Friday, May 22, 2015

Movie Review: Tomorrowland


The trailers for Tomorrowland have been very vague. I watched the teaser and then then the full trailer before the film came out, and I still wasn't entirely sure what it would be about, except a girl gets transported to a magic land that may very well be the future. Tomorrowland is, of course, also a park section at the Disney parks (WDW and Disneyland), and the movie tries to keep in the spirit of those.

Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) has been sneaking into the grounds of an old NASA launch deck every night to sabotage it. Her dad (Tim McGraw) is going to get laid off once the launch deck is disassembled, and so Casey wants to delay that by damaging the deck. One night, however, she gets caught, and ends up in jail until she makes bail; when she gets her possessions back, among them she finds a mysterious pin with a "T" on it. When she picks up the pin to pocket it, all of a sudden she's in a different world - one that looks very futuristic.

This, of course, freaks her out; she tries to explain and show her dad what is going on, but it doesn't work when he touches the pin. Casey does some internet research and finds a store in Houston that's looking for the same pin; however, once she gets there, chaos ensues, and soon she finds herself in the company of a little girl, Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who has a lot of explaining to do.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

That time I sat 10 feet away from William Shatner (Motor City Comic Con 2015)


*Disclosure: I received media credentials to attend MCCC. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the Motor City Comic Con, since my only experience thus far with fan conventions was Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta last October. MCCC had a lot more "cosplay" (people dressed up in costumes) than WSC did, which was fun, but was also a bit smaller, although I've heard it's twice the size it was in previous years.

On Friday, the first day of the convention, I walked around to get a feel of the place and check out where everything was located. I saw many Walking Dead cast members, such as Chandler Riggs (Carl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), and Scott Wilson (Hershel), and other oldies but goodies like Lou Ferrigno (the "Hulk") and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island).

Monday, May 18, 2015

Interview: Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Vampire Diaries, Nash Bridges) at Motor City Comic Con

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, The Vampire Diaries. Credit: ew.com

I had the good fortune to snag a few minutes with Jodi Lyn O'Keefe while attending the Motor City Comic Con this past weekend. If you're a Vampire Diaries fan, she needs no introduction, as (spoiler) something major just happened with her character (Dr. Jo) on the show. If you're of an older generation, you might remember her as Don Johnson's daughter from Nash Bridges, which my father and I used to watch together.

Warning ... some Vampire Diaries spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the most recent two episodes.

Emma Caulfield, Ksenia Solo, & Jodi Lyn
O'Keefe (right) after their MCCC panel
Yes/No Films: So, that Vampire Diaries ending - how do you feel about it?

O'Keefe: I haven't come to terms with it yet (laughs). I loved being there, and if you have to go, go big.

Do you still keep in touch with all the cast members?

Yes.

My dad and I used to watch you on Nash Bridges.

Oh you did - so you're the one! (laughs)

Do you keep in touch with any of [the Nash Bridges cast]?

I run into Cheech Marin from time to time. I think if you knew Cheech Marin, it's like, how can you not keep in touch with him, he's one of the funniest people on the planet; it's nice to see him from time to time. We're all so scattered, and it's been such a great many years.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2


I was a bit apprehensive going in to Pitch Perfect 2 because the trailer didn't look that funny to me; it looked fine, but nothing special. However, I ended up being pleasantly surprised, as it seems like they may have saved a lot of the funnier jokes for the actual movie (which is always welcomed!), and of course the a capella singing was very entertaining.

Beca (Anna Kendrick) and the Barden Bellas are back in this installment, but we've flashed-forward three years; Beca is now a senior, and starting to think about what she wants to do after graduating from Barden. She gets an internship with a music producer, but quickly realizes that she's going to have to step up her game if she wants to succeed in the business. Meanwhile, Chloe (Brittany Snow) and the Bellas are horrified to learn that they have been suspended from a capella competitions after a certain incident at the beginning of the movie involving Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson). Because the Bellas are the reigning a capella champs, they are still allowed to attend Worlds, which will be in Denmark at the end of the school year, but the a capella board (Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins) have no interest in reinstating them, unless by some miracle they win the competition. The Bellas must band together and find out their "sound" yet again, in order to keep the group alive for the future.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

What I'm watching on TV this summer #XFINITYreviewer

I stumbled upon this article on Buzzfeed yesterday, and it reminded me that summer TV season is around the corner. While I don't often "channel surf," I have a lot of shows that I watch in general, and summer TV is no exception. This year I also have the full line-up of XFINITY channels at my disposal, which should make for some interesting shows.

