Disney, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Featurette, Ballet, Ballerina, Misty Copeland

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Featurette on Ballerina, Misty Copeland.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be coming to theaters this Friday, November 2nd. One of the ballerinas featured in this beautiful film is Misty Copeland, who is the first African-American woman in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history to be promoted to principal dancer in 2015.

Disney has released a featurette on this enchanting ballerina on YouTube and I was blessed to be able to put it on my blog to show you her talent. Be sure to watch the featurette and see the movie this Friday, November, 2nd!


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.

Opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

Directors:  Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston

Producers:  Mark Gordon, Larry Franco

Executive producers:  Sara Smith, Lindy Goldstein

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

Trailer for “THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS” In Theaters November 2nd!

In theaters, November 2nd is “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars Keira KnightleyHelen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and real-life ballerina Misty Copeland.  It is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnson. It was written by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy.

The movie is about a girl overcoming her own fears and finding the courage to restore peace. I hope you’ll see this classic tale when it comes out because it’s such a beautiful story!

Here is the trailer:


Remember, save the date for November 2nd!

Small Foot, Review, Zendaya, Channing Tatum, Danny DeVito, Common, Lebron James, Jimmy Tatro

Review of Small Foot (2018)

My husband and I saw Small Foot on 09/29/2018. The movie is about a yeti named Migo (Channing Tatum) who, by accident, discovers a human who crashes his plane onto the mountain where the yetis live. Humans are described as mythical creatures known as a “Small Foot.” This goes against the “rules” or “stones” that tells the yetis history, so no one believes Migo.

Along the way, Migo makes some friends who believe in the Small Foot, including his crush, Meechee (Zendaya). The movie touches on a lot of serious topics such as asking questions, trust, the “us vs. them” mentality and so much more.

So first of all…arachnophobia warning. It’s only one scene (the first set in the human village) but it’s brutal for anyone with a fear of those fiends of nightmares, and it comes out of nowhere. Thanks for that, by the way.

But moving on to the actual film, animated movies from companies that aren’t owned by Disney are always a mixed bag. A handful of them are straight up amazing, some are embarrassing, but the majority fall into the category weak in places and strong in others. Small Foot winds up having a little trouble in its first act. It’s not bad by any stretch, but it’s trying so hard to make you like it that it comes off as unconfident in its own story. Cheap jokes and slapstick abound here, making it more reminiscent of an extended Scrat segment from Ice Age than real character exploration. But once the film stumbles its way into the story proper it finds its heart.

Channing Tatum, Zendaya and Danny Devito all give wonderful vocal performances to their characters and were all perfectly cast. Also, Common (Stonekeeper), LeBron James (Gwangi) and Jimmy Tatro (Thorp) all give equally wonderful performances and we were thoroughly impressed by their work.

We weren’t expecting this movie to be a musical, so when Migo burst into song almost immediately, we were thinking, “Should this movie really be a musical?” Thankfully, the film proved us wrong and before too long, we were enjoying each of the songs!

As we said earlier, the movie touches on asking questions and the “us vs. them” mentality. This is true in our society more than ever. We live in a time where you ask the wrong question about the industry you’re in or start to feel like something is going against your moral compass and you feel the need to speak out, society is ready to cast you out like they did Migo. That’s why it’s good to have a strong support system like he did with his small group of friends who believed in the Small Foot.

In the end, the film may prove to be a tearjerker, but not for the character moments we’ve gotten accustomed to from Pixar films. Here the sadness comes from an awareness that human nature (as reflected in both the yetis and the actual humans) is just as capable of terrible things as wonderful. This isn’t a story with clearly defined villains, as any character can be kind of right and kind of wrong at the same time. There’s a tragedy of reality bubbling just beneath the colorful surface, and Small Foot is brave enough to raise questions that it doesn’t spell out the answers to.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to pick up that soundtrack!

I’d like to thank my husband, Sean, for joining me in this review since we saw it together. You can find his blog here.

Did you see the movie? Do you agree or disagree? Leave your thoughts below!

Creed 2, Michael B. Jordan, Trailers, November Movies, Sylvester Stallone, 2018 Movies, MGM

Creed 2 Newest Trailer. In Theaters November 21st, 2018.

In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st



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.

Genre: Drama

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel

Distributor:  MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures


Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, Julia Cudney, Netflix, Movies, Review, YouTube, Protagonist, Sierra Burgess Is The Villian

Why There Isn’t A Protagonist In The Movie, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser

A new teen movie premiered to Netflix with a 1980’s vibe called Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, with Shannon Purser playing the title character. Kristine Froseth plays the supposed antagonist Veronica, and Noah Centineo, who is the love interest, Jamey. (Also, Noah was Peter in the Netflix teen film, To All The Boys I Ever Loved Before.) Adding to the 80’s vibe are Sierra’s parents, played by beloved Alan Ruck  and Lea Thompson. Sounds like the perfect recipe for the perfect Netflix teen film right after the wonderful To All The Boys I Ever Loved Before, right? Well, what if we were to tell you that the movie didn’t have a protagonist, whatsoever? Shoutout to YouTuber, Julia Cudney for the inspiration for this blog. Please check out her video, Sierra Burgess Is The Villan after reading this. The video is excellent.

Like so many other films we’ve seen recently, where we find ourselves gritting our teeth because they were SO CLOSE to getting it right, Sierra Burgess has so many wonderful things in place. But set-up only gets you halfway there; what you do with the pieces will make or break you.

