JSS Movie Minute Podcast: “Stillwater” Review & the Difference Between “Val” & “Roadrunner”

WARNING: This review contains references to suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to reach a trained counselor at the Crisis Text Line.

This week, the Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE revisits the Anthony Bourdain documentary and compares it to Val Kilmer’s autobiographical Val (watch the trailer HERE– it looks amazing). Julie & Rebekah also review Matt Damon’s new movie Stillwater and almost come to blows over HBO’s White Lotus. Julie shares initial reviews of Adam Driver’s latest, a rock-opera called Annette (yes, that IS a puppet-baby) & they wrap it all up with the new trailer for Dune. Remember to find more Movie Reviews (& maybe even some Free Movie Passes) at JulieSaysSo.com.  

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July Movies on “Good Morning Texas”

Are you ready to head back to the theater? Some exciting films are coming out this month and not all of them will be available to stream. Watch my “July Movies” segment from Good Morning Texas HERE to find out what you can stream at home and what movies will require actual pants and shoes. Remember that screenings sell-out faster right now, due to socially-distanced seats, so make sure you buy those tickets in advance. And here’s a look at Matt Damon’s latest, Stillwater, which opens in theaters only July 30th.

JSS Movie Minute Podcast: “Black Widow” Review & James Faust of DIFF Interview

Black Widow Podcast

Still not sure if you want to see Black Widow in the theater or stream it at home? Julie has a review for you! She and Rebekah Black also discuss HBO‘s new series White Lotus and break down expectations of Disney‘s Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson & Emily Blunt. Julie then talks to James Faust about the Dallas International Film Festival and the future of indie films (like the much-anticipated Coda) in a post-Covid, streaming world. They wrap it all up with the new Anthony Bourdain documentary Roadrunner, which hits theaters July 16th. Listen below or wherever you find podcasts!

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Is “Black Widow” Worth the Wait? (& a Parent Review)

You might ask yourself, “Why is Marvel releasing a movie about a dead Avenger?” That’s a good question, but “death” hasn’t stopped them from building stories around other departed heroes. Take for instance Vision and Loki, who now have successful series bearing their names. Marvel isn’t just mining old material with these characters. It is using them to further the ever-expanding Marvel universe.

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JSS Movie Minute: Full Interview w/ “The Big Film Show,” Cancel-Culture Chat & Review of Questlove’s Documentary “Summer of Soul”

This week on the Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE, we go over the F9 weekend box-office (Vin Diesel was RIGHT!) and I share my thoughts on Questlove’s directorial debut, “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).  I also talked to Mark Walters & Devin Pike from The Big Film Show, who had lots to say about Chris Pratt’s new film The Tomorrow War and his future with Marvel. We also discussed “Cancel-Culture” (a term none of us are fans of) and how it reflects society’s own underlying views.  Listen below or wherever you find podcasts!

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Rebekah Black reviews “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”

Rebekah Black reviews "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It"

I didn’t get to attend the screening of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It but Rebekah Black (my co-host on the Haunted AF podcast) stepped in to cover it. She’s a huge fan of scary movies but she’s also extremely picky and hates bad CGI. We’ll share more thoughts when Episode 3 of the Julie Says So Movie Minute podcast drops on 6/10.

I have to admit, I went into The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It fully expecting it to be a hot pile of garbage. I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best of all five (or however many there are). 
If you’re a fan of the series, this one essentially gives you all of them rolled into one movie. Even the freaking nun managed to make an appearance (probably not the way you want her to, but she’s there). This based-on-actual-events story of Arne Johnson might even be the inspiration behind every demonic-possession movie that’s come out since he hit the scene. 
If I had to sum up this installment of The Conjuring in one word, it would be intense. It comes out swinging. The first 15 minutes are filled with nonstop action but there’s a decent balance of funny, too. It’s needed to ease all of that crazy! The story does get a little obvious at times and the ending is a bit cheesy. Without giving too much away, there’s a real love-conquers-all vibe (boo!). Another issue (and this is one The Conjuring has struggled with since the beginning) would be the bad special effects and sad makeup. Either get a better team or film with a lower digital quality. And maybe less close-ups on the demons! The crayola-look kinda ruins it. 
Despite these minor issues, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It might be the best of the bunch. It also feels like this one might be the last, so why not go out with a bang? I’m giving this chapter of The Conjuring franchise 8 out of 10 bone crunches. Yes, bone crunches are a prominent sound-effect in the film so if that makes you cringe, you might really struggle with this movie!

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