I am always on the lookout for great movies. I love watching movies whenever I get the chance, but I also like the movies that have so much more in them.
I have checked out the trailer for 2 Hearts, a new movie that will be coming to theaters September 11th. This is a movie based on a true story. It is one that provides purpose, inspiration, hope and miracles.
If you are a fan of I Still Believe, Miracles from Heaven, or Courageous, this will be a movie you want to check out!
Check out the trailer here and see what you think for yourself.
Keep an eye on the blog. I will be previewing this movie and sharing more with you soon!
Finding a good family video can sometimes be hard. Even the cartoons that are available can have some crude jokes that I just don’t want my kids to watch. I was thrilled at the chance to watch Princess Cut from Watchman Pictures without the worry that my kids might see something I would rather they didn’t see.
We received the physical DVD for this review. The runtime of Princess Cut is approximately 97 minutes.
Grace is a Carolina farm girl who is looking for love, marriage, and a princess cut diamond. All young girls have a dream of their perfect wedding and guy, but we must be careful where the focus is put during these times. For Grace, she was so set on Mr. Right that she kept picking Mr. Wrong.
After finding out that her long distance relationship has come to an end, Grace is upset and doesn’t know what to do. She ends up meeting Jared at the coffee shop. She seems to be ignoring him, but he is making all the right comments, and he makes you like him. Could this be Mr. Right?
Before we are able to find out any more about Jared, Grace and her family go to welcome a new neighbor. This happens to be a young man who is a doctor. While her entire family seems to like him, Grace doesn’t give him the time of day, at first.
So, now we have two possible guys for Grace, what will she do? Who will she choose? And will her family approve?
I really enjoyed watching this movie. Some things stood out to me that made me realize it wasn’t a big-time Hollywood movie, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. I have to say, my favorite part of the movie has nothing to do with the actual plot of the movie. I loved when Grace’s little brother tried to be funny and put an ad in the local paper looking for a man for his sister. He describes her as pretty and makes the best macaroni and cheese. The guys that show up at the door had me laughing!
If you are looking for a good movie that anyone in your house can watch, Princess Cut is the one you are looking for. I could see some of the boys being bored by the romance, but this is great for the girls. This is a romance movie with morals and values.
Check out what the other members of the Homeschool Review Crew had to say about Princess Cut by clicking below!
Sometimes you need a good movie that you can watch with the whole family. One that is truly meaningful, yet isn’t full of all the junk in most movies. Mapelle Films has a great movie that fits into this need of a good movie, Trust Fund.
Trust Fund is a movie unlike any other that I have seen before! I was drawn in from the beginning, never feeling like it was a slow start. The story line is solid yet not one that will make you truly know what is about to happen next, you might have an idea, but you won’t know for sure.
The quality of this film is high quality and the acting is wonderful. The actors are in full character and you feel every emotion that they feel. There are no dull moments, or glitches in the filming or acting. It was an absolutely captivating movie from the beginning to the end.
Reese Donahue (Jessica Rothe), has found that after her mother’s death, there was money left for her and her sister. A large sum of money. When she found this out and asked her dad about it he told her, “As generous as your mother was, it was more important to her that you know who you are and money can’t help you with that.” This was the first of many favorite quotes from this movie!
What happens next might sound familiar. Reese decides that the money is hers and finds a way to withdraw it, running away with a man she thought she loved. However, something happens with the money and Reese is left scared and alone. She calls her dad, and he welcomes her home with a party.
However, Reese’s sister feels differently about all that is happening. She is upset with not only her sister, but her father in how he openly receives her back. This sets up a drift between the sisters and the father. However, things happen that bring the family back together.
Does this story sound familiar? If you have read the bible anytime in your life, you would say yes! And you are right. This is a modern-day Prodigal Son story! It hits the spot with the younger crowd, or even those who love a good movie. While not outright quoting the Bible, this movie brings the story to life!
I loved this movie. I couldn’t stop watching it. I love to preview movies before showing them to the kids, but this one did not require that. Although I did enjoy having an excuse to watch it more than once! I loved knowing that I could watch this movie with my teen and have him learn a worthwhile lesson instead of some silly garbage. And yes, my teen did enjoy the movie, as did my whole family!
Mapelle Films also has a great book that would work great for your teen daughter to read after watching Trust Fund. Love Was Near takes your daughter into the feelings of what Reese went through. How she was feeling when everything was happening. While we did not review this book, you can find others who did right here:
Wow! We are already at day 4 of our 5 Days of Homeschooling Blog Hop put on by the Homeschool Review Crew. If you want to catch up on all the Homeschooling Without Going Insane posts, check them out right here!
Today I want to spend some time talking about movies. Yes, I said it, movies. Sometimes when homeschooling gets rough and tough, you need to take a break. You need to find something different and sometimes you need to pull out a movie! We all remember the days of walking into the classroom and seeing that big TV and VCR sitting in the room and the excitement it brought us, right? The thrill of knowing that we would be relaxing and just "staring at a screen". What we didn't know at the time is how much we really took in during these breaks from the normal day. Just because our kids are at home and we don't have that big TV and VCR setup does not mean our kids should miss out on the excitement of watching a movie for school.
Movies and TV shows are not just for pure entertainment, if you find the right one, you have a key to a new way of learning. This new way of learning can help when times get sketchy at home and in the homeschool. I have found this out first hand several times.
When mommy isn't feeling good and school needs to get done, there is no need to worry, get stressed out or go insane. All you need to do is to is find a movie or TV show that relates to what you are learning and turn it on. Now-a-days there are numerous shows for numerous ages. This is a great way to have a "sub" day without the sub!
Now using the movies and shows can also come in handy when life throws you a curveball. Yes, that happens! It could be anything from having a new baby to someone getting really sick or needing surgery. During these already tough times, you don't need to stress about school, and you can instead use other resources to help you with the teaching.
Where in the world do you find great shows to watch? We do not have cable or satellite TV in our house. We went to streaming as soon as we could. Now this opened many doors for us! I am a part of a group on Facebook called Homeschooling With Netflix. This has been a great source to find movies and shows to use in our homeschool. When I need a quick video or segment of something, I look at YouTube, and make sure I preview it before showing the kids. Pinterest also shows a great list of movies to look for.
Another resource that we have found recently is Pure Flix. This is a great site that allows me the freedom to have the kids watch anything without worry. But not only that, they have a lot of great Christian based resources for homeschoolers and learning in general.
Yes, Pure Flix is here to help our crazy, busy homeschool days. They even have a great resource for homeschooling families. Pure Flix is a great resource for Christian Homeschool families. You are able to find videos for Science, History and Geography.
In a world where you can stream, rent or grab a video anytime you need it, why wouldn't you bring that into your homeschool? We have found so much more learning happening when we bring the videos into our homeschool. Not only do they offer us a break from our daily to-do list, but we find a new way of learning when turning on a movie or series.
What are some fun videos you have found that a must in your homeschool?
Head on over and check out some of the other great posts during this 5 Days of Homeschooling Blog Hop!
It is not every day that you find a movie that touches you, challenges you, and changes you. One that you have no worries letting your children watch. When you get a movie from the Christian movie retailer FishFlix.com you can feel good knowing it is a good movie, like the movie Do You Believe?.
Do You Believe? was released in March of 2015 from the creators of Gods Not Dead. It is 120 minutes in length and takes you on an incredible journey of faith, trust and love.
This movie follows 12 different individuals who are all faced with the same question, if they believe. They are all called upon to pick up their crosses and follow Jesus. While they are all different, this challenge brings them all together as one family in the Lord.
The cross plays a major role in the movie. You see it with the street corner preacher, Malachi. He is carrying his life size cross as he spreads the good word. He is the one who challenges Pastor Matthew with the one simple question “Do you believe in the cross of Christ?”
This one question leads us into the story. This one question makes Pastor Matthew go deep into thought and he brings it to his parish. He hits home with the statement “This is not a symbol. It is not just an ideal. It is the way. It is the truth.” He gives them each a handheld cross to carry with them as a reminder of the gift Jesus gave to us.
That sermon, unknown to Matthew, takes these 12 lives into the spiral that brought them together. Without knowing, Matthew was speaking to the soul of many of the people sitting in the room. It fell onto open ears that needed to hear just what he had to say.
I could go on and on. I could tell you every detail. I sat and processed this movie, writing and re-writing this review many times before getting to this point. This is a movie that everyone needs to watch. You need to have your own copy! This movie, with the title question Do You Believe? will challenge you. It will make you ponder on your actions. It will make you look deep inside yourself. While it seems like a simple question, this question is very hard to answer. All in all, this movie will drive you, like it has done me, to do and be better. But that is good right?
After watching this movie, I find myself looking for the little miracles again. I believe in those miracles again. I went from tears of sadness to tears of joy. This is the movie that I want to invite everyone over to watch. This is the kind of movie that Moe Man will watch 10 times or more and still not get enough of it.
With over 300 movies available, FishFlix.com is sure to have something for everyone. Make sure you head on over and show them some love on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.
Also, make sure you head over and see what other movies the other families were able to watch and review! I know I need to make a Christmas list and some good movies sound like a good idea!
Have you ever wondered what happened to Noah’s Ark? Will we ever find any pieces of it? If you ever think like this, you need to take some time and watch Finding Noah when it comes to theaters October 8th 2015!
I was able to view Finding Noah in advance, and I loved watching every minute of this wonderful film! I have felt like these men, and felt drawn to know what happened to Noah’s Ark. However, I am not capable of looking for it like them, so I will leave that up to them!
This film takes us on the journey with a group of men up Mt Ararat in search for the Ark. A trip that they have taken numerous times looking for the one thing everyone wants to find…Noah’s Ark.
For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah's Ark. Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat. Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or "The Painful Mountain" is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot. With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.
Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat's desolate summit. There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question: did Noah and his Ark actually exist?
Shot in never-before filmed locations in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.
This 116 minute documentary will be in theaters for one night only! If you have the chance, I say go see it! I have always loved watching and arguing with these types of films, being as strong in my faith as I am, but found myself in love from the beginning and wanting to know more. Waiting to see if they found Noah’s Ark and making the kids sit quiet while we waited on results. Yes, I had the kids watching with me! This film is Not Rated, but they do recommend for ages 12+ (there is a scene or two with someone getting hurt, but my kids handled it fine).
So, the question…did they find Noah’s Ark? What do you think? Do you really think I am going to tell you? What I can say, I was happy with the way this ended. That is all. I am not one to ruin the end of movies and I still won’t! Find out if this is in a theater near you and go watch! You won’t be disappointed!
Do you like to watch videos as part of your homeschool? I remember LOVING the videos during school! FishFlix.com has come out with some wonderful videos that you can use as a part of your homeschool lessons!
For our review we were given the chance to watch Metamorphosis and Flight. These two movies went together very well as we learned about butterflies and birds in flight.
Metamorphosis is a beautiful movie about the design and beauty of butterflies. The film was wonderfully made and the pictures were beautiful. I loved watching the beauty of these wondrous creatures in flight. The film was filmed in the rain forests of Ecuador and Mexico's Trans-Volcanic mountain range.
During this movie, you are taken through the life of a butterfly. We were able to watch this to go along with our life cycle study of the butterfly. Learning about the wonderful transformation of a butterfly is fun, but to add in a beautifully though out movie is a fun experience. This movie had us following the monarch butterfly with their migration, and now the kids are excited to see the butterflies arrive here this summer…hmm, time for a butterfly garden and numerous re-watchings of this video I think!
Flight was another wonderful movie, but this time it was about the flight of birds. This was the film that I thought my boys would love, but the child who couldn't stop watching it was Little Miss. We watched this film on a road trip and found that it was great way to learn while we had to drive!
Watching a bird as it grows within the egg and learning about the hummingbird and starlings has a way of capturing anyone's attention, but watching this video was another fun way to learn about birds for our science lessons. We were able to take this video and add on to it with writing for Moe Man, and drawings for Ray Ray. Seeing them pay attention and knowing they were enjoying what they were watching was really fun!
Out of the two videos, we all seemed to enjoy Flight a little more! Watching it while driving might have been the key, but watching birds fly has always amazed me. I love the hummingbird, and I loved learning about the robot model that they are making to try and copy the hummingbird. The other fun thing about the Flight video was the starlings. I had always wondered about how they grouped together and how they were able to fly like they do. This video let me understand how they don't crash, yet fly in such huge groups.
We loved the videos and loved being able to learn in a new way. All the kids love using visuals for learning, and these Christian based videos really helped us in a subject mom has never really liked. They are not a full curriculum in a movie, but they are enough to help you build a unit study out of them and be able to use them as part of a full curriculum.
I would have to say, my favorite part of these movies, was finding out the company, FishFlix, is literally just down the road in the next town over from me!!
FishFlix carries many more movies and I am making my way over to read the other reviews on these other ones. Will you join me? Come back when you are done and let me know which movie(s) you are most interested in watching!!