Bring out your inner “Rock Star” with Yamaha


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Do you play an instrument? Have you ever played an instrument?

When I was in elementary school we were given the opportunity to play an instrument. We have many options to choose from. For me there was only one choice – the drums! I wanted to learn how to play the drums. I begged my parents to let me take up drums. Sadly, they didn’t share my enthusiasm for the drums and instead signed me up to learn how to play the Viola. Sigh…

I took lessons for about a year then I told my parents it was not for me and I quit. Thankfully they didn’t purchase a viola for me so they were not out hundreds of dollars.

Fast forward to when my kids were offered the opportunity to play an instrument in school.

Our daughter chose to play the clarinet. In fact, she was so adamant that she was in it for the long haul that we did purchase a clarinet for her. Sadly, two years later she lost interest in it. We ended up donating her clarinet to the school for a child who wanted to play but couldn’t afford to rent one.

When it came time for our son to choose he wanted to play the drums. Yeah!!! I could live vicariously through him. I was just as excited for him to play the drums as he was.

Unbeknownst to us, before the school lets you lose on REAL drums, you have to learn how to play on a drum pad. I guess there is a process you have to go through.

Drum pad and drum sticks. Photo Source: Dreamstime.com

I was equally as disappointed as our son when we had to purchase a drum pad and some drum sticks for him. It’s not what we had in mind. We were thinking he would learn to play on real drums.

A drum pad doesn’t really make much noise. All you hear is tap-tap-tap when you hit it with a drum stick.

Our son was able to play a real drum during a school concert, but it was just a lone drum and all he did was hit it with a stick a few times during one song. He was so disappointed. So much so that he told us he no longer wanted to play the drums. I didn’t blame him one bit. It wasn’t what we had in mind. We both thought he’d learn how to rock out on a real drum set.

Years have gone by and our son has often talked about how he wished he kept up with the drums at school in hopes he would learn to play on a real drum set.

A couple of months ago I was sent information from Yamaha about their electronic drum kits. I told them how our son really wanted to play, and how I wanted to play the drums too (something I have held on to since I was a kid). The company was kind enough to send us their Yamaha DTX400K electronic drum kit to review.

I don’t know who was more excited – me or my son.

Here are some features that really stood out to me.

Keeps the noise down: Hook up your child’s DTX kit to a set of headphones so you and your neighbors will be undisturbed while he/she practices quietly.

We live in a condo complex. We have neighbors next to us, across from us and below us (we’re on the top floor – thankfully). I am pretty sure our neighbor would NOT be too happy listening to the banging of drums throughout the day. Our neighbors are not necessarily quiet people – so they deserve a “taste of their own medicine” – but we wouldn’t do that. Not only that, we didn’t want to hear it from the condo board.

This drum set is SUPER quiet. In fact, you barely hear a thing. You can hear the tap-tap-tap of the drum sticks hitting the pads, but that is about it. The person playing the drums hears a totally different thing. When you are wearing the headphone while playing this drum set it sounds like REAL LIVE DRUMS!!!! It’s amazing! More on that later.

If you have concerns about disturbing your neighbors, or you simply do not want to listen to the drums day and night, this is the PERFECT option for your wannabe rock star.

Expand the kit with your iPhone: Use the DTX400K Touch app (free at the App Store) for iPhone to create new kit configurations, select preset kits, access tempo and metronome settings, and much more.

There are free apps (there are more than one) you can download for your phone that can help you to change up the drum set to make totally new sounds. There is also an app that can teach you how to play the drums. It’s like having your own personal music instructor right at your finger tips.

I love how you can change up the sound, tempo and other details of the drum set so you are not stuck with just one way of playing it. You can jam like a rock star or kick it with some jazzy beats. It’s like having multiple drums all in one set.

The apps not only teach you how to play the drums, but it also gives you more ways of enjoying the drum set and there is less of a chance your child (or you!) will get bored with it.

There is a built in “dashboard” (for lack of a better description) that allows you to change the sounds of the drums, change the tempo and more. There are 169 sounds to choose from so you can truly customize this set.

