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#REVIEW- “The Book Of Life” clearly NOT what you’d expect for a Halloween movie, It’s even better!


I had the pleasure of screening The Book Of Life” last week with my family, needless to say my Autistic 6 Year old was very excited. He’d been seeing the films trailer on television for weeks now and kept reminding me each time he saw them. One of the big attractions for me in viewing the film was the exuberance of vivid color in the art and attention to details of the traditions found in latino culture. Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic, so it’s about time that an animated film was marketed to them.

The Book of Life opens in theaters on October 17,2014 rated PG

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Adults and kids alike exploded in laughter (especially mine) throughout the film. Book of Life is filled with Mexican Folklare, mythology, a pet pig and pop cutlure nuances. To say the least, this is not your typical Halloween flick, it’s way better than that! DON’T expect anything remotely similiar to your typical Halloween film,as no monsters, witches, goblins or ghouls were cast, just fiesta filled calacas. DO expect a film filled with strong female leads, epic fiestas, un-ending churros, beautiful images,amazing music and empowering messages of selflessness, love, friendship, forgiveness, compassion and Família. Although the films canvas takes place on the hispanic holiday “Day of the dead” this film celebrates the lives of those who have passed rather than like the american counterpart which is more about the scare.This animated love story with its unique beauty will become a classic, as it celebrates culture and remembering loved ones who have died as well as encourages positive boy and girl role models. My 6 year didn’t find it scary at all, and was very amused by the few rude humor moments, we liked it so much we saw it twice! Truly worth going to see.

The 3 Amigos Manolo, Maria & Joaquin
The 3 Amigos Manolo, Maria & Joaquin

The Book of Life is an intricately designed animated film based around the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead holiday. The film begins with a tour of a museum with Mary Beth (Christina Applegate) as a guide to a group of misfit kids. She has something special for them, as she introduces the story. Set in San Angel and inspired by turn of the century Mexico, this is the home of 3 bestfriends. Manolo (Deigo Luna), the main hero, is a guitar-strumming bullfighter who wears his heart on his sleeve, Maria (Zoe Saldana) is the strong headed, smart, feisty and non-damsel in distress while Joaquin (ChanningTatum) is the mustached, full of swag, super macho hero. A love triangle unsues when Manola and Joaquin try to capture Marias love.

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Amused by the friends, the married rulers of the underworlds, La Muerte (Kate Del Castillo) ruler of The Land Of The Remembered and conniving Xibalba (Ron Perlman) rules over The Land Of The Forgotten, make a wager to see who will win Marias hand. La Muerte bets on the sensitive and decent Manolo and the devious Xibalba bets on the vain Joaquin and secretly gives him a medal that grants him strength and courage.

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Maria is sent of to europe as a child by her father and returns an adult. Pretty much picking up from where she left off with her sweethearts. Both Manolo and Joaquin now men, Manolo following in the Sanchez family tradition of bullfighting and Joaquin has become a heroic bandit fighter.

Maria has always had a sweet spot for Manolo, so Xibalba tricks Manolo into thinking Maria is dead, and offers him the opportunity to reunite with her. Manolo wakes up in The Land of the Remembered one of the three worlds, which is where he embarks on his journey on a mission to get back to Maria, but he will need help from La Muerte and his ancestors to getback to San Angel.

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"The Book Of Life" Director Jorge R. Gutierrez with  Janet Aldana-Eltaktouk of Outersparkle.com
“The Book Of Life” Director Jorge R. Gutierrez with Janet Aldana-Eltaktouk of Outersparkle.com

Animator Jorge R. Gutierrez makes his Directorial debut with The Book Of Life, alongside him as producer the acclaimed Mexican Guillermo Del Toro. Gutierrez, whos love for his Mexican Culture inspired this visually stunning love story. In collaboration with REEL FX Creative Studios and 20th Century Fox, the film brings a new perspective to 3-D animation. Add in the creative musical soundtrack with new music from award winning score-writers Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams, on top of remakes of Mumford and Sons “I will wait”, Radiohead “Creep” and Biz Markie “Just a friend” to name a few, we have a Hit!

Other voices you may recognize include Ice-T, Héctor Elizondo, Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias, and Danny Trejo.

“My BROTHER My HERO” 10 years have passed but you are never forgotten!

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It’s been 10 years since you left on your journey to the Heavens above, and leaving behind a lasting impression. Always determined, never discouraged, sent to inspire while so many admired. No obstacle put in your path was ever a challenge.You advanced in life where so many had failed, always with the bigger picture in mind. You gave so many people voices and the courage to fight for equality and standards in a small resort town of Puerto Vallarta where “Ignorance was Bliss”. Today those and so many others are free from the Stigma associated with HIV AIDS, all because you had a vision and the courage to take risks.

You offered education and medical assistance and most of all HOPE! So many of those, that you inspired didn’t know that you had done so while having gone blind, and this too was conquered. You truly were sent to this earth to heal others and that you did in more ways than the obvious.
Dr.Manuel Aldana, a visionary and a pioneer in you own right! I am so proud to have had you as “MY BROTHER,MY HERO”

We miss you yesterday, today, tomorrow and all the days to come until we meet again!

