Category: arts and entertainment

Back to the Future Marathon Event

Yesterday I had a super fun experience.  If you didn’t know October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty and Doc go back to the future in the 2nd film.

1031852_1280x720So to mark the day the Salt Lake Film Society had a Where’s My Hoverboard event where we got to watch all 3 Back to the Future films in a marathon watching session.   It was well organized event with of course popcorn and soda!

back to the future activity2They had a food truck with Doc Brown’s chili (and burgers).  It was very delicious.

back to the future activity4They made cool pins and these awesome t-shirts.

back to the future activity3They had contests and prizes and I won a blu-ray of Furious 7.

back to future activity2It was so much fun to be with a boisterous crowd for the films and will definitely go down as one of my favorite movie memories.  I am going to keep my eye out for of these kind of movie events.  It adds a lot to the movie experience.  Here is my thoughts on all 3 films.   If you aren’t subscribed to my channel I think you will really enjoy the content I am making:

You can also read my written reviews of all 3 films here

Thanks to Salt Lake Film Society for the great event and I hope to attend many more in the future.

Phantom Menace Review and Discussion


Check out my first Star Wars review of Episode 1: Phantom Menace. My friends Jeremy and Abby joined me for a google chat about the movie. I’d love for you all to take a look as it was my first time hosting a live google hang out. I think it went pretty well.

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phantom menace99Hi guys!  So yesterday marked the start of my new Star Wars series and I am going to be doing reviews on this blog plus a new web series on my youtube channel.  I am going to be discussing with my friends Abby and Jeremy each of the Star Wars movies and yesterday we tackled Episode 1: Phantom Menace.  It was my first time doing a Live Google Hangout and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Most people know I was not a fan of the Star Wars prequels but I have always stood up for Phantom Menace a little bit because Attack of the Clones seemed so much worse at the time  (we will see what I think this week).  But I have to say on the rewatch Phantom Menace was a lot worse than I remembered. It has some decent sequences but at the core it…

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Idina and Elsa

So I have been having a lot of fun lately!

I guess you could say I’ve had Frozen on the mind of late! I have been continuing with my series on youtube reviewing the animated Oscars nominees and having a blast and knew that 2013 was coming up.  In my Disney Canon review on my blog I admit I was a little defensive.  I had just seen a lot of Frozen trolling on youtube and blogs and it made me sad.  Not that everyone has to think the same way about a movie I love but that they had to be so vicious about it- especially to young girls who love it so much.  That really bummed me out.

So I knew 2013 was coming up and I wanted to strike a different tone and have fun with my Frozen review- trolls be darned!  I worked really hard on my costume, wig and the review itself (and the other high quality 4 films I was looking at as well).

I also went to an Idina Menzel concert which definitely put me in the mood! My friend Heidi went with me and we had such a good time hanging out and enjoying good music (although the building was organized terribly it was worth it).

elsa4I’ve been a huge fan of Idina Menzel for years- going back to the music of Rent (not the show as it is too R rated for me).  I of course loved her on the Wicked soundtrack.  Here’s a clip of singing one of the songs at the concert:

and the highlight for me was when she sang Let it Go and then invited little girls from the audience to come up and sing with her.  It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and shows what a great thing Frozen has been for these young girls.  It reminds me of how I loved Little Mermaid growing up.

I mean if that doesn’t melt your heart I don’t know what is wrong with you!

But really every song she did was amazing including some great Broadway standards.  I swear if I could have any gifts it would be to be able to sing like that.  Awe inspiring!

So with that inspiration I continued to work on my costume and it really was a lot of work to find the right dress, get the right wig, a crown, make-up etc. But obviously it was a fun kind of work, a project you might say.  Here is what I came up with.

elsa6I ended up not feeling comfortable about the neckline and the sheerness of the top of the dress and so I hunted till I found another shirt in nearly identical color to the sleeves of the dress I could wear underneath.  A costume is not an excuse for immodesty in my book! (I admit I was proud of that!)

elsa2 Here’s how the video turned out.  It’s a bit of a long one but give it a watch or just a few minutes of it a watch as I do the Frozen review first.   I’ve been learning a ton lately on graphics and using Adobe Premiere so I think my videos have come a long way!

