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Bumblebee now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

 

Are you a fan of the Transformers movie franchise? Me and my family are. The first one has to be our favorite (or at least it is for me), but Age of Extinction was really good too.

Throughout the Transformers movies, one of our favorite characters is the sweet, yellow Transformer known as Bumblebee. We like him so much that my son, and husband, even used to have Bumblebee action figures and transformer cars.

Available today on Blu-ray and DVD (it’s already been available on digital) is the spin off, or prequel (depending on how you see it) Transformers movie, Bumblebee. As you can guess, it’s all about our beloved Transformer.

Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Dylan O’Brian, Angela Basset, Justin Theroux, and Fred Dryer, to name a few.

It is the first live-action Transformers film not to be directed by Michael Bay.

Long before they Transformers came to Earth they lived on a planet called Cybertron. There is a war ragin on between Decepticons and the Autobots. The Autobots are headed by a Transformer called Optimus Prime.

As the Autobot plan on leaving Cybertron in effort to find a safe place to exist, they are intercepted by some Decepticons. During this time Optimus Prime sends one of the Autobots, named B-127,  in an escape pod. He wants him to set up a base of operations some place safe where the Autobots can come together again.

B-127 crash lands on Earth, specifically in California.

A secret government agency, lead by Colonel Jack Burns, believes that B-127 is a hostile extraterrestrial. They find him and attack him, only forcing him into the woods where a Decepticon finds him and ambushes him. He demands to know the where about of Optimus Prime. Because B-127 refuses to give up his location, the Decepticon rips out his voice box and damages his memory core.

B-127 manages to escape, but he’s seriously injured. To protect himself he turns into an old Volkewagon Beetle.

B-127 awakens when a teenager named Charlie tries to start him up. The car (B-127) was given to her as an 18th birthday present.

Turning B-127 on also activates a homing signal that the Decepticons pick up on. Two of the Decepticon’s are sent to Earth to find B-127. In effort to find him they pretend to be friendly aliens in order to gain the trust of the secret government agency (Sector 7) in hopes that they can help track down B-127’s whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Charlie soon discovers that there is something special about her Volkewagon Bug when she attempts to fix it up and triggers B-127 to transform back into an Autobot. She also unlocks a special message from Optimum Prime where he tells B-127 to defend Earth in their abscense. In addition, some of B-127’s memories are triggered.

Charlie gives B-127 his nickname, Bumblebee.

Will the Decepticons find Bumblebee/B-127 and destroy him? Will the Autobots arrive to Earth before it’s too late? Will the government discover who Bumblebee/B-127 is and where he is? And what about Charlie? Will she be safe once he’s found? To find out you need to pick up (or rent) Bumblebee. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.

There are over an hour of bonus features including 14 delete/extended scenes and outtakes. There is also a comic book with the Blu-ray, DVD & Digital combo pack called Bumblebee’s Next Adventure.

I think there is even a Bumblebee 2 movie in the works. That would be great if there was one. If it’s anything like this movie I’ll definitely want to see it.

As fans of the movie franchise, and with Bumblee being our favorite Autobot, my family and I loved the film. Even though there were different characters, the same appeal that the other Transformers movies have is in this movie also.

Bumblebee is a short compared to other Transformers movies (114 minutes compared to the shortest Transformers’ film, the first film in the franchise with 143 minutes). I appreciate the run time. Sometimes a longer film is “overkill” and I end up losing interest towards the end. This film was just the right length.

Bumblebee had the same action and excitement as all of it’s predecessors. You can tell that this film is very much a part of the movie franchise. It’s not a stand alone film, although it could be (especially if you haven’t seen the other Transformer movies yet).

I appreciate the back story to Bumblebee. I would love to see a film like this for Optimus Prime. I’m not sure if the other Autobots are popular enough to warrant their own films.

