Showing posts with label Star Wars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Star Wars. Show all posts

Friday, December 16, 2016

#MovieNight: Rogue One #starwars #disney

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Rogue One review

Last night Santa Claus came early and I was able to attend a private screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars story with my wife and oldest child. Since I am totally addicted to Star Wars, this was basically a dream come true, right under getting a well fitted, custom made, real-life Darth Vader suit!

And what an awesome Christmas present Rogue One was! Overall the film was great, hitting all the things that make Star Wars fantastic while still containing its own individuality, clutching tightly to the mythos while telling a tail it's story of war, redemption, and most importantly (and blatantly, at times) Hope.

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Rogue One displays a wide range of characters, both well done and a little bland at points. K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk) is the star of the movie, with a unique outlook on most of the key plot points, and a charm all of its own. The playful interactions between Chirrut Imwe (played by Donne Yen) and Baze Malbus (played by Jiang Wen) conveyed the deep history between the two characters without taking away from the movie itself. However, I found that Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) was pretty flat throughout the whole movie, with a couple of failed attempts at getting the audience to care about him. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) character was entertaining throughout the film, but I felt she was a little lack luster at points in the film. None of the characters were so poorly done that I despised them or anything, some of the just felt a little dull.

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What some of the characters of Rogue One lack, the visual candy of the movie makes up for. The landscapes of the movie are breath taking, carrying with them as much feel and emotion as any of the characters. I found every seen to fit the story atmosphere incredibly, framing the movie with epic details and bright vivid emotion. With the small exception of the fact that there are a lot of desert planets in the Star Wars universe. Lots and lots of sand, everywhere. Rogue One also does a pretty admirable attempt at bridging the gap between the end of the prequel trilogy and the beginning of the original one, without feeling like that was the underlying goal of the film. Excluding the obvious reference that is Saw Gerrera, there are a couple other subtle references throughout the film which I particularly liked.

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Overall I found Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to be a thoroughly enjoyable film filled with vibrant landscapes, awesome battle scenes, and great references to the existing movie franchise. As mentioned above, I did feel like some of the characters were a little flatter than others, but there is only so much character building that can be done in two hours. Rogue One was an awesome movie that, without a doubt, enriches the universe in a unique way.

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I just hope I can get to see it three more times in the theater. Or four!

~Review written by my husband~

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#ProductReview: Silicone Molds Ice Cube #icecube #StarWars

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You know I love to bake and I have been loving anything silicone for my kitchen. Well we also are HUGE Star Wars fans in this household. When I found out that there were silicone molds for Star Wars, I just had to get them. Jollylife has supplied me with one six pack of Star Wars molds in exchange for my honest opinion for a deeply discounted price. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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As with all silicone molds, these are made of food grade silicone. They are FDA approved. They are freezer and oven safe (up to 440°). You can use them for ice cubes, candies, cookies, or even crafts. They are thick so they hold their shape very well. They are smaller molds so you don't have to worry so much about them collapsing on you while you move them around. Some silicone molds are too flexible to carry around once you put stuff in them and require you to use a cookie sheet or some other solid item under them. These do not require that.

The first thing I tried these molds out with was plain ice cubes. I wanted to see if they were easy to get them out of the molds and how strong the joints of the x-wings were. I didn't take any pictures of the ice cubes. I seriously forgot to do it, but I show them to you in the beginning of my video. The detail was amazing though it was difficult to see in the ice. I put them in water to see if you could see the detail better that way, but I didn't really notice. I think with the right lighting you would be able to tell what the ice cubes were in the glass. I found that the x-wings held together great and the legs on the small R2-D2s broke easily.

The second thing I tried out was making homemade peanut butter cups. I have always wanted to try to make them and I decided that these molds would be the perfect excuse to try. What I did was melt a package of "Chocolate Candy Coating" in a double boiler. While that was melting, I melted about 12 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds on high. Then I added about 14 cup of powdered sugar to the melted peanut butter. I stirred that with a spoon and set it aside. Next I used a spoon to fill the silicone molds about 13 full. I put the molds into the freezer for 15 minutes to make sure the chocolate was completely solid. Then I pressed a small amount of my peanut butter mixture onto the frozen chocolate and covered that with more chocolate to fill the molds. The small R2-D2s, x-wings, and small Han Solos I made into solid chocolate because I ran out of peanut butter mixture. Once filled, I put the molds back into the freezer to solidify. My son was super anxious to see how they turned out, so we only waited 15 minutes before I took them out of the molds. The detail on these things is just phenomenal. Almost every single one came out without breaking.

