“Lucy” In Review

Release Date: July 25th, 2014

Runtime: 90 minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality

Cast: Scarlet Johansson, Morgan Freeman

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Coming off the weird but intriguing “Her”, and the brilliant “Under the Skin”, Scarlet Johansson is on a roll. In “Lucy”, Director and writer Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element”) capitalizes on this momentum and uses Johansson’s considerable charisma and talent to carry the audience through a series of logic gaps where one’s ability to suspend disbelief is thoroughly tested.

“Lucy” follows the story of a woman who is accidentally caught up in a deal, and ends up being exposed to a drug which unlocks 100% of the brain’s capacity.  This gives her all sorts of abilities which I will not reveal, but suffice it to say that it gets a little silly.  Time is stopped, gravity is ignored, etc, etc.

The premise, that humans only use 10 percent of their brains and could unlock other planes of existence by tapping into the other 90%, is a myth.  People use pretty much 100% of their brains, just not at the same time.  You don’t use all your body’s muscles simultaneously either (unless you’re using this), but that doesn’t mean those muscles don’t get used. There is no reason to use the entire brain concurrently because you don’t need all the brain’s functions at once.

With that said, the idea that a drug could let someone tap in to the brain’s full potential is intriguing.  A similar concept was executed well in the 2011 film “Limitless”, and it makes for a fun story here.  While the action is obviously unbelievable and over-the-top, it is entertaining and Johansson’s performance makes it work.

It is a little ironic that it is necessary to turn your brain off to enjoy a movie about using your entire brain, but sometimes that is okay for a summer movie.  “Lucy” doesn’t necessarily bring the ongoing Johanaissance to a new level, but it doesn’t derail it either.

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give “Lucy” a 7.829735623 with an emoticon based ranking of:  “YAY! Physics-free fighting!”

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Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” In Review

DisneyToon Studios, the division of WaltDisney Animation Studios responsible for “Planes” and a bunch of straight-to-video sequels that you never knew existed, is back for more cash with “Planes: Fire & Rescue”, which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday.

Planes: Fire & Rescue

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Release Date: Friday July 18th, 2014

Runtime: 83 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG for action and some peril

Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Julie Bowen

Disney’s latest film set in the same universe as “Cars”, starts off where last year’s “Planes” left off. Although the film is more suited for younger audiences, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is generally more successful than its predecessor in telling a compelling story that holds your attention throughout its relatively short screen time.

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Meet (again): Dusty Crophopper (still Dane Cook), a successful racer and an international celebrity. He’s amazing, incredible, people love him (until he starts telling the same stories over and over and over and over again for several years in a row).  That is all well and good until he breaks his gearbox and can no longer race.  After a fire in his hometown Propwash Junction, non-compliance on fire-safety regulations threaten to shut down the local airport. To save the airport, Dusty decides to become an aerial firefighter. The rest of the movie follows Dusty’s adventure as he learns to fight fires and puts his new skills to the test.

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While not as impressive as movies made by Disney’s Pixar, the movie is very visually appealing.  The fire and smoke add an extra dynamic to the action and the extended action sequences are genuinely enthralling.  I think what I appreciate most, though, is the reverence with which it treats its subject matter.  This film is, in essence, a tribute to firefighters and recognizes them as the unsung heroes who rush into situations when everyone is running (or in this universe, driving and flying) away.  The movie is surprisingly serious. It is long on action, short on gags, and the jokes that are there are not particularly clever or amusing; however, the story and the message that it conveys make this a worthy summer distraction for your little ones.

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Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give “Planes: Fire & Rescue” a 2.893485 with an emoticon based sub ranking of “hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…aww.”

 

“Sex Tape”: A Movie Review

Moviegoers in search of Summer’s latest Blockbuster hit will be looking to head to the box office this weekend and, with a variety of movies slated to open spanning various genres, they’ll have their pick of the litter to chose from.  “Sex Tape”, starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz, looks like a promising Summer rom-com, but does it fit the bill?

Sex Tape

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Wide Release Date: Friday July 18, 2014

Running Time: 94 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.

CastCameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe

Sex Tape Movie In Review

“Sex Tape”, which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, follows the story of married couple Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segal) whose missing sex tape leads them on the adventure of an otherwise dull evening a lifetime.  Mommy Blogger Annie and her husband Jay have two beautiful children together and a seemingly wonderful life but, like so many others, they’ve lost the spark that once brought excitement and thrill to their relationship.  In an effort to rekindle their romance, Annie surprises Jay with an evening in…without the kids.  Fast forward to the next morning when Jay realizes that the sex tape they made the night before has traveled into the cloud (“ooooh, the clllloooouuuuddd!”).

What Is The Cloud

“Nobody Understands The Cloud!” Just kidding, here you go (you’re welcome).

Not only has the three hour documentary of what happens when parents stop being sober (polite) and start getting drunk (real) traveled up to the cloud, but it’s also been seen by someone…and Jay can’t seem to figure out who it is. The remainder of the movie follows the desperate attempts that Annie and Jay make to protect their image and retrieve the devices that contain their amueture adult film.

The film inspires a few laughs and has the makings of a good comedy but isn’t without its shortcomings.  When you take it at face value, coming in with little expectation (like I did), you’ll likely enjoy what it has to offer.  Audiences on the hunt for this season’s best romantic comedy, however, will find that “Sex Tape” misses the mark. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a fairly ridiculous movie but it’s moderately enjoyable which is all that I think it was aiming for (hopefully).  After a slow start, “Sex Tape” picks up the pace in the back half of the film but tries to wrap up the story in a neat bow which is, perhaps, the biggest complaint that I have.

Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give “Sex Tape” a 8.9348394 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Who does that?! I mean, really…” <— And you’ll have to watch the movie to find out exactly what I’m talking about (hint, it’s not about the sex tape).

Sex Tape Movie Review

Introducing: Live Colors, A Learning App For Children


 

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Four years ago, I promised myself that I would never be one of those parents who handed over control of a smartphone or tablet to my toddler. Four years ago, I had no idea how many awesome applications are out there that help promote learning for young children. Today I thought it might be fun to introduce you to one of those apps,  Live Colors, which is free right now (for a limited time) on iTunes.

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I just love My three year old loves this application because it’s geared towards her development (move over Picasso, there’s a new Sheriff in town). The entire goal of Live Colors is to help inspire a child’s confidence and creativity, develop their motor skills, and to teach the correlation among various colors (including the process of creating new ones). Awesome, right?! While I don’t encourage too much screen time while children are young, I think this application in particular is a great resource for when you’re out at a restaurant and need a distraction or if you’ve got a long car (or plane, God bless you) ride to endure and need something to occupy your little one (because we all know that you can only sing “Let it Go” so many times in one hour before you start to lose your mind).

The Live Colors app is pretty simple to use. Its interface includes some really cute graphics, 20 fun and animated pages for children to color (or a set of blank pages if your child wants to get really creative), soundtracks for each page, the ability to mix and create new colors, an art gallery for all of your little artists masterpieces, an eraser in case there are any mistakes (hey, life happens, right?!), the ability to share finished pieces on your social media platforms (you’re welcome, all of my Instagram followers ;)) and the ability to print each piece so you can hang it on your wall at home.

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Live Colors is currently available in several languages including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (ummm, amazing) and is featured in seven countries in the category Ages 5 & Under > Best New Apps & Games (even more amazing).

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Don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself for FREE (that’s right, try it out at absolutely no charge). A little birdie told me that the free offer is going to expire next month so you might want to get on that pretty quickly (you can come back and thank me later). If you’ve used this application before, feel free to head on over to Facebook and share your best piece with me, I’d love to see it!

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I was so excited for the opportunity to connect with Live Colors through my membership on Tomoson.com. I am always careful to only recommend products or services that I believe in.

