Thursday, November 15, 2018

After You Finish Your Turkey Dinner, Head to the Theaters to See Creed II - In Theaters Beginning Thanksgiving Day + Check Out These Inspirational Sports Films Worth Watching Again! #CreedII

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In Theaters Thanksgiving Day!!!!

"There’s something about sports that inspires and connects us to family, friends, and our community.  It unifies and reminds us of the triumph of the human spirit against all odds.  With Thanksgiving around the corner offering plenty of time with family and friends, we’ve put together a list of inspirational and beloved sports movies worth checking out in the theater, and at-home (during our inevitable food comas) during the coming holiday.

In Theaters:  Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, the one-two combo of Rocky and Creed are back this Thanksgiving! 

CREED II is hitting theaters on November 21.  The duo who taught us to “go the distance,” and fight for our dreams face their biggest challenge yet – both on and off the ring.


Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history. #CreedII

Available on DVD/VOD

RUDY is one of the most inspirational movies of all time.  Sean Astin (“Lord of he Rings,” “Mom’s Night Out”) stars as Rudy Ruettiger, whose dream of making the football team at Notre Dame seems entirely out of reach. Through his relentless determination and exuberant spirit, Rudy endures every possible obstacle to follow his life's true passion – a dream he refuses to let die. 

REMEMBER THE TITANS stars Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington as football coach Herman Boone.  Based on real events, this remarkable story celebrates how a town torn apart by friction and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony.

MIRACLE is based on the exciting true story of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team.  Determined coach, Herb Brooks, had an impossible dream – beat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets at their own game. Starting with a handpicked group of 26 undisciplined kids, Brooks coached them to play like they never played before, and turned 20 of them into a team that believed they could achieve the unachievable – and in the process, united a nation with a new feeling of hope.

CHARIOTS OF FIRE became the little movie that could...winning four Academy Awards.  Scotsman Eric Liddell competes to honor his Christian faith, while his teammate, Harold Abrahams, a Jewish Englishman, is driven to win to show the world that Jews are not inferior people.  Chariots Of Fire tells the inspiring true story—told in flashback—of two young British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics as they chase dreams of glory!

ROCKY is the film that inspired a nation!  Before Creed, there was Rocky.  Audiences and critics alike cheered this American success story of an "everyman" triumphing over all odds.  Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere. But when a stroke of fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion, Rocky knows that it's his one shot at the big time; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner!"

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"We're Going on a Bear Hunt", the Classic Children's Story is Brought to Life in This Fun Animated Short Movie, Now Available on DVD! (Review)

Disclosure:: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

My girls first saw this short movie on Amazon through our free streaming Prime service.  They were fans of the book, and were excited when they saw a movie was made based on this popular children's book. And, once they watched it, it became an instant hit with them.  I lost count on how many times they watched this.  But,  didn't forget them asking if it was available on DVD, as they wanted to get and watch in the car on way to classes and long drives.  So, when I heard it was releasing and was available cheap, only $6.39, I had to get my hands on a copy.  But, before I could order, I was sent a copy to feature on my blog.  I wish you could have saw my girls' faces when they saw the DVD arrive at our door a couple weeks ago.  

In addition to the short film, about 25 minutes in length, the DVD also includes some fun special features -- three featurette segments: "Painting the Bear Hunt" and "We're Going on a Bear Hunt, the Making of."  I love watching bonus content that is included on DVD releases, and enjoyed watching this bonus content with the girls.  They loved learning how the book came to life in this cute movie, and loved comparing the book which they loved reading, still to this day, to the movie.

My girls really enjoyed this movie back when they watched it for the first time on Amazon Prime, and now get to watch it whenever they want, thanks to it now available to own on DVD.  If you have a child who loves this short movie, or is a fan of the book, then this DVD would make for a great stocking stuffer this holiday season. 

About this DVD:

"Based on the best-selling bedtime story book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, the film follows siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby, and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure through whirling snowstorms, oozing mud, and dark forests in search of bears!

Featuring the voices of Olivia Colman (The Night Manager, Broadchurch), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call The Midwife), and Mark Williams (Harry Potter), this animated story is filled with stunning visuals sure to enchant viewers along with its story of perseverance, optimism, and love of nature. “WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT” has a run time of approximately 25 minutes."

Disclosure:: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Relive the Good 'Ole Days When You Pick Up and Share the “MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY 4-DVD COLLECTION with Your Family This Holiday Season (Review)


Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: It's a Beautiful Day

(Episodes also available now on Digital HD)

Were you able to pick up the limited edition Mister Rogers' Neighborhood stamps when they went on sale at the post office back in April?  These commemorative Mister Rogers' Neighborhood stamps were released to help celebrate 50 years of this beloved television.  I made a point to pick up a set of the stamps to put away, as I loved this series growing up, and have loved sharing it with my girls, and love collecting special postage stamps like these.

