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Disneynature Bears

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When I think of Disney, their animated movies come to mind.  Disneynature was founded in 2008, and focuses on independent nature documentary films.    They have produced many successful films including Earth narrated by James Earl Jones and Chimpanzee which was narrated by Tim Allen.  Bears is skillfully narrated by John C. Reilly and tells the tale of a first time mother bear, Sky, raising her two cubs, Scout and Amber.  

Given the personality differences between the two cubs (Scout is a handful!) and the dangerous Alaskan wildlife, motherhood is no easy task. Sky has several close calls to losing her cubs to wolves and hungry bears.  She must keep them safe and teach them how to defend and feed themselves.  Her goal is to help them eat enough salmon to survive the upcoming winter hibernation.

Unfortunately, the rivers loaded with fish have non-friendly bears there and Sky and her family must find a more peaceful area to gorge themselves on 90+ pounds of fish a day.  There are many neat facts taught in this movie and it’s both entertaining and educational to watch.  I highly recommend Bears to any animal lover out there.  My kids were skeptical at first but enjoyed the movie, especially my daughter, Amber.  We look forward to watching more Disneynature films!


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Thunder and the House of Magic

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Thunder and the House of Magic starts off with a family moving away and deliberately leaving a kitten behind to fend for itself.  Confused and unsure of where to go, the kitten makes his way to an unusual mansion.  The owner is a magician and takes him in and bestows the name Thunder to him because of the rain storm that brought them together.  The magician's rabbit and mouse pets are not as welcoming and plot to evict Thunder from his new home.  Tragedy befalls the magician and it's up to Thunder and the magician's helpers to team up to save the magicians house from being sold or destroyed by his greedy nephew.

While the story is decent, I was appalled at the language used within this movie.  Thunder and the House of Magic is not rated and does cite cartoon violence.  I was surprised to hear the word d*mn used multiple times (by the nephew) in this movie geared for families.  It's a shame since everything else about the movie is great.  

The computer animated visuals are astounding and lend themselves to 3D very well.  I wish I had a 3D  Blu-Ray setup to see what it looks like!  The characters are very expressive and the cat animations/behaviors are spot on.  However, I have yet to see a cat not want to eat or kill a mouse.   I found it amusing that the cover of the DVD boasts about having music from Selena Gomez in it.  While this statement is true, her song is not until the end credits. 

Don't get this movie if you are looking for a lot of Selena Gomez music or a true family friendly experience.

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Season of a Lifetime

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Just as my Facebook stream has settled down from people dumping ice water on their head for ALS, I watched a movie that impacted me more than any celebrity getting soaked.  After seeing Season of a Lifetime I hope more than ever that a cure is found for this terrible disease.  I pray that the $113 Million raised from the ice bucket challenges is put to good use.

The tagline for Season of a Lifetime summarizes it quite well: “Faith, Family, Football”.  Since I am not into football, I had my doubts about this film, but rest assured, it’s more of a documentary than a sports film.   This movie is about a godly man, devoted husband and father who mentored Georgia's Greenville High School Patriots players and brought them from being laughed at to the state championships.  Many of the players come from rough backgrounds and coach Williams is like a father to them.  That’s doesn't mean he goes easy on them though!

Jeremy Williams is no stranger to football and is the current record holder for the most tackles as a defensive back.  Although he was undersized, he still managed to tackle over fifty players in one season.  After college, he didn't let his football know-how go to waste, and began coaching. Success didn't come right away though; it took a couple of years for the team to work and play well together.  Coach Williams prayed for adversity to bring the team closer together.  It was soon after that he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  

He didn't let this news slow him down.  With his faith, friends, and support he was able to make the Georgia Patriots a force to be reckoned with.  Even with his health declining, he still was able to coach them for a couple more years.  When being blessed with a home remodeling from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, he didn't retire and coached one more year until his health declined even further. 

Jeremy Williams hasn't lost his fight with ALS, nor has he lost his faith.  He is an inspiration to many and his legacy will continue on.  I strongly recommend watching this movie, even if you’re not a fan of football.  I also recommend checking out the Williams family Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode.


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My Little Pony: Spooktacular Pony Tales

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Halloween is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate it than with the friendliest ponies around?  There’s over two hours of laughs and valuable lessons to be learned in this cartoon collection.  As an added bonus, there’s a sing-along for the song Bats.  In total there are six episodes including:

  • Boast Busters – Twilight Sparkle is good at magic, but modest about her talent.  That is until a boastful newcomer arrives and challenges her to a magic duel.  Will the arrogant Trixie be humbled in this match?
  • Stare Master – A babysitting job goes wrong when the young ponies venture out into the Everfree forest.  Can Fluttershy’s stare intimidate a cockatrice and save the young fillies from danger?
  • Luna Eclipsed – Princess Luna is in town for Nightmare Night, but is given the cold shoulder no matter how much she tries adjusting her attitude.  Will the ponies accept her present form and forget about her evil past?
  • Sleepless in Ponyville – The ponies are on a camping trip and some of the ghost stories start becoming more and more real.  Scootaloo must learn to face her fears.  
  • Castle Mane-ia – Applejack and Rainbow Dash are competing to see which pony is the bravest.  Their competition takes place is a creepy castle.  Who will be the victor?
  • Bats! – Vampire bats have invaded Sweet Apple Acres on Apple Bucking Day.  Applejack and Fluttershy can’t agree on how to solve this dilemma.  To make matters worse, Fluttershy is accidently turned into a bat-pony from one of Twilight’s spells.  

All of my kids, son included enjoyed this DVD collection.  The girls liked and hung up the bundled poster as well.  My Little Pony: Spooktacular Pony Tales retails for $15 but can be found for closer to ten dollars on Amazon.  This is a great deal and I highly recommend it for fans of the My Little Pony series.


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Slugterra: Return of the Elementals

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Slugterra: Return of the Elementals picks up after the movie Slugterra: Ghoul From Beyond.  If you haven't seen it, there's a quick recap about slugs with the power of mind control and how Eli Shang and his friends defeated them. Those who are not familiar with the series at all should know that Eli and his (mostly human) friends keep their world safe by shooting living slugs as bullets (with elemental capabilities) at those who wish harm upon them.   This animated film begins as Eli awakens from a dream with his father telling him to gather the five elemental slugs together.   This time it's not just the humans being impacted, slugs under the same corrupted element are turning into ghouls.  Eli Shang and his gang must gather the uncorrupted elemental slugs before it's too late and heal the ghoulish ones.   

The adventure won't be easy, but there is just as much hilarity as fighting in Slugterra.  Fans of the show will enjoy the same funny humor and silly personalities of the slugs and crew in Eli Shang's gang.  This movie can be enjoyed by people of all ages.   There's plenty of action to keep a child's attention in the 70 minute DVD and the asking price is a reasonable $15.


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The Remaining

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I have seen many Christian movies ranging from dramas, to documentaries and comedies.  The Remaining is very unique as it's the first Christian themed survival/horror movie I've seen.  It doesn't pull any punches and shows both believers and non-believers getting torn apart by prophesied abominations.  Because of the gore, this movie received a PG-13 rating.  I was surprised it didn't get an R.  The Remaining makes Left Behind look like a Disney film, and is bound to give young kids nightmares.  

The movie begins with a picture perfect wedding and the groom's friend is documenting it with his camcorder.  His footage gets really interesting at the reception when many of the guests suddenly collapse and die.  They are the lucky ones as the people left behind must deal with fire and hail raining from the sky, looting, mayhem, and demonic attacks.  

The wedding party must flee for safety, collect their wits and process what's happening to them.  Is this an alien attack or Biblical prophecy coming true?  Many characters realize that they have missed the rapture and solidify their faith in God.  It's not an easy decision as it comes with consequences as demons are attracted to and attack new believers.  Is the quick death worth the risk?  Is it the right choice?

Not everyone embraces faith though.  People on both side of the fence die in this film.  I was surprised to see how some characters were given the option to die despite Revelation 9:6 stating that death would not come to those wounded.  

Despite the religious liberties and rapture backdrop, I found The Remaining to be quite thrilling and it succeeded in startling me on several occasions.  Some of the footage is done via camcorder or phone camera, but the rest looks decent with passable special effects.   This movie does not have a triple A budget and while I did not recognize the actors, some of them have other shows and films in their IMDb profile.  

The acting was good and the characters were likable.  The story held my interest and the scares kept me at the edge of my seat.  If you enjoy Christian themed movies and thrillers, check out The Remaining.

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Camp movie

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Many kids look forward to summer camp and coming back to their families after it's over. What about kids who have no families or come from abusive households? For those kids summer camp is the only place where they feel loved, safe, and cared for. Camp is about a young boy named Eli who loses his neglectful mom to a drug overdose and his abusive father isn't a big part of his life. 

Eli is sent to an orphanage and gets the opportunity to go to summer camp. He almost was rejected due to lack of help; however, an investment adviser named Ken has volunteered to help in order to woo one of his potential clients. At first Ken doesn't fit in or care about his peers or Eli, as he spends too much time with his cell phone instead. Eli tests his patience and character several times and almost gets sent home for his bad behavior. Camp teaches about hope, forgiveness, and second chances along with the reality of abuse and the neglect that many children live through. There is some violence and since it is directed at children, it's hard to watch without flinching. These events earn the movie's PG-13 rating.

Camp is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you laughing and wiping away tears of sadness. I can see what it's categorized as a Drama/Comedy. I highly recommend this movie as it tells a wonderful story (inspired by many true ones!) and encourages people to make a difference in the lives of children in need. The special features include stories from staff at Royal Family KIDS camps who share true stories that inspired and made it into the film. There is also a testimony from a girl whose life was transformed after visiting Royal Family KIDS camp. I'd say more, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. I highly recommend seeing this movie for yourself.


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God's Not Dead

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Imagine if your college professor asked you to sign a paper stating that God is Dead. What would you do? Would you comply? Drop the class? Or take a stand? Matthew 10:33 states “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” After that powerful verse what would you do? Would you still take a stand for God if your grades and relationship with your significant other were at stake? That's what Josh did in the movie God's Not Dead.

While the story told is not factual, it is based off of many recent lawsuits involving public universities and Christian students. Numerous popular Christians make an appearance including The Newsboys, Willie and Korie Robertson, and Kevin Sorbo who plays the protagonist professor.

There are a wide variety of characters including a vegan who is diagnosed with cancer and her successful yet unsupportive boyfriend. Several students from different backgrounds are portrayed including a rebellious female Muslim student who only wears her face covering around her father and sneaks it off at school. There's also a Chinese student in Josh's class who is intrigued by the possibility of God's existence, but when he talks to his father about it, he cuts him off every time.

Josh's presentations of the existence of God are well thought out and very informative. It's good to know that being Christian is not committing intellectual suicide! Granted, most college professors are not like professor Radisson, however there may be times where we'll have to take a stand for God. Do we have the faith and the strength to do it? This movie challenges you to send a text message to everyone on your phone's contact list that God's Not Dead. I have gotten this message from many of my friends and have reciprocated. Not only does it promote this great movie, it lets the world know that God is still very much alive.


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Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin is based off the life of Rich Mullins, who was a very talented Christian singer and song writer.  Although the title is unusual, it symbolizes “the burdened, the wobbly and weak-kneed, the inconsistent, unsteady disciples... the smart people who know they are stupid... the honest disciples who admit they are scalawags”*.  Rich Mullins was a little rough around the edges but he was clearly gifted, humble and on fire for God.  This movie depicts him in an honest light and shows him struggling with loving his father, drinking and cussing.  Because of this portrayal, I don’t recommend this movie for young children. 

The visuals are definitely low budget; they were going for the indie/ragamuffin look. (They succeeded.)   The story however is great and the musical talent of Michael Koch who portrays Rich is top notch.  If you’re a fan of Rich Mullins and his music (Awesome God, Creed, Elijah) I highly recommend checking this movie out.  

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Ragamuffin_Band

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Ninendo's E3 Presentation Review

I've been looking forward to this year's E3 for a while now. With the confirmation that a new Zelda title would appear, and the fact that this E3 had to reveal something big about Smash Bros., I new that this E3 would be big for Nintendo. So how exactly did they do?

Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo did not hold a press conference this year. Instead, they held a digital event that showcases their games.

The conference starts with a stop-motion segment by Robot Chicken. I had never seen Robot Chicken before, but this segment, along with the others they do in the conference, was very funny and entertaining. It featured Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talking about what was to come in the presentation and responding to a ranter about mistakes that were assumed to be made. Despite it being out of the norm, the stop-motion segments added to the enjoyment of the presentation.

After that, we see Reggie and Nintendo President Iwata duke it out. They try to beat each other up, but eventually decide to take their battle to Smash Bros. Here they reveal that Mii is going to be playable in Smash. You can play as a boxer, a swordsman, or a shooter. It was great to see that you will finally be able to play as yourself, especially with the choice of fighting styles.

They also revealed their new toyline amiibo. Similar to Disney Infinity and Skylanders, amiibo allows you to place your figure and play as them while also storing up data. The figures look very nice, and, as stated in my review to Disney Infinity, I'm a huge action figure collector. I'm definitely interested in how they're going to incorporate this in their future games.

Nintendo then talked about the new Zelda. Though not much was shown, what was shown was beautiful. Featuring a similar art style to The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, this game looks absolutely amazing! They also clarified that this game will be completely open world, unlike previous Zelda games that were broken up into segments. Finally, the game will feature some sci-fi elements, like transforming mechanical arrows. Though I would have appreciated seeing more, it's nice to see what's coming and knowing that it's releasing next year.

The next games they talked about were Yoshi's Woolly World, Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Saphire, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade X, a Toad game, and a Kirby game. Yoshi's new game looks both beautiful and interesting. I've never cared too much for Yoshi, but this game actually looks fun. Bayonetta 2 revealed Nintendo costumes and the ability to play the original game. Hyrule Warriors revealed a multiplayer mode and Zelda and Midna as playable characters. I'm now actually interested in playing it. Both Toad and Kirby did not get much time, but neither look interesting anyway.

One notable mention is Nintendo's new Mario Maker for Wii U. It works similarly to LittleBigPlanet, except with Mario. You get to choose whether you want it to look like Super Mario Bros. or New Super Mario Bros. U. It looks very interesting and will definitely be something I'm going to try.

The last game they revealed was a game called Splatoon. This game has four teams trying to cover as much of the battlefield they're on with their color of paint. Honestly, I wasn't that impressed. It could be a great game. Knowing Nintendo, it probably will. But it didn't look like much more than a downloadable game.

After Splatoon, they then revealed another new Smash Bros. character, Lady Palutena from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Now that they've added Miis, I am glad to see that she has been added. After all, pretty much all Nintendo icons have been covered, so adding a new side character is fine. Also, she was quite funny in the game, and the reveal trailer seems to indicate the she will still be.

The final part of the presentation had Shigeru Miyamoto talking about games he has been developing for the Wii U. One of which is a new Star Fox game, though nothing more than a blurred screen was shown.

In the end, Nintendo's E3 presentation was one of the best (and funniest) I had seen in years. Though I would have appreciated seeing more of the new Zelda, I felt that most of their time was used wisely. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo actually revealed a slew of games for their system. I felt very disappointed with Sony and Microsoft. Aside from a couple of HD remakes, the only game that caught my eye was LittleBigPlanet 3. Unfortunately, however, even it doesn't seem like it's going to be that interesting. With Smash Bros., the new Zelda, Yoshi's Woolly World, Hyrule Warriors, and Mario Maker, I think it's safe to say that Nintendo's line-up is definitely worth getting excited for.

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Son of God

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One of the most talked about TV shows from 2013 was The Bible Series.  While my family didn't watch it on Cable, we did purchase the series on Blu-ray and loved it!  Those who already own The Bible series on DVD or Blu-ray may want to pass up on Son of God if you’re looking for something different.  Most of the footage is re-used but re-arranged to focus on Jesus’ ministry, persecution, death, and resurrection. 

The movie is 138 minutes and there are lots of extras with commentary from Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Charles Jenkins, and Touched by an Angel’s Dr. Della Reese-Lett.  There’s footage from behind the scenes and a promotion for Compassion International

Son of God is rated PG-13 for violence due to the beatings and cruel death our savior endured for our salvation.  The message is bold and powerful, my kids were moved to tears for the suffering Christ endured for them.  While this movie isn't as child friendly as Miracle Maker, it’s not as gory as The Passion of the Christ.    I’d say it’s a happy medium and a great evangelistic tool.  


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Slugterra: Ghoul From Beyond

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Eli Shane and his friends are taking it easy after defeating the vile Dr. Blakk who used modified slugs for his evil purposes.  The Shane Gang get reports of similar type slugs in the 99 caverns and they head out there to investigate.  Eli confronts and does a battle with a new kind of slug that invades the mind, can he defeat him or has he met his match? This action packed adventure lasts 44 minutes and there is a cute slugisode in the bonus features titled Burpy & Friends Take a Dive. 

Fans of the Slugterra series will enjoy this DVD, but given how short it is, I’m not sure it’s worth the $15 asking price.  If you do see it on sale, it’s worth picking up though. 


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State of Construction

Hey guys.  Long time!

 

As a dreamer and idealist, I like to envision a better, bigger and stronger version of the gaming worlds I traverse.  Now I honestly hate any fiction that has something to do with zombies.  I will admit, there are pretty good series and movies out there that have excellent humour or even profound stories , but overall zombies seem too generic to pique my interest.   

I recently took a risk and got myself State of Decay.  State of Decay was originally an xbox exclusive, but it recently got ported over to PC.  SoD seems to have a few interesting concepts.  Like AMC's The Walking Dead, it's based on a survivalist community rather than just several generic characters.  This simple concept got me very excited, and hooked on the game.  A lot of action games share one characteristic these days - pure destruction.  Whether it's FPS, RPG or RTS, there will be opportunities that allow players to destroy static or dynamic entities in the world.  It has become such a popular theme, that we've forgotten how fun it can be to build up and out.  Minecraft is a prime example of the enjoyment embedded in creative and constructive games, but for someone with a liking of action or strategy - with good graphics - there's just a bulk of linear destructive games.

Back to the point!  So as I was saying, SoD allows you to build communities.  I see it as a pretty revolutionary game as there are multitudes of games covering the survival aspects of apocalypses and dilemmas, but not purposeful building and pursuit of prosperity.  It's fun defying the odds by gathering building materials, food and weapons...and scouting out new lofts.  There's also the issue of added responsibilities,  one has to consider the health and safety of fellow survivors.  

So SoD implements a really interesting concept, but the question arises: would it fly with other genres?

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Midrange

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Matthew 10:30 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it

Jason Fields directs and stars in this Christian film about a college graduate balancing his newfound faith, family, and pursuing a career in professional basketball.  The main character, Damon Sharp struggles with temptations and tries to relate with his broken family still healing from their father/husband leaving them.    Damon’s mother isn't taking good care of herself and his brother Darrin (starred by “Day of Our Lives”, Sean Douglas) is still living a partying lifestyle with a young son depending on him.    

Damon is trying to relate to his brother and seeks advice on life and sports with his Christian athletic friends.  Several professional basketball players star in this film and share their faith filled testimonies.  The roster includes Corey Maggette, Allan Houston, and Anthony Tolliver.  Not surprisingly, there is rap music and it too, is Christian themed.  While it’s not my style, the artists who rapped were clearly talented.  Unfortunately this movie only offers stereo sound so people with 5.1 or better setups won’t be able to benefit from it.

The visual quality could be better, but the message of God’s love and grace is still shown clearly.  Midrange is only available in DVD format for less than $15 on Amazon. 

This movie teaches a great message on redemption, second chances and God’s divine timing.  I recommend it to all the athletic Christians out there! 


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Transformers Energon Volume One

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Transformers Energon was released in 2004 and this 154 minute DVD includes the first seven episodes. This series takes place ten years after Unicron's destruction. Optimus Prime and his autobots are gathering Energon from Earth when their cities are attacked by Terrocons. To make matters worse, Megatron is resurrected and is seeking revenge. Can Optimus Prime's autobots save Earth once again?

Here's a list of the action packed episodes included on this DVD:

  • Cyberton City

  • Energon Strike

  • Scorpinok

  • Megatron's Sword

  • The New Cybertron City

  • Megatron Resurrected

  • Megatron's Raid

While the animation isn't as flashy as Transformers Prime, it has a bit of an old school feel to it. The theme music is catchy and got stuck in my son's head afterward. The voice acting as usual is top notch. My son really enjoyed this series and for Walmart's reasonable price of $5.97, it's well worth the admission fee.

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Explorers movie

The Princess Bride... The Goonies.... Flight of the Navigator...

There are a precious few movies that made one feel a sense of wonder as a child.  While there were many entertaining titles available, both on VHS, and for the classic 8 and 16bit consoles, very seldom did one truly cut through the monotony of school and the endless tedium of summer, when we could not afford to take trips, or it became too hot to even go to the city pool.  One movie however sticks out.  It is Explorers, starring River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke.  Released in 1985, it is the tale of three boys who begin sharing dreams of a circuit board schematic.  Little did they know however, but that single schematic would be the beginning of an adventure which would take them beyond the solar system.  Ben, the leader of the group is the first to have the dreams.  He writes down the diagrams as best as he can remember them, and immediately takes them to his best friend, Wolfgang(it's not his fault his parents won't let him change it), who builds the circuit on a breadboard.  Together with another boy named Darren, they discover the circuit generated an energy field which could not be affected by gravity or even a brick wall.  Emboldened by this revelation, they raid a junkyard and build a spaceship to search for the beings responsible for this wondrous technology.

 The movie, whole wholesome in general, does have some profanity, adolescent innuendo, and a scene involving beer, however the director labored to minimize such questionable content and mold what remained in such a way as to create a realistic portrayal of three kids nearing the end of childhood and trying to discern what was truly worth bringing into manhood.  The overall moral(yes there is a moral to this movie) is to never let go of one's sense of wonder.  This lesson is personified in a Sheriff's deputy who manages to track down their space ship, however he realizes almost too late that the kids he chased had held true to such wisdom far better than he had.  This, I believe is part of Christ's message, albeit in a different form.  He said to come to Him as a child, as in without fear or bias.  The sense of wonder we all knew staring up at the stars as children was lost in the frantic hustle called adulthood, and we have become blind to God's most awe-inspiring miracles.  Perhaps we, like the deputy in the film, just need to look up and truly see what's there.

This movie is in my opinion, appropriate for kids around 12 and up, since the characters are themselves between 12 and 14 years of age, however as with anything, use your own discernment. 

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The Hornet's Nest

The Hornet's Nest is a very powerful and scary look at the Afghanistan war from a journalist who was surrounded by enemy forces for nine days.   Very real, very scary, I highly recommend watching this before enlisting in the armed services!  Since it's an accurate documentary there is some foul language.  Truth be told, I'm honestly not sure what I would be saying if I had real bullets whizzing past me!  Definitely not a movie for kids, but for everyone else this film will open your eyes to what war looks and feels like and how strong of a bond soldiers have with one another and how precious life is and how we should appreciate our freedom that these heroes gave their lives for.  

I'm grateful for these brave soldiers and pray that the people in Afghanistan are liberated and get to enjoy the liberties we take for granted.  Please pray for the soldiers risking their lives and for the innocents impacted by this war.  

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Prince Killian and the Holy Grail

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Before King Arthur was seeking the Holy Grail, Spain's comic book hero, Prince Killian was entrusted with it.  Well, he had most of it.  The fabled Lucifer's stone was no longer there.  There is an evil army that wants to reclaim the Grail and make it complete again to bring Lucifer back into power.  This is a dangerous mission, but Prince Killian has the help of several friends including the young Crispin, and Goliath who is always hungry.  Prince Killian has escaped death numerous times when his attackers discovered his special marking on his neck.  (There are lots of occult symbols in this film!) This marking and his purpose in life are all revealed in this action packed 107 minute movie.

Make sure you check the audio settings if you want to enjoy this movie in English.  Spanish is the native language and when we watched it in English, the dubbing was obvious.  The voice acting was good, it just wasn't in sync with the lip movements.  The special effects were so-so and got better as the movie progressed.   Overall this was a good movie, but it didn't have the budget of the other popular super hero movies out there. 

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Animated Stories From The New Testament: The Messiah Comes!

Thank you Nest Entertainment for sending us this DVD to review!   This is a great DVD for the Easter season. 

The Messiah Comes opens up with Roman soldiers using their power to mistreat the Jews and they long for their Messiah.  The corruption has spread into the temple at Passover and Jesus is shown overturning the tables.  His softer side is revealed as He later heals a blind man. Upon seeing and hearing of these miracles the Jews start to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and the priests are now upset with Jesus.     Nicodemus puts his reputation at risk and speaks with Jesus and truly believes that He is the son of God.  

Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is shown and the people sing Hosanna Halleluiah.   The singing and voice acting is well done.  Jesus is voiced by Ivan Crosland.  The art style is similar to many Disney films, but the quality could be better as this former VHS movie shows its age a bit.  Fortunately, the message is timeless.  Nest Entertainment offers this twenty-seven minute DVD with a downloadable interactive activity and coloring book for $21.95.    

 

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Noah's Ark

Thank you Shout Factory for sending us this DVD to review!

While this 82 minute DVD entertained my children, I was disappointed at how many of the characters were portrayed.  God was shown as being lazy and using props for "special effects".  Noah was humble and righteous (though not very intelligent), but his daughter in laws bickered all of the time and his sons were useless as they didn't lift a finger to help him in building the ark.  Instead they just fought among themselves.   Unlike the Bible's version of the great flood, this show adds a couple of greedy stow-aways onto the ark.

In the animal kingdom, their lion king is an indecisive womanizer who is spoiled and incompetent.   Some of the female animals are sexualized and there are hints of mating and a few instances of potty humor.  This is a far cry from the Veggie Tale accuracy and humor we are used to.  On a positive note, this DVD does teach kids the importance of working together.

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