ARGO DVD coverOn Saturday night “my husband and I” (I’ve been dying to write that) watched ARGO on DVD, kindly sent to us by Warner Bros for the purpose of this review.

It is the most incredible story and what’s even more amazing is that it’s based on a true story which happened back in 1979, an idea that if you heard it you wouldn’t believe it.

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The U.S Embassy in Tehran is overtaken by the Iranian Revolution but six Americans manage to escape, they seek refuge in the Canadian embassy but it is impossible to get them out alive. So Tony Mendez, a CIA agent, dreams up the cover of a film crew on location in Tehran using the hostages as members of his film crew.

ARGO ben affleck CIA agent Tony Mendez

It’s an absurd idea isn’t it? That’s what Jimmy Carter, the president of the USA at the time thought too and whilst Mendez is out there and almost has his plan in place, Carter pulls the OK.

This film had me on the edge of my seat and the fact that the script of ARGO is really abominable too makes it even more unbelieveable but it did happen. I can totally see why this film got so many awards – see the list below – and I am in even more awe (if that was ever possible) of Ben Affleck. What a genius.

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ARGO’s impressive award list

·         BAFTA Award for Best Film

·         BAFTA Award for Best Direction

·         BAFTA Award for Best Editing

·         Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Drama

·         Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture

·         Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year

·         Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing

·         Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

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In case you’re intrigued you can buy a copy of the ARGO DVD on Amazon I’d thoroughly recommend it.

Snowman 2012 DVD 3D Have you seen The Snowman?

It’s a classic Christmas story written and sketched by Raymond Briggs and this year it celebrates it’s 30th anniversary.

Universal sent us a copy to watch and on Sunday when the weather was freezing outside and the day was dark and grey, the four of us jumped onto the sofa and sat down to watch this lovely animation, the perfect film for the perfect day.

The first thing I remembered was there are no words but this didn’t affect the girls who sat gripped watching the drawings come to life. It is illustrated so well it doesn’t need words and the music composed by Howard Blake playing underneath is soothing and perfect on the ears. The only exception of accompanying words being the beautiful Walking in the Air song and theme tune.

Channel 4 has transmitted the Oscar nominated The Snowman every year enchanting generations of children and in celebration of the 30th anniversary this year Channel 4 will be scheduling the brand new sequel to the classic, The Snowman and The Snowdog, so be ready for the magic to capture your heart all over again.

As of the 5th November you can buy a the 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray and DVD

Today I am hosting a guest post written by my 13 year old niece Rosie who writes her own blog. When Warner Brothers asked me to review Vampire Diaries in light of the upcoming new season, I knew with Dallas on my hands it would be difficult to get them both done in time so I asked Rosie. She hadn’t watched them before but agreed to do it anyway, possibly a bit worried her aunt was going to give her something really weird to watch.

The email I got back said

I have finished the review!!!! It is honestly one of my favourite tv shows ever now and i am totally buying the books and other seasons! Can i post this review on my blog as well or not? I totally dont mind either way!

Thanks for season 1 xxx

Yes a very excited teenager I think you’ll agree, if you are also wondering what all the hype is about – read on for Rosie’s review, she also reviews books, she likes to cook and loves painting her nails, take a look at her blog and you’ll see My Head and Me

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The Vampire Diaries, a review by Rosie

This is the smash hit series, The Vampire Diaries from ITV 2 on DVD. When I first got the DVD I decided to watch it as a treat, just the first episode for tonight then maybe tomorrow, another episode to make the Dvds last longer. That did not happen! Let’s just say they lasted about 4 nights with me watching them! Even in the first minute you get gripped!

At the beginning you might think it is your normal ‘Edward and Bella’ romance and it might be just like Twilight but no, it’s so much more. As you watch you discover a whole new take on vampires which, I have to say, is exciting!
This is a great movie for any teenager. There is so much suspense and the suspension is great! I personally love the moments when you can tell something bad is going to happen like a vampire coming to hunt and feed! The whole atmosphere is so amazingly created and it was truly addictive.
As soon as the first episode was over I was hungry for more, so I simply pressed play! That is the beauty of having the whole season on Dvd. The fact you can just press play and watch episode after episode, without having to wait a whole week for the next instalment is fantastic, especially if you are like me and just can’t wait a week for it!

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The characters are played so well, it just makes the episodes more realistic and believable. I have to say, one of the main brothers (Damon Salvatore) is very, very(!!) fit with his dark,  mysterious looks and charms!
As a lover of fashion, I love when there are moments when the story goes back in time and you can see the late 19th century dresses which are amazingly pretty and make me wish I owned a dress like that!

I realised they have made 3 seasons and season 4 is due to come out in October! I am so excited! I hope to see more romance and lots more bloodsucking vampires! I cannot say what else I would like to see as I have not yet finished the first season, let alone the others. I have one more episode left on season 1 which I will watch the night before I go back to school, as a treat… No wait that’s a lie I won’t be able to wait, I will have to watch it tonight, and when I am done I am straight off to eBay to buy season 2 box set and ALL the books in The Vampire Diaries series!
I can’t wait to sink my teeth into series 2!

Charley Bear DVDLittle Charley Bear is my very most favourite cartoon character and the fact James Cordon is the voice of this cute bear makes me fall in love with him just a little bit more.

His show is part of the CBeeBies pre-school series and when the sound track starts my girls run into their places and sit gripped to the screen, mind you I do too, it really is a well thought out animation project that goes with the line ‘It’s amazing what you can do with your imagination.’

I was asked a couple of weeks ago if we’d like to review Charley Bear’s latest adventures ‘Charley on Safari’ and we jumped at the chance. In fact seeing as we were off to Butlins I made sure to pack it and take it with us for that journey. The girls loved it and watched all six epsiodes back to back and then again!

James Cordon - Little Charley Bear

image courtesy of the BBC

In this DVD Charley pretends to be different wild animals but he doesn’t know which noises they make, to find out he goes on safari to discover the sounds he’s looking for. The DVD also comes with a small plastic Charley Bear to keep as your own, awwww Can’t wait to see the furry version!

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Charley Bear even has his own Facebook fan page or you can find him on his Little Charley Bear website. His DVD Charley on Safari is out 7th May and costs £12.99 it has a running time of 50 minutes

So 1 DVD up for grabs and here’s how you can win

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Happy Feet TwoThe original Happy Feet was one of the girls first full length cartoons that they sat down to enjoy with Daddy one rainy Sunday afternoon and they loved it. The tale of poor Mumble who couldn’t sing like all the other Emperor penguins captured their heart and how they cheered when he discovered he could dance, they were both up and dancing around the room.

Warner Bros sent us Happy Feet Two to review last week. As always they had taken time and care to choose the packaging and the gifts that accompany the DVD and we were thrilled with our box. For also they had included the original Academy Award winning Happy Feet plus a copy of March of the Penguins told by one of my favourite actors Morgan Freeman. A wooly hat, stickers, pencils and notebook completed this round of fun and at the first opportunity we all sat down, well I stood and ironed as we watched Happy Feet Two.

Here’s a fabulous trailer of the fun

My two (and daddy…and myself for that matter!) LOVED it. Warner Bros have come up with a great, entertaining family film that also speaks a powerful message; when everyone, big and small work together great challenges can be overcome and beaten.

Happy Feet Two was released on 26th March and retails at £9.00