We are all watching the Olympics and obsessing about the Olympians, but what happens to them years later when they are no longer competing. The Bronze, that is out now on Home Video, tells the story of one such athlete who brought home the third place medal.
Hope Annabelle Greggory (Melissa Rauch) won The Bronze Medal in Gymnastics at the 2004 Olympic. While almost everyone has forgotten about her, she is still a star in her hometown Amherst, Ohio. Being a star doesn’t mean she is making any money, so she has to live with her dad (Gary Cole) who is also having financial difficulties.
Then one day, when her old coach commits suicide, she gets the opportunity that will solve her financial woes. If she coaches another hometown athlete, Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson), to the Olympics, then she will get $250,000. She accepts the challenge, but the foul-mouthed, bitter former Olympian comes up with a plan to get that money even quicker. She coaches sweet Maggie with all the wrong techniques like sleeping late, eating whatever you want and dating boys. Thinking if she knocks her out early, then she will get the money sooner. Nope, she has to go all the way to get the money and now it is time to get serious. No more late mornings, fast food and boys, it is all training, all the time for Maggie.
When it comes to Hope, Lance Tucker (Sebastian Stan), the man who took her virginity, is back in her life and they hate each other. He won the Gold and Silver at that Olympics but all anyone cared about was Hope. He is doing everything he can to sabotage Hope and Maggie.
As they get closer to Olympic Gold, Hope realizes that Maggie will steal whatever limelight she has left in Amherst. Will she destroy Maggie to keep whatever fame she has left or will she share her glory?
I didn’t know what to expect from The Bronze and for some reason, I was expecting to hate it. I was shocked to find out how much I actually adored it. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. It comes off as hard and gruff, but it truly has a lot of heart. So much so, that makes this movie endearing in its own special way. We think of movies about the Olympics to be sweet and innocent. This is anything but, and the different take is very refreshing. Especially, when you get to see what happens when two former Olympic gymnasts have sex. It is most original and amazing sex scene I have seen in a film since I don’t when. I gave it 10s across the board!
Let The Bronze do a dismount into your video collection because you are going to watch it over and over again. Just like a gymnast spinning over and over again on the pole vault.
We all grew up with the animated version of Cinderella, and now the legendary fairy tale comes to life. The Disney live action version of the classic story is just as beautiful as if it was drawn and you can own the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack now.
When I heard about this movie, I was upset with Disney for doing it. Then I watched it and I am thrilled that they did it. To see the Princess that many of us girls wanted to be when we were kids, look like you and me, it makes the fairy tale seem achievable. Plus, I don’t know how they did it, but they made it look like it was a living dream. And I am not only talking about Richard Madden who plays the Prince.
The movie starts off with a young happy Cinderella (Lily James) and her parents adoring their pride and joy. Then, her beautiful mother passes away and after her father marries her Wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchett), he dies. Now, her evil stepmother is left nearly broke raising her two horrible daughters, Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Cinderella. While the sisters live the life they always led, Cinderella lives like a maid to her stepfamily. Her only friends are the animals that live in their house.
One day, she goes into the forest, she meets a man and they have an instant connection. Neither one tells the other one who they really are. Shortly afterwards, an invite goes out to all the women of the land to attend a ball to meet the Prince and maybe marry him. Cinderella’s stepmother tells her she can’t go, but doesn’t stop her. She makes her own dress and is destined to attend. Then when her horrendous stepfamily destroys her gown, she thinks her dream of going is over. After they leave, her Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) comes to help her go to ball by magically giving her the most beautiful dress and transportation. Once she is there, she meets her Prince who is they Prince, but she needs to leave before midnight. When the clock strikes 12, she must return home because everything her Fairy Godmother gave her will disappear.
She leaves before telling her Prince Charming who she is and now he must find his mysterious love. Only problem is that her stepmother is doing everything to keep Cinderella hidden. Will he find the woman whose foot fits the glass slipper or is their love story shattered?
Cinderella is not exactly like the story we grew up with, and it is those little difference that makes this special movie even more special.
Lily James captures Cinderella’s essence. Blanchett is so reprehensible as the Wicked Stepmother, you can’t help but to despise the lovable actress. Together they make a wonderful movie even majestic.
What makes this DVD/Blu-ray combo even more majestic is the special features. The featurettes tell us they made the animated classic into a live action version that works, what it was like working with animals and how they made the ballroom scene seem like a dream come true. While most movies have an alternate ending, this one has an alternate beginning. For you Frozen fans, Frozen Fever is included for you to have yet another song from that movie stuck in your head.
So just like the glass slipper, Cinderella is the perfect fit for anyone’s home video collection.
If you are like me, then you spent all weekend watching Teen Beach 2 on Disney. But today is Monday and it is no longer airing, so how do we twist our frowns upside down? We can buy the DVD that’s out now and watch it whenever we want over and over again. That’s what I did and you know want to too.
The sequel takes place three months after the first one ended and Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell) are getting ready to go back to school. Brady is afraid that their summer romance will end when they get back to the normal lives. Mack convinces him that nothing will change between them, but it does. One night when they are talking on the beach she loses the necklace that Lela (Grace Phipps) gave her.
Meanwhile over on the island of Wet Side Story, Lela is feeling different about things, and she runs out to the beach. The gang follows her out there and she finds Mack’s necklace. She decides to take a swim in the ocean and maybe find Mack and Brady; and Tanner (Garrett Clayton) follows her. When the two of them stop swimming, they find themselves in Mack and Brady’s world.
