When Calls the Heart – Heart of the Family ~ Review

The last year or so I have watched numerous previews for the hit Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. A few months back I watched the season two premier of the series and instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and like most television series I enjoy, I rarely see more than a few episodes. When we were given the chance to review When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family from FishFlix.com I was excited to catch up with some of my favorite characters. We received a physical copy of the DVD to review.

Elizabeth is in over her head in this When Calls the Heart DVD!

According to the website, When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family is the third film in the second series of the show. Seeing the word film, I incorrectly assumed that this was a stand alone movie with the characters from When Calls the Heart. While some may argue that it is a film, I honestly felt it was more like a combination of two episodes from the series. If you are unfamiliar with the series you will probably feel lost as to what is going on – but it is a great series, and FishFlix.com has all of season 1 available, so you can easily catch up.

So What is When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family

The film starts out with Elizabeth returning to Hope Valley. There is a welcome home party for her and she sees Jack, it is obvious the two still have feelings for each other. A few small story lines play out throughout the film with some of the other characters, but the main story line focusses on Elizabeth. She offers to help out a neighbor who has to leave his homestead to look in on an ill family member. Being raised in the city, Elizabeth ends up in over her head. She couldn’t even figure out how to pump water! Jack comes to the rescue and the two end up talking by firelight. A few days later Elizabeth’s former suitor, Charles, is in Hope Valley. Why is he there, and what will Elizabeth do? Well I can’t give it all away! You will have to watch it to find out.

The program is approximately 88 minutes long and includes some interesting behind the scenes interviews with the cast. It is not rated, but completely family friendly. There are a few kissing moments in the show, but that is all. It is even made clear that Jack didn’t stay in the house overnight with Elizabeth, instead he slept in the barn.

What Did We Think?

We decided to watch When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family as a family. I love the fact that since the movie is from FishFlix.com I don’t have to worry at all whether there will be any inappropriate content. AJ an I both enjoyed the DVD. There were moments of humor, suspense, and even a few sad moments. The only downside was that we were both a little lost at times.

One scene had two younger characters stealing a car. I didn’t recognize them and their names were never stated. That entire scene seemed misplaced, but had I watched the episode prior to the DVD, it may have made perfect sense.

I really enjoy the series, but I would never purchase a film from a season like this. To me it would make so much more sense to just purchase the entire season. It felt like I was given the chance to read a few random chapters in a book. No matter how good those chapters are, reading the whole book would be better.

Members from the review crew reviewed a few different films from FishFlix.com, including the AMAZING movie – Do You Believe? Click on the graphic below to see what other members of the Crew thought.

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Finding Noah in Theaters October 8th

The search for Noah's Ark is on in this documentary.

We were recently given the opportunity to watch the documentary Finding Noah before it hits theaters this Thursday. I love documentaries and especially enjoy those that are trying to prove that the Bible is historically accurate. While I don’t think Noah’s Ark needs to be found in order to prove the Bible, I think that it is an amazing search.

About the Documentary

Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Runtime: 116 minutes
Release Date in Theaters (ONE NIGHT ONLY): October 8th Purchase Tickets Here
The search for Noah's Ark is on in this documentary.
For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah’s Ark.  Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat.  Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or “The Painful Mountain” is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot.  With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.
Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat’s desolate summit.  There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question:  did Noah and his Ark actually exist?
Shot in never-before filmed locations in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth.  Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.

What We Thought

While I was captivated from the beginning, AJ(12) lost interest about five minutes in. The film starts off a little slow giving quite a bit of background information about the numerous searches for Noah’s Ark. I never realized how many people claimed to have seen the Ark, or how many different civilizations believed in a world wide flood.
About fifteen minutes into the story it starts to get very interesting as you follow along with a team who goes on a search for Noah’s Ark. The images and scenery were breath taking on my small computer screen, so I could only imagine how amazing they would look on the big screen.
It has you on the edge of your seat as they encounter new findings, I really wondered if they were going to find the Ark. The group of men who went on the excavation went through a lot to try and find an amazing piece of history.
If you are interested in the search for Noah’s Ark, I would highly recommend watching Finding Noah!

Maleficent – Expectations, Entertainment, and Enjoyment

E is for Expectations, Entertainment, and Enjoyment

I have to admit that most of the movies I have seen recently haven’t lived up to the expectations that I had going into them. So when AJ, my best friend, my mom, and I went to see Maleficent today I wasn’t expecting it to be very good. I expected it to be an ok movie that just retold the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Well I was wrong! I truly enjoyed the movie and so did the rest of the people on our group. The movie starts out with Maleficent as a young sweet fairy and tells a story of love, and the loss of love. It leads up to the point where the animated version starts with Maleficent casting a curse on Baby Aurora.

In the animated version of Sleeping Beauty we know that Maleficent is full of anger and hate, but we really don’t know why. This movie gives the untold story of who and what Maleficent is. There are some twists in the plot and this movie really helps you to see that no character is truly a hero or a villain. Disney did a wonderful job tying up all of the details to ensure that the two versions of the story don’t contradict each other too much. It explains why she has the spying crows and why she has the walking stick. So many questions that I didn’t even know I had were answered.

The acting was exceptional. All four of the main characters (Maleficent, Aurora, Diaval, and Stefan) were a perfect fit for their parts. The pixies were a little ditsy and were not what I was expecting, but they worked well and really helped with the story line. The movie felt like it had a real touch of Disney magic.

The movie is rated PG, and I agree with the rating. There was some violence and a few loud and dark scenes that could scare younger children. That said, it the theater there were kids as young as 3 and they all seemed to enjoy it.

This is a great movie that I plan on purchasing as soon as it comes out on DVD. I was extremely surprised with how much my family and I enjoyed this movie. If you are looking for a family friendly movie, this may be the one for you.

Are you planning on seeing Maleficent?

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