This film is rated PG-13. I know that young kids watch these films, just let it be known that there is a lot of violence (shooting, fighting, intense situations). This film also has tender moments between Bumblebee and Charlie, as well as some humor. After all, Bumblebee is a sweet Autobot who clearly has some kind of a heart.

The special effects in this film are awesome! I am going to have to watch the movie again just to make sure I didn’t miss anything while I was focuses on following all of the action on the screen. I also wouldn’t mind watching it again because I really enjoyed the film.

I received a free screener copy of the film to review. In addition, I also received some A-W-E-S-O-M-E Bumblebee movie related toys. My favorite is the talking/shaking large Bumblebee action figure.

We LOVE the large Bumblebee action figure. It records what you say to it, then speaks it back to you in Bumblebee’s voice, as well as dances to music.

Check out the brief video I made for it. I forgot to turn the phone on it’s side (sorry!).

 

These the other cool toys we received along with the movie screener.

The two toys pictured above are action figures. One is a Bumblebee action figure, and the other is Blitzwing. Blitzwing is one of the Decepticons featured in this film.

We haven’t opened the action figures up yet (pictured above). I’m deciding if we are going to keep them ourselves or if I’m going to use them as prizes for the various contents we do where I work.

Below is another toy we received. It’s one of the weapons used in the film. We haven’t opened this one up yet either. I’m trying to figure out who I am going to gift it to.

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

 

Kimberly

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

Movie Review: Adrift

 

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is the action/adventure film Adrift. 

The film has a limited cast featuring Shailene Woodley and Sam Clafin. There are only three other characters featured in the film for a brief period of time.

Adrift is loosley based on a true story. I never heard of the story until I saw the film. I Googled it afterwards. It’s really rather interesting.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft was a young lady who was traveling the world on her own. She went from place to place taking jobs here and there to make money to pay for meals and a place to stay. She would stay someplace for a few weeks or months before moving on to another location.

Tami came to Tahiti on a ship where she worked as a cook. Once in Tahiti she took a job at a marina, tending to ships and doing odd jobs. That is where she met a handsome young man named Richard Sharp.

Richard was from England. She was traveling the world on a ship that he made himself.

Richard and Tami became friends but it quickly turned into romance. The pair spent the next few months together on Tahiti, making plans on what to do next.

One evening Richard and Tami bumped into old friends of Richard’s from England. They arrived in Tahiti on their ship, the Hazana. They asked Richard if he would be interested in sailing their ship to San Diego for $10,000 and a first class plane ticket back to Tahiti. Richard agreed as long as they paid for two plane tickets – one for him and one for Tami.

The duo set off for San Diego, California, which is almost 4,000 miles away. Richard is an experienced sailor and Tami knows enough to be of help to Richard.

During their journey they are faced with a horrific storm (Hurricane Raymond) which leaves the ship destroyed and Richard severely injured. Now it’s up to Tami to not only take care of Richard, but also to find a way to get the ship to sail to Hawaii, which is the closest land to their known location. The only problem is, if they miss the Hawaiian islands they will be at a point of no return and they will die adrift on the ocean. Or they could run out of food and water and die as well. Neither outcome is good.

Will Tami and Richard survive being lost and adrift at sea in the Pacific ocean? Will they be rescued before it’s too late? To find out you need to pick up, or download, Adrift. Look for it wherever movies are sold.

Don’t Google their story. You don’t want to ruin the film for you.

It is a fascinating story. I could not imagine what it felt like to be lost at sea with no hope of being rescued because you are drifting in areas that boats don’t travel. I also cannot imagine not having access to food and water.

The story bounces around, which I was not too fond of. It starts off with the couple after their boat was destroyed, then it back tracks to when Tami came to Tahiti. Then it bounces back to the destroyed ship. The movie continues to do that until the backstory finally catches up with the present time. I would have preferred that they started from the beginning and worked their way chronologically.

The film can be slow at times, but that is fine. The film makers had to address how the couple arrived in Tahiti and how they met before showing them setting sail for San Diego.

