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Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters Movie Review

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters

Movie Review

This week I decided to check out the film Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters. The film is Directed by Thor Freudenthal. It is written by Mark Guggenheim and is based on the book series by Rick Riordan. The film stars: Logan Lerman, Stanley Tucci, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario,Leven Rambin, Jake AbelmesNathan Fillion Douglas Smith Paloma Kwiatkowski Anthony HeadRobert Maillet with Ron Perlman ,Derek Mears, Aleks Paunovic Grey Damon, Missi Pyle, Yvette Nicole, and Mary Birdsong.

In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

This was a great film. It was just as good as Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief which this film is the sequel. The cast had great performances and there is tons of action, and adventure to suit anyone. Definitely check this film out. It is now Available to rent and own on DVD. Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters gets a 7/10 stars.

 

Click here to see the trailer.


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Angelina Ballerina Spring Fling DVD

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Spring Fling

Angelina Ballerina: Spring Fling

Available March 11, 2014 on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand

From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Reviewed by Mojo YaYa

Rating: Loved it!

Angelina Ballerina is back for another musical packed DVD. Angelina and her mouseling friends have been bitten by the Spring bug. They are ready to dust the winter blues away, but first they have to through one more snow day. The mouselings while visiting Angelina use their imaginations and create a way to play baseball inside. Inside the house? Surely Angelina’s mother would not approve, but by using their creative minds they mimic the actions of pitching an imaginary ball and using an imaginary bat to hit one out of the ball park (house). The friends enjoy their game, afterwards the snow is still falling outside and they think of something else to do put them in the mood for Spring. They pull out eggs and boil them and with bowls of color they paint and decorate eggs.  An accident with the bowls of color during clean up throws Angelina into a dither, you will just have to see the DVD to find out what happens next.

So much is going on in this collection: “Angelina’s Spring Fling”, “Angelina and the Front Page”, “Angelina and the New Jeans”, “Angelina’s Trick-or-Treat Feat”, and “Angelina and the Poster” making this collection  something fun for everyone. My granddaughter Teagan and I really enjoy watching Angelina Ballerina. I love her voice and Teagan loves the bright colors and the music. The show’s theme is contagious; by the end of the DVD there was a definite note of Spring in the air. Outside our house it was a cold and rainy, but inside the blue birds were singing, sun was shining, Vivaldi music was playing and the mouselings were “having fun doing Springy things”.  Also included are two Bonus Features: Angelina’s Stupendous Dress-Up Game and Get Up and Dance Music Video.  Angelina Ballerina: Spring Fling will be available on March 11, 2014 on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand. If you are fan or if this is the first time watching Angelina Ballerina, I recommend picking up a copy.

Angelina Ballerina for those of you who are not familiar with her is a girl mouseling who loves ballet. She wears a pink ballerina tutu, hose and ballet toe slippers everywhere she goes. She and her mouseling friends go to school together. The show inspires dancing, music and art for children between the ages of 2 and 6. It’s an animated series where the show’s characters deal with situations and turns them in to fun and exciting adventures.  Some of the things you will see on this DVD learning to work with others, creating new dances, learning about different cultures and customs, and more. For more information on Angelina Ballerina go to http://www.angelinaballerina.com and look for Angelina Ballerina on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Angelina Ballerina


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Story Time with Barney DVD

Barney

Reviewed by Mojo YaYa (Char Hardin)

Directors: Fred Holmes, Jim Rowley and Brian Mack

Writers: Carter Crocker, Charlotte Spivey, Fred Holmes and Douglas Booth

Voices: Barney – Dean Wendt, Baby Bop – Julie Johnson, BJ – Patty Wirtz and Riff – Michaela Dietz

Family Entertainment

Loved it!

Newest Hit Entertainment DVD from Lionsgate is Barney: Story Time with Barney with Baby Bop, BJ and (new to me) Riff. Barney is a hit with my granddaughter. She has started watching television and when she spends time with her YaYa (granny…ME) she likes to watch Barney and Angelina. Of course, those are the only children’s DVD’s I have of right now, plus the new Thomas the Train: King of the Railway (review coming soon), but so far Barney and Angelina make her happy.

It has been twenty years since the last time I watched a Barney and Friends episode and that was only because of my daughter who absolutely loved the purple dinosaur and friends.  A lot of faces have changed since then, but the one thing that remains the same is the music and lessons that Barney teaches children through imagination and song. He is an endearing character that has been around for twenty-five years and is still going strong as a favorite with young children babies through first grade who just love Barney.

In Story Time with Barney, children learn valuable lessons through the use of fairy tales as told to them by Barney. For Pandora’s Box, Baby Bop learns that sometimes it is best to wait and good things will happen. She learned the hard way that not waiting patiently could produce an “itchy” outcome. Outside of the fairy tale, Baby Bop was anxious to open a present and after learning what happened when Pandora’s Box was opened, she waited and when the time was right to open the present, she was pleasantly surprised to find something she really liked.

In another tale called the Emperor’s Contest the story involved characters competing to become the next chosen emperor of China. They were put through a series of tests by the emperor and only one person chosen because of act in which the character behaved honorably. The lesson learned from the story was to not take short cuts or be dishonest to always play by the rules. As it was for the children involved in a fishing contest, the fairy tale helped keep them on track with following rules.

I enjoyed watching this DVD with my granddaughter and then again by myself. The music, stories and interaction between characters and children was fun, energetic, interesting and best of all life lessons are taught and learned. If you are looking for something fun and very entertaining, then I recommend giving Barney and Friends a chance. You might just learn something and I bet you have a good time doing so too. Look for the Barney: Story Time with Barney available now on DVD.

My grading scale for children’s television/movies/books is simple: Like, Love, Pass and I definitely Loved this one! I have included a clip from the DVD as a preview, enjoy.  – Mojo YaYa

Link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB6hu6pA16U


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The Lego Movie Movie Review

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The Lego Movie Movie Review

Reviewed by Amber

This week I decided to check out the film The Lego Movie. The film is written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Liam Neeson.

When Emmett a regular construction worker Lego gets chosen to become a master builder, he must team up with Batman, a pretty girl named Wildstyle and a Gandalf-like white wizard named Vantruvius to stop the evil Lord Business from gluing the world together with the Kraggle.

I thought this film was pretty funny and cute. It had a great storyline and I enjoyed the stop-motion animation and vocal cast performances. It even has a catchy song in it too called “Everything is Awesome”. Be sure to definitely check this film out. It is in theaters now. I give The Lego Movie an 8 out of 10 stars.

Redwall


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Redwall YA Book Review

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Redwall by Brian Jacques

Reviewed by Amber

I recently read Redwall by Brian Jacques and This was a pretty good read. When Redwall Abbey is under attack by Cluny the Scourge and his horde of vicious rats, it is up to a young mouse named Matthias and the other woodland creatures to stop them. Will they succeed?  Be sure to read this book and find out. I recommend this book to fans of fantasy and YA books. Definitely check it out.

For more information on this book and the author please go to http://www.redwallabbey.com/.

Redwall


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Press Release 2-25-14 The Sugar Skull Girls

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The Sugar Skull Girls film is being produced by Potent Media has officially released a teaser trailer featuring Addy Miller (The Walking Dead) and has jump-started its fundraising campaign on Indie Go-Go.

The film is reminiscent of films The Dark Crystal ( 1982) and Hocus Pocus (1993) using visual FX technology combined with practical puppetry.

The film is about three supernatural sisters who are accidentally conjured during a ritual and escape the wrath of the Pale Witch (Carmela Hayslett) who wants nothing more than to drag them back into her world by their cute little ponytails!  The film is also an assembly of old school horror actors joining together to make this a fun but frightful children’s film. They include: Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil’s Rejects), John Amplas (Romero’s Martin and Day of the Dead), and Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects, The Afflicted).

Film begins shooting this summer. To stay updated visit these sites and please share them with your horror loving friends!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSugarSkullGirls

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sugarskullgrls

Official Indiegogo and Teaser: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sugar-skull-girls


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Bedlam Stories

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Pearry Teo’s 

Bedlam Stories

Christine Converse

Horror – Fantasy

Reviewed by Mojeaux Ya Ya (Char Hardin)

5 Stars

“It’s an excellent foray into the mind of a mad-man claiming to be sane in the pursuit of science. Intense, brutal and deliciously demented and utterly disturbing. I loved every moment I sat spellbound within the wall of the Bedlam Asylum.”Char Hardin/Charred Remains
Fans of the tales of Oz with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin-Man and the Cowardly Lion and Alice in Wonderland hold to your memories as the two collide in Bedlam Stories with a horrific spin that will have you leaving the light on to chase your nightmares away.

I have had the distinct pleasure of immersing my mind between the pages of this book for some time now and its inescapable story sucks you in and holds you captive until the very last page. Bedlam Stories is set in the 1920′s in an asylum. Undercover reporter Nellie Bly has set her inquisitive sights on the asylum and wishes to uncover the answers to her myriad of questions.