There is even a spot on top to house your smart phone when using the apps that you use when playing with these drums.

Built to last:The Yamaha DTX400K line offers quality and durability at an affordable price; your child’s kit can take a lot of punishment and still maintain a solid performance level for years.

Yes! I have to agree with this. The set is made very well.

The frame is made from a strong, plastic pipe. Maybe a PVC type pipe? All I know is that we have banged on these drums a lot over the past couple of months and they are still in perfect condition.

I LOVE that this drum set is very light weight. You can easily pick it up and move it to another location.

Originally the drum set was supposed to go in the corner of our son’s room, near the window. The problem with that was the cats looked at it as a “jungle gym” and something fun to climb on to look out the window at the birds and anything else happening outside. That was not what we wanted for the drum set. So we ended up putting it in the corner of the living room. It’s still by a window, but the cats don’t bother with it much there.

Whenever we want to play with the drum set we simply lift it up and carry it into the living room. When we are done we put it back in the dining room. It sounds inconvenient, but honestly, it’s not that big of a deal.

We need to rearrange a few things in my son’s room so that we can put them in a place where the cats are NOT going to look at them as a “jungle gym” to climb on.

*The foot pedals were not attached/plugged in when I took this photo.

The drum set is electronic, so you need a play to plug it in if you want to play with it.

Overall I think this drum set is THE BEST SET you can purchase for your child (or yourself) if you have an interest in learning to play drums.

This is NOT some cheap set you can pick up at the local toy store. This is NOT a toy! This is a legitimate drum set, with the only difference being you don’t hear the music you are making without headphones and the drums are pads, not real drums.

This set gives you the real drum experience, from the realistic clashing sound of the cymbals, to the beats you get when you step on the foot pads.

Yamaha thought of everything when it came to this drum set. They even went so far as to include Velcro straps so that you can have the wires hug the drum set frame so that they are not dangling and in your way.

I should mention that set up is a breeze. My husband had the drum set put together and ready to rock out in about a half hour (give or take). Yamaha even took great care in the packaging of this drum set.

Each piece was carefully packed.

Set up was a breeze!

My husband couldn’t wait to start playing the drums once they were set up.

I cannot rave enough about this drum set. I love it. My husband – who didn’t really have an interest in drums – plays with it often and our son (before he got his first girlfriend) played with it almost daily.

I honestly feel like I’m playing real drums when I play with this set. I can live out my rock star fantasies I had when I was a child. It’s awesome!!!

If you, or your child, has interest in learning to play the drums, this is the way to go. Forget about those silly drum pads that don’t make real drum sounds. Skip those and go right to the real deal (well, almost real) with the Yamaha DTX400K electronic drum kits.

*There is another cymbal where the arrow is pointing. I didn’t realize it at the time that one of our cats was on the coffee table next to the drums and stepped on the cymbal, making it tip to the side.

If you are interested in learning more, visit THIS PAGE on the Yamaha website. There you’ll find a great video that explains the kit a bit more (including how it really sounds!) as well as a video about the apps.

You can also go to www.USA.Yamaha.com to learn more about other products the company offers. The brand is also on social media. You can find the links on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about this drum kit? Does it look like something you, your child/grandchild would enjoy? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


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

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Movie Review: Train to Busan – an actual GREAT horror movie



If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I enjoy horror movies. I am a big fan of the genre. I was into zombies long before most people jumped on the zombie “bandwagon,” thanks to shows like The Walking Dead. I’ve found zombie movies entertaining since the original Dawn of the Dead (1978).

As a child I enjoyed Dracula and other horror movies featuring actors like Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi, to name a few.

Sadly, these days I find most horror movies silly or boring. There is no “fear factor” left in them anymore. In fact, I think these days most horror movies are meant to gross you out rather than scare you. I can’t remember the last time a horror movie left me sitting on the edge of my seat.

Don’t get me started on sex and nudity in horror movies. Why some film makers feel that is necessary I’ll never know.

I’ve reviewed a lot of horror movies over the years. Most have been just “ok.” I can’t tell you the last time I was impressed by a horror movie.

I received to review the film Train to Busan. After seeing the trailer (below) I knew I had to see this film.


