The Finest Hours – Disney Movie Review

The Finest Hours – Disney Movie Review

When it comes to movies, when I see ‘Based on a True Story’ anywhere in the promotional material I tend to turn away. 9 times out of 10 they are based on sad, tragic stories and I ugly cry enough during sad fictional movies – I can’t deal with sad real life movies!

(more…)

Win a Copy of Kindergarten Cop 2  #KinderCop2

Win a Copy of Kindergarten Cop 2 #KinderCop2

One of my all-time favorite movies is Kindergarten Cop. I quote the movie at least twice a week and I’m shocked when some people look at me like they have never watched it.

Of course, they’ve seen it; everyone has watched Kindergarten Cop at least once in their lives, right?!

Because if you have never heard Arnold Schwartzanager say “It’s not a tumah”, then you are so missing out!

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you have seen Kindergarten Cop. Don’t correct me if you haven’t, I would never be able to look you in the eye. Instead, I’m going to smile and say, GET READY TO WIN A COPY OF Kindergarten Cop 2!

Find out more about the movie below the giveaway entry form!

Enter to win a DVD copy of Kindergarten Cop 2. The contest is open to U.S. residents only.

 

Kindergarten Cop 2

KINDERGARTEN COP 2 

 Kindergarten Cop 2

AVAILABLE ON DVD, DIGITAL HD AND ON DEMAND MAY 17, 2016

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Universal City, California, February 16, 2016 – A family favorite gets reimagined in Kindergarten Cop 2, a fish-out-of water comedy available on DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand on May 17, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Tremors 5: Bloodlines), Kindergarten Cop 2 stars action superstar Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables 3, Workaholics) and Bill Bellamy (White Collar, Royal Pains) along with an adorable ensemble of young actors and is bursting with laughs for the entire family.

Assigned to recover sensitive stolen data, a gruff FBI agent (Dolph Lundgren) goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, but the school’s liberal, politically correct environment is more than he bargained for.

The Kindergarten Cop 2 DVD and Digital HD will delight longtime fans and new viewers alike with hilarious bonus features including deleted scenes, a gag reel and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. 

DVD & DIGITAL HD BONUS FEATURES 

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel 
  • Kindergarten Cop 2: Undercover 

CAST AND FILMMAKERS:

Presented By: Universal 1440 Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment

Cast:

  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Bill Bellamy
  • Sarah Strange
  • Aleks Paunovic

Directed By: Don Michael Paul

Screenplay By: David H. Steinberg and Murray Salem and Herschel Weingrod & Timothy Harris

Story By:   Murray Salem

Produced By: Mike Elliott

Executive Producer:  Dolph Lundgren

Edited By: Vanick Moradian

Production Designer:  Tony Devenyi

Director of Photography:  Kamal Derkaoui

Music By: Jake Monaco

Casting By: Jeff Gerrard DiGerolamo, Sean Cossey, CSA, J.J. Ogilvy

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:

Street Date:  May 17, 2016

Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number:  63174718 (US)/ 63174720 (CDN)

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1

Rating: PG-13 for some violence and suggestive material

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Thai (feature only), Korean (feature only), Cantonese (feature only)

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese

Run Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

The Ranch – Netflix First Impression

The Ranch – Netflix First Impression

When you think Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s Hyde and Kelso – from That 70’s Show. I had the urge to rewatch it and thanks to Netflix I did just that. I started binge watching (is there any other way to watch a TV show on Netflix?!) a few weeks ago and just finished it up. Not ready to turn it off just yet I followed their next recommended option which happened to be The Ranch starring Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher.

The Ranch - Netflix First Impression

Now, I’m not one to jump in blindly so I did a little Googling to see what the buzz was. Surprisingly there wasn’t much – you’d think with these two guys people would be all over it. Or maybe there aren’t as many of us as I’d like to think. Anyway, I didn’t actually read the few results I did find, I mainly looked through Google images. I saw Wilmer Valderrama (aka Fez whoknowswhathislastnameis} and that pretty much sealed it for me.

I’m actually watching the second episode now… well kind of. I guess that’s the first thing to point out. It doesn’t have my full, undivided attention. I am pausing here and there to see if it’s getting better. It does, but it has some yawn moments too, but we’ll get to that.

The Ranch Kutcher Masterson

Here’s the low down so far. You have Colt (Ashton) Bennett, a semi-pro football player who seems to be the disappointment of the family. He’s stubborn, immature, and a bit on the lazy side. Pretty much the Kelso you loved on That 70’s Show. He has (basically) the same voice/lack of accent as Kelso. That wouldn’t be a big deal if his brother, Rooster (Danny) Bennett, didn’t have a heck of a country twang intermittently. There are times where if you close your eyes he’s Steven Hyde and other times when he’s country as hell.

The fact that I JUST finished That 70s Show a few hours ago may have some influence on my analysis.

Rooster seems to be the black sheep of the family. The dumb one (which is new since Hyde was considerably smart). He also seems to be the one desperately trying to reunite his family. I have mixed feelings about this guy.

The Ranch - Netflix First Impression

Their dad is played by Sam Elliott (the grave keeper from Ghost Rider) and I want to like him but he’s not really loveable. He seems kind of emotionless most of the time, but there are a few rare moments where you can connect with him. I think my biggest issue with him is the overuse of the F-bomb. Don’t get confused, I curse like a sailor, but when he uses the F-bomb it seems overly forced and flat.

I kinda really love the bar scenes. They remind me of m favorite hometown bars and that helps me put myself in the scene and feel connected.

I’m still getting a feel for the story, but I really like Danny and Ashton together. They have a natural chemistry that makes them seem real as opposed to forced characters. At this point, I could take or leave the story but plan to keep watching because I love these guys and for an Independent, straight to Netflix show I’m entertained!

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Film Review)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Film Review)

It’s 4 o’clock in the morning and I just finished watching Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Insomnia Rules! But not really….

Anyways, I must admit I’m a little disappointed. Not so much in the movie but the fact I have to wait a year (probably) or more (most likely) until I get some darn answers!

The first movie kind of crept up on me. I was out of the loop at the time I guess. I passed it by a few times before finally deciding to watch it. I think it was Dylan O’Brien that pulled me in,

I just love him as Stiles on Teen Wolf.

Right from the beginning I was drawn in and by the time it was over I was fully invested. I did my research and found out it was based on a series (Harry Potter style¹ hopefully.) Shamefully I still haven’t read the books, but it’s definitely on my to-do list.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The first movie took place in “The Maze” and in the second movie we find out that there were several mazes, all with survivors like Thomas (O’Brien)’s group. The latter group soon realizes all isn’t right with their ‘rescuers’ and in predictable fashion devise a plan to escape. Well, a half-baked, on the fly plan.

Keep in mind they have basically no memory of their earlier lives.

Explosions, cool taser’ish weapons, and gun fire aside, what is up with the zombies? I was a little thrown off when I saw them since I didn’t do much research into The Scorch Trials. I wanted to be surprised, and that I was. I love a good zombie story as much as the next guy, but they’re a little played out. It just feels like everyone is riding the Walking Dead coattails. It’s the furthest thing from fresh there is right now.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

It was nice to see Thomas turned out to be as awesome as we were all hoping.

It seemed like there are only 2 major character introductions that matter (I don’t count the bad guys AKA W.I.C.K.E.D. – WICKED IS BAD!!!)  Rosa Salazar as Brenda and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Once Upon a Time) as Jorge. I didn’t feel a really strong connection with them, but I can see a major bond forming. I actually didn’t feel that bond with many of the characters in this installment. O’Brien did fantastic however, I see him as “The One to Watch“.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Overall the movie was engaging and had some gasp worthy moments. There aren’t really any boring scenes; when you start to feel a yawn something happens to yank you back. There are some “I saw that coming” scenes and a few that threw me for a loop. That’s what I look for in a movie! …I won’t even get into Teresa…

The ending definitely leaves room for at least one more installment. It leaves you with hope for the characters and a little bit of angst knowing you’ll have to wait for the next installment. There are definitely many, many questions left unanswered. I don’t want to spoil the movie so I’ll just leave it at that. If you’re looking for an interesting movie then check out the Maze Runner series (so far). If you haven’t seen the first one you must watch it before The Scorch Trials.

Trust me!

*On the other hand – I have friends who have read the books and watched the movies with frustration. Apparently the books and movies don’t mesh well. This makes me think the movies might not be the best choice for those who’d rather read the book first.


¹Harry Potter style = a longer series, as opposed to Twilight Style², consisting of 4 or more individual works
²Twilight style: a shorter series of 4 or less individual works

10 Things You Must Do in New Orleans #NOLA

10 Things You Must Do in New Orleans #NOLA

Visiting New Orleans was the highlight of my summer and I didn’t even get to do or see everything the Big Easy has to offer. We knew that having only 2 1/2 days would limit us so we packed as much in as possible while still keeping the trip enjoyable.

