Here are a handful of recent releases from Bridgestone Multimedia Group, that will provide for a great family movie night. What I love most about Bridgestone Multimedia Group's movies is that they always open up lines of communication for families to discuss the movie and its morals/lessons after viewing. I still talk about these movies with my husband, and we are always excited and eager to watch new releases, as we know we will be entertained.
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"Mark Van Der Poole, his wife, and two teenagers all understand what being "connected" is all about : Twitter, Facebook, Cell Phones, iPads, GPS - their frantic lives are bound to gadgets too numerous to count! This noisy backdrop turns suddenly into awkward silence when a mysterious glitch brings the entire communications grid to a sudden halt! Sudden withdrawal from gadget-driven addictions force the Van Der Poole family together against their will, to face the best - and worst - in each other as they explore old fashioned fun, family, and faith. In the process, they rediscover the real connectedness they hadn’t even realized they had lost."
How would your family react if they could not use any more of technology, including cell phones and the Internet for an extended period of time? Would you all go crazy? Well, this movie shows how one family deals with disconnecting from technology and reconnecting as a family. My husband and I watched this Friday night, and talked about how we would feel if we couldn't use our cells phone and iPads on a daily basis, and how even our 15 month and 30 month old daughters are already hooked to technology, and how they would miss using an iPad.
But, after watching this film and talking about how technology can cloud your mind, and make you forget about what is most important to you -- those around you...your family and friends...it makes you want to work towards unplugging yourself from technology from time to time, to really enjoy family time. Even though we haven't set a date to try this, we plan to in the near future. I am just afraid we will go stir-crazy when we can't check emails, Facebook, etc. Could you go at least one day without using any form of technology? Give it a try and let me know how it goes. :-)
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"All Alza Bennett wants is to get home to her estranged family for the Easter holiday, but an auto mishap leaves the high strung executive more than 700 miles short of her destination and standing on the doorstep of a grizzled, reclusive farmer named Lincoln, whose goal in life is to be left alone. After a deal is struck the mismatched pair sets out on a three day odyssey of misadventure along the highways and byways of America where they encounter rat infested hotels, convenience store hold ups, rural rabbit stalkers and a star struck couple from a local trailer park. Best of all, they are forced to encounter each other as the two worlds of the princess and hermit collide at each and every turn. A humorous retelling of The Story of The Prodigal Son, told through the eyes of a young woman looking to make amends while she searches for the road back home."
I was excited to see Bridgestone Multimedia Group release an Easter-themed movie just as I am gearing up for my upcoming Easter Gift Guide. Like I have said in previous holiday posts, I love watching holiday-themed movies with my family, and now have another Easter film to add to our must-watch list each year.
This movie pairs two people from different sides of the tracks -- Alza a princess and James, a hermit-type farmer -- who are brought together and experience a funny and at times dramatic journey, as Alza tries to make it home in time for Easter. The two even find themselves returning back to the Church for Easter. Definitely a powerful, yet heartwarming movie that does an amazing job at showing how God works in mysterious ways when bringing people together, and how these people can help bring out the best in us.
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"For as long as she can remember, Christy Davis has dreamed of being a mother, but things haven't worked out the way she imagined them as a young girl. When hopes of getting pregnant seem impossible, she and her husband Matt turn to adoption, but will that be enough to fill their longing for a child?
Portraying a realistic and moving picture of the physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles couples face through the trials of infertility, Paper Dream is a powerful story of surrendering unmet expectations to God and finding hope in the midst of difficult circumstances."
I watched this movie with a dear friend who had been dealing with infertility issues for years. Having never experienced infertility myself, I could only imagine what a couple deals with both emotionally, mentally and physically. As we watched this movie, she kept reaching for the tissue box, thus in turn making me tear up. The movie pulled us in from the start as the little girls stood in front of her class and told them she wanted to me a mom with lots of children when she grew up. What little girls doesn't grow up wanting to get married, have a a family and live in the perfect house? But, what happens when your dream picture of your life doesn't come try? You would be devastated, right? Well, this was the case for Christy, and all the women in the world who struggle with infertility issues. Even though they have the option to adopt, they still have to deal with not being able to carry a child inside them, feel them kick, hear the heartbeat, etc.
This is a very moving movie that will appeal to those who suffer with infertility issues, as well as their family and friends. If you cry easy at movies, make sure you have a full box of tissues handy, as this movie will definitely pull at your heartstrings.
"Based on the classic novel by Susan M. Coolidge and told in the tradition of Anne of Green Gables, What Katy Did is a warm family drama that tells the story of Katy Carr (Alison Pill), a headstrong 13-year-old growing up in the countryside at the turn of the century. Katy's feisty streak and mischievous antics try the patience of her widowed dad, Dr. Philip Carr (Kevin Whately), and her stern Aunt Izzie (Martha Burns), who share the responsibility of raising Katy and her siblings.
Katy's outlook begins to change, however, with the arrival of her ill cousin Helen (Megan Follows), who exposes Katy to a world she never knew existed. Then, when a tragic accident confines Katy to her room, she gains strength from Helen's wisdom and a renewed zest for life."
This is one Bridgestone Multimedia Group new release I couldn't wait to see, as it starred one of my favorite childhood stars, Megan Follows (who played Anne of Green Gables), who starred in the hit PBS series, Anne of Green Gables. If you were a fan of this series, then you will love this movie, as it is told in the Anne of Green Gables fashion, and is a great family-friendly movie that will be enjoyed over and over again for years to come.
And, here are few more recent releases from Bridgestone Multimedia Group, which my husband and I plan to enjoy in the weeks ahead:
"Based on the true story of notorious grave-robber Jean Baptiste, Redemption follows Sheriff Henry Heath on the western frontier in 1862. Heath has just buried his only child when he's assigned custody of Baptiste, an impoverished French immigrant who has robbed 300 graves of the recently deceased. Torn between his duty to the law and his own prejudice for his prisoner, Heath becomes Baptiste's only defense against the bloodthirsty contempt of the community and the brutal isolation of the inhospitable Antelope Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake where Baptiste has been exiled.
A story about the struggle to show compassion to those who seem the least deserving of Christian love, Redemption follows Henry Heath's fight to keep a marked man alive and put aside his personal feelings to examine his beliefs about mercy, justice, and redemption."
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"Donton puts his piloting skills to the test as he navigates Little G into the largest storm in the solar system and the greatest danger the crew has ever faced on a mission. Restless to tackle The Storms of Jupiter, Enoch, Priscilla, and the crew at Genesis Command headquarters breathlessly watch while Donton launches his hand-built hurricane dropsonde into the eye of Jupiter's great red spot. Determined to discover unprecedented information about a planet that some evolutionists say contains alien life, Donton descends into the storm to collect audio, video, and air samples. What the Genesis 7 crew doesn't know is that a corporal back at Command has been meddling with flight paths that could threaten the entire mission.
Told in the tradition of The Magic School Bus, Genesis 7 educates young space cadets about the solar system in a series of out-of-this-world journeys piloted by Captain Enoch Andrews, Lt. Donton Andrews, and imaging specialist Priscilla Andrews. This educational DVD also includes vocabulary, maps, and graphics that can be used to learn more about Jupiter."
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