The film is in Korean, and unbeknownst to us when we watched the film we could have had it dubbed in English. We didn’t know that was an option. We watched the film where they spoke Korean and we read the subtitles. I’m not a fan of reading subtitles, but thankfully this film was more about the action on the screen than what people were saying.

Train to Busan is the story of a workoholic father who spends more time wheeling and dealing at work than he does paying attention to his young daughter. He even went so far as to miss a concert she was singing in because he was too involved with his job.

For her birthday, the young girl wanted to visit with her mother who lives in another city far away. The story doesn’t really go into why the little girl lived with her father and not her mother (unless it was a joint custody arrangement).

Initially the little girl was going to travel to the place her mother lived (Busan) by herself. At the urging of his mother (the young girl’s grandmother) the father was going to escort his daughter to Busan.

Train to Busan screen shot 2

While on the train the passengers had no clue what was going on in the world around them. The father was more concerned about his work than anything else. The passengers were also blissfully unaware that a young woman, infected with some kind of virus, had boarded the train.

The infected woman turns into a zombie and attacks others on the train, who in turn also attack passengers. Before you know it half the train is filled with flesh eating zombies.

How are you to survive on a train with cars full of ravenous zombies?

Even getting off the train is not an option, as the passengers found out the hard way.

Will any one survive? Is there any safe haven left in the world? Or are they doomed to die while riding the train to Busan? To find out you need to pick up (or download) a copy of Train to Busan, available today where ever movies are sold.

As I mentioned earlier, I am a die hard horror movie fan and it take a lot to impress me. I LOVED this film. That’s right – LOVED IT! It truly had me on the edge of my seat. This is hands down the BEST horror movie I have seen in many, many years. It didn’t matter that we watched it in Korean while reading the subtitles (you CAN have it dubbed in English). There wasn’t a lot of dialog. The film was very visual.

WOW! WOW! WOW! I cannot get over who amazing this film is.

Train to Busan screen shot 1

This film didn’t contain foul language, nudity or sex. And believe it or not, it wasn’t overly gory. It’s a TRUE horror movie that relays on your fear of the unknown and not knowing what is going to happen next. I was LITERALLY sitting up right on the couch (and not buried under my fuzzy blanket) because I was anxious about what was going on in the movie.

Even my husband agrees that its the best horror movie that we have seen in ages. I honestly cannot even tell you the title of the last horror movie that filled us with such excitement. It’s been that long.

The acting was perfect and the zombies were truly terrifying. They are fast zombies too. I find fast zombies much more scary than slow moving ones. If you have seen the film World War Z you know about fast zombies.

Train to Busan is non-stop action. It’s a little slow in the beginning, but once they father and his daughter get on the train the action is non-stop – right up to the very end.

There are some bonus features which as basically behind the scenes stuff at the making of the film. It’s pretty interesting but to be honest with you I was so enthralled with the film that I don’t remember much about the bonus features (I did watch them – I just don’t remember much about them).

If you are a fan of horror movies you MUST see this film. You’ll be glad you did. From one horror movie fan to another this film is truly a must see.

Train to Busan screen shot 3


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

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Writing a Good Book Review: Tips and Tricks



Book reviews, when well-written, offer a critical perspective applicable to the assigned text. These reviews will make an argument either for, or against, the topic at hand. They will provide readers with reasons to agree with, or dispute, the author’s position. Most importantly though, a book review is not simply a summary, but a commentary on the text itself. Therefore, we are offering you this piece as a means in which to learn how to write a good book review.

Where to Begin?

Book review writing may not come easily for you. Chances are, you are wondering where to begin. Do not allow the initial steps of the assignment to overwhelm you. In fact, the introductory paragraph of your review can be accomplished in a relatively simple fashion. All you need to do is start off by telling the readers what the book is about. This should not take more than a few sentences to accomplish. Do not give too much away though. You want the readers to wonder where the story line is going.

