Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is a big movie for my family. We’ve watched it soooo many times and throw quotes like, “You cussing with me,” and “HOT BOX” around on a regular basis. That’s why we’re all going a little nuts about Isle of Dogs, which hits theaters March 23rd. This one’s about a kid in Japan who loses his dog and has to find it on an island that’s entirely populated by dogs. I know. It’s so Wes Anderson that I feel like Bill Murray just walked up and whacked me with a roll of eclectic wallpaper. It’s probably going to be great though and, if you’re like me, you kind of have to see every movie Wes Anderson makes anyhow. So, want to see Isle of Dogs EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
I just got an update about the new Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands, and it’s good news! Looks like the Grand Opening is set for March 28th, with a soft-opening starting March 20th. You’ll be able to get discounted food and nonalcoholic drinks that week while the staff is training. Those tickets will go on-sale tonight at drafthouse.com. The new Alamo Drafthouse will also feature a bar/event-space called Vetted Well, which will open up to a patio on the White Rock Trail. There will be plenty of bike parking, if you choose to pedal your own over or borrow one of the countless Lime Bikes that are laying around Lake Highlands. Continue reading →
Have you noticed how many bad-ass women there are in movies right now? I’d hate to call it a TREND because I don’t want to see it go away, but I think Wonder Woman might have shaken movies execs awake. Since then, we’ve seen Charlize Theron play a lady-John Wick in Atomic Blonde, Tessa Thompson as a Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, and ALL the women of Black Panther kick tremendous ass. That’s why it seems highly appropriate to introduce Alicia Vikander as our new Laura Croft in Tomb Raider. Vikander is tiny, but she wanted to be taken seriously in the role of video-adventurer so she bulked up with weight training and performed her own stunts. See? Total bad-ass! So, do you want to see the new Tomb Raider EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
I took my 13-year-old daughter to a screening of Love, Simon last night. We both laughed and cried our way through this tale of a high-school senior (an adorable Nick Robinson) who is struggling to come out to his friends and family. It’s a sweet, if not entirely realistic story about the desire for love and acceptance, but when the lights came up, I could tell it meant much more to my daughter.
“Oh WOW,” she gushed. “I just want to watch it all over again, right now!”
Emma related to Love, Simon the same way I did to my favorite John Hughes’ movies, like Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club. She also appreciated it’s messages of empathy and courage, which go beyond the question of coming out to one’s family. Kids drop truth-bombs on their parents regularly, so they know that even little disclosures, like bad grades or big mistakes, take their own type of courage. Love, Simon shows kids that families can weather disclosures, big and small, and still love and support each other.
I encourage parents to see Love, Simon with their older kids (it’s rated PG-13 for profanity, some sexual references, and images of kids drinking alcohol) to help open the door to those types of conversations. I also suspect that this film will inspire kids to “come out” about all sorts of things, from sexual preference and gender identity, to depression issues or even eating disorders. Love, Simon has the potential to motivate kids in a positive way and, if they are inspired to bravery, we as parents and care-givers should rise to the occasion, as well. Continue reading →
I should probably be embarrassed by how many times I watched 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet with my kids. That goofy little flick about garden gnomes (James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) from two feuding tribes who fall in love was just sweet enough to pull me in. It had the benefit of a great Elton John soundtrack as well, and was (sadly) my kids’ first introduction to Benny & the Jets. Plus, I’m so sweet on James McAvoy that just his voice is enough to make me swoon. Gnomeo & Juliet didn’t end like the classic it’s based on, so our star-crossed lovers are back and this time, they have to solve the mystery of missing garden gnomes. Johnny Depp joins the cast as Sherlock Gnomes and, even better, Elton John is back to Executive-Produce and help with the soundtrack. So, who want passes to see Sherlock Gnomes EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
I promise I’ll get around to talking about Love, Simon in just a minute. First though, I want to talk about this new Netflix show that my kids and I can’t get enough of. It’s Queer Eye, which is an updated version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy from 2003. I didn’t expect to like this new cast as much as the original, but I’ll be damned if they don’t have me and my daughters happy-crying on nightly basis. In fact, we were watching last night when they helped a young man who wanted to come out to a family member (apparently they don’t just help straight guys these days). In a show of solidarity, each of the Queer Eye hosts talked about their own difficulties coming out to friends and family. It was incredible, imagining that these confident, sparkling men could ever be insecure or scared. Once again, I was crying but it also made me especially excited about Love, Simon. This movie tells the story of a high-school boy (Nick Robinson from Jurassic World and The Kings of Summer) who struggles to share his long-held secret, and I think the Queer Eye guys would love it! If you would love it too, Continue reading →
My kids are bigger cynics than I am, when it comes to movies.