Need More Energy?! Let’s Talk About Maca Root & Pure Yacon Syrup


 

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Machu Picchu….it’s such a beautiful place and it’s on the short list of places I’d love to go during my lifetime. Among the wonders one can discover in Peru is Maca, a native plant that is said to have all sorts of amazing benefits for human beings (awesome, right?!). Until very recently, I had absolutely no idea what Maca Root even was and my guess is that many of you aren’t familiar with it either. According to the experts, Maca root is said to help with:

  • Anemia
  • Leukemia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Improving energy and athletic performance
  • Improving memory
  • Depression
  • Female hormone imbalance
  • Menstrual problems
  • Infertility
  • Symptoms of menopause
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • Sexual problems
  • Boosting the immune system

Maca Root

There are several ways that you can consume Maca Root and today I want to introduce you to one: 500mg Maca raw energy supplements from Elite Gold Solutions. Although it comes in a pill form, the company encourages consumers to simply break open the capsules and mix the maca into your favorite foods like smoothies, shakes, energy bars, yogurt, desserts, baked goods, and even juices for a flavorful healthy boost any time of day.

How It Works

My friends over at Elite Gold invite you to try out Maca Raw Energy Capsules for yourself!

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The Elite Gold Advantage: – Peruvian Pure Superior Formula – Maca Gold is independently certified to guarantee potency. Made in USA, GMP Certified – Highest Quality Standards Worldwide

Try it now, experience ENHANCED ENERGY & DRIVE or your Money Back, 100% Guaranteed!

Yacon Syrup

Also stemming from Peru is the Yacon plant, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the potato. Unlike its doppelganger, this plant is said to help promote digestion, weight loss, and blood sugar levels. I was recently given the opportunity to try all natural, gluten free Yacon Syrup from Life & Food (which you can buy on Amazon). Although I don’t have blood sugar problems, I am always on the hunt for healthier alternatives to sugar (because I like sweet stuff, duh!) and Yacon Syrup is a great alternative to sugar in my hot tea and coffee. This particular product can also be consumed on its own as a digestive aid (for those using it to promote weight loss) but I prefer to have it with hot tea.

Here’s what the company has to say about their product:

“Our Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) Syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. We use the HIGHEST quality Yacon plant to make a premium pure syrup formula.
Yacon syrup has shown to remains low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.

PRODUCT DETAILS 100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.

Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant.High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides).

It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists.

100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.”

Since I don’t use this particular product on a regular basis (read: I’m not using it as a weight loss aid), I can’t personally speak to the impacts it has for boosting metabolism but I do think that products that are all natural are generally worth trying if you’re looking for a supplement to try out.

As with any product that you’re putting into your body, I encourage you to consult your doctor before considering taking this supplement. If you do decide to try it, I would love to hear what you thought about it. Feel free to come back and leave me a note in the comments.

“22 Jump Street”: A Mini Movie Review

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“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.” -Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Release Date: Friday June 13th, 2014

Running Time: 112 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman Ron Swanson

Sweet, sweet summertime. A time for watermelons, picnics, and bromantic comedies. Audiences across America who have been waiting for the next installment of Jonah / Channing fun after enjoying “21 Jump Street” will find that “22 Jump Street”, which opened in theaters nationwide yesterday, fits the bill. Molding into the same format as the first in the series of two (seriously why mess with a good thing, right?!), “22 Jump Street” plays up on the fact that it’s a completely unnecessary film which is exactly what makes it so great. It’s ridiculous but it’s so much fun and it works.

The jokes and thought put into the small details within the film make the movie something special. I imagine that it was a lot of fun being on set with the cast and crew of the film and their obvious enjoyment in creating the movie really came through on the big screen. For that reason, on my movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again, I give “22 Jump Street” a 5.934831290 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Is that a duck face or a smile?!”

Introducing: Day By Day Vitamin C Serum & Hyaluronic Acid In Review

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Hi, friends and happy Friday! The weekend is here, my skin looks amazing (more on that in a minute), and the weather is absolutely STUNNING here in Kansas City (I’m not even the slightest bit sorry for the folks here who are wishing for hot Summer heat, I’ll take 70 degree temps any day of the week). I had dinner with a friend a week or so ago (all my days seem to run together, you know how it is) and she commented on how my makeup looked better. Since I’ve been applying my makeup the same way since I met her, I knew it had to be something else. Then it hit me, this Vitamin C Serum that I’ve been using on my face for the last several weeks must really be making an impact. Score. Does this mean I could pass for a 25 year old look younger?! S-C-O-R-E or, in honor of the World Cup, G-O-A-L!
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I know what you’re wondering right now and, no, what I’ve been using is not witchcraft or some magic potion that they concocted at Hogwarts (shut up, it’s totally a real place). It’s a Vitamin C Serum from Day by Day Beauty. Until the company offered me the opportunity to try a bottle of this stuff, I had actually never heard of the impactful benefits of using a product like this on my face (gasp!). Apparently there are a TON of benefits to using Vitamin C serums but don’t take my word for it, take a look at what Dr. Oz has to say about it:

Secret #1: Vitamin C- Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the decline of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging. The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face.

