3 Famous Lightsaber Duels

The Star Wars saga has often been referred to as a “space western,” however it is the lightsaber duel, rather than the shootouts, that has best captured the imagination of fans. There have been many lightsaber battles over the course of the nine movie saga and everyone has their favorite. Perhaps one of these three famous lightsaber duels is yours.

Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin Skywalker

One of the great mysteries of the original trilogy was why Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan became enemies and how Anakin got the injuries that resulted in him having to wear the iconic Vader suit to stay alive. Obi-Wan and Anakin’s epic duel on the volcanic planet of Mustafar finally answered those questions. The pair fought over a lake of boiling lava until Obi-Wan infamously gained the high ground. When Anakin attempted to leap past Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan cut off one of Anakin’s arms and both his legs, leaving him lying helplessly near the boiling lava. The heat from the lava eventually caught Anakin’s clothing on fire, badly burning him. After lamenting Anakin joining the Sith instead of destroying them, Obi-Wan left Anakin to his fate. Anakin survived long enough for Sidious to rescue him and have him put in the Vader suit.

Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul

In spite of only being the apprentice, Darth Maul was one of the prequel trilogies’ most memorable characters. Darth Maul brought a level of athleticism to the art of lightsaber fighting not previously seen in the saga. Utilizing his double-bladed lightsaber, Darth Maul fought both Jedi, eventually separating the pair, during the climactic battle of “The Phantom Menace.” As John William’s “Duel of the Fates” perfectly scored the battle, Maul killed Qui-Gon and nearly defeated Obi-Wan. However, in an act of desperation, Obi-Wan launched himself over Maul, landing behind him and slicing him cleanly in two with Qui-Gon’s fallen saber.

Yoda vs. Count Dooku

Fans never got to see Yoda take up a lightsaber in the original trilogy. A lightsaber duel would have been hard to pull off with Yoda’s original puppet form. CGI allowed Yoda to have more freedom of movement in “Attack of the Clones,” which made his much-anticipated battle with Count Dooku possible. Yoda made up for his lack of size with dazzling speed and acrobatics and battled Dooku to the point where he gave up and ran away.

These are just a few of the many iconic lightsaber battles that have fueled the imagination of fans and sparked countless debates over the decades. If you’re a fan of the Star Wars saga, chances are you have a favorite.

A WRINKLE IN TIME is now playing in theaters everywhere #WrinkleInTime

Now playing in a theater near you, A Wrinkle in Time is family fun for everyone. Nothing too scary for even the littlest theater-goers, an easy to follow plot, and a theme everyone can identify with. Meg misses her dad when he disappears one day, and will do anything to get him back. She has had a hard time fitting in since he left, and only finding him will make her feel like “everything is right with the universe” again. On the search for her father, she finds a new friend, a better relationship with the little brother she already adores, and a new understanding of herself.

Not much like the book, but a cute movie for the family, and visually beautiful. The kids in the movie were brilliant actors, and the three women “rescuers” and lights of the universe were diverse and interesting.

Director:

Ava DuVernay

Starring:

Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa and introducing Storm Reid with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.

Synopsis:

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space,  examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

 

Sing Movie Gift Pack at @BestBuy #bbymovies

Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Good news- you can grab the new Sing! movie at Best Buy. It’s really cute.  If you haven’t seen it, now is the perfect time. Grab a copy and have a movie night with the family!

If you don’t know much about the movie yet, SING is a wonderful, funny, heartwarming film with great music and a fantastic cast. My son loved it, and is so excited to have his own copy. He has watched it about a zillion times now, and he said it’s one of his favorites.

Best Buy has an expanding selection of kids and family movies that you can get either online or in-store.  Movies are always a great gift, or fun for your family’s movie nights or rainy days.  You can check out the amazing selection right here– see what strikes your fancy.

Pick up a copy of the SING for your next family movie night, it’s the perfect movie for everyone. Do you watch “American Idol” or “The Voice” or any of those? If so, you will really enjoy it. We don’t watch a lot of singing shows, but we still thought this was a fun one.  For a limited time, you can get an adorable collectible lunch box as well 🙂  If you spend $25 on select movies, you get a $5 gift card as well. It’s a win-win.

And there is another bonus of getting the DVD, even if you already saw the movie in theaters. The music-filled comedy will include over 60-minutes of bonus content and will incorporate three all-new entertaining mini movies featuring the cast from SING as well as an exclusive Tori Kelly music video and a variety of musical extras.

 

I think your family will really enjoy this one. Head over to Best Buy and pick up your copy today!

Win a Copy of SING Special Edition on DVD or Blu-ray, out now! #SingMovie #ad #SingSquad

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Good news! SING Special Edition is now available on Blu-ray & DVD. If you haven’t seen it, now is the perfect time. Grab a copy and have a movie night with the family!

If you don’t know much about the movie yet, SING is a wonderful, funny, heartwarming film with great music and a fantastic cast. My son loved it, and is so excited to have his own copy. He has watched it about a zillion times now, and he said it’s one of his favorites.

Pick up a copy of the SING Special Edition Blu-ray in stores for your next family movie night, it’s the perfect movie for everyone. Do you watch “American Idol” or “The Voice” or any of those? If so, you will really enjoy it. We don’t watch a lot of singing shows, but we still thought this was a fun one.

And there is another bonus of getting the DVD, even if you already saw the movie in theaters. The music-filled comedy will include over 60-minutes of bonus content and will incorporate three all-new entertaining mini movies featuring the cast from SING as well as an exclusive Tori Kelly music video and a variety of musical extras.

The Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, SING features more than 65 hit songs including ‘Faith,’ a brand new song by the legendary Stevie Wonder (featuring Ariana Grande), marking his first song for a major film release in 25 years.

I think your family will really enjoy this one. Pick up your copy today!

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Digital HD release of SING on Vudu Today! #SingMovie #ad #SingSquad

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The adorable kids movie SING is available on Digital HD today – just in time for Friday Family Movie Night.

From Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS comes an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us.

SING stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies.

You can purchase SING at VUDU.com or on their app.  Vudu is easy to use and the app is on your favorite devices (Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, streaming devices [i.e. Roku], and both Android and Apple mobile devices). So that also means you can start a movie on your TV and finish it on your tablet!

When you purchase SING on VUDU, you’ll get more than just the movie.  You’ll get 3 all-new mini-movies and so many extras – the most dynamic way to watch the year’s biggest animated musical hit.

Tailor made for kids watching the movie via the Vudu app on a mobile device, fans will be able to tap and swipe their way across the most robust set of interactive bonus content available, including the “SING Interactive Experience,” featuring a carousel of the film’s iconic characters loaded with animation galleries, profiles, cast voiceover sessions and more.

And most importantly, FUN – Watch in your PJs, make food and snacks, pause for bathroom breaks, let kids be kids, and you do you!

SING Special Edition arrives in March #SingMovie #SingSquad #ad @SINGMOVIE

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Sing is made by the same production company which brought us The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise and follows in line as a family fun movie for all.

The hit heart warming movie Sing is due to arrive in all formats this March it will be available March 3rd on Digital HD and March 21st on Blu ray and DVD.  This movie is about a music competition with an all star cast including Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and unappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; as well as Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.  The film is a delight for children and adults with tons of good music over 65 track including a new track by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, Faith.

In our house we love music and this movie is perfect for everyone its funny, dramatic, has a good story and is wonderfully animated, plus it has lots of animals in it from all walks of life and struggles.

The release itself will include over 60-minutes of bonus content, PLUS three all-new mini movies and an exclusive Tori Kelly music video.  The mini movies alone are a great reason to pick this up, they are exclusive to the Sing Special Edition.  So be sure to check out it out in your format of choice in the coming month.

