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Movie Review: Papi Chulo

 

Now available on DVD and digital, is the “dramady” (drama and comedy) Papi Chulo.

Papi Chulo stars Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño, as Sean (Bomer) and Ernesto (Patiño). The film also stars Elena Campbell-Martinez (Linda) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Ash).

Things are not going well for Sean. His Latin lover, Carlos, broke up with him six months ago, but he still cannot get over him. He’s so distraught that he has a mental breakdown while at work (he’s a weatherman). At his boss’ insistence, Sean is told to take a break from work to get himself back together.

The only way Sean can get over Carlos is to get rid of every single thing around his home that reminds him of Carols.

While at the hardware store, Sean sees a group of undocumented workers hanging around, looking for work. Sean decides to hire one to help him get his home back in order, and to remove all traces of Carlos. This is when we first meet Ernesto.

Ernesto comes home with Sean, and does whatever Sean asks him to do, even though there is a language barrier between them.

Ernesto is a hard worker, and tackles everything Sean sends his way. But there is another thing that Sean is doing to Ernesto that Sean is not aware of – he’s using Ernesto as sort of a “silent therapist.” Sean pours out all his thoughts and feelings to Ernesto, who barely understands one world that he is saying. Ernesto’s lack of response actually feeds into Sean’s thoughts, helping him to think clearly about some things. Ernesto ends up being an unwitting therapist for Sean.

As time goes on, Sean becomes more and more attached to Ernesto. It’s hard to tell if it’s more of a friendship, or is Sean using Ernesto as a “crutch.” Meanwhile, Ernesto just goes along with everything. He is happy to oblige.

I should mention that there is something about Carlos that Sean is not letting it be known to Ernesto. Something that I feel is an important detail, and explains why Sean wanted to get rid of all traces of the man whom he loved with all his heart.

What will become of this unique relationship? Is it just a case of one friend leaning more on another, or is there something more going on? To find out you need to pick up or rent Papi Chulo. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

For those of you (like me) who don’t speak Spanish (I understand it more than I can speak it), “Papi Chulo” translates into “Pimp Daddy,” however, it can also be used to describe someone who is “hot,” as in very good looking. I honestly don’t know why this is the name of the title. It seems like a very weird choice.

I like Matt Bomer. I’ve seen him in a few things (Magic Mike, American Horror Story). I’m used to seeing him in a wee bit more dramatic roles, more so than actual comedy. He can pull off comedy, but in my opinion, it seems like he’s not necessarily comfortable playing a comedic role. However, he’s such a handsome man (“eye candy”). He could read the phone book and I’d probably really enjoy it. Ha ha.

In this film, Bomer’s character is awkward and unsure of himself and his place in this world.

I think Patiño stole the show. His character is sweet and kind. You can see it in his eyes and his facial expressions. There is something about his character that reminds me of Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid films.

There are some subtitles you’ll have to read (Ernesto speaks Spanish). If you already speak or understand Spanish, you won’t need the subtitles.

I’m curious to know why Sean never learned to speak Spanish fluently with Carlos. I’m curious to know the reason why.

Overall I think it’s a charming film that will make you laugh, cry, and think. It’s very touching story about two unlikely friends.

The only real “downside” to this film is the title. I think people who know what Papi Chulo means will skip this film, thinking that it’s an entirely different kind of film. This has to be the worse movie title I’ve ever come across. If they changed the title, I think the film would come up on people’s radars as something they should see.

I should note that the film is rated R.

I couldn’t find the film on social media, or an official website. Below you’ll find the film’s theatrical trailer.

 

Kimberly

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

Give the gift of entertainment with ONN DVD and Redbox – LIMITED TIME OFFER ends November 1, 2019

 

I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to buy gifts for some people on your holiday shopping list. Trust me, I know how stressing it can be. I have a few people I need to shop for year after year that I lose sleep over not being about to figure out what to gift them for the holiday.

The gift of entertainment is something that almost everyone can appreciate. Blu-rays, DVDs, gift cards/codes for digital downloads and rentals is always a great idea. It’s the kind of gift that people, both young and old, can appreciate.

Right now, Walmart has a special LIMITED TIME offer going on (until November 1, 2019). This is worth checking out.

When you purchase an ONN DVD player at Walmart, you will get five (5) FREE Redbox rental codes. That means the gift recipient not only gets a DVD player, but also the opportunity to rent five movies of their choice.