One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.

Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. Topical vitamin C is sold in a wide range of products from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Pay extra attention to the packaging – all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. Unless the product is in an airtight and opaque package, don’t buy it!

Apply topical vitamin C once a day, ideally after you’ve exfoliated in the morning to utilize vitamin C’s sun-protecting properties. On rare occasions, topical vitamin C can cause some mild dryness or flaking. Counteract this side effect with a moisturizer. This topical nutrient is safe to combine with all your other skin care products and even works synergistically with other antioxidants. For a super powerful anti-aging punch, combine vitamins C and E together.”
The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. While some people see changes as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a difference. After around 6 months, you’ll reach the maximum benefits.

Day By Day Serum

I’m really glad that I was given the opportunity to try out a Vitamin C Serum. After looking into Day By Day as a brand and corresponding with their co-founder Pamela (hi!), I feel really comfortable buying from them and using their serums on my face. When it comes to skin care, I think it’s really important to trust the company that you’re buying from so it’s kind of a big win for the future of my skincare that I connected with Day By Day. I like that Day by Day has released a safe, natural product that’s aimed at improving one of the most important parts of my body: my mug.

Day By Day Vitamin C

You, too, can try out Day By Day’s Vitamin C Serum. My bottle was shipped through Amazon.com with fast delivery so I was able to start using my serum immediately after I placed the order. Order yours through Amazon, too, and let me know what you think after you’ve tried it!

Day by Day Hyaluronic Acid

Day By Day also manufacturers and sells a Hyaluronic Acid (an advanced moisturizing serum with vitamins C&E) that I recently had the opportunity to try out.  I haven’t been using this product very long so I can’t speak to the long term effectiveness of it but I can tell you that I appreciate the texture of the acid and how my skin feels after I apply it (which is after my daily shower).  It’s significantly thicker than the Vitamin C Serum but is gentle on my sensitive skin. Here’s what Day by Day has to say about their product:

Day by Day Beauty’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum is an ultra-light, gel formula that moisturizes the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. This product is best used along with our popular Vitamin C Serum.

Hyaluronic Acid provides a moisturized complexion that gives you that youthful and radiant look!

Day by Day Beauty’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum delivers a BOOST of moisturize to any skin type – including aged, delicate & sensitive skin.

Additionally, Hyaluronic Acid holds moisture and adjusts its absorption rate based on your environment & air humidity levels. So this one skin Serum will deliver what YOUR skin needs, regardless of your skin type or location! With consistent use, you’ll see a reduction in fine lines & wrinkles. Additionally, infused antioxidants will help protect your skin from environmental aggressors and free radicals.

You can purchase a bottle of Hyaluronic Acid on Amazon through this link.

Wellness Wednesdays: Let’s Talk About Our Digestive Health

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Advanced Probiotics

Hello and happy Wednesday, Everyone! As part of my ongoing Wellness Wednesdays series, I am trying (and learning about) new things relating to overall health and wellness. Today I want to chat about digestive health. More specifically, I want to introduce you to Advanced Probiotics, by Number One Nutrition, which aims to support your health.

Advanced Probiotic

“Being healthy and happy about your body is a matter of choice.”

Advanced Probiotic Supplements

So, what exactly are probiotics?! They are the good bacteria who perform are pretty important to our immune, metabolic, and digestive systems. More specifically, they produce the enzymes that break down what we eat during the day, regulate vitamins intake, and convert sugars to the essential nutrients that our bodies need. Here’s a little known (or maybe it’s widely known to everyone but me) fact: Our GI is home to 80% of our immune system. 80%, folks, 80%…woah, right?! There are a number of ways that taking a probiotic supplement can help promote overall health.