 

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Win a Copy of @secretlifeofpets #TheSecretLifeOfPets #PetsPack

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Have you see the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” yet? I took my son while it was still in theaters, and we both enjoyed it. I thought it was going to be another movie that you, as a parent, sat through because you love your kid- but it was super cute, and I even laughed out loud a few times. I’m all for shows and movies everyone can watch (and that go beyond simple “endurance” as a parent). If you’ve not seen this one yet- do. It’s fun. And it has a great message too, without being at all preachy.

It’s available in stores everywhere as of December 6, so you can go get your copy any time you want.  (It’s a great holiday gift, as well.) Here is a trailer of the movie, in case you haven’t seen any yet.

My son was eleted when the movie came- and he was even more excited when he saw it came with a Secret Life of Pets poster as well. He even got a hat and stickers- perfect for this holiday season. He (of course) immediately popped the movie in. We also watched it together over the weekend when daddy was around.

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Neither he nor I had a favorite character, they were all fun. Max, of course, was great- but there would be no movie without Duke or Gidget, and Pops is too much. It’s hard to talk about why we love the characters without giving away the movie- best just to watch it. Another reason to get a copy of the movie is that The Secret Life of Pets DVD or Blue Ray comes with 3 Mini Movies as well as features nearly an hour of bonus content, including three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions which debuted in theaters.

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The main premise of the movie is “Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?” Find out what these pets are up to when their owners head out. The same people who created Despicable Me made this one, so you know it will be funny.

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One of the reasons the movie was so funny? The all-star voice cast had to have a hand in it, I think.  This includes Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks.

We received the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Target Exclusive featuring 4 pages of decals. The combo pack comes with the Blu-ray,  DVD, and a Digital copy. Plus, you can decorate your room, car, office, laptop, or wall with 4 pages of decals featuring main characters and their funny personalities.

One of you can win a copy of your own- feel free to enter using the RC form below. Good luck! Ends Dec. 30, 2016.

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Win a Copy of Nine Lives #CatHomeMovieNight #NineLives #NineLivesInsiders

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An all-star cast, a collection of cats, whats not to love? Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, and Christopher Walken star in this purr-fect family comedy. Nine Lives is sure to make a cat-lover out of everyone as you and your family enjoy all of Mr. FuzzyPants’ hijinks! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment just let this cat out of the bag- grab your copy today.

About the movie-

Nine Lives [Blu-ray] 02454327496 Movies Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken star in this purr-fect family comedy! Billionaire Tom Brand’s (Spacey) workaholic lifestyle has distanced him from his beautiful wife Lara (Garner) and adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Hoping to make amends, Tom buys Rebecca a cat for her birthday. But a bizarre event lands Tom inside the cat’s body. Now, Tom must either cough up proof that he’s a loving dad – or he’ll spend the rest of his life coughing up hairballs in this hilarious romp directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black” films).

Featurettes: “Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag: The Making Of ‘Nine Lives'”, “Russian for Herding Cats”.

Features- Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Malina Weissman.

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We recently sat down for a family night in, and gave the movie a watch. My son had been wanting to see it. He loved it, and it was not as bad as I thought it would be (look, as an adult, not every kid movie is up my alley, ok? Let’s just be honest.) There were parts I was amused by, and even though it was coney, it was cute. He has watched it quite a few times. He has watched the movie a few times now- mostly with our pets.

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While the movie didn’t get the best reviews with critics, I have to tell you it was better then I thought it was be. It wasn’t one of those “painful to watch” kid movies. My son really enjoyed it, and your kids will as well, if they are cat lovers. It was silly, it was schtick-y, it has all that physical humor kids like- it was cute.

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The cats liked it as well- but how couldn’t she, right? They also loved all the cat goodies that 9 Lives sent for them to play with- so they can “get into the movie” themselves.

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Too bad the bowls didn’t say “Mr. Fuzzypants” like the kitty in the movie  🙂 My son loved that name. See, the cheese- factor goes over super well with the kiddos, LOL.

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One of you can win a copy of the movie for yourselves- feel free to enter via the RC code below. Good luck! Ends Dec. 16, 2016.
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