{DVD Review} Tangled Mini Review

This has been the half term from hell, I’ve caught a coughing virus and have been really ill all week – it turns out not being able to breathe and coughing your lungs up all week is a complete bummer when you have a small child off school. I feel awful she’s not even been to the park or shops all week, we’ve not done any art or gone to the beach. I have huge Mummy guilt for her crappy half term.

So Disney sending me their new release Tangled has been an utter godsend. She’s watched it to death and for a kid who’s not exactly into princesses – she’s more of a pirate girl – she really enjoyed it. It’s the story of Rapunzel updated and Disneyfied, as you can imagine the animation is beautiful and while there aren’t the memorable songs of ‘Aladdin’ or ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Alan Menkin’s score is fun and right on the mark. There aren’t any majorly scary bits and it’s I think one of the better Disney films of the last few years – more Pixar like with it’s humour and pace.

Here’s the trailer:

And there are some nice little games on the website to play as well – check them out if you’re kids are into the film.  I hope you’re all having a better half term than us x

(*Full Disclosure – I received a copy of Tangled for free*)

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Weekend

Despite the cold weather we had a really good weekend. Miss L went over to my parents for the weekend and we got cracking on the kitchen. Last week I did lots of filling of cracks and holes left behind, in fact I think most of the wall where the cupboard was is now polyfiller!  Paul sanded where I’d filled and then I popped some base coat white on. He also sanded down the door frames where Betty had tried to eat her way out of the kitchen when she was a puppy, so all I need to do now is gloss that.

Check out the difference!  I have to add top coat this week but I’m really pleased with how much lighter the room looks.  I have the electrician and the plumber hopefully coming in this week so fingers crossed it’ll be done before Christmas.

After all that hard work we decided we’d had enough and went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Miss L  didn’t want to see it as she thought the trailer looked too scary.  I think Miss L was right to self censor herself and not go as there were some scary bits in there for younger kids who are a little sensitive.  However we really enjoyed it,  the three leads acting has come on a treat and they pretty much carried the film on their own. I’m so looking forward to the last one in May now.  Did any of you see it?  If you’ve not seen it, here’s the trailer well worth seeing:

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Back to the Future

It’s 1985, and I’m 13 with my friends for our weekly Friday night trip to Purley Cinema. As usual there is a massive bunch of us, we’re all looking forward to watching a movie, chucking some popcorn and seeing some boys who aren’t from our school.  The movie comes on and for the first time ever we actually watch the movie.  No messing about,  just enthralled at the story in front of us.   To say we loved ‘Back to the Future’ is an understatement, we went back to see it seven times – a record I have still yet to break for any film at the cinema. It was one of those fantastic childhood memories you look back on and wonder how on earth it was 25 years ago?.

If you’ve never seen it here’s the trailer

This is the trailer for the Bluray DVD 25th Anniversary release of all three films.  But if you are lucky enough to be in the UK they are re-releasing the first film at the Cinema from tomorrow. I’m just wondering if I can fit in seven trips again…

*not a sponosored post – just a geeky obsessive*

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Cats & Dogs 2 – The Revenge of Kitty Galore Gala

Miss L and I were invited to the gala opening (which is a premiere with no stars apparently) of Cats & Dogs 2 in London this weekend.  I really enjoyed the first film, Miss L hadn’t seen it and neither of us knew what to expect at a gala opening. Now as desperate as both of us were to walk down the red carpet in a fancy dress, the dress code was smart casual and people were invite to bring their cats and dogs too.

We didn’t bring Betty with us, despite the fact she understands phrases like ‘I need to get a cup of coffee’ (she runs instantly into the kitchen) and ‘Are you coming over here for a cuddle’ (jumps on the sofa and gets her belly out), things like ‘heel’, ‘sit’, ‘stop barking like a loony’ seem to escape her!

However lots of people with well behaved dogs bought theirs with them (although we saw no cats) and the dogs were treated to a grooming session and creche while their owners enjoyed the movie.  The kids also were treated balloon animals and some fabulous looking face painting were available for the kids as well as some cool goodie bags, they were spoilt rotten!

Miss L felt very cool and grown up on the red carpet…..well so did I too – it was loads of fun! There were lots of photographers, who sensibly ignored us and got the guy behind us – no idea who he is but there is a photo below incase any of you know? But Gail Porter (looking fab with her new hair) and her lovely little girl were there, and Ruth Langsford (Eamonn Holmes’s new wife) was sitting in front of us with her friends and kids.

We finally sat down in our seats and saw the movie, we had the bonus of the pre-film Road Runner cartoon which was great (showing my age!). We’ve seen a lot of kids films recently ‘Furry Vengeance’, ‘Toy Story 3’ and a couple of others and while this was no Toy Story and lets face it few films are.

This was a fun kids movie for the summer holidays, Miss L was bouncing in her seat throughout and laughing like a drain – so I always take that as a good sign. The animals in it were amazing – obviously a lot of it was CGI but the animal actors were just brilliant and speaking as someone who can’t get her dog to walk in a lead without dragging me around town. I think animal trainers are just amazing.  I probably wouldn’t bother to see it in 3D unless you are a massive fan, but I would also say that about Toy Story 3 as well I just don’t think it’s worth the extra money. But all in all a big thumbs up from me and Miss L a fun summer movie.

