Monday, December 2, 2013

Frozen Movie Review and December Movie Preview!! Plus Curiosity Quills and the IWSG, and Some Awesome Ninja News.

I was asked to do an article about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group for Curiosity Quills! It’s up today at their website.

Movie Review

Frozen
Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, Frozen is the story of two princess sisters, Anna and Elsa. When Else’s secret powers plunge their kingdom into an eternal winter and she runs away, Anna sets off to find her and make things right.
This is a very sweet story, genuine and innocent. It’s not an epic story, but it’s really enjoyable to watch.
The animation is stunning, especially in 3D. The frozen ice is incredible. (And my wife now wants an ice castle.)
The strength of the story lies with the sisters, especially Anna. She is a true heroine. She’s also a combination of resourceful awkwardness, which makes for some humorous situations.
Olaf the snowman is a riot. Most of the humor comes from his optimistic sweetness and desire to experience summer. Sven the reindeer is also funny.
If you’re looking for a sweet story about love and family devotion, wrapped up with amazing animation and great humor, then this is your film. Highly recommended.

Ninja News

Roland Yeomans is this month’s featured Challenge participant at the A to Z Blog. His theme was “Words of Wisdom for Writers,” so check it out.

Those of you signed up with The Fussy Librarian - CassaStar is the featured science fiction book for Tuesday this week!

Cassie Mae’s Switched is out today – congratulations, Cassie!

CD Coffelt’s prequel to Wilder Mage, Out of Magic, is available for free on Tuesday, December 3.



Created by Pat Hatt of It’s Rhyme Time have been working on a project - Translate Your eBook. It’s really awesome, so visit his SITE for details.


Sean McLachlan is looking for beta readers for his next novel. Radio Hope is a post-apocalyptic thriller, sans zombies, and it comes out February 1. Details HERE. Also, check out his "How Can I Help You?" page for some cool stuff he offers.

Nutschell at The Writing Nut is raising money two ways to help the typhoon victims back home in the Philippines:
1. CBW-LA.ORG, my nonprofit group, is donating 50% of its book sales (for STORY SPROUTS: CBW-LA WRITING DAY EXERCISES & ANTHOLOGY) from Nov. 2013 to the end of Jan. 2014. Find it on Amazon HERE.
2. Doce Pares L.A., my Filipino martial arts group is raising money through the Payong Drive campaign. Basically they are selling shirts for $20 each. Up to Dec.15, if you have other friends/relatives interested in supporting our fund drive, send the number of shirts and sizes (Small up to 3XL) to: LADocePares@yahoo.com (Sizing Chart) You can make checks payable to "Erwin Mosqueda" or via Paypal: PayongFundDrive@gmail.com Local U.S. shipping and handling will be free (except Hawaii, Alaska & Puerto Rico).

David List has started a Kickstarter project for his upcoming novel, A Sawmill’s Hope:

Visit Kickstarter HERE for more information and to contribute. Good luck, David!

CheersFest 2.0 is one week away on December 9! We are roasting Lee ‘Arlee Bird’ of Tossing it Out.

The next posting for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is this Wednesday.

There will also be a cool contest with some awesome prizes announced at the IWSG Website on Wednesday, so don’t miss it! 

December Movies

Here are the upcoming movies for December! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

6 –

Out of the Furnace
When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
Director: Scott Cooper
Stars: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson
It’s Christian Bale month – he also stars in American Hustle, coming out on December 20.

10 – DVD – Despicable Me II

13 –

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars:Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch
Despite the haters, I still thought the first installment was amazing and can’t wait for this one. Bring on Smaug!

20 –

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
The first one really wasn’t the funny, but I give them credit for hyping this one to the max.

Saving Mr. Banks
Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.
Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson
Sappy, sentimental, and feisty – one heck of combination. Sure it will be really good as well.

25 –

47 Ronin
A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.
Director: Carl Rinsch
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kô Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano
Looks amazing. Now if I can just get Ted Theodore Logan out of my head…


Did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? Did you see Frozen? Anything in the Ninja News catch your eye? Ready for the IWSG post this week? And what movies are looking forward to in December?

Don’t forget to visit Curiosity Quills!

141 comments:

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha!
A-CAV !

Sounds like you and the Missus had a nice, relaxing time during Thanksgiving - and mightily so!

Thanks for the review on Frozen.

I was a bit cold toward it, but you've thawed me out and I think it's a cool movie now.

Stay strumming my friend.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Looking forward to see Frozen. Sounds perfect for the holidays. Have a lovely week.

Rhonda Albom said...

I haven't seen a new movie in ages, but I do want to see Anchorman 2 - even though I didn't know about it until I read it here.

Old Kitty said...

I am so booked to see Frozen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's getting such rave reviews too!! Yay!!

Happy Monday! Take care
x

Tony Laplume said...

I'm sure I'll see Frozen at some point!

Brian Miller said...

nice....we will go see frozen....my boys have been talking about it for a bit...the newspaper review set it below the icons and even wreck it ralph, but it looks fun and well worth the see....the kickstarter video is pretty cool and i like the synnergy between the writer and artist....ha would be nice to be compared with RA Salvatore...smiles.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

M-Koo! My first chuckle of the morning. Stay chilly.

Kitty, you will adore it.

Brian, it's well worth seeing in the theater. Not a huge epic movie, but a good, solid film.

Liz Fichera said...

I am emerging from my food coma. :) Thanksgiving was nice this year. Hope yours was too.

FROZEN looks super cute. May have to check that one out. The one with Christian Bale looks intriguing...

Sandra Almazan said...

I would like to see Frozen, but my son doesn't like going to movie theaters. Maybe I'll have a chance to check it out on DVD someday. I have to check out the fundraisers at The Writing Nut.

Laura Pauling said...

My family went to Frozen and absolutely loved it. The writing was terrific and I loved the music and the story. I also can't wait to see Saving Mr. Banks! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Frozen sounds good. I'll have to check it out. And I'm definitely looking forward to The Hobbit, though I'll probably rent it.

mshatch said...

well, it goes without saying I can't wait for the Desolation of Smaug, but I also want to see Catching Fire. Frozen sounds delightful :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

I'm excited to see Frozen.

Hubby is babysitting grandkids in Hawaii (rough being retired, isn't it?) for a couple of weeks before I get to join him. I wonder if he'd kill me if I saw Smaug without him. Hmmm

Yes. Yes, I think he would.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really want to see Our of the Furnace. And I still need to see Catching Fire!!

Hart Johnson said...

Totally didn't put two and two together... I had a friend complaining about Disney getting its hands on Snowqueen... apparently the fairy tale is much darker, but the people talking about Frozen have liked it... this is the first time I knew they were the same thing... Call me clueless.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Taking my little niece to see Frozen next week. I agree with you about The Hobbit, and can't wait to see the next movie! Going over to check out Curiosity Quills.
At this time of year people are overwhelmed with giving opportunities which are all good. And I wish it was a year long process of giving and helping.

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

Once again, Ninja Captain, I did a double-take reading your post. Thank you times three for the shout out. You are one cool dude.

I can never get enough Disney or Pixar movies. Call me a kid who never grew up, I reckon.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Frozen does look cute but I think I blew my movie budget last month by going to two movies. :)

Lots of great stuff to check out today!

I'm on it.

Heather

Julie Flanders said...

I can't believe how often Anchorman 2 has been pushed during football games with the Dodge commercials. I am already tired of the movie because of those LOL.

Looking forward to co-hosting the IWSG on Wednesday!

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

I'd love to see Frozen. As a child I was mesmerized with every Hans Christian Andersen story especially The Snow Queen, The Wild Geese, The Red Shoes and The Tinder Box, and still can't rid them from my mind.

I would really like to join the Insecure Writer's Group, but I'm too insecure to take the first step (and will I cope with the html? La,la,la,la. I need help!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Got my IWSG post ready already!

Saw some stuff on DVD - THE EAST (a good thriller), THE INTERNSHIP (funny!) and re-watched THE HUNGER GAMES in prep for seeing the next one soon.

Can't wait to see THE BOOK THIEF but since I know it will be sad, I'm gearing myself up for it slowly….

Melissa said...

Wow, lots of news!

I had a nice TG, albeit early because I had to work.

You'd better get to working on that ice castle for your wife. :P


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Laura, it was a really cute film.

Donna, go see it but don't tell him...

Hart, it's inspired by, but it's a very different story.

Cathrina, Amen!

Carol, you are most welcome!

Julie, I bet the Dodge commercials are funnier than the actual movie.

Fanny, you can't be too insecure - join us!

Livia Peterson said...

I love Frozen! I think it is a Disney classic. I plan on seeing Out of the Furnace, Desolation of the Smaug, and Saving Mr. Banks this month. 47 Ronin looks terrible and scary.

Jack said...

I loved Frozen. It wasn't what I thought it would be so I want to see it again, but it was a lot of fun and really sweet and I liked the ending. My dad wants an ice castle too now.

Can't wait for The Hobbit! So nice to hear someone who wants to see if and isn't complaining about changes made. I liked the first one a lot and am eager for this even more, except for the spiders.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I loved Olaf! He was so cute.

Looking forward to The Hobbit.

Pat Hatt said...

Thanks for the shout, will be watching frozen soon to. Stupid Anchorman, I don't see how it is funny, maybe here and there at best. Already sick of the damn thing.

Jo said...

I will get to see some of these movies eventually. I recently bought some old movies - Bloodsport being one of them, thoroughly enjoyed it again.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Frozen has not been on my list of to-see movies. I guess it's just something about going to a theater and having to say, "Yeah, two adults please. No, we have no children. We're just seeing this ourselves."

May have to reconsider that, though.

L.G. Smith said...

This second Hobbit movie appears a little more exciting than the first, judging by the clips I've seen. Looking forward to it. And Saving Mister Banks should be good too. :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Frozen sounds like a fun movie and it's nice to see them going back to the old fairy tales. Thanks for supporting Nutschell's fund raising. She has a big heart.

Karen Walker said...

I wasn't sure about Frozen, but now I will definitely see it. Thanks, Alex. So glad you and your wife enjoyed your holiday. I think you should build her an ice castle!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I'm happy to hear your review of Frozen! My daughter is really looking forward to seeing it, I'm sure it won't disappoint. :)

SA Larsenッ said...

How exciting to do an article for CQ! Yay, you!

I totally want to see Frozen. Is that weird?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melissa, I'll start carving tonight!

Jack, I liked Frozen more than I thought it would. And I have no problems with the changes in The Hobbit.

Pat, I still remember the one and only funny line in the first film - I killed a man with a Trident.

Brandon and Bryan, my wife and I did that! Go see it.

Maurice, yes she does!

Karen, I'll crank up our ice maker...

Kristin Lenz said...

Perfect timing - thinking about taking my daughter to see Frozen with a few friends for her birthday. She's 12, so moving into YA books movies - I just let her watch Hunger Games - but I think she'll still enjoy Frozen - me too!

Rusty Webb said...

Great holiday - didn't see a movie tho. Looking forward to the hobbit too.

ilima said...

My daughter wants a FROZEN themed birthday party. I guess I should actually take her to see the movie, huh? :)

Bish Denham said...

I had a very nice Thanksgiving, and like most anyone, ate too much!

Now Frozen sounds like it's right up my alley. And though I wasn't all that impressed with the first installment of The Hobbit, the second one's got a dragon in it so it's gotta be better, right?

Lydia Kang said...

Had a great Thanksgiving. Hope yours was great too!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I taped a documentary about P L Travers the other day - looking forward to watching it, and very tempted by the film.

Juliana Haygert said...

I've finally watched Thor and Catching Fire - so good! Can't wait to take kid to see Frozen next weekend :)

farawayeyes said...

I was quite literally forced to see 'Frozen' this past weekend, and I am glad. It was delightful. The music, the characters ande the animation were amazing.

Good thing you reminded me about the IWSG. Can't believe it's Dec already. Only 23 more days until Christmas. Yippee!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sheri, go see it! Kids not required.

Kristen, I'm MUCH older and I enjoyed it.

Ilima, that might help...

Bish, can't go wrong with a dragon.

Faraway, glad you liked it.

A Cuban In London said...

Wow, what a feast of book recommendations you have given us! :-) Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Jay Noel said...

I decided not to do any shopping over the holiday, and it was fantastic!

I'm VERY behind on my movie watching. Haven't even seen Ender's Game, Thor, or Catching Fire.

Hopefully, I'll catch up soon.

Leovi said...

Yes, I go with my son to see Frozen!

Crystal Collier said...

I loved frozen, though, as you said, it's not as epic as other Disney shows.

Ooh! You're on Fussy Librarian tomorrow? I'm watching for it. Super cool.

So much amazing stuff happening...I'm off to check it out!

Suzanne Furness said...

I'm looking forward to 'The Hobbit' and hoping to check out 'Saving Mr. Banks' too!

Stephsco said...

Cassie Mae's book! I follow her blog. Thanks for posting!

I heard Frozen was really cute. I let my friends with kids filter which animated movies are worth seeing (LOVED Wreck it Ralph and How to Train Your Dragon, and of course, the Pixar movies). Maybe when I emerge from my writing cave I will get to see it--though Catching Fire and Thor are first.

I loved Anchorman. I saw it in the theatre when it came out and me and my friends laughed louder than anybody. Obviously millions of people love it too, but I remember thinking, why isn't everyone else laughing? This is awesome. I also think Hot Rod is one of the funniest movies ever made, so that clues you in to my humor.

Thanks for resourceful post as always!

nutschell said...

Hi Alex! Thanks for helping promote my two fundraising campaigns! So appreciate it!
Also,I've been dying to see Frozen! Will definitely check it out after your awesome review.

hugs,
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Empty Nest Insider said...

Frozen sounds very cute! I also can't wait to see Saving Mr. Banks. Congrats to everyone on their new projects. Glad you had a happy Thanksgiving Alex!

Julie

Gossip_Grl said...

Lot's of exciting news for Dec. I am waiting the new Tyler Perry movie Madea's Christmas due out this month. Glad you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving! Now... going to peek at the links in your blog!

Sarah Ahiers said...

How can you not love Anchorman?? (though, i will say, it took me several rewatches before i finally fell in love)

Christine Monson said...

Flawless. For once in my entire life, my thanksgiving was flawless. I was even able to squeeze some NaNoWiMo time in. I won. Yay!

By the previews, I knew Frozen had to be The Snow Queen. Great story. I'll probably take the kids to see it. I know I'm definitely seeing The Hobbit. (I've encountered many different opinions on Jackson's interpretation of the books. Regardless, I enjoy them.)

Robin said...

So much going on! Usually I don't see the animated movies.. but I might make an exception for Frozen. You have me intrigued. Well, I did like Brave a lot... so I can't say I never go.

Andrew Leon said...

I really want to go see Frozen and so do my kids, but I just don't know if we'll actually have time to make it to it.

Cassie Mae said...

Thank you, Alex!!! You're awesome :)

I was thinking of taking my oldest to see Frozen, but wasn't sure if he'd be into it. Maybe I'll go by myself first, lol

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I've heard great things about frozen and want to see it. Glad you enjoyed it, Alex.

xoRobyn

Kimberly said...

It was a great Thanksgiving. My son saw Frozen with his girlfriend - it sounds really cute.

Sarah Foster said...

I loved, loved, loved Frozen! Then again, I knew I would. I dragged my boyfriend and he was surprised how much he liked it. Now we keep quoting it to each other.

Looking forward to IWSG!

David List said...

Holy wow! My video is on the Ninja Captain's wall!
Thank you for sharing, Alex.
As far as those movies go, I plan to see The Hobbit in HFR, 3D, THX and every other ridiculously expensive option there is! Just not opening night. That's for the birds.
I'll see Anchorman, too. That was filmed down the street from me (figuratively speaking) and I have a couple of friends as extras in it (literally speaking).
Thanks again, Alex

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay, you need to catch up!

Leovi, take him. You'll both enjoy.

Thanks, Crystal!

Stephsco, you will enjoy it. Anchorman wasn't funny to me, but I've liked other movies Will has done.

Nutschell, you're welcome!

Christine, as do I.

Cassie, you're welcome! At least, you need to see it.

Sarah, that's funny.

David, you're welcome. And cool the movie was filmed near you.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm sure Lana will bring Frozen home from the library eventually. We both like animated films.

Dominic de Mattos said...

Hi Alex - thanks for the news and reviews. I'll be sure to look out for frozen!

... and I am really really looking forward to Part 2 of The Hobbit.

How's the latest writing going?

Michelle Wallace said...

Alex, you know that I'm not a movie person, but Frozen sounds delightful. I do prefer animated movies anyway. And I AM due for my 5-yearly movie outing... LOL

Great interview over at Curiosity Quills!
I think that I'm going with a light-hearted and fun IWSG post for December.

Deniz Bevan said...

I didn't know Frozen was based on The Snow Queen! I love that story. Hmm, maybe I'll take my niece to see it...

Okay, is it just me? Why in the name of Middle-earth are tv/media people pronouncing Smaug in that ridiculous fashion? It's driving me batty!

mooderino said...

47 Ronin does look good, just hope it isn't one of those where the trailer is better than the movie.

mood

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Frozen looks cute...think I saw a trailer on TV and my daughter wanted to see it.

Looking forward to the Hobbit!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I want to see Frozen, Hobbit 2, and Saving Mr. Banks. Should be a good Dec. for movies! Great book trailer.

S.K. Anthony said...

Aww Frozen looks adorable!
Looking forward to The Hobbit also.

Congratulations to Cassie!!!!

Debra McKellan said...

Thanks for giving the premise of Frozen! We'd see the previews and say, "What is this movie about?!"

Silexare looks like an interesting world. I love fantasy maps. lol

Elise Fallson said...

Some fun movies to look forward to and congratulations to folks getting their books out! Thanksgiving was quiet over at this end of the pond but still nice. Crap IWSG already?! It's December?! Where does the time go?

Kelley Lynn said...

I'm seeing Frozen tomorrow! Can't wait :) Glad to hear its worth the watch

Melanie Schulz said...

Ironically I'm taking the kids to see Frozen this weekend at the Drive-in. And I live by Buffalo, so we're taking the idea of frozen to the extreme. LOL

Angela Brown said...

I believe my daughter and her father went to see Frozen this past weekend. If not, I'll have to make it a mom and Chipmunk outing to see that movie.

Thanksgiving holiday was a blast.

And Ted has been stepped on thoroughly in my mind by Neo.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I am ready for IWSG this week. I'm also looking forward to The Desolation of Smaug and more Christian Bale.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thanks for the Frozen review. My kids want to see it and now, I do, too!

Thanks also for the information about Nutschell and Curiosity Quills. I'm off to check them both out...

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Sorry that that pesky incident in my parking lot has kept me from visiting until now.

FROZEN does seem like it will be fun. I'm off to CURIOSITY QUILLS right now.

My Thanksgiving gave me much to be thankful for. May Christmas month be fun for you!

Liza said...

Looking forward to seeing Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks...and Wednesdays IWSG posts, of course.

Nicki Elson said...

Hey, I just saw Frozen yesterday! I agree w/ everything you've said here---not an epic movie but very entertaining, sweet & funny. Can't wait for Mr. Banks. :)

Congrats & best of luck to all the Ninja authors!

Julie Luek said...

Frozen sounds really cute! May have to add that to my holiday festivities. :)

M Pax said...

I look forward to the next installment of the Hobbit. The dragon is rather exciting, yes?

Congrats to Cassie Mae! Woot!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Alex,

I MADE IT HERE… FINALLY. I spent most of the day catching up. I am SOOOO thrilled to be back in the blogosphere! I've missed all of you so much.

I am DYING to see FROZEN…. I must get to it soon. This week is out because of catch and revisions on my novel. Yup, finally getting back into writing. I have an amazing author working with me to really polish it up.

Hope to get to my novella right after Christmas. Hopefully.

Great to read all the news! IWSG… ALREADY… EEEK… okay, I need to incorporate my travels in with this post….. talk about Insecure… a GRINGO in a STRANGE and unusual place….

Cate Masters said...

I'm looking forward to Frozen. For the grands, of course. :)
I'm falling behind on my Hobbits!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dominic, I'm working hard on the outline!

Michelle, you're due for a movie!

Deniz, maybe they are from the South...?

Moody, my fear as well.

Debra, the trailers didn't give away much.

Elise, soon it will be Christmas!

Melanie, God bless you and your frozen weather!

Angela, I need to think more Neo...

Roland, you had a good excuse! Glad it wasn't worse.

Michael, now that sounds like a fun IWSG post! Glad you are back.

Cherie Reich said...

Frozen looks so adorable! And I can't wait for the second Hobbit movie! I loved the first one, and I'm excited there are more elves in the second one. :)

klahanie said...

Hey Alex,

Check out all these links. Right, looked at them all. Let's see. Lee deserves to be roasted. The A to Z of roasting.

Wednesday, I can hardly wait for that IWSG event. You know how I appreciate it.

The Hobbit, based to some extent, on the town I live in.

Ah yes, both Thanksgivings were great. All the best. I must go now....

Gary

Deniz Bevan said...

Nah, definitely not a Southern thing... they keep pronouncing it Smög for some weird reason. Driving me nuts!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for telling me about The Writing Nut. I'll have to read up on their fundraiser.

I haven't seen Frozen, but I've heard great things about it. I'm almost tempted to take my toddler to go see it with me!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Frozen is high on my watch list for December. Also excited about 47 Ronin and Saving Mr. Banks. Congrats to Cassie and other authors with books out or specials.

Lynda R Young said...

Smaug is going to be awesome :)

I really want to see Frozen now.

J E Oneil said...

I think I'll skip Frozen. I'm kind of disappointed in what they did with the story of The Snow Queen. Plus I thought Anchorman was hilarious. I'm super stoked about the sequel. I guess we're just different people :)

DAVID WALSTON said...

I had a good Thanksgiving, if you don't count the slight stomach bug that put me out today.
Frozen is on my kids list (as well as mine)

SC Author said...

I LOVED the first Hobbit as well! It was incredible, and I'm beyond excited for this one. Also, Frozen is on my list; my cousin too said it was great :)

Christine Rains said...

Great article at CQ! I have my post ready for IWSG already. I wasn't a fan of Anchorman either despite how many of my friends adore it. I just don't think Will Ferrell is funny. Ronin, though, well, now you put The Wild Stallions in my head! *LOL*

Jemi Fraser said...

Frozen looks like a lot of fun! Will definitely have to see that one! :) Hope you had a great turkey day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Deniz, I'll have to listen to it again! I said Southern just because of the weird way they pronounce things here.

Lynda, it's really sweet - you'd enjoy it.

JE, that's why it says it was inspired by, not based on.

David, sorry about that!

Christine, that's funny!

Hey Jemi - good to hear from you.

Nicole said...

I'm so excited to see Frozen!

Hildie McQueen said...

Hi Alex! Hope you had a grew Thanksgiving. Mine was good. Honestly, I am not sure i want to see any of the new movies. If I had to chose maybe "Out of the Furnace." Cheers!!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the info about Frozen. Thought about taking my grandson to see it. He just turned 6.

Have a great week!

Ella said...

I want to see Frozen! Happy you and Mrs. AC took time to chill~ I know that was so lame-oops!

Wow, I want to see Saving Mr. Banks....

Congrats to everyone!!! This was a special post Captain~ Off to make the rounds~

Helena said...

I'm amazed by the quality and beauty of animation these days -- Brave and Finding Nemo are stunning. So I think I'll catch Frozen too.

Of course you're raising money for good causes, Alex, since you're a good guy. The firm where I work has this year chosen to make its annual charity contribution to the Philippines' typhoon victims, so I'll pitch in there too. And as usual Meals on Wheels needs so much help, which doesn't make sense in this rich country of ours.

Arlee Bird said...

I highly recommend the Story Sprouts book. Lots of neat ideas to spark creative thought for writers as well as good practical information. And there's some excellent writing as well!

Lee
Tossing It Out

Misha Gericke said...

Frozen sounds sweet. I definitely want to watch it now. :-)

Stephen Tremp said...

Honestly, the only movies wifey and I have seen are the rude and crude comedies long with kids Cg flicks.

The Heat. We're the Millers. This Is The End (not with the kids).

Descpicable Me II and Monsters, Inc. II (with the kids).

Oh, and I saw Thor. Yeah, I have a lot of catching up to do.

Carrie Butler said...

David did such a great job organizing his Kickstarter. I'm glad to see his video making rounds! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I hope to see Frozen.

I'll be ready for IWSG and upcoming blogfests.

Carolyn Brown said...

I wish I had some young kids around for an excuse to see Frozen. Sounds like everyone loves it. IWSG tomorrow night! Wow, don't the months fly by.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hildie! Good to hear from you.

Karen, he'll enjoy it.

Ella, lame but funny!

Helena, that was really nice of your firm to do that.

Lee, already have it on my iPad.

Stephen, need to teach you the fine art of weekly movies...

Carrie, yes he did!

Carolyn, go anyway! My wife and I didn't go with any kids.

Tina said...

Having grown up having Hans Christian Andersen stories red to me at bedtime, I will NOT be missing this one. I rarely GO to movies, as I've pointed out time and again, but this one I will.
Heading to Quills...
Tina @ Life is Good

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Alex. Thanks for sharing your review on FROZEN. The previews look really good. I definitely want to see this one.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm looking forward to seeing Frozen and The Hobbit this next month, although ski season is starting a bit earlier for my family this year so that means limited time and funds for movies. Somehow we'll work those two in though. :)

Lots of awesome news . . . can't just pick one to re-mention.

Susan Oloier said...

My friends have been posting about taking their kids to see Frozen. Since we don't have TV, I had no clue about it until your post. I'll have to take the kiddos over winter break.
Lots of excitement happened over here--as always :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

So much news, Alex!!! Personally, I'm eager to see the new Anchor movie. Laughter really is the best medicine.

Liesel Hill said...

I've heard SUCH great things about Frozen. It's breaking records from what I heard. Don't know if I'll get to the theater to see it, but can't wait to get to it anyway. Like you, I was very impressed with the first Hobbit installment. More than I would have thought. Can't wait for the seconds one. I also want to see 47 Ronin, though I think I"m the only one in my circle who does, so I may be going that one alone. Oh well. Here's hoping it's awesome! :D

S. L. Hennessy said...

I'm so excited to see Frozen! My friends and I are going tonight. And I literally CANNOT WAIT for The Hobbit.

shelly said...

Thanksgiving was good. But my computer died.

Mark Noce said...

Great review of Frozen...my wife wants me to go with her to see it, but I'm more in the mood for Hobbit II and Anchorman II:)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Roland is a gifted writer, I will have to check that out!

I can't wait to see the new Hobbit too, even if the way the TV announcer says Smaug annoys the fluff out of me. And the furnace movie? First thought was...what a cheesy book cover. Hah! And we thought only indies got that sort of hate.

Off to see Roland.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tina - go!

Susan, it will still be around, as there is no competition right now.

SL, enjoy!

Shelly, I'm sorry.

Mark, go to all of them.

Birgit said...

Frozen looks really good and I do want to see it and I am soooooo going to see the 2nd Hobbit movie. I think the 1st installment is already a classic, right up there with the famous films of yesteryear and the 2nd installment is great! Won't see The Anchorman until it is on TV as the 1st one I did not find all that funny....oh well:)

Leovi said...

Yes, thank you, very interesting to me Saving Mr. Banks!

Kelly Polark said...

I do want to take the kids to see Frozen. Glad there is humor!

And I cannot wait to see Anchorman 2!!!!!