Shows that I plan on watching, and why:


Friday, June 12th
Orange is the New Black (eps launch around 3am, Netflix). I pretty much signed up for Netflix just for this show ... I canceled my subscription at one point and then planned on re-signing up again, just for this show (but luckily I have a boyfriend who has Netflix and added me to his account!). I've also read the book, but the TV show is much juicier, in my opinion, and the casting is spot-on. Although I tend not to binge-watch Netflix shows, I may make an exception for this one, because I've been waiting about a year for the show to come back.

Thursday, June 18th
The Astronaut Wives Club (8pm, ABC). This is a new show that I am going to try out, as the title has me intrigued. It's based on the book of the same name, and ABC describes it as:
A new television drama series based on the book by Lily Koppel, The Astronaut Wives Club focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together.
I also like historical shows that are based on real-life events, so this one sounds like it might be a winner for me.


Mistresses (9pm, ABC).
 Even though Savi (Alyssa Milano) has now left the show, it's still my summer "guilty pleasure" show - it has more twists and turns than a soap opera, and the characters in it are great.

credit: theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com
Thursday, June 25
Rookie Blue (10pm, ABC). The "will they or won't they" relationship between Sam Swarek and Andy McNally is my favorite on this show - they're the "Ross and Rachel" of the show - and even though I sometimes forget about this show during the year, once the summer rolls around I'm sucked right back into it again. I'm a huge fan of police shows, too, and this is a great one that you might not have heard of. (if you want to know more, check out The Impossible Girl blog's gushings about the show, too)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Yes/No Films on the Road: Cedar Point and Hotel Breakers (Sandusky, OH) #LakeErieLove


*Disclosure: I was provided with a hotel stay and park tickets in exchange for this post, as well as African Safari Wildlife Park tickets. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I am a huge fan of Cedar Point, so I was very excited when I was invited back to the park this summer and also found out that I would be staying the night at its revamped hotel, Hotel Breakers. I had never stayed on-site at the park before, so that was definitely an extra perk.

My friend Alex and I headed to Sandusky on Saturday afternoon - it's about a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from the Detroit area - and after a quick lunch, the first thing we did was the African Safari Wildlife Park, in Port Clinton. I had been here a few years ago, but Alex had never been, so I wanted him to be able to experience it.


You will make a lot of new friends during the safari, and as you can see here, some friendly alpacas came right up to the car to grab some food from us. I will say that you have to hold on to that cup firmly, though, as another (friendly, but insistent) bison that came up to the car later on in the safari grabbed the cup right out of my hands!


The wildlife park also has a "walk-through safari" area, where we saw this swan and her swan babies, as well as a plethora of other cute animals. They also do pig races and have camel rides for kids.

Sandusky and the "Shores and Islands" area has a ton to offer, but since we were on a time crunch this was the only non-park activity we did that day - you can check out its website for more trip ideas, though.

Next, it was onwards to Hotel Breakers!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Upcoming: Kindness Safari at the Detroit Zoo, May 16th {and a giveaway!} #KindAwesome


*Disclosure: I am receiving KIND bars in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Hey Detroiters! KIND (maker of the yummy bars pictured above) is teaming up with online retailer zulily to host "kindness safaris" at 20 zoos across the U.S., and the Detroit Zoo's event will be May 16th, from 11am to 4pm.

Kindness safaris with include a scavenger hunt and other family-friendly activities.

Take-home kindness kits, as pictured above, will be given away to children that attend the event, and it includes a lunch tote, scavenger hunt booklet, and (of course) some KIND bars. Limited quantities are available of these, and they're given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to get to the Zoo early that day.

You and up to three others in your party can get *free* tickets for this event by presenting this coupon at the Zoo - please note that it's only the first 50 people who arrive there with the coupon on May 16th.

If you'd like to learn more about the event and/or purchase discounted tickets, check out http://www.zulily.com/kind.