They see almost as many films as I do and have had their hearts broken by more than one (read Emma’s review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children HERE for a taste of that). The girls know that it’s often best to keep your expectations low, which might be why I’m struggling to get them excited about A Wrinkle in Time. They enjoyed the book by Madeleine L’Engle, but know how hard it is for movies to live up to the originals. They’re too young to appreciate Ava DuVernay and how cool it is that she’s directing this, or to understand why I’m excited to see Mindy Kaling on the big screen. In fact, the only person my kids are pumped about seeing in A Wrinkle in Time is Oprah Winfrey, but it might be because of her I Love Bread vine.
It doesn’t really matter because I’m making them see A Wrinkle in Time with me anyhow and YOU CAN TOO, thanks to this stack of FREE MOVIE PASSES I just got! Continue reading →
Free Screenings are great and all, but a Free Screening with the movie’s STARS in attendance are the best kind! Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger (yeah, his son) are coming to Dallas to promote their new movie Midnight Sun and you could be there! Grab passes to this special screening Continue reading →
I’ve been struggling to write a review of Red Sparrow, and not just because I don’t know how it ends (yeah, I walked out). See, even I was surprised by the strong reaction I had to this dull, but not entirely awful film about a ballerina who is forced to become a Russian spy. Dominika suffers a career-ending injury but must still care for her ailing mother. She accepts the help of her creepy Uncle, who just happens to be the head of a dangerous Russian Intelligence Agency. This is where Dominkia is taught to be a Red Sparrow, which is essentially a spy who uses sex to get information.
What follows is a seemingly endless montage of sex, sometimes violent, sometimes not, but always starring Lawrence in some ridiculous bathing-suit, lingerie, or slinky dress. Later in the film, we are treated to a full-blown torture scene where Lawrence, in various stages of nudity, suffers some of the worst abuse I’ve seen onscreen.
This is nothing new, but it reminded me of a scene in mother!, where Jennifer Lawrence is kicked and punched until her boobs fly out of her shirt.
I remember asking in a podcast afterwards, “Why are they beating Jennifer Lawrence up in movies? Who wants to see that?”
I found myself asking the exact same question as her character was sexually-assaulted a second time in Red Sparrow.
Who wants to see this and, more importantly, why are we making movies for them? Continue reading →
Look, I’m going to be completely honest with you.
I’m not sure about Thoroughbreds. I don’t know how I feel about giving away passes to a movie featuring angry, gun-toting kids. Especially with the way the world looks right now. I don’t want to promote anything that glorifies violence, but I also realize that’s exactly what most movies do.
So how do I handle this?
I guess I’ll just let you decide for yourselves.
Thoroughbreds stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as teenagers who concoct a plan to rid the world of their greatest problem; an evil stepfather. It looks like a combination of Heathers and my current favorite Netflix show, The End of the F***ing World. Those are violent as well, but have deeper messages about the way we torment each other and finding comfort in someone who’s just as messed up as you. I’m hoping that’s the category Thoroughbreds falls into.
So, who wants to see Thoroughbreds EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →