December 18, 2014

Harry Potter Christmas Stocking

Every true Harry Potter geek should own one of these Christmas stockings to hang on the mantle at Christmas time.

This Christmas stocking is a velvet one that was originally sold by Warner Brothers. It is a classic red stocking with braided gold trim. It features a moon and stars, a purple wizarding hat, a hanging loop and tassels.

It seems that this stocking is fairly limited in supply. As I write this, you can find it here on Amazon but not on eBay though you will find a great supply of Harry Potter Christmas stockings on eBay by clicking here.

Would you like to own a Harry Potter themed Christmas stocking?

Merry Christmas!
Brenda

Quick Links:

The Best Harry Potter Gift Ideas.



December 15, 2014

National Geographic Sea Monsters Review

"A journey deep in time. A lost age. A prehistoric world, 82 million years in the making..."

For Halloween one year I learned about National Geographic's Prehistoric Sea Monsters.

Prehistoric Sea Monsters are monsters of a different kind from a different time...this nature documentary tells the story of a sea creature named Dolly who lived when North America was divided in two. The story goes back and forth between a fictional story set in Dolly's time and the scientists of our times.

Sea Monsters is a National Geographic film for the entire family. In this film, you travel more than 80 million years into the past. You meet the dinosaurs that lived then as well as other creatures who are swimming, hunting and fighting for survival. It shares the world and adventures of two Dolichorhynchops, or Dollies.

Fast Facts

ACTORS: Jerry Hoffman, Jennifer Aguilar, Michael Ashcraft, Michael Ashcroft and Paul Burmaster

DIRECTORS: Sean MacLeod Phillips

WRITERS: Mose Richards

PRODUCERS: Erica Meehan, Jini Durr, Lisa Truitt, Neal Allen and Tim Kelly

STUDIO: National Geographic Video

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2007

DVD RELEASE DATE: August 11, 2009

RUN TIME: 40 minutes

RATING: Not Rated

My Take On Sea Monsters 

Is it good or not? Should you buy the 3D version or the ordinary version? I have not seen Sea Monsters yet. However, all of my research leads to a couple of simple conclusions.

Opinions on the 3D aspect of this movie are definitely split. I have read reviews by some people who love it and reviews by some who I expect are familiar with the current 3D films, who do not like this film in 3D. If you are buying the 3D version, remember this is not done in the latest technology for viewing blu-ray 3D films at home. It does not require a 3D blu-ray player nor a 3D high definition television and, therefore, it is not going to measure up to movies being made for those devices nor the movies you have seen lately at the movie theatre.

In terms of the film itself, people are generally very pleased with the way the story was put together, the content and the quality of the film.

Amazon Customers say things like:

"Even from the comfort of my couch the 3D is amazing."

"Visual qualities are quite good. Story is rather cleverly layed out. I recommend it for any age group!"

"I was blown away at the presentation. It felt like they were swimming in my living room. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves 3D movies and documentaries."

The experts like The New York Times say, "...the film's true raison d'tre: digitally recreated prehistoric sea beasts that seem as real as whales and sharks." High-Def Digest says, "Sea Monsters tells a compelling tale while never failing to dazzle with its wonderful visuals..." FinallyBlu-ray.com says, "Sea Monsters' transfer is crisp and striking..."

Hopefully, this information will help you decide whether or not this is a film you want to see. If you have seen it, what did you think? Would you recommend it?  I will try to report back when I have finally viewed it.

See you
at the movies!

Quick Links:

Order your copy of National Geographic Sea Monsters from Amazon.
The Best Nature and Adventure Imax Documentary Films...





December 6, 2014

Harry Potter Travel Poster - London to Scotland via the Hogwarts Express


What Harry Potter fan would not love to travel from London to Scotland via the Hogwarts Express? I certainly would! This is the first in a series (I hope) of movie-themed travel posters.

If you could and you did have the opportunity to board the Hogwarts Express, what would be the most important part of the trip for you?

Would you be eagerly anticipating the friendly plump witch and her trolley with the treats from the Honeydukes Sweetshop? Treats like Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, Cauldron Cakes, Chocolate Frogs, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, Jelly Slugs, Liquorice Wands and Pumpkin Pasties?  Remember though that Harry chose a bit of everything to share with his friend Ron Weasley on his first trip on the train. Maybe that is what you would like to do.

Or maybe you would rather simply meet the passengers. In the first year, we enjoyed the company of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom and Fred and George Weasley. You would not have wanted to be on the train on September 1, 1997 though would you? That is the year that the Death Eaters raided the train looking for Harry.

I love this retro-inspired themed travel poster celebrating that the Hogwarts Express.  It is an art print with sharp colours that is printed on thick paper like that of a greeting card or postcard and available in an assortment of sizes. You can find it at Allposters.com by clicking right here.

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy this poster from All Posters.
How to make your own chocolate frogs.
A page of Harry Potter quotations.



December 4, 2014

Star Wars I Am Your Father Coffee Mug


One of the most important movie lines or quotes of all time is that of Darth Vader to Luke when Vader says, "No, I am your father."

It is an iconic movie moment from Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back that is surely embedded in every Star Wars fan's mind.

