Monday, July 6, 2015

Upcoming & GIVEAWAY: Zoomance at the Detroit Zoo, July 9 & August 20

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing partnership with the Detroit Zoo. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Looking to check out the zoo without the little ones in tow? The Detroit Zoo is hosting a Summer Zoomance this July and August, a 21+ event that features all the zoo activities, without the kids. Come enjoy music and drinks and rekindle your childhood love for the Detroit Zoo!

Dates include July 9 and August 20, both from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $14/person and you must be 21+ to attend.

More info about Zoomance:
Tickets are $14.

All guests must be 21 and older
Photo ID is required for entrance

Adults are invited to rekindle their childhood love for the Detroit Zoo at Summer Zoomance. This is an adults-only event, featuring cash bars, complimentary tram tours, zookeeper talks, live music and rides on the Tauber Family Railroad (additional $3 per person). Guests can enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the Zoo until twilight.

Tickets for Summer Zoomance can be purchased in advance online or at Window One at the main entrance of the Zoo and at the gates the night of the event.

And if you're looking to bring the family to the zoo this summer - don't forget about the zoo's Wild Summer Nights Concert Series! iHeartMedia is partnering with the Zoo to host a Family Fun Night this Wednesday, July 8. Guests will be able to play interactive games and participate in activities with some of the radio representatives on hand (from 100.3 WNIC, FM 98 WJLB, Channel 955, Mix 92.3, and 1130 AM The Fan).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Movie Review: Magic Mike XXL

I reviewed the first Magic Mike back in June 2012, about three years ago now, and I remember being a little dissatisfied with it - it was a little more depressing than I thought it would be, even though the stripping parts were fun. In Magic Mike XXL, which really should be called something like Magic Mike 2: Road Trip, these parts are minimal, and it's a fun ride that I enjoyed much more than its counterpart film.

Mike (Channing Tatum) has been out of the stripping business for the past three years, choosing to focus on his furniture business, but when one of the guys gives him a call to say they're visiting Tampa, he goes to hang out with his buddies. Dallas (Matthew McConaughey from the first movie, who doesn't appear in this one) has moved his show to Macau, but the boys are headed to the national stripper convention in Myrtle Beach for one last good time. Mike decides to go with them, and they run into some hurdles on their way there.

Movie Review: Terminator Genisys

Full confession that I hope doesn't discredit this review: I thought I had seen at least one of the Terminator movies before seeing this one, but in fact, I haven't seen any of them. After seeing Terminator Genisys, I am going to start the previous four movies from the beginning, but in my opinion, this film functioned well as a standalone sci-fi movie.

Around the year 2021, John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) are fighting against Skynet, a self-aware computer program that tried to destroy the human race. Connor wants to send Reese back in time to protect his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), because he thinks that Skynet is going to try to kill her then (in 1984) so that he'll never be born. Conner cautions Reese that Sarah won't yet be the "badass" mother that he had growing up, as she'll be younger and he may have to convince her about Skynet and who he is. When Reese arrives in 1984, though, he finds that she's well aware of the situation, and along with a Terminator she calls "Pops" (Arnold Schwarzenegger), he will have to time jump yet again with them in order to prevent the spreading of Skynet once and for all.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I was excited to see this film, because when I checked Rotten Tomatoes before the screening, its "tomatometer" was at 100% - fairly rare for a film. I found Me and Earl and the Dying Girl to be a mixture of Juno and other indie movies I've seen, and although it moves at a slow pace, overall it's worth seeing.

Greg (Thomas Mann) has found the secret to surviving high school: become friends with all of the "groups," but never good friends, and you'll be able to coast through. This technique has been working for him up until his senior year of high school, when his mom (Connie Britton) makes him befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a schoolmate who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Their "doomed friendship," as he calls it, is initially very awkward, but they soon become good friends. Greg's friend Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes home movies, also becomes friends with Rachel, and together they decide to make a movie for her.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Movie Review: Max

The trailer for Max looked like it was going to be a film for which you would need to break out the Kleenex, yet surprisingly it wasn't that sad. Max focuses on its title character, a Marines dog who went to Afghanistan with his former owner, and who has some trouble adjusting to life back in the U.S. after his owner passes away during combat.

Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell, The DUFF) and Max have been inseparable since he was a puppy. When Kyle dies during combat, Max is brought back to the U.S., and is very violent and also gets scared when there are loud noises. Interestingly enough, he calms down in the presence of Kyle's brother, Justin (Josh Wiggins), and the Marines give Justin and his family an ultimatum: either they take Max home, or he's going to be put down. With the help of Justin's friends Chuy (Dejon LaQuake) and his cousin Carmen (Mia Xitlali), Max starts to become normal again. However, Justin soon realizes something strange is going on with one of Kyle's war buddies, who also recently returned home, and the friend and the town sheriff claim that Max bit the sheriff and needs to be put down; Justin decides to investigate, and he and his friends get in over their heads.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Upcoming: Roadside America & Motor Muster at the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village {and a ticket giveaway!}

*Disclosure: I receive a season pass to The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village in exchange for these posts. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

If you live in the metro Detroit area, you've undoubtedly heard of The Henry Ford Museum and its counterpart, Greenfield Village. They have a few events going on this weekend (and one starting this weekend and going through January 2016) that look fun that I am hoping to check out.

Motor Muster:
Check out all sorts of cars this Saturday and Sunday at the Motor Muster! The event is open until 9pm on Saturday, too. Your experience will include:
  • Classy Classic Cars
  • Vintage Trucks, Motorcycles and Bicycles
  • Military Vehicle Display
  • Car Talk
  • Dancing in the Streets
  • Special Demonstrations
  • Pass-in-Review Parades (1pm on Main St. each day)
  • Awards
  • (*Sat. 6/20 only) Record Hop USA! "Jump back" to June 1964 and twist the night away - featuring live entertainment, costumed dancers and original recordings. 7pm at the Main Stage on Main St.
Admission is free with Greenfield Village admission, and discounted tickets can be purchased at select Meijer locations.

Movie Review: Inside Out

Inside Out is one of those Pixar movies that kids will like because of the colorful graphics, but the story is really meant for adults; it's interesting and also a tearjerker (bring yourself some Kleenex!), and parts of the story might go over younger kids' heads.

Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is 11 years old and has led a very happy life in Minneapolis with her mom (Diane Lane) and dad (Kyle MacLachlan). This is due to the emotions inside her head cooperating together and giving her (mostly) happy emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler) tries to have her lead a happy life, while Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) sometimes play a part too. When Riley and her family end up moving to San Francisco, though, things start to get out of whack with her emotions, and Joy and Sadness accidentally end up removed from HQ, and must find their way back, before Riley ends up being unhappy for the rest of her life.