Probiotic Supplements:

  • Improve your digestive health
  • Balance your intestinal flora
  • Improve your mood (praise you 8lb, 6oz baby Jesus)
  • Break down allergy causing proteins
  • Accelerate fat loss

I started noticing a significant amount of bloat after gluten heavy meals after the birth of my daughter three years ago and even though it’s not a major issue that impacts my day to day life, nobody wants to be bloated (am I right or am I right?!). Since starting the daily probiotics, I’ve noticed less bloat when I eat gluten (more garlic bread for me! SCORE! Just kidding….but not really).

Advanced Probiotic

If you’re interested in exploring how probiotics can help promote your health, I encourage you to check out Number One Nutrition online. Their Advanced Probiotics can be purchased anytime on Amazon.

Tell me, what are you doing this Wednesday for your health?!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

“Edge Of Tomorrow”: A Movie Review

“Edge Of Tomorrow”: A Movie In Review

“An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.”

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Release Date: June 06, 2014

Running Time: 113 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive material

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Nothing says “Welcome to Summer” quite like an action-packed adventure film. With the widely anticipated release of “Edge Of Tomorrow” this weekend, moviegoers nationwide will be welcoming the warmer season. Starring Emily Blunt (best known for her role in “The Devil Wears Prada”) and Tom Cruise (best known for jumping on Oprah’s couch), “Edge of Tomorrow” follows the story of Major William Cage (Cruise) and Special Forces Sergeant Rita (Blunt) as they battle alongside each other to defeat an alien race that is attacking planet Earth. Major Cage discovers that he cannot die. Well, sort of. He can die but he repeats the day of his death over, and over, and over, and over again learning new tactics to save Earth and its inhabitants with each repeated experience. Will he live to see tomorrow?! Do they finally defeat the enemy aliens and save humanity?!

Audiences who have the opportunity to catch this flick in 3-D will enjoy the effects which are impressive and very well done. One would assume that recreating similar scenes multiple times within the same film would make Jack a dull boy but Director Doug Liman (who also directed The Bourne Trilogy) really hits it out of the park capturing each scene with unique details that don’t seem too redundant. Easily the best part of this film is the on-screen chemistry between Sergeant Vrataski (Blunt) and Major Cage (Cruise). Two duo seem to work naturally together which translated into an exciting adventure as they embark on a journey to save the human race.

“Edge Of Tomorrow” is an exciting movie with a great plot, a good script, and a cast that plays together nicely. On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give this film a 6.02394 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Pretty good….pretty, pretty good…”

 

“Allons Danser!”: In Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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I once heard that it’s easier to learn a foreign language when you’re little than it otherwise would be as an adult and children who learn to speak other languages at an early age tend are better able to pick up other languages when they get older. That said, it’s always been a goal of mine to teach my daughter at least the basics of another language early on. I recently had the opportunity to learn about Whistlefritz, an amazing organization that aims to teach children French and Spanish through total immersion. Their series of DVDs and CDs provide an outlet for learning that is fun for young children and I’m excited to share a little about their Allons Danser (“Let’s Dance”) CD with you today.

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What I love best about Whistlefritz is that they provide the lyrics to each of the songs with a guide for translation to English so non-French speaking parents can follow along and learn too. If this is your first experience with the French language, I would suggest making flashcards with pictures and the French word associated with it on each card. Several of the songs were ones that we were already familiar with. Titles like “Le Vieux MacDonald” (“Old MacDonald”) and “La Tête, Les Épaules” (“Head, Shoulders”) are staples that we are already familiar with in our household so hearing them in another language makes it easier to pick up on new words. The best part about it?! My three year old daughter LOVES to listen to the music in the car and I won’t deny that I felt pretty b.a. rocking out to kid’s songs in French with the windows down the other day. I was all like, “Yeah, I can speak another language (if only a few words). It’s hot.” The other drivers were like, “Yup, she’s got it.”

Whistlefritz is on a mission and here’s what they have to say about it:

“(Our mission is) To support parents, grandparents, home educators, and teachers in teaching Spanish and French to children by creating high-quality French and Spanish language immersion programs that enable children to learn in a fun, educational environment.”

There are so many reasons to love what Whistlefritz has to offer and I encourage you to spend some time exploring their website to see all of their great language learning resources for children. Connect with them on Facebook and check out their extensive selection of CDs and DVDs.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.