Friday, July 18, 2014

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) Poster

Opening Date:                  Friday, July 18
Rating:                              PG
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”).

Thanks to Allied-THA, my family and I were given an opportunity to attend a 3D advance screening of this film. Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to 2013's Planes. Dusty returns to his hometown of Propwash Junction after several racing victories. When Dusty learns that his gear box needs to be replaced but it is out of production, he realizes that his racing career apparently comes to an end. Dusty decides to become an aerial firefighter to help his friend, Mayday. He finds aerial firefighting difficult, challenging, yet rewarding. He also finds wonderful support from his brave fire & rescue team. There are many action scenes as they work together tirelessly to battle a fierce, massive wildfire. It's a beautiful story of courage, sacrifice, rescue, and risk-taking. It's not as funny as Planes but it's still enjoyable. Below are a trailer video and a video of Still I Fly (I really like this song from the movie). Great film for families, especially those of firefighters :)!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DVD Review and Giveaway: The Perfect Summer

The Perfect Summer is a movie about the worst summer turning into the unexpectedly pleasant summer when Jake (Adam Horner), a fatherless, 17 year old internet-dependent young man and his Mom (Sydney Penny) move from Chicago to live with her estranged father/Jake's grandfather (Eric Roberts) in a small surfing town. This change is difficult for Jake who seems to have nothing in common with people in the beach town. Everybody knows how to surf, except Jake. In addition, the town bully, Tyler (JD Banks), takes pleasure in giving Jake a hard time. Jake feels like an outcast and is bored to death. Things look dim and depressing for the summer until he meets Kayla, a beautiful talented surfer. Jake becomes interested in surfing and discovers that his own grandfather, Lou, is a surf legend. Lou teaches Jake how to surf and helps him find courage to face & overcome his fears and challenges in life. Jake accepts the dare from Tyler to enter a surfing competition even though he is just a beginner. In the end, Jake realizes that there are more important things than winning a competition. My family and I enjoyed this DVD. Great performance and beautiful setting! Jason Castro does a great job playing a friendly surf shop owner. Chill out with The Perfect Summer, a perfect movie for the summer :)!

GIVEAWAYYou can win a copy of this DVD!
Deadline: 7/30 at midnight (Pacific time) 
To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Please share your favorite thing(s) to do in summertime.

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

DVD Review and Giveaway: When Calls the Heart "The Dance"

When Calls the Heart--"The Dance" is the latest DVD in the When Calls the Heart television series inspired by the writings of Janette Oke and directed by Michael Landon, Jr. In this DVD, new miners (who are single men) came to Coal Valley to help reopen the mine. The town welcomes them and celebrates with a Miner's Dance and the annual Miner's Games. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton, is determined to steal Elizabeth Thatcher (a beautiful teacher from a rich family)'s heart. He charms Elizabeth with "his poetry" and flattering words. This makes Jack Thorton (the local Mounty) very concerned :). When things start disappearing in Coal Valley, Jack is readily suspicious that Billy might be a thief. Is Billy whom he claims to be? In the meantime, a pregnant widow, Carla Noonan, has complications in her pregnancy and has moved in with Abigail Stanton (played by Lori Loughlin) and Elizabeth so that the women can keep an eye on her and take care of her. Mary, a widow, finds herself torn between her protective son and a handsome, kind-hearted miner, Mr. Graves, who is interested in her. When Calls the Heart--"The Dance" is a beautiful story of kindness, love, trust, courage, and hope! I enjoyed watching this DVD and highly recommend it. Entertaining and wholesome!

GIVEAWAYYou can win a copy of this DVD!
Deadline: 7/30 at midnight (Pacific time) 
To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Do you have a favorite poem or poet? Do you write poetry? Please share.

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: God's Promises for Tough Times by Jen Sheppard

I collect devotional books. God's Promises for Tough Times is the newest addition to my collection. It's an easy & encouraging read! There are 34 devotionals in the book. It covers various promises of God about different issues such as peace, patience, treasure, rest, prayers, fear, faith, love, grace, trust, worry, comfort, and more. The author is realistic and insightful. She offers hope and encouragement from God's truths. Each devotional is short and concise. She gets to the point; there's no sugarcoating. I really appreciate her Biblically sound messages. At the end of the book, you'll find a great list of comforting Bible references for life's problems such as Afraid, Anxious, Depressed, Discouraged, Grieving, Lonely, Anger, Envy, Temptation, etc. I'm glad she also warns readers about the false gospel of the "Word of Faith Movement". She encourages readers to trust God totally, rely on Him completely, and rest peacefully in His presence, power & promises. God cares. God understands. God loves you. God is with you and for you always. Are you going through tough times or do you know someone who is? Check this devotional out and rediscover the beauty of God's promises!

Author Bio:
Jen Sheppard is a wife, homeschooling mother, and inspirational writer. She challenges people to take up their cross, turn from worldly traditions, and get back to following the Lord in truth. She is also the author A Wise Woman Builds Her House: Encouragement for Christian Stay at Home Mothers

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