Archives for August 2016

Suicide Squad – Great Soundtrack, Unbelievable Acting, Intriguing Storyline, Super Cast!

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Rounding out the summer comic-book based films comes Suicide Squad based on the DC comic. The government gives a team of super-villains – the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated super villains with next to nothing to lose, provides them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal and sends them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself? KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony M. comments, “With the awesome soundtrack, unbelievable acting, intriguing storyline and perfect cast members, this film is one I definitely recommend seeing.”  Morgan B. adds, “One of the many exhilarating things about this movie is the giant cast. There are so many characters and actors and I love that.” And, Nathaniel B. wraps it up with, “This is a very well written movie with very good special effects and it some good humor. But, it is scary and pretty violent and there are some parts that are not really appropriate for young kids. The story is fast paced and I admit that I did not understand some parts.” See their full reviews below.

 

Suicide Squad

By Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

 

 

With the awesome soundtrack, unbelievable acting, intriguing storyline and perfect cast members, this film is one I definitely recommend seeing.  The film is about an assembled team of the most dangerous villains in the world who are sent on a mission to defeat a bigger evil entity. The film’s twist on typical superhero movies really stands out as the antagonists take the spotlight for once. The squad is composed of fearless felons with nothing to lose. Their actions, hidden agendas and intentions are absolutely unpredictable.

 

One of the best aspects of this movie is the cast and their outstanding acting. Margot Robbie’s role as Harley Quinn is jaw dropping and Jared Leto deserves lots of credit for his performance as the Joker. They played their roles so amazingly well that it was hard for me to imagine them as people outside of their roles here. Their facial expressions, from scene to scene, is unbelievable. All of the characters’ portrayals are amazing. Deadshot, played wonderfully by Will Smith, provides a comedic and emotional aspect as he tries to hold a loving relationship with his daughter throughout the main conflict. What makes the characters so memorable and the film intriguing is that each one has its own twisted story and talent.

 

The soundtrack is awesome and the film’s use of lot of good songs made certain scenes especially memorable. Overall, this film is a fun movie and, if you go in to see it with no specific expectation or comparison with another film, I can’t imagine anyone not liking it. The idea may have been typical but the execution was superb. Sure people argue that it is just another superhero movie and make many comparisons to other superhero films, but I think the style this film has, including the acting, music, camera work and visuals puts this film above others.

 

I recommend this film for people ages 13 to 18 and think adults will enjoy it as well, especially those who like twisted, psychotic and creepy vibes because, although I am not a fan of action movies, the psychotic and creepy feel made it really interesting for me. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Check it out as it is in theaters now.

 

Suicide Squad

By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

 

 

Red, white and blue with sparkles and she chews pink bubble gum, which sounds all American. What could go wrong? Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is adorable, cute, funny and deadly. The Joker’ new girlfriend is all kinds of Kray Kray and I love her. She is the heart and soul of this movie. Without her quirky, quick witted one liners it would just be a dark movie about a bunch of bad guys trying to kill another bunch of bad guy.

 

Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is her awesome, take control kind of girl we love. This movie has great female characters that have depth and intelligence. That has me giving it thumbs up. I enjoyed this movie and hope that it becomes a franchise that I can see for years to come. It left me wanting more movies just like this.

 

One of the many exhilarating things about this movie is the giant cast. There are so many characters and actors and I love that. In recent years, we have seen so many movies with only a handful of people in them. This movie spared nothing – big cast, action, drama, scares, comedy and graphics. This is the kind of movie we love to see on the big screen.

 

The graphics are top notch. The stunt work is impressive. Harley Quinn has some great aerial acrobatics. Swan drives take a lot of trust and she pulled it all off with style. Deadshot (Will Smith) gives his best performance in years. I certainly would not want to be on the other end of his firepower.

 

Not much scares me, but The Joker (Jared Leto) is frightening. Jared Leto is usually unique and quirky and funny but he goes all out to the other side and is terrifyingly crazy. He transforms into something night mares are made of and his acting is too creepy for words.

 

The concept of this movie is fabulous. Everyone deserves a second chance, right? The idea of microchipping Super villains with bombs like my dog so I can find him if he gets lost is a good idea. Villains fighting other villains makes sense. They think alike. It gives the villains a chance to see that there is another way. They can fight for good instead of evil.