Here’s the trailer if you want to see more.

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Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief – Review

I was asked to review Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief.  And as I didn’t know anything about the books by Rick Riordan, I had a quick look on Wikipedia.   I was intrigued, as a kid I was a big Greek/Roman mythology geek which I’m guessing comes as no surprise to most of my regular readers! So stories about demi gods living in New York sounded right up my street.

The basic story is this:

“Percy, a high school student whose life is turned upside-down when he discovers he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon (Kevin McKidd; Trainspotting, Grays Anatomy). With his mother missing and facing accusations of stealing Zeus’ (Sean Bean: Sharpe, Lord of the Rings) lightning bolt, Percy must embark on a cross-country quest to find the real lightning thief and avert a mythological war.

Joined on his adventure by fellow demi-god and daughter of Athena, Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario; Law and Order, All my Children) and a satyr named Grover (Brandon T. Jackson; Fast and Furious, The Day the Earth Stood Still), Percy’s journey brings him face-to-face with furys, centaurs, minotaurs and all-manner of other mythical creatures. Tasked with finding the bolt before the summer solstice, Percy must first battle with Medusa (Uma Thurman: My Super Ex-girlfriend, Batman and Robin), outsmart the seductive Lotus Eaters and escape Hades (Steve Coogan: Night at the Museum 2, Tropic Thunder). But will Percy be able find Zeus’s bolt, return it to Olympus in time and avert a godly war?”

So our view….good film but not one for little ones.  If they can deal with the more recent darker Harry Potter films then they would be ok with this, otherwise leave it until they are older 10 + depending on the child.  Miss L couldn’t have really dealt with some of the scenes but when it comes to films she’s a very young 7.  But it was a good action packed adventure, which also sneaks in some education about Greek Mythology.  Steve Coogan is Hades, which is utter genius and had us giggling through the film.  Uma Thurman was fantastic as a scary Medusa – she was rocking some super scary snake hair! The teen leads are very good and it was so refreshing to see some young female characters who weren’t whiny and vacant but could hold their own.

All in all a thumbs up from us and I’ll be getting the books for Miss L now so we can read them together and I look forward to seeing the next film with her, when she’s a little older.

**Update – it’s the Summer Holidays and it’s raining so I broke out the DVD – she *LOVES* it and apparently it’s the best film ever!! – so what do I know?? :)**

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Alice in Wonderland Review

As one of Disney’s Blu Ray ambassadors I had my copy of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ through a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to review it ever since.

We all know the story of Alice and how she visits Wonderland as a little girl. Well this is fast forward 10 years and she’s now a young woman, who should marry the ‘right’ man who’s been chosen for her. She spots the white rabbit, and runs away from her marriage proposal and falls back down the hole to Wonderland.

Let’s face it Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland are made for each other and this film is visually stunning. Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen is fabulous I just love her. Jonny Depp’s Madhatter is in turn funny and sinister (but can’t that man just look pretty in a film for a change?!?!), and Mia Wasikowska as Alice is just a brilliant young actress.

But as lovely as it looks, stellar cast etc, I think maybe this is a film that only works in the cinema, it would have been great in 3D!. You know when you watch some films and they just don’t hold your attention when you’re at home,  but would have if you were in the cinema – it’s one of those.  But if you are a lover of the Alice stories or Tim Burton films it’s well worth a watch here’s a little clip.

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Disney – Dumbo Blu Ray

It’s the Easter holidays so very kindly Disney have sent me a bunch of Blu-Rays Toy Story 1 & 2 and Dumbo to watch and review.  Now I think since Miss L was little I watched the Toy Story films a lot – as I’m sure you all have with your little ones. But in their Blu-Ray format they are stunning the computer animation just works brilliantly in hi-def.

If you don’t already own a DVD copy the Blu-ray is worth getting, even if it’s just for all the really cool extras – there are loads of cool mini film including one that explains how the space shuttle works and Buzz goes on the International Space Station! Very cool for geek mama *cough* and child 🙂

Having rewatched them again we’re now very excited about Toy Story 3 coming in the summer to the cinema.

Dumbo was more of an unknown quanity though.   I was really interested to see how it would look in Blu-Ray and how a nearly 70 year old film – made in 1941 – would translate to a 21st Century child bought up on the more complex narrative of the Pixar films.

The only time I’d seen Dumbo, was in a pretty rubbish cinema in about 1978 when I was the same age as Miss L.  I remember loving it but not much about the actual movie.   Miss L’s only knowledge of  Dumbo is that it’s her favourite ride at DisneyWorld!

My initial thoughts of the movie:

It’s super short less than an hour!

The home of the circus in Florida is pretty much where Disney World currently is and about the same size, obviously Walt always had a thing for Orlando.

Huge cultural difference between 1941 and 2010 –

1. Where babies come from:

Miss L – ‘Mummy why on earth is there a stork?’

