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Adult Swim’s FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative available today on Blu-ray Combo Pack

 

Are you a fan of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming? Adult Swim features series and programs geared towards grown-ups, that should be watched with the little ones are fast asleep. It’s considered “adult content,” but it’s not porn or anything like that. It just means that it just contains content or language not suitable for younger audiences.

I first learned about Adult Swim a while back when I would hear people talking about one of it’s most popular series, Rick and Morty. I had to check it out for myself. While I’m not really a big fan of the series, I can see why people like it. It can be funny, and also very weird.

Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, Family Guy and Robot Chicken are other popular Adult Swim series.

One of Adult Swim’s popular anime series, FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative, are both available today, for the first time, on Blu-ray combo pack from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The series is based on the original anime series written by Yōji Enokido and from director Kazuya Tsurumaki.

“During its twelve-week run on Adult Swim’s Toonami, FLCL was #1 in its timeslot, and garnered a huge fan following,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family. “We think both the fans and newcomers are going to love the Combo Pack with it exciting behind the scenes extra content, in addition to the final 12 highly anticipated episodes from the fanatical series.”

FLCL is about a boy named Naota who lives with his widowed father and grandfather. He is involved in an accident with a girl named Haruko, who rides a yellow Vespa. After helping him, Haruko hits him in the heat with her vintage guitar (a very strange thing to do). It turns out that Haruko is an alien investigator, and by hitting Naota in the head she created a portal which allows giant robots to emerge from. However, Haruko is not telling him the full truth.

In FLCL: Progressive, the story involves a 14-year-old girl named Hidomi. Haruko returns, but this time in the form of a teacher. This time around she drives a Chrysler Bel Aire, as well as her yellow Vespa.

FLCL: Alternative is a continuation of the saga involving Haruko. This time around Haruko and a high school student named Kana.

If you have never seen the show before, none of what I said will make sense. Fans of the show will know exactly what I am talking about.

To be honest, I have never heard of the show until now. I’m “on the fence” when it comes to anime. Some of it I like, other shows I don’t. It’s hit or miss. I can’t get into Dragonball Z, but I like Attack on Titan. Go figure.

Because I don’t really know if I’m going to like an anime series, I don’t normally go out of my way to watch them. For that reason, I never heard of FLCL before.

It took watching a few episodes before I got vested into the story line. The first two episodes were kind of weird, but then I started to get into it. Now I find myself wanting to continue watching to see how the next episode plays out.

I have not finished the entire Blu-ray combo pack yet. I am chiseling away at it day after day, watching when I have the opportunity.

There is some bonus content on this combo pack.

FLCL: Progressive & Alternative Combo Pack includes a 15-minute never-before-seen documentary that dives into the making of both seasons featuring interviews with voice talent and crew. Additional special features include a “Meet the Creators” piece focused on the new era of show creators, a segment about “The Pillows” relationship with the series, a glimpse at the English voice actors behind FLCL together, and a look into the production of FLCL: Alternative.

The combo pack includes all twelve episodes;

  1. RE: Start
  2. Freebie Honey
  3. Stone Skipping
  4. LooPQR
  5. Fool On the Planet
  6. Our Running
  7. Flying Memory
  8. Grown-Up Wannabe
  9. Freestyle Collection
  10. Pit-a-Pat
  11. Shake it Off
  12. Full Flat

In addition, FLCL: Progressive & Alternative Combo Pack is available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.

Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

Funko Pop fans (such as myself) will be happy to know that there is FLCL Funko Pop figurines. I was sent one along with a review copy of the series (Blu-ray Combo Pack).

Look for the Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital where ever movies and series are sold. You can also look for the FLCL Funko Pops where ever Funkos are sold.

Kimberly

 

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

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie Premiere of “Christmas in Montana” on Saturday, December 14th at 9pm/8c! #MiraclesofChristmas

 

My family’s Christmas tree last year.

Can you believe that Christmas Eve is twelve days away? TWELVE! Are you ready for the holiday? Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Thankfully we have. I just need to wrap (I’m not a fan of wrapping).

Me and my family have been trying to squeeze in as many holiday movies as we possibly can.

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has been airing a lot of wonderful holiday movies all season long. I love that they keep adding new movies to watch too, unlike other channels that play the same movies over and over again.

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has added 40 new original movies to their line up. Personally, I’m impressed by that. Forty brand new movies is pretty impressive. These movies are premiering throughout the holiday season. Check out the hashtags #CountDowntoChristmas and the #MiracleOfChristmas to see what others have been saying about them.

