Archives for October 24, 2020

The Witches * Captivating, Intriguing, Perfectly Scary, and Pure Cinematic Joy!

Based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic book ‘The Witches’, the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run in with some real life witches! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C. comments, “The Witches is probably my favorite film of the year. Is not just beautiful; it is captivating, intriguing, perfectly scary, pure cinematic joy! The Witches is a fantastic tale that grabs you from the very beginning. It is the story of a seven-year-old orphan boy who discovers that witches are real! They hate kids and turn them into mice. I don’t want to tell too much about the story, which is already well known. It is based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic book by the same name.” See her full review below.

The Witches 
By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The Witches is probably my favorite film of the year. Is not just beautiful; it is captivating, intriguing, perfectly scary, pure cinematic joy!

The Witches is a fantastic tale that grabs you from the very beginning. It is the story of a seven-year-old orphan boy who discovers that witches are real! They hate kids and turn them into mice. I don’t want to tell too much about the story, which is already well known. It is based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic book by the same name. Since I haven’t read the book, I want you to feel as surprised as I was in case you haven’t read it or haven’t watched the 1990 movie, also based on the book. If you have read it, you may love the way the characters come to life in this cinematic adaptation.

It is always inspiring to see Octavia Spencer. She plays any character so well and here, as the boy’s grandmother and the voice of reason, she is fantastic. Anne Hathaway is from another world. I couldn’t believe she could play this wicked character with such a grandiose attitude. She is now my favorite villain – scary, with lots of charm.

Another flawless performance is Stanley Tucci’s Mr. Stringer. You can barely recognize him and he has just the perfect nuances and mannerisms to be a flamboyantly exquisite character. Last, but not least, Chris Rock is the perfect narrator with a totally engaging delivery and Jahzir Bruno, the boy, shines in his theatrical debut.

All the production aspects of this movie are very well done – the sets, costumes, cinematography, sound effects, editing, special effects, music. All together they create a great movie under the direction of Robert Zemeckis, who also wrote the script and, of course we can’t expect less from the director of hits and gems of cinema like Back to the FutureForrest GumpCast Away and so many other films. I also loved the imprint from Guillermo Del Toro who shares writing credits. There’s a quality of fantastical monsters that are delightful, which I am sure has to do with his attachment to this film.

The Witches is a spooky story for our generation, with real twisted characters, gorgeous scenarios and a great story that reminds us of the importance of team work, the courage to face adversities and offers a tribute to the important role of grandmothers in a child’s life.

I give The Witches 5 out of 5 starts and absolutely recommend it to kids 10 to 18, plus adults. Some scenes may be a little disturbing for younger kids, so think about that before taking them to see it. The Witches opens October 22, 2020 on HBO Max.

Halloween Treats for the Pup!

Looking for Halloween treats for your pup? SodaPup.com has durable chewers for dogs even a Pumpkin and a RIP Headstone make a great seasonal gift for your dog to chew while you gobble up your Thanksgiving dinner! Specializing in innovative, American made dog toys for power chewers SodaPup and their targeted collection of products are manufactured in the USA to ensure the integrity of the materials, process and ultimately the quality. SodaPup stands for durability, safety, American made, giving back and sustainability. Check out their variety of chew toys and treats at SodaPup.com. My Pup received a Jack O’Lantern durable chew toy where you can insert treats and he loves it!

SodaPup.com  just released their Halloween Collection of toys, chewers, treat dispensers for dogs here:https://sodapup.com/collections/halloween-collection

My Pup Bink playing with his new

WalkeePaws.com Dog Leggings in Skull pattern will stop trick or treaters on Halloween and walkers daily in their tracks to say “check out that pup’s costume?!” They even offer a matching harness and leash in Skull pattern too! The Leggings are also offered in Cocoa, Confetti, Hearts, Classic, and Camo to deck out your pup with Walkee Paws, an innovative way to keep your pup’s paws clean and protected. These leggings are crafted with the softest, stretchiest material for your four-footed friends and they are both comfortable and durable utilizing four-way stretch fabric and waterproof rubber soles in their design. Nothing beats their effectiveness at shielding your dog from the elements and preventing the many germs, chemicals, and allergens they pick up from irritating their skin or entering your home, which could not be more critical at this time. The leggings come in XS, S, M and L and she shares a video and size chart to help guide you online to get the right fit for your pup. Check out the full selection here: https://walkeepaws.com/collections/waterproof-dog-leggings. WalkeePaws.com Skull pattern Dog Leggings are available for Halloween fun here and more ideas: https://walkeepaws.com/pages/halloween

I love the Skull pattern leash we received to try out! It’s just perfect for Halloween!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Some images were provided except for the image of Bink.

Halloween Treat favorites!

Halloween is almost here and these sweet treats may not be candy but they are sure to be a hit!

You’ll think Savor Patisserie’s macarons are too beautiful to eat—until you’ve experienced their melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness! Made by hand, these yummy Instagram-worthy treats taste like they’re straight from Paris but are made in the heart of Texas by a woman-owned bakery. Just in time for Halloween is the Halloween Collection, with flavors like Rice Krispie Treat, Caramel Apple, Cookie Butter, Sour Patch Kids and Chocolate Orange! Two-piece Halloween favor boxes will also be available, made up of a delicious white vanilla macaron, decorated with a Jack O’Lantern, and a salted caramel macaron in orange that reads, “Happy Halloween.” Each favor box is decorated with a black ribbon, making it the perfect gift for teachers, a fun Halloween surprise from parents to kiddos, or just to treat yourself! No matter which you choose, know that they’re all made from a  perfect mix of almond flour, egg white and sugar surrounding a filling of ganache, buttercream or jam — but less than 100 calories each and gluten free! www.savorpatisserie.com, I had the opportunity to try these melt-in-your-mouth delicious treats and they really are a must-buy this Fall!

Another favorite cookie treat this season are sugar type cookies that you can decorate yourself!

Eat Your Words Custom Cookies – Celebrate Halloween at home having deliciously spooky fun decorating cookies. Eat Your Words Custom Cookies has Halloween-themed Decorate Your Own Cookie Kits. Each kit contains everything you need to have a ghoulishly good time decorating and eating sugar cookies. Choose from Dracula, Ghost & Goblins, Witches’ Brew and Trick or Treat cookies. Each kit contains a dozen cookies, four piping bags of icing and a bag of sprinkles. Price: $28; https://eatyourwordscookies.com/products/decorate-your-own-cookies. I love how these are in a kit and are sealed up so they really stay fresh. They are so easy and fun to decorate and taste delicious!

The kids will love decorating the cookies! I like how fresh both the cookies and the frosting are in this kit. Usually I am not so impressed with cookie kits that are shipped but these were incredible!

Happy Halloween!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the products mentioned in this post. Images: SoCal City Kids.