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How “Poltergeist” Ruined My Life

It wasn’t the movie itself that changed my life forever.

No, it was a Poltergeist teaser-trailer that came out several months before the movie. It featured stills and a few clips from the film that was coming out that summer, but it also showed interviews with supposed “Paranormal Experts.” They explained what a poltergeist actually was and my young mind was BLOWN. I found the first trailer on Youtube but it’s pretty crude. In fact, think it was taped by some dude sitting in front of his TV. Continue reading →

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“Jupiter Ascending” (Warning: They Found a Way to Make Channing Tatum Hotter)

Jupiter Ascending is the latest from the Writing-Directing Wachowski siblings. You loved their work on the Matrix but if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ve been pretty disappointed with what they’ve put out since. Expectations for this one have been high (with it’s 175 million dollar budget) but the release date was continuously delayed and those trailers were pretty freaking confusing.

I honestly didn’t expect to like this movie at all. As the theater lights went down, the critic sitting next to me said, “This movie is gonna be awful,” and I fully agreed with her. Then I spent the next half-hour being totally enthralled. Unfortunately, Jupiter Ascending is just over 2 hours long. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEWS: “Mortdecai” & “A Most Violent Year”

I should tell you right away that I didn’t see “Mortdecai” because I had absolutely no desire to. In fact, just looking at the movie-poster above makes me want to go throw a brick through a car window (preferrably Johnny Depp’s car window). I’ve been reading reviews on RottenTomatoes.com where “Mortdecai” is currently getting a 9% (certified ROTTEN), so it appears I didn’t miss much. My favorite comment so far came from Film Critic Robbie Collin, who called the movie “psychotically unfunny.” Here’s a link to his “Mortdecai” review, which I suspect is far better than the movie itself. Continue reading →

MOVIE REVIEW: “Still Alice” & Still Reaching for the Kleenex

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I’m a big fan of scary movies. I’ll watch my favorites like “Jaws” or “The Conjuring” over and over again because they play to my irrational fears of being eaten by sharks or chased by clapping ghosts. Then you have movies like “Still Alice,” which are a different kind of scary movie. These are even worse because they play on real, very rational fears. Continue reading →

Bradley Cooper IN PERSON!!! (and my “American Sniper” review)

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There it is ladies and gentlemen! The only halfway decent photo I got of Bradley Cooper at the “American Sniper” Red Carpet Premiere in Plano. He came whizzing by like a well-coiffed dust-devil and I barely got a glimpse of him, much less the Bradley-Cooper-Selfie I so desperately desired. I fared far better than most of the media people though. They had been PROMISED a few moments with Bradley Cooper, only to watch him glide right by. I’m not gonna lie. That sucks. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Inherent Vice”

New in theaters this week is the latest from director Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice.” It’s based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon and is the very first time one of his books has been adapted for the screen. I’m not familiar with Pynchon’s work but from what I understand, his books are even more incoherent than this movie.

It opens on a shabby beachside home in 1970, where Private Investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is sleeping off a buzz when his ex-girlfriend Shasta shows up. Shasta is played by Katherine Waterson, who just might be the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen. She has this incredible body and thank GOD we get to see her naked eventually. If I looked like Katherine Waterson, I would never wear clothes again and my kids wouldn’t even be embarassed. They would say, “Have you seen my naked Mom? SHE LOOKS AWESOME!!!” Continue reading →

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Bradley Cooper Coming to Plano for “American Sniper” Benefit Screening

Yep, you read that correctly! A special screening of “American Sniper” is going to be held Wednesday, January 14th at 7pm and according to a press release I just received, Bradley Cooper AND Chris Kyle’s wife Taya will be in attendance as well as Veteran Jacob Schick. It’s a benefit for Kyle’s Foundation and that’s where you purchase your tickets. Here’s a link:

http://www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org/events/american-sniper-preview-screening-dallas/

See you there!

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The 2014 Films Most Likely To…

The DFW Film Critics Association announced their picks for the best movies of the year. If you haven’t seen that yet, here’s the link: http://www.dfwcritics.com/dfw-film-critics-name-birdman-as-top-film-of-2014/

I’m a member of the DFWFCA (I tell this to everyone within 5 minutes of meeting them) and I agree with our winners, but there are a few other movies I wanted to mention. That’s why I compiled my “2014 Films Most Likely Too…” list. Think of it as the Senior Superlatives for Movies. Continue reading →