Luckily, for Lela and Tanner, Mack and Brady are on the beach. Now Mack and Brady have to get their singing and dancing friends from a ’60s beach movie to assimilate in our world. That’s easier said than done because you can take the stars out of a movie, but you can’t take the movie away from the stars.
Only problem is that the longer Lela and Tanner stay in our world, their old one starts to disappear. Just as Lela decides she wants to stay, her friends from Wet Side Story try to get them to come back. What will they do? Will they say or will they go?
You will just have to buy this musical that is throwback to those enjoyable ’60s beach party movies to find out. Teen Beach 2 is that type of movie that the whole family can enjoy because it appeals to everyone. Not only because of the story, but also because of the addictive song and dance numbers. There is such an innocence to this movie, and itâ€™s something we lost a long time ago. Teen Beach 2 makes me and it will make you wish there were a lot more movies like this one.
Since there isn’t, you will just have to buy this movie to watch it anytime you want back to the beach and back to that time.
Not only does the DVD include the movie, it also includes the cast talking about the song and dance numbers in it. If that’s not enough, it also comes with Lela’s necklace that will help take to Wet Side Story at any given time.
What are you waiting for? Buy it now! The more of us who do, the better the chances are that we will get a Teen Beach 3. After that surprise ending, I need Teen Beach 3!
The Boxtrolls is available now as a Blu-ray 3D Combo pack and this is a must own for kids of all ages.
In 1805, there is a town called Cheesebridge and a little boy has gone missing. The Boxtrolls, who live under the city, are blamed for his disappearance. In fact, a rumor spreads that the trolls who wear boxes have been killing people and their little children too.
The Exterminator aka Snatcher vows to kill them all. When he does, he wants admittance into the very elite cheese council called the White Hats. They don’t want him in their club, but they also don’t want these Boxtolls in their city.
Ten years have passed, and that baby that was given to the Boxtrolls for his safety and was not murdered by them, is now a boy who doesn’t know he is a boy. One day, Eggs leaves his home and finds out how the people above ground feel about his family. Not only does he find out that they hate them all, he also finds out where Snatcher has been hiding them all.
Now Eggs, along with the help of the Mayor’s daughter Winnie, will try to change everyone’s opinions on the Boxtrolls and they will also try to save them all. Will they be able to do it?
You will just have to watch this enjoyable, heartwarming and thrilling stop motion movie to find out.
While that is the film, the Blu-ray comes with plenty of special features for us to enjoy and learn how this classic movie was made. They are: Voicing The Boxtrolls, Inside the Box, The Big Cheese: Allergy Snatcher, Deconstructing the Dance, Think Big: The Mecha Drill, The Nature of Creation, Trolls Right Off the Tongue, Allergic to Easy, Letâ€™s Dance, On the Shoulders of Giants and Feature Commentary with Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.
What makes them so special is you get to see how the stars of this animated feature came alive. You also learn how they made them dance, got the Boxtrolls to retreat into their boxes; and how they made the Snatcher talk. On that note, you will hear how the people, who voiced the characters, came up with the voices they used for them.
When you watch The Boxtrolls, the animators made it look so simple. In reality, there were a lot of complex steps to make movie magic. To witness what those steps were is so incredible and interesting that all that The Boxtrolls has to offer will mesmerize any film fan.
So add The Boxtrolls to your collection now!
Imagine if you are having dinner one night, go to the bathroom, then wake up in a walk-in freezer full of food, having no idea where you are and how you going to get out of there. That is what happens to Robert (Dylan McDermott) in the chilling movie Freezer.
Things started out normal for Robert, who was having a birthday dinner with his girlfriend, but that is the last thing he remembers before he wakes up in a walk-in freezer that is freezing cold. Shortly after he wakes up he is greeted by two Russian men who don’t speak English, so he doesn’t know what they want from him. Once they leave him alone, a phone rings and the person on the end is an officer. That cop says he is coming to rescue him, but he doesn’t know where he is. Turns out that phone belonged to his partner, who they presume was murdered by the Russians. While Robert is running around to stay warm, a hand suddenly grabs his leg. That arm belongs to that guy’s partner, Detective Sam Gurov (Peter Facinelli). He’s been shot and is nearly frozen. Robert will do anything to get them out, but there is no foreseeable way to do it.
The 2 Russian men have a female friend, Alisa (Yuliya Snigir), and she speaks English. She tells Robert that her boss wants his money and that the mechanic knows where it is. He has no idea what she is talking about, and when he doesn’t answer her questions, they turn the thermostat down and torture up.
Will Robert be able to figure out what they want from before he freezes to death? You just have to buy the Blu-ray Combo Pack that is out now or watch it on VOD to find out.
Frozen is full of so many surprises that just when you think you figured it out, there will be another twist that will leave you stunned. By the end of the movie you will be in a cold sweat because each reveal shocks you more and more.
I don’t remember the last time I watched a movie that I had no idea where it was going to go next, and I really loved that. I actually predicted the ending of The Sixth Sense at the beginning of the movie and I didn’t know how Freezer was going to end until it did. So why not buy a movie that is anything but predictable.
The benefits of buying the Blu-ray Combo pack is the special features. In exclusive interviews you find out what drew McDermott and Facinelli to the movie and how far they went to make it look as realistic as possible. Not many actors and crew would go to the extent that they did. And it is all worth it for this suspenseful movie that will leave your jaw on the floor until the credits stop rolling.