Disney is releasing Pinocchio this week. You know how Disney works. They like to pull many of their movies from retailers and store them in their magical vault. Then they release the titles again many years later. This time around, Disney is releasing Pinocchio in stores. And for the first time ever, Pinocchio is available in Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. That means you can cut the cord and watch the film anywhere without strings. Cool, right? I also like the digital HD option because I don’t have to find a place to store the film. After a couple of decades of collecting DVDs and Blu-rays, I have run out of space on my bookcase. BTW, I received a movie kit for writing this review. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
When we went to Disney World last summer, we stayed at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. I usually stay at cheaper motels, but All-Star Sports was actually quite affordable at $108 for Thursday and $111 for Friday (we went in mid August). As you can expect, the resort features a sports theme (we slept in the touchdown building). Thanks to a special promotion, we got a preferred room for the same price as a standard room. The inside of the rooms are essentially the same, but the preferred rooms are closer to the lobby and food court. Preferred rooms also have better views — usually of the pool or courtyard.
I watched The Finest Hours (sweepstakes) over the weekend. The movie is a suspenseful story about the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. The film is based on true events that took place in 1952. The story starts off as a love story, but then quickly turns into a disaster drama. I enjoyed the movie. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I really cared for the characters. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril. The Finest Hours will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 24th.
I have a super fine giveaway today. Thanks to The Walt Disney Studios, I’m giving away two copies of The Finest Hours movie (review) on my blog. The film stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. The movie is based on a true story that took place in 1952. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Finest Hours will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere May 24th.
I watched Bridge of Spies last night and loved it. The film is based on the true story of a lawyer who found himself right in the middle of a Cold War negotiation. The film is full of suspense and excellent acting. I highly recommend this movie. It’s an excellent addition to my movie library. Bridge of Spies will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, February 2nd. Continue reading to learn five things about the drama.
My sons and I watched The Good Dinosaur earlier last night. The movie is a dinosaur adventure story. In the film, dinosaurs were never killed off and remained the dominated species on Earth. The Good Dinosaur is an OK film. But I thought the movie should have been better because it’s a Pixar film. I’ll admit it, I hold Pixar to a higher standard and expected The Good Dinosaur to be as good as their other movies. It’s not. But I’m sure most kids will like it anyway. The Good Dinosaur is in theaters now. Continue reading to learn six things about the animated film.
My two youngest kids and I saw an early screening of Inside Out. The animated film from Disney Pixar is about a group of emotions that guide the behavior of a girl named Riley. I have mixed feeling about this movie. First, my two children (ages six and nine) said they like Inside Out. That’s a good thing. I, on the other hand, didn’t really like the movie. It’s not a bad film. I just think the storyline might be a little too complicated for very young children. In addition, the movie is humorous, but it’s not as funny as I thought it would be. Is “complicated” and “not that funny” a good recipe for a children’s movie? In my opinion, Inside Out is one of those animated films that most parents will enjoy more than their kids. I guess you’ll have to see for yourself and make up your own mind. Inside Out (Disney•Pixar) opens in theaters on Friday. Continue reading to learn five things about the film.
The kids and I went to Disney on Ice on Sunday at the Moda Center. It’s the first time we’ve been to a Disney on Ice show. It was awesome and we had a fun time. The theme of the show was Let’s Celebrate! It was a wonderful celebration that featured great tunes and a million and one Disney characters. OK, that was a little exaggeration, but you get the picture.
Did you know Zact Mobile is the first wireless service provider to let parents remotely manage their child’s phone from their own handset? As a parent, I love this feature because I’m concerned about my kids’ mobile usage and what they do with their smartphones. With Zact’s no contract phones, I can set limits on the amount of talk, text and data time. In addition, I can block contacts and control which apps my children has access to.
My oldest daughter and I saw an early screening of Oz The Great and Powerful last Monday. As you can probably guess, the movie is a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz. In a way, Oz The Great and Powerful is an origin story. The film reveals how a Kansas magician became the Wizard of Oz, and how a good witch turned into a wicked witch. The story is a little predictable (especially if you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz), but there are some unexpected twists in the movie. Oz The Great and Powerful (Disney) opens in theaters on Friday.