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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...]

Toy Fair 2014 Round Up #TFNY #TF14

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  Starting this past Sunday, New York City was taken over by toys.  I know it seems like Christmas and the holiday craze has only just passed, but with a new year come a whole new set of great toys for kids of all ages.  D and I love to check out the up and coming toys when we are at Toy Fair, it is the perfect place to see the under the radar toy companies as well as the best place to discover the next best thing before it hits the shelves later on in the year. Here are a couple of our favorite things from Toy Fair so far: Slapstache- As a proud child of the late 80s and early 90s, I have no problem admitting that I had quite a few slap bracelets (Don’t let the urban legends scare you, they were pretty darn cool).  In this day and age, the moustache has made an astronomic rise in popularity, so what is better than a Slap bracelet and a moustache put together? Nothing.  It doesn’t hurt that purchases of the Slapstache also go to charity.  Lootcrate.- Who … [Read more...]

The Lego Movie Review

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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 Wavering Werewolf Book Review

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Disclaimer: We recieved a review copy from Tor Books. Ages 9-13 was really when I became a voracious reader, I attribute it to the huge selection of books that were beginning to be marketed to the pre teen market.  I loved read scary stories, there was just something about them that really drew me. I can still remember reading through the famous Goosebumps series.  While they weren’t works of art, they were essentially the beginning of my obsession with beach reading books. It is great to see the quality of preteen stories continue to get better.  I really think that it was due to the popularity of the Harry Potter series.  Harry Potter showed that books for teens and preteens can be huge sellers, which brought more talented writers to the genre.  It also didn’t hurt that supernatural stories have become the flavor of the month for the past couple of years. Recently, the author David Lubar has been coming out with a number of highly acclaimed short stories and novels such as … [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...]

The Wolverine Blu-Ray Movie Review

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Disclosure: We received a copy of The Wolverine for review purposes.  This post represents my unbiased opionion. Low expectations, high hopes, that describes my feelings right before watching The Wolverine for the first time.  I will spare you the horror of rehashing the first Wolverine movie, if you really want to you can check out my review here.  Needless to say, sitting down I was afraid to have another bad experience.  Thankfully, this won’t be a repeat of the last movie review. The Wolverine follows Logan to Japan to as he must confront the actions of his past and contemplate the direction of his future.  At the behest of a man he saved decades ago, Wolverine leaves the confines of his seclusion and re-enters a world where past and present clash and nothing is as it seems all the while dealing with his new found mortality after his healing powers were stripped away.  The story follows more of a thriller feel than a regular superhero movie.  No longer is Wolverine the … [Read more...]

Despicable Me 2 Review and Sweepstakes #DM2DVD #DespicableMeDos

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Update! This giveaway is closed congrats to John. Disclosure: Despicable Me 2 is sponsoring this giveaway and provided me with a DVD to review. As always our post is our unbiased opinions. The Gru crew is back again, to the delight of all children.  Especially those obsessed with the ever popular minions. I didn't realize how popular the first film (which we liked) was until I looked at my sons room and found a couple of minions as well as other Despicable Me 2 characters.  I have even read to both boys the kittens story featured in the first film a number of times. The second film picks up where the last one left off: Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon.  Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world.   Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, … [Read more...]

Nickelodeon Day of Deals on Amazon.com

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  Disclosure: We recieved each product below for review purposes.  The videos and this post are our unbiased opinion.   Right before the Black Friday madness is the perfect time to get your shopping in, everyone is waiting for Black Friday that they miss out on deals that are just as good or even better.   Nickelodeon and Amazon are launching a number of deals on Nick products only for tomorrow, 11/26/13.  Check out the the press release below.    Dancing hotdogs has gotten its hands on some of Nickelodeon's  hottest toys and products for this holiday season,  check out some of our video reviews:   Bubble Guppies Fin Tastic Field Trips Board Game    Fisher Price Skate & Spin Dora the Explorer and Boots   eKids/iHome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rechargeable Speakers   Bubble Guppies Guitar Bubble Guppies School  Megabloks Dora   NICKELODEON AND AMAZON.COM BRING HOLIDAY CHEERS TO NICK FANS WITH THE LAUNCH OF “NICKELODEON DAY OF … [Read more...]

Bringing Books to Life with Netflix #streamteam

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  Disclaimer: I am member of the Netflix Stream Team.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Sometimes it is hard to share the books you loved when you where younger to your children.  I have found that while some books still translate over to the next generation others just don’t resonate.  Fortunately, Rock and I have been able to find a number of these same books as films on Netflix.  Wonderful books such as Charlotte’s Web and James and the Giant Peach can be shared.  In my mind I see it as an opportunity.  Some stories such as Charlotte’s Web might be a little to much for younger children as a bed time story (first of all you can’t finish it all in one night) so being able to watch the movie instead and hopefully create some interest in the book later would be amazing.  This is a good way to introduce the story and the characters before heading into the actual book. One book series that existed when I was younger and continues to draw Rock’s … [Read more...]