 

The Enchantress /June Moone (Cara Delevingne) is a big surprise. The one thing I wish they added is more of a back story for her and her brother.

 

Depending on kind of movies your kids like, if they like being scared to death and can follow a complicated story line, then you are good to go and see this. It is not a cute kid’s movie. I recommend for ages 13 to 18.

 

I give this film 5 out of 5 sledge hammers with red, white and blue sparkling stares. It is different, fun and scary all in one movie.

 

Suicide Squad

By Nathaniel B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

 

 

This is a very well written movie with very good special effects and it some good humor. But, it is scary and pretty violent and there are some parts that are not really appropriate for young kids. The story is fast paced and I admit that I did not understand some parts. Overall though, it was great and funny.

 

The film starts as Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) shows someone a file about multiple villains: Deadshot (the amazing Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney ), Diablo (Jay Hernandez ), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and last, but definitely not least, June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). As she describes each villain you see clips of how each of them ended up in prison. In June’s case, you learn how she became the Enchantress.

 

June Moone is a human who finds a little statue in an old tomb. It opens and the Enchantress possesses her. She switches between being June and the Enchantress. June falls in love with a soldier, Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and Amanda Waller gets the Enchantress’/June’s heart. Amanda has the Enchantress’ heart and June has Rick’s, so Amanda has Rick in her control.

 

Rick Flag gathers up The Suicide Squad, plants a bomb in each of their necks and tells them if they disobey they die. They all put on their costumes and get their weapons. They are joined by the Enchantress and Katana (Karen Fukuyama) and are ready to be bad guys fighting even worse guys. <p>I love the costumes, makeup and special effects used to make the characters look not exactly like their comic counterparts, but still extremely awesome. For example, I love Killer Croc’s costume, makeup and special effects. I love that he looks nothing like the person who plays him. Another example is the Enchantress whose special effects may be my favorite of this film. It looks like there is a shroud of death around her. Even though it is scary, it is also very cool. The cinematography is also great. It stays focused on the characters while they fight and run around. It is outstandingly clear and you can see everything.

 

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars for its great effects, costumes and storyline, not 5 because it is scary and a bit too fast paced. I recommend this for ages 12 to 18 unless, of course, you think you can handle the violence. Reviewed by Nathaniel B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

 

 

Groupon is the way to go for Health, Beauty & Wellness!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. 

Looking to have a Spa Day? Or Maybe to get a Manicure? Groupon really has the best Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons! I have actually found great deals on visits to spas, hair styling services and even Yoga classes! What I  love is that I really save money on my beauty needs! Yes, a day to the Spa is an absolute necessity! Being a busy mom, it is important to be pampered and there is no guilt about cost when you use Groupon!

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There are such great deals on  massages, nail salons, hair salons and so much more! You can even find great deals on restaurants and can plan a Mom’s night (or day) out! Now, how cool is that?!  I also like that Groupon is such a user-friendly website and that it is so simple to search for whatever services you are looking for whether it be a fun event, a hairstylist or a mani and pedi! Groupon is also FREE and there are so hidden fees.

Just check out this great deal on a Massage in Torrance! I also love this great Groupon deal on a Haircut and Color!

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t you think it is time to find a great Beauty Deal on Groupon today?

Look for Groupon on Facebook and Twitter too!

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation has been received. All opinions are my own. Photos were purchased for free use at freedigitalphotos.net.

America’s Beautiful Sights Guitar Picks is a great set!

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This is a great set of Guitar Picks! They have great designs and they work great! The set includes 12 picks: Two of Mount Rushmore,two of the Grand Canyon, two of the White House, two of the Golden Gate Bridge,two of the Statue of Liberty, and two of Las Vegas I like that they come in a tin and there is also a little leather holder that you can keep 2-3 of them in. I highly recommend! This is a set any Guitar player will love!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

 

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

Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you have a Baby? This one is for you!

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This one is a must-buy if you have a baby and love Star Wars!

This is too cute and it fits well and is well-made! I love the unique saying and highly recommend this company. This is the second item I have received and am still impressed!

