The Peanuts Movie 2015

The Peanuts Movie 2015
I do not think that my husband, who grew up with Charlie Brown and his gang and was a particularly big fan of the Red Baron, is aware that there is a new Peanuts movie on the way and I am not sure what his reaction will be.

The gang is all back again in the new Peanuts movie but they definitely have a different feel, which can be attributed to the technology used to make this movie for "It's a computer animated movie, Charlie Brown." The previous shows featured hand-drawn animation so those who grew up with the original programs might find that the characters look, well, a little bit odd.  I do.

In this new feature-length movie, Charlie Brown starts off hoping that this is his big chance. That things will be different from now on.  That his embarrassing moments can be left behind...but we all know that that is not likely to happen.

Here is a peek at the movie through the trailers that have been released for the movie starting with the very short initial teaser trailer:

Then the official movie trailer:

Finally, here is the Christmas-themed trailer. I love the idea that the movie incorporates the Christmas holiday season.

My husband will be glad that the Red Baron does appear in the movie and I love the scene of him flying over the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Are you a Peanuts fan? What do you think of the idea of a new movie? Of the computer generated animation? Will you be adding The Peanuts Movie to your viewing list?

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Peanuts Gift Ideas:

I'll Be Home for Christmas puzzle.
I Heart Snoopy Mugs.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.
The Best Peanuts Coffee Mugs.

More James Bond Spectre Videos

James Bond Spectre Trailers and Videos
As we await the next James Bond movie, Spectre, the producers tantalize us with another trailer. However, if you are curious about the upcoming film, you won't want to stop there. There are a few other interesting videos available including a short clip showing movie director Sam Mendes discussing the movie, a video about the exciting cars of Spectre, one about the incorporation of Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations into the movie and finally, an early video about shooting in Austria.

The Second Spectre Trailer   


Sam Mendes on Spectre

Here is the video in which director Sam Mendes talks about the movie. He says that Spectre is about Bond, "whether or not he should continue to pursue the life he has pursued, whether he matters and if he is going to continue."

The Cars of Spectre

Then there is a video about the cars. Part of the huge appeal of the James Bond movies for the men in my life are the cars.  In Spectre, Bond drives an Aston Martin. A bonus for car fans is the fact that the car will go up against a really special Jaguar. Mendes says that they are two of the fastest cars in the world...neither of which we will have ever seen before.

Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico

The movie might have you wanting to visit Mexico.  It painstakingly incorporates the Day of the Dead celebrations and 1,500 fully costumed extras in the opening scene, As one make-up artist says in the clip, it may be the most visually exciting opening in a Bond movie ever."

Skiing in Austria

Alternatively, the stunning scenery in this scene may have you wanting to go somewhere Austria. Looks like it will be another Bond film that is "exciting to look at."

Spectre opens in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2015 and November 6, 2015 in North America.

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Everybody's Fine Movie Review

On the eve of my youngest son's move 2,575 miles across the continent from Ottawa to Seattle, I sat down and watched Everybody's Fine.  Judging by how I felt afterwards, that turned out to be a mistake because I thoroughly related to the characters in the movie.

Because of my current family situation, I was particularly empathetic with the father figure as played by Robert De Niro. However, the film also made me feel for my father and my childhood family dynamics.

Everybody's Fine is real tear jerker. I was definitely one of those who sobbed their way through the movie, which is not my norm. According to other pieces I have read, I am not the only one who sobbed their way through this film.

The story? Dad has lost his wife and has now taken on her roll of trying to hold the  family together. I don't want to say more for fear of spoiling the story for you but I will say this movie comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by me.  If you are an empty nester or becoming one, be sure to have a box of tissues at hand.  Take a peek into the movie here, in the movie trailer.

Everybody's Fine also stars Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.  It received mixed reviews and the late critic Roger Ebert said the acting could have been better.  I think I agree with regard to the supporting cast. However, I think De Niro's performance was pretty good. The Guardian says about De Niro's performance: "His calm, careworn, less iconic and more human face is restfully presented to the camera." They go on and call it a "refreshingly open, untricksy performance." They close by calling the film, "fine." I agree.

