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Quick Hit Summer Movie Reviews

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The summer hasn’t even finished and we have already have had some hits and misses in the theaters, but I couldn’t let the summer fly by without mentioning some of the fun summer flicks that I was fortunate to watch so far: 22 Jump Street: To think that 22 Jump Street was made by the same directors as the Lego Movie. While they kept the same meta (wink, wink!) movie feel that the Lego Movie had, you would definitely not bring your child to see this one. With that said, the price of a baby sister is well worth it to watch Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill basically do the same exact movie as before only set in college (not that it is a bad thing), the movie goes out of its way to point this fact out to you as much as possible while also keeping things fresh and funny. It really comes down to Tatum’s and Hill’s chemistry which holds the movie together and provides some of the funniest parts of the movie. Without them all the clever jokes and winks would have just fallen flat. Honestly, the … [Read more...]

My Anniversary with Netflix #streamteam

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Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team. My relationship with Netflix really started by necessity.  I was in between jobs and we were trying to cut back on cost.  One of those things that needed to be cut down was cable, so we got as close to unplugged as we could and I signed up for Netflix.  I initially signed up only as a quick fix and once the free month was up I was going to cancel.  It just so happened that this was also during the premiere of Orange is the New Black.  During the heat of summer, while the boys were asleep, D and I would retreat downstairs to the basement and we were hooked. It is great to look back now with the seconds season of Orange is the New Black is about to begin and see how things have changed.  Now gainfully employed we still have not switched back to cable, in fact we use Netflix now more than ever.  What was once only a quick fix now has become the corner stone of our family entertainment with movies and show that they boys love now … [Read more...]

Watching Musical Magic on #Netflix #streamteam

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Disclosure:  I am part of the Neflix Stream Team.  The opinions in this post are my own. D is all about the musical and movie education of our boys. First and foremost, is their indoctrination to all the musicals that she loves and the one that stands out as one of her absolute favorites is Grease. For us Grease is just not the word, it’s the world. D loves the movie so much she even likes the sequel (now that is hardcore). Both D and I grew up watching Grease, but it just wasn’t only us, Grease was all around us, I even had to learn to sing most of the songs for my middle school chorus. With that said it was important to watch the show so that they could experience something that affected our lives. It was fun to share with them and hopefully they came out of it with a love of the movie as well. What made it happen was being able to watch the show on Netflix. It was as easy as finding the movie and clicking play.  Grease isn’t the only musical out on Netflix Instant. Here is … [Read more...]

The Amazing Spider-man 2 premiering tomorrow #SpideySighting

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Disclosure: We received the T-shirts and masks as part of a promotion for The Amazing Spider-man 2 movie. As the daddy of the Dancing Hotdog family the only thing that a required was that my boys be Spider-man fans.  As you can see MISSON ACCOMPLISHED! We were dressing up in anticipation of The Amazing Spider-man 2 coming out this Friday, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.  I had a great time watching the first film (which I saw during my birthday) and I can’t watch the latest.  One of my favorite things about the last film was how they really got the action closer to how I imagined Spider-man would fight from readying the comics.  With even more bad guys in the sequel I am sure there will be plenty of action for me to enjoy. Here is a breakdown of the story: We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The … [Read more...]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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Building upon the growing empire that is Marvel Studio, the latest Captain America movie finally starts to show the promise seen in The Avengers movie.  Similar to the trend started by The Wolverine, The Winter Solider see it’s selfless less like a superhero movie and more like an old fashion spy film.  Taking cues from spy thrillers of the 70’s and 80’s we are treated to conspiracies and double crosses and even the Captain on the run.  This change in approach is refreshing especially after the years and years of Superheroes movies following the same old origin story approach.  Captain America: The Winter Solider is able to build on both the previous Captain America and Avenger movies to continue the development of the Captain’s fish out of time story while also furthering some interesting developments with SHIELD and the rest of the marvel universe.  In my opinion, the film far exceeds the first Captain America as well as the last two Thor films. After the cataclysmic events in … [Read more...]

