March Movie Madness! ~WIN Whip It!~

I’ve never been into the basketball playoffs that make up “March Madness.”

But movies? Now, I can get into movies.

I’m celebrating my own version of March Madness at The Writer’s Block with some terrific movie giveaways this month.

First up: Whip It.

Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate and receive a small commission 
on my referrals that result in purchases. 

Whip It is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut. It’s an engaging story about a teenage girl who’s trapped in a small Texas town with a pageant-crazy mom and a weak dad. Ellen Page (from Juno) stars as Bliss Cavender, who finds her passion in roller derby. 
If you like “coming of age” films (think Sixteen Candles), you’ll enjoy Bliss’s story. If you like movies about the small town guy or girl looking to make a break for the big city (think It’s a Wonderful Life), you’ll have fun watching Bliss become the star of roller derby in the big city of Austin, Texas. 
Ellen Page’s acting is terrific, and Drew Barrymore is to be commended for a solid start as a director. I haven’t been on roller skates in several decades, yet I found myself wondering if I could skate roller derby. Hmmmm. Me? On skates, knocking other women down and taking nasty spills myself? (Are you laughing? Is that laughter I hear?)
I don’t know. There’s something kind of curiously attractive about being tough like that. And the fact that the movie causes me to even think in that direction? Now that’s good storytelling. 
A few warnings: I would not recommend this film for children (it’s not appropriate for “family movie night”). It’s full of cursing and vulgar slang terms. Bliss lies to her parents; there’s underage drinking, and obvious and implied sexually intimate scenes. It’s rated PG-13.
You can win a copy of Whip It on DVD. Just leave a comment, telling me your favorite “coming of age” film or “small town kid who wants the big city life” film. If you tweet this post, come back and leave another comment, which means you’ll get two entries. 
The contest will be open through Monday, March 8, at noon. I will use to choose three winners from the comments. 
I can’t wait to read your comments and find out some of your favorite movies! And I look forward to helping you win your very own copy of Whip It.  
Whip It is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 
Disclosure: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment provided me one copy of the film Whip It on DVD in order to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation for my review or this post. I am an Amazon affiliate and receive a small commission on my referrals that result in purchases. 

Movie Lovers: Visit the Netflix Holiday House and Enter to Win a Gift Basket From Netflix

Long before my kids were born, I worked for a Nashville publishing house. I loved my job and my creative co-workers, who happened to be movie fanatics.

We had a great time talking about our favorite movies and quoting scenes to one another.

Eventually, we swapped our lists of our “favorites,” even to the point we’d ask job candidates during interviews to name their favorite movies. I thought it was a lot of fun, not only to relive some memorable cinematic moments but also to discover some new movies and learn a little bit more about my friends.

So, as a nod to my former co-workers, I want to hear your top three favorite movies. Just comment below AND (here’s the best part!) …

When you do, you’ll be entered to win this AWESOME gift basket from Netflix with autographed CDs from Julianne Hough and Jennifer Hudson plus the following Netflix-branded items:

  • slippers
  • two luggage tags
  • one messenger bag
  • business card holder
  • soccer jersey

I’ll bet as you read through the comments, you’ll find some titles of movies you’ve never seen or you’d like to see again. Netflix can help with that!

Leave at least three favorite movies (more if you’d like) in the comments and you’re entered to win the basket.

Earn additional entries by:

  1. Tweeting the contest with this link
  2. Posting the contest with this link to your Facebook profile

(Please come back here, though, and leave a comment for each, saying what you did).

The contest will be open until midnight, December 21st. Winner will be announced Tuesday, December 22nd.

And because you asked (and because there’s NO WAY I could ever limit myself to just three), here are my Top Ten Favorite Movies (in no particular order):

  1. Gone With the Wind
  2. Cinema Paradiso
  3. Moulin Rouge
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life
  5. Waiting for Guffman
  6. Memento
  7. American Beauty
  8. Rope
  9. The Sixth Sense
  10. The Matrix

Visit the Netflix Holiday House

Nashville shoppers are in for a special treat.

The Netflix Holiday House is open today, December 17, at Opry Mills Mall in the Food Court. As Blonde Mom Blog says, you’ll probably just want to move in!

At the Holiday House, you can take a break from shopping, have a snack, and try out Netflix-ready devices for instant streaming of TV episodes and movies.

Take a much-needed break from the crowds and craziness and visit the Netflix Holiday House at Opry Mills today. You’ll get some great gift ideas for the movie lover on your list and learn about new ways to enjoy your Netflix membership.

Compensation disclosure: I have not been compensated for this giveaway but did agree to participate with other Nashville bloggers on this promotion. I agreed to do it because I thought it sounded like fun and am really excited for one reader of The Writer’s Block to win this great gift basket.