I think that if you are able to relate to the father figure you will enjoy Everybody's Fine. Be aware that it will pull on your heart strings and that it is sad. I think it does a very good job of sharing a situation that many people, like myself, find themselves in. Hopefully, we will be able to stay close to our children, wherever they wind up living.

Have you seen Everybody's fine? Are you interested?

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In advance of the release of Disney's new movie, The Finest Hours, you might wish to read this book by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue is readily available on Amazon in all formats from hardcover to paperback to Kindle and audio.

Definitely in advance but even after the movie release, this book would make a great movie-themed birthday or Christmas present.

Add it to your reading list now so that you can do the right thing and read the book before you see what looks like an amazing movie in January of 2016.

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Discover a list of natural disaster movies.


Some movies trailers give me goosebumps and the trailer for Disney's new movie The Finest Hours sure does. It is a period drama set in the middle of a nor’easter in the Atlantic Ocean in 1952. It tells of two ships, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, both oil tankers that split in two in the midst of the storm leaving the crews at the mercy of the Atlantic and the subsequent rescue attempt.

Watch the trailer here for yourself and see what you think.

Customer reviews of the book version of the story say things like "Gripping Tale of Sacrifice and Heroism." I'm looking forward to the movie version of The Final Hours when it arrives at movie theatres on January 29, 2016. What do you think?

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A Game of Thrones Gift Ideas (2015)

Game of Thrones Gift Ideas
This Christmas we gave the gift of A Game of Thrones, LOL. One son asked for two items in particular and he asked and **POOF** he received because we always give him what he, that's not true at all! Now that my two sons are grown up, they don't generally ask for anything specific for Christmas.
This year when asked the first son said he wanted boxers and yes, he did receive some boxers. They were NOT Game of Thrones themed but they certainly could have been!
The other son asked for coffee mugs that would fit in his coffee machine and a very specific t-shirt. If you guessed that the specific t-shirt was from the Game of Thrones, you were right and the request for that shirt also led to a Game of Thrones coffee mug, as a matter of fact the "The North Remembers" mug shown right here to the left of this text.
In the end, we decided that we WOULD purchase those two A Game of Thrones (AGOT) things for BOTH of our 'boys' for Christmas and we are big board gamers so we added a copy of the popular Game of Thrones Board Game from Fantasy Flight Games.
Combined, you could say these items made an official Game of Thrones Christmas or at the very least a very nice AGOT themed gift set!
You, too, can put together a similar gift set for someone you are buying for either at Christmas, a birthday or at another special occasion. On this page, you will find a few of the best Game of Thrones themed gift ideas we found when we went shopping for our sons.

A Game of Thrones Coffee Mug

A coffee mug is an affordable, practical gift idea.

Winter is Coming Stark Game of Thrones Coffee MugThis is what started our Game of Thrones themed Christmas giving. One of our sons asked for a Game of Thrones-themed coffee mug that would fit in his single-serving coffee machine. When we went looking, we saw many nice mugs and eventually chose the one shown above. We love the combined practicality and affordability of giving a coffee mug and the fact that it can be customized to suit someone's interests. In this case that was, of course, A Game of Thrones.

A Game of Thrones Book Boxed Set 

Five books equals a lot of reading pleasure!
Game of Thrones Leather Book Set
Of course, true Game of Thrones fans might already have read the books but if your fan has not, the books make an amazing gift idea. Of course, you could pick a single book or, for a really special gift, you could choose a complete Game of Thrones leather bound book set.
One of our sons is working his way through the books. He has to squeeze a bit of reading time in around his university studies and his Quidditch playing. It is going to take him awhile to get through all of the books but that's okay as long as he is enjoying them!
My sister-in-law HIGHLY RECOMMENDS these books. Her only issue with them is one that fans around the world can be heard saying..."When will author George R.R. Martin get on with it and get the next one written?

A Game of Thrones Movie Boxed Set

Game of Thrones - Season 1-4 Box Set Every fan will want to watch A Game of Thrones more than once and adding a quality blu-ray and DVD release to their collection will enable them to do so. As I update this page, seasons one through four are available in a single boxed set, as shown here to the right.
If your Game of Thrones fan does not already own the series, this boxed set that includes seasons one through four on blu-ray disc would make the ultimate gift idea.
Game of Thrones - Seasons 1 and 2
We were surprised to learn that the boxed set shown on the left for seasons 1 and 2 with the Funko toys was actually LESS expensive than the version WITHOUT the toys. 