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I am super excited about these molds! I can't wait to try to make something else with them. I'm thinking of sugar cookies. I can make the dough, press it into the molds, and bake them directly in the molds. I didn't have enough time to try this out before my review was due, but I am so in love that I am certain they will come out great. It will only be a question of how long do I leave them in the oven to cook all the way through. I am sure that looking at the pictures of my peanut butter cups, you have to agree that these are just amazing! They are dishwasher safe too! Came out of the dishwasher looking just as good as the day I received them. If you are or have a Star Wars fan in your house, you need these molds.

You can purchase these Star Wars Silicone Molds Ice Cube Trays from Amazon at

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

#ProductReview: Decorative Wall Decals by The #DecalGuru

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You have probably seen some of my previous wall decal reviews, but I promise that this one has something more to it than those ones. The Decal Guru has supplied me with one wall decal for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review. I was able to search through their website, and discovered some pretty amazing decals. It was really hard to pick one. Ultimately I chose this awesome Star Wars At-AT being led on a leash by a little girl. I thought it was perfect to put at the bottom of my basement stairs. My husband's office is on one side of the stairs in the basement and his "man cave" is on the other side. It's not much of a man cave right now because I ended up putting my infant son down there in order to help everyone get better sleep, but eventually he'll be moved out of there again. My husband LOVES Star Wars and my two year old daughter has him wrapped around her finger, so I thought it was appropriate.

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I will say, I was so excited to put it up that I didn't take a picture of it straight out of the mailer tube. I do in my video show you what it looks like before applying it to the wall. It came with a hard plastic decal applicator which works so fantastically. All of my other reviews required me to use a credit card, gift card, or my license to apply the decal to the wall. They tell you to use a card because it fits in your hand and you can use the flat edge to push out the air bubbles in the decal to make them lay flat on the wall. They look better and last longer that way. I really don't like to use my credit cards, etc. for this though because they bend. It is possible to break them if you apply too much pressure. So the added decal applicator was greatly appreciated. Plus it is slightly larger than a credit card and has finger grips to allow you to hold onto it easier. It is definitely something I am hanging on to use for future wall decals.

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The other part of what is different about this review from others is that the Decal Guru gave me directions on how to apply LARGE decals. The AT-AT decal is quite large, but not the largest one I have ever applied. These instructions would have been quite useful for my other large decals. Obviously you have to clean the wall before applying the decal. You can wash it like you normally would, but make sure it is completely dry. Most places tell you to use rubbing alcohol because it dries faster, but it can damage the paint a little. Then the next step, which is different from other decals, is to tape the decal to the wall at the corners. Do not remove any of the paper from it because you'll remove it later. Then put a strip of tape all the way across the middle of the decal to create an anchor point. You will apply the top half of the decal and then the bottom half. This is to help you have less air bubbles when applying a large decal. Working first with the top half, peel the paper backing off the top part of the decal. You'll have to detach the tape from the corners to do this. You simply fold the top half down and peel the paper off. Then you use scissors to cut the paper backing. NOT THE DECAL. Pull the paper away and smooth the decal onto the wall. I used the decal applicator to push bubbles out at this point on the top half, but the directions didn't say to do that. After the top is on the wall, fold the bottom half up and peel the paper backing off of the decal. No cutting is necessary here, but make sure you remove the entire paper backing. Then smooth down the bottom part of the decal onto the wall. Use the decal applicator to remove the bubbles. You can remove the anchor tape at this point. The final steps are to wipe down the entire decal with a wet washcloth on the transfer paper. This is supposed to make the decal less tacky and help peel the transfer paper off without pulling it from the wall. Soak the paper and peel away the transfer paper. I found that this weird film was between the paper and decal, but you can easily peel that away gently while pulling the paper off. I may not have let the water soak in enough so you might not have that happen at all. Once the paper is gone, your decal is secure to the wall. If you happen to have any bubbles still in it, the directions say that you can gently use the decal applicator to rub them out.

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It's a lot of steps, but if you follow them, you'll have an awesome, professionally placed wall decal. This decal is awesome. I absolutely love it and it looks fantastic. I never would have thought to tape the decal to the wall and remove the paper backing while applying it to the wall. I have many times peeled that paper away and stuck a decal to the wall only to have to slowly peel it back off in order to not have ruined lettering. I'm going to be following this for every decal I apply in the future. I so want get some of their other Star Wars and Disney decals to place all over the house. I especially love the toilet one below (click the picture if you want to buy it). I am very curious about how well that sticks to a toilet when it sweats in summer. My husband really wants to try out one of their laptop decals. I wonder what the steps are for applying one to a laptop because I doubt it would involve water. So many options to try!

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Here's my video demonstrating me applying the decal to the wall

You can purchase this decal and more from The Decal Guru's Website.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

#Disney's Club Penguin is Going Star Wars on July 25th!

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“The force is strong at Disney’s Club Penguin! The most epic and anticipated in-world party ever, the Star Wars Takeover event, is coming to Club Penguin Island on July 25th. Check out this early image of the party and the epic event below.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Cinema: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

"To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid."

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.