Take Sierra’s character. She’s very non-Hollywood, which is something we need more of. She’s smart, snarky, and quite confident. Until she isn’t. She sets herself up into this Cyrano de Bergerac storyline that she should frankly have been wise enough to avoid, much less create. It’s almost like the character switched drafts on us once the plot started rolling. What follows is a series of near-discoveries, lies, and a family-friendly version of sexual assault, all of which could (and realistically should) have been avoided.

Which begs the question, who are we rooting for? Sierra and Verionca are both mean girls, just in different ways and we never get to know Noah very well. When Sierra (spoiler alert) embarrasses Veronica in front of the whole school, we’re supposed to be on Veronica’s side-and rightfully so, but that only lasts for a few minutes. Then we lapse onto a scene where Sierra barges home and cries to her parents about how she’s not as pretty or as thin as the other girls and how no one knows what it’s like being her and just like that, we’re supposed to feel sorry for her again. To be fair, Shannon delivers the lines flawlessly and the lines need to be in there, but why did Sierra need to embarrass Verionca first? Sure, she felt betrayed by her, but couldn’t she have said that monologue to Veronica rather than embarrassing her over a misunderstanding and avoiding that whole mess? That way, Veronica, as well as the audience, could have still empathized with her and the whole unneeded stunt Sierra pulled on Verionca could have been avoided….and it still would have been a good movie!

Look, characters do dumb things. Most movies wouldn’t exist without this happening. But there are a few unsung rules that this particular movie doesn’t seem to be aware of. Your protagonist, or POV character, gets much more scrutiny than the supporting players. It’s why the side characters tend to steal scenes; they get to be outrageous and occasionally soft felons and still be loveable, as long as things work out for the star. But the protagonist has to play by the rules or face consequences; Sierra does neither.

It’s healthy for a protagonist to convey flaws because it makes them relatable, and it provides a context for why they make poor choices. Sierra is flawed, but those flaws don’t show up until she’s potentially doing some real emotional damage. As such, her choices really seem to come less from a place of real character revelation and more from the writers not bothering to justify forcing this plot line. And it doesn’t help that Sierra never seems conflicted about her choices.

We were much more interested in Sierra’s growing friendship with Veronica than her relationship with Jamey. It’s fine that Sierra got a boyfriend, but we would rather have seen the romance of friendship be the main plot of this movie and the “regular” relationship romance be a subplot. It’s nice seeing two people of the same gender (regardless of what gender they are) form an unbreakable bond and build each other up. That sadly was missing from this movie and would have made it all the more beautiful.

So, ultimately, this movie doesn’t give you anyone to root for except for a slightly better script and that’s why there’s not a protagonist in this movie.

Although we weren’t thrilled with what we saw, we wouldn’t say, “Stay far away!” We say, try it out with low expectations if you want to see it. The movie is interesting, has great acting, and is good for filling time. Yeah, not the best way to end the review, but it sure beats the mess that was The Kissing Booth! Oh boy…………..

Thank you to my husband Sean, for reviewing this with me. Catch his blog, here!

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Smallfoot, Channing Tatum, Zendaya, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Movies in 2018, Family Films, YouTube, Interview, Commentary Channels, Commentary, Logical, Natalie, Natlyczek

Smallfoot, in Theaters September 28th. Let’s Go Discover Something Together!

Smallfoot is set to be released in theaters on September 28th, 2018. It stars Channing Tatum, Zendaya, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, and Danny DeVito. It is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and is produced by Bonne Radford, Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa. The synopsis is as follows:

 An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all-new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax,” Oscar nominee for “Erin Brockovich”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), and Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”).  It debuts in theaters on September 28.

Speaking about discovery, I want to talk about something. My husband and I will be celebrating our Ten Year Wedding Anniversary next year and we’ve always wanted to go to Hershey, Pennslyvania and go to the Hershey Theme Park. We believe that will be a great way to celebrate ten years of wedded bliss, letting out our inner children together while still experiencing it as full-fledged adults.

We are hoping to experience a lot of roller coasters, meet cute characters in chocolate candy themed costumes, browse fun gift shops, and seek out even more rides that we can’t wait to ride! My husband and I love them parks and try to go as often as possible. Keeping our inner children alive to a certain extent is important to us and theme parks are perfect for that!

The Hershey Theme Park would also capture our imaginations because it will remind us of what it was like being a kid, eating peanut butter cups and playing until we passed out. We don’t get to do that so much as adults (especially the eating candy part), so getting a chance to play and use let our imaginations run free for a few days is the perfect way to spend our Ten Year Anniversary!

What’s your dream destination for you and your family? Don’t forget to see Smallfoot on September 28th. Check out the trailer here!


The Nun, The Conjuring Series, Warner Bros., Horror Films, Horror Faith Based Films, Corin Hardy

The Nun-Behind the Scenes Feature & Featurette

The Nun is the most recent film in Warner Bros. “Conjuring Universe” and has been one of the most successful horror film franchises to date. The movie is directed by Corin Hardy and stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet and Bonnie Aarons. The movie’s screenwriter is Gary Dauberman. The synopsis is as follows:

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate.  When they arrive, they discover the ancient abbey to be a battleground between the supernatural forces of good and evil. Risking not only their lives, but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2.”

All films in the “Conjuring Universe” have a theme of battling evil, the need for faith, and the power of prayer, and it looks like THE NUN will continue to portray these themes onscreen.  The movie releases in theaters this Friday, September 7.

For a sneak peek, check out this recently released featurette from the film. There’s also a great feature on the film that premiered on the website Town Hall that you should definitely check out here as well.