I wish they would have given more insight into Tami’s background as well as Richard’s. I’d like to know what inspired Tami to drift around the world, and what caused Richard to feel the same way.

I was shocked by the outcome of the story. It’s not what you think it is. I thought I knew what was going on, but I was wrong. You’ll be surprised too when you watch the film.

There are bonus features that I didn’t get a chance to watch. The night we watched the film our son cut his finger on the deli slicer (he works at the deli in a grocery store). We had to take him to the emergency room, so watching the bonus features were not top priority at that moment in time.

Bonus features include;

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Survival at Sea – An interview with the cast and filmmakers 
  • Braving the Elements – A behind-the-scenes look at filming in the open waters
  • Journey– Shailene Woodley takes viewers on a journey into Adrift
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • Feature Commentary with Director Baltasar Kormákur and Shailene Woodley

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. Remember, the film is no longer in theaters.

 

Kimberly

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

Movie Review: Book Club

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and on Digital is the romantic comedy Book Club. 

Book Club has an all-star cast including Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Andy Garcia, Candace Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Don Johnson and Craig T. Nelson.

I’m impressed by this stellar cast.

Vivian (Fonda), Diane (Keaton), Sharon (Bergen) and Carol (Steenburgen) are life long friends. They have known each other for 30+ years.

Vivan is a successful business owner who owns hotels. Diane is a widow who keeps herself busy with her home and grown children. Sharon is a judge and Carol is happily married to Bruce (Nelson) and his active in charities.

Aside from Carol, the other ladies are all single. Vivian never married, although she almost married a man named Arthur when she was younger. Diane’s husband died a couple of years ago and Sharon is divorced. Her husband is about to marry a much younger lady (it’s that always the case?).

Each month the friends get together to discuss a book. It’s their own personal book club. It’s their chance to drink wine and chat about their lives too.

(L-R) Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen in the film, BOOK CLUB, by Paramount Pictures

When it’s Vivian’s turn to select the book, she chooses Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James. If you are unfamiliar with the book, Fifty Shades of Grey is about a couple of engage in a lot of S & M sexual practices, among other things.

The women were reluctant to read the book at first, but eventually gave in. They were so into the book that they couldn’t put it down.

The book inspires Sharon to join online dating. The book also makes Carol crave more attention from her husband Bruce who has been distant from her since he retired.

Vivian happens to bump into her former fiancee, Arthur (Johnson), who is in town for a meeting. He suggests that they meet up for coffee.

On a plane ride to visit her daughters in Arizona, Diane (Keaton) meets a very handsome stranger who is seated next to her named Mitchell (Garcia). Mitchell happens to be an airline pilot.

The book causes their lives to turn upside down. Each lady is looking for love, but will they ever find it? Can you find love that easily, especially when you are older? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Book Club. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I loved this film. I really did. I thought it was a great mix of humor and romance.

I enjoyed the fact that they used older actors to portray the characters in this film. I don’t think the film would have been as good if they used twenty-somethings to portray the characters in the film.

All of the actors looked amazing. They also proved that they still have their acting chops and younger Hollywood actors should keep that in mind. Just because these actors are older does not mean they are out of the game.

I really liked each of the story lines that the main characters (women) had. They were all believable and I’m sure that a lot of people, both young and old, could relate to them.

Alicia Silverstone, Richard Dreyfus and Ed Begley Jr. are also featured in this film as Diane’s daughter, Sharon’s love interest and Sharon’s ex-husband, respectively.

This film might be considered a “chick flick,” which is why my husband wasn’t really interested in it. In a way it is, but I think men can appreciate it too. It’s all about finding love, and everyone can relate to that.

There are some bonus features with this film. I don’t have my copy handy, but I know the features included how they brought the film to life and how they went about to get the actors to play the roles. There are also cast interviews about the film and their co-workers.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

Did you see Book Club? If so, what did you think about the film?