Transition from that brief description to what you liked and disliked about the book. This is the section of your review in which you can open up and offer your personal commentary and opinions. If you struggle with how to put those opinions in the proper format, it might help to answer these questions:

  • Which characters did you like best and least? Why?
  • What kind of emotional responses did the book elicit in you? Laughter? Tears?
  • Was this a page turner? Why?
  • What made the characters believable? And if they weren’t, why?
  • Was there anything that frustrated you about the storyline? What was it?
  • Did you enjoy the topic or was it one that did not grab your attention?
  • What are your thoughts on the ending?

Man Reading

Getting Serious

While your readers will certainly find great value in your personal opinions on the book, its theme, and characters, your professor might want a more serious evaluation. This is where the argument side of your review comes into play. You will need to carefully delineate your stance and be sure that the argument you present is readily understood by the readers.

Next, organize your paragraphs to be sure each one takes on a different aspect of the argument. In order to maintain clarity and proper flow, you might want to consider creating an outline. This will help you place your argument points in the correct order. This way you can differentiate your elements of critique.

One thing to note here, is that your arguments do not have to take on a chronological flow. You can organize your paragraphs based on themes, book elements, or even methods. If necessary, you can compare your book’s text and topic to other books that follow similar ideals. Just don’t let the other books take center stage in your paper.

A big thing to pay attention to here is that you do not employ the use of too many quotations. Trust your own ability to rewrite the author’s words and points. But, when you feel the need to quote something, be sure to cite it correctly. You do not want to be accused of plagiarism.

Wrapping it All Up

In this part of your review you will be wrapping it all up. You will reveal your final position on the book. There will be no place to introduce new evidence here. You should have presented all the supporting arguments in the previous segments and paragraphs. Therefore, the conclusion will simply consist of a blatant statement about your final judgment for or against the book or its position.

You will need to ensure that the conclusion provides a well-defined balance between the book’s strengths and weaknesses. Nothing is either all good or all bad. If you take only one view of the book, your professor will see you as a biased commentator and not someone who thoroughly and objectively reviewed the text. That’s a view you do not want the professor to have.

Woman Reading

Review Before Submitting

Unfortunately, this is the section of the book review process that people have a tendency to take less seriously. They negate the import of editing and revising. Even professional writers have to go back and reread the pieces they compose prior to submitting them to their publishers.

In truth, reviewing your own writing will be far more beneficial to you than just handing in your first draft. Take the time to read the piece out loud. This will help you ascertain any grammatical and typographical errors that may have occurred in the writing process.

Additionally, if you have the ability, it is highly advisable to read the piece to someone else. This will enable you to ensure that the piece flows in an understandable way. And, it will help you address any potential questions the readers might have.

Final Thoughts

Once you have determined the problem areas, it is in your best interest to return to the piece and revise. And, at this time there are a few things you should take a look at as one final review of your paper.  Ask yourself the following questions before the paper leaves your hands:

  1. Did I criticize this book?
  2. Does my review reflect the book I read, or the one I hoped it would be?
  3. Does my tone come across the way I mean it, or should my verbiage be more precise?
  4. Have I challenged the underlying assumptions and backed my challenges with properly cited sources?
  5. Is by argument balanced? And, will it be valuable to potential readers?
  6. Did I treat the author fairly and avoid harsh judgments?

If the answers to these questions come across in a manner that places you at ease, it is probably time to turn the paper in. But, for good measure, you should read it one more time. That is how you guarantee that you have written a good original book review.


*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do no necessarily reflect my own.

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“Experience” Disney’s Moana at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater



The movie going experience has changed A LOT since I was a young girl. Some things have stayed the same – like popcorn and candy from the concession stand. But seeing the movie it’s self has changed so much over the years, including how movies are made.

It’s common knowledge that movies made these days are high-tech, made with an arsenal of computer software and technologies to bring movies to life. Even animated movies have come a long way.

When I was a young girl, my mom would take me to a local movie theater every week during the summer to see Disney films. Each week the theater would bring back an old Disney film (and charge 1/2 price for tickets). That allowed me to see such classics as Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella (made before I was born) on the big screen.

Animated films have changed so much. They are no longer “flat” animations. Today’s animations are so realistic that you would swear they were shot in real life.

Yesterday my husband and I got to “experience” and animated film – Moana. Our daughter couldn’t join us because she had to work and our son felt weird going with just us (plus he worried it was a “girly film,” which it is not).


When I say “experience” the film, I mean that we felt like we were IN the film, thanks to the amazing Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater we saw the film in. If you have never seen a film at a Dolby Cinema you are missing out on an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G movie going experience.

Our local Dolby Cinema theater is at the AMC Theater at the Westfield Mall (aka Garden State Plaza) in New Jersey. When you walk into the lobby you are greeted with a grande foyer worthy of a major Hollywood Event.



We picked up our tickets, courtesy of Disney for the purpose of reviewing the film. Then we were greeted by a representative from Dolby Cinema who gave us handy drawstring bags and fun pins.



Once inside the theater it’s self, I got the feeling I was about to embark on a spectacular movie premiere (even though it was just a regular mainstream movie). The theater is HUGE with a super sized screen.

Dolby Cinema at AMC Theaters have THE BEST SEATS in any movie theater. They are large and roomy (great for “plus size” people like myself) and recline. That’s right – they recline! The buttons are conveniently located on the arm, along with a cup holder for your beverage.

I tried to take video of the theater and photos of the seats, but the theater was dark. This was the best I could get.



I must forewarn you – the seats are so comfy you could easily fall asleep. LOL!

The theater is built so that you can recline your seat and there is still plenty of people to walk up and down your aisle.

A magical thing that the seats do is that they “vibrate” (for lack of a better description), depending on the action going on during the film. That sense of movement makes you fee like you are right there in the film as the action is happening.

The movie appears crystal clear on the big screen. It’s so crisp that you can see every tiny detail – right down to the strands of hair on the characters heads. It’s mind blowing!

The colors are bright and bold and “true to life.”


When it comes to Dolby, you know it’s all about the sound quality. You cannot beat the sound quality of a Dolby Cinema movie theater.

When you combine the sound, the quality of the picture and the impressive reclining chairs – your movie going gets taken to a whole new level. You just don’t watch a movie – you EXPERIENCE a movie in the best way possible.

Given the opportunity I would watch every film at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater.

If you like a list of Dolby Cinema locations currently opened, and those opening soon can be found on the Dolby Cinema at AMC webpage. You can also sign up for the Dolby Cinema newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming films and special events.


On to the film…

I have been excited to see Moana ever since I saw the first trailer for it.

Moana is the story about a young girl (Moana) who lives on an island with her parents, grandmother and many other families. Her father is the chief and Moana is being groomed to take over for him one day.

Ever since she was a toddler, Moana has always been intrigued by the ocean. It’s as if it calls her. Her parents on the other hand, especially her father, want her to steer clear from the ocean. The only safe place for them is on the island and within the reef. The world past the reef is dark and dangerous.

Moana tries to do the right thing, but as she gets old the sea seem to be calling for her more and more. Her grandmother is aware of this and tell her that the ocean chose her.

Things start to take a turn for the worse on the island. Coconut trees are dying. There is no more fish and the residents are worried that an ancient curse has finally found their island.

With her grandmother’s help, Moana knows that she needs to step up to save the island by locating a demigod named Maui and taking him to an island to return a special stone that he stole many years ago, which is the reason for the curse to be spreading throughout the world.

Moana is not an experienced sailor but she takes on the challenge to help her people.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana does find Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as well as a plethora of challenges along the way including evil coconut critters who want the stone Moana is trying to return.

Will they succeed? To find out you need to go and see Moana, playing at Dolby Cinemas and other movie theaters across the country.

We LOVED the movie! Loved it! Loved It! Loved It! It had it all – heart, humor, adventure, love, friendship, challenges… you name it. It even has a fantastic sound track. Even late last night my husband told me that one of the songs (How Far Will I Go) was stuck in his head.

The animation is so incredibly realistic! WOW! I was super impressed by how incredibly visual the film is. From the water to Moana’s toenails… they all look so real!

I loved all the characters in the film. Of course Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) and Maui were two of my favorites, but other characters like Pua the pig and Hei Hei the chicken also stole my heart. So much so I told my husband I want a stuffed/plush Pua and Hei Hei for Christmas.

MOANA - (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA – (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There is an evil character in the film – a lava monster. That is the only character that I think might be a wee bit scar for little ones. There are a few scenes with that character too. The lava monster reminded me of the evil devil like creature at the end of the film This is the End. 

This is a film not to be missed in theaters. You have to experience Moana to truly appreciate all it’s beauty. The best way would be at a Dolby Cinema and AMC Theater. If you don’t have one near you, you still should go and see the film. If I were to rate it from one to five stars I’d give Moana 20 stars! It’s that good.

More more information visit the film’s home page Movies.Disney.com/Moana. You can also check out the film on Facebook and Twitter. In addition you can follow Disney Animation on Instagram and Tumblr. The official hashtag is #Moana.

You can also check out the hashtags #DolbyCinema and #ShareAMC to read others reactions about seeing the film at a Dolby Cinema theater.



*I received free tickets and compensation to see the film. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season now available



Anyone who knows me personally knows how much I LOVE the AMC’s The Walking Dead. I have been a huge fan since day one. I have NEVER missed an episode – ever. And I’ve seen each episode numerous times. Every time they do marathons of the series my husband and I usually always watch them.

My desk has several TWD figurines/toys on it. I even have Daryl’s “ear necklace” hanging up in my car (real fans will know what I’m talking about), “Lucille” on our television stand and Michonne’s Katana in my bedroom closet (a gift for my hubby).

With each passing season The Walking Dead gets more and more intense and complex.

With season six it’s not the “walkers” the group has to fear – it’s other humans.

Admittedly I started watching the series to see all the zombies, but now that we have invited these characters into our living room week after week we are more interested in the people – more so than the zombies.

Season six probably has the most talked about season cliffhanger than any other season of the series. The season ended months ago and people are STILL talking about it and their theories about who Negan killed with his barb wired covered bat he named “Lucille.”

I made this "Lucille" for my husband for Christmas.

I made this “Lucille” for my husband for Christmas.

Personally I’m hoping its NOT a man character. I’d be OK with Eugene, Abraham, Aaron and/or Rosita. Please DON’T let it be Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, Shasha, Michonne or Carl. We know it’s not Rick since he’s the central character in the series.

I have seen every episode of the season, but I wanted a copy of the series for the bonus features. I have seasons 1-5 already in our collection and I always find that the bonus features are well worth owning the season on Blu-ray/DVD. Season Six is no exception.

I won’t give away the story lines of Season Six in case some readers missed a few episodes. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will say that this season is VERY intense and you have to see very episode.

The Blu-ray set for Season Six has many “must see” bonus features.

First and foremost there is a lot of audio commentary. If you read any of my Blu-ray/DVD reviews you’ll know that I am NOT a fan of audio commentary. I skip over those types of bonus features. However I make allowances for the audio commentary with The Walking Dead Blu-rays/DVDs because I really want to know every tiny detail about what goes on behind the scenes.

Season Six has audio commentary from Writer & Executive Producer Scott Gimple, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make Up Artist Greg Nicotero and cast members including Norma Redus (Daryl), Lennie James (Morgan), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Melissa McBride (Carol), Steven Yeun (Glenn), and Alanna Masterson (Tara). A lot of the commetary is about specific episodes.

Daryl's Ear "Necklace" that hangs in my car.

Daryl’s Ear “Necklace” that hangs in my car.

I love that this collection features little nuggets of the making of the episodes, giving viewers a fantastic behind the scenes look at each episode. This is one of my favorite features. It gives me more of an appreciation for what goes on to bring this incredible series to the screen week after week.

The memoriam featurette highlights some of the characters that were killed off this season.

I also really liked the feature entitled Negan: Someone to Fear. Oh my goodness!!! He’s really going to be a strong force to contend with. I cannot fathom how our beloved group of survivors are going to get out from under Negan without him killing off more group members.

The Face of Death: Iconic Walkers of the Season is another interesting bonus feature. It shows how the walking dead have changed (appearances) this season. How they produce the make-up and prosthetics to make the dead look so realistic is so cool!