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Mister Rogers Forever Stamp

Feel old yet?  I grew up watching this show with my brothers, and loved running off the school bus just to watch it.  While I am not 50 years old yet, I am getting up there, and can appreciate this beautiful DVD collection, which features 30 classic episodes from 1979-2001 -- all of which I saw during my childhood, and have enjoyed watching again with my two girls recently.

Thanks to streaming channels and PBS, I have been able to share Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with my girls.  They first were introduced to this series back when they started watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, which is based of the beloved Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.  I wanted to show the girls the show I grew up on, and loved so much.  There was something about Mister Rogers that made learning about things like recycling and taking care of our planet fun and enjoyable.  I never walked away from watching an episode without learning something, and being reminded to be a good friend and neighbor.  You couldn't help but love the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood show, and now as we celebrate 50 years of this beloved PBS show, parents from my generation can now share some of their favorite episodes they grew up watching and loved, with their children.

In addition to the 30 memorable episodes, which will have you reminiscing about watching this show as child, this DVD collection also contains the series premiere episode which is in black and white.  My girls are not used to watching black and white shows and when I played this episode, they thought something was wrong with the television.  I couldn't help but laugh when they said this.  I had to tell them that growing up I used to watch black and white shows with my family before we bought a color television, and that many of my favorite childhood movies were in black and white.  

With over 14.5 hours of content filling 4- DVD discs, the new Mister Rogers' Neighborhood DVD collection is sure to delight kids and adults of all ages, as you welcome Mister Rogers back into your home for more make-believe fun and interesting field trips.  We have only made it through two and half DVDs so far, but my girls are loving all the wonderful educational and fun content that we have seen.  And, I love seeing them get excited about learning and wanting to be a bigger part of their community, thanks to this beloved show.


More about this recent DVD release:

"This special set of 32 memorable episodes and over 15 hours of content celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the pioneering children's television series from The Fred Rogers Company. Mister Rogers helps children learn the importance of being kind to others, appreciating what makes everyone unique, recycling and taking care of our planet, and much more in the classic series. The new release also includes a very special bonus episode - the series premiere, in original black-and-white!  

"MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD: IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY COLLECTION" is now available on DVD and Digital. The four-disc collection has a total run time of 928 minutes. Episodes of the program are also available for digital download. 

Through his popular daily TV visits, generations of young children have grown up with the kind and gentle Mister Rogers, who created a calm and safe place that welcomed all to his neighborhood. With real-life guests, adventurous field trips and charming make-believe segments, the iconic Mister Rogers' Neighborhood encouraged kids ages 2-5 to learn about themselves and the world around them, speaking directly to the series' young audience with his unique one-to-one affirmation of their self-worth. Celebrity guest stars have included: Tony Bennett, Julia Child, Margaret Hamilton, Michael Keaton, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Rita Moreno, and Bill Nye. "

Episodes featured on the DVD include:
Helping Children Know What to Expect at School
Creating with Friends is Different than Playing Alone
Play is the Work of Childhood
Respecting All Living Creatures
Opera Day
Ups and Downs of Friendship
Learning about Rules and Limits
Appreciating the People Who Came Before
Food and Love Go Hand in Hand
Music As a Way to Express Feelings
Families Come in Different Shapes and Sizes
Celebrating Big and Little Things
Lots of Different Things for Play and Pretending
Each Person is Unique - Yet We All Have Much in Common
Being Kind to Ourselves and Others
Nobody Knows What You're Thinking Unless You Tell Them
Games Can Be Fun, But Not If You're Left Out
Recycling and Other Ways to care for Our Planet
Learning to Take Care of Yourself
Trying on Different Roles
We All Have Art Inside of Us
Understanding Concepts of Up and Down
The Strength of Love - Even Through Angry Times
Appreciating our Uniqueness
Some Things Change…Some Things Stay the Same
Needing Help and Giving Help
Feeling Good About Who We Are
Encouraging Generosity and Gratitude
Strengths and Limitations, Abilities and Disabilities   
Wondering and Asking Questions
Enjoying Books and Recognizing Symbols
Valuing All Kinds of Art


About The Fred Rogers CompanyThe Company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred's values and approach to other efforts in promoting children's social, emotional, and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred's legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company's highly-rated, award-winning children's series include Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Peg + Cat and Odd Squad. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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