Mr. Peabody and Sherman Movie Review

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Disclosure: We were invited a Mr. Peabody and Sherman press screening. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. The Dancing Hotdogs family had great opportunity to preview Mr. Peabody and Sherman before it officially came out in theaters.  Though it was based on a cartoon segment during the Rocky and Bullwinkle show.  Unfortunately, Rock and Bullwinkle out date D and I so we were going into the show totally fresh and unbiased, which gave us the chance to experience the movie without any preconceived notions.  Before the show, the director of the movie, Rob Minkoff, spoke about his reasons for choosing the matieral for the movie.  The thing that really got us excited was that he was the director for Lion King…yeah the Disney's Lion King.  After we heard that you had to believe that my Mickey Mouse shaped heart was skipping. Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell, Emmy Award® Winner -Modern Family), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy … [Read more...]

Watching Sports with #NetflixKids

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  Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team.  As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. Sports figures to be pretty big in our house hold, especially with super active boys.  The thing is at this age it is hard to tell what the boys will be into, that is why is especially important to expose them to as many different sports as possible.  Unfortunately, it is difficult for them to try out everything that is why chances to watch the Olympics is perfect.   It shows the boys that there are other sports other than Basketball, Football, Soccer and Baseball. We at the Dancing Hotdogs family love sports movies.  Some of our favorites include Remember the Titan or Rudy.  If you are looking for some sports fun with the family or just want to expose your family to something different here are a couple of sports related movie for kids in Netflix: 1. The Short Game 2. The Kid 3. The Pistol 4. A Mile in His Shoes 5. Winning Favor 6. The Mighty … [Read more...]

The Lego Movie Review

Lego Movie

Disclosure: We received a preview screening of the Lego Movie.  This post represents my unbiased opinions. We got a first look at The Lego Movie, and the entire Dancing Hotdogs family loved it.  Rock had been already bursting at the seams wanting to watch the movie.  Ever since we saw the previews it had it been at the top of our list. So when we sat down to watch the movie, the excitement was at an all-time high.  We were hoping that it was going to be awesome and it was! The Lego Movie is all about being an individual and it starts in a world where everyone is the same.  Emmett is a Lego figure that just fits in too well, he fits in so much that he there is nothing special about him.  He is the most normal person in a world that wants everybody to only follow the instruction.  That is until Emmitt is designated the “special” or the most interesting, smart and special person in the world.  Yet that is only the start of Emmett’s story, as he learns to be the master builder and … [Read more...]

Unplug from Cable Now! PlayOn Review

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Disclaimer: We recieved review copies of PlayOn and PlayLater.  This post represent my unbiased opinion. Everyone is trying to unplug.  With cable bills rising and the number of useless channels growing it is no wonder that services such as Netflix and Hulu are becoming so popular.  With televisions becoming smarter and the ability to choose what and when you  watch shows unplugging the cable is the next reasonable evolution for families. Unfortunately, there are so many difference sources for content it is tough keeping track of everything. PlayOn provides a one stop shop for internet content including movies, shows, videos and music.  Basically it acts as if it were your cable provider providing you with channels with a wide variety of content, all you have to do pick a channel and and show to watch.  These channels range from standard fare such as Netflix and Hulu+ (both of which still require you to purchase the service before you use them) all the way to cable TV stalwarts … [Read more...]

The Lone Ranger Blu Ray Review

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Disclosure: We received a copy of The Lone Ranger on Blu Ray.  This post represents my unbiased opinion. The Lone Ranger was released today on Blu Ray.  You probably didn’t watch the movie when it was in the theaters. You would think that by bringing back Director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp from the worldwide hit Pirates of the Caribbean series, Disney was hoping for another grand slam at the box office.  It is hard to fault them.  Let’s look at the formula.  Bring in a handsome lead (ex. Orlando Bloom), take a historic setting (ex. British Empire era Caribbean) add Johnny Depp as a quirky, off beat character that helps out the hero and you should have a guaranteed hit on your hands right? Unfortunately, the critics were less than kind leading to horrible numbers at the box office.  If you read the reviews from the press you would think that the movie was the worst thing ever.  In reality, I kind of liked it.  I am not saying that it deserves to be on anyone best pictures … [Read more...]