Nellie’s expose on Bedlam Asylum she hopes will shed light on the pondering of such thoughts as to how the women who were patients at the asylum came to be in such a place. Were they truly medically insane? Perhaps a husband not wishing to go through the proper channels of a divorce just dumped his wife as a means of escaping matrimony and a sizable loss of money wasted on divorce. Nellie wondered if the women housed in Bedlam had been homeless or some other unfortunate event led to their placement. Were the women properly fed and housed? All her questions running in around inside her head have led her to being admitted into Bedlam for observation. “It surprised me how easy it was to convince the doctors and authorities that I was a fit for the asylum that I was to be shipped off to.”

Nellie’s expose was not just a simply write up in the paper. Yes, she was digging for answers to her questions, but it was also a wake-up  article she wanted to write in the hopes of starting a “Revolution” in regards to how women were treated. Nellie was creating her own movement with her undercover story.

While inside Nellie will meet a young girl named Dorothy and the incident Dorothy shared with Nellie on how she arrived at Bedlam wore heavy on Nellie’s heart and she formed an instant bond with the small girl. A bond that would test the boundaries of friendship and test the strength of Nellie’s sanity with the introduction of another young soul a frightening entity named Alice.

 

Within the walls of the asylum, Nellie learned all was not right and her reporter sense kicked into overdrive, but her sense of fear was greater and upon being thrust into a living nightmare at the hands of the physician who took a oath “to do no harm”, Nellie will need to gather her inner strength, to survive to tell this hellish tale and share the real truth behind the goings-on within the asylum doors.

The reader for the first part of the story may think this is a tame story of a nosy woman hell-bent on a story for a newspaper or the chance at a Pulitzer, but (for me) by chapter 10 the story takes a darker stance and all that you once thought you knew about Oz, Dorothy, Alice and Wonderland is laid to rest with a maniacal glee as the beloved creatures become something evil, monstrous and unforgettable.

Excerpt…taken from pages 186 – 187

“Did…you…do…this…to…us?” the dreadful vision before her struggled to speak, its voice imprisoned by the timing of its mechanized whirring gears and ticking sprockets.

Nellie clapped her hand to her mouth to keep from crying out. The thing’s human skin intertwined with its rusted…panels and lengths of chain, and angry, red flesh bubbled over the edges of its twisted, black pipes and metallic skeletal armatures…Nellie stepped back and turned to run but the automation grabbed her with a m…

Want to know what happens next? I recommend that you click on the website and find out where to go for a copy of your own. Once you arrive at the website you will find a prequel, Project Alice to download for free. I strongly recommend you check it out as well and don’t wait for Alice to send you a personal invitation to Bedlam Asylum, order your book right away. The next book in the collection is coming soon!

I wish to thank Pearry Teo and Christine Converse for sending me a copy of the e-book for Bedlam Stories and for their patience and understanding for the delay of the review. I loved the e-book so much, without hesitation, I ordered the paperback and have read this book so many times that the front and back covers are curled and pulling away from the spine. I truly enjoyed seeing how Oz and Wonderland clashed with the new stories and with Converse’s own creative & her horrific spin, I am most anxious to read the next book to find out what happens next.

This is an highly imaginative piece of work and I am thrilled to learn it’s being made into a film. Be sure to “Like” the Facebook page and check back for updates on the progress of the film.

The Bedlam Stories was beautifully written and well edited (Although I do remember just a couple of errors) and the illustrations placed throughout the book was stunning. I loved the presentation of the cover art and that the font was not tiny and had extra space between the lines, made for comfortable reading. The general pacing of the story from its seemingly calm to full out adrenaline rush is suitable for readers 13 and up. Parents of younger readers be advised the descriptions were detailed and the scenes disturbing and violent and may cause night terrors, but fans of horror will love it.

For days after I read the last word, I could still hear the screams and sometimes, late at night just before drifting off to sleep, I am at the gateway to my dreams, I turn to see a pair of red eyes staring from the shadows and I hear the off-key singing of a little girl named Alice.

 

This story will be included in my favorite books from 2013 list coming soon to this blog.

From outside her door…someone singing softly, off-key…

His treatments cruel they all did fail:

He left me in a daze,

And when he came to use the drill,

I set them all ablaze;

Then I shook him from side to side,

Until his face was blue;

“And now the time has come, I cried,

To do the same to you!”

 

Excerpt taken from pages 330 – 331

Note to Parents, this book is not recommended for under age of 14 due to dark disturbing material. It is definitely for older teens.

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