The best part is, this deal only costs $19.96! Yes, you read that right, a DVD play with five free Redbox rental codes, for only $19.96. At that price you can afford to buy several of the DVD players to give to gifts to many people. The price is literally under $20. Even most “Secret Santa” gift exchanges have a $20 price point. I’m sure your “Secret Santa” gift recipient would rather have a DVD player AND movies instead of some hand lotion or cologne.

Imagine the look on people’s faces when you gift them a DVD player and movies. I’m talking about people like your hairdresser, mechanic, neighbor, co-worker… the list goes on.

I have the ONN DVD player. It’s compact and lightweight. It’s certainly not like the heavy, cumbersome DVD players I used to own in the past. I can literally carry this one with one hand! That means this would be great for college dorms, campers, or even travelling.

This DVD player even comes with RCA connection cables and a remote control, so you can sit back and relax while enjoying a movie or two.

Here are more specifications about the player.

  • Features playback compatibility with DVD, DVD R, DVD RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and photo formats
  • Comes with a full function IR remote control with a dedicated TTS button, 2 AAA batteries, and AC power cord
  • Text-to-Speech option allows for more convenient playback
  • Supports 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio on playback
  • Dolby Digital audio decoding for premium sound
  • Sturdy metal casing protects the inner DVD player components from dirt, dust, and everyday wear and tear
  • Includes easy-to-follow instructions to make set-up a breeze
  • Compact size makes this DVD player perfect for a child’s or teen’s room, playroom, dorm rooms, and master bedrooms
  • Video/L/R output
  • Super error correction
  • Multi-angle viewing with 4:3 Pan Scan ,4:3 Letter Box , and 16:9 Wide aspect ratios
  • Video Output: 480 x 270
  • ETL compliance
  • Measurements: 8.85″ L x 7.25″ W

This special LIMITED TIME OFFER is also great for YOU! You can use the ONN DVD player and Redbox movie rentals to host a family movie night, a movie night with friends, or even a special, romantic movie night for you and your significant other.

To find a Walmart location near you, visit Walmart.com. If you would like more information (specs) about this DVD player, you can visit the product page directly.

Kimberly

*I received a product in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Disney’s Lion King – Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

 

Disney’s live-action remake of one of their most loved films, Lion King, is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital.

I am a HUGE Disney movie fan. I have been for as long as I can remember.

Growing up, a local movie theater would show Disney films all summer long. They would show a different movie each week, which afforded me the opportunity to see some of Disney’s all time classics – Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and even live-action films. Films that came out long before I was born.

Oh how I miss those days. I looked forward to seeing those Disney film’s week after week all summer long.

Since my youth, Disney has been making great entertainment year after year.

When I heard that Disney was turning one of the favorite films, Alice in Wonderland, into a live-action film, I was totally against it. After all, how were film makers going to turn all those crazy animated characters into live-action versions of themselves.

The Cheshire Cat from Disney’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland

Since then, Disney has out done it’s self movie after movie, turning beloved animated films into astounding live-action films. It seems like each film is better than the live-action remake that came out before it.

The Lion King is hands down one of my all time favorite animated Disney films. It has it all, adorable animals, great songs, a lot of action, and a great story plot. How in the world was Disney going to turn all of those animated characters into “live” versions of themselves?

Through the power of CGI (computer generated images), and other movie magic, Disney has created by far one of THE BEST live-action remake to date.

The live-action Lion King is available today for home viewing. If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s a MUST SEE.

The 2019 Lion King follows along with the story line of the original film (animated version).

King Mufasa rules over the Pride Land. Him and his mate, Queen Sarabi, have a newborn cub that they name Simba. Simba will be next in line to rule the Pride Land after his father, much to the dismay of Mufasa’s brother, Scar.

Scar has it out for Simba because he wants to rule the Pride Land one day. His attempt to kill the cub fails, Scar next plots to eliminate both Simba and Mufasa. He manages to kill off Mufasa, but Simba survives. In effort to do away with the cub, he tells Simba that his father’s death was all his fault, and that he needs to leave the Pride Land, never to return. Simba believes his uncle and leaves.

 

Scar sends his “minions,” the hyenas, to go after Simba and kill him, but they fail to succeed. Simba lives and ends up in a desert where he meets two outcasts, a Meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa. They take Simba under their wing and the trio live happily ever after in a desert oasis. Their motto in life is “hakuna matata,” which means “no worries” in Swahili.

Years go by and Simba grows into a beautiful young lion.

One day Pumbaa is attacked by a lioness. Simba is able to fend her off and rescue his friend. It is not until then that he realizes the lioness is Nala, his childhood friend from the Pride Lands.

Nala tells Simba how horrible the Pride Lands have become under Scars rule, and tried to talk him into returning and taking back the throne which rightfully belongs to him.

Will Simba return and take his rightful place as King of the Pride Lands? Will he remain in the oasis with his friends and live a carefree, worry free life? And what about Scar? What will Scar do if he learns that Simba is still alive? In order to find out the answers, you need to pick up, download or rent Lion King. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

Throughout the film the characters sing a variety of songs. Some songs are from the original film (sung by new people) and there are new songs in the soundtrack as well, such as Beyonce’s “Spirit.”

One of the film’s most enjoyable songs is “Hakuna Matata.” Here is the song’s video for your enjoyment, as well as to give you a sneak peak at the AMAZING CGI.

Please note, this video doesn’t do the film justice. On the television, the colors are beautiful and the scenery looks so realistic that you would swear the film was filmed on the African plains.

 

See what I mean? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

I applaud the film makers who painstakingly spend thousands of hours to make sure nothing was left undone in this film. From every movement of hair, to the way the leaves move in the wind… everything was taken into consideration.

I know that CGI is not perfect (nothing is), but the animals in this film are as close to looking like the real things than any other movie I have seen to date. I think I sat there in total awe when I watched the film. It’s stunning!

I enjoyed the original songs from the original film. Who knew Seth Rogen could sing.

There are a lot of must-see bonus features with the Blu-ray and digital copies of the film.

I know some people are not fans of watching bonus content. I enjoy watching it because it gives you a background look at the making of the film, which I always find fascinating.

Some of the must see content includes;

The Journey to “The Lion King.” There are different featurettes for this one that goes behind the scene of the music and magic that brought this film to life. You’ll also hear from the filmmakers and how the Lion King moved them.

There are music videos (“Spirit” and “Never Too Late”).  There are also a selection of some of the best songs from the film (as well as from the original film).

My favorite bonus feature is “Protect the Pride” which is about conservation efforts to help save the lions. If you watch even just one bonus feature, please watch this one. It’s so important that we do what we can to save the lions (and all other creatures) before they are driven to extinction. The last thing I want is for my future grandchildren and great-grandchildren to only read about lions in a book because lions are long gone.

Disney has truly outdone it’s self with the remake of the Lion King. I am so impressed with this film that I am excited for future live-action remakes of Disney classics.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. This is the theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.

I found the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The official hashtag is #TheLionKing.

Did you see the remake of  the Lion King? What did you think about it? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

 

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. 

Celebrate Halloween with the Addams Family (giveaway ends on 10/20/19)

 

I have been a long time fan of the Addams Family. It pains me to say it (because it gives away my age, sort of), but I used to watch the Addams Family (the original series) on television when I was a young girl.

Did you know that the Addams Family started out as a cartoon? By cartoon I mean an actual cartoon like you would see in a newspaper (not the animated kind). The Addams Family was created by Charles Addams back in 1938. The television series ran from 1964-1966. It later returned (briefly) in the 1973 as a cartoon (animated). I grew up enjoying the original series in syndication (I wasn’t born until 1968).

I think the Addams Family (and the Munsters) inspired my love of horror movies and scary things. After all, both families had to do with monsters and creepy things.

The Addams family stars Gomez and his wife Morticia. They have two children, Wednesday (I’ve always loved that name) and Pugsley. There is also Uncle Fester and Grandmama. Their butler’s name is Lyrch and they have a cousin It and a disembodied hand named Thing.

A new animated film, The Addams Family, is now playing in theaters. It’s an animated film and it looks really funny. I have not seen it yet, but I am hoping to see it this weekend with my husband (dinner and a movie for our anniversary).

The Addams Family are no strangers to being seen on the big screen in theaters. The Addams Family has been in two major motion pictures, both of which are available on Blu-ray and DVD. Both films are also available together on Blu-ray and DVD. I was sent one of the two-movie Blu-rays to review.

I have seen bits and pieces of The Addams Family, but not Addams Family Values.

