Watch you must! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie night

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Wow! What a wonderful surprise to have been invited to collaborate in this campaign. We are huge fans of the Star Wars franchise, and knowing this is the last film in the Saga, we couldn't miss the opportunity to celebrate the release of the film for home entertainment. So please continue reading to find out what we did for our Movie Night, and what we thought about the film. 


When our Star Wars movie night kit (shown in the picture above) arrived, we were beyond excited. Considering what's going on all over the world, this definitely lifted up our spirits. Not only that, but it also made us feel like kids again. Let me show you all the movie-themed goodies we got, thanks to Disney and our friends at Allied Contigo. 

We obviously got our very own copy of the film, as there wouldn't be a movie night without the movie. I did not hesitate one bit, to load the digital code, so we could watch the film in any of our devices.  Also, check out this super cool LED message lightbox. I'm kind of obsessed with it! You can write so many personalized messages for your loved ones, who in our case, also happen to be Star Wars fans. Plus, the light is so bright, it is the perfect night light as well. It quickly became one of my favorite items in this movie-night kit.


We also got some really cool toys! What better way to make time until we watched the movie than playing Star Wars Monopoly? This game is going to be played so often, I can guarantee you that. Oh and the themed walkie talkies, not only are they cool, but super useful. I can see ourselves communicating across the house and even out in the patio, without having to be dependent on our phones. I can tell you, this would definitely be more fun. 


We also got some plates and cups, so that we could enjoy our movie night yummies on these. I must say, I really love the art on these ones. It really doesn't matter if you are for the dark side, or the rebels, there is a bit of both sides on them, and I'm really enjoying them. 


Check.This.Out! Definitely two must-haves for entertaining during movie night. I know I already have a few jealous friends over the awesome Death Star Cheese Board--What! I just can't get enough of it, hahaha. The craftsmanship is incredibly detailed, making this a great conversation starter, and a cool collector’s piece. Plus a very useful item as well, if I may add since we do snack on cheese, fruit, and other goodies often. The item on the right side is a popcorn popper. I didn't even know there was such a thing, but I'm really liking it. This was such a thoughtful item, considering we were about to watch an incredible film. Popcorn just goes hand in hand with the whole concept. Thus, definitely something really cool to have, and I couldn't wait to try it.


How cool are these? I really wanted to show you guys how the popcorn popper looked, once expanded, and I also wanted to share the functionality of the cheese board. Can you see the knives inside? Yes, those were included, and they are awesome!


And that wasn't even all of it. If you are reading us, you know that we are in Colorado, thus, it's still pretty cold here,  for March. Well, our friends thought of us, and look what they've sent. Oh my gosh! You have no idea how many people have already asked me about the Chewbacca pillow. I'm like "No, it's mine!" Hahaha. It's literally been a hit. I guess Chewie is just one of those characters that everyone loves, and therefore, this would be a great gift for any Star Wars fans in your family--or yourself, why not? Lastly, check out the super cozy plush blanket. It has a very cool design, and it is so soft, it's somewhat dangerous. I wasn't even sleepy, and I started falling asleep when I wrapped myself around it. So please, do not use it if you need to get things done. Then again, it might give you a very good sleep if needed. Hey, it happened to me. I'm still drooling a little just to think about it.


PREPPING FOR MOVIE NIGHT
Now that we have all of our goodies aside, we have to talk about the yummies to eat during the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie release celebration. Yes, I know it was a bit hard to let that Chewbacca pillow alone for a bit, but it was imperative to get cracking on the food.

I have to be honest. I really, really wanted to bake cookies--you know, considering that popular saying of: "Come to the Dark Side, we have cookies", and all. However, with the quarantine, my husband got bored before the weekend and baked so many cookies, we were done with anything having to do with cookies. 

Not to fear, because I was already planning to make a "lighter" dessert for us, which wasn't complicated, but still celebrated one of the most epic Sagas ever made in the history of cinema. 

We made something of a Ying-Yang, Dark vs Rebel Pudding. It had an orange color jel dessert (or gelatin) on the bottom and delicious chocolate pudding on the top. And we topped it up with a sprinkle of powdered sugar in the shape of one of the representative logos of the film. 


These were a very delightful addition to our menu for this movie night, and if you want to make your own, it's super easy. You'll need a packet of your favorite chocolate pudding, and the ingredients described in the reverse of the package to make it. You'll need a packet of your favorite strawberry jel/gelatin dessert (sorry can't be naming brands, but you know what I mean). If you think the color will be on the pink side, rather than the orange side, you can add just a speck of orange food colorant. That is what we did, to avoid the pink tones, and make the red more intense as well. However, consider that you can replace the strawberry flavor for orange; both taste fantastic when combined with chocolate. We prefer strawberry, in either case. You'll also need milk and/or water, depending on your pudding and jel dessert recipe. You will need molds, or if you'd prefer, you can use cups, as we did. To make the logo, you will need stencils. You can either buy them like we did or get creative and make your own. I know of some very thin cutting boards that would be great for this craft. Nonetheless,  you can use a clean piece of cardboard as well. 


So in the picture below, you can see that we used natural orange food color, to add to our project. I also reused these glass cups for the dessert. We originally got these with another similar dessert, from a big-box store, thus we thought it was a perfect size and use for our personalized dessert. Keep in mind that if you have children, you might not want to use glass. However, you can use plastic cups or a small bowl. Just make sure that when you are pouring either mixture, that it is cool enough, that it won't damage or melt your container.


Follow the instructions in the back of your packages. In my opinion, start with the one that will be more solid, in this case, the jel dessert. Once everything was pretty much done, it was time to place in my cups.


You are going to want to fill them only halfway, so you leave enough space for the chocolate pudding. If you have leftover, just use another container, and enjoy it later on. 


After placing that on the refrigerator, continue with the pudding. You can either start part of the process the night before or really early on the same day, so you can give the gelatin enough time to harden.

Like before, continue following the instructions on your pudding's package, and let it cool down. You don't want to place this on your cups when it's warm, or it will melt the other dessert and even combine, making a mess at the end. It might still taste good, but it won't look the same.


If everything goes well, and you've done this right, it should look very much like the picture below. You have your orange color on the bottom, with a very defined separation from the chocolate pudding.


Now on to the fun part, the powdered sugar. Make sure that you are placing your dessert on top of a plate or an easy-to-clean surface. The last thing that you want, is to create a mess that is going to take time to clean, when you'd rather be playing Star Wars Monopoly, hahaha.

Place the stencil on top of the cup, or bowl if you decided to go with the last one, and gently sprinkle powdered sugar from a sifter. This way, you don't get big chunks of the sweetener, but you get enough to make your pattern visible.

Tada! Be advised that the sugar melts quickly into the pudding, so keep in mind, that you'd want to do this ideally at the moment of serving. However, if you just want to make a jel dessert by itself, the design might last longer, and you can show it off in a very nice dessert table. And yes of course, I had to make one with the Death Star. Darth Vader is one of my favorite characters, and we had to include him in this project. Mmm, chocolate--enjoy!

For our main dish, we made enchiladas. With the quarantine and all, we had to make tortillas and sauce from scratch, but hey--it's more fun that way! We have turkey for days and days, so it was perfect for the enchiladas. 



Just waiting on the oven to heat up, so we can stick these delicious enchiladas in, and carry on. Oh my gosh, I was so anxious to eat them, and my stomach was reminding me about it every step of the way. I didn't know my stomach could speak Wookie, hahaha.


Ready! Oh my, they look so good. It was time to start serving all the goodies because we were as excited to eat these, as we were to finally watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


But while the enchiladas were cooling, we started snacking on other goodies as well. How about some popcorn? Five tablespoons of corn kernels, and four minutes into the microwave it goes.


To my surprise, the popcorn popper worked quite well. It wasn't that hard to add some flavor to them, in order to enjoy them just the way we like our popcorn. I will definitely be using this little kitchen gadget often. Super easy to clean as well.


Have I mentioned that we love snacking on cheese and fruit? Well, we sure had some of these as well as we waited for the enchiladas to cool down. Believe me, these snacks did not last long. They were good, and we were very hungry, haha. I have to thank Disney and Allied Contigo again. I'm so in love with this cheese board. It's such a great item for us to have, and although I know the Death Star was something really bad, you have to admit it was a very interesting piece of sci-fi architecture--okay, I confess I am a fan. Everything Death Star or Darth Vader, that's my thing. Can we just say, he was misunderstood and that's why things went sideways? Okay, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


But enough about analyzing characters. It's time to watch the movie and enjoy the food. Let the show begin!


OUR MOVIE NIGHT EXPERIENCE
Too many emotions, not enough words. I think that even people that are not huge fans of Star Wars, can actually say that they liked at least one of the movies. My older cousins, and my husband, since they are the same age, grew up with these characters, and they got to see the first movies in theaters. I was too young to have had that experience myself, until episodes I, II and III came out. I never considered myself a huge fan before that. I enjoyed the films, I loved the Ewoks and Chewbacca of course, but again, I just thought of the films, as classics of the movie industry. However, the more I got to know people who were very much into the fandom, the more I started to understand the sense of community it brought to light. With that being said, it was more about what the films represent than just the fact you are entertaining yourself with a movie. 

