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Movie Review – Day 13: Evil Lives Next Door

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I love horror movies. It’s my favorite movie genre. I have always loved horror movies, even as a young girl.

When I learn about new horror movies that are coming out, I am always happy to review them. I’ll admit that most horror movies are just silly, but every now and them I do come across a great “gem.”

Available today Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, Fandango and Vimeo is the horror film Day 13: Evil Lives Next Door. 

The film stars Alex MacNicoll, Martin Kove, Genevieve Hannelius, and Darlene Vogel. I didn’t recognize the actors, except for Martin Kove from the Karate Kid movie.

Colton is a teenage boy that lives with his single mom and younger sister, Rachel.

Colton’s mom heads off for a 16-day vacation with friends, leaving Colton in charge of his sister and their home when she’s gone.

One evening, Colton notices some strange activity going on in what he thought was an abandoned house across the street. He always thought the creepy house was haunted.

Colton soon learns that a beautiful young girl named Heather moved into the old house, along with an older gentleman that she refers to as her “adoptive father.”

Colton would love to get to know Heather better and hang out with her, but she tells him that her “father” won’t approve and that she’s not allowed out of the house.

Colton becomes very suspicious of Heather’s father, especially after witnessing some strange behavior from him.

With everything he’s seen, and from what Heather has told him, Colton fears that her “father” is up to no good, and that Heather’s life is in danger.

What exactly is going on in the house across the street? Is the man that moved in there with Heather up to something evil, or is Colton’s suspicions unfounded? To find out you need to rent or purchase Day 13. Look for it on the platforms listed above.

As a die hard horror movie fan, I must say that I liked where this movie was going. It had enough suspense, as well as me guessing what was really going on in that house.

With some movies you can sort of figure out where the movie is headed, and how it is going to end, usually in the start of a movie, or at least by the half way point. I can honestly say that I did not see the ending coming for this film. I thought I knew how it would end, and I was very wrong.

With that being said, the movie was going along great UNTIL the ending. It’s not the ending it’s self, but how it was orchestrated in the movie. It was just a bit too far fetched what goes on in the end, almost a bit comical. I think the ending could have been done better. It didn’t live up to the rest of the film, sad to say.

I liked this film, and that’s coming from someone who really loves the horror genre. I didn’t find it scary, or gross. It’s not something that will give you nightmares. It’s sort of a “fun” horror movie, if that makes any sense.

If you have seen the Shia LaBeouf movie, Disturbia, this film reminds me a lot like that film, but with a supernatural twist.

I would give this film a 3.5 out of 5 stars, if I rated films that way (I don’t). I’d only take off half a star because of the ending.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

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

#CampWarnerBros Week 6 – Reach for the Stars!

 

I cannot believe that we are already on week six of #CampWarnerBros. Where has the summer gone? Some children have even returned to school. Fortunately, most kids still have a few more weeks left before it’s back to reading, writing and arithmetic.

This week at #CampWarnerBros we are going to “shoot for the stars.”

This week’s movie is called Alex & Me. It’s a movie about a young athlete who learns what it takes to make your dreams come true.

What does your camp dream about? What would he/she like to do when they get older?

When my daughter was younger, she wanted to be a fashion designer. In fact, that was her dream from the time she was six until she was around 15. I’m impressed that she was determined to become a fashion designer for so many years.

Summer is a great time to not only have fun, but also to re-evaluate your hopes and dreams, and plan out some goals you should try to achieve in order to get one step closer to living your dream.

In the film Alex & Me, the character Reagan (played by Siena Agudong from Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) utilizes a chart to help keep herself on track, as well as to see how she is progressing towards her goals.

This week at #CampWarnerBros, we’d like for you, your camper and your family to follow your dreams and “reach for the stars” by keeping track of your goals using a special chart, provided by #CampWarnerBros.

You can also download the chart here – Camp Warmer Brother Goal Chart.

You the chart to help campers to hold themselves accountable, and mark off each item on their list as they are completed. This is a great way to help campers (and yourself) to get closer to your dreams, and accomplishing what you want, not only during the summer, but also year round.

Alex & Me is a story about a teenager name Reagan Willis. She dreams on one day becoming a famous soccer player like her hero, Alex Morgan.

Reagan live and breaths her soccer hero. Even her room is a shrine to Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist.

Reagan’s dreams seem to be squashed when she fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team. To make matters worse, she is humiliated by her nemesis Claire.

Reagan is certain that her dreams of becoming a soccer star like Alex have been broken, that is until she has an accident and something happens that changes her life.

I used to play soccer when I was younger. I was the goalie and sometimes play center forward. I think I was pretty good at the game, but I did it for fun. I never planned on becoming a soccer star like Reagan.

I’m the “biggest” kid (top row, first one on the left). I look really grumpy in the photo. I don’t know why.

My husband has never played soccer. He says it look relatively easy to play. It might look that way, but there is a lot involved with playing soccer. You have to be aware of your surroundings, quick on your feet, and able to work well as part of a team.

This week, why not add some physical activity your #CampWarnerBros and try out the Alex & Me Family Workout.

Did you know that daily exercise, even something as easy as going for a 15-30 minute walk can help reduce anxiety, stress and improves your health? It is even better when you can exercise with your own family “team.”

You can also download the sheet here – Alex and Me Family Workout

Unfortunately I am not able to do any of these exercises yet. My husband had surgery earlier this week for his deviated septum. I am also waiting to hear about my surgery (hopefully soon!).

Just because I am not able to do these exercises with my family, doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t enjoy them. If you do, I would love if if you could comment and tell me which exercise is your favorite. I always love to hear from my readers.

Look for next week’s #CampWarnerBros, staring Tom and Jerry!

Kimberly

*I received free promotional products, as well as a gift card to purchase ingredients for other projects. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Movie Review: Summerland – Available today in Select Theaters & VOD/Digital Platforms

 

Now playing in select theaters, as well as available on VOD/Digital platforms, is the Brittish film, Summerland.

Summerland stars Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Byzantium, Quantum of Solace), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (upcoming Marvel series Loki, Motherless Brooklyn, Beyond The Lights, Belle) Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey,” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Lucas Bond and Tom Courtenay (The Aeronauts, Doctor Zhivago).

Summerland is a film about a woman name Alice (Arterton), who lives as a bit of a recluse on a clifftop. The town’s children think she is some kind of a witch and tend to taunt her, making her have a strong dislike of children. Alice is also not the nicest person.

Alice spends her time working on her thesis about folklore, particularly debunking myths and using science to disprove other-worldly forces and magic.

Although Alice (also referred to as Miss Lamb by the people in town) keeps herself busy, she still lives a very lonely life.

One day there is a knock on her door. It’s from a social worker who needs to place a young boy named Frank (Bond)in her care. Frank’s father is in the military (pilot) and his mother still resides in London. Children have been sent away from London due to the random bombings by the Germans that took place back in WWII. Many children were sent to live elsewhere to keep them safe.

Alice wants nothing to do with taking care of a child, and demands that they send him to live with someone else. The social worker tells her that there is no place else for him to go, and asks if she could please let him stay with her for at least a week until a new family is found. Begrudgingly she accepts.

Alice makes is all too obvious that Frank is not welcome there. She doesn’t even want to provide him with a room to sleep in or a hot meal. All she wants is for him to get out of her home ASAP.

Alice is a very unhappy woman. Not only does she lead a lonely existence, but she’s also never got over the heartbreak of a love affair she had when she was younger.

In due time, Alice starts to take a liking to her house guest, and together they start to have an understanding towards one another. Alice even goes so far as to open up her heart a bit, something that has been sealed closed for a long, long time.

Just when you think you know how the story is going, it throws in an unexpected twist that you won’t see coming (I know I didn’t expect it).

Will Alice ever learn to love again? Will Frank finally be able to reunite with his parents? Will their time together have a life-long impact on their lives? To find out you need to check out Summerland. Look for it at a theater near you or on VOD/digital.

The lesson to be learned with this film is to embrace life’s miraculous unpredictability, and that wounds may be healed, hope and second chances do exist.

I watched this film with my husband. Sadly, this film would fall under the “chick flick” category. My husband lost interest in the film right away. He also said that that the film was too slow. Keep in mind he loves high-octane films with non-stop action, so of course he’s going to find a film like this a little too slow for his liking. But that is just his opinion.

I personally didn’t think that that film was slow at all. I thought the pace of the film was just fine.

I love the location where the film was shot. It’s suppose to be in Kent (U.K.), but the white cliffs in man of the scenes remind me of the white cliffs of Dover (U.K.). I went there once when I was a teenager. I’ve always found them to be breathtakingly beautiful.

My family is from the U.K. (Wales to be exact), so seeing the places where this film was shot reminds me of the places I visited as a child.

I like the actress Gemma Arterton, although she looks a lot different in this film than I am used to seeing her. I think her haggard appearance in the film was just a part of her character. She’s curmudgeonly and snarky, so her look fits her character. As time goes on, and she learns to open her heart up to young Frank, you can see more “life” in her face and her appearance.

Lucas Bond (Frank) did a fine job acting out his character.

I screened this film digitally. I am not sure if there will be any bonus content with this film. At this time I also do not know the film’s rating. I would suspect it will be rated PG or PG-13.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I viewed 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. 

Week #5 of #CampWarnerBros – Watch Teen Titans GO! Save the Universe

 

Welcome campers and camp directors with week #5 of Camp Warner Bros. WOW! I cannot believe that five weeks have past already.

So far, what has been your favorite movie that has been a part of #CampWarnerBros? Have you tried any of the crafts or recipes? If so, I would love to hear about it. I hope you’ll use the comment section of this post to tell me all about it.

This week it’s time to get crafty by making adorable Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans Character Banks.

I think banks for children is a wonderful idea. My kids had banks (and still do). There is just something so satisfying to jingle the coins around inside. Kids also love the sound dropping coins in the bank makes. It’s fun for them to dream about what they will do with all the money they save.

Speaking of save, having a bank is a great way to discuss finances with kids (depending on their age). It’s a fun way to talk about saving, budgeting, planning and more. My daughter couldn’t save anything in her bank. On the other hand, my son saved almost everything.

My nephew saved all his money (every cent and paper bill he recieved). He’s 25 now and owns TWO successful businesses. It all stems from saving his money has a kid and using it to buy DJ equipment (he became a DJ and now owns a successful DJ business), and a used lawnmower (he now own a HUGELY successful landscaping business).

This week’s camp project is to make banks out of Teen Titans GO! characters. All of the Teen Titans Go! characters are included with this download. All you need are a few simple materials.

Learn to make your own here – TeenTitans Go! Banks.

I am sorry that I didn’t have the opportunity to make one this week. I couldn’t find a mason jar. I ordered orange paint and Mod Podge off Amazon, but it hasn’t arrived yet. When I finally get the opportunity to make one, I’ll upload a photo of it here.

Speaking of Teen Titans GO!, this weeks movie is Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans.

In Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans, the comedic modern-day quintet takes on their 2003 counterparts when villains from each of their worlds join forces to pit the two Titan teams against each other. They’ll need to set aside their differences and work together to combat Trigon, Hexagon, Santa Claus (that’s right, Santa!) and time itself in order to save the universe.

To be honest, I am not overly familiar with Teen Titans Go! I did see their film, but I did review Teen Titans GO! To The Movies. That was a fun movie. You can read my review here – Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Review.

Just like the Teen Titans Go! To The Movies film, this film is equally as funny. In fact, it might be even funnier than the other movie. From the start this film is filled with funny lines, funny action and even subtle humor. My husband doesn’t know anything about the characters or the series, and even he was laughing throughout the film.

This is not necessarily a “kiddie” film. I’m a grown up and I enjoyed the film and laughed a lot. In a world where things are TOO serious right now, it was refreshing just to laugh and not have to watch something that was too “deep” or caused me to “think.” There is a more sensitive part to this film, but even so, that didn’t weigh too heavily on the rest of the story line.

Like my husband said, “It’s just a fun movie.” I”ll go with that.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Tune in next week for week #6 of #CampWarnerBros. I wonder what fun and excitement in in store.

Kimberly

*I received a free movie screener, branded content and a gift card to buy supplies. This post was not compensated and the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Movie Review: The Rental – Available Today in Select Drive-Ins, Theaters and On Demand

 

Oh how I would LOVE to get away. With everything that is going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, being furloughed from my job and going crazy staring at the same four walls 24/7… I need to get away. Even if it’s for the weekend.

Sometimes we all need to get away from “life” for a few days. There is certainly nothing wrong with that… or could there be? That is what two couples found out in the movie, The Rental. The Rental is available today in select drive-in theaters as well as On Demand.

The Rental stars Alison Brie (GLOW), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and Jeremy Allen White (Shameless).

Michelle and Charlie, and Josh and Mina are two couples who are also good friends. Charlie and Josh are brothers.

The couples decide to go on a weekend getaway before Mina and Charlie, co-workers, start on a huge project. They end of renting a gorgeous home that overlooks the ocean.

Right from the start, Mina takes issue with the man who is in charge of the rental home. She feels that he discriminated against her because of her nationality. He doesn’t know what she is talking about. It’s his brother’s home, he just oversees it.

Things go well at first, as the couples settle into the house and end up drinking the night away, as well as do drugs, except for Michelle who opts to go to bed early for the night.

That night something happens that threatens to not only jeopardize their weekend, but also their lives. Those involved want nothing more than to bury their secret to protect the others.

It seems as though the “secret” will be kept, that is until Mina discovers something more sinister might be at play and it could cost them everything if they don’t put a stop to it right away.

What couple is trying to hide a secret from the others? What else could be going on in their beautiful rental home that could ruin their lives… and more? To find out, go see The Rental. Look for it at a drive-in near you, or on Video on Demand (VOD).

I don’t want to go into more detail because I don’t want to give away the plot to the movie. Let’s just say I didn’t see “it” coming. I thought I knew what was going on, but I was wrong.

The movie it’s self was entertaining enough. I didn’t think it was necessary to have the characters get involved with drugs. Just getting drunk would have been enough. It’s known that people sometimes do dumb things when they are drunk, and often don’t remember what happened the next morning.

The acting was OK. I wouldn’t say anyone gave a stellar performance. If anyone stood out I’d say it was Toby Huss who played the part of “Taylor,” the creepy guy who was in charge of caring for the rental home.

The ending threw me by surprise. I also was not a fan of the ending. I mean, I “get” the ending, so some degree, but they movie doesn’t go into great detail about who the person is that is involved (without giving away details) and what he reason was behind everything, unless it was strictly for his entertainment only.

If you are looking to take a break from summer time repeats on television, and you’ve exhausted every movie and series there is to watch on Netflix and Hulu, go see (or rent) The Rental. 

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

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

#CampWarnerBros – Week 4 – Scooby-Doo!: WrestleMania Mystery

 

WOW! I can’t believe we’re already up to week #4 at #CampWarnerBros. It seems like the summer is flying by (not too quickly though).

How have you been enjoying camp thus far? Have you watched any of the suggested movies, or made any of the fun crafts I have featured in the previous posts? If you have, I would love to get your thoughts about them. Please comment and share your thoughts because I always enjoy hearing from readers.

This week’s film suggestion is Scooby-Doo!: WrestleMania  Mystery

The funny thing is, I have actually seen this movie before. If you would like to read my original review, you can find it here – Movie Review: Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery.

When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania®, they convince the entire Mystery Inc. gang to travel to WWE City in the Mystery Machine to enjoy the show. But the trip quickly turns into another mystery as WWE City is full of secrets! A mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show and steal the championship title belt. With the help of WWE Superstars John Cena®, Triple H®, Sin Cara®, Brodus Clay®, AJ Lee™, The Miz®, Santino®,  and Kane® –  Scooby-Doo and The Mystery Inc. gang team up to solve the case before it is too late!

I cannot believe that I watched the movie six years ago. WOW! Time sure does fly!

I’m not sure if all of the wrestlers are still active, but die hard wrestling fans will know about John Cena.

Even though wrestling is not my “thing,” I actually enjoyed this movie. I found it to be very entertaining.

I like how they created true to life animated versions of the real wrestlers. I knew right away that it was John Cena.

There are two coloring pages featured on my original review, however, if you would like to download and print out updated versions, you can do so by clicking the link under each image (below).

Scooby Doo Coloring Page One

Scooby Doo Coloring Page Two

If you are planning on watching the movie, why not make a yummy snack that would certainly make Scooby Doo shout out his name, “Scooby Dooby Doo!”

Here is what you’ll need for the “Scooby Snack” recipe.

Click here for a larger version of the recipe that you can save and print out at your convenience – Scooby Snack Recipe.

I love making this snack (also known as “Muddy Buddies”). I have made them a lot for my kids over the years. It’s a family favorite treat.

We just go a bit overboard with the powdered sugar. You can add more or less depending on your personal preference.

Allow campers to get creative with their culinary skills and test their taste buds Scooby-style by adding their own flair of ingredients to the mix! When shake shake shaking the mix – make sure to laugh, have fun with your campers and maybe even make up your own “Scooby Snack Shake Shake” dance in your kitchen! After all – camp is supposed to be silly – and fun!

I hope that you’ll enjoy watching Scooby-Doo!: WrestleMania Mystery and making Scooby Snacks with your campers.

Be sure to tune in next week for #CampWarnerBros week #5!

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Warner Bros to bring you this review and information. There is no compensation (but I did receive a gift card to purchase supplies). The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.