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I Still Believe – Available now on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K and Digital

 

Now available on all viewing formats (Blu-ray, DVD, 4K and Digital) is the romantic drama, I Still Believe.

I Still Believe stars K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, Shania Twain, and Nathan Parsons. It’s based on the true life story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp.

I did not know prior to watching this film (I received a free screener) that this was based on the singer’s life. I also was not familiar with Jeremy Camp (I do not listen to Christian music). Knowing that the film is based on true life events, makes it that much more entertaining… because you want to find out how it ends. I’m guessing if you are fan of the singer, you probably already know how his story ends.

Back in 1999, Jeremy Camp (Apa) leaves his home in Lafayette, Indiana where he resided with his father (Sinies), mother (Twain), and two younger brothers, to head off to college in California.

Jeremy doesn’t waste much time getting into the social life. The night he arrives he attends a concert by the band, The Kry. Backstage he meets the lead singer, Jean-Luc (Parsons) and the pair become fast friends over their love of music. Also that night he meets a close friend of Jean-Luc’s, Melissa (Robertson). Jeremy learns that Jean-Luc has a “thing” for Melissa, but the feelings are not mutual. She loves him as a friend, but nothing more.

It’s apparent from the beginning that Jeremy has a crush on Melissa, but Melissa won’t allow her to feel the same towards Jeremy because she doesn’t want to upset Jean-Luc.

As time passes, Jeremy gets into song writing, singing and singing at concerts, all with the help and support of Jean-Luc and Melissa. Jeremy and Melissa’s attraction for each other could not hide anymore, and Jean-Luc stumbles in on them and their secret is out. Melissa is seen running out after him.

It would appear that Jean-Luc and Melissa are no longer friends with Jeremy when he returns home for winter break. That is until he receives a phone call from Jean-Luc about Melissa that will forever change his life forever.

What is the life changing event? Will Jeremy and Melissa end up together? What about Jeremy’s budding career? Will he ever become a record selling singer/songwriter? To find out you need to purchase or rent I Still Believe. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story line. I’m sure if you Google it, you can learn more. But let me leave it at that.

I would also recommend tissues. Lots and lots of tissues.

If I didn’t know that this was based on a true story, I would think some of the parts to the story might seem a bit far fetched, like a deadly disease being entirely cured by the power of prayer. I’m NOT saying it can’t happen, I’m just saying that its a lot to think about.

The story was interesting. Sad, but interesting.

The acting was well done. I was surprised to see country singer Shania Twain as Jeremy’s mom. I didn’t know she could act.

The actors were all believable, especially with their emotions. They certainly made you feel for them and their situation.

If you like Christian music, you’ll enjoy this film. There are several songs featured in the film, including the song I Still Believe, which is the title of the film.

Since I saw a screener, I am not sure what bonus features will be available on Blu-ray or DVD.

The film is rated PG and has a run time of an hour and fifty seven minutes. To be honest, I think the movie lasted a bit too long. I think they could have cut it down a bit. I think it could have worked well if it was only ninety minutes long.

The songs were nice. Not really my “cup of tea,” but they were nice none-the-less.

If you are interested in learning more about the film, you can check it out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The official hashtag is #IStillBelieve.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

Did you see the film? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to comment.

 

Kimberly

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

Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Blu-ray, DVD and 4K May 19, 2020

 

Speeding to Blu-ray, DVD and Ulta 4K on May 19, 2020 is the high-octane movie, Sonic the Hedgehog. The film is currently available on digital.

The film, Sonic the Hedgehog, is based on the Sega game by the same name, which was originally released in the early 90’s (the game, not the movie). Sonic the Hedgehog is a game that came out after I was a teen, so I never played it personally.

The film stars James Marsden, Jim Carrey, and Ben Schwartz.

Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Schwartz) is an blue, alien, hedgehog looking creature that can run at incredibly fast speeds.

Where he is from, a group of beings known as the Echidnas, are after Sonic. They want all of his power.

To help him escape, his guardian, Longclaw the Owl, gives Sonic a bag of magical gold coins that can help him transport himself to other planets. His ideal planet is one that is filled with mushrooms.

In haste to escape the Echidnas, Sonic is transported to Earth.

Fast forward to about ten years later. Sonic still resides on Earth, but he’s lonely because he’s all by himself. To keep himself entertained, he zips around the tiny town in Montana where he lives, trying not to let anyone see him.

One night Sonic was speeding too fast and accidentally caused a power outage and knocks out power to the Pacific Northwest.

An evil scientist named Dr. Robotnik (Carrey) is enlisted by the United States Department of Defense to find out what caused the outage. Dr. Robotnik is able to track down the source – Sonic!

Trying to escape the clutches of Dr. Robotnik, Sonic hides out in a shed that belongs to a local man, Tom Wachowski. Tom is a small town Police officer who is hoping he can make a name for himself from moving from Montana to San Francisco.

Their initial encounter did not go that well, but the the pair soon become friends.

Dr. Robotnik is still hot on Sonic’s trailer, which leads him to Tom’s door. Tom is able to stall him, but he knows he needs to help Sonic retrieve the rest of the gold rings he was given when he came to Earth, which accidentally ended up in San Francisco.

Dr. Robotknik is able to retrieve one of Sonic’s quills. After studying it he realizes that it has great potential for the robots he is creating. Now getting a hold of Sonic is more important than ever.

To protect Sonic, the pair (Sonic and Tom) go on the run to escape Dr. Robotnik, and to help Sonic find the gold coins. What happens next is an amazing adventure for the new friends.

Will Sonic be able to find the gold coins so he can escape Earth before it’s too late and he’s captured by Dr. Robotnik? What will become of Sonic if he gets into Dr. Robotnik’s clutches? What happens if the coins end up in the hands of someone else? To find out you need to purchase or rent Sonic the Hedgehog. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.

I had received a digital screener link to the film, so I am not sure what bonus content will come with the Blu-ray, DVD or Ulta 4K.

Overall I thought it was a fun film. I am not overly familiar with Sonic the Hedgehog, since the game came out after my teenage years and I never played it. All I knew is that he could run super fast. I didn’t know anything about the gold coins or their potential.

I think James Marsden was wonderful in this film. He makes you want to become good friends with him too. His acting makes you believe that he’s probably really nice and very sweet in person.

I’ve always liked James Marsden, ever since I saw him in the 2001 film, Sugar & Spice. He’s actually been acting since 1993.

Honestly, I think Marsden is what really holds this film together. As an adult I found Sonic to be cute, but too “kiddie-like,” if that makes sense. I think maybe if I was more familiar with the character that I’d appreciate him more in this film.

The film creatures did a great job with Sonic. He’s a bit cartoon’ish (which is odd in today’s world of CGI), but that was OK with me because in my mind, he’s an alien, so he’s not suppose to look like a real-live creature.

I normally like Jim Carrey roles, but sadly, I found his Dr. Robotnik a bit TOO much. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t look like the Jim Carrey roles that I liked, such as his character in Liar, Liar and Ace Ventura. His character in this film is not suppose to be lovable like Sonic, or endearing, like Marsden. He’s suppose to be an evil scientist. He does portray that. He looks evil, and I think that is why it’s throwing me off.

This is a fun movie. There is fart and butt humor, which will certainly appeal to most kids (and even some big kids). If they are fans of the game they will like this film even more.

This film is rated PG-13, although I would think it would lean more towards PG (in my opinion).

The film is an hour and forty minutes long, which was surprising. I would think films like this (ones catered more towards children) would have a shorter run time. I don’t know how  younger kids can sit through a nearly two hour movie. My husband can’t even do that (ha ha).

The way the film ends (I won’t give it away) eludes to the fact that there could be a part two to this movie.

Below you will find the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

Did you see Sonic the Hedgehog? If so, what did you think about the film? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy of the film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Movie Review: Rewind

 

Available today on streaming services to purchase or rent is the documentary Rewind. The film will also be airing on PBS’s Independent Lens on May 11, 2020.

Rewind is a documentary about the life of Sasha Neulinger. This unique documentary features many home videos from Sasha’s life. I think this approach really helps the viewer to fully connect with Sasha.

Here is the film’s synopsis.

For as long as Sasha Joseph Neulinger can remember, a video camera was ever-present, with his father constantly filming— from birthday parties, to hockey games, to holidays. But his father’s camera, trained on the frequent gatherings of a tight-knit family, was also documenting a hidden secret, the revelation of which would lead to a media firestorm, a high-stakes court battle, and a generational reckoning. Drawing upon an incredibly revealing home video archive, Neulinger revisits these events 20 years later to piece together an unflinching story of the cycles and consequences of abuse, to examine what it means to heal, and to use those experiences to effect positive change in the world. Rewind probes the gap between image and reality, showing both how little, and how much, a camera can capture.