Anyway, it was a ton of work to put together but also a ton of fun.  I’m really proud with how it all turned out.

Now on to the next project!  Star Wars baby!

Have you guys been doing any projects or hobbies lately?  What about Halloween?  Got any costume plans?

Books vs Movies


Last night I went with my sister to the drive-in movie theater.  It was a really fun experience and I got to see Inside Out for the 4th time (love that movie!) and Ant-Man for the 2nd time.  I had a great time revisiting these films and spending time with my sisters.  However, my youngest sister and I started discussing the films after and she said that she is almost never ‘in love’ with a movie.  She likes them fine but even something like Inside Out didn’t really blow her away.

As we discussed I realized I felt the same way about books that she felt about movies.  I love a good book.  Recently I read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella and loved it!  It was so exciting to read something that really excited me.  Unfortunately that experience is far too rare.  Just like Maddie said about movies I am rarely ‘in love’ with a book.  I make it a goal to read 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction book a month and I’m lucky if 1 out of 24 books really excites me.

In recent years books that have excited me are Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and My Life in France by Julia Child (which I actually first read in 2010 so we are going back away on that one).  Counting Finding Audrey that’s 5 books in 5 years that I’ve LOVED.

Now when it comes to movies there are literally dozens in those 5 years I have loved.  That’s why I keep rereading books I love because a new book seems like such an unlikely bargain.  I have a friend who told me she’d never reread a book.  That blew me away.  I wouldn’t hardly read at all if I didn’t reread.

Just to be clear I would put those 5 books well over any movie, but I’m afraid they are the exception rather than the rule.

So why am I more likely to love a movie than a book?  Well, the experience is so different.  In a movie you get to live in a world for 2 hours and you get a whole story.  In a book you are there for weeks, even a month, so the story better be very compelling to keep my interest.   For example, I like being in Middle Earth for 2 hours in a movie but reading the Hobbit is tough for me to get through.

A lot of people notice the details in books like the Harry Potter series and are disappointed when those details are removed.  In all honesty, while I enjoyed reading those books and think they are quite brilliant those little details are lost on me.  I’m just not a detail oriented reader.  I am way more likely to notice details in a Harry Potter movie than to remember them from the books.  I’m not saying the Harry Potter movies are better than the books.  They are just a different experience and one that is a little bit more palatable to me (I’ve never been a fantasy fan in books but don’t mind it in movies).


I think a lot of it comes down to how I learn.  I was a late reader and have always learned through visual stimuli and repetition.  A movie has so much more to think about than a book and the message is repeated in so many different ways.  For example, in one scene in a book we may be told it is scary but in the movie we have the score, acting, cinematography, lighting, special effects etc all contributing to the message of being scared.

I love the discussion and community which revolves around movies (and to a lesser extent books).  I am in a book club with some bloggers who are amazing and read 9-12 books a month!  That blows my mind.  For me I enjoy talking about the 2 books I read a month (sometimes more) but I can see 2 movies a week so there is so much more to talk about and compare. It’s really fun comparing thoughts and talking about film.

Part of the problem with books is I have a higher content standard.  It’s one thing to watch a movie for 2 hours with some language or other objectionable content.  I probably shouldn’t but I can rationalize a lot of that away.  But with a book I’m living with those characters for weeks so I’m going to be a lot pickier if they are mouthing off all the time or doing other immoral stuff.  I’d say there are a lot more stories I can stomach in a 2 hour movie than in a book.  TV is even worse because it can be living with that content for years.

Now to reiterate I love to read.  I’ve even written my silly books for NanoWriMo and I try to always have 2 books I’m reading at any given time.  All I’m saying is that I rarely find books that excite me and that I love.  Whereas, I find movies I love all the time.

