Fifty Dead Men Walking Movie Review

We are taking a trip from the comfort of our family room to Ireland by checking out numerous movies set in that beautiful country. The first story is brutal and there is nothing beautiful about it. Fifty Dead Men Walking was released in 2008 and features Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press and Rose McGowan. It is based on an autobiographical book of the same name. The story is that of a young man who worked for the IRA but became a police informer. Set in the late 1980s during a time period known as The Troubles, it is claimed that the young man in question saved fifty people from certain death while he worked undercover.

Definitely a brutal film. Rated R, it is loud, nasty, gritty, violent, horrible. It has torture and it has a sex scene. I had to look away many times but I appreciated the chance to learn a bit about Ireland’s history of that time period even if we are unsure exactly what "inspired by a true story" means. The author says that indeed it was inspired by rather than adapted from his book. In any case, the trailer shows exactly what you can expect from the 2008 movie:

Is the movie Fifty Dead Man Walking recommended? Well, yes, if you are interested in a look at this period in Ireland's troubled history and if you have the stomach for the nastiness. The Hollywood Reporter calls the performances stunning. I'd agree and this movie will definitely leave you with something to think about. It might even make you want to read the book by Martin McGartland. You can learn more about the movie or buy your copy on Amazon by clicking right here.

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Hop Easter Bunny Movie (2011)

We almost missed the creation of an Easter bunny themed movie in 2011. Hop premiered on April 1 and turned out to be a very colorful, musical, state-of-the-art animation movie featuring live action (human) actors. It was released on blu-ray disc and DVD on March 23, 2012.

Fast Facts About Hop

ACTORS: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Gary Cole, David Hasselhoff as himself
WRITERS: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2011
RATED: Hop is rated PG.
RUNTIME: 95 minutes.

HOP Storyline in 100 Words or Less

We all know that the Easter Bunny has an easy job. He works one day a year, travels the world in a single day and is loved by everyone. Sound great? Well, it does NOT sound great to EB, the bunny whose job it is to be the Easter Bunny this year. He finally reconciles himself to the fact that all artists have to suffer to become great and that he will have to be the Easter Bunny.  However, he is struck by a car and the driver is forced to take him in and eventually to help save Easter. In the process, both the bunny and the man are forced to grow up.

The Official Hop Movie Trailer

The Voice of Hop

Russell Brand voiced Hop. You'll recognize him from other projects that include Despicable Me and Get Him to the Greek. You can find his full filmography on IMDB.  On the blog She Knows, author Kim Grundy says that Russell Brand turns on the charm and his English accent to play the son of the Easter Bunny in HOP. In her interview with the actor they discuss, amongst other things, childhood Easter traditions, rabbit "whoopsie" and why he believes in the Easter bunny.

Age Recommendation

Hop is rated PG for comic peril and violence. The Movie Mom recommended it for children in kindergarten to third grade. Unfortunately, her review of Hop is no longer available but NYC Single Mom also wrote an excellent review in which she included a list of what she liked and what she did not like about this movie. She summarised by saying that it was wonderfully funny, that she would recommend it and that the trailer does not do it justice.

Hop Movie Merchandise

I did not see a lot of movie merchandise available for this movie though there was some. I love this  plush version of E.B., which is still available though in a limited way. You will find the mini plush figure shown here on Amazon by clicking right here and the full-size figure by clicking here.

It turns out, however, that there is a lot more E.B. Bunny Hop movie merchandise available on eBay.  You can see for yourself by following this link.

Free Hop Coloring Page

This HOP free coloring page was originally available through the official website I Love Candy, which does not exist anymore and forwards you instead to a Universal page about the movie as seen here. While there are a few interesting short clips there, there no longer are free coloring or activity pages.


Did you enjoy the movie Hop?

Do you know where jelly beans came from? If you do not, we know that you did not watch the trailer or the movie, LOL. This movie definitely had some potty humour.

If you would like to add Hop to your collection or even just watch it on Amazon Video, you can find it by clicking right here.

Hoppy Easter!

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A fun Easter bunny jigsaw puzzle. (With a real rabbit and a chocolate Easter bunny.)
My family friendly Easter dinner menu.