I read some comments from other people, who were very disappointed with this film. They were vague about it but still disappointed. I don't understand why but fortunately was not our case. 
We all enjoyed the film a lot. Questions had been answered, expectations were met. We got to see all of our favorite characters, and it was interesting to observe that they incorporated a bit of every single movie into this last one. It makes sense because it was a reminder of the long journey that the story had gone through, and it would only be fair to honor it by bringing all of those memories and characters together in one last film. By last, I mean, in this Saga, not in the Star Wars universe. 

We had fun playing with the toys and games, we were so kindly sent. We enjoyed cooking, and prepping the food--mostly eating it, but the process is always fun as well. The movie was very exciting, intense at times, with loads of 'a-ha' moments, definitely sad to see it end, but like they say; everything has to come to an end sometime. On the bright side, now we know all the story; the how, the when, the why. And with all of that, we will totally plan for a Star Wars marathon, because movies like these, are worth enjoying with your loved ones, over and over again. One thing I must say that I've always appreciated from the Star Wars franchise is that they've been very consistent with the special effects. Considering that the films have been made in groups of trilogies, decades apart, this has to be one of the most incredible features that have always had me quite impressed. The soundtrack, as always, brilliant. Casting, the finest as expected from every Star Wars movie. Costume design and make-up artists are truly masters at what they do. I feel that all in all, it was an epic and totally unexpected ending for the Skywalker Saga, at least for those of us that didn't read the books: We quite enjoyed it.

In conclusion, we had an extraordinary time during our movie night, and we wouldn't hesitate to repeat the whole thing again. 

I truly hope our experience has inspired you to plan for your very own Star Wars themed movie night. In case you didn't know, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is already available on digital, which is perfect if you are staying home with your loved ones right now. And, it will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K, and Ultra HD tomorrow March 31st, if you prefer to watch in any of these formats. One thing that the Star Wars franchise has taught me, has been the sense of community like I've mentioned before. How people can be there for you in good times, and the bad times. Right now, the whole world is passing through some very difficult times, and we can do our part by staying home if we can. We are all in this together, and to be honest with you, what better way to pass time as a family, than the enjoyment of this wonderful story beginning to end.


Thank you so much for reading about our experience during this family event. And please, share with us in a comment, anything you'd like about the Star Wars films. Have you watched The Rise of Skywalker? Which is your favorite character? What did you think about the overall film? What is your favorite flavor of pudding? What types of cheese do you recommend for our next movie night? Did you go to the Dark Side, because they had cookies? Or did you resist temptation and are a proud Jedi? Neither? We knew you were a Rebel, hahaha. In any case, we'd love to read you, and know that you are staying safe at home. Whatever you do, in the end, remember to smile, we all need a little hope. 

XOXO







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ABOUT THE FILM


“Everything you want from a Star Wars film” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety

OWN THE FINAL FILM IN THE CONCLUSION OF THE SKYWALKER SAGA
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Over two hours of bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary and behind-the-scenes access to the cast and filmmakers who brought the epic scenes and characters to life

BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020) — Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere, it lands physically in 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 31.

Bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Bonus features also dig into the film’s Pasaana desert scenes, including the thrilling landspeeder chase, and the ship in which Rey discovers family secrets as well as a new little droid named D-O. Plus, fans will hear from Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as Wicket the Ewok, as well as the creature effects team that created a record 584 creatures and droids for the film. Digital consumers will receive an exclusive feature highlighting legendary composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga.

Bonus features include*:

  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!

Digital Exclusive:

  • The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

The ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga welcomed the return of original characters Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, along with the latest generation of heroes and villains, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Maz, Rose, General Hux and Kylo Ren. Newcomers include Jannah, a new ally of the Resistance; Allegiant General Pryde of the First Order; and smuggler Zorii Bliss.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Ultimate Collector’s Edition, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD paired with fully immersive picture and sound and Dolby Atmos audio, allowing viewers at home to practically feel the Force.

On March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 142 min.
RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF
ASPECT RATIO: 2.39:1                             
AUDIO: 4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

SUBTITLES: 4K UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and French
   Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French
   DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French
   Digital = English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

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ABOUT STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Naomi Ackie (Jannah), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Richard E. Grant (General Pryde), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Keri Russell (Zorii Bliss), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), with Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian).

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio, based on characters created by George Lucas. Composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga since 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, returns for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California. Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. ©2020 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

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