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#HeNamedMeMalala Review, Thoughts & Such

#HeNamedMeMalalaWatching the preview of this documentary had me sitting with amazement.  A young girl standing up against seemingly all hope in such a terrible situation is amazing.  I can’t say that I would have been brave enough, especially with the cultural and societal beliefs that she grew up in.  Watching the film had me in awe of her bravery in strength, wrapped not in pompous bravado but rather in the humility and determination that only a teenage girl can hold emit so well.  One that has not be poisoned by disappointment but rather inspired and fueled by it.

I am tempted to point out that it is strikes amazement that Malala has so much character and is so outspoken.  In a culture where women, especially girls, are traditionally forced or strongly encouraged to be quiet it makes her willingness to stand up for her peers even more fabulous.  I love that the documentary points out not only a little of what she believes but also gives a little bit of an introduction to who she is inside, a young girl with insecurities, fears and normalcy who plays with her brothers and worries about what her peers are thinking or saying.  Just like every other young girl across the world.  Malala1

Not only is Malala an amazing young lady, I admire the parenting she receives from her parents.  While her mother may not have been educated, she loves her daughter and doesn’t try to squash her opinion.  Her father seems to be a great tool for her growth as well, encouraging education and actually listening to her opinions and thoughts.  While this may not be something all that noticeable in every culture, in theirs it is extremely noticeable.  I love that he points out how corrupted ISIS is making the perspective of their religion and, even more, I love that he and others are speaking out against the stereotype, as it is a necessary challenge when the few (extremists) are doing so much to trash the name of Allah (whom we may know as God).  I could easily go on a rant about God being known by many names, Allah being one of them just as Jehovah is, but I’ll let that one go for now.

 

If you can’t tell by my thoughts above, I greatly enjoyed the message Malala is sharing and hope that she become more and more successful as she continues her journey to inspire girls through education.  Please check out the documentary, which will air on National Geographic soon.  I also encourage you to check out the Malala Fund whose mission statement is: The Malala Fund empowers girls through quality secondary education to achieve their potential and inspire positive change in their communities.

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Originally posted 2016-02-26 00:01:32.

#FAITHOFOURFATHERS

Faith of Our Fathers Review & Giveaway

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About the movie:
John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers.  Problem is…their fathers have been dead for 25 years.  Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons…whom they’ve never met.  In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades.  They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born.  In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers’ names.  Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died.  Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys.  The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam.  Ultimately, in parallel stories – 25 years apart – the fathers and sons are bound together forever.

Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, Si Robertson, Candace Cameron Bure, Scott Whyte, and Sean McGowan.

My Thoughts

Faith of Our Fathers is a really great movie!  I sincerely enjoyed watching it!  I especially enjoyed the mishaps and craziness on their road trip, especially laughing at the comic relief brought by Si Robertson.  While Stephen Baldwin demonstrated his lack of ability to act, with some effort I was able to overlook him and get back into the story.  I sincerely feel like Baldwin took away from the story and overall film and wish they had chosen to go with a more talented actor.  The rest of the cast did a great job telling the story.  David A. R. White was amazing as Wayne, one of the two main characters.  I don’t think anyone could have played that role better!  Overall, I am glad I had the opportunity to watch this film.  I love that Christian films are getting better and better!

Runtime: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13 (for brief war violence)
Special Features of the DVD:
-The Heart of Faith of Our Fathers
-Honoring Father’s Day
-Commemorating Memorial Day
-Si Robertson Interview
-Stephen Baldwin Interview

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Originally posted 2015-11-09 00:01:40.

Pacific Rim Blu-ray

Go BIG or go EXTINCT!

Pacific Rim Uprising: Go Big or Go Home!

 

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim is an epic science fiction film set in the 2020s. Earth is at war with Kaijus; colossal monsters from an inter-dimensional gateway on the Pacific Ocean floor. Humanity unites to fight these huge monsters by creating the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid robots that are controlled by two pilots whose minds and memories are linked. The story takes place in the later days of the war, following Raleigh Becket, a former Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and paired up with newbie pilot Mako Mori in a final effort to defeat the Kaijus!Pacific Rim Uprising: Go Big or Go Home!

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#HopeLives

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About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Releases in theaters everywhere September 11, 2015
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images) 
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.  

About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision. 

About the book:
Paperback; 245 pages
Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he’d never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  
When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven‘s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life – and death – will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 

Originally posted 2015-09-08 09:44:15.

#PATTERNSOFEVIDENCE

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My thoughts…  I can honestly say that I enjoyed the documentary.  It sought to prove or disprove, rather than to simply believe what the Word says.  I love that we have made discoveries that make this endeavor possible and was fascinated by the findings and theories of the various archeologists and the way that the video was put together.  In my opinion, it was a great documentary.  Factual, interesting and thorough.  If you are curious at all, or would simply just like to have a little more knowledge, you should take the time to watch this film.  It would definitely be a great conversation piece!
About Patterns of Evidence Exodus:
For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account.  This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world.  The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.  Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?”  He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach.   After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand.  The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.   This scientific documentary’s goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.
The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.
Releases on DVD August 4, 2015
Run Time:  119 minutes
Special Features:  Cast Profiles & 17 Extra Interviews
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Genre:  Documentary
Rating:  NR
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The War Room: In Theaters August 28

My Thoughtsanswered

Here’s the deal: this is a really good movie.  It’s not predictable like so many others and the message is a real and true reminder.  You won’t regret seeing this film.  It has touching moments as well as moments of humor.  While it does set out to give you a reminder, you’ll be entertained and pleased you spent your time and money.  The movie makes for great conversation for a date night, a girls night, guys night, or a group event.  You won’t regret spending you evening watching this film.  Make plans to see the premiere August 28th, the message you are given from the movie can change your life if you choose to implement it.

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About the Movie

Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.

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Originally posted 2015-08-01 00:01:16.

Susie’s Hope

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About the Movie

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

My Thoughts

So I will admit I bawled like a baby throughout pretty much this whole movie.  Although my hormones of my pregnancy or the fact that I’m unable to be near my own pups right now could quite easily be blamed!  Susie’s Hope is such a touching story.  I especially love the perspectives they used in filming some of the scenes!  While the movie description will give you plenty of the story, I just really hope you’ll consider taking the time to get the movie or even donate to the cause.  Honestly, any cause that helps animals with their care, legitimate ones.  I’m not always convinced that these big charities are actually doing what they are supposed to be doing (this is not at all referencing Susie’s Hope).  It’s our responsibility to ensure that we are donating to causes that are really helping.

Sadly, there are so many stories similar to this that don’t end so well.  I’m thankful for someone who had the opportunity and were willing to stand up to bring attention to abused animals.  They certainly need a voice.  It wasn’t long ago that I saw a picture on facebook going around trying to find some fool hurting animals so that they could put help put an end to it.  That’s a good start, but it really isn’t enough.  Would you be that person who didn’t say anything about something like this for fear of hurting a friendship?  Or would you be brave enough to put a stop to it and turn them in?  The right thing isn’t always easy, but it is always right.  I love the quote found at the end of the movie.  “It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.  Another quote I will add, which is heard often from my husband, is this:  “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke.  Don’t be one who helps evil to triumph, stand up and do something.

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Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

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Originally posted 2014-12-16 17:10:08.

When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart

When Calls the Heart Change of HeartYou may or may not have caught the reviews of the first two videos in thee When Calls the Heart series inspired by Janette Oke.  If you didn’t, you can read about them at these links:

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When Calls the Heart: Lost and Found

Change of Heart is done just as well as the first two movies.  I’m emphasized before that even if you haven’t seen the first two, you can still thoroughly enjoy any one in the collection at any point in time.  Each film gives a short story update that catches you up to the relevant things presented in the film you are watching.