Love Always

your little sister Janet

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Eran 100 ovejas

Eran cien ovejas

que habia en el rebaño

Eran cien ovejas

que tenia el pastor

Pero un dia cuando

al contarlas todas

//le faltaba una//

y triste lloro

Las noventa y nueve

dejo en el aprisco

y por las montañas

al buscarlas fue

la encontro llorando

temblando de frio

viendo sus heridas

la tomo en sus brazos

y al redil volvio

Esa misma historia

vuelve a repetirse

todavia hay ovejas

que vagando estan

vagan por el mundo

//sin Dios y sin consuelo

sin fe y sin consuelo//

y sin su perdon

Left the ninety-nine behind—

You searched until the lost sheep You did find,

Laid me on Your shoulders there, You bore me in

Your tender loving care;

Rejoicing—You found me

Though a small lost sheep—You gave all to come find me.

Parable of the Lost Sheep

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭4-7‬ ESV)

30 DAY CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE DAY 30 Lecrae – “Messengers” ft. for KING & COUNTRY (Lyric Video) @lecrae @4kingandcountry

Day 30 of the 30 Day CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE. Today is the last day for my Christian Music Challenge, I hope I was able to introduce you to an array of different genres of music through this challenge. For me it was an ear opener as I discovered many new(to me) christian artist, that are now favorites. Today’s last artists have already been featured this month Lecrae on day 15 and for King & Country on day 10, but I’m loving “Messengers” form Lecraes latest album “Anomaly”.  Thanks so much for doing the challenge along with me. and make sure to participate in my next challenge of Thankfulness the whole month of November. Hope you enjoy it!

 

“Messengers”
(feat. For King & Country)

[Hook: For King & Country]
Calling all the messengers
Calling all the messengers
Calling all the messengers

[Verse 1: Lecrae]
We’ve been given a call
Been forgiven, risen
We livin’ to give him our all
Rise up from your past
That’s holding you down
This moment is all that matters
The future is now
How will the people know if we don’t tell ‘em?
If we fail ‘em
They’re stumbling in the dark
But the lighters that we carryin’
Don’t have to wonder your purpose
Or what you’re here for
Reflect his image
And show the world what he cares for

[Bridge:]
And I know it’s all right
And you know it’s your life
And we know that time’s running out
Can’t wait around cause

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Lecrae]
I’ve been a lot of places where the scene ain’t pretty
I’ve seen plenty of hate, death and destruction
Where ignorance kills many
The blind leading the blind
We turnin’ a blind eye
That alone is a crime
We’ve got the power to life
I know that we make mistakes
Don’t let ‘em keep you away
Mercy, love, and His grace
The reason we movin’ here
Speak out
Though we’ve never been qualified to do it
I ain’t earned it
I was loved into it
I’m brand new

[Bridge]

[Hook]

30 DAY CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE DAY 29 – Tedashii – “Dum Dum” – feat. Lecrae (@tedashii @lecrae @reachrecords)

Day 29 of the 30 Day CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE. Tedashii Anderson, known simply as Tedashii, is an American Christian hip hop artist and member of the hip-hop troupe, 116 Clique. Tedashii has released four solo albums, Kingdom People, Identity Crisis, Blacklight and Below Paradise, on Reach Records. Tedashii’s delivery style is characterized by a deep voice that he can manipulate for rapping a wide range of flow schemes and patterns.

“Dum Dum”
(feat. Lecrae)

[Lecrae:]
Real Skinny
Loud Color Tenni’s
Body marked Up Like Graffiti
I don’t push a Maserati, Beamer, Benz or Bentley
And yeah I rode a foreign, and yes I’m looking spiffy
Go ahead and doubt us, but what you know about us
We ain’t gotta follow them (No), we take another route-a
No we ain’t blowin trees bro, open up my window
I see you poppin tags, but you know that’s why yo ends low
I tried to tell em we was comin’, go on, let us in
Why they hatin’ like we all a bunch of Hooligans?
No Gimmicks, Spirit in my lyrics
Know when people hear it they gon’ love or they fear it
And how we flow, when we show up at a show
They say we go S.O. hard in the paint, they can’t wait for some moe’
But some others say we preachin’, some close-minded teachin’
Like we ain’t heard of Marx life, and Niche, Believe me

[Chorus:]
Eh, They Don’t know about us, they don’t, they don’t know about us
They, They, they don’t know about us, they don’t know about
They think we Dum, Dum Diddy Dum, Dum
But they Gon’ know, they gon’ know about us
They gon’ know about us, they gon’ know about us
Oh they gon’ know about us, they gon’ know about us

[Tedashii:]
6, 2, 2 plus, go on add it up
(Hey, that’s a big problem, call it Calculus)
Math on some track, but content like I had enough
Long hair, don’t care, Samoan plus I’m tatted up
I know this blow ya mind, and I ain’t blowin pine
Not talkin’ women lookin skimpy every otha line
Yeah, I got a dime, about to make her mine
Life in Christ got me finished like a crossed a line
With the way that you’re telling me to sell, sell out
Nah man it’s so foolish, done tryin to be you and don’t fit
Mis-fit, I don’t trip, everybody hate Chris
They sayin get with this, just like a membership
They talkin’ slick like this is it, but it’s just gibberish
I say I’m interested, they say ‘you different’
Oh, you gon’ know even if you don’t let us in

