“So Let it be Written. So Let it be Done.” #TheTenCommandments

My movie review of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956, ‘The Ten Commandments’ will prove to be more difficult than I had ever expected.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film for review. The opinions of this blog are my own. I’m not a professional in any way but I am a movie fan.

The 1956 feature film ‘The Ten Commandments’ was, is and always will be my absolute favourite classic movie of all time.  There is no better actor, in my opinion, than Charlton Heston to take on the role of Moses!Debuting March 10, 2020, the Special Collector’s Edition includes both the 1923 and 1956 films, plus a 16-page booklet with rare photos and background about both movies … perfect for Easter gift-giving.  The beloved masterpiece is presented in a new Blu-ray Digibook from Paramount Home Entertainment.This spectacular release features three Blu-ray Discs™ and includes not only the fully restored 1956 version of the film, but also DeMille’s original 1923 silent version, as well as a 16-page booklet featuring rare photos and historical facts about both productions. The set also includes an in-depth, 73-minute documentary entitled “The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles,” commentary on the 1956 film by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic, The Ten Commandments,” newsreel footage of the film’s New York premiere, theatrical trailers, hand-tinted footage of the Exodus and Parting of the Red Sea sequence from the 1923 version, a two-colour Technicolor segment, and photo galleries.

DeMille’s last motion picture made Charlton Heston a superstar and remains a cinematic triumph and perennial fan-favourite. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS tells the story of the life of Moses (Heston). Once favoured in the Pharaoh’s (Yul Brynner) household, Moses turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom.The cast of the 1956 feature film was fantastic! Quite frankly, I can not envision any other actors to do the same as the 1956 cast.  This is not to say that the 1923 film isn’t good; au contraire! The 1923 version was fine but I personally prefer the 1956 one. In fact many scenes were kept the same or similar for the 1956 version.

The 1956 Cast:  Charlton Heston (Moses), Yul Brynner (Pharaoh Ramses), Anne Baxter (Nefretiri), Yvonne De Carlo (Sephora), John Derik (Joshua), Debra Paget (Lilia), Edward G. Robinson (Dathan), Vincent Price (Baka)

In my opinion ‘The Ten Commandments’ 1956 film should be seen at least once in your lifetime; good classic movies should be seen at least once! The Ten Commandments isn’t just ‘good’ … it’s fantastic!  It’s confusing to me, to understand why some people think that this movie has scenes that are inappropriate for young children; however, I am not of that opinion.  I was a child when I first saw it, and I saw it throughout my entire childhood; most of my friends did too.  We weren’t horrified, frightened, or shocked so badly that it stunted our growth.  As a parent, I did want to protect my daughter but not to the point where it would have made her ignorant. Having said this, all parents have the right to raise their children how they see fit.  As for me, I am happy to have been raised as I was … this helped influence me in making the decisions I made while raising my daughter.If you haven’t seen ‘The Ten Commandments’ and choose to take my advise, please do enjoy it.  It won’t have current-day special effects so keep this fact in mind. In spite of this, it has stood the test of time and is a classic film for a reason.  Should you choose not to see the film, or have already watched it, I ask you to reconsider. While this film is a glamorized Hollywood version of the biblical story of Moses, it was done wonderfully.

Please leave me a comment. Share your thoughts. Let me know if you’ve seen this film, and if you did what you thought of it.An After Thought:  Of course no one could foresee the current state of affairs!  The COVID-19 global pandemic has made it both interesting and difficult when it comes to shopping; however, although challenging you can still purchase goods and then have those goods shipped to your home. If you act quickly you might even get it in time for Easter.

My Experience With the Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera #acecam #giftedproduct

I’d like to start off by saying that this is my first experience with an action camera.  I was super excited to receive my Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens, and to learn how to use it too.  Very often I don’t really like to “read instructions” and even if I do read them I have difficulty following them.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own. IMG_8880Most of the times I just figure things out on my own by poking around here and there, or I learn by watching how someone else uses it.  It’s probably not the ideal way to learn but I learn by doing.  Long story short, I’m completely new to using an action camera!

AceCam is a Canadian distributor of action, dash, surveillance cameras and their accessories.

Let me also point out that from this point onwards instead of constantly writing out the entire name of the action camera [ Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens ] I will refer to it as Ace-Cam. The only reason for me doing this is because it’s much shorter and will facilitate both my writing and your reading!IMG_8886The action cameras that I’ve seen, whether at a store or in someone’s hand, are very small.  The Ace-Cam is no different; it’s small and extremely light! Without batteries it only weighs 44g! The size and weight is perfect for an action camera. It makes it easy to take with you when travelling; for example, and to carry with you while sightseeing. In fact, I’m especially looking forward to going on our upcoming trip so that I can take along my Ace-Cam and try it while snorkelling, and also to mount it either on my head or chest so I can record all the amazing views while hiking.IMG_8890The Ace-Cam comes with several basic accessories; including many different mounts and even a waterproof case! Better known action cameras often charge separately for these extras so it’s nice to have them included with the Ace-Cam.IMG_8887

