MY SPY | Raw Review

And… BOOM!

So, I had the pleasure of screening MY SPY with Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman. Following the screening, I had the honor of interviewing one of the stars, and for this movie… it was the incredibly talented and in-touch, Chloe Coleman.

You know her from Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, you know her from Big Little Lies on HBO — she’s fantastic and here is what she had to say about her journey and growth through the production of My Spy.



ONWARD WITH THE RAW REVIEW!

The PG-13 Rating

Language? Honestly… not really a problem. If your kiddos have seen any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) content since Phase Three — and, they didn’t have any problems… then they’ll be fine 😉

Suggestive Content? None. It’s clean. The closest anything gets is some cute awkward romance interactions between two grown ups.

Violence? Again, did your kiddo do okay with when Nebula was getting ***** by Thanos in Avengers? They’ll be fine. In fact, nothing even COMES CLOSE to that.

Emotional Intensity. For a super fun film, there was some fairly gritty emotional content. It’s nothing like mass death or tragic loss, as much as it is people dealing with people, their own emotions, and the process of accepting themselves. For some younger children who are emotionally in tune, it might make some feelings bubble up to the surface – nothing bad, mind you… in fact, it’s a great opportunity to talk through some of these emotional valences from parent to kiddo.

The Content

It’s Self Aware. The entire production knows it is here to have fun. Nothing is taken too seriously. If anything, EVERYTHING is taken as it should be — plain fun!

It’s Charming. Chloe’s role in this film MADE THE FILM. The dynamic between Chloe Coleman and Dave Bautista brought the best out of them as a team — the happy, the sad, the hilarious, the nerve-wracking, and the romantic ridiculousness. It’s good stuff.

There are complex motivations, wide ranges of emotions, great times for adults and kids — strong lessons that deal with stereotypes, bullying, breaking the norm, and accepting oneself as a first step to helping others.

Comedic references were 100% laugh out loud and the timings were perfect. So perfect, in fact… that I caught myself saying the references out loud at the same time the characters did. #Priceless


Bottom Line: It’s worth the watch!

Get ready for an evening of fun, frills, action, LOLs, and all together feels of the goods watching good peeps and good guys win over the baddies.

When the action starts, sit back and smile. As the comedy hits NONSTOP, be sure you grab a pillow to brace your sides. They will hurt so good 🙂 AND, when you get all the feels — embrace them.

Once Again: A HUGE shoutout to Risa Chapnick at Boutique Publicity for including me in this ridiculously fun film.

My Spy is available now via Amazon Prime Video — GO WATCH IT!!!!

“Dads” | Bryce Dallas Howard | Film Review

So… a little while ago, I received an email via this blog asking if I’d be interested in screening a film and potentially being a part of a roundtable interview panel for Bryce Dallas Howard.

BRYCE. DALLAS. HOWARD.

In case you’ve been living under a rock… lol, whatever, we’ve ALL BEEN LIVING LIKE THAT… #COVID19… BUUUUT, we’ve also had access to streaming services. 🤓

You know her. She’s incredible; as an actor, director, and producer. If I listed her accomplishments, that’d be the entire blog.


So. ONWARD: I had my “Why, YES!” moment — and, got to screen the film late into the evening… with a teary pillow, LOL. It was a marvelous production.

Dads on Apple TV+ is Bryce Dallas Howard’s feature directorial debut. That was of particular interest to me; which became my question for her during our roundtable interview.

There is SO much to be said about the documentary — but, #NOSPOILERS.

So… I’ll leave you with this, and a few choice clips from interviews and trailers below, with my heartfelt encouragement to watch this film for Father’s Day 2020.

“Dads” is a celebration and exploration of the modern-day dad.

It’s a raw look that brings moments of joy, tears, and most importantly…shows them many ways a dad can be dads — fulfilling their role as Bryce said, as a caretaker.

And, while that in and of itself may not be “exciting or eventful” even per Bryce’s own words. Being a dad isn’t necessarily glamourous.

HOWEVER, what Ms. Howard masterfully depicted in her documentary is how incredible that one word can be.

CARETAKER.

This film shows how profound that one word…

How fun that one word…

How ridiculous that one word…

How dedicated that one word…

How devoted that one word…

And, how reviving this one word now has become for the modern day dad.


To me, a dad is one who is their child’s champion and true north in living their best life.


It was a wonderful production.

It carried diversity in thought, in spirit, in representation… and, most importantly, in “how dads do.” — imagine it from the voice of Ze Frank [example click here… not necessarily fully appropriate for work/kids 😬].

