Dave Franco as Lloyd

PODCAST: “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” Reviewed by a Bunch of Kids

Wanna know something weird? The LEGO Ninjago Movie might be the best thing opening this weekend. I’m dead serious. I saw it with a bunch of kids last night and interviewed THEM for the podcast. I know you don’t believe me, but you just might want to see this movie! Listen to The LEGO Ninjago Movie podcast below to find out why and remember to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page to see what I’m giving away next. Continue reading →

Pixels, mother!, Alien: Covenant

Your Opinion ≠ Reality (A Film Critic’s Lament)

A friend of mine just saw the movie mother! and made an interesting statement about it on social media. She didn’t like the film at all, and she went on to say that anyone who said it was “brilliant,” was just jumping on some artsy-fartsy bandwagon.

She’s not alone in this opinion. I’ve watched the mother! debate rage all around me, and even took part in a few of them. Not because I loved the movie. I didn’t. In fact, I’m still not sure how I feel about it, even after reading countless explanations and a dissection from director Darren Aronofsky himself (find that HERE, and see if it makes any sense to you). I debate in favor of mother! because I recognize it has artistic merits and that it spoke to many people in a way that it didn’t speak to me. That’s an important and sometimes difficult lesson to learn when you’re a critic of anything:
Your opinion DOES NOT EQUAL reality.

I might think that a movie is good, while other people consider it a complete waste of time. I liked that stupid Adam Sandler movie, Pixels, while every other critic in the world torched it like a dumpster. I also hated the new Alien: Covenant, and stood in abject horror as the critics around me screamed “Brilliant! Instant Classic!!!” Continue reading →

Dench & Fazal

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Victoria & Abdul” EARLY & FOR FREE

Are you still reeling from mother! and what they did to poor Jennifer Lawrence in the end? Still fighting with all of your film-critic buddies about it’s merits and what it was REALLY about? Oh, that’s just me? Well, how about something sweet and pleasant, that doesn’t end with JLaw getting kicked in the head?
I have passes to see Victoria & Abdul, which tells the true story of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judy Dench) and Abdul Karim, a young clerk from India (Ali Fazal). Is it good? I don’t know, but I bet nothing freaky happens to a baby in it. Continue reading →

Lawrence & Bardem

PODCAST: “mother!” Movie Review & Punctuation Debate

We simply couldn’t stop talking about mother! after seeing it the other night. We debated, then agreed, then flat out fought about it’s meaning and whether or not it has any merits. So, are you planning to see mother! this weekend? If so, you might want to listen to my chat with Rebekah Black and Chic (Red Carpet Crash) from Wednesday night. Given a chance, we’d probably still be sitting at Trinity Hall drinking and fighting about it!

McGarry & Fisk

Reviewing “mother!” & “First They Killed My Father” (directed by Angelina Jolie) on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

Are you planning to see Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie mother! this weekend? If so, I highly recommend that you watch my mother! (yes, the lower-case “m” is intentional) review on Good Morning Texas first. There are several things you need to know about Darren Aronofsky’s latest before you start shelling out money for tickets. I also covered First They Killed My Father, which is based on a true story and directed by Angelina Jolie. Continue reading →

My Little Pony Movie
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See the “My Little Pony” Movie EARLY & FOR FREE

There was a time when My Little Pony reigned supreme in my home.
The show was watched over and over again, while little girls played with their plastic Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash toys. They’d brush the horses’ manes and sing the theme song, but then they got old and stopped believing that “Friendship is Magic.”

My Little Pony is no longer on repeat in our home and the fancy horse figurines live in the back of our closets, but my girls still got excited when I told them a My Little Pony movie was coming out. They were really jazzed when I told them it had an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth and especially Zoe Saldana, whom they ADORE as Gamora. Then my girls and I agreed that we HAD to see the My Little Pony movie, and that we might even bring some of their cooler friends with us.

If you know some little (or not-so-little) kids who’d love to see the My Little Pony movie EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →

Stone & Carell

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Battle of the Sexes” EARLY & FOR FREE

Battle of the Sexes might look like a blatant Oscar-grab, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Emma Stone stars in this one as Billy Jean King, who was number one in the world when she played a Battle of the Sexes tennis match against former champ, Bobby Riggs. Steve Carell plays the male-chauvinist-and-proud-of-it Riggs and, from the trailer, appears to be having a ball. Want to see Battle of the Sexes EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Lego Ninjago Movie

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Lego Ninjago Movie” EARLY & FOR FREE

Look, I’m not going to pretend like I know what Ninjago IS. I know that it’s a TV show my kids like to watch and joke about. I also know that they are planning to dress as Ninjago characters for Halloween and that they about lost their minds when I told them I had free passes to this movie. So, do YOU know someone who’d like to see The Lego Ninjago Movie EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Flags Lining Street

Am I a Good American?

I took a walk yesterday and noticed the American flags that lined my street. It was 9/11 and an important day of remembrance so I wasn’t surprised to see them. I was, however, surprised when an unexpected feeling washed over me:

Guilt.

It took me a minute to put a name on it but as I stood and looked at those flags, I felt an unmistakable sense of guilt and a question popped into my mind:

Am I a bad American?

It wasn’t something that had ever occurred to me before. I’ve always been proud of my country and felt that I knew my place in it but I’m not so sure anymore. The things I feel strongly about, like freedom of speech and the belief that all men and women are created equal, are actually topics of debate now. Concepts that have always been pillars of truth to me are now disputed and sometimes even considered unpatriotic. In fact, about 50% of my country disagrees with my core and most basic beliefs.

So who is right? What does patriotism mean when an entire country is split on what is patriotic? Continue reading →

9/11

What My Mom Remembers About 9/11 (written by my daughter)

My daughter had a special assignment from her History teacher this weekend, in honor of 9/11. The students were asked to interview their parents and get their accounts of September 11th, 2001. Neither one of my girls had been born by that day, so the only things they know about it are what we’ve told them. The story below is what Emma wrote during our interview, and she was sweet enough to let me share it here.

Everyone remembers what they were doing when they received word that the World Trade Center was under attack. While most people stopped what they were doing and huddled around a TV set, my mother reported the whole thing live as it was happening. She was part of the Jagger & Julie Morning Show on 102.1 the Edge, and her main job was to report the news. She had an Associated Press feed on her computer that she watched throughout the morning to collect breaking news. They were live on the air when a news headline came up that said, “Plane Crashes into World Trade Center.” Mom clicked on the link to get more information, but the story only said that the price of stamps was going up. She was confused and announced live that she had received word that a plane had crashed in the World Trade Center but the story was about stamps. Her co-host, Chris Jagger, went to the phones to see if anyone knew what was going on. That’s when they saw that all of the phone lines were lit up with callers trying to tell them what was really happening. Continue reading →