Brian's Song, Sports Films, Creed 2, Michael B. Jordan, Trailers, November Movies, Sylvester Stallone, 2018 Movies, MGM

CREED II Opens November 14, 2018. What’s Your Favorite Sports Movie?

“But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

– Rocky Balboa

Creed II comes November 21st, 2018. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, and Wood Harris. It is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and produced by Sylvester Stallone, Kevin, King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and Udi Nedivi.

The synopsis is as follows:

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.  The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21.  #CreedII

This reminds me of my favorite sports movie, Brian’s Song. I rented it years ago per the recommendation of my Dad and it did not disappoint! It originally came out in 1971 as ABC’s “Movie of the Week.” It was based on the true story of a football player named Brian Piccolo, his battle with cancer, and his friendship with fellow teammate with Gale SayersJames Caan played Brian and Billy Dee Williams played Gale.

The movie talked about the power of friendship and what it’s like for two friends to depend on each other in a time of crisis. What’s great about this film is that a lot of men were able to feel comfortable enough to cry during this movie. This was very uncommon during the 70’s when guys were taught to “man up”, but this movie made it OK for men to express their sadness and show how much they cared about the real-life characters.

In this film, it shows that it’s OK to lean on one another, cry, and ask for help, no matter who you are. I believe this movie can still touch audiences today. I know it does with me and I highly recommend it.

While I’m over here recommending Brian’s Song, don’t forget that Creed II opens on November 21st and I don’t want you to miss it! Here’s the trailer:

Let me know what you think as soon as you see it!

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The Desert AIDS Project, YouTube, Michael Lawrence, MichaelBePetty, Amberlynn Reid, YouTube, LGBTQ

Michael Lawernce aka: MichaelBePetty Interview

Michael Lawrence aka: MichaelBePetty is a YouTuber best known for his Amberlynn Redif reactions. Some people see Michael as a bully, but as someone who was bullied, there is a clear difference between giving someone the criticism they deserve (we’ll get to that in a moment) and just being mean for the fun of it.

I’ve been a fan of Michael’s for a while now, so I was delighted when he agreed to do a Skype interview. When I got the message that he was ready to go for our interview, I ran to my husband and I’s room and jumped on Skype! I was ready!

Michael was very sweet and open to any questions I had. I wanted to know about his anxiety because I have generalized anxiety disorder as well. Michael said that he touches his nose as a way to self-soothe and he didn’t even realize he did it until his livestreams. Michael then explained it and he got around forty direct messages about how so many others do the same thing.

I remember Michael mentioned it’s a problem on dates; so, I asked him what it’s like explaining it to the guys he goes out with. He said when he wants any kind of relationship, even a friendship, Michael will end up explaining his way of self-soothing because, like I said, he does it without realizing it. Michael said he doesn’t want to basically say, “Here’s all the stuff you have to look forward to.” Usually, though, things turn out fine when he explains things.

I told him that I took issue with him being called a bully because I see him as someone who has been in Amberlynn Reid’s shoes at one time, and that’s why he’s so tough on her during his livestreams. Michael agreed and said that he’s shocked that people call Zachery Michael (you can read our interview here) a bully, and he admitted that Zach is pretty tame compared to him. Then, he went on to say that he doesn’t hate Amberlynn just because she’s fat and that it’ss a stupid reason to not like someone. I agreed. Michael said that some of his best friends are fat and a lot of them like to hang out. “When you’re fat, you all tend to hang out together,” he laughed. In fact, just like Zach and I, Michael agrees that Kandy Fox is a cool person. (You can also read my interview with her here!) Michael doesn’t care that she does Big Beautiful Women content, as long as she doesn’t have this completely selfish attitude (which is being nice when it comes to Amberlynn), then there’s no reason to dislike Kandy.

We talked about social justice issues because Amberlynn allegedly made false rape accusations against her ex, which he seemed to debunk very well. So well in fact that Amberlynn took down her video in which she accused him. We discussed the #MeToo Movement and how glad we were that this accusation was made before it started; not that it should have been made in the first place, but Michael believes Amberlynn would have made this whole #MeToo fluff piece and milked it for all its entirety.

Michael went on to say that he has a #MeToo moment (I have two myself). His story is not mine to tell. And mine, in particular, is for another blog. But I was thankful to have this conversation with him.

We went on to talk about other social justice issues and it’s something that Michael would like to talk about his channel, but it’s definitely a triggering point for any audience. Like, when he said that he’s a person of color and Amberlynn doesn’t know what it’s like to be oppressed (I agree with him), but someone actually got upset with him and blew up at him, going, “Why would you say that?!” Michael went on to say that he’s mixed race and he knows that not all white people are racist and he’d like to talk about that, but he’s nervous. I understand considering the reaction he got before.

While we’re still on the topic, Amberlynn mentioned in a vlog that she would go back in time and stand up for Rosa Parks. Not only did Michael call her bluff, but so did everyone else in the Ambercon 2018 Livestream. I told Michael that I had Tweeted her and asked her if she did anything on behalf of those who take a knee or Black Lives Matter. Amberlynn said nothing. Michael wasn’t surprised at all. Race is an important issue that Michael would like to talk about more because he’s half black and was raised by his white grandparents, but he doesn’t want to stir up controversy. I hope he’s able to find a way to discuss it because it’s HIS Channel and he has every right to talk about what he wants to talk about.

I asked him about his future regarding both YouTube and his personal life. In regards to YouTube, Michael does want to react to different channels but not just because they happen to be fat. Michael gets requests all the time from people saying stuff like, “React to Amy Slaton, react to Tammy Slaton, etc.” Like I said before, Michael doesn’t dislike someone just because they’re fat, so why would he react to a person’s channel just because they’re overweight?

Personally, Michael is very close to his grandmother and wants to stay close to her and take care of her. Some people wonder why he doesn’t put her in a nursing home, but Michael wants to take care of her and love her until he’s not physically able to anymore because of everything she has done for him. I think that’s beautiful, and that’s how I feel about my Mom and Father-in-law.

As far as career’s go, Michael wants to be a nurse. Surgeries and changing patients’ casts don’t bother him. He said that he has an iron-clad stomach and that the reason why he wants to be a nurse is that so many nurses have been positive influences in his life and he wants to do the same for others.

When it comes to YouTube, this isn’t Michael’s long-term plan. Nursing is. I know we’ll all miss Michael, but he’s making the right move by doing what HE loves. Plus, there’s not a contract that you sign with YouTube that guarantees you a job. You could be making a full-time worker’s income one moment and be flat broke the next. I think Michael is being smart.

I asked Michael what charities he’s passionate about and he said The Desert AIDS Project. I learned through him that a lot of elderly members of the LGBTQ Community moved to Southern California because it’s warmer there and it’s better for their health since winter was too harsh on their already frail bodies.

I look forward to Michael’s future content as well as watching him broaden his reactions and finding a way to say what’s in his heart. Michael is a good person and I’m thankful that I got to know him. I hope to keep in touch with him, even when he gets off of YouTube.

Please subscribe to his YouTube Channel here and follow him on Twitter here.

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Makeup Tutorial, Misty Copeland, Disney, The Nutcracker

My Misty Copeland Inspired Look in Honor of Disney’s “The Nutcracker”.

One of my several women crushes is the beautiful and talented Misty Copeland, who overcame the odds and became the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

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I went to see Disney’s “The Nutcracker” last week, which she was in, so I decided to do my best to honor her by doing a makeup look inspired by her. I found this picture off of “Ballet for Adult’s” Pinterest Account and went right to work so I’d be ready for the movie!

I read in this article from Allure that Misty doesn’t like to contour, so I made sure to skip that step. It also said that she likes rosy cheeks, so I made sure to keep that in mind for my look.

Misty does like highlighter when she hits the red carpet, but since I’m sticking to this picture shown above, I’ll be highlighting my upper brow area instead.