 

Kimberly

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

Movie Review: Dead Pool 2

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is the sequel to the popular film, Dead Pool, appropriately entitled Dead Pool 2. 

Dead Pool 2 brings back Ryan Reynolds as the title character, Dead Pool/Wade. Also returning are Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), T.J. Miller (Weasel), and Stefan Kapicic (voice of Col0ssus).

Dead Pool travels the world fighting the bad guys, but he always makes sure to come home to Vanessa. Wade and Vanessa are ready to start a family, despite everything that has went on in their lives.

When Vanessa is murdered, Wade doesn’t see a reason to live anymore. He attempts to commit suicide, only to be rescued by his friends, the X-men.

Wade/Dead Pool now lives in the mansion with the X-men, and is considered to be in “training” to become an X-man.

Responding to a call at an orphanage, the X-men encounter a young boy named Russel who can create fire with his fists. Dead Pool is able to talk Russel down from his explosive anger, but in doing so he he realizes that Russel has been abused by the headmaster of the orphanage.

Dead Pool and Russel are arrested and confined to a prison for mutant criminals.

Unbeknownst to the X-men, a cybernetic soldier from the future named Cable has come back in time to kill Russel, who is also known as Firefist. As an adult (in the future), Russel kills Cable’s family and Cable has gone back in time to kill Russel to prevent him from killing his family in the future.

Meanwhile the X-men try and get Dead Pool and Russel out of their mutant prison, but not without accidentally releasing a vicious, cold-blooded killer called Juggernaut. In fact, Russel teams up with Juggernaut in his attempt to murder the headmaster at the orphanage that was cruel to him.

Will Russel and Juggernaut succeed? Will Cable kill Russel before he can commit his first murder? How does Dead Pool and the X-men fit into the story? To find out you need to pick up, or download, Dead Pool 2. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

First and foremost, I adore Ryan Reynolds. I think it’s a great actor and a really funny comedian. In my mind he was always the perfect choice to play Dead Pool.

I did laugh many times throughout the film, but I could have done without all the crude humor. I honestly felt it was uncalled for. You can be super funny without going there.

I knew from the original film to expect crude humor, but I was kind of hoping that the film makers toned it down a bit for this film. I guess not.

This is NOT a family friendly film. Regardless of the fact that Dead Pool and the X-men are superheros, this is NOT a suitable film for children due to the crude and vulgar humor, sexual references and violence. The film is rated R.

Overall I liked the plot of the film. It is reminiscent of the original Terminator film where someone from the future comes back to the past to kill someone in hopes of altering the events of the future. Russel/Firefist is essentially Sarah Connor and Cable is Terminator.

The special effects in this film are pretty awesome. There are several sequences that kept me on the edge of my seat because the action was so intense and special effects really added to the situation.

I liked the addition of the new characters like Russel, Cable (played by the handsome Josh Brolin) and Juggernaut.

I’m curious if there will be a Dead Pool 3. I am not as familiar with Marvel’s X-men as I am with other superheros. I don’t know if Russel ends up becoming an X-men or not.

There are plenty of bonus features to extend your movie viewing pleasure. My personal favorites were the gag reel (they looked like they had a blast making this film), extended scenes and deleted scenes. There is also commentary (I am not a fan of commentary), a look at the cast of characters and much, much more.

Look for Dead Pool 2 where ever movies are sold.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. Remember, the film is no longer in theaters.

Did you see Dead Pool 2? If so, what did you think of the film? 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. 

Zero Water Filtration System

I drink water and a lot of it. Its rare to see me without one of my water bottles near by (reusable of course). I drink a lot of water not only for my health but also to help me feel good. When I am dehydrated I feel “blah” and I can’t function right. I also have a weird little lump in one of my salivary glands that swells up if I get dehydrated and it’s rather bothersome. To make sure I don’t have to deal with it I make sure to drink ample amount of water per day.