Me – ‘Because in the olden times, they told children that babies were delivered by storks’

Miss L – ‘ But that’s stupid they come out of your ‘gyney’, DID THEY LIE TO CHILDREN?.  When did children learn the truth???’

2. Circus and Animals

Miss L – ‘So what’s a Circus?’, ‘Why are the animals chained up’, ‘Why are they making those animals work?’ ‘Why are they hitting Dumbo’s Mummy, who’s going to arrest them?’ ‘When are they freeing Dumbo’s Mummy!!’

Miss L’s Mini review – ‘ I liked the bit when Dumbo flew and the bit when they put up the tent. It was cool.  It is a good film and I recommend it.’

I don’t think it’s going to replace Toy Story in her affections but it did entertain a savvy 7 year for a rainy hour.  I suspect it’s a film that works better for the under 5’s.

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1940s and Nanny McPhee

We’ve just got back from seeing ‘Nanny Mc Phee and the Big Bang‘ – which is as good as the first one, and great if you want to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours during the holidays.

The thing that caught my eye about the film, apart from the sets which were stunning, was the selection of gorgeous 1940’s Tea Dresses that Maggie Gyllenhaal  was wearing.  I had back in the early 1990’s the most perfect tea dress which I wore to death, I really wish now I’d kept it and had new ones made from it.

But as I didn’t,  I’ve just had a look through my affiliate sites to see if there are any about. Of course Cath Kidston has some, but they only go to a size 16 and I’m an 18 (bad Cath Kidston!).

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notonthehighstreet.com has the Tatoo Tea Dress, but only up to a size 14

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But that was about it!  I’ve had a look at Monsoon and Boden but nothing doing there so now I’m going to scour Ebay and see what’s on there or I might have to go on a diet…or get one made!.  If you love the look check out Vivien of Holloway and the excellent blog Diary of a Vintage Girl which I adore and is all about 1940’s style. Have fun!

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Up Review *Small Spoilers*

I’ve been made a ‘Disney Blu-Ray Ambassador’ which basically means that every now and again Disney will send me Blu-Ray DVD’s to review – hard life eh?  I love Disney movies and one of the joys of being a parent is getting to make popcorn, and snuggle on the sofa to watch movies together – love it!

So this week I received ‘Up’ which we missed at the cinema entirely, so I was made up to have it on Blu-ray to watch.  My favourite thing about Disney movies is that they bundle the new Blu-Ray format in with a DVD as well – so if you have 2 different players say a Blu-Ray in the lounge and a DVD in the playroom/bedroom it can be watched on both machines.

But back to ‘Up’, it’s the story of Carl a retired Balloon seller.  The story tracks Carl from his childhood when he meets his future wife Ellie, through their lives together living in the same house that they played in together as children.  The first 15 minutes of the film is single handed the most poignant, moving piece of animation I’ve ever seen.  I sat there and sobbed my eyes out while my ever cynical 7 year old told me to ‘pull yourself together woman!’  Kids eh! But there is lots in the film for the kids to love, Russell the Wilderness Scout who’s never been further than his garden, Kevin the bird and Dug the dog are hilarious for the kids.

Without telling you the whole story and thereby spoiling it, it’s one of the best Disney/Pixar films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s touching funny, and the animation looks just amazing in the Blu-Ray format.  The extra’s on the Blu-Ray are really good as well, there are a few short movies, some games and a very interesting ‘making of’ I love that the animators visited some South American jungle to get the look of the movie right – you can see it all over the movie.

Here’s what Miss L thought about it:

‘I like the bit where he keeps on shutting the door on Russ, it was very funny.  When Dug the dog talks and the Dug’s Mission extra DVD bit.’

So all in all the film and the extras on the Blu-ray get 10/10 from the VioletPosy Household!

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Special Screening’s of ‘The Blind Side’ – Free Tickets! (UK Only)

I’ve just been sent this by Warner Bros – I’m gutted because none of the cinemas are near me *sad face* which is a shame because I think Sandra Bullock is ace.  But I thought that some of you might like an afternoon out at the cinema. It’s on a first come/first serve basis so get there quick!

Here’s the trailer if you don’t know about the film

Watch The Blind Side at a preview screening before its nationwide cinema release on 26th March!

To celebrate the release of the Oscar® winning The Blind Side on 26th March, readers have a chance to be the first to see the film at a variety of cinemas on Tuesday 16th March.


For your chance to attend a special daytime preview screening (at a number of locations), simply enter the below code at www.seefilmfirst.com to get your complimentary pair of tickets!

Code: 560634


Locations:

Colchester

Brighton

Beckenham

Manchester Printworks

Derby

Exeter

Guildford

Lincoln

Richmond

Worcester

Maidstone

Kettering

Kingston upon Thames

Norwich

Streatham

Epsom

Muswell Hill

Swansea

Camden Town

Edinburgh Wester Hailes

Greenwich

London

Hatfield Galleria

Huddersfield

South Woodford

Southend on Sea

Surrey Quays

Bristol

Wimbledon

West Thurrock

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