I started out using both my Urban Decay Primer Potion and my Anastasia Brow Wiz. Next, I used my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette.

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I swiped my eyes with the color “Skimp”, first. Then, I put the color “Undone” in the inner corners of my eyes.

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In the middle of my eyelid, I put the color “Cover”. I put the color “Stark” in the outer corners of my eyes and a dab of it in the middle.

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Then I put Gerard Cosmetics Eternal Liquid Black Liner on my lids.

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For my blush, I chose the color “Rose” in my LORAC “Beauty and the Beast” Palette. Then, for the highlighter for my browbone, I used “Oh my brow!” The mascara I used is from Urban Decay, and I will be reviewing it in a blog very soon! So more on that later.

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Here’s the final look:

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Here I am in front of the poster, after the movie, all happy and giddy!

Did you see the movie? Do you like Misty Copeland as well? Have any thoughts on my look? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Walk of Fame (2017) Review

My husband and I watched Walk of Fame on Netflix. Since we watched this movie together, I thought it’d be appropriate for us to do the review together. The movie stars Scott Eastwood as a call center employee/wannabe lawyer named Drew, who decides to take an acting class ran by Chris Kattan (Alejandro) only to *ahem* “put the move on” a flight attendant named Nikki (  Laura Ashley Samuels) who’s been suspended because of alleged racy photos of her. Malcolm McDowell also stars as the acting school’s other drama teacher, Evan Polus, and Jamie Kennedy has a small role as Hugo. The movie was written, directed, and produced by Jesse Thomas, who plays Drew’s stoner roommate, Hansel.

We settled on this movie because we had nothing else to watch and only finished it because we were curious if the movie would end up going anywhere. Spoiler, it didn’t!  We thought the movie would be about Drew trying to become a lawyer while falling in love with the acting world at the same time and possibly struggling with the two choices, with a B storyline about the character of Nikki. Nope! The movie is really about the acting school and misadventures the students get into to. Then it gives us a haphazard, happy ending, and we’re left scratching our heads thinking, “What was that?”

It’s usually at least a little fun for us to take apart a movie that fails. In this particular case, there’s just too much material to sort through. The movie seems to have come out of the experiences of a real-life acting class as bad as portrayed in the script, and it wouldn’t surprise us if most of the elements were based on Jesse Thomas’s actual encounters. Sadly, for all the ideas crammed into the script, not a one is developed past its rough draft phase. Thus, we have a feature-length Act One and a “where are they now” conclusion.

The worst part was, any one of these individual stories had some real potential. Kattan is noticeably acting a few levels below his often underestimated talent. And the always reliable Malcolm McDowell looks like he’s trying so hard to just phone it in, but he’s just too good. Probably the only one living up to his full potential is Eastwood; and yes, that’s a deliberate insult.

There were a few times where we were able to smile and say, “Oh, I remember doing something like that back when I took acting lessons,” during the film. We used to act! So, this film was a tiny bit relatable in that sense, but if this had been a fully developed movie about the acting class from the start, it would have been more fun and maybe, more relatable. But no, that would be asking too much from this movie.

There’s one single moment that left us in a real conversation, and Walk of Fame doesn’t get credit for provoking it because it was clearly unintentional. Drew wants to “bang” Nikki because she’s hot, but then calls her a slut because she’s also willing to consent to other men who will help her further her career. The film seems to want us to sympathize with Drew, and that’s a problem because he’s just as shallow as Nikki but has even less ambition. While we personally aren’t fans of people who use sex for leverage, Nikki isn’t doing anything wrong. Drew has absolutely no business feeling like he ‘owns’ any part of Nikki’s life just because she slept with him. The movie demonstrates no awareness of this reality, or any for that matter. In the end, we’re somewhere between caricature and cliche. A real acting class would have taught them to commit.

I’d like to thank my husband, Sean, for joining me on my blog for this review! Please check out his blog at A Walk on the Wooley Side.

Ethical Bunny, Animal Testing, Interview

My Interview With The Website, Ethical Bunny.

This year, 2018, I finally went cruelty-free with my makeup and skincare. It’s been hard, especially because I have a long way to go considering the fact I need to use up everything I purchased that’s not cruelty-free, but I’ll get there.

I won’t end there though, there’s still more, such as toothpaste. Yes, they test toothpaste on animals! There’s so much I need to clean my rooms of so I can go completely cruelty-free, that’s why I’m thankful for websites such as Ethical Bunny that can aid me along the way.

I’m thankful that the CEO of Ethical Bunny was willing to answer some questions for me. This article isn’t meant to shame anyone or guilt trip people, we only want to educate.

So, thank you again to the CEO of this wonderful website for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to me. After the interview, please visit her website, which will be linked below. Now, on to the interview!

1. What made you decide to go cruelty-free? Did you use products that weren’t cruelty-free before?

Going cruelty-free was an easy decision for me since I have been an animal lover my entire life. Just like most people, I grew up using all the generic animal tested beauty, household, and personal care products. I was simply blissfully unaware of animal testing.

One summer in high school I had an opportunity to travel to Wyoming and volunteer at an animal sanctuary called Kindness Ranch. This incredible non-profit rescued and took care of animals that had used in product testing and were severely “damaged” physically and psychologically. I witnessed dozens of dogs, beagles specifically, who were blind, crippled, had burn marks on their skin and were unable to bark (they had their voice boxes taken out at birth so they can’t make noise while they’re being exploited for the testing of a toxic chemical or substance). I witnessed all sorts of other animals with similar injuries. I took care of them, got to know them and got to learn about how they were treated in scientific experiments.

That’s when I finally made the connection between animal testing and my own choices as a consumer. I realized that my entire life I’ve been using products that were tested on animals and if I want to do something about this problem I have to start with changing my own shopping habits. I threw away my toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, cleaning supplies, makeup and skincare first thing when I got home from Wyoming and spent hours researching and looking for cruelty-free alternatives to everything I had been using. Animal testing is the kind of issue that most people don’t care about until they witness it or get to spend time with the victims. It’s the kind of issue that most people, unfortunately, still aren’t educated about.

2. What made you decide to start your wonderful website? Have you been able to help get the word out about how barbaric product testing on animals is to people who otherwise wouldn’t have known? 

Throughout the years of me using cruelty-free products and pointing out to friends that some of the products they were using were tested on animals, I recognized that animal testing is a very taboo topic people don’t want to get into. If you don’t see it happening, it doesn’t happen… right? Unfortunately, that’s the mindset many people operate under when they are confronted with the reality of animal testing.

Ethical Bunny began as a combination of several passions. First of all, I wanted to educate consumers about animal testing and create a useful resource for them that they can count on for discovering new brands and products. Secondly, I grew up in a very entrepreneurial family and I wanted to somehow show my support for small businesses and encourage beauty consumers to purchase from indie beauty brands rather than large corporations. Thirdly, I was studying marketing in college and I wanted to get some real world experience with what it’s like to start my own project/blog/website and try to grow it and promote it with absolutely no money and no support from anyone else. My love for animals, my desire to support small businesses and my interest in digital and social media marketing were the perfect combination of skills/passions I needed to start Ethical Bunny.

Throughout the time I’ve been running Ethical Bunny, I have had a positive impact on so many people. I get messages on a daily basis from beauty consumers who thank me for opening their eyes to animal testing and changing their shopping habits to fit their moral values. Of course, it was a rough start at first, trying to build the website and create a platform people can trust as a reliable resource, but the more I worked and the more time I’ve put into the website, the more positive feedback I received and the more consumers I’ve influenced. I’m incredibly grateful and fortunate to be able to do what I love and make a real difference!

3. Why do you think some makeup brands, like the Sephora Label, have recently stopped being cruelty-free?  

Money. Without a doubt, money is the reason why so many large companies still test on animals despite the ample number of cruelty-free alternatives that are more accurate and more ethical. Animal testing is already illegal in over 30 countries including all of Europe and countries like India and Norway, but there is one huge cosmetics market that requires animal testing on a large number of products – China. Companies like Sephora sell their products in retail stores in China and these products have to be tested on animals by law.