On average I’d say I drink about a gallon of water per day. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

When I was growing up we had well water. I loved how it tasted. It was also VERY cold straight from the tap. You never needed ice cubes to chill your water. It was freezing cold the moment you fill up your glass. I loved it!

I miss those days. Where we live now we have town water. Blah! I don’t like it one bit. Maybe I’m just spoiled from the well water. Our current tap water has an odd taste to it. I will drink it if I need to swallow an aspirin or something quick like that. Other then that I use the Brita water pitcher we keep in the fridge.

For the past several weeks I have traded in our Brita with a Zero Water filtration system. Its a large pitcher with a  filter that is suppose to remove 100% of detectable dissolved solids and is suppose to provide more complete filtration than conventional carbon water filters.

I always worry about what is lurking in the water that we drink. That is why I will only drink filtered or bottled water. I wouldn’t want to put my family at risk having them drink something unhealthy.

The little device next to the pitcher is the TDS monitor.

When I was learning more about the Zero Water filtration system I was curious to know what “dissolvable solids” were. In a nutshell it simply means things present in water OTHER then water. These are things that can be organic in nature (leaves, plankton, silt) to man-made things such as fertilizer, rock salts, and even sewage. Ewww! Gross!

There is a way to test water to see if there are things OTHER then water found inside. One way is is the test the “Total Dissolved Solids” using a TDS monitor. The amount expressed is in units of mg per unit volume of water (mg/L), which is also referred to as parts per million (ppm). The TDS is directly related to the purity and quality of the water. Another words the lower the number the better the water is for you to drink.

Zero Water is the only one on the market that says its TDS readings are zero, meaning that the filter captures everything “non-water” and keeps it from ending up in your drinking glass. I found this to be really intriguing and I wanted to learn more about it.

Zero Water sent me a filtration system consisting of a pitcher and filter. They also sent along a TDS monitor so I can test out Zero Water and compare it to other waters.

I can’t tell you how I excited I was to set up my own little laboratory and test the Zero Water pitcher with other water options my family might use.

I compared Zero Water to the Brita, bottled water and tap water.

First up was a glass of water from the Zero Water pitcher. I inserted the monitor to get the reading and it came to .20. I was surprised it wasn’t at zero. Interesting…

Next I tried tap water. Eww! Our tap water had a reading of 392! Oh my goodness! That is HORRIBLE!

I used a regular store bought bottle of water (generic brand) and the monitor gave me a reading of .23. That is not bad at all.

Lastly I tired a glass of water from our Brita. The Brita gave me a reading higher then the bottle water at 268. WOW! How can that be? I was shocked to learn that the Brita was almost as high as the tap water. However I did find out why. As per my husband we should have replaced the Brita filter a month ago. No wonder it is not working right. We have been using the Zero water pitcher that I totally forgot to replace the Brita filter.

I thought I would give the Zero Water another chance so I pour a fresh glass of water from the Zero Water pitcher and got a reading of .22 the second time around.

I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t see a zero, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the Zero Water system. I like the sleek design of the pitcher. It doesn’t take up much space in the fridge. The water also tastes good to me and my family with no weird after taste or anything nasty like that.

Zero Water’s filters offer five different layers of filtration to remove the things that shouldn’t be in your drinking water.

The Zero Water system is around the same price as similar filter systems. The replacement filters are roughly $15 each were as we were paying around $9 for the Brita.

To be honest getting monitor numbers above zero on the Zero Water pitcher doesn’t bother me and it wouldn’t deter me from recommending it to others. It’s A LOT better then tap water.

The only downside so the Zero Water is that the pitcher doesn’t seem to hold as much water. It seems like we’re constantly filling it up. But that is a fair enough trade off to know that the water we are drinking is free of harmful things. It’s also a good sign that my kids are drinking enough water.

To learn more about Zero Water please visit www.ZeroWater.com. The brand is also on social media. You can find their links on the bottom of their website.