Here are brief synopsis of both films.

The Addams Family (1991)

When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead.  But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune?

Addams Family Values (1993)

It’s love at first fright when Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new addition to the Addams household — Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy (Joan Cusack), Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. Addams Family Values is debuting on Blu-ray for the first time.

The casting for these films is brilliant. Each actor WAS their character, both in looks and the way you’d expect the characters to behave. I honestly couldn’t come up with better actors to fill these roles. Raul Julia is the perfect, quirky Gomez Addams, right down to his cheesy moustache. Angelica Houston has a spookiness about her (the way they light her in the films adds to that). Christina Ricci has the perfect, emotionless, almost evil look about her. And Jimmy Workman’s adorable little face is the ideal Pugsley.

I’m glad I got to see the original film all the way through. I am also happy to finally see Addams Family Values.

What I love about these films are that they are “family friendly.” They are not scary at all, not even for young family members. They are both rated PG-13.

Both films are very funny. There are things in each film that children will laugh more than adults, and things adults will laugh at more than children. Of course there are things all ages will laugh about too.

With this being Halloween season, it’s a great time to catch up with the live action Addams Family before you head out to the movie theater to watch their animated counterparts.

Look for the special 2-movie collection, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, where ever movies are sold.

Be sure to check out the new Addams Family movie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #MeettheAddams.

In honor of the new film’s release, I have a fun Addams Family “kit” to giveaway to a lucky winner, compliments of Paramount. The kit contains the following items.

  • The two-movie Blu-ray collection
  • Bald Cap
  • Black and white face paint
  • Red lipstick and nail polish
  • Finger trap
  • Child/Baby paste-on mustache

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM. The winner will be contact via email and have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post who is your favorite Addams Family character and why?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below).

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Kimberly

*I received the 2-movie collection to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Movie Review: Gothic Harvest

 

Available today On Demand and on Digital HD is the thriller Gothic Harvest. It will be available on DVD on November 5, 2019.

The film was directed by Ashley Hamilton (Beethoven’s 2nd, Iron Man 3) and written by Chris Kobin (2001 Maniacs).

The film stars Lin Shaye (Insidious and Ouija franchises), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw franchise),  Abbie Gayle (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), Carol Sutton (Ray), Ashton Leigh (“Ambitions”), Thomas Francis Murphy (Jeepers Creepers III), Tanyell Waivers (Ma); Sofia Mattsson (“General Hospital”), Ciara Rizzo (Escape), Yohance Myles (Containment) and Ashley Hamilton (Beethoven’s 2nd, Iron Man 3).

A lot of people enjoy visiting New Orleans, most especially during Mardi Gras. Personally, I have never been to Mardi Gras, but it’s on my “Bucket List.” I know people who have gone who have had a blast. I also have a friend that lives in the area that I haven’t seen in about 30 years, so I would love to pay him a visit as well.

In Gothic Harvest, four young college friends head to Mardi Gras to party, drink and even “hook up” if the right person comes along.

The girls have a plan not to let each other out of their sight for more than a minute, because they know bad things can happen there if they are not careful.

While at a bar one night, one of their friends tries to get them free drinks by seducing a man at the bar. The two hit it off, but more so because she was extremely drunk.

After a few drinks, the man asks if she would like to get out of there. She agrees, leaves the bar and hops in his car, unbeknownst to her drunk friends who are too busy dancing the night away. It’s not until they are leaving that they realize she is gone.

Two of the girls don’t seem overly concerned that she is not there. She has been known to “hook up” with random guys in the past. They are also too drunk to truly care about their friends safety and wear abouts.

On their way back to their hotel they happen upon an undercover Police officer. He suggested that they wait and see if she returns. If not, they are to meet him at a local bar the following night to discus what else can be done.

Their missing friend, Hope, is taken to the strange man’s home. There she meets his family, which she finds peculiar. It’s not until she witnesses a murder that she realizes that she is in serious danger. She then learns of the family’s curse, and what they need her for.

Time is running out for Hope. Can her friends find her before it’s too late? To find out, check out Gothic Harvest. Look for it On Demand and on Digital (today), and on DVD on November 5, 2019.

Some might refer to this movie as a horror film. Personally, I didn’t see it that way. I thought of it as more of a thriller. There are some elements that make it horror-like, but I don’t think they were played to their fullest. I think the film makers should have elaborated more on these aspects, such as Dolly’s “dolls.” Instead the film makers put more focus on the family’s daughter Amelia and her sexual encounters and interest in women and S&M.

I’m NOT a prude, but I do feel that sex is not necessarily in horror films. The film should be focused on scenes that keep you on the edge of your seats and make you want to cover your eyes. Unless someone’s chest explodes with an alien being during a sex scene, I don’t feel that it’s necessary.

Gothic Harvest is entertaining enough. The story line was pretty good, I just don’t think that it was executed well enough.

Some of the characters were interesting, and most of the family was weird. I especially liked Dolly, but sadly, she didn’t get much time on the screen.

I did find the ending interesting. It’s not what I anticipated, so kudos to the film makers for NOT making the ending predictable.

I could not find an official website for the film. I did find a possible Facebook page, but I’m not 100% certain it’s the official movie page.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

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. 

Movie Review: Fantastic Fungi – Now showing in select theaters

 

When you see mold, fungus or even mushrooms, what do you do? Are you grossed out by the sight of them? Are you curious about them? Do you want to eat them? Chances are most people are not exactly fans of fungi.

My entire family is grossed out by the thought of fungi. As for me, I love mushrooms. I love to order mushrooms when we eat out at restaurants. At our local diner, their balsamic chicken dinner comes with mushrooms. My husband doesn’t request that they eliminate the mushrooms. He intentionally gets them just to remove them from his plate and give them to me.

Have you ever tried a portebello mushroom? I swear they could pass as meat. It’s a healthier alternative to meat, that is for sure. Plus it would mean less cows, and less methane gas destroying out atmosphere.

Did you know that you need fungi to make many of the things you enjoy eating and drinking, such as bread (yeast is a fungi), beer and cheese. If you saw mold on cheese, chances are you would never eat cheese again. But it is made using fungi.

If you enjoy blue cheese, you enjoy eating blue mold, because that is what is used to make the cheese. Personally, I’m not a fan of blue cheese. Not because of the mold, but rather I don’t like the taste.

If you have ever had a shot of penicillin, then you have had fungi injected into your body. Penicillin is made from mold.

There is a documentary that is now playing at select theaters across the country called Fantastic Fungi. It’s narrated by Brie Larson, and directed by Art by Louie Schwartzberg.

Some people, like my husband, thought the documentary would be either boring, or gross. Just the thought of fungi grosses him out, so there is no way he’d give a documentary about fungi a chance. Thankfully, I enjoy learning and I love mushroom, so I was curious about the film. I was sent a screener to review.

Fantastic Fungi gives viewers and in-depth history about fungi, and how it pertains to life, and by that I mean ALL life – from the soil to humans and everything in between.

There are over a million different types of fungi. That is more than the different types of plants on Earth. That to me was mind-blowing.

If you believe in the idea of evolution, human beings came from fungi. Not right away (of course), but over millions of years. Fungi is responsible for all life on Earth.

I love that this documentary provided viewers with an eye opening look at this amazing thing. Who knew that fungi was such a vital part of our lives, and we weren’t even aware of it.

Fantastic Fungi provides detailed information about how fungi is used today, including it’s medicinal purposes.

Fungi can even help save the bees (which is extremely important right now) and provide an all natural, safe “pesticide” to kill things like termites, ants and bed bugs.

Scientists and doctors are exploring how a single use of “magic mushrooms” can help with depression and anxiety, and give users a clearer, and happier, outlook on life? More so than taking drugs on a daily basis. That to me is sounds pretty amazing. I would much rather take natural substances than man made medications any day.

There is a whole community of people across the country, and around the world, that revere fungi. They have get togethers where they search for fungi, talk about fungi and even enjoy eating fungi.

I learned A LOT about fungi from this film. So much so that I am honestly curious about fungi, and I am interested in learning more about it.

I know a film like this might seem boring to most people, and perhaps it’s not your “cup of tea” (you can make tea out of mushrooms too!), but if you have the opportunity to see this film, I”m sure you will find it equally as interesting. It is truly an eye opening experience.

If you are interested in learning more about this film, or to find out where it’s playing near you, visit the film’s official website, FantasticFungi.com. The film can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Those links are found at the top of the official website.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

Are you a fan of fungi? Do you think that you would be interested in seeing this film? Why or why not? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

 

Kimberly

*I was sent 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.