As I mentioned above, using home movies is a genius approach by the filmmakers. I don’t think the film would connect with people as much if it was strictly Sasha telling his life story, or using actors to portray the people in his life. Knowing what happened to Sasha, and a close family member, and seeing their young, innocent faces, tugs at your heart strings. The videos also pick up how Sasha’s demeanor and attitude changed the older he got.

I don’t want to give away too much of the film, but this film has to do with sexual, physical and emotional abused suffered by Sasha and his close family member. Between seeing the videos, and having Sasha talk about what was happening to him “behind the scenes” makes you want to reach into the screen and give him a hug. NO CHILD should ever have to endure what Sasha did.

The worse part about Sasha’s story is that is was not just one family member committing these crimes against him but rather several family members. Throughout the film (especially towards the end) we also learn about their backstories and how this family of abuse continued from generation to generation.

If you have been the victim of sexual, physical or emotional abuse, or know someone who has, then you need to see this documentary. It’s difficult to watch at times (what happened to Sasha not only breaks my heart, but it also makes me want to unspeakable things to those that hurt him), but the story can be inspirational as well. Despite what happened to Sasha, he’s doing what he can to bring to light these crimes against children, and doing his part to help find a way to prevent these things from happening to other children.

I think professionals should watch this movie as well (therapists, teachers, school administrators, people who care for children…) so that they might learn from his experience and perhaps be able to recognize it when other children are being abused. I know these professionals do get this type of training already, but I think it would help bring it to heart by actually seeing and hearing one man’s true story.

The run time for this film is 86 minutes. This documentary is not “family friendly.” Due to the subject matter, this is not for children.

If you are interested in learning more about this film, you can visit the official website, RewindDocumentary.com. You can also find the film on Facebook and Instagram (@RewindDocumentary) and on Twitter (@Rewind_Doc).

Below is the film’s trailer. You should really take the 2 minutes and watch it. Just look at how happy and innocent Sasha looked in the begining, and look at how rapidly he appearance and attitude changed. It totally breaks my heart, especially knowing who it was that was hurting him.

 

Kimberly

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

Movie Review: Batsh*t Bride

 

Available today to stream on sites such as Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Xbox and Playstation (to name a few) is the comedy Batsh*t Bride.

Batsh*t Bride (yes, that is the actual title) stars Meghan Falcone and Josh Covitt.

Heather (Falcone) is the bride from hell. She takes “bridezilla” to a whole new level.

Heather, by trade, is an event planner. That means she has all the connections and knows how to throw a spectacular party. Now that she’s planning her own wedding, Heather expects everything – and everyone – to be perfect in every way. She will accept nothing less than total perfection, and it’s driving her friends and co-workers crazy.

At Heather’s bacelorette party, her friends encourage her to relax and stop freaking out over everything.

To prove to her friends that she can have fun, Heather decides to play a practical joke on her fiance, Bryce (Covitt), for April Fool’s Day.

Heather thinks it will be funny to tell Bryce that she no longer loves him and doesn’t want to marry him. To her surprise, Bryce feels the same way – only he’s NOT playing a prank on her.

Shocked, Heather doesn’t know what to do. She has mere days before the wedding, and doesn’t know how she can let everyone know the wedding is off, especially because she was so mean and crazy towards them.

Can Heather find a way to fix the problem? Will she and Bryce ever get back together? To find out you need to purchase, or rent, Batsh*t Bride. Look for it at the places suggested above, as well as other places you can purchase/rent movies.

Batsh*t Bride is a fun, lighthearted, rom-com (romantic comedy) – perfect for what has been going on in the world the past few months. The last thing we need is a totally serious film. Personally I prefer comedies in stressful times. They are a great stress reliever.

The film is not rated (I would think it’s a PG or PG-13 rating) and has a run time for 81 minutes.

Since I streamed the movie in order to do this review, I am unaware of any bonus content at this time.

Overall I thought it was a cute film. I think many people can relate to the intolerable “bridezillas.” Personally I never met one (I eloped with my husband, so I never had to plan a wedding), but I have heard horror stories about them. They even showcase some on television (“Bridezilla”).

I think many people can relate to a prank gone wrong, but I would never, ever think it would be a good idea to tell your finance that you no longer love him and you don’t want to get married. Let this film be a warning of what could happen if you take that chance.

I enjoyed the story. I think you can kind of guess how it ends, but none the less, it was fun to watch. I think because you knew how you wanted the film to end.

The acting was good. I think the film makers did a good choice casting the roles. Meghan Falcone pulled off the character of “Heather” very well. The expressions on her face says it all. She doesn’t even need to say a line. You can tell how she’s feeling (angry, stressed out, sad…) just by looking at her face.