It is also 100% Cotton and tag-less!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

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

4th Friday Kids Club News

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AT LAKEWOOD CENTER

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 26, 2016

 

11:00-12:30 CENTER COURT IN FRONT OF MACY’S

 

‘BIG CATS’ CRAFTING

 

Sponsored by National Geographic Kids, your young one’s will love learning all about lions, tigers, leopards and more. We’ll be making fun take home crafts, getting our faces painted and listening to stories. Come make new friends and play along with us! 4th Friday Kids Club at Lakewood Center is always fun and free!

 

4th Friday Kids Club is usually every month at 11:00AM at Lakewood Center in Center Court in front of Macy’s. Our events are always free and fun and every month there’s something new! For more information or to confirm the event call 562.633.0290 or visit our website,shoplakewoodcenter.com/kidsclub.

 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND COME JOIN THE FUN!

Credit: Lakewood Center.

Dongpo Kitchen is Now Open at Universal CityWalk!

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Dongpo Kitchen, inspired by celebrated restaurant Meizhou Dongpo and its renowned and innovative owners, Chef Mr. Wang and his wife Mrs. Liang, is now open at Universal CityWalk™, serving up authentic Sichuan cuisine in the first-ever U.S. casual dining concept exclusively at the iconic open air destination.

Renowned for its Sichuan-style fusion of traditional and creative cooking, Meizhou Dongpo has become a widely respected and recognized restaurant with over 100 locations across China. In 2008, the 20-year establishment won the prestigious honor of catering the Beijing Olympic Games for thousands of athletes from across the globe within the Olympic Village.

Located at the heart of CityWalk in a completely remodeled, artisan-inspired venue, Dongpo Kitchen will tantalize diners with upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine within the comforts of a casual environment.  Offering both indoor and al fresco dinning, the new CityWalk restaurant serves Southern Californians, and guests visiting from around the globe, a variety of signature dishes ranging from Dongpo fried noodles, roasted duck salad, spicy chicken to specialty beverage shakes such as dragon well green tea and roasted oolong milk tea.

The much anticipated arrival of Dongpo Kitchen to Universal CityWalk coincides with the vibrant outdoor epicenter’s elaborate, multi-million dollar revitalization.

For over 20 years, CityWalk has boosted the city’s rhythm through a foundation built on providing memorable entertainment experiences.  With a series of dramatic enhancements currently underway that includes the introduction of new restaurants, shopping experiences, visually aesthetic design features and a state-of-the-art movie theatre renovation, the spotlight shines brightly on CityWalk as it continues to resonate as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers.

More information about Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Universal CityWalk is Southern California’s dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area’s rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides “Always Unexpected” entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the high-tech concert venue, “5 Towers,” L.A.’s best movie-going experience at the Universal Cinemas and unique venues such as Dongpo Kitchen, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, LudoBird, iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House.

 

 

Credit: Universal City Walk.

Footwear Trials with Nike Experts at Dick’s Sporting Goods at Los Cerritos Center August 27 – 28

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Come Run with Us! Trial the latest technology with Nike experts at Dick’s Sporting Goods at Los Cerritos Center.

When:                    

Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2 to 7 p.m.

Where:                   

Dick’s Sporting Goods at Los Cerritos Center
201 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos CA, 90703

Details:                  

Every run has a purpose. Nike footwear is specifically designed to match yours, whether that’s running longer, stronger or faster. Test out the latest running technology with Nike experts and unleash your potential.

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Los Cerritos Center is a high-performing 1.2 million-square-foot super-regional shopping center and is located in the mid-section of the Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan area just off the 605 Freeway at South Street and across from the Cerritos Auto Square, the most successful regional auto mall in the world. The center features three department stores including Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Sears, plus a large-format Forever 21 and more than 180 shops and restaurants. Exciting changes are coming as the center celebrates the completion of an interior renovation and welcomes DICK’s Sporting Goods, Harkins Theatres and The Cheesecake Factory. Los Cerritos Center…where the stores are.

Aug. 25 Pet of the Week!

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Talk about a gentle giant—Big Red, a 3-year-old robust and healthy American Staffie, is full of compassion for people. He loves to lay his head on your lap and practically purrs as you pat his head! He came in as a stray, and is looking for a place where he can blossom into the empathetic, good companion that he really is. Meet Big Red at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A575138.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of Pitchford Animal Village.