This Saturday, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries is premiering a film called Christmas in Montana. The film stars Kelly Martin and Colin Ferguson.

Before the holidays, Sara goes to Montana to help resistant Travis save his ranch. Can time on the ranch help restore her faith in Christmas in time for a miracle?

The film premieres this Saturday (December 14, 2019) at 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST).

I would love to visit some place beautiful like Montana for the holiday season. The furthest I’ve ever been for Christmas is my aunt and uncle’s house in Pennsylvania, and that was a very long time ago, when I was a young girl.

That year, everyone was at their house for the holiday, including my other aunts and uncles, all my cousins and my great-grandparents, as well as my family.

It was hard to fit everyone around the dinner table that memorable Christmas.

I miss my great-grandfather. I’m also wearing my beloved cousin’s hand-me-down pajamas. He passed away in October of this year, making this Christmas memory even more special.

Me, my great-grandfather and some of my cousins.

The house was overflowing with people. All of us kids had to sleep on the floor in one of the room’s because the adults took up all of the beds and couch. We didn’t mind. It was like having a giant sleep over. It was especially fun on Christmas morning. None of us slept that night (as you can imagine). We kept trying to sneak downstairs to see if Santa arrived, but we were chased back upstairs by one of the adults (and being constantly told to go back to bed – which was impossible!).

Christmas morning all of us kids dashed downstairs and were greeted by our exhausted parents, sitting around the tree sipping on coffee, and piles of gifts for all of us.

That Christmas was one of my most favorite Christmases ever. Oh how I wish I could go back in time, even for a day. I would re-live that day over again in a heartbeat.

 

When I think about the holiday season, I always think about my family and all those great memories. Of course, enjoying fun, holiday entertainment is always great too. I don’t think we watch much else during the holidays aside from holiday related films and television shows.

For more information about this and other delightful holiday films, please visit www.HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com/MiraclesofChristmas.

For information about all 40 of the new holiday movies all season long on both Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as well as the Hallmark Channel, visit the links below.

www.HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com/MiraclesofChristmas/New-Movies-2019

www.HallmarkChannel.com/Christmas/New-Movies-Countdown-to-Christmas-2019

Be sure to check out both channels on social media, as well as follow the hashtag #MiraclesOfChristmas.

I will be hosting a wonderful giveaway this Saturday when I live-tweet along with the movie. The winner will receive an amazing gift package, consisting of the following items. 

I will be live-tweeting on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST) until 11:00 PM (EST) / 10:00 PM (CST), during Christmas in Montana

Watch the movie and tweet along with me, using the hashtags #MiraclesofChristmas and #ChristmasinMontana, as well as tag me (@She_Scribes) and @HallmarkMovie. I will pick a random tweeter to win the above prize package. The more tweets, the more entries you have to win. 

You can also enter to win a collection of 41 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and beautiful Balsam Hill Christmas Tree here.

I hope to see you on Twitter this Saturday during the film.

Kimberly

Check out this cool surprise I received in honor of the fourth season of Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

 

If you and/or your family are fans of the Netflix series, She-ra and the Princesses of Power, you might be interested in knowing that the series is now playing it’s fourth season.

DreamWorks Animation recently announced that Jacob Tobia (Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story) has joined the cast of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power for the new season of the Emmy and GLAAD Media Award nominated series. Tobia voices Double Trouble, a non-binary shape-shifting mercenary from the Crimson Waste, who joins forces with Catra and the Horde.  Tobia is a gender nonconforming writer, producer, and performer, most recently publishing their bestselling debut memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story.

Executive produced by Noelle Stevenson, the fourth season of Dreamworks She-Ra and the Princess of Power begins with the respective rises of Queen Glimmer as leader of the Rebellion and Catra as co-leader of the Horde. As the Horde makes advances on the Rebellion under the looming threat of Horde Prime’s arrival, the Princess Alliance makes heroic strides but begins to disagree on the best way to defend Etheria. Ultimately, a shocking discover about Etheria itself causes Adora to reconsider everything she thought she knew.

Here are a few clips from the new season of the series.

 

 

 

I received a really cool surprise package recently that contained a super cool She-Ra statue. It’s a really nice statue and well made (the base is really heavy).

I have a co-worker that is crazy about everything and anything that has to do with super hero type people. He has them all over his office. I can’t wait to show this to him. He’s going to freak out! I might even consider letting him have it. We’ll see…

You can

Keep up with the latest She-Ra news by following any of the social media accounts – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The official hashtag is #SheRa.

Are you a fan of the show? Do you have a favorite character and/or episode? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

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

Check out Kabillion – A Family Friendly Streaming Service for Quality Entertainment

 

Remember the days when you had to flick through every television channel just to find something to watch? It was made worse when you had to find something the entire family wanted to watch.

Growing up (back in the 70’s), my dad had full control over the television set. He watched what HE wanted to watch. My mom was more into reading books. My brother had his own television and my sister had a busy social life and spent most of her free time with the horse. That left me to watch whatever my dad was watching, which was primarily sports, news and Benny Hill (which is wildly inappropriate for a kid – even if I did find a lot of it funny).

Fast forward to today. Who needs to flick around the different television stations to find something to watch. Now there are plenty of streaming services that allow you to watch what you want to watch, when you want to watch it.

My husband streams a lot of shows and movies off a couple of different platforms. I personally enjoy watching regular television. I am a big fan of educational programs like What on Earth?, Ancient Aliens and Paranormal Caught on Camera.

I remember when my kids were little. We would cater to what they wanted to watch. We tried to steer them towards stuff we liked to watch too (when it was family time). When it was just them, they were allowed to pop in any VHS tape or DVD they wanted to watch.

I would never let them watch a streaming service when they were younger. There was no way of knowing what kind of content they could stumble across.

There is a streaming service that I wish was available when my kids were younger. It’s called Kabillion. Kabillion is a family friendly streaming platform, so you never have to worry about your kids coming across “questionable” or inappropriate content.

Do you want to hear something even better? Kabillion is completely FREE! That’s right – FREE!

Kabillion offers a wide range of popular animated content for kids of all ages! Shows like Thomas the Tank Engine and new addition, Bubu and the Little Owls, will delight preschoolers, while Barbie Dreamtopia and Transformers Prime are just some of the many offerings the school-age set will love! Kabillion even features plenty of cherished classics, like Bobby’s World and Gumby, so you can share some of your own favorites with your family – and discover new ones together, too!

With Kabillion, you and your family can take the show(s) on the road! It’s available as a free app on Roku, XUMO, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, which makes it ideal for road trips and taking the kiddos on the go! It’s also available as a free VOD service with most major cable providers, making watching at home just as easy.

Seriously… where was Kabillion years ago? I would have LOVED to have had this service for when my kids were younger.

I checked out Kabillion for myself.

I love that they separate the shows so you can easily find content for your child (or grandchild’s) age range.

For the really little ones (0-6 years old), Kabillion has shows like Chloe’s Closet, Bubu, Thomas & Friends (my son loved Thomas!), My Little Pony, Bobby’s World (so cute!), and Geronimo Stilton, to name a few. My son was (and still is) a “reluctant reader.” He would actually read the Geronimo Stilton books. If Kabillion was available years ago, I think he would watch that show over and over again. He loved it that much.

My husband and I have been watching Gumby on Kabillion. We grew up with Gumby. The awesome thing is that Kabillion shows the CLASSIC Gumby show. It’s not a remake or updated version. It’s THE classic Gumby. We love it. We’ve watched all the episodes Kabillion has. Our kids think Gumby is really weird. LOL!

Getting ready to watch some shows on Kabillion.

Kabillion has shows for children up to twelve years old. I think after that age children could try other streaming services (with parental controls of course). I work with upper elementary aged children (9-12 year olds) and there are plenty of shows on Kabillion I know that they would love like the LEGO (Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Friends), Transformers and Pokeman. 

If your family is like ours, a weekly “family movie night” is a lot of fun. My kids would take turns picking out a movie and we’d make popcorn, hot cocoa or other goodies to enjoy while watching a movie. Kabillion doesn’t have movies, but they do have plenty of episodes of great family friendly program you can enjoy. Instead of a movie, why not watch a few episodes of your favorite show? There is nothing wrong with a little “binge watching” either.

If you are looking for a great alternative to today’s entertainment – something that is family friendly, check out Kabillion at Kabillion.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Kabillion is always adding new content, so be sure to follow them on social media to keep up to date with what’s new.

What do you think about Kabillion? Do you think it’s something your family would enjoy?

Kimberly

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

The Shield: Complete Series and More from Mill Creek Entertainment

 

Are you a “binge watcher?” Can you stop at just one episode of your favorite television series, or do you find the need to watch multiple episodes in one sitting (or complete an entire season in one day)?