This is a fun film, ideal for your “movie night” whether you are alone or with your signifcant other (or roomate). I would not watch this on “family movie night,” simply because children wouldn’t really find it interesting or relatable.

Batsh*t Bride is from Vile Henchmen Productions. You can visit them on Twitter and Instagram (@VileHenchmen on both platforms). You can also check out what people are saying about the film on social media using the hashtags #BatShitBride and/or #BatShitBrideMovie.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

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

Movie Review – Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact Has Begun

 

I have always been interested in things like UFOs, aliens, cryptids (Big Foot, Loch Ness…), ghosts and other things that might keep people up at night. Even as a very young girl I was fascinated by all these things. One of my most favorite shows was In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy. I used to watch it with my father (along with the old Godzilla movies). My eyes would never venture from the screen. It’s all so fascinating.

Fast forward to today. I will watch shows like Ancient Aliens, Nuke’s Top 5 (YouTube), Slapped Ham (YouTube), and a plethora of television shows that deal with the “unknown.”

I know what I’m about to say might not sit well with some people, but I truly believe in aliens. My belief is that the universe is a vast space with millions of planets in millions of galaxies (possibly more!). It would be silly to think that Earth is the ONLY planet in the universe to contain life. Some life might be primordial, like single cells or bacteria. Other life forms can be similar to humans, or even more advanced. I will continue to believe this until otherwise proven wrong.

Did you know that there are various levels of UFO and alien interactions? I think many people are familiar with the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film was released in 1977. It was written and directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Richard Dreyfuss and Terri Garr. The movie was based on the “third kind.” But what is the first and second kind?

Here is a breakdown.

First Kind – Visual sightings of an unidentified flying object.

Second Kind – Some kind of physical evidence, such as scorched earth or a chemical trace.

Third Kind – Visual proof of an alien, such as on the ground or flying a space ship.

Fourth Kind – Human or animal abduction.

Fifth Kind – Voluntary bilateral contact between humans and extraterrestrials.

There are other levels, including death by an alien being and a humanoid creation or human/alien hybrid.

Recently released for home viewing is the documentary Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.

Dr. Steven Greer

In Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, the viewer is introduced to a man named Steven Greer. According to Wikipedia;

Steven Greer is an American ufologist and retired traumatologist who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and the Disclosure Project, which seeks the disclosure of allegedly classified secret UFO information.

He also hosts events around the world called “CE5” which a condensed way of saying Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.

At these events, participants are taught how to clear their mind and body, and be open to communicating with lifeforms from other plants.

Let me back up a bit.

Throughout this documentary, viewers are given a plethora of information that shows how governments and the military (in the U.S. and in other countries) know about the existence of aliens, and how it’s all being covered up. To prove this, past and present military people and government officials are interviewed, along with showing viewers top secret documents that prove that the government is covering everything up.

Supposedly there are several alien ships in an undisclosed underground location, along with alien bodies that were autopsied.

The documentary also talks about how the government is working with select media to make sure only specific details (if any) are released to the public. It’s known as the “Mockingbird Project.” Supposedly the government pays off “snitches” to keep information from being disclosed to the public.

The government, according to the documentary, wants people like me and you to think that aliens are a national threat (or even a threat to our planet). They even work with Hollywood to make sure that aliens are played off as being deadly creatures (case in point Predator, all of the Alien movies, Cloverfield, The Blog, Brightburn, and Independence Day, to name a few. How E.T. came to be, I’ll never know. E.T. makes aliens adorable.

They call this the “Boogyman Effect” – making people afraid of aliens. According to this documentary, alien beings are good and that they only come here to learn from us and to observe us. They also have our best interests in mind.

According to one former military person, the military stages alien abductions and do things like mutilate cattle, just to make us fearful of aliens.

According to Greet, alien beings travel by teleportation, and they can communicate with each others, and with us, using ESP. This is the basis of CEF events. They are a way of communication with those from another world.

Throughout this film there are plenty of photos and film footage to support Greer’s beliefs, and beliefs of people like him.

There is a lot of scientific talk, and I got lost a few times with what was being discussed, but I cannot deny the compelling evidence that is used in this documentary, from photos to videos.

There is a lot to digest in this documentary, but I found it to be incredibly fascinating. It doesn’t sway my belief in aliens one way or another. I know there is life on other planets. I wouldn’t be surprised if they visited us. And I have no doubt that the government is covering things up. The only thing that I’m still on the fence about is whether or not you can communicate with aliens and transcend time and space with only your mind. That seems a bit far fetched, but just because I’m a bit skeptical, doesn’t make it any less fascinating.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.