Buy Seasons 1 and 2 with 
Game of Thrones The Complete Third SeasonFunko figures from Amazon.
You will need a spot on your mantle for the unusual Game of Thrones Season 3 boxed set shown on the right. It contains the blu-ray disc/DVD versions as well as a digital copy of the series.

Buy Season 3 Limited Edition boxed set from Amazon.

Game of Thrones - Season 4

If you are just after the fourth season, you might choose the boxed set shown below which comes with the Joffrey Funko Royal Wedding themed mini figure. Receiving a bonus collectible with the movies makes the set more fun.  Buy Season 4 from Amazon.

A Game of Thrones Board Game

Game of Thrones Board Game
Make sure it's the second edition!

There are several Game of Thrones available but and we did a bit of research and picked this one, the Game of Thrones Second Edition Board Game, for our son, because it ranked a bit better than the first board game. We still cannot personally confirm that this one is better than the first, and I suppose that we might never be able to compare the first and second editions of the game since we may never own the first.
Reviews say things like, "All in all this is just a fantastic board game, especially for those who are a fan of the book and TV series. For those who aren't, it's still an excellent game in and of itself, and it might introduce you to one of the greatest fantasy series of all time."

A Game of Thrones T-Shirt

Game of Thrones T-Shirt
T-shirts are also affordable, practical gift ideas.

We love the gift of a Game of Thrones t-shirt because it is affordable and practical, something that will be used and enjoyed regularly in the same manner that a coffee mug will be. This is a very popular, officially licensed HBO t-shirt.

Our 'boys' (remember they are really young adults) found our HBO shirts to be appropriately sized width wise and just long enough though if the wearer wears his jeans really low and is tall, say 6 feet or more, perhaps a bit short. The fabric of the official shirts IS a bit thinner than many typical graphic shirts but we don't find that to be an issue, as some people do in the reviews. It is, however, something to be aware of.


If you are looking for a Game of Thrones gift idea, I hope I have given you some ideas. If I haven't provided quite the right idea, you can click right here to check out all of Amazon's Game Of Thrones gift ideas.

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Meet Vanessa Redgrave: Biography & Movies

Who Is Vanessa Redgrave?

Vanessa Redgrave is in English actress who has appeared on the stage, on the television screen and on the big screen in movie theaters. She is an award-winning actress and has won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Bafta awards.

With more than 35 appearances on the stage and 80 movies to her credit, Ms. Redgrave was declared the greatest living actress of our time by Tennessee Williams and ranked as the ninth greatest actress of all time by The Stage in 2010.

In the book My Life So Far, Jane Fonda said, "There is a quality about Vanessa that makes me feel as if she resides in a netherworld of mystery that eludes the rest of us mortals. Her voice seems to come from some deep place that knows all suffering and all secrets. Watching her work is like seeing through layers of glass, each layer painted in mythic watercolour images, layer after layer, until it becomes dark - but even then you know you haven't come to the bottom of it..."

On this page, learn a bit more about Ms. Redgrave and discover some of her best movie performances. I have not seen all of her movies...yet. You?

What is Vanessa Redgrave's Family Background?

Acting, apparently, is in Vanessa Redgrave's genes. She is related to sir Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempsen, Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave. She is also the mother of Joely Richardson and Natasha Richardson and she's aunt to Jemma Redgrave.

Where Did Vanessa Redgrave Study?

Ms. Redgrave studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1954 and made her first appearance in London's West End in 1958. Since then it would seem there's been no stopping her.

What Are Vanessa Redgrave's Politics?

Ms. Redgrave frequently chooses difficult roles over profitable roles. I expect this is in part, at least, due to her political activism. In the 1970s she cofounded the Workers' Revolutionary Party with her brother. She ran for parliament several times in the United Kingdom. She is a supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization. She has served as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She has strong convictions and she is outspoken about them, despite the fact that they may have influenced opportunities in her professional life.