This famous line is often misquoted as, "Luke, I am your father" and was nominated for the American Film Institute's 100 Movie Quotes List.

Watch this short video and relive the moment in which Darth Vader makes history and releases his secret to the world.



The importance of the line to movie history makes this I Am Your Father coffee mug the ultimate inexpensive and practical Star Wars themed gift idea for dad. It is a handsome black and red Hallmark coffee mug, reading simply "I am your father."

Definitely a most appropriate gift for any Dad who loves the Star Wars franchise and even more so for one, like my husband, who shared the love of Star Wars with his children. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be hard to find. Click here to see if it is available on Amazon and here to see if it is available on eBay.


Alternatively, you can choose this white, gray and black mug with the same expression. It seems to be more readily available right now on eBay than the black one is.

Or you can choose one of the following Star Wars themed mugs. They're all fun choices:

Yoda's Calm You Shall Keep and Carry On You Must Coffee Mug 


All Star Wars fans can talk like Yoda, which makes this green mug one of the most popular Star Wars mugs. "Calm You Shall Keep and Carry On You Must," advises the wise Jedi Master Yoda. Order it from Amazon here.

Darth Vader You Don't Know the Power of the Dark Side Coffee Mug 


Another nice choice is this black and red Darth Vader coffee mug. Find it on Amazon by clicking here. It's by Vandor and the black and red colouring and image of Darth Vader are perfectly done.

Yoda May the Force Be With You Coffee Mug


Another mug by Vandor, this one features Yoda and reads in typical wise fashion, "May the Force Be With you." You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

Is there a Star Wars fan at your house? A Star Wars mug in your future?

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

More Reading:

Star Wars Christmas Decorations.








November 30, 2014

Toy Story That Time Forgot Trailer

Toy Story That Time Forgot starts out looking a little scary.

There is a big battle and there is blood shed.

Not exactly what I'd expect from Toy Story.

However, I'm not willing to judge Toy Story That Time Forgot by the opening moments in this trailer.

Watch for yourself here:


What do you think? I am thinking it looks a bit scary for young children but I will wait until I have seen the Christmas special when it airs during the world première on ABC on December 7, 2014 to make my final judgement call. It sure looks like a fabulous piece of 1980s nostalgia!

Merry Christmas!
Brenda

Quick Links:

More about Toy Story That Time Forgot.
Toy Story on Pinterest.



November 29, 2014

Facts About Roger Ebert


For the curious, here are a few biographical facts about the movie critic Roger Ebert:
  • Roger Joseph Ebert was born in June 18, 1942, in Urbana, Illinois.

  • Ebert began his career as a reporter and was given the film critic job for the Sun-Times rather unexpectedly.

  • He won a Pulitzer Prize for his movie reviews in 1975.

  • He appeared on the television show Siskel and Ebert and then Ebert and Roeper at the Movies for a total of 37 years.

  • He suffered surgical complications related to thyroid cancer in 2006 and was not able to speak after that year.

  • Shortly before his death, he was the Managing Editor of and a reviewer for Ebert Presents At The Movies.

  • His reviews continued to appear in newspapers around the world.

  • Ebert wrote a total of 17 books.

  • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the only film critic that has one.

  • Robert Ebert's website, rogerebert.com, receives a staggering 110 million visits a year.
Shown here his 2012 book Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert. This book includes some of the best best of his work from forty years of reviews, interviews and essays. It includes interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Werner Herzog, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Mitchum, James Stewart, Warren Beatty and Meryl Streep. Amazon calls Ebert’s writing top-notch and says that this book “contains some of Ebert's most exciting writing.” Sounds like a good read for those keenly interested in the movies and in movie reviews.

Stay tuned for more about Roger Ebert.

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Order your copy of Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert from Amazon.


Toy Story That Time Forgot

This holiday season Toy Story fans will not want to miss a new Disney Pixar television special called Toy Story That Time Forgot.

It's a half-hour family program that features our favourite Toy Story characters including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jesse, The toys go on a play date after Christmas and discover a whole new set of very scary action figures.

You will find an all-star cast that includes Tom Hanks playing Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.


My only disappointment without having seen the show is that this film is only loosely a Christmas story. I would have preferred a full holiday theme. Cinema Blend says that this film has lots of "humor, charm and heart" and "added prehistoric playtime."

There are a couple of new characters, including the dinosaur Reptillus Maximus who understandably connects with, Trixie and Angel Kitty, a Christmas tree ornament who randomly shares bits of lightweight wisdom.


Cinema Blend  also says that Toy Story That Time Forgot is great for kids, calling it "a must-watch, colorful, fun, funny and familiar." For adults, they say Toy Story has once again done a good job of "reminding us of the bonds we once formed with our own toys."

I am not terribly apprehensive about how good Toy Story That Time Forgot will be because I know that Disney delivered a wonderful film when they released Toy Story of Terror in October, 2013 and I have faith in Disney Pixar. I plan on tuning in on Tuesday, December 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET) when Toy Story That Time Forgot airs on ABC for the first time ever.

How about you?

Happy Christmas!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Check out the Toy Story That Time Forgot toys on Amazon.
Read my review of Toy Story of Terror.
Celebrate Toy Story on Pinterest.




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