Last week was my 40th birthday. I turned the big 4-0. I feel like a rebellious teenager, full of dreams and ideas, yet not quite old enough to be responsible for making all these grown-up decisions. How did I get to be 40 so quickly? I had the best time in my 30’s and I don’t mind being 40. The fine lines and wrinkles. All of it, I wear proudly. It’s been an awesome ride and I look forward to another 60 or so years of awesome, no matter how wrinkly I become.
Since we first saw the movie Lincoln was coming out, Mr. Bear and I have been so excited to see it. The cast is a top-notch list of great actors, including Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, and of course, anything directed and/or produced by Steven Spielberg is worth our attention. We saw an interview with Steven Spielberg about the movie and it only solidified our desire to see it on the big screen.
Mr. Bear and I got a date night, while my fabulous mom-in-law took Allison on a birthday adventure. Our expectations were high with the star-studded cast and we were not disappointed. Last night, we went to a full house at the movie theater for the premiere of the movie. This movie takes a look at Lincoln, during his struggles to get the 13th Amendment passed through the House of Representatives. It touches on the devastation of the Civil War and its affect on both sides of the war. It illustrates the struggles faced by the African American soldiers that fought for the Union, despite not receiving full wages for their efforts and without the right to vote.
Given this is Election Day today, the movie brought so many powerful themes to light for me. To begin with, it seems incomprehensible that not long ago, many United States citizens were unable to cast their vote. Poor? Not a property owner? Nope, you would not vote. Female? Nope, you would not vote. Not white? You would be able to serve in the military to risk life and limb, however you would not be voting.
The movie shows Lincoln as a very human and very flawed man, yet dedicated to the cause of equal rights. Had Lincoln not stood up for equality for all men, where would we be now? I was touched by the story and it evoked so much emotion inside myself.
This is a must-see movie! With a cast of Daniel Day Lewis, Liam Neeson, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, just to name a few, it is sure to entertain!
Disclaimer: I received tickets to see Lincoln in theaters for review purposes only. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
We had so much fun at Disney on Ice. We had been to Disney Princesses on Ice before and it was fun, but I really liked this one! We had four little girls on the edge of their seat the entire time. They LOVED IT! Of course, they loved the cotton candy, but the four little girls and their eyes fixed on the ice was something very special.
They show was awesome! I could not even guess how many characters there were at the show. One of my favorite stories is the Lion King and I loved the re-creation of the story on ice. The kids had such a great time.
They were all smiles waiting for the show to start!
My favorite part was the It’s a Small World number that they did with the bright lights, the music and all the characters. After all these years, It’s a Small World still holds a special place in my heart, even though years ago Mr. Bear and I got stuck inside the ride and heard the song play over and over for 45 minutes! There is magic in that song and on that ride, after all these years!
Disney on Ice will be here in San Diego through the 14th, so be sure to buy your tickets today and experience the magic for yourself!
Disclaimer: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.
Tomorrow (Friday, October 5th), the much anticipated Disney movie Frankenweenie is released in theaters. Lucky, lucky for us, we were able to go to the premiere screening last night. Allison has been wanting to see it since FOREVER, when she first heard about it! She was so excited yesterday, she could scantily contain herself. Of course, in this house, we love all manner of Disney and she has not missed a single movie this year: from Brave to The Odd Life of Timothy Green and everything in between. She loves movies like her daddy.
The name, I admit, is quite strange. Admittedly, so are some of Tim Burton’s wonderfully imaginative movies. This movie was so beautifully done. I was a little skeptical about a black and white, stop motion animation and 3D. Typically, the 3D makes me dizzy. But this was so—-BEAUTIFUL! The characters were creepy and yet, quite lovable—in the style that only Tim Burton can create. It was funny, creepy and lovable, all at once. It was a fun movie!
My favorite characters of the movie had to be Mr. Whiskers and Weird Girl. They both had creepy, dead eyes and never blinked. As quirky as the characters were, I loved them. Of course, who wouldn’t love Sparky the dog?
The end of the movie left me bawling my eyes out. There were lots of sobs from the crowd. No one warned me how sad the ending would be. No spoilers here though. You will have to go and see what a fun movie it is for yourself!
The movie really hit home for me after we lost two of our dogs last spring. We got a phone call a few days later that they were hit on the freeway (about a mile from our house) and it did not survive. It was one of the toughest things we have ever went through as a family. Our pets are part of the family. Mr. Bear, Allie and I were crying our eyes out. We will never forget that experience.
The movie was well done and we all enjoyed it. It is a perfect Halloween movie for the whole family!
Here is a silly little clip, featuring Mr. Whiskers, himself:
Weird Girl. She is a little—well, WEIRD!
Disclaimer: I received tickets to see Frankenweenie in theaters for review purposes only. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.