If your kids are Star Wars fans, they’re probably expecting to see Solo: A Star Wars Story as soon as humanly possible. It’s rated PG-13 though, which could mean just about anything these days. So, can you take your kids to see Han Solo’s origin story, or is it simply too much for younger viewers? Continue reading →
Why do you think everyone is flipping out over Won’t You Be My Neighbor? This documentary about Fred Rogers and his Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood has been blowing audiences out of the water at film festivals everywhere. Even it’s trailer moves most people to tears (me included) with long forgotten images of Mr. McFeely, Lady Aberlin and of course, those famous blue sneakers. What is it about this TV show and especially this man that seems so important and necessary right now? Could it be Fred Rogers’ commitment to children, or to honesty, or his continued assertion that everyone is special and deserving of love? I don’t know, but I’m tearing up just thinking about it and simply can’t wait too see this movie! So, do you want to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
Imagine meeting the love of your life, who then asks you to sail across the ocean with him? Sounds pretty romantic doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Tami Oldham and it was just as beautiful as it sounds, until they sailed right into a massive hurricane. Oldham wrote a book about their journey, called Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea, which has been turned into the movie Adrift (starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin). It looks pretty incredible and, after her brilliant performance in Big Little Lies, I’d watch Shailene Woodley in anything. If you feel the same way, Continue reading →
There are 3 kinds of parents in the world:
Those who let their kids watch anything, those who won’t let their kids watch anything, and parents like me who fall in the middle. We tend to stress over the sex and violence our youngsters will see onscreen, but we still want to watch great movies with them. The MPAA rating system only works so much for Moms and Dads like us because we might not mind violence and profanity, but we still aren’t ready to sit through heated sex scenes with our older kids. So, what do parents like US do with a movie like Deadpool 2? Continue reading →
One of my favorite films from last year’s Women Texas Film Festival is being released today on VOD and I couldn’t be more excited! Quality Problems ran the Film Festival circuit this past year and won just about every award it was up for. I even wrote a swoon-y review for it back in August, which you can read below.
“When you grow up, you realize that movies, even the ones you love, tend to get it all wrong. You figure out that ROMANCE actually has nothing to do with sunsets, sexy underwear or hot-tubs. Real romance comes from things like a shared history, commitment and intimate moments that are often not sexy at all. You realize that real HORROR has nothing to do with clowns or haunted dolls, but stems from scary diagnoses or a parent’s failing health. You also figure out that true COMEDY doesn’t have to come from a team of well-paid writers. Your biggest belly-laughs usually come from your best friends, who can crack you up with one look or line. That’s why Quality Problems, a film about being a grown-up, is a ROMANCE, a COMEDY and a HORROR flick, all at the same time. Written by Brooke Purdy (and co-directed with her husband Doug), it’s loosely based on Brooke’s own cancer diagnosis and how they kept their family-life on track during her treatments (the Purdys own children even play themselves). It’s a story so familiar and intimate, you sometimes feel like you shouldn’t be watching. Quality Problems also has it’s laugh-out-loud moments because humor tends to find a way, even in our darkest hours. (A)” Continue reading →
If you’re looking for a cheap (or FREE) Mother’s Day gift for Mom, this Book Club screening might be just the thing. This movie stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as women whose lives are changed after reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Even better, it pairs 80-year-old Jane Fonda up with 68-year-old Don Johnson! He was paired up with 25-year-old Kate Upton in the last movie I saw him in, so this is more like it! So, would you like to see Book Club EARLY and FOR FREE? Or would your Mom like to see it for Mother’s Day? The screening IS on May 13th, after all! Continue reading →
One thing kept going through my mind while watching Charlize Theron play an exhausted mother in Tully: Where are her Mom Friends?
Theron plays “Marlo,” who has two small children and one baby who simply won’t let her sleep. Though her husband (Ron Livingston) helps a little, the tedium of a newborn and endless nights have led her to a breaking point. In steps her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass), who offers some relief in the form of a night-nurse, “Tully.”
I could’ve used a Tully, but honestly, nothing brings sanity to those loud, sleepless baby-years like your MOM FRIENDS.
I didn’t have Mom Friends when I had my first baby and the walls started to close in on me. I couldn’t revel in the Joys of Parenting because I was too busy worrying about my child’s “important milestones” or trying to piece together a few consecutive hours of sleep. I felt like a failure, on so many levels, until I met another Mom while taking my baby on a stroller-walk. We talked about “crying it out,” and “teething,” and all the other things you can’t talk to normal people about. That one conversation gave me such relief, and our stroller walks continued daily until we picked up more Moms and more babies. Before long, we were like a Coven of Neighborhood Mothers, leaning on and assuring each other that we were doing a good job and that everything was going to be alright. Continue reading →
It’s been a while since we’ve had a straight-up Kids’ Flick to talk about, and Show Dogs definitely fits the bill. This one stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as a police dog who has to go undercover at a dog show to stop a bad guy. Will Arnett also stars, along with some pretty high-powered voice-talent, including Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Shaquille O’Neal and RuPaul. If you’d like to take your kids to a Saturday screening of Show Dogs, Continue reading →
God, I love Melissa McCarthy.
Even when she makes lousy movies, I still love her. Not that I think Life of the Party will be lousy. In fact, I’ve watched the trailer about 15 times and it still makes me laugh. Melissa co-wrote Life of the Party with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directs it. They also worked together on Tammy and The Boss, which aren’t my favorite Melissa McCarthy movies (that’d be Spy) but they’re still funny. Truth be told, I’d watch Melissa McCarthy in just about anything. Even The Nines, that super weird movie from 2007 where she played Ryan Reynolds’ wife. True story, and I love Melissa McCarthy so much that I even watched that. If you love her too and would like to see Life of the Party EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →
I was on Good Morning Texas this week, to update everyone on May’s big movie releases. We tried something new as well, and discussed all the films and TV shows that are filming in North Texas and how YOU could be on them. Well, you wouldn’t believe how many people have asked me about that since, so I decided to put all the links in one place to make it easier for everyone. Continue reading →