Posted in Christian Films, Favorite Movies

Review for Life With Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment

 

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For our family movie night, we watched Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment.  As a parent, I am always on the lookout for quality movies for our family to watch, and the Christian movie, Life with Dog fulfilled our requirements.  We received a physical copy of the movie as well as a code to allow us to digitally download the movie from the site.

Mill Creek Entertainment is a provider of value-priced DVD movies and compilations.  Their product line includes both contemporary and classic films, television series, documentaries, kids programming along with independent films, fitness, and more.

This dramatic film is one hour and forty-six minutes long. Therefore I feel it may be better suited for older children and teens.  However, the film does not have an actual rating, I believe it is appropriate for ages 12 and up.  However, families can use their own discretion.  This drama opens with a scene of a bicycle crash and first-responders loading someone into an ambulance.  The film then changes to a scene of Joe Bigler, who is alone and missing his wife who died recently.

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This movie does an excellent job of showing how God meets us where we are in a way that is meaningful to us.  Joe’s wife Alice had all the faith, while Joe had all the doubt.  Without her and without faith in God, Joe lost his way.  Joe and Alice’s daughter, who also has faith, tries to reach her father but is unsuccessful.  She then tried to get their pastor to reach Joe, but that does not work either.  Joe completely resists all attempts to bring him to God.

Finally, a dog mysteriously appears in Joe’s yard and refuses to leave.  “Dog” as Joe names it succeeds at reaching Joe and helps him to start healing and finding faith.  Like many who suffer from horrible events, Joe wants nothing to do with God and religion.  I have to say our family appreciated how the storyline developed and details slowly emerged.

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There is a couple of scenes where Joe wields a gun while trying to get answers about his wife’s death.  But nothing he does seems to get him answers or closure.    In addition, to his wife the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, we learn Joe and Alice also lost a son years ago.  These two instances helped develop Joe’s resistance to God and religion.  He reached out to God in both instances for help and did not get the answer he was looking for at the time.  However, Dog is able to help Joe find God and the peace he has been looking for in the end.

Our family appreciated Dog’s personality.  We loved how he nodded and more at various points in the movie.  He truly was the right dog for the job.  We also appreciated the scene where Norm comes to see Joe about buying the house, and Joe decides his name should be Chad instead.

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The most prominent and important message found in the movie for our family is one of forgiveness.  By forgiving the man who accidentally hit Joe’s wife which results in her death, Joe is able to move on with his life.

Oh and be sure if you watch the movie to not think things are immediately over when the credits begin to roll, or you might miss one of the best parts of the movie.

You can find Mill Creek Entertainment on Social Media at the following links:

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So if you are looking for a Christian movie for your Family Movie Night, check out Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment for yourself.  You can also find the movie on Amazon for rent or sale here.

Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew are also reviewing this movie this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Crew.

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Posted in Faith, family, Favorite Movies, Home School Review Crew Posts

Review of Watchman Pictures’ Princess Cut

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Today I want to share with you a Christian Film titled Princess Cut from Watchman Pictures that we watched recently.  Our family is always on the hunt for good Christian films to watch and when they are Dove approved, that is even better.  This romantic drama is one movie that is definitely worth seeing.  As the mother of three sons ages 21, 19, and 17 along with a daughter who is 15, movies that examine how someone should go about getting married and finding a spouse tend to have value in our family’s eyes.
Princess Cut tells the story of Grace, a young woman in her early 20s, who lives in the Carolinas.  Like many young girls and ladies, Grace has been dreaming about getting engaged and finding “Mr. Right”.  She remains positive that her perfect man will come along and place a diamond cut ring on her finger.  This movie I feel does more to reinforce the principle of waiting for the right person to come along.  It also examines some of the family dynamics that exist between parents and children as well as those dynamics that exist between siblings.
I wanted our entire family to watch this movie together as a family.  I felt like even our sons could benefit from watching it.  I also feel like this would be a great movie for a Church Youth group to watch together and then have a frank discussion on the whole idea of finding a spouse.
The movie opens with Grace being positive that her boyfriend of the time, Stewart, is going to propose to her.  However, she quickly realizes that is not the case.  She then winds up on a quest for finding what love really is and what it should look like.  Grace illustrates the impetuous and sometimes foolish nature of youth.  However, she eventually relies on her parents’ guidance and experience to help her navigate the tricky waters of finding true love.
One of our favorite characters in the movie was Grace’s younger brother.  He does an excellent job of portraying the love and peskiness that siblings can find between one another.  At one point in the movie, Grace loses her temper with Robert, her brother, and it results in Robert being injured when he rides off on his bicycle.  But along comes their new neighbor, who happens to be a doctor, Clint Masters to come to the rescue.
While we felt some characters and storylines would have benefited from more development, over all the movie does an excellent job getting its point across.  We feel that probably children should be in high school before watching this film, so that meaningful discussions can take place after watching the movie.  There are times when Grace makes questionable decisions, including choosing friends wisely and becoming involved with a young man who does have the best of intentions.
But love wins out between Dr. Clint Masters and Grace and the proposal meets every desire of Grace’s perfect proposal.  She learns that true love is worth waiting for in the end.
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Posted in Favorite Movies, My Favorite Things, NaBloMo

NaBloPoMo Day 9 – My Favorite Movies

I will admit it, I can’t pick just one movie that I love.  Instead I have to pick a group of movies.  My favorite movies include:  “Facing the Giants”, “Flywheel”, “Fireproof” and “Courageous”.

Each movies has points about it that I love.  For “Facing the Giants” is how faith collides with real life and has a tremendous impact on a whole community.  For “Flywheel”, I love how when the main character decides to look at God as more than someone to occasionally meet when it is convenient.  For “Fireproof”, I love how Kirk Cameron’s character finally stops just going through the motions of the Love Dare and finds a real faith that has a real impact on his life and that of his wife.

Finally in “Courageous”, I love how men are called on to be truly involved in their families’ lives.  It is easy to speak words, but it is much harder to put those words into actions.

So what is or what are your favorite movies?  I would love to hear from you.