Is it possible for ANY writer/director to not have a sophomore slump after a movie like Get Out? Jordan Peele gave us a film that was as interesting to watch as it was to discuss. It delivered a version of horror that we’d never seen before but with a heaping side of fun. We will be referencing Get Out’s music and messages for years, so is it even FAIR to expect that from Us? Continue reading →
The first thing I noticed about Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was the sound of her footsteps. They are heavy and solid, and signify that something serious is approaching. It’s quite a shift from earlier female superheroes, who are essentially deadly ballerinas. Implied weight is rarely a good thing for a female movie character (think back to ANY time you remember a woman with heavy footfalls in film) but it signifies a shift in how a woman is perceived onscreen. Carol Danvers isn’t light, but skinny can’t be expected to save the world.
Carol Danvers’ heavy steps are one of many progressive female notions you’ll catch in Captain Marvel, and how you feel about that will affect how you feel about the film in general. Will you soak it all in OR (like the woman sitting behind me at the screening) will you say, “Stop force-feeding me GIRL POWER!” Continue reading →
I was on Good Morning Texas Friday with my favorite Literary Expert, Gwen Reyes from Fresh Fiction, and surprise Guest Host, Bill Bellamy! We discussed all the gossip that’s been circling the 2019 Oscars (is there actually GOING to be a host???) and made our predictions for Sunday night’s ceremony. You can watch that HERE, and don’t forget to watch the 2019 Oscars on ABC this Sunday night at 8pmET. Join me on Twitter too (@JulieHFisk) as I share my opinions throughout the night. I promise my tweets get better as the night goes on (and the wine goes down). Also, if you’d like to catch Bill Bellamy onstage this weekend, he’ll be at the Addison Improv Friday through Sunday. You can find tickets to those shows HERE.
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The first How to Train Your Dragon film came out in 2010, when my daughters were just 6 and 3-years-old. We’ve been avid fans of the series since, even taking the DVDs on frequent road trips over the years. Maybe that’s why the last film in the series, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World hit me like a freight train of Mommy-emotions. Continue reading →
My kids and I loved the first Happy Death Day and were eagerly awaiting Part 2. It might sound strange that a family was excited about a scary Blumhouse flick, but Happy Death Day wasn’t your typical slasher fare. The Groundhog Day-meets-Scream concept-film managed to be scary (but not too scary) and funny. It was also rated PG-13 and therefore tame enough to share with older kids. We’ve watched it every time it’s been on cable since and have been counting the weeks to Happy Death Day 2U. We never expected it to be as good as the first and had no idea how they’d justify more repeated days, but we were still completely blindsided by the fact that Happy Death Day 2U Continue reading →
Isn’t it Romantic stars Rebel Wilson as a woman who loathes Romantic Comedies, then conks her head and wakes up in one. There she finds a New York City that’s been coated in candy shell, and that men who previously didn’t notice her are suddenly smitten. She’s been given an updated version of everything, from her job to her clothes to apartment, and she now has a previously non-existent gay best-friend. She distrusts this alternate universe though, and tries desperately to return to the meaner, smellier New York of her home. Continue reading →
Trying to figure out what movie to see this weekend? Is The LEGO Movie 2 worth your cash or should you take your girlfriends see Taraji P. Henson’s What Men Want? What about that new scary one, The Prodigy? If you’re looking for a flick this weekend and just can’t decide which one, let me help! Continue reading →
It’s been a quiet month for movies, but that’s going to change this weekend when February films start hitting the screen. I was on Good Morning Texas recently, telling everyone which films they should watch for and what to plan their Valentine’s Day around. Click HERE to watch the segment, then find tickets to your movie HERE:
Remember to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page to see what I’m giving away next (I’ll have passes to see The Lego Movie 2 next week!) and take a minute to watch the trailer for They Shall Not Grow Old below. This movie opens February 1st, to celebrate the centennial of the end of WWI. It’s remarkable to think that the footage you’re looking at is over 100 years old!
The Kid Who Would Be King stars Ashbourne Serkis (yes, that’s Andy Serkis’ kid) as a modern teenager who finds the Sword in the Stone and must battle a medieval menace to save the world. It’s a lovely jumble of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and King Arthur with a dash of Shaun of the Dead thrown in. The Kid Who Would Be King is also bolstered by a strong cast, featuring stalwarts like Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart, along with a collection of charming young actors (Angus Imrie’s Merlin is my particular favorite). Continue reading →
Glass reminds me of playing make-believe in my backyard when I was a little kid.
We’d run around and chase each other, making up the story as we went along. One kid would always get a little out-of-hand and jump on the rest of us (James McAvoy) while someone else would try to play the Mastermind and control everything (Samuel L. Jackson). There was always one kid who seemed embarrassed and kept trying to leave, too (Bruce Willis). Then my big sister would come outside and make-fun of all of us (Sarah Paulson), which would ultimately squash the whole thing.
Yep, that is Glass in a nutshell. Continue reading →