Saturday, August 30, 2014

GIVEAWAY: win a Loot Crate {geek + gaming goodies}, ends 9/13

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Loot Crate is the monthly gear and swag club for those that live and embrace the geek and gaming lifestyle. Loot Crate is a product discovery box, connecting our subscribers, known as Looters, with the best new and emerging companies producing gear, snacks, toys, hardware, art, and other goodies for the geek and gaming market. Each month, Loot Crate handpicks 6-8 new items to include in the box, which are kept secret until the boxes are delivered!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Soundtrack Review and GIVEAWAY: The Identical, now playing in theaters {ends 9/5}

*Disclosure: Thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing the prize for this giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Recently I was able to receive a copy of The Identical soundtrack to review, and it's definitely a good listen. I wasn't a country music fan until recently, when I was able to travel to Nashville for Yelp Spring Break, and lately I have been listening to more country music; some of my favorites are country rock, which has both country and rock 'n roll influences.

Singer and actor Blake Rayne signing
blogger copies of the soundtrack

The movie (The Identical) is currently playing in Michigan-area theaters, and will be released nationwide on September 5th.

Official synopsis:

The IDENTICAL tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50’s rock ’n’ roll star, while RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path - performing the legendary music of Drecel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family, and his own identity.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Movie Review: The November Man


The November Man ended up being a highly entertaining spy film, and proves that Pierce Brosnan has still "got it." The movie hops all over the globe in order to take down a soon-to-be Russian president, and the acting and characters are superb.

Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) used to be one of the most sought-after CIA agents, but after an accident, he retires to Switzerland. Five years later, one of his ex-handlers, Hanley (Bill Smitrovich), recruits him for one last mission, as a woman who is deep undercover in the Russian government has specifically asked for Devereaux, and only Devereaux, to extract her. Devereaux flies to Russia, only to find that the situation is more complicated than he originally thought; he also runs into Mason (Luke Bracey), his former CIA partner.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Movie Review: Moms' Night Out

Moms' Night Out movie review

*Disclosure: I recently received Moms' Night Out on DVD in exchange for re-promoting this post. Review originally published in May 2014.

I had the privilege of viewing a very early screening of Mom's Night Out when I was in Anaheim this past February for the inaugural ENMN conference. Sarah Drew, who plays Allyson in the movie, did a Q&A with us after the screening, as well as Kevin Downes (actor/producer) and Andrea Nasfell (writer). We also got to chat with Sean Astin the day after about the show. The film is a great homage to mothers everywhere, although it had its moments of greatness as well as moments that could have been better.

Allyson (Drew) is a good mom, but is having a mini-meltdown. Her two kids are driving her nuts and she hasn't had a night out in forever. Her husband (Astin) is supportive, but is often traveling for work and isn't home. She decides to round up her friends (Patricia Heaton and Logan White) for a night out on the town. It doesn't start off too well, though, as the restaurant has lost their reservation, so they end up coming up with an alternative plan for the evening. And that's when things start to get crazy ...

The cast as well as supporting cast was great in this movie. The producer of the movie, Kevin Downes (whom we also got to chat with), plays "Kevin" in the film, Sean Astin's slacker friend who he's known since grade school. Patricia Heaton, Abbie Cobb, and Sarah Drew were funny as the three main mom characters, and Sammi Hanratty also has a memorable part as Astin's half-sister, an almost-20-ish who has a baby boy. Trace Adkins plays Bones, a tattooed biker who ends up helping the girls out in a dire situation.

Yes, see this film, but some parts were highly entertaining and others were just okay. One of my favorite scenes was a car chase scene, because the dialogue was hilarious; a police officer asks Allyson's kids a few questions, which they technically answer honestly but the way they phrase their answers makes the officer worried (and provides some hilarity to the audience). The film does have a religious undercurrent throughout, but it's not highly visible until the end of the movie. I will say this is a very good movie family-friendly wise, as there wasn't any swearing, sex, or drug use throughout (hence its PG rating) and it's a film that parents can take their kids to see - maybe it will even show them why Mom or Dad has been so stressed lately. Overall I would recommend the movie, but it does have its slow/not as funny sections.

Moms' Night Out is rated PG with a runtime of 98 minutes. 3 stars out of 5.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

GIVEAWAY: win a $15 Fandango gift card, ends 9/1 #LifeofCrime

Life of Crime, the new caper comedy from legendary author Elmore Leonard starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte and Isla Fisher is coming to theaters, on demand and iTunes on August 29th!

To celebrate the release of Life Of Crime, I have a $15 Fandango gift card for one of my lucky readers to win.

Official movie synopsis:
Life of Crime Fandango gift card giveaway
When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Movie Review: When the Game Stands Tall

When the Game stands Tall movie review, Yes/No Films

When the Game Stands Tall is the true story of Coach Bob Ladouceur (pronounced "lah-da-ser") who coached the De La Salle high school football time for 25+ years and led them to a 151-game winning streak. I love movies based on true stories, as well as inspirational sports films, and this combination of those genres was great.

Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) is in the midst of "The Streak" - 151 wins for De La Salle, over about a ten year period - until, at the start of the 2004 football season, he's suddenly not: the team loses their first game. The players and seniors, especially, are understandably upset, but Ladouceur is not: to him, it's more of making "a perfect effort" than winning every game. Two games later, the team starts winning again, and there's talk of another "streak" starting to take hold, which Ladouceur doesn't like; freshman and sophomores at the school are even starting to dream of the number the streak will be up to when they're juniors and seniors (33 games, at most). The coach must decide if he will stay at De La Salle - a job he's comfortable in and very good at - or take one of the many college football coaching positions that he has been offered.

Movie Review: If I Stay


If I Stay
is based on the book by Gayle Forman. Based on the trailer and the book, which I have read, I was expecting a tearjerker of a movie, but it really wasn't that sad; most of it was a little overdone. However, it's the music in this film that really holds it together, and as a violinist, I loved the combination of cello and rock music throughout.

Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) has been playing the cello since she was a little girl, even though her father (Joshua Leonard) was a rocker, and her mom (Mireille Enos) was his biggest fan. She's in the middle of auditioning for colleges, and is thinking of applying to Julliard, even though she lives in Oregon; her musician boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley), wants her to stay on the West Coast. Mia and her family go out on a snowy afternoon to visit some family friends, and get hit head-on by a truck; they're all rushed to the hospital, but, soon enough,(semi-spoiler) Mia is the only one who makes it, though she's in a heavy coma. Mia and her body must decide whether she wants to - or even can - wake up.