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WINE ‘N FILM CRITICS: The Lazarus Effect “3 Paws Up”

I saw “The Lazarus Effect” last night with Rebekah Black, Sybil Summers, Richie Whitt & Guest Critic James Lane. Then we chatted about it after drinking copious amounts of cheap wine. Believe me, we NEEDED the wine for this one! Enjoy & please forgive the swear words. I dropped my recorder!

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Discussing the Oscars with Krys Boyd on “THINK”

Several months ago, Stephen Becker from KERA reached out to me about being on THINK. He and Chris Vognar from The Dallas Morning News were going to discuss the 2015 Oscar nominees with Krys Boyd and he wondered if I would like to join in. I have TREMENDOUS respect for Stephen and Chris and the girl-crush I have on Krys is boarderline gross, so YES I wanted to join in.   I COULDN’T though because of a stupid work conflict and I can’t tell you how upset I was.

Fortunately, Stephen contacted me about a pre-Oscar chat again and THIS TIME I had no work conflicts to muck it up. If you missed our hour on THINK, here it is.

http://www.kera.org/2015/02/19/the-underdogs-of-the-oscars/

Wine ‘n Film Critics: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 & 2015 Oscar Chat

I saw Hot Tub Time Machine 2 this week with Rebekah Black, Sybil Summers & Richie Whitt and this is our review…sort of. We think that talking about movies is far more fun when you’re drinking a frosty beverage but we DO tend to lose focus. That explains the random gay-porn chat. We DO eventually get around to reviewing the movie though so ENJOY! 

https://soundcloud.com/julie-hoyt-fisk/wine-n-film-critics-hot-tub-time-machine-2-oscar-talk

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Fifty Shades of Grey (And a Surprising Amount of Hair)

How you feel about the film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” will all depend on how you felt about the books.

If you read and enjoyed them, you’ll be happy to know that the movie is actually BETTER. That’s not saying much though. I think I could have written those books after a few wine-coolers with my girlfriends back in high school. The story is ridiculous but in the hands of talented Hollywood screenwriters it becomes polished, a little humorous and the dialogue becomes slightly less hokey (but just slightly).

Voracious “Fifty Shades” readers will enjoy seeing the characters fleshed out on screen but our FAVORITE parts of the books (duh, the sex scenes) have been totally dumbed down. It’s disappointing but book-fans have the benefit of KNOWING what’s happening, even if it’s only implied onscreen. Those who have NOT read the books will be rolling their eyes and wondering when the smut is going to start. Continue reading →

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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 →