into work when the kids want to play with it too.

I blurred out their faces for privacy reasons.

Look for Playing with Fire where ever movies are sold or rented.

Below is the THEATRICAL trailer for the film. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

Kimberly

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