Now since I am not experienced or even savvy when it comes to action cameras and/or any terminology, I will include the Brand’s description in quotes …

Product description by Ace-Cam:

  • 4K ULTRA HD Upgraded Model – The ultimate in action cameras. This model has a state of the art 4K ultra HD sensor with 4 times the resolution of 1080p full hd camera. UPGRADED MODEL shoots 4K video at 30 fps, 2.7k at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps. With an extreme 170 degree super wide angle, you can capture the perfect images on each adventure.
  • Near INDESTRUCTIBLE design with a solid Uni-Shell design built for the most rugged environments. Waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof case is resistant to a stunning depth of 60M underwater
  • Wifi wireless connectivity to your smart devices. Connect to your iOS or Android devices directly. Watch a live feed directly on your smartphone. Use the built-in HDMI port to display out to a TV.
  • Advanced functionality includes Time Lapse / Looping recording, White Balance, G Sensor Motion Detection, Photo Burst, Self Timer, Digital Stabilizer
  • Includes all basic accessories you need. Get started capturing memories today!

Product information as outlined by Ace-Cam:

“Capture your precious moments and make them last forever, with unbelievable 4K video. 4K is THE FUTURE. Soon all TVs will be 4K. Make your video 4K today!

Perfect for beginner or advanced action photographer.

Advanced functionality includes:

-Exposure control
-Time Lapse / Looping recording (Off, 1 minute, 3 minute, 5 minute)
-White Balance Controls
-G Sensor Motion Detection Recording
-Photo Burst (3 fps, 5 fps, 10 fps)
-Date stamp
-Self Timer (3 second, 5 second, 10 second)
-Digital Image Stabilizer (lets you shoot like a PRO!)
-Face Tracking
-Smile Detection

Comes with the following:
-1 C-Mall 4K Ultra HD Action Camera
-1 Waterproof Case
-1 Instruction Manual
-1 Helmet mount
-1 Bike mount
-1 NORTH AMERICAN power charger
-1 USB Cable
-1 Battery
-1 Lens cloth

And more! Make your life HD TODAY!”

Whew! Try to picture me sitting on the floor in front of the Ace-Cam and all of its accessories! For a newbie, like me, there is just so much to absorb, to learn, and to experiment. All of it is a little overwhelming but with a little patience anything can be done.  To be honest, it took much effort to just get the memory card inserted! Don’t laugh; it’s true!

The Ace-Cam does not come with a memory card; it requires a 16 to 64 GB card.

In order to have enough memory for just about anything, I purchased a 64 GB micro SDXC memory card.

NOTE: Ensure that the memory card you purchase is rated A1 for faster app performance and UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback. My memory card can store up to 24 hours of Full HD video!

Putting my initial struggles aside, eventually I was able to figure out how to make the camera work. Set up of the Ace-Cam is simple enough; however, I highly recommend going through all of the settings, familiarize yourself with camera, and take it for a test run (or two) before you expect to use it. Although manoeuvring through the camera’s settings is simple, there are many functions to learn to use.  Last thing you want is to be put on the spot, not know how to use the camera and miss out on a lovely video or photo opportunity.

The Ace-Cam does not come with an instruction manual but you can look at the brand’s YouTube channel to view their how-to videos, which will help.

On the side of the Ace-Cam box there are QR codes for Apple, Android, and Android for China that you can scan, and they’ll take you to an APP for you to download.  You can connect with your smartphone, ipad, and  iphone. The APP will allow you to take pictures, view them, and share them. It would be nice if it allowed me to edit my videos but I will eventually find an APP for a video editor so that I can create great videos for my YouTube channel.IMG_8889For now, I will say this:  The Ace-Cam is a basic action camera that is great for newbies to learn on.  Personally, I feel that when it comes to action cameras I definitely am an extreme newbie that needs much more time to learn how use an action camera. Although I am struggling to learn how to use the Ace-Cam, this fact is not indicative of a complicated action camera.  On the contrary! What is fact is that I am finding it extremely difficult to learn new things, remember things (in general), and that I take much more time to process new information. Aging is definitely the culprit here.

I look forward to my upcoming trip, where I hope to be using my Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens so that I can experiment more with it!

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Ace-Cam as an economical version of a big brand name action camera.  The Ace-Cam is perfect for newbies; like me. What a perfect gift for your teenagers!  I would gift it to many of my adult friends as well.  It’s the perfect little addition to take on your travel trips.

Find more information on the Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens visit their site:

https://www.ace-cam.ca/action-cam-4k.html

Freebie Friday – March 20, 2020 #FreebieFriday

Do your kids enjoy reading?  Before the COVID19 craze, our day-to-day lives followed hurried, scheduled lives.

[this post is NOT SPONSORED]

These times of self-isolation and social distancing can be difficult for adults; however, I’m certain that it’s extremely challenging … if not boring … for kids.

Guess what?  Amazon, and Audible, have provided a FREE treat for the kids (and you). For as long as schools are closed kids can instantly stream a collection of stories, in 6 different languages, and all they have to do is start listening!

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen