Archives for July 2016

Ice Age: Collision Course – It’ll Ice You!

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The latest installment of the Ice Age series features Scrat in his epic pursuit of his elusive acorn. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Benjamin P. comments, “Ice Age: Collision Course is a good film with excellent animation, laugh-out-loud comedy and includes all your fun and favorite characters from the past movies.” Kamhai B. adds, “I really enjoyed this movie because it is hilarious and action packed. One of the funny parts of the movie is when Sid’s grandma (Wanda Skyes) says “that plan is so dumb I wish it had a face so I could slap it.” Brandon C. wraps it up with, “It may just be my getting older, but I felt slightly bored throughout the movie. Don’t get me wrong, Scrat (Chris Wedge) is comedy gold and Sid (John Leguizamo) commands any scene he is in.” See their full reviews below.

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Ice Age: Collision Course

By Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

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Ice Age: Collision Course is a good film with excellent animation, laugh-out-loud comedy and includes all your fun and favorite characters from the past movies. The film follows Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), Diego (Denis Leary) and the rest of the Ice Age gang as they must divert an asteroid from flinging them into a new age called extinction.

 

My favorite character in Ice Age: Collision Course is Scrat (Chris Wedge) who started out as a small character in the first Ice Age film and slowly became a fan favorite and the mascot of the franchise. Scrat lights up the screen every scene he is in. His brand of slapstick humor is more present here than in any other Ice Age film. I even kind of sympathize with this character because he goes through all this trouble just for an acorn.

 

Another character I like is Buck. Simon Pegg’s talent really shines in his voice over work here. Buck has a big personality and, just like Scrat, has some of the movie’s most memorable laughs. He is in a lot of my favorite sequences. My favorite part of this film is when Buck tries to find a strategy to save the mammals from disaster. He seeks help from personalities in his mind including Neil deBuck Weasel. I’m a big fan of a television show Neil deGrasse Tyson did called Cosmos, so it was funny to see his foray into voice acting.

 

This movie is a pleasant surprise considering this is the fifth film in the franchise. I thought by now the series had run dry, but this one excels on several fronts in terms of how it looks and how much it will make you laugh. I recommend you see this in 3D. It was cool seeing asteroids barreling towards me. The effects are very polished. The computer animation in this film excels and mixes lush backgrounds with great character design. The film has good comedy, most of the time. There are one or two scenes in this film that take the joke one step too far or where it is just plain gross.

 

I give Ice Age: Collision Course an age rating of 5 to 18 because of some crude humor and sequences that could be scary to younger viewers. I give Ice Age: Collision Course 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Ice Age: Collision Course

by Kamhai Beard, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

 

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I really enjoyed this movie because it is hilarious and action packed. One of the funny parts of the movie is when Sid’s grandma (Wanda Skyes) says “that plan is so dumb I wish it had a face so I could slap it.” An example of the action packed part is when Buck (Simon Peg) retrieves an egg from a group of dino birds who stole the egg. Another example is when the comet almost crashes into earth but Manny (Ray Romano) stops it from crashing into earth.

 

This movie is about a meteor that crashes into Earth every thousand years. So it is up to Sid (John Leguizamo), Manny and the other animals to stop the comet and save the day in only a matter of minutes. A side plot is about Peaches (Keke Palmer) who is getting married and moving far away from her parents. When her parents hear this, they try to stop her from doing it.

The graphics in this movie are great. I’ve seen other 3D movies, but this takes the cake. For example, when you see the 3D comets, they look as if they are real. So I think the graphics team excelled because the graphics are colorful, believable and bright. I also liked the part where they make everyone look old. I liked this part because it is just so realistic. I also like the storyline of the movie. It is so good, it had me at the edge of my seat. I think Ice Age: Collision Course is a great movie and recommend it to ages 5 through 13. I say 5-year-olds only because it will captivate and hold their attention. And I chose 13-year-olds because they will laugh and understand the hilarious humor in the movie. I the film 5 out of 5 stars because it is funny, entertaining, colorful and bright. You can find this movie at your local movie theater July 22, 2016. Thanks for reading, I’ll ice you later.

 

Ice Age: Collision Course will Chill Expectations

 

Ice Age: Collision Course

By Brandon Cela, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18

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Going into this movie, I realized that I had not seen an Ice Age movie since I was a kid. While I still knew the main characters and the type of film I was in for, nothing prepared me for Ice Age: Collision Course. The movie follows the gang in their quest to survive and possibly stop an asteroid from hitting Earth. With the help of their new acquaintance Buck (Sean Penn), the original gang and their families band together through a big adventure in a very kid-friendly movie.

 

It may just be my getting older, but I felt slightly bored throughout the movie. Don’t get me wrong, Scrat (Chris Wedge) is comedy gold and Sid (John Leguizamo) commands any scene he is in. At the same time though, I just got annoyed by the other characters. The comedy feels a bit forced and I did not care for the characters. Also, I did not hear any great lines from Manny (Ray Romano) or Diego (Dennis Leary) for that matter.

 

Like I said, this movie is not meant for me. There is a great amount of kid-friendly comedy and the film has a Zootopia sort of tone of teaching the audience morals and life lessons. From a technical standpoint, I saw no flaws as everything is sound, from the editing to graphics to audio.

 

That being said, Ice Age: Collision Course lacks in entertainment value. When you have Ray Romano and Dennis Leary – two great comedic talents – at your disposal and you give them little to nothing to work with, you are not utilizing your talent properly. It would be the equivalent of the New England Patriots not starting Tom Brady as their quarterback. It makes no sense. In conclusion, while the film as a whole is not as appealing as I thought it would be, there are still some great moments throughout the film including some sneaky references and a few Neil deGrasse Tyson appearances. I give Ice Age: Collision Course 3 out of 5 stars for the great technical aspects but lackluster entertainment value.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

Jason Bourne – The Perfect Action Thriller!

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The latest installment of the Bourne franchise features Matt Damon once again who is now well aware of who he is and determined to expose the government’s secrets. The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past. “Why would he come back now?” CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones). KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “What happens when you are impressed by emotional acting, an exciting soundtrack and heart-thumping stunts? You get the perfect action thriller.” See his full review below.

 

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By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

 

What happens when you are impressed by emotional acting, an exciting soundtrack and heart-thumping stunts? You get the perfect action thriller –  next installment in the Jason Bourne series.

 

This dramatic action film doesn’t contain one single joke and it is not a romance flick either. The characters experience multiple adventures and is a non-stop action-filled film  with an exciting scene at least every three minutes, keeping the viewer engaged the whole way through.

 

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has taken to boxing matches for money, but everything changes when a friend of his, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) comes to him with a flash drive filled with top-secret CIA information. Jason goes on a dangerous adventure where he loses friends, makes new enemies, finds old ones and more all to uncover his past when he was part of the CIA and what happened to him.

 

This story may sound confusing if the viewer is unfamiliar with previous Bourne stories. Although you can guess what happened in previous events as the film attempts to explain what Matt’s character is trying to achieve, if you know who Jason Bourne is and what the series are about, it’s easier to follow. The good thing is that you do not need to read every book of the series or watch all the previous films since the flashbacks and conversation mostly explains what happened before.

 

Throughout the film there is a very intense soundtrack that adds tension to the dramatic scenes. However, the soundtrack is always intense, including several scenes which contain dialogue and would be great without any of this intrusive music. The action scenes in this film are wonderful with car chases, jumping off buildings and fights in parking lots. Each action scene is epic and clearly shows a lot of work went in to make it perfect. One major problem with the action scenes is that the cinematography is very shaky and rapid. Although it helps put you “inside” the fight, it makes it very difficult to understand what is going on when it’s used extensively. Unfortunately, this is the case here and since this film is compiled of lots of shaky and rapid shots, it makes you feel slightly dizzy. The acting in this film is legendary, with returning cast from the previous Bourne films like Matt Damon and Julie Stiles. There are also many new characters such as Alicia Vikander who plays Heather Lee. Each member of the cast excels in their roles and I give them credit for such believable performances.

 

My favorite scene is one of the first action scenes when James Bourne and Nicky Parsons are trying to escape from Greece. One major problem is that the city is full of protests and riots coupled by the fact that the CIA is right on their tail. An epic motorcycle chase ensues as well as fighting sequences and more. It is exciting with perfect staging and the soundtrack adds a lot of intensity as well.

 

I do not recommend this film for young kids due to the language, violence, gore and more. I recommend it for ages 13 to 18. Younger kids would find it too intense and dramatic. I give it four out of five stars because, although it has minor problems such as dizzy cinematography and a relentless soundtrack, it is an entertaining and epic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

sonicBLEND is a Beauty Must-Have!

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Looking for a fast way to put on foundation or makeup powder? The sonicBLEND by Michael Todd Beauty is a real Beauty Must-Have! I love how easy it is to use and how much quicker it is to put on makeup. It truly is one of my favorite new makeup brushes! I like that it blends powder in really well and my makeup does not look caked on. It looks more natural! I am just so impressed with how easy this is to use. I am also impressed with how easy it is to clean. You really will see a difference. I know that my makeup looks more natural and it literally takes very little time! This one is something every busy Mom must have! I thought that this may be a complicated product to use but I was quite impressed with how great this product really does work!

System includes:

  • Cordless, rechargeable sonic brush handle
  • Antimicrobial makeup brush head
  • USB Charging Cable
  • User guide
  • 1 year warranty

It is also available in Black and Tortoise Shell! I love the Pink one I have!

You can click on the link above to purchase and also receive a 20% discount! Now, how cool is that?!

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted product in exchange for an unbiased review. This product exceeded my expectations.

 

NINE LIVES Special Giveaway Opportunity!

EuropaCorp’s adorable, new film, NINE LIVES looks like a great movie to see this Summer! I can’t wait!

 

Tom Brand is a billionaire whose workaholic lifestyle leaves him disconnected from his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and adoring daughter Rebecca. Needing a present for Rebecca’s 11th birthday, Brand visits a mysterious pet store and leaves with a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants. After getting into an accident, Tom wakes up to find himself magically trapped inside the animal’s body. As his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn feline, Brand must figure out a way to become human again.

NINE LIVES hits theaters everywhere on AUGUST 5, 2016!

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We have teamed up for a Special Giveaway! We have a wonderful Movie Package to giveaway! It includes really cute pencils, mini posters, Cat ears, Movie passes (can be used in Los Angeles and Orange County) and more. To enter leave a comment below! It’s as simple as that! Deadline to enter is August 1st, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I have received free movie passes and movie goodies to facilitate this post. Winner will be selected via Random.org and I will send out the prize package.

 

Summer Must-Haves for Dogs!

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Taking your pup to the beach this Summer! I know we love to visit Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach! This Dog life vest is a must-have from EZYDOG.  It is available in Red or Yellow and it really makes me feel much more secure about my dog spending time near the water this Summer! It is available XS-XL. My favorite thing is that it has a grab handle! Retails for $42. and you can find at ezydog.com.

 

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Traveling with your Pup this Summer? The Hartz Dog Pads are a real must-have! We had our pup test these out and I am quite impressed! They do not leak! They really are absorbent and our favorite are the Fresh scent Odor Eliminating ones. They have a lavender scent and they really do eliminate odors. Find out more and get coupons here.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: EZYDOG and Hartz.

Summer Sweet Treat Giveaway!

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Looking for the perfect summer snack for when you are on-the-go, at the beach or in need of an afternoon pick-me-up? Enter, Bauli Mini Croissants!

These sweet mini indulgences allow you to give in to your cravings without the guilt! Available in two varieties – Chocolate and Vanilla Custard – these tasty, portion-controlled delights are perfect for any occasion (only 50 calories a pop). Oven baked and ready to eat makes them a convenient treat!

I received samples and these are so tasty! Great for breakfast or a snack!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win free samples. To enter, let us know which flavor you would you would be most interested in trying! Deadline to enter is August 1, 2016 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Bauli Mini Croissants.

Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste Helps Make a Beautiful Smile this Summer!

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Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste does more than just clean. It not only strengthens enamel by helping to absorb minerals, it also provides protection against sensitivity and cavities, in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits. Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, to help strengthen and repair weakened enamel. So this summer your readers can have stronger smiles (in addition to beach ready bodies and protected skin). This one is a must-buy this Summer!

I received a sample and this has become my favorite new toothpaste!

Helps strengthen enamel 4x better vs. ordinary fluoride toothpaste

  • Helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel
  • Provides protection against sensitivity and cavities, in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits
  • Available in: Mint Burst
  • Available now at mass retailers, grocery and drug stores nationwide
  • MSRP: 4.0 oz tube for $3.99

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Colgate.

Bamboo Baby Washcloths -Super Soft & Organic 7 Pack by Josh and Jill Baby Shoppe are a Must-Buy!

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I do not have any babies or little ones in the house but I do have an older son who finds many other washcloths rough on his skin. These are a hit! They are super soft! I also like that they are a natural and organic product and are easy to clean. I also though that they would be super small but they aren’t. They are a really good size! They are each a 10 inch square. I also tried them when washing my face and removing a face skin mask and they are soft on my skin! These are a must-buy for everyone in the family!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted product in exchange for an unbiased review.