You can find the film where ever movies are sold/rented.

Do you believe there is life on other planets? Have you seen an alien or UFO? Do you believe that we’ve been visited by aliens and that the government is covering it up? I’d love to get your thoughts on this topic. Feel free comment and share your thoughts.

 

Kimberly

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

Movie Review: The Wretched – Now available for streaming and VOD

 

If you are stuck at home like billions of other people around the globe, there is no doubt that you are looking for entertainment to help past time time away. I think my family and I have pretty much watched everything we wanted to on Netflix and Disney+. Now we’re looking towards new movie releases that we can rent or purchase.

If you are a long time reader of my site, you know how much I enjoy the horror movie genre. The scarier the better! Sadly, these days most movies don’t live up to their hype. The last horror movie that really knocked my socks off was released in 2016. Needless to say, it’s been a long time. That is not to say that the next best horror movie isn’t right around the corner. For that reason, I am always happy to review horror movie titles.

Available now on digital on VOD (Video on Demand) is the horror/supernatural film, The Wretched. The film is also showing at some drive-in movie theaters around the country;

West Wind Glendale Drive-in, AZ

West Wind Sacramento Drive-in, CA

Ocala Drive-In, FL

Mission Tiki Drive In, CA

Starlight Drive-In Theatre, GA

Sparta Drive-In in Sparta, TN

Jesup Drive-In Twin in Jesup, GA

The Wretched stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, and Blane Crockarell.

The Wretched stars a teen boy named Ben, whose parents are in the process of getting a divorce.

Ben is sent to live with his father for the summer. His father lives outside of town with only one close neighbor (and when I say close, it looks like they are on the same property).

Ben’s father makes him take up a job at the local marina, along side his father’s new girlfriend.

As if dealing with his parent’s divorce, having to live with his father for the summer, and his father’s new girlfriend, Ben also has to deal with the obnoxious teenage snobs who belong to the marina. Needless to say, Ben is having a hard time of it all.

Thankfully Ben makes friends with another marina employee, Mallory. Ben and Mallory develop a flirty friendship (mostly on Mallory’s side of the relationship).

To make matters even worse, Ben’s creepy neighbors.

Living next door to Ben’s father is a couple and their young son. The wife, Abbie, is a tough-as-nails woman who can literally gut deer without batting an eyelash.

One day Abbie’s young son disappears. It’s a tragedy that no family should have to endure, however, Abbie seems to totally forget that she even had a son. How can that be?

Not only does Abbie and her husband suddenly forget they have a missing son, Abbie’s behavior changes radically. Suddenly Abbie is acting strangely and dressing very provocatively. She’s suddenly oozing sex appeal, even though you would expect her to be heartbroken and depressed about her missing child.

What in the world is going on? Is the whole town going crazy? Or is Ben going crazy thinking that Abbie even has a missing son? To find out what is really going on you need to purchase or rent The Wretched. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.

I was sent a free screener to watch so I could review this film. For that reason I do not know if there will be any bonus features available.

When I first saw the trailer, the film looked really good to me. Check out the trailer (below) to see what I mean.

 

The part where the creepy hand comes out of the belly of the deer looks awesome (remember, I’m a horror movie fan). There are a few scenes in the trailer that are also pretty good.

I have to admit that when I initially watched the film, I was left scratching my head when it was over because I don’t quite know what just happened. The ending of the film threw me for a loop. Let’s just say I never saw the ending coming… never!

The film it’s self had more of a B movie feel to it. The acting was OK. No one really stood out from the cast of characters.

For die hard horror movie fans, this film will not overly impress you, but there are certain scenes and special effects that will certainly gain your respect. For those who are afraid of every little bump in the night, then be forewarned if you plan on watching this movie. There are some scenes I know you’ll keep your eyes shut tightly for.

I liked the way the story was going (creepy neighbors, scary monster, mystery disappearance), but I think it could have been executed a little better. Take for example the ending. It certainly threw me off. I just wish that there was more of an explanation about the ending – unless I totally missed something?

The special effects are really good, as you can see from the trailer. The monster emerging from the deer carcass is my favorite scene in the film. That whole scene played out perfectly.

Overall I liked the film. I didn’t love it, but I did like it enough that if/when I see it on television, I will tune in to watch it again.

Look for the hashtag #TheWretched on social media to see what others are saying about the film.

Kimberly

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