Susan Kane said...

Now we will see Frozen--having gotten your review.

On T-Giving (on our lonesome) we went to see Philomena. An excellent movie with Judi Dench and Steven Coogan.

Then we went to Denny's, where a specialized menu dedicated to Hobbit 2 movie. Menu items are either Smaug or Bilbo...
We had turkey dinner--I think it was called the Dwarf feast, maybe.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Frozen and Hobbit 2 will be awesome movies to watch with my children.

So happy to hear about the help for Philippines project. What a noble idea!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Frozen and Hobbit 2 will be awesome movies to watch with my children.

So happy to hear about the help for Philippines project. What a noble idea!

Trisha F said...

I hate to admit that I still haven't seen the first Hobbit movie! But there, I admitted it.

I also hate to admit that I forgot to post for IWSG. D'oh!!! My first go and I missed it. I hope to do better next time. ;)

Those are some great movies coming out in Dec.

Frozen sounds like a sweet movie, and since I hate summer and am fascinated by winter, no doubt I'd enjoy being in a dazzling ice world as well for a couple of hours.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, I think The Hobbit is a classic.

Susan, a dwarf's fest at Denny's????

Trisha, that's all right, on both accounts.

Trisha F said...

I just realised I was meant to post today ... so I edited my post & added the IWSG stuff. haha. But thanks for the visit :D

M. J. Joachim said...

Frozen sounds like a wonderful movie for the holidays. Looking forward to IWSG tomorrow.

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats for the book release, Cassie Mae! Congrats to Carol for her new FREE prequel - very generous. Sean already has a release date for a novel he wants beta readers for? Uh, ok. Good luck to him. Yay for Nutschell and her good works!

Frozen sounds awesome! (The others don't sound too hot...)

Going to CQ to read your article...

Mina Burrows said...

I saw the post of CQ. AWESOME! Congrats to you & IWSG!

I'm going to try to take my kids to see Frozen this weekend. Looks so cute.

Carrie-Anne said...

Saving Mr. Banks sounds like the type of film I might like to watch. Ronin also sounds promising, since I'm a longtime Nipponophile.

Samantha May said...

My Thanksgiving was fantastic! I ate until it hurt (the right way to do things, obviously).

I've heard that Frozen was excellent so I'll definitely be adding that one to my list.

I liked part one of The Hobbit, but the graphics were almost too clear. Sounds strange, I know. But everything moved so fast that I had to shut my eyes a few times because I thought I would be sick. I want to see part two though. Hopefully it's not as bad :P

Peter Nnajiofor said...

Yes, the Alex's Army does rock and I'm glad to be part of it. This was my first time participating in the Insecure Writers' Support Group monthly postings and it's been really fun.
Thanks to all those who've put out great content on their sites, and most importantly, thanks to everyone who has left encouraging comments on my blog.
Listen, together we can overwhelm those insecurities...

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - your wife wants an 'ice castle' .. I wonder how long the want will last or the ice castle for that matter .. glad you enjoyed the film though. Saving Mr Banks is on in the town and I may go down tonight ... I need to catch up before they disappear ...

Roasting Lee - I'm preparing my vegetables .. cheers for now - Hilary

Toinette Thomas said...

I like your review of Frozen. It sounds like a simple sweet story that's not too over the top. December movies look pretty good from here- nice movie reference for 47 Ronin. There is so much going on right now that looks so exciting. I had a lovley Thanksgiving and hope you did too.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I can't wait for this new Keanu Reeves movie. Thanks for the FROZEN review, sounds great. I saw the preview and laughed out loud. I love movies that make me laugh! They're the best kinds. (Meet the Millers? Way. Too. Funny!)

I also went and saw GRAVITY which was fantastic.

shayla kwiatkowski said...

I am glad someone to hear someone else didn't think The Anchorman was funny. I guess it just wasn't my kind of humor...

MOCK! said...

"The first one really wasn’t the funny, but I give them credit for hyping this one to the max. "

Sums it up for me!

And I am eager for "Saving Mr. Banks"...but it will have to be a rental.