Vanessa Redgrave 60 Minute Interview

This two-part 60 Minute interview covers many of the years of Vanessa Redgrave's acting and politics. The first part is just over 6 minutes in length; the second, just under 6 minutes. Both give insight into the choices she has made in her life.

Vanessa Redgrave's First Movie

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

Vanessa Redgrave's first movie was this British comedy classic, Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Ms. Redgrave co-starred as the ex-wife of a man who was obsessed with keeping her from being married to his best friend and his efforts take some bizarre turns. The movie proves that "love is eternal, sanity is relative and nothing is more dangerous than a heartsick man in a gorilla suit."

It is said that Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment turned David Warner and Vanessa Redgrave into overnight stars. This movie, Ms. Redgrave's first film, brought her first Academy Award nomination as well as nominations for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for this role.

Movies From the 1960s

Camelot (1967)

Ms. Redgrave tied for a Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in Camelot and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Camelot was also successful movie at the box office.

Isadora (1968)

Isadora was Ms. Redgrave's second Academy Award nominated performance and also won her a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. She won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.

Movies From the 1970s

Julia (1977)

In Julia, Ms. Redgrave stirred up controversy when she acted with Jane Fonda as a woman fighting the Nazis. It was very successful with the critics and she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards. Her politics caused Jewish groups to demand that her nomination be cancelled. It was not, however, and she won the award taking the opportunity to make a comment during her acceptance speech that was not popular with the public.

For this movie, Ms. Redgrave won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Yanks (1979)

Agatha (1979)

Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

For her role in Mary Queen of Scots, Ms. Redgrave won a David di Donatello Special Award. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

Movies From the 1980s

Playing for Time (1980)

Vanessa Redgrave took on many important popular and unpopular topics. In Playing for Time, a made-for-television movie, Ms. Redgrave played a prisoner in Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp who was spared death because she was a performing artist and able to entertain her Nazi captors.

In a swirl of controversy, Ms. Redgrave won the part over Barbara Streisand and went on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role. The movie was one of the highest rated programs of 1980.

I watched Playing for Time recently and I can highly recommend it.

The Bostonians (1984)

Ms. Redgrave won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress in The Bostonians. She also received nominations for an Academy Award for Best Actressand a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Ms. Redgrave won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in Prick Up Your Ears and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

Wetherby (1985)

Vanessa Redgrave won an National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress in Wetherby.

Movies From the 1990s

Howard's End (1992)

Ms. Redgrave was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Howard's End.

Bella Mafia (1997)

Ms. Redgrave was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for Bella Mafia.

Young Catherine (1991)

Ms. Redgrave was nominated in Young Catherine for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

A Month By The Lake (1995)

Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in A Month By The Lake.

Movies Since 2000

Letters to Juliet (2010)

Letters to Juliet was a beautiful film, a thoroughly modern romantic comedy set in Italy in which Vanessa Redgrave was truly amazing. It was, as a matter of fact, her performance in Letters to Juliet that sent me looking for more information about the actress.

The story is set in Italy and features an American on vacation who discovers a letter to Juliet (of Romeo and Juliet fame) amongst the many that are left every day. However, the one she finds is decades old and has been left unanswered. She sets off on a quest to find the lovers.

Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Letters to Juliet.

This movie is highly recommended by me for anyone who loves armchair movies and romantic comedy films.

The Gathering Storm (2002)

For her role in The Gathering Storm, a television film, Vanessa Redgrave won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress and the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film. She was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.

Atonement (2007)

In Atonement, Ms. Redgrave won the London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year and was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. Also available on DVD by clicking here.

Anonymous (2011)

In Anonymous, Vanessa Redgrave plays Queen Elizabeth and her performance was nominated for the London Film Critics Circle for British Actress of the Year.

Unfinished Song (2013)  

"Music is the cure for the common crank."

We watched Unfinished Song this weekend, a 2013 film starring Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton and Vanessa Redgrave and we were totally impressed with the story line and the acting. This is one Vanessa Redgrave movie that you should not miss!

In Closing...

Vanessa Redgrave is still making movies.   I do not have a count of how many movie she has appeared in but a simple search on Amazon turns up the movies listed on this page and more. You can see all of the Vanessa Redgrave movies on Amazon by clicking right here. I truly enjoy her work. How about you?

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