Now one would argue that the Chinese government is to blame for this and we shouldn’t be boycotting companies that aren’t cruelty-free but I completely and wholeheartedly disagree. Every single company has a choice. Every single company that tests on animals has the option to not test on animals by simply refusing to sell their products in China. Since so many companies have chosen their wallets over their conscience and morals, it’s now our responsibility as consumers to tell them that we disapprove. I mean sure, we can write to Chinese policymakers, and I do that as well, but in my years of experience, none of these letters have led to any reform. We go shopping multiple times a week and by not purchasing products from companies that exploit animals we are having a much greater impact on the issue of animal testing than we know. Every dollar a consumer spends is a vote, so consumers need to start taking their votes seriously and being much more selective about which companies that choose to support.

4. How much hope do you have that the bill will pass in which animal testing will be banned in 2020?  

If we’re talking about a global ban on animal testing, it’s unlikely it’ll happen by 2020. As much as I want to be an optimist, animal testing has been the common practice in the cosmetics industry for many decades and it’s not likely that it’ll completely stop by 2020. Many countries have already banned animal testing and the European Union has even banned the sale of products tested on animals in other countries (i.e. China) but these laws have loopholes. Companies like L’Oreal, that test their cosmetics on animals in China, are still able to sell their products in Europe despite the law because there’s so many ways to get around it.

For instance, just this month, California passed the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act which claims to make the sale of any products tested on animals illegal within state borders. This law, much like the law implemented by the European Union, has loopholes. It still allows companies to test on animals in China and then sell those products in California while falsely claiming that they are cruelty-free. Let me be clear: if any company tests ANY products on animals in ANY country, they are not cruelty-free. L’Oreal claims to be cruelty-free because they pay the Chinese authorities to test on animals for them. That, however, doesn’t make it any more ethical and profits from the sale of L’Oreal products will still, inevitably, go towards animal testing. It’s like claiming that someone is innocent of animal abuse when they pay their buddy to abuse an animal for them. It’s not how our legal system should work and it’s certainly not an excuse to purchase products from that company.

The only way I see animal testing for cosmetics becoming illegal worldwide is if China bans animal testing instead of making it a requirement. China is by far the biggest reason why so many companies still test on animals and without a change in China’s legislature, it’s unlikely that animal testing will stop anytime soon. Another issue is that laws cannot have exceptions and loopholes. While testing on animals in California is no longer legal, most cosmetics companies are testing their products on animals elsewhere and still selling them in California. Banning animal testing in a certain country or state is important, but it’s just as important to ban the sale of products that are tested on animals anywhere in the world at any point during the production of a product. Right now, laws are too lenient, not regulated enough and have too many loopholes. We’ve made a lot of progress but there’s still a long road ahead of us.

5. How can we as the customers stop animal testing? How else can we get the word out?

The way the market works is very simple – supply and demand. Companies that test on animals provide consumers with a certain supply and by buying this supply the consumers are creating a demand for it. Therefore the only way to stop animal testing is to stop creating demand for products that are tested on animals and be vocal about it.

The first step In any social reform is education. People need to become aware of animal testing through reading books, watching documentaries or even volunteering at sanctuaries that rescue animals from laboratories. Without proper knowledge of the issue, one cannot become a strong advocate against it.

The second step is to change our consumerism habits and stop purchasing products that aren’t cruelty-free. The easiest indicator that a product is cruelty-free is a certification or logo on the packaging. There’s three certifications that a product can obtain – PETA, Leaping Bunny or CCF. Choose Cruelty-Free is an Australian organization that certifies products to be cruelty-free. PETA and Leaping Bunny are more global but Leaping Bunny is significantly more reliable and well regulated than PETA. If a product is Leaping Bunny or CCF certified, it has to be cruelty-free. Otherwise, most small businesses don’t test on animals because they simply cannot afford this outrageously expensive practice. Shopping for all of your beauty supplies and household products from a small business almost always guarantees that the products will be cruelty-free.

The third step after a consumer is fully educated about animal testing and buys exclusively cruelty-free products is to advocate and be vocal about their disapproval of animal testing. Social media is without a doubt an amazing platform for advocacy because you can reach a large audience of people with a few taps of a keyboard. I use social media for a lot of my advocacy and it’s the best way I’ve found to communicate with people who are interested in learning about the issue. Other than social media, attending protests in person or even hosting your own peaceful protests outside of MAC stores and the stores of other unethical companies can be pretty impactful. Writing to politicians urging them to weigh in on the matter and advocate against animal testing is also very, very important. Policymakers need to know what matters to the people they represent.

6. Are there any charities who give back to animals that you are passionate about? 

As I previously mentioned, my time volunteering at Kindness Ranch in Wyoming has had a huge impact on me so it’s a non-profit organization I strongly support. You can visit their website to learn more about donating and volunteering (http://www.kindnessranch.org/). Another amazing animal sanctuary is called Life After Labs (http://newlifeanimalsanctuary.org/) and they are based in Lake Elsinore, California. This sanctuary offers a permanent home to pigs, cats, dogs, rabbits, rats, mice and other animals that have suffered in the name of vivisection. They are working towards being able to accommodate non-human primates (such as monkeys) that are used in medical research. Both of these non-profit animal sanctuaries are incredible advocates against animal testing and do so much positive work for the animals that suffered in laboratories.

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Disney, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Featurette, Ballet, Ballerina, Misty Copeland, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, 2018 Films, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Disney, Kiere Knightley, Ballet, Movies, Review

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Review.

On November 2nd, 2018, Disney released The Nutcracker and The Four Realms to theaters and I was so happy I got to see it. It told the story of a girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) who is given a sliver-shaped egg on Christmas Eve, which was left to her by her late mother. The problem? There is a key missing. So Clara goes to her godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), to try and retrieve the key. Little does she know that Clara’s mother’s dying wish was for Clara to go back to the place her mother ruled as queen, and bring peace to the Four Realms. While there, Clara finds the true meaning of her mother’s gift, as well as not only bringing peace to her late mother’s kingdom but seeing that she’s not the only one grieving her mother’s death.

If you couldn’t tell while I was blogging about this movie before it came out, I’m a big Misty Copeland fan and was mesmerized seeing her dance in the movie. I’m so happy Disney not only included her in the film but also made her a big part of the advertisement!

I had to do a double take when I realized it was Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy! I had forgotten which part she was cast in. By the time I was sure it was her, I had forgotten about all of her other wonderful performances and just saw her as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Keira is seriously underrated as an actress, and this film thankfully allowed her to shine all the more.

This movie is great for families, but I wouldn’t recommend it for toddlers. I would say if the child is at least ten, they should be fine. The reason why I say this is because the movie can get pretty creepy at times and it would be pretty unsettling for a young child. However, older children, as well as adults, should have fun watching the film.

Overall, the was a beautiful film from start to finish and is perfect for the Christmas Season. I hope you all get a chance to see it while it’s playing in theaters!

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The Nutcracker And The Four Realms & The Best Christmas Gift I’ve Ever Given.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be opening on Friday, November, 2nd, 2018. The synopsis is as follows:

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

This reminds me of the best gift I ever gave someone for Christmas. It was to my husband, Sean. Three years ago I gave him a retro Super Nintendo so he could play old-school Super NES games. This gift was meaningful because he is not only an avid video game player but also a collector, and he had missed the glory days of the Super NES. Giving him this piece of video game history meant a lot to the both of us because it not only took him back to a period of the 1990’s that he cherished, but it also took me back to my childhood. So, in a way, we could share this gift with each other as well as our memories.

Remember, the movie opens November 2nd! Be sure to check it out! In the meantime, check out this featurette!