I wouldn’t say that I’m a binge watcher, per say. Normally I’m OK watching one episode at a time, but shows like Stranger Things, I will watch the entire season in one or two days. If something is that good, you can’t wait a week to see what happens next.

That is both the good, and bad thing, about having an entire season or series readily available to you, whether it be streaming or on Blu-ray/DVD.

Currently I am watching the entire series of the television show, The Shield. It’s available from Mill Creek Entertainment.

The Shield: The Complete Series comes on 18 discs – EIGHTEEN! I own other complete series from television shows and none of them even come close to having THAT MANY discs. I’m impressed.

The boxed set even have a fake police badge built into the box.

Needless to say I won’t be able to binge watch the entire series in a day or two. At best I am able to watch only a few episodes at a time. There are over 70 hours of episodes in this complete set. Each episode is about an hour (probably 40+ minutes each because there are no commercials). I believe there are a total of 88 episodes.

In addition, the collectors edition, sold by Mill Creek Entertainment, also comes with 10+ hours of featurettes, bonus features, commentary and so much more. So in essence, there is probably over 100 hours of content pertaining to this fabulous drama series.

If you have never seen the series before, or you are not very familiar with it, The Shield is a crime/drama series that stars Michael Chiklis. The series also featured other actors including Glenn Close (female lead for a season), and guest stars like Forest Whitaker and Laurie Holden.

Detective Vic Mackey (Chiklis) leads a Strike Team in the L.A. Police Department to deal with violent and dangerous crimes (gang related, drug trafficking…). Their division is known as the Farmington District, otherwise known as “the Farm.”

Mackey and his team do their best to “follow the rules” and obey the laws, but there are times they use questionable tactics to get the job done. Sometimes they even commit crimes themselves, like helping themselves to things during busts.

Because they tend to do things their own way, the team have a high success rate, which others find very questionable. Some want to find out what is really going on with the Strike Team, whereas others want to use their successes to their advantage.

Not all of the acts committed by the Strike Force can be seen as THAT bad. For example, they let a serial rapist get mauled by a Police dog before calling the dog off. Clearly the rapist deserved what he got (if not more).

Even though Mackey is “tough as nails,” he is a loving and caring father towards his children. His children have no idea what he’s like on the job (totally opposite of the person they know).

I’ve lost track of what episode i’m on. But I have watched a lot of them (certainly no where near 88 of them!). So far I am really enjoying the series. It’s normally not my “cup of tea,” but once I got into it I really liked it and I found myself wanting to watch another episode as soon as I finished one.

If you are interested in learning more about The Shield: Complete Series, you can check it out on the Mill Creek Entertainment website.

Mill Creek Entertainment carries a variety of Blu-ray and DVDs including complete series, collections and more. They also have entertainment for the various genres – horror, westerns, romance, drama, comedy, classics, holiday and more.

Other complete series available at Mill Creek Entertainment include Community, The Rockford Files, Quantum Leap, Mad About You, Knight Rider, Highway to Heaven and That 70’s Show, to name a few.

My favorite things from Mill Creek Entertainment are their collections. You can find DVD and Blu-ray collections with 12 movies, 20 movies, double features and more. Seriously… how awesome is it having 20 movies of the same type of genre, all in one collection?

They even have one collection that features 100 – yes! ONE HUNDRED Cult Classic movies. The 100 movie collection is only $44.98 too!

Whether you are a fan of The Shield television series, binge watching, or movies… Mill Creek Entertainment has something for you.

To check out all that Mill Creek Entertainment has to offer, visit MillCreekEnt.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are on the top right of their website.

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. 

HBO’s Sharp Objects available now on Blu-ray and DVD

*I received a free screener copy to review, as well as promotional products. There was no compensation. 

Christmas is next week. That means that many people will have an extended weekend. If you are finished with your holiday shopping and wrapping, and if there are no holiday parties to attend, what will you do with all that free time? Perhaps you’ll want to binge watch your favorite series, or dive into another series that you’ve been meaning to check out, but haven’t done so yet.

If you are interested in something to binge watch (or simply watch at your leisure), you should check out HBO’s Sharp Objects. 

Sharp Objects is based on the book by the same name, written by Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn is the same author who wrote Gone Girl, which was also made into a movie.

Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven.

I’m a fan of Amy Adams. I think she’s a good actress who is not always cast in the best of movies (she’s had a few “flops” along the way). I am also a fan of Patricia Clarkson after seeing her in Easy A. I have to admit that seeing her in Sharp Objects is polar opposite of her witty character in Easy A.

Adams & Clarkson

Amy Adams stars as Camille Preaker. She is a reporter working in St. Louis. She carries a lot of “baggage” including alcoholism, self harm and having to deal with the aftermath from a miserable childhood.

Camille’s editor assigns her to cover the murder of a teenage girl the previous summer, and the disappearance of another teenage girl. Could their be a connection between the two.

It just so happens that these events took place in the town where Camille grew up, Wind Gap, Missouri.

Camille is not too keen on the idea of returning to her home town. She does not have many happy memories from growing up there. She especially doesn’t want to see her mother, Adora Crellin (Clarkson), who still resides in Wind Gap, along with Camille’s younger sister Amma (Scanlen).

Life wasn’t always that bad growing up. Camille did enjoy skating around town on her roller skates, along with her other younger sister (who is no longer in the picture – I don’t want to give away all the series’ secrets).

Viewers get to see a lot of scenes involving roller skating. Even her youngest sister, Amma, uses roller skates to get around town.

I have to say that roller skating brings back fond memories for me. I went roller skating all the time with my cousins and my friends. Even though Camille’s childhood was back in the 90’s (and mine as the 80’s and late 70’s). I honestly didn’t think roller skating was a “thing” in the 90’s.

I used to skate for hours at a local roller skating rink. My friend and I would spend all day Saturday at the rink, roller skating, playing video games (while still wearing our skates), and noshing on French fries from the concession stand.

I find it interesting that Camille’s youngest sister, Amma, still uses roller skates. You’d think in this day and age she would be using roller blades or hitching rides with friends. I guess it’s because Wind Gap seems to work at a slower place. They are like their own little world.

Anyway… back to the story.

With each episode, viewers get a better understanding into the mind of Camille (and how messed up it is) through a series of flashbacks and present day. When I say “messed up” I really mean MESSED UP.

Camille’s mother, Adora, is “scary.” Not horror movie type of scary, but creepy, dark and “helter skelter,” kind of scary. Clarkson REALLY brings the character to life with her movements and facial expressions. Her character reminds me a lot like the mother and grandmother (combined) from the movie/book Flowers in the Attic. She does similar things too (I just won’t give it away what she does).

Camille is trying to help solve the murders, all while dealing with her own demons.

Will Camille find out who the killer is before he/she strikes again? Will she be able to come to terms with her own issues and find a way to move past them? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Sharp Objects. Look for it where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

I received a copy of the series to review, as well as the roller skates (featured above) and a bomber jacket, similar to the one worn on the show. How cool is that?

Sadly, the jacket is too small for me. I’m a plus size and the jacket i received is a medium. That’s OK because my daughter said she’ll take it (she’s a S/M size). It’s pictured below in this post.

I must say, the roller skates are a “blast from the past” and brought back a lot of fond memories from my youth. I felt like a kid again when I was lacing them up. Unfortunately, it’s been 30+ since I wore roller skates, so I’m still re-learning how to use them again. I nearly fell on my behind the first time I put them on. Thank goodness I was able to grab on to the couch.

I forgot just how heavy roller skates are. At first it felt like I attached weights to my feet, but once I got used to the feeling it was fine.

It’s going to take some time before I remember how to skate again. Plus I need to find somewhere that I can go roller skating (being winter doesn’t help). Our condo complex parking lot is a steep hill, so there is no way I’ll skate around the parking lot. I’ll go to one of the local parks when the weather is nicer.

Lacking up my new roller skates to practice skating again.

I’ve only watched three episodes thus far. I am looking forward to finishing up the series this weekend. So far, so good. I am really enjoying the series.

I haven’t read the book, but watching the series is like reading a good book. When you read a good book it’s hard to put it down. Watching Sharp Objects really keeps my attention and interest, so much so that I want to watch another episode as soon as I finish watching one. Due to my work schedule I have only been able to watch one episode at a time, which is why I’m looking forward to the weekend so that I can finish watching all of the episodes.

Cool, retro looking bomber jacket. I had something similar to this when I was a teen.

The episodes I’ve seen so far are not jam-packed with high octane action. This is a psychological thriller, not Fast and the Furious. The story line is building up towards something, which is why I can’t wait to see the next episode.

I’ll update this review post as soon as I had a chance to see the remaining episodes.

For more information about Sharp Objects, episode synopsis and more, visit the HBO website.

Have you seen Sharp Objects on HBO? If so, what do you think about the series? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Below is a teaser trailer for your enjoyment.

 

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy as well as branded/promotional products. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.