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Jumanji The Board Game Review

Whether you are fan of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, of the original movie starring the late Robin Williams or of the remake with Dwayne Johnson, you should check out this board game.The story Jumanji  originated with the popular 1981 children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. In 1995 it was made into a movie starring Robin Williams and into a board game. Once again, it was made into a movie in 2017. This time it starred Dwayne Johnson and once again it was made into a board game. As a matter of fact, I originally wrote this review before the new version was produced and, at that time, it was often priced out of reach. Because of the reboot, the game is once again available and it is affordably priced.

As you likely know, the story Jumanji actually includes a board game, which makes a board game a pretty interesting movie tie in. In the original game, which was recommended for two to four players aged 8 and up, you roll the die and follow the path on which you are pitted against the dangers of the jungle. Raging rhinos, lurking lions and quicksand are but a few of the pests and plagues you might have to battle in this game. The new game is recommended for individuals 5 years old and up.

My description of the game is from having played the original version so I am not sure what might or might not have been changed with the new version. Anyway, the original version of the game includes a large game board, four pawns or playing pieces, a rhino figure, a timer, a number die, four rescue dice, 30 danger coards, a game board center, a decoder and instructions.

Jumanji (1995) Movie Prop Sells for $60,800

Of interest, the original Jumanji board game from the making of the movie sold for $60,800 at auction on eBay in 2014. The seller noted that it was an "an original, authentic, screen-used game board box from the motion picture Jumanji."  Here's a screen shot of the auction results from eBay seller neon_galaxies:

Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

Of course, those familiar with the first movie know that Robin Williams was the star who took us on our Jumanji adventure on the big screen. The world lost this brilliant actor and comedian when he left us on August 11, 2014. Williams was a lot of fun in the movie Jumanji.


If you are interested, you can read more or buy your copy of Jumanji the board game on Amazon by clicking right here. Of note, both versions of the game are available though you will pay more for the original.

If you know a really big fan, why not assemble a Jumanji gift set with a copy of the book, the movie and the game? My boys would have loved a set like that. They might actually still enjoy it.

Are you a fan? Do you like the Jumanji movies? The board game? Have you played the new version or the old version?

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Hunger Games Gift Ideas

The Hunger Games Gift Ideas

The Hunger Games trilogy came along just in time. The Harry Potter series had wound down and we needed some exciting reading material that would translate into the movie world. Author Suzanne Collins was kind enough to create the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy and Hollywood was only to happy to transform the riveting stories into movie form for us.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson and a supporting cast featuring the likes of Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman and Amandla Stenberg, we were been presented with a movie spectacle worthy of The Hunger Games books.

We looked for great merchandise choices featuring The Hunger Games and it was provided. Whether you are shopping for a tween, a teen or an adult who is enthralled with the world of The Hunger Games, you will find a top-rated Hunger Games gift idea for them here on this page.

A Complete 4-Film Collection

Of course, it goes without saying that every fan of the trilogy ought to own The Hunger Games and Catching Fire on Blu-ray disc or DVD! The set shown above can be found on Amazon by following this link.

The Hunger Games Coffee Mug

A Katniss and Peeta Coffee Mug

A coffee mug is something that everyone can use and I cannot imagine a gift that a Hunger Games fan would like more than one they can use every day. This Katniss and Peeta thermal coffee mug is a standard sized mug with a thermally activated changing image. When you add your favorite steaming hot beverage, flames appear in the black area of the mug, starting at the bottom and then working their way up. Find it here on eBay!

The Catching Fire Soundtrack

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack
I read an AMAZING review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack and I believe that it appeals to all fans of the trilogy. Right now I'm listening to Coldplay's Atlas, which is the lead single from the soundtrack and perfectly simmers until it boils over...

Consequence of Sound  called the soundtrack a nice curation. The Ottawa Citizen, my local newspaper, gave the soundtrack a very strong four stars and says, "There's no clear victor on this record, apart from the fan."

The movie soundtrack is available on CD or MP3. Note that there are two choices a regular edition and a deluxe edition though if you're going to buy this release, I'm not sure why any fan would settle for the first.  You will find it here on Amazon.

The Limited Edition Poster Set

The Hunger Games Characters Poster Set

This set is a nice way to collect posters of your favorite characters from the movie. Included in this set of eight are Cato, Effie, Haymitch, Cinna, Gale, Katniss, Peeta and Rue. Amazon reports that only 2,500 of this poster set are being produced. Find it on Amazon here.

The Mockingjay Pin

The Mockingjay Pin - The Hunger Games
Every fan of The Hunger Games knows the significance of the mockingjay and will want to own a mockingjay pin. If you want to learn more about the mockingjay or you simply want to see a page full of mockingjay themed merchandise, visit this page.

Meanwhile, if you are after a mockingjay pin, you will enjoy wearing this bronze mockingjay pin, which is available directly from Amazon and which is very affordable, too making it the perfect way to show your support for Katniss Everdeen. Find it here on Amazon.

A Down With The Capitol Poster

The Hunger Games Down With The Capitol Poster

If you are looking for something to put on your wall, you might consider this Down with the Capitol poster by digital artist L. Dossey. Find it on Amazon here.

A Nothing Can Prepare You for the End Movie Poster

The Hunger Games Nothing Can Prepare You For The End Mockingjay Poster

Or you might consider this image which reads, Nothing Can Prepare You for the End. It is available affordably priced in four sizes from the artist on Etsy by clicking right here.

The Trilogy Boxed Book Set

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Book Set

Of course, every fan of The Hunger Games should own all three of the books. If for some reason your Hunger Games fan doesn't own his or her own copies, this would make a wonderful gift item. This is a book series that will be read more than once and become a permanent part of a book lover's library so I highly recommend the hardcover books, which are designed to hold up to repeated readings. Find it here on Amazon.

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The Top 10 Natural Disaster Movies

The Day After Tomorrow

My List of The Best Natural Disaster Films

A natural disaster is one caused by natural forces, like a flood, tornado or hurricane, which leads to environmental, human and economic losses.

No one likes a natural disaster in real life but disaster movies are a form of entertainment that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Movies like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow and The Perfect Storm depict disasters that could happen.

On this page, you will find the top ten natural disaster movies as ranked by the percentage of five-star Amazon customer reviews as found when I originally wrote this page for another website. That was a few years ago so there may be a couple of newer disaster movies that did not make this list.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

In The Day After Tomorrow (shown above), global warming has arrived causing tornadoes to destroy L.A., a tidal wave to wipe out New York and the northern hemisphere to freeze up. The movie revolves around a climatologist named Jack Hall, his colleagues and his son trying to survive the super storm that is headed their way. Here's the movie trailer:

Click here to rent, stream or purchase The Day After Tomorrow from Amazon.

2012 (2009)

2012 Movie
Some people believe that natural disasters will cause the end of human life in 2012. The Mayan calendar states that the world will end in 2012 and Einstein predicted that there will be a huge solar eclipse in that year. In the movie '2012,' there are many kinds of natural disasters, including floods, volcanoes and earthquakes, that destroy the both the earth and human life in the year 2012. It stars John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt.  Here's the movie trailer:

Click here to rent, stream or purchase 2012 from Amazon.

The Perfect Storm (2000)

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm features a fishing group on a successful fishing trip. However, the only way they can sell the fish before it spoils is to reach the shore as soon as possible, which means that they risk their lives sailing through a hurricane. The Perfect Storm stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane.  Here's a peek at the movie via movie trailer:

Click here to rent, stream or buy your copy of The Perfect Storm from Amazon.

The Perfect Storm: The Book

The Perfect Storm starts slowly but builds to a tragic ending, sharing the story of the fishing industry as well as the science of storm prediction. Learn about the people onboard the Andrea Gail who find themselves in the middle of the storm. This book shares interviews with those involved including survivors, families and rescue crews. As always, it is recommended that you read the book by Sebastian Junger before you watch the movie.

Buy the book from Amazon here.

Twister (1996) 

Twister is an older natural disaster movie worth watching. This thriller is packed with excitement and special effects. It tells the story of scientists following an extremely destructive weather system in Tornado Alley. Those scientists hope to learn more about tornadoes in order to develop a better early warning system. Twister stars Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and Cary Elwes. Here's your peek via the official movie trailer.

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Tornado Tornado (1996)

Tornado movie is a made-for-television movie, which receives good marks. A storm chaser in Texas tries to guess when the twisters will strike. His meteorology professor has an invention which should prove helpful except they have to put it in the path of an oncoming twister. Definitely a race against mother nature. Amazon customer Merlin Marshall considers this movie better than Twister. He says that the way they show the weather service, weather map, and the tornado is better and considers this film to be more accurate than others. What do you think? If you have seen them both, be sure to let us know! You can read all of the Amazon customer reviews by clicking on the picture of the movie.

Find Tornado to stream or buy on DVD Amazon here.

Dante's Peak (1997)

Dante's PeakDante's Peak is beautifully set, which hides the fact that the town is located at the base of a dormant volcano. Of course, given that this is a natural disaster movie you can guess that the volcano is no longer dormant. Officials try to hush up the fact that there could be an eruption but soon it is impossible to hide the exploding volcano and it becomes a fight to leave town and survive. Dante's Peak stars Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton.

Stream, rent or buy your copy of Dante's Peak form Amazon here.

Volcano (1997)

An earthquake hits Los Angeles and causes a volcano to push to the surface...and the people of Los Angeles discover the one volcano that they do not know about. Amazon calls this movie 'pulse-thrilling' and says that the action starts right away... Volcano stars Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann and Don Cheadle. 

Stream or buy your copy of Volcano from Amazon here.
Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York

Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (2006)

Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York features an unsuspected volcano under the city of New York, which is putting the entire city at risk. In just a short time, the city could be destroyed. Stars Costas Mandylor, Alexandra Paul, Michael Ironside, Michael Boisvert and Eric Breker.

Disaster Zone is available only on DVD.


Armageddon  (1998)

Armageddon is definitely an action-adventure movie, this one about a meteor storm. NASA's director realizes that there are just 18 days before the earth will be hit and destroyed by a meteor that is the same size as Texas. It brings in a team of rough oil drillers to drop a nuclear warhead into the core of the meteorite. Amazon rightly calls this film a thrill ride. Starring an all-star cast, which includes Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Will Patton.

Stream or buy your copy of Armageddon from Amazon by clicking here.


Earthquake (1974)

Earthquake is an older movie about ordinary people who must face a natural disaster together. Located in Southern California, they struggle to survive a huge earthquake and its subsequent shock waves.

Featuring a noteworthy cast, including Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene and Geneviƃ¨ve Bujold, this movie won Academy Awards for sound and special effects. I must say that, of the movies I have NOT seen on this page, this one perhaps intrigues me the most partly because of the cast and partly because of the Academy Awards.

Earthquake is available on blu-ray disc, DVD and instant video from Amazon.

Have you seen any of these natural disaster movies? Would you recommend any of them or do you have one you would like to add to this list? What is your favorite natural disaster movie?

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Celine Dion's The Magic Man Video

Listen to the Magic Man is one of two English songs that Celine Dion performed for movie the The Peanut Butter Solution. This song and one called Michael's Song were Celine's first English language recordings. Here's an early music video featuring the song and the movie:

The Peanut Butter Solution Blu-ray DVD Combo Release

The Peanut Butter Solution Blu-ray DVD

Those who have long wanted to rewatch The Peanut Butter Solution will be pleased to discover that the 1985 movie has finally been released on DVD and Blu-ray disc.  For years, the only option for watching this movie was a very dated VHS videotape. A choice which, because of rarity, had become expensive and necessitated the owning of a VCR.

For fun, here's a peek at the movie the movie trailer:

It is a French Canadian release, which explains the confusing text on the cover. However, both the blu-ray and the DVD disc have a copy of the movie in English and in French so you can buy it knowing you will be able to view it in the language you prefer. Also included in the case is a small booklet with pictures from the movie. Unfortunately, the text within that booklet is only in French.

If you have long wanted to own this movie, you can buy your copy from eBay by clicking here.

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