Eh, They Don’t know about us, they don’t, they don’t know about us
They, They, they don’t know about us, they don’t know about
They think we Dum, Dum Diddy Dum, Dum
But they Gon’ know, they gon’ know about us
They gon’ know about us, they gon’ know about us
Oh they gon’ know about us, they gon’ know about us

[Tedashii:]
Dum on em, dum on em, like I could be
Dum on em, dum on em, like you should be
Dum on em, dum on em, like I would be
Dum on em, dum on em, yeah that’s cool with me

Eh, They Don’t know about us, they don’t, they don’t know about us
They, They, they don’t know about us, they don’t know about
They think we Dum, Dum Diddy Dum, Dum
But they Gon’ know, they gon’ know about us
They gon’ know about us, they gon’ know about us
Oh they gon’ know about us, they gon’ know about us

30 DAY CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE DAY 28 – Andy Mineo – “Young” Feat. KB (@Andymineo @kb_hga @reachrecords)

Day 28 of the 30 Day CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE. Andy Mineo, former stage name C-Lite, is an American Christian hip hop artist, producer, minister, and TV and music video director from New York City. He is currently signed to Reach Records and in addition to his solo work is a member of that label’s hip hop collective 116 Clique. “Young” is from the album “Formerly known”.

“Young”

[Verse 1: Andy Mineo]
Look it don’t matter if I’m young
This life isn’t mine I’m living for him now
I ain’t wasting time (tick tock) never turn back
I really ain’t missing nothing ‘stead of living for myself
I be living for the mission of the King that’ll soon be coming
Sin over promise under delivers
I ain’t with the nonsense I’m in the Scriptures
Get to know him early I tell ‘em why I wait
So I’mma serve him all my days

[Hook]
It don’t matter if I’m (young, young)
Yeah I’m unashamed (young, young)
That’s right I’m living for the King (young, young)
Through Him I can do all things (young, young)
Yeah it don’t matter if I’m (young, young, young, young)
No it don’t matter if I’m (young, young, young, young)
No it don’t matter if I’m (young, young, young, young)
No it don’t matter if I’m (young, young, young, young)
No it don’t matter if I’m young

[Verse 2: Andy Mineo]
They say living in your twenties
Go and get yours go and get money
So them wild oats slide with some honeys

Yeah I tried that already and them lies don’t satisfy buddy
This one’s really dumb they like have some fun
Now and change tomorrow, but that may never come (tick tock)

And they saying they excuse is that they young
Well you stop making excuses when a man’s what you become

Don’t believe the lies yeah y’all ain’t missing nothing
‘Cept never ending games of holding on to sand grains
They calling me a fool I giving what I can’t keep
Gaining what I can’t lose

[Hook]

[Verse 3: KB]
Aye Weezy told me get that money little duffle bag boy
Them dime bags, nickel bags, hustle then enjoy
But Eons D say go to jail, you get out you unemployed
Now you a Winn-Dixie, Publix or a Kroger bag boy

And uh, if I listen to the colleges
I probably come out sounding like a Darwinist

Agnostic and arguing tolerance I can do whatever no consequence
Partyin’ with a couple barbies
Doin’ Bob Marley spliffs
And my god is in science, psychology
The only problem is Yahweh’s real
I was locked up in a box cuz
Couldn’t pop the top until the Son popped up

Then He copped us with a drop blood
He would adopt the flock and by the cross bought us
Brought us from the bottom though I lost
Over what I got was God and His love

How could I be missing out on everything I’m hearing now?
This better and better I’m glad I’m young

So they say you young live your life
Do what you want I think they right
Cause we want Jesus living in our sight
You only live once, my homie’s living twice
New heaven homie new earth too

30 DAY CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE DAY 27 Crowder – “I AM”

Day 27 of the 30 Day CHRISTIAN MUSIC CHALLENGE. David Wallace Crowder, known by his mononymous stage name Crowder, is an American folktronica musician. He was the lead singer in the now defunct David Crowder Band. As of 2012, Crowder is making a solo career for himself on sixsteps records and Sparrow Records labels, and released his first solo album Neon Steeple on May 27, 2014. Crowder released his first solo single off the forthcoming album entitled “I Am” on November 25, 2013, which rose to the No. 3 position on the Christian Songs chart.

“I am”

There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place where we can’t’ find peace
There’s no end to amazing grace

Take me in with Your arms spread wide
Take me in like an orphan child
Never let go
Never leave my side

I am
Holding on to You
I am
Holding on to You
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on
I am

Love like this
Oh my God to find
I am overwhelmed
With a joy divine
Love like this sets our hearts on fire

This is my resurrection song
This is my halleluiah come
This is why it’s to You I run

There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place where we can’t find peace
There’s no end to amazing grace

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:16

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