Zero Water carries a variety of products in different sizes and styles. You can find Zero Water products on their website as well as at many retail locations across the country.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

Blood Fest – In Theaters & On Demand on August 31, 2018

 

If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you know that I enjoy horror movies. I grew up watching the classics (Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Halloween...). They are still my favorites today.

Whenever I am given the opportunity to review a horror movie I usually take on the review. Sadly, most horror movies I am sent to review are not “horror” movies in the true sense. They are mostly a bloody, gory mess with no real story line. Film makers also toss in some sex, nudity and vulgar language too.

It’s been a long time since I have reviewed a horror movie that I actually enjoyed. That movie was Train to Busan, which I reviewed in January of 2017. Yes, it’s been that long since I have had the opportunity to review a horror movie that I actually enjoyed. How sad is that?

I had the opportunity to review a film called Blood Fest.

Blood Fest stars Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), Tate Donovan, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, Barbara Dunkelman and Owen Egerton, who happens to be the writer and director of the film. Zachary Levi also makes a brief appearance in the film.

Dax (Kay) enjoyed watching horror movies as a child with his mother. His father was against them.

Even after a horrific family tragedy, Dax still loved horror movies.

Dax and his friends, Sam (Gabriel), Krill (Batalon) got wind of something called “Horror Fest.” It was a cool event that celebrated all the popular horror movies.

Dax’s father, Dr. Conway (Tate), was totally against Dax going and cut up his wrist band that allowed him to get into the festival. His friends were not going to let him miss out so they talked another friend, Ashley (Dunkelman) if she could get him in. She recently filmed a horror movie and was going to be there with the film’s director.

Blood Fest is set up on a huge, isolated property. There are different areas set up to represent various horror movies.

Once you enter the festival the doors are locked and the gates are electrified to keep people from leaving until the morning.

All the attendees are thinking that Blood Fest is just a festival to get drunk, buy merchandise and visit sites that represent their favorite horror movies. But they were wrong – dead wrong.

The man in charge of Blood Fest, Antony Walsh (Egerton) has a much more sinister plan. NO ONE is to get out of Blood Fest alive. He’s actually using the massacre of the unknowing festival goers as part of a new movie he’s making.

Now it’s up to the friends, as well as others, to escape the festival grounds before they are killed by vampires, zombies, maniacs, possessed dolls, and killer clowns.

Will the friends survive? How can they possibly survive being surrounded by nothing but killers who are out to get them, and everyone else at the festival. To find out you need to go see Blood Fest playing at select theaters on August 31, 2018. The movie will also be available On Demand. Check with your provider on August 31, 2018 to see when it will be playing.

Blood Fest is more of a comedy than it is a horror movie, however, some people might see it as a horror movie because there are plenty of cliche horror characters and plenty of scenes where things jump out at you when you don’t expect it. Die hard horror fans will find the film funny and interesting. Those who are easily squeamish will think of this more of a horror film (but they might laugh at some parts too).

I’m a “horror movie snob.” It takes A LOT to impress me. I was actually impressed by this film. I love the concept of the film and the interesting assortment of classic horror movie characters. The film kept my interest from start to finish. Normally with horror movies I just roll my eyes a lot and I get bored easily. This was not the case with this film at all. I really enjoyed it.

There is a lot of blood and gore in this film. Please be aware of that if you plan on seeing the film. Blood and gore doesn’t bother me. Especially because the film is meant to make you laugh, as well as close your eyes or perhaps sleep with the light on at night.

The movie is funny. I laughed many times. It’s hard not to. But its in a fun way, not a “this-film-is-incredibly-stupid” way.

I’m not sure about bonus features for this film. I was able to watch the film via a screening link and there were no bonus features included.

If you love horror movies, you should check out Blood Fest. It’s a fun movie.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

Kimberly

*I watched the film for free using a screener link. I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.