Does  that makes sense?  Does anyone agree with me?  Or perhaps are you on the flip side with my sister and rarely find a movie you love but find many books?  Neither way is wrong as long as you keep your toe dipped in both pools (I feel strongly it is important to the understanding of our culture to at least see a few movies a year and it’s good for the brain to keep reading. Both are important)

Animated Oscars 2001-2005

Hey guys occasionally I like to share with this blog some of my videos and blogs on movies.  I thought I would let you guys know about a series I am doing on my channel where I am reviewing the films nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for Oscars. This prize started in 2001 and I just posted 2005 today.

I would love if you gave these videos a look and a thumbs up if you think they are any good.  I’ve been working hard on integrating clips and trying to give good feedback on each film.

Make sure you also look at for my new column on Family Movie Nights.  I am so proud of it so please subscribe to it even if you aren’t LDS because it is non-denominational column.

Next week comes An Extremely Goofy Movie!!!

Here’s my videos on the Academy Awards.  Please give me your feedback.  Love ya


Family Movie Night 2- Wild Thornberrys Movie


Today wasn’t feeling great but really didn’t want to miss out on week 2 of my Family Movie Night series.  The goal behind this series is to provide a recommendation from off of Netflix stream that you can watch for FHE or a family movie night.  This week’s choice is The Wild Thornberry’s Movie.

If you haven’t seen the movie it is based on the Nickelodeon cartoon about a family that makes a nature television show in Africa.  The youngest daughter Eliza is given the ability to talk to animals but she must keep this power secret or she will lose it.

thornberrys2In this movie version Eliza is sent to England to keep her safe but she is worried about a cheetah cub she saw abducted.  She sneaks away and makes it back to Nairobi and starts on adventure to find her parents, save the animals and find the poachers.  It’s very exciting, beautifully animated with good vocal performances by Tim Curry,  Lynne Redgrave, Lacey Chabert, Marissa Tomei, Rupert Everett and more.

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The music is very well done with songs from Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon to name a few.  It’s funny without being too immature and I like that the lead is a little girl who doesn’t always make all the correct choices.  She’s a well rounded believable character.  Her sister Debbie is a bit of a caricature as the snobby teen but you do see some growth from her over the course of the movie (She is kind of like a grown up Angelica from Rugrats).  She does get a lot of the good humorous lines in the movie so I don’t mind her Valley Girl character.   Darwin the monkey is also a source of a lot of laughs.

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There are some moments of peril but they are broken up by humor and I don’t think too scary for little children.

It’s a movie I think would easily work into a FHE lesson about conservation, nature, endangered species etc. Plus, you could talk about how we all have special gifts like Eliza has the gift to talk to animals. She also never gives up no matter the obstacle put in her way.

Here is the trailer.

If you have any ideas for a Netflix film you’d like me to pick for next week’s family movie night pick let me know.  Thanks and thanks for watching my review on youtube, giving it a thumbs up.  Take care.

Family Movie Night 1: Penguins of Madagascar

Hey you guys I am trying to start up a new series on my youtube channel where I pick a movie available on Netflix stream as my pick for a family movie night pick.  I know most who follow this blog are LDS and have Family Home Evening so I would love for your feedback on this.

What do you think?  Would you like me to include a lesson?  A treat recipe?  Or is it best to keep it very short?  I have found my Mom friends don’t like to listen to long videos so that’s why I kept it short.  I want to keep it fairly non-denom friendly so that anyone can have a family movie night but open for suggestions on that as well.

My idea behind using Netflix was that most families I know have Netflix stream and so it would make the film choice easy for them to pick for Family Movie Night. They wouldn’t have to go to Redbox, pay extra for a rental or the big bucks for the theater. I could do new releases if you think that would be good?  I really am just curious for your feedback.

If you think it is a good concept I would love if you shared the video with your friends/followers on social media.  Also as always any thumbs up or comments on the video are always appreciated.

Thanks in advance for that feedback and for those that have already given me feedback and shared thank you!