With sweet innocence and polished sophistication, Change of Heart again brings the pair of sisters together as Elizabeth’s little sister comes for a visit and inevitibly causes a little trouble.  As the viewer, I have frequent moments where I want to scream through the television at Julie, Elizabeth’s little sister, then other times when I have to admit the parts of myself from long ago I could see in her innocence.  The bright, unshakeable knowledge that there is good in all people resounds through Julie.  As an older sister myself, I can also see the pain and annoyance that plagues Elizabeth as she tries unsuccessfully to help her sister make the right decisions.

Don’t feel too bad for the guys though, there is adventure just waiting to get out as the film progresses.  Beyond the sisterly relationship, Elizabeth’s romantic interest Jack the Mounty is mixing things up a little.  It was a great storyline as Jack did what any good mounty would do: followed his instinct to protect the one he loved and Coal Valley regardless of his own safety.

About the Movie

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Jack s (Daniel Lissing) relationship blossoms into romance in Change of Heart, the fifth installment of the When Calls the Heart series. Finally winning Elizabeth over, Jack is devastated to learn of his Constable reassignment. When Elizabeth s sister, Julie, arrives in Coal Valley with the new Constable, Jack reluctantly tells Elizabeth the news and must leave town. Julie, ever the curious one, stumbles upon a mysterious wounded man and rushes him to Abigail s (Lori Loughlin) for care, unknowingly putting herself, Abigail and Elizabeth in grave danger at the hands of the infamous Tolliver gang. Hearing of their distress, Jack rides back to Coal Valley to save the women in a desperate race against time.

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Originally posted 2014-12-05 00:01:06.

#SavingChristmas Movie Review with #KirkCameron

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About the movie:

This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that provides a biblical basis for our time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. So take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in… and let’s put Christ back in Christmas! KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a limited engagement beginning November 14 for two weeks only!

My Thoughts:

I find myself very blessed to having had the privilege to preview this film.  This film is not just another typical meaning of Christmas film.  It teaches us so much more.  We’ve all heard the story right?  About Jesus’ birth.  We know that one, hopefully by heart.  In my opinion, this film takes the symbolism of the various traditions we have and it shows how they celebrate our Heavenly Father.

Saving Christmas does an amazing job of showing how one could have a distaste for Christmas traditions, however rather than taking the typical stance and making the person who feels that way a villain, the character is embraced.  Through love and understanding, Cameron presents a truth that I will admit that in all my years I managed to not know about the traditions of Christmas.

The film has inspired me to research the Biblical roots of our so-called secular traditions.  I won’t tell you which ones, or how where to find them in the Bible because I don’t think I could ever share that in writing with the effect that is brought through the film.  I encourage you to see the film, I truly feel like it will leave you feeling filled with not only love for our Savior, but also a new understanding and gratefulness of Christmas traditions.

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Originally posted 2014-11-12 23:05:53.

Veil of Tears

veilA couple of years ago I was given a glimpse into some things that I couldn’t stand. I began learning about some of the terrible things that are still happening to women around the world today. Like sex slavery, forced prostitution, and so many more horrible things. I realized that without the knowledge of what was going on, there was no way I could make a difference. I don’t know that I will ever feel like I make a huge difference, but I do know that I feel better when I am able to at least do something. To begin that journey, one must begin to obtain knowledge about the subject!

From Gospel For Asia

Imagine facing hatred, abandonment, or even death simply because of your gender.

The award-winning documentary, “Veil of Tears,” tells the untold story of millions of women in South Asia who are abused for no other reason than they are women. However, despite centuries of oppression, women once in their shoes are reaching in and bringing everlasting hope.

Meet True Survivors

These are women who have withstood a lifetime of adversity. Take a journey where few dare to venture, through the eyes of these women, and others, who unveil their personal stories of oppression, rejection, tragedy and even triumph. Get a glimpse of the resilience of the human spirit and the hope that has changed the lives of millions like these and is helping change millions more.

Narrated by Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist Natalie Grant, this film was shot on-location across stunning South Asia in some of the most remote tribal villages in the world today. This is a journey where few have gone and few can imagine.

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Originally posted 2014-10-12 20:50:49.