Below are some of our favorite New Orleans experiences and the things I recommend you do at least once while you’re in New Orleans.

 

Bourbon St.Bourbon Street New Orleans

The first thing we did after unloading our carry on bags (the airport lost our luggage, which we got on the second night) was walk to Bourbon St. We stayed in the Marigny -/Bywater area so the French Quarter was only a few blocks away.

Since it was my birthday I had a dollar pinned to my shirt and nearly everyone we passed wished me a happy birthday. It was very exciting, especially when they started throwing beads!

We ate, we listened to great jazz music and we breathed in the deep smell of – well, the smell wasn’t the highlight of Bourbon St.

Frenchmen St.Frenchmen Street New Orleans

Many locals swear by Frenchmen Street as the best place to hear the best jazz music and have the most fun without the crazy atmosphere of Bourbon Street. We did hear jazz music; great jazz music; but there is so much more.

Jazz. Reggae. Blues. There’s no telling what you’ll hear within the 2 blocks that make up Frenchmen Street but it will wow you. There is music on the street and music in any of the 12 jazz clubs found on Frenchmen Street.

The drinks are cheaper, there are no neon lights and the atmosphere is much more laid back than Bourbon Street.

Cafe Du Monde

Riverwalk Cafe Du MondeCan you go to New Orleans and not visit the world famous Cafe Du Monde? I’m sure you could but why would you?! The Cafe Du Monde in the Riverwalk Marketplace is my personal favorite locale.

There’s AC, places to sit and no wrapped around the corner lines to get a bag of beignets or coffee. You cannot, under any circumstance leave New Orleans without at least trying the beignets.

The good thing about stopping in at this Cafe Du Monde is you can do some shopping on the cheap while you’re there!

Audubon ZooAudubon Zoo

If you could only go to one zoo in your life time it should be this one. The architecture and scenery alone are breathtakingly stunning.

The Audubon Zoo is filled with diverse cultures of animals and plenty of gift shops and eateries to please you along the way.

Be sure to read about my Audubon Zoo visit.

Audubon AquariumAudubon Aquarium

Not only is the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas filled with beautiful fish and sea life, but you can go snorkeling as well!

Watch the performing penguins. Take advantage of the many photo opportunities. Snap a photo with the giant blue catfish. These are just some of the fun things you can do at the aquarium.

Be sure to read about my visit to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Audubon InsectariumAudubon-Insectarium

If you’ve ever found yourself craving gourmet bugs then this is the place to get them. Make sure you stop in to Bug Appétit for the Cajun spiced crickets or chocolate “chirp” cookies. I couldn’t do it myself, but I’m sure there are some brave souls out there!

You’ll also get to see beautiful butterflies amongst other beautiful and interesting insects at the Audubon Insectarium.

Make sure you read about my trip to the Audubon Insectarium.

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

If you can’t be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras World is the next best thing I am sure.

Filled with past, present and future Mardi Gras floats that you can get up close and personal with, Mardi Gras World is truly where the magic happens.

Be sure to read about my Mardi Gras World visit.

Tour the CityCity Sightseeing Bus Tours New Orleans

Hop on and Hop off at 7 different New Orleans hot spots. The bus will take you along a narrated tour route while you take in the scenery.

Be sure to read about my City Sightseeing Bus Tour experience and reserve one for yourself.

Take the StreetcarNew Orleans Streetcar

Whether you hop on the Canal, Riverfront or St. Charles Avenue streetcar you’re in for a treat. Ride through and see the gorgeous homes and buildings. Each ride is $1.25 (must have exact change) or you can get an all day RTA pass for $3.00. 

I think the St. Charles Avenue streetcar (the green one) was my favorite.

Remember, a trolley is a wheel attached to a pole, used for collecting current from an overhead electric wire to drive a streetcar or trolley bus. Sitting on that wouldn’t be comfortable (wink, wink.) 

Visit the CVBNew Orleans CVB

The New Orleans CVB isn’t just a place to grab a map and go. They have lots of historic memorabilia inside as well as an introductory video of New Orleans.

Stopping by the CVB gives you an instant glimpse into the New Orleans of yesteryear as well as information on some of the famous figures who come from the Crescent City. You can also get your Hop On, Hop Off passes here! 10 Things You Must Do in New Orleans #NOLA