Sunday, October 21, 2018

MAMMA MIA DATE NIGHT

When our family watches a movie it tends to be an animated film that my kids want to view or the sci-fi and superhero flicks I enjoy.  Realizing that my wife often doesn't get to see the romantic comedy movies she prefers, when Universal Pictures Home Entertainment offered to send me MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN to help promote the movie's Blu-ray and DVD release on October 23, 2018, I arranged for the kids to spend an evening at their friends' houses so we could have a date night watching a show she wanted to see.

I picked up some take out from Kalamata Greek Grill and opened up a bottle of wine as we spent a kids free evening being entertained by the sing-along edition of Mamma Mia 2 as we imagined visiting the scenic Mediterranean islands of Greece.  As a kid, the local Metro Park pool had Abba, Air Supply and Asia songs playing on what seemed like a repeated loop so the same music seemed to always be playing whenever you visited.  We went to that pool a lot during my childhood so those songs are ingrained in my head. So have to admit my wife wasn't the only one interested in seeing this movie inspired by and filled with music by Abba.  Of course, my wife loves musicals, comedies and romantic stories, especially Love Actually, so MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN on Blu-ray made for a great stay at home date night selection.


Both a prequel and a sequel to 2008's MAMMA MIA! this film tells two stories: present day as Sophie Sheridan prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donna's Greek isle hotel and it transports viewers back to 1979 when young Donna first arrives on the island.  Follow along Donna's fun-filled adventures as she travels carefree around Europe with the young Dynamos, Tanya and Rosie after graduating from Oxford University and witness how she first met Sophie's three possible dads Harry, Bill and Sam. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN flips back and forth from the present day where Sophie, who is now pregnant herself, is renovating the taverna while reuniting with her mother's old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.

This movie provides an energetic trip to an exotic local as well as a chance to travel back in time to when hairstyles were wackier, fashions were bolder and music was funky and groovy.  Its upbeat soundtrack of Abba songs will have you singing and dancing to the music. Don't fight it show off your inner Dancing Queen self! Combing the musical performances in the movie with some wine sure makes for a good time!



Bonus features of the Blu-ray have a music focus too. It has a deleted performance of the song "I Wonder" as well as extended scenes of performances in the movie of "The Name of the Game" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You."  There is also an enhanced sing along feature to encourage karaoke style singing of songs sung in the movie including Super Trouper, Fernando, Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Name of the Game, Mamma Mia, Angel Eyes, and Dancing Queen among a number of Abba hits.

My wife and I enjoyed our evening in watching MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN. It is rated PG-13 for suggestive sexual content so if you have young children at home it probably is better for mom and dad to watch this film by themselves instead of making it a family movie night.  Teens probably will enjoy watching this movie with their parents though it may make you feel old if you grew up in the '70s and '80s to hear your kids referring to the songs in it as "classics." Based upon the fun time we had watching the movie and singing along to the bonus features on the Blu-ray, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN has earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval.

For more information about the movie, visit uni.pictures/MM2

Saturday, October 20, 2018

FIRST SWIM FORCE SWIMMING MEET


My daughter just competed in her first SWIM FORCE swimming meet!  Kids who have graduated out of Goldfish Swim School's tier of lessons can be a part of this program that introduces them to friendly competition and the athletic aspect of swimming. Swim Force members meet for an hour each week to be coached on perfecting their strokes and becoming faster swimmers in the pool.  Then there are quarterly SWIM FORCE swimming meets throughout the year where the kids can choose which events they want to compete in.


There is an informal atmosphere to these meets where the kids are dressed casually not wearing swim caps or hydrodynamic swimsuits; sit together as a group cheering on other swimmers when they aren't in the pool themselves; and setting personal time records is emphasized over winning races.  To keep things light hearted the meet ends with a relay race where swimmers must wear a Goldfish Swim School t-shirt over their swimsuit and pass it on to other team members to put on as they swim their length of the race.  These quarterly meets introduce kids to the FUN-damentals of competitive swimming with a focus on making sure everyone is having a fun experience.

It has only been a few weeks since my daughter moved up from swimming lessons to join the Swim Force; but she was gung-ho to participate right away in her first swimming meet.  She signed up to compete in her best stroke, the backstroke, and her favorite one, the butterfly, during the Swim Force swimming meet. Of course she joined in the t-shirt relay race too because it sounded like too good of a time to miss out on when her coaches described the event to her.


Goldfish Swim School tries to keep the races evenly matched with girls vs girls and boys vs boys plus kids are assigned heats where they compete against equivalently skilled swimmers. Still competing in front of other kids as well as an audience of their families can still be daunting and I could see my daughter was a bit nervous before the meet. You couldn't tell though once the Swim Force swimming meet began.  She did really well!



After the swimming wrapped up it was time for a snack. PIZZA for everyone! My daughter refueled enjoying pizza slices and Rice Krispies provided by Goldfish Swim School while laughing and chatting with new found friends she had made since joining the Swim Force. It was a fun, memorable night for the whole family and my little mermaid is already looking forward to swimming in the next Swim Force swimming meet at Goldfish Swim School.



There was a big smile on her face after swimming in her first Goldfish Swim School Swim Force swimming meet. Three events → three 2nd place ribbons. A nice introduction to competitive swimming! She really had a great time during her first ever swimming meet.



For more information about Goldfish Swim School swimming lessons and its Swim Force program, head over to goldfishswimschool.com

A Geek Daddy is a Goldfish Swim School brand ambassador. In exchange for providing publicity through this blog and its social media outlets, I receive free products and services from Goldfish Swim School. Opinions expresses are always honest and my own.

Friday, October 19, 2018

YOUTUBE KIDS HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION

The YouTube Kids app which provides prescreened age appropriate content for children is getting into the Halloween spirit.  From now through November 1 it will be treating kids to some spooky but not scary fun with festive Halloween themed playlists.  These playlists that include Get Ready For Halloween With Nickelodeon!, ABC Kids' Giggle and Hoot, and Art for Kids Hub will be full of videos filled with costumes, tricks and treats.  The app will also be highlighting an exclusive Oddbods series and a Halloween special titles Zombie Hotel.

Get Ready For Halloween With Nickelodeon! 


Are you ready for Halloween? This playlist hosted by Nickelodeon star Jace Norman is aimed to get kids involved with diy Halloween projects. The Merrell Twins demonstrate how to create the spookiest Halloween costume in your neighborhood; learn to make Halloween slime with JoJo; and watch a trick-or-treat taste test with some of Nickelodeon's favorite stars.


Giggle and Hoot: Halloween Favorites on Youtube Kids!

 

The Big Boo Jimmy Giggle and Hoot have put together a bootastic playlist of their Halloween favorites for the YouTube Kids App!



Art for Kids Hub’s October Month of Making 


Art for Kids Hub has compiled a super fun playlist of art projects especially for Halloween featuring painting, origami, drawing, and paper cutouts!



Oddbods Halloween Special


This exclusive series created specifically for YouTube Kids viewers features the characters young viewers know and love from the hit animated series. The show stars seven furry, colorful friends who live in the small town of Oddsville and like to get into all sorts of mischief.


Zombie Hotel Halloween Special 


Pass the Fawlty Towers, turn right after the Adams Family’s and you’ll find the ZOMBIE HOTEL! Wide eyed twins Fungus and Maggot will welcome you, along with their Mom and Dad Zombies, Rictus and Funerella, and a team of wacky employees who never run short of oddities. But don’t worry, the twins and their human school pal Sam will come to the rescue whenever you’re served pigs eye soup for lunch or if your room is next to a couple of loud vampires.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FATHOM EVENTS HALLOWEEN FUN

Fathom Events which brings special features to movie theaters across the country has some extra specter shows taking place to put people in the Halloween spirit. The vampire romance flick “Twilight” returns to the big screen celebrating the film’s 10th anniversary; see the stage show “NT Live: Frankenstein” with Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange /  Star Trek: Into Darkness) in a National Theatre production; take in a 50-year anniversary showing of George A. Romero's horror classic, “Night of the Living Dead,” or enjoy Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning film “Spirited Away.” Fathom Events is presenting some terror-ific Halloween themed offerings at a movie theater near you!

TWILIGHT (Sunday October 21 & Tuesday October 23 @ 7pm)



With its initial release, “Twilight” leaped off the pages of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel to become one of 2008’s biggest box-office hits. When Bella Swan and Edward Cullen first sat next to each other in biology class, an entire generation of moviegoers simultaneously swooned and the young-adult vampire romance became a worldwide cinematic phenomenon. This unforgettable experience will also treat fans to an introduction by director Catherine Hardwicke and an exclusive sneak peek of the brand-new special feature “Twilight Tour…10 Years Later”.

NT LIVE: FRANKENSTEIN (Mondays October 22 & 29 @ 7pm)



A stage production of “Frankenstein” is being shown by Fathom Events at cinemas across the USA this Halloween, to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel. Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), “Frankenstein” features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s "Sherlock") and Jonny Lee Miller ("Elementary," Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Wednesday October 24 @ 7pm / Thursday October 25 @ 10pm)



Fathom Events will be presenting two special screenings of the renowned Museum of Modern Art's version of the motion picture “Night of the Living Dead” (1968). In addition to the film, Fathom will be showing a custom intro from George C. Romero and Andrew Romero, along with interviews from other talent, such as Producer Russell W Streiner, actress Judith O’Dea, and writer John Russo.

SPIRITED AWAY (Sunday October 28 @ 12:55 pm / Monday October 29 @ 7:00 pm / Wednesday October 30 @ 7:00 pm)


Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, “Spirited Away” became a worldwide smash hit, and is one the most critically acclaimed films of all time. Will be presented with an English language dubbed soundtrack.

Head over to fathomevents.com for more information about movie theaters that will be showing these spook-tacular presentations celebrating the Halloween season.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ANT MAN AND THE WASP MOVIE GIVEAWAY

One of my family's favorite movies of the summer, ANT MAN AND THE WASP just came out on Blu-ray and DVD!  We just had a great family movie night watching it and to let you share in the fun, ageekdaddy.com has a Blu-Ray + Digital Code Combo Pack to giveaway to one lucky winner courtesy of Marvel Studios. Who wants to add ANT MAN AND THE WASP to their home entertainment video library?!

For a chance to win this move prize pack just complete the entries in the rafflecopter form below before 11:59pm ET on October 21, 2018. Must be a United States resident over 18 years old to participate. One winner will be randomly selected. Good luck!

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The movie begins with Scott Lang grappling with the consequences of the role he has played in the Marvel cinematic universe as the Ant-Man.  Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym who are now on the run from the law, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. This urgent mission Lang is recruited for soon leads to secret revelations from the past as this dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a new powerful enemy.



ANT-MAN AND THE WASP earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval for being a funny romp of a superhero movie filled with action yet suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. A perfect movie for a family movie night! Rated PG-13 because there is a lot of fight scenes in the movie and it paints law enforcement as "bad guys" when it comes to their prosecuting and punishing Lang for Ant-Man's role in Captain America: Civil War, this flick doesn't have sexual content, swearing, or scary scenes for parents to be wary of letting younger kids watch it. While there are a number of battle sequences in the film, the movie isn't overly violent. I had no issue with my nine year old twins watching this movie and it is now one of my family's favorite films in the Marvel cinematic universe.

Full of comedic moments and gags which combined with the super hero adventure elements of its story makes ANT-MAN AND THE WASP great to watch whether or not you are a fan of comic book inspired movies. There are lots of people and things shrinking and expanding throughout the movie with special effects that will WOW you.  This is just a downright fun flick to enjoy along with a bucket of popcorn!



For more information about the movie, go to marvel.com/antman

Monday, October 15, 2018

HUSHAWEEN ON COMET TV

You don't need cable tv to see scary movies this Halloween. Tune into COMET TV which can be viewed for FREE which is broadcast over the air waves and is accessible by connecting a digital antenna to your television. COMET TV features a lineup of horror and sci-fi television shows and movies which makes the Halloween season a great time to see what is playing on the channel. In Metro Detroit flip on Channel 50-2 to watch COMET TV. Head over to comettv.com and use the website's Zip Code Locator to find out if the channel is being broadcast in your area.

HUSHAWEEN (HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHON)


This Halloween night COMET TV is showing a movie marathon of silent picture era movies that are sure to send shivers down your spine. Catch the classic Vampire film, Nosferatu, followed by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Phantom of the Opera. Halloween night October 31 starting at 10 pm ET/PT. Put the kids to bed after trick or treating and turn on the television knowing the only sound that might wake up the little ones is that of you crying out in terror while watching the Hushaween Movie Marathon on COMET TV.



MIDNIGHT MOVIES


For those of you who love scary movies, COMET TV is also airing cult classic horror movies Monday - Friday at Midnight throughout the month of October! Tune in on week nights at MIDNIGHT /11 C to see movies that include:

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 
COCKNEY VS. ZOMBIES 
THE FALLING 
AFTER MIDNIGHT 
VAMPIRES ON BIKINI BEACH 
WOLF 
WITCHBOARD 
BATS 
GHOST TOWN S
CARECROWS 
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS 
UNSPEAKABLE 
PALE BLOOD 
SUGAR HILL 
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
 THE RAGE: CARRIE 2 
AND MORE...