There are a few other features, including deleted scenes.

If you pick up a copy of Season Six you really should set aside an evening just to view the bonus features. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. They are well worth every minute of them.

Season Six is not a season to miss. Plus now is a great time to catch up on anything you missed before the new season starts October 23, 2016.

Look for The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the series? Who is your favorite character? What did you think of Season Six?

Most importantly… who do you think Negan kills?



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

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Movie Review: Angry Birds


Angry Birds

Angry Birds have come a long way since they first came out as a fun game (app) you could play on your phone or other device. I used to play that game a lot. It was the only game on my phone. Even now, years later, Angry Birds was one of the few games I had on my cellphone.

I can’t tell you how many times I deleted the game out of frustration – only to download it again. It can be an intense game.

Over the years the Angry Birds game has changed – including a Star Wars version.

Some how this fun, strategy game became a hit movie.

I used to work with a young boy who was OBSESSED with Angry Birds and anxiously waited for the movie to come out. He must have been one of the first ones in line. After he saw it he couldn’t stop talking about it. He had a lot of movie related toys and similar items too.

I didn’t have the opportunity to see the movie when it was in theaters, but I did receive a copy of the film to review.

Angry Birds, the movie, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

Angry Birds feature the voice talents of  Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage.

I was very impressed by the list of actor who voiced the characters in this film.

Red from Angry Birds Movie

The film stars off with a bird named Red who accidentally causes a customer’s egg to prematurely hatch, which is not a good thing on Bird Island. The hatchling’s family takes Red to court where he is sentence to anger management classes.

Red is not fond of being forced to take anger management classes. Even at class he doesn’t make any effort to get to know anyone or even do the right thing.

One day a mysterious ship docks at the island (almost destroying Red’s home in the process). On board the ship are pigs.

The pigs seem to be OK and the birds welcome them to the island. Red is not so easily convinced that the pigs are harmless. He doesn’t trust them.

Red’s dislike for the pigs is validated when the pigs steal all of the eggs on the island to take back to their island. The pigs plan on eating the bird eggs.

What will the birds do to rescue their eggs? Will Red help out his fellow birds – even though he is a loner and has anger issues? To find out you need to purchase or download a copy of Angry Birds. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Angry Birds has A LOT of bonus features. I have reviewed a lot of movie over the years and I have never seen a film with so many bonus features. Here are just a FEW of them.

Angry Bird Group Shot

There are a few mini-movies/shorts based on the characters.

  • Early Hatchling Gets the Worm
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Holiday
  • Meet the Hatchlings

I wouldn’t be shocked if there is another animated film in the future based on the Hatchlings. They are super cute.

Other bonus features include:

  • Creating the Real World of Angry Birds
  • Crafty Birds
  • Meet the Birds
  • Meet the Pigs
  • Music Video – “Friends” by Blake Shelton.

There are several other bonus features. They are worth checking out if you have the opportunity, most especially the mini-movies/shorts mentioned above.

As far as the movie goes, this is a fun, family friendly film. It’s very colorful (literally) and filled with a lot of interesting characters.


The animation is superb. The film makers made sure to put a lot of details into every aspect of this film – right down to the feather-like texture on the birds.

I love the background animation (trees, beach…). It was very well done.

I find it interesting how the film makers were able to incorporate aspects of the Angry Birds games into the film. For example, using the catapult to break into the Pig’s fortress. I also like how the film makers made the characters resemble the game world counter parts.

The mini-movies/shorts are good. I think I like them a wee bit more than the movie.

I got mixed reviews from my kids and my husband. My husband wasn’t fond of the film at all (he got bored with it almost from the beginning). Both of my kids (teens) were “on the fence” about it. There were aspects of it they liked and other things they didn’t like.

I do know that both of my kids did download Angry Birds on their phones after watching the film (they haven’t played that game in years – just like me). I think the film renewed their interest in the game.

Below is the film’s trailer. This is a theatrical trailer. The film is now available for home viewing.

Did you see Angry Birds? If so, what did you think of the film?



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

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