With that, a big shoutout to Boutique Publicity for including me in this remarkable experience.

And… that’s it! GO WATCH “DADS!”


MORE MEDIA BELOW ↴

Here’s a clip from our dad + mom blog roundtable

Here’s The Full Trailer

And… an interview bit with Bryce Dallas Howard

Please find the full article here.

Product Review: The Pelvic Clock™

Today’s product review is sponsored by The Pelvic Clock™.
While some of you may read my professional audience Blog @DrBenFung, I know many of you come from the parenting audience. And, if you’re like me… kiddo is HEAVY. AND, picking up heavy all throughout the day = sore back. So, I thought to share this product with you guys. I’ve messed around with it a good deal; and honestly, it’s a LOT of fun. What’s more, it’s one of those simple solutions where it’s hard to cheat, easy to get results, and no where near dangerous for babies/kiddos to be messing around with. Safety First!

As with many inventions, the Pelvic Clock came out of personal necessity. Founder & CEO Yana Blinova created the Pelvic Clock during a time when she was told her spine was so of whack, that her only hope was spine surgery. Being an olympic coach, she knew the power of Physical Therapy… both professionally and personally. Both her parents were olympic coaches; and, one of her twin brothers — being born with clubfeet — experienced transformative improvements through Physical Therapy.

 

Refusing to give up, she looked around her house for ANYTHING she could use to augment therapeutic exercises and alleviate her low back pain. Fashioning a broken pot lid & a towel for padding, she performed the popular Pelvic Clock exercises and felt immediate relief across her sacroiliac joint & low back.Not thinking much about it until far later when her many clients urged her to produce the Pelvic Clock as formal product, she went to work on design and production. After numerous revision and manufacturing intensities two years in the making…

The Pelvic Clock™ is proudly made in the USA!

It’s a rather intuitive device with a truly comfortable material texture. It isn’t too hard, nor is the height of it impossible to appreciate in terms of spinal extension. It is also more intuitive (to me at least!) with the explanation of the Pelvic Clock exercises as well as the proper muscle engagement in performing the pelvic clock exercises as a whole.

Yana and I had a wonderful conversation together and remarked on both the portability (for home health), the ease of use and simple patient education, and of course, the fact that it can be utilize in the clinic as ther-ex. The Pelvic Clock can be used on a hard surface, a soft surface such as a mattress, and even against a wall… which was, as Yana recalled, how a pregnant Physical Therapist used it the first time she was introduced to the product.

Through personal use of the Pelvic Clock, I was truly impressed by how HARD it was to cheat. Typically, with supine core exercises, it’s easy to engage with the lower extremities to feign substitute and compensatory movements. However, I tried… I mean, I REALLY TRIED to perform a posterior pelvic tilt with the lower extremities… No Go. However, *BOOM* with core engagement… PPT #Done.

The Pelvic Clock is highly rated on Amazon — and — I agree! It’s a solid product. Feels really nice. Is quality material. And, is made in the USA! I can see this useful in the clinic as a foundational exercise for low back concerns. And, since the exercise is rather self regulating, it can also be used much like most warm up exercises are in the clinic in terms of maximizing time management & productivity. Of course, that’s after a patient has demonstrated proper exercise technique 😉

I’m very pleased to present the Pelvic Clock with my recommendations. While the price may be seemingly high; the quality it presents with, the ease of use, and the fact that is made in America earns it my thumbs up!

Influenster Unilever Review

unilever review

So, as you know, one of the things I do on this site is product reviews. And, one of the venues to which I influenster badgedo this is via Influenster. After unboxing the products, I failed to realize that the light blue dryspray deoderant was actually designed for women. *womp womp*

Nevertheless, I characterized it as “light and fresh” vs. the more robust essence of the men’s “adventure” spray.

Ultimately, it came time for the acid test. 48 hours, they said. Dry, they said. Motion activated, they said.

Well… they pretty much said right! I put it on a day before I went to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And, after 20 minutes of hard rolling (aka sparring), I came home expecting to smell like… yeah. Well, I only partially smelled like… yeah. 48 hours may be a bit of a stretch. You could kinda appreciate the remnants of the dry spray trying to help out my odiferous situation. 36 hours is probably a bit more like it.

Nevertheless, it’s a nice product. I like that it is indeed a dry spray. And, it does smell nice. Thanks to Influenster for sending me some goodies to review.

Until Next Time!
-Ben