#JediChallenges : Awaken Your Jedi with @LenovoCanada and @MelissaDiMarco

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photo courtesy of Out There Productions

Ever since the last Kylo Ren movie came out, more commonly known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens I have excitedly been awaiting the new film The Last Jedi. Thanks to the team at Out There with Melissa DiMarco and Lenovo Canada I had the opportunity to try out the new Augmented Reality ( AR  ) Jedi Challenges.

I think this would make an amazing game at night, because the AR brings a lot of stunning bright colours that would reflect well on the black backdrop.  What is kind of incredible is the lightsaber is made as an exact replica of the one used in the films.  Additionally you will have a small beacon, which looks like a round glowing orb about the size of a tennis ball, to be calibrated so that the game knows where to situate itself.

Inside the visor you place over your eyes, you use a smartphone with the downloaded app, either on Android or iOS. As it is augmented you can actually see through the visor so that it’s not you being transported to a place with Kylo Ren, rather he is transported to your living room or wherever you decide to set up the game. New characters will be added to the game, including one and she will be brand new, specifically for the Jedi Challenges.

This game is the first of its kind, and the ultimate home experience, to continue living the world of Star Wars as a Jedi even after the credits of the movie come up. The Star Wars Jedi Challenges Activation to try out the game yourself will be set up in downtown Toronto through December 21st, having the chance to win one for yourself!

May the force be with you.

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Ultimate Star Wars Experience – May the Force be with You

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I am so excited to tell you about all the amazing things that Star Wars has in store just in time not only for the Holiday Season but also for the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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While I am a new Star Wars fan and a HUGE one at that, falling deeply for the themes behind Darth Vader and his huge heart, not wanting anyone to die.  Though this of course takes him a bit too far and over to the dark side. Now with Rogue One and The Force Awakens, new and old fans can come together. Disney taking over a lot of this really also brings a special magic to the series.

Which is why other than the Cineplex gift from Xbox to see the new film in style, I am also excited to have my own droid! While the cute lil’  Porg plushies are beginning to turn up, I don’t really quite know his story yet so it is hard to get attached right away.

But in the same way of E.T and Wall E, the puppy like attributes that BB8 brings to Rey and others like Poe Dameron I was beyond THRILLED to have my own little droid.

It works perfectly, either with the force band that comes with or with the app, which I am very happy that it comes on both Andriod ( which the fiancee uses ) and iPhone ( which I use ) so we can both have fun with this cutie rolling around, making the iconic sounds from the film.

Still working on the Lego Set, but will have a follow up post about that Millenium Falcon and then something on the Battlefront II game as well as Knights of the Republic once I get my hands on an XBOX – Microsoft has them on a great sale especially with Cyber Monday being tomorrow !

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May the force be with you,

Melissa ♡

THOR: Ragnarok Movie Review *SPOILERS*

If you are looking for a great fun film to see as the weather gets colder in the city, this is the one for you. As a big fan of the Marvel Universe, I was not sure what to expect after watching Spiderman: Homecoming.  While I loved that film and myself being a big fan of the web-slinger, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed the new Thor: Ragnarok film much better.

What appealed to me the most was that there wasn’t, for the most part, a clear beginning or end.  It was more getting thrown into the life of Thor where he is now and then leaving.  The film could have easily been a TV series in the way it keeps your attention.  Even the less important characters you meet along the way seem to matter.

One of the moments I loved was the cameo that Stan Lee had was to cut off Thor’s hair. This was a fun part for me because it felt as though I was watching Stan Lee in the comics drawing Thor with shorter hair but in a different and more creative way.

In the film, there are a handful of surprise guests and fun easter eggs of not just Marvel fans, but others who love film.

What could have been improved was the role of Idris Elba, it almost seemed like he appeared in the story out of nowhere.  Where he plays such a critical role in making a pivot in the part of the film where it changes course, it was as if it was not explained properly creating enough flow and background for what he did.

Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, and even Matt Damon gave a stellar performance, putting you right in the action.  While this will definitely be a film you will want to buy on Blueray, you will want to catch this one in theatres, and in 3D while it is still showing.

Best always,

Melissa ❤

Spiderman: Homecoming Review *SPOILERS*

Spiderman Homecoming was amazing. I went in with hesitations because I was so infatuated with the role of Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.

The opening short film by Peter Parker told in a self documentary style I found pretty brilliant.  Made it a lot more of a personal connection. Instead of introducing Peter Parker told through a narrator or Hollywood style overview, I enjoyed that Peter is introducing himself.  It is as if he is showing us the video on his cell phone of what his internship is really like with Stark Enterprises.

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Tom Holland did such an incredible job with this role. Normally high school students in movies don’t really seem like high school students.  But in this film the age of the casting was much more believable for the scenes.  With Tom Holland being just 21 years old cast as a 15 year old it allows for a sense of realism and relatability.

It is also one of the rare times that you empathise with a villain.  Starting the movie with the backstory of The Vulture is something unique and created a backstory I was not expecting at the beginning of a Spiderman movie, but enjoyed.

When Michael Keaton as the vulture opens the door it really freaked me out. I was 100% sure that he had the love interest held hostage.  But then a twist happens and it turns out he is the girl dad.  He has something deeper and more personal with Peter Parker.  Gives us more depth for him rather than just an evil villain in the movie.

I will say I could have used more action scenes and suspense.  Even though the movie went for just over 2 hours, if it went for another 2 I would have been totally fine with it.

I am not sure about Zendaya as “MJ”. They never explicitly said that she would be Mary Jane.  Unless they have some chemistry in movies to come, she should remain as Michelle and keep it simple.

I hope whether you have thoughts that it might not be exactly what you are looking for, you should still watch it. If you are a Spiderman fan, especially of the comics you will not be disappointed. Very much hoping that the Sinister Six will be in upcoming movies too.

Best always,

Melissa ❤

Sometimes you just need some 90s Disney

Sometimes we just miss the old Disney movies…

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Where they were simply hand drawn, instead of all digitally made ( except for Frozen of course, because Frozen is everything ) If only life could be like simpler times.  Where kids didn’t grow up so fast. And they would just understand to appreciate each other and enjoy being a kid. That even when you think your parents are embarrassing you or being annoying, they just care about you.

and in the words of Powerline

“If we listen to each other’s hearts
We’ll find we’re never too far apart
& maybe love is the reason why
For the first time ever we’re seeing it eye to eye”

May your dream that you wish come true,

Melissa ♥

 

Brandy ( my dog ) and Dogs of Disney

Hello !

Sorry in advance for writing a sad post – but just yesterday my dog who was a great friend to me passed away. She was just over 14 human years old.

I don’t think I could be more sad than I am now.

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I know today is Valentines Day but I think love for your dogs is just as important as a romantic or friendship love.

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 No matter what they do, whether bite your shoe or pee in places they shouldn’t.  When they are gone you will miss all of it.

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In light of this I would like to remember all of our favourite puppies, pooches and poodles from the original films to the ones from the 2000s.

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When you have a dog, unless you have been through it before, you have no idea how much it will hurt when you have to say goodbye.

May your dream that you wish come true,

Melissa ♥

Canadian going to Disney World Orlando

Hello!

As someone who LOVES Disney World, in Orlando Florida I am excited to share this amazing offer with you.  It might seem to good to be true, but its totally fine.  It is directly from Disney’s official website.

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Right now – until February 28th, Canadian Residents can save SO MUCH on tickets.  Where they retail for $140 Canadian ( aprox) for tickets to just one park ie. Magic Kingdom, you can save much more with their online promotion.

Tickets costing as low as $14 a day ( if you go for 10 days ).

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If you are thinking to go to Walt Disney World this year, and are a Canadian Resident, you won’t want to miss out on this offer!

May your dream that you wish come true,

Melissa ♥