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Picture Box Movie Review – Fred Clause

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Well it is the Christmas season and we have been spoilt for choice on Picture Box player the brand new subscription service which is available on Samsung Internet-connected smart TVs, iPads and PCs. Picture box adapt their movie themes each month and this is particularly relevant over Christmas as PictureBox have some fantastic family titles to keep the kids entertained!

PictureBox have hand-picked some feel-good delights for the whole family and they could not be easier to obtain just select your movie and hit ‘play’! They are fantastic Value for money  – only £4.99/month for 28 movies

Having a three year old in our home means that Christmas has become very exciting and she is now finding things hysterically funny and this proved itself very true when we sat down one wet afternoon for some snugly  family time and watched the movie Fred Clause.

This is a Christmas film that focuses not on Santa (Paul Giamatti) but on his older bitter brother Fred (Vince Vaughn) who resents his very generous and caring saintly brother. He does not live in the North Pole with Santa but in New York City where no one knows who his rather famous brother is and where his long suffering girlfriend Wanda (Rachel Weisz) suffers him being particularly flaky. Fred is not the most loveable character he is unreliable and a fly by the seat of your pants kind of guy who only speaks with his brother when he wants something.

It is when Fred goes to the North Pole after being dumped by his girlfriend to earn some money to open his betting shop that it gets amusing.  From here on in the movie had my daughter roaring with laughter especially the scene with the elves dancing to Elvis Presley’s “Rubberneckin’ (Paul Oakenfold Remix)”

Kevin Spacey play the part of Clyde a bitter man who hates Santa after he feels he failed him on the Christmas present front one year. Clyde is auditing Santa, the worst time for Fred to be in charge of the Naughty and nice list. The film is complete with the appearance of Kathy Bates as Fred and Nicks mother who is incredibly overbearing.

This movie really got us in the mood for Christmas it was fun light and for my three year old it did not take to much concentration we really enjoyed the humour around the constant repeat of the song  “here comes Santa Clause” (my most loathed Christmas song!) this movie is light hearted with one of the best snow ball fights i have seen in a movie! It has something for everyone humour romance, a sinister character and a misunderstood one, no one will be disappointed.

If you would like to find out some more about Picture Box here are some useful links:

 

·         PictureBox website: https://www.picturebox.tv/

·         Current movies available: https://www.picturebox.tv/watchnow

·         PictureBox Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PictureBox

·         PictureBox on Twitter: http://twitter.com/PBMovieLounge

Picture Box film review – Funny People

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We are big on Halloween in are house but not big on horror movies to put it politely we are a bunch of wusses!

Picture Box did however have a fantastic range of suitably spooky films to give you one heck of a fright night in on the spookiest night of the year! Being completely petrified of horror films led us to watch a really black comedy Funny People.

Funny people is about a well established comedian (Adam Sandler) facing his mortality after being diagnosed with a very rare cancer, it gets him to thinking about his career where he came from to what he has become and his lack of friends. While Seth Rogans character is a wannabe comedian who just can’t get his break while all his friends are getting theirs, that is until an open night mic night where he is told this long standing and famous comedian is making an impromptu appearance and he will be going on stage ahead of him.

After a chance meeting in a parking lot sandlers character employs Rogans to write jokes for him to boost his career, this in turn helps the wannabe comedian get his foot on the ladder as his opening act. The story develops as does the friendship between the comedians they bond and become close as Rogans character tries to build bridges between the people that the famous comedian has hurt and cut from his life.

When he takes specialist trial treatment he is cured of his cancer it becomes a battle of maintain the friendships that have been built on the thought that he is going to die, now he has to maintain them as the person he was before the cancer and this proves very tough.

The black comedy is a very worthwhile watch, it is slow but well paced and you really get a feel for the characters and their relationships it was released in 2009 and is a 146 minutes long it has a plethora of stars but the two leading men Sandler and Rogan are the real stars of the film,  it certainly beats scaring the pants of myself and having nightmares for a week!

You can get this film and may others on the picture box player which is a fantastic brand new subscription service. If you have a Samsung internet connected smart tv, an Ipad or a PC then you are already halfway there. You can sign up for this service for only £4.99 a month for 28 movies this is fantastic value for money!

Once you have signed up all you have to do is choose your movie and hit ‘play’! this service has perfect ease of use, it is compatible with your laptop or Pc, Xbox and your  BT Vision box

Picturebox has some fantastic content and this month is all about the horror genre their is a film for everyone no matter what your taste in music.

PictureBox website: https://www.picturebox.tv/

Current movies available: https://www.picturebox.tv/watchnow

PictureBox Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PictureBox

PictureBox on Twitter: http://twitter.com/PBMovieLounge

Picture Box Film Review “The Boat That Rocked”

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Well this month on picture box we have had a veritable feast of music themed films to choose from, but the one that really caught my eye was The Boat That Rocked. I wanted to see this film in the cinema but having a toddler had made it impossible to do this.

Written and produced by Richard Curtis and released in 2009, the film is based upon the era of the illegal pirate radio stations of the 60’s. Brimming with a crew of the craziest sexiest darkest and coolest of radio DJ’s all under one (boat) roof, it’s one of the most fun packed films I have seen for quite some time.

I loved this film not only for the cool characters but because of the awesome music that is included in the film – all the best of the 60’s. This film is not rip-roaring funny but had me chuckling quite a number of times. The characters are fabulous and they are the most unlikely of boat buddies, the time of illegal radio has never seemed cooler. The film takes you on a journey full of laughter love and music.

One of my favourite actors Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays the ultimate radio DJ – cool, sophisticated and well liked, it’s a great performance and for me made the film that much better. Bill Nighy also puts in a great appearance as the station head honcho keeping them all organised and avoiding the attention of the British government, keen to close them down led by a stern Kenneth Branagh.

You can get this film and may others on the picture box player which is a fantastic brand new subscription service. If you have a Samsung internet connected smart tv, an Ipad or a PC then you are already halfway there. You can sign up for this service for only £4.99 a month for 28 movies this is fantastic value for money!

Once you have signed up all you have to do is choose your movie and hit ‘play’! this service has perfect ease of use, it is compatible with your laptop or Pc, Xbox and your  BT Vision box

Picturebox has some fantastic content and this month is all about the music and there is a film  for everyone no matter what your taste in music.

PictureBox website: https://www.picturebox.tv/

Current movies available: https://www.picturebox.tv/watchnow

PictureBox Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PictureBox

PictureBox on Twitter: http://twitter.com/PBMovieLounge

Picture Box service and movie review

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Well I am very excited as we have been selected to become a Picture Box film reviewer, every month for the next twelve months we will be having a family movie night and writing a blog review about the movie we have watched.

This has not come at a better time as my nearly three year old daughter has had a severe chest infection and not been out the house much, and on our first movie night she chose Coraline to watch and we have probably watched it 2 times a day every day since then!

This is not normally a movie I would choose for my daughter as it is a little scary BUT she has quite a high tolerance for scary things and Coraline just captured her imagination completely and kept her gripped for the entire movie.

Coraline is an animated film by the director of the Nightmare before Christmas, it is a stop motion animation and is a stunning visual feast for the eyes, and it had us glued from the moment it started.

The main Character is Coraline Jones, she has just moved into a new house with her parents who seem to ignore her as they are to busy writing for their gardening books, so she is left to sort herself out, she meets the grandson of the women who owns the pink house she lives who is called Wybie. They form an unlikely friendship that takes them on an epic journey. The whole story revolves around a doll that she is given that looks just like her. This doll becomes the eyes for an alternative world were buttons are used for eyes and everything seems perfect, but when Coraline goes through a door to this alternate world that is identical to her own but has an underlying sinister feeling to it. You will be completely enthralled with her adventures and bravery; you will be introduced to some of the kookiest neighbours to ever exist! And two of the creepiest alternative parents that try to seduce Coraline to take buttons for eyes.

Watching this film has been a real treat and could not have been easier for us being part of the picture box on line service, we have been watching it through our BT vision box but it can also be watched through the PictureBox Player – the brand new movie subscription service which is available on your PC or Mac, or other devices such as an iPad or the latest Samsung Smart TVs.

The ease of use with this service is what makes it the perfect service to have, all you have to do is select the movie you wish to watch and hit play and hey presto your family movie night has begun, with no fuss at all. The hardest part will be choosing the movie you all want to watch from the vast selection on offer.

This service is fantastic value for money it is £4.99 a month for 28 movies, and out of that number of movies you can guarantee there will be something for everyone! I cannot recommend this service enough take a look at the website you will not be disappointed https://www.picturebox.tv/

Each month/week the content changes and new movies get added, the service follows themes and for August it was the theme of unwinding for the summer with the kids! And with films like Coraline, The Tale of Despereaux, Nanny Mcphee and Mee Shee the water giant you will have to have a movie night once or twice a week, the kids will certainly be kept entertained if the British weather carries on as it normally does.

If you would like to see what on offer here is a handy link https://www.picturebox.tv/watchnow  you can follow Picture box on facebook and Twitter:

http://www.facebook.com/PictureBox

http://twitter.com/PBMovieLounge