No Starch Press has a new book out. It’s called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! I received the book for review on my dad blog and I can tell you it’s as cool as it sounds like. The 216-page book is full of great information on how to make animated LEGO movies. My oldest son has been playing around with making animated movies and he thinks this book is awesome. It features useful advice and wonderful graphics for the budding stop-motion animator. The book was written by expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett. In the book, they share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step. The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.76.
I went to California Pizza Kitchen for the first time recently. My wife and kids have actually been there before when they were shopping at Bridgeport Village. But shopping isn’t my thing and Bridgeport Village is about 25 miles away. Anyways, I was very impressed with California Pizza. The food was delicious, the service was awesome, and the prices were reasonable. I also learned CPK will work with you on food allergies. And BTW, California Pizza offers more than just pizzas (like pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, fish, soup, etc). Oh, one more thing. CPK gift cards are great stocking stuffers. And when you purchase $100 in gift cards, you’ll receive a $20 promotional card for yourself (sweet, right?). This promotion runs through January 2, 2017.
Bad Moms (giveaway) is a story about a mom who pushes back against the system. She does way too much for her children and thinks too much are expected of moms. The storyline is predictable, but it’s worth watching if you are in the mood for an R-rated comedy. Bad Moms is available on Digital HD now, and will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on November 1st. Continue reading to learn five things about the Bad Moms movie.
Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth animated movie in the Ice Age series. This time around, the gang must stop an asteroid from destroying the Ice Age. If you’ve seen any of the Ice Age films, you can easily guess how the story will end. I thought Ice Age: Collision Course was entertaining. My kids loved it too and thought it was very funny (especially the Scrat: Spaced Out and Scratasia featurettes). BTW, I think many parents can relate to the secondary storyline involving the relationship between a father and his daughter. Ice Age: Collision Course is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD. Continue reading to learn five things about PR-rated Ice Age: Collision Course.
Don’t you just hate nicks and scratches on your new car? I know I do. As some of you know, my car was totaled last year. After taking our time, my wife and I eventually bought a new car. And then a few months later, my wife parked the car too close to the garage door and she ended up scratching the car when the garage door closed. Fortunately, a product like the Chipex Touch Up Kit can take care of the scratches. BTW, thanks to Chipex, I’m giving away a prize pack consisting of a touch kit and screenwash (see review below).
Ice Girls is a movie about two ice skaters. They start out as friends, but soon become intense rivals because only one of them can go to the national skating competition. Even though the story has an ice skating setting, the film is actually about balancing friendship and following your dream. The PG-rated Ice Girls is available now on DVD (includes digital HD). Note: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me a movie for review on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
If you’re a fan of Blinky Bill, then you’ll be happy to know Blinky Bill: The Movie is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on October 11th. For those of you who don’t know (like me) Blinky Bill is a koala. The character is based on a book series and is one of Australia’s most recognized characters. Shout! Factory Kids sent me Blinky Bill: The Movie for review on my dad blog. I thought the animated film was OK, but my two youngest children loved it. The movie even made them laugh from time to time. BTW, Blinky Bill is rated PG and is family approved by The Dove Foundation.
Fanboys can rejoice — X-Men: Apocalypse has finally been released and it will make an excellent addition to your superhero movies library. X-Men: Apocalypse is the third installment of the rebooted X-Men series. In this third film, humans continue to hate and fear mutants. Mutants are divided over this issue. One side, led by Apocalypse, believes mutants are superior and deserve to rule over all humans. The other side, led by Professor Xavier, believes mutants and humans can co-exist peacefully together. BTW, Stan Lee, the creator of Mavel Comics, makes another cameo. There’s also an extra scene at the end of the credits (fast forward to the very end). X-Men: Apocalypse is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD. Note: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the movie for review on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
After our two days at Disney World and Disney All-Star Resort, we took an Uber to begin our two days at Universal Orlando. For the second half of our Orlando vacation, we stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819). The Royal Pacific is the most beautiful and most expensive hotel we’ve ever stayed at. Our room featured two queen beds and can accommodate up to five people. As I said, the Royal Pacific is a beautiful hotel inside and out. As you can guess by it’s name, the hotel has a tropical theme — almost like you’re on a remote island in the tropics somewhere. The resort even features a gigantic lagoon-style swimming pool. It was a great way to cool off at night.
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.