CHiPS


Not into scary movies? Then tune into the CHARGE TV network which will begin airing reruns of the police drama CHiPS which originally aired during prime time 1977 - 1983. California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello cruise the freeways of Los Angeles, solve crimes and help people in trouble in this cop show.  For fans of the new Star Trek and Wonder Woman films, one of the cast from CHiPS is the dad of those movies' lead actor Chris Pine. Can you point who on the tv show is Chris' dad?

CHARGE TV features action / adventure television series and movies. In Metro Detroit you can watch it on Channel 50-3. Visit watchcharge.com to find out if the channel is being broadcast near you.



HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY


I have a prize pack of COMET & CHARGE swag themed around their October programming to giveaway. For a chance to win complete the rafflecopter entries below by 11:59 pm ET on October 21, 2018. One lucky winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Must be a United States resident over 18 years old to participate.

a Rafflecopter giveaway The prize pack will include:

1 - Limited Edition Nosferatu Shirt: Only available via this promotion, this creepy T-Shirt is sure to make your neighbors and friends shriek with envy! AHHHHHHHHH!

1 - COMET TV Blood Bag Water Bottle: I would like some Type-A Negative please. No matter what your flavor, this novelty water bottle is the perfect thing to fill up for an on the go refreshment.

1 - COMET TV Midnight Movies Blood Splattered Candy: Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? This candy assortment will give you that sugar rush you’re craving! There’s Ghost Poofs, suckers, bugs, lizards and more!

1 - Exclusive CHARGE! CHiPs Ticket Memo Pad: Do you see someone breaking the law and you just have to sound off and tell them? Is someone’s parking THAT bad you want to be like… Dude come on? Now’s your chance! Write them a little note, and maybe mention that CHiPs is heading to CHARGE! as well!


Friday, October 12, 2018

ANT MAN AND THE WASP FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

How would you spend your days and nights if you were never able to leave your home? That is the predicament Scott Lang finds himself in at the start of Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. He has been placed under house arrest for his involvement as the Ant-Man in the Captain America: Civil War chapter of the Marvel cinematic universe. In this sequel to the Ant-Man film, we find him at the beginning of the movie engaging in all sorts of activities to pass the time ranging from learning card tricks to playing the drums while confined to his home.

Marvel Studios kindly sent us a box of goodies full of things that Scott Lang does in the movie to amuse himself while under house arrest along with a free Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack of the movie ANT-MAN AND THE WASP so we could have a fun family movie night at our home. SCOTT LANG'S FUN AT HOME KIT included an Ant-Man and the Wasp themed miniature basketball and bowling sets, a BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, some Finger Drums, and Wilfrid Jonson's "Card Tricks for Beginners." In honor of the shrinking heroes in the movie, we had some miniature hot dogs, hamburgers and pizzas for dinner then the kids had some fun playing with all the fun stuff Marvel Studios had sent us.



After a few rounds of karaoke, it was time to watch ANT-MAN AND THE WASP on the Blu-ray that Marvel Studios sent our way.  The movie is currently available to view on Digital through services like Movies Anywhere and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning October 16, 2018. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP has a runtime just short of 2 hours (1 hour :58 minutes) and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. Despite the rating, I let my nine year old twins watch the movie and didn't notice anything objectional for them to see in it from a parent's perspective.

In fact, I'm surprised the movie didn't have a PG rating to be honest.  There really isn't any sexual content, gruesome scenes or adult language that caught my attention while watching it along with my kids. We'd watched the first Ant-Man movie together and it is one of my family's favorite Marvel motion pictures so I didn't have any concerns about viewing the sequel together.  After watching ANT-MAN AND THE WASP it is right up there now as one of our favorites in the Marvel cinematic universe.



ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is full of comedic moments and gags which combined with the super hero adventure elements of its story makes it a great movie for families to enjoy together.  There are lots of people and things shrinking and expanding throughout the movie with special effects that will wow you.  This is just a downright fun flick to enjoy for a family movie night.

Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.



I'm not going to give much of an overview of the story because don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen the movie yet.  I'll just say we really enjoyed ANT-MAN AND THE WASP and I'd recommend you see if for yourself. It absolutely earns A Geek Daddy nod of approval! Full of action and comedy, it is also a super hero movie filled with family-friendly content that parents and kids will have a great time watching together.



For more information about the movie, go to www.marvel.com/antman