NaBloPoMo (11/2014) – Day 10: Maleficent

I rented Maleficent today. I was looking for something not based in reality. Since this is a new DVD release, I figured it would do....more

A great read and great movie with strong female characters

I especially love a good coming of age story where the characters learn important life lessons and make tough decisions that support their enlightenment. Two such tales crossed my path this month, one being a great book on CD... I can highly recommend checking this out from your local library and see if traffic jams and long drives across town don't turn into a pleasure ride. So, if you are looking for a great read, try The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Just finished it. ( she wrote "The Secret Life of Bees ) I foresee this book turning into a great movie as well....more

Maleficent Movie Review

A good movie with action, emotional roller coaster and some mild violence.  would recommend for kids 7 and above, and caution for children under 7 due to some scary parts. ...more

Everything I Want to Teach My Daughter About Life, She Can Learn From Maleficent

If those of us who have girls plan to continue perpetuating the idea of the fairytale, we should do our daughters a favor and require them to watch Disney's Maleficent around age 11. My husband and I took our 'tween daughter to see it last week and I'm glad we did. Not only was it free popcorn Thursday, but Angelina Jolie's wonderfully wicked character taught my daughter a few things about life...  in 3D. Any kid knows that 3D is cooler than a parent's rambling talk about life....more
Home truths!!more

Maleficent Movie Review (NO spoilers)

My movie reviews have always been brief, and somewhat vague. I refuse to divulge plot details, as I personally never read movie reviews until AFTER I have seen a movie. I want each film I see to be an utterly pure experience, viewed through untainted eyes. I recommend everyone see movies in this manner. In fact, do yourself a favor and stop reading reviews before seeing movies. I promise you that your movie going experiences will be better....more

Meeting Angelina Jolie to Talk About 'Maleficent' and Motherhood

You could sense the quiet excitement in the room as we waited for the iconic Angelina Jolie to arrive. It was like every one of the 25 bloggers who were in attendance - along with the Disney PR reps we work closely with - were so nervous we didn't know what to do with ourselves. You could hear a pin drop, but if we had opened our mouths the squeals of delight might shoot out an bounce around the walls like a bucket or rubber balls kicked over. ...more