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The “Julie Says So” Top 4 DVDs to Rent NOW (& one to BUY)

I know we usually talk about movies to RENT but I’m taking a break from that to make sure EVERYONE is aware of THIS:

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5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on DVD APRIL 5TH! As in NEXT FREAKING WEEK! If you haven’t already preordered it, you can do so now. We bought it for my daughter since her birthday is coming up but everyone in my house is about to pee their pants over it. Continue reading →

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WHAT TO RENT THIS WEEKEND: The “Julie Says So” Top 5

It’s a great weekend to rent movies because a few that got serious love at the 2016 Oscars are now available. There are also some comedies for those of you who are sick of the heavy stuff but first, let’s start with one of the heaviest.

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1. You think you don’t want to see Room, but you DO. Brie Larson won the Best Actress Oscar, but little Jacob Tremblay turned in an awesome performance as well. Tremblay joked that Sylvester Stallone stole the Best Supporting Actor nomination from him, and he might be right! Click here to read my original review and seriously, don’t be afraid to rent Room.

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2. Ex Machina has actually been out for ages, but it’s getting renewed buzz thanks to a recent Oscar win. Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, but she was just as good in this one. Ex Machina is strange, sexy and even a little scary. Plus, it has Oscar Isaac and everybody knows I have the hots for that guy. Here’s the link to the Boozy Movies Podcast we did for this film, and forgive us for repeatedly mispronouncing the name. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Chatting New Movies & the 2016 Oscars w/ Trudi & Jim- WCSX Detroit

I love talking to these guys. Really, the only things that are missing when I talk to Trudi and Jim at WCSX Detroit are tequila shots and loud music because it feels like I’m hanging with friends at a bar. This week, we discussed the 2016 Oscars, all the new movies that are opening (Zootopia, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot & London Has Fallen), and George Clooney‘s realization that he’s aging like a real boy. Sit back, have a listen, and enjoy! And Hell, you might as well go ahead and pour a shot for yourself.
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Dishing the 2016 Oscars on “Good Morning Texas”

I had so much fun today on Good Morning Texas! It felt like a high school reunion because I got to see TWO former co-workers; Victoria Snee and Steve Kemble. Victoria and I went to each other’s weddings and the last time Steve and I were together, this happened:
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Yes, I was dressed as him.

Today we put on our fanciest gear and hashed out the 2016 Oscars. Well, WE got dressed up. Steve Kemble wears that jacket to walk his dog. Click HERE to see our Favorite Moments from the 2016 Oscars and to watch everyone tear into Heidi Klum’s gown. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Belk at Galleria Dallas for providing my dress. I love that thing so much I might not take it back!

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PODCAST: Discussing the 2016 Oscars with Trudi & Jim on WCSX (aka “The Day I Got Dumped for Leonard Maltin”)

I talk to Trudi & Jim on WCSX Detroit all the time about movies. That’s why I was shocked and more than a little bummed when their Producer told me that they were going to talk to Leonard Maltin about the 2016 Oscars instead of me. I, being the Queen of Guilt-Trip Texts, sent him a few notes to acknowledge my hurt feelings and before long, I was on their schedule again. Truthfully, that wasn’t my plan but I’m glad it worked out that way. We had a fantastic conversation about the Oscar nominees and I completely trashed Maltin’s Oscar picks.

For the sake of full disclosure, I should tell you that I had Leonard Maltin confused with Gene Shalit through the whole interview. That might explain why I kept making jokes about his hair. Enjoy!
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DIVERSITY & The 2016 Oscars at the “WOMEN IN FILM-DALLAS” Brunch (& Mimosas!)

Chris Rock has said, “You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here’s a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors? I’m not sure there are. I don’t remember them. I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That’s the truth.”

It sounds like something Chris Rock said yesterday, but this is actually a quote from 2014. You can read his whole interview in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking HERE, but if Chris Rock was that worked up then, imagine what he has to say NOW.

The lack of diversity amongst the 2016 Oscar nominees has turned primarily into a race issue, but it reflects several dilemmas at once. Turn on your TV or radio at this very moment and you’ll see that the problem of diversity goes far beyond the studios of Hollywood.

This is one of the issues we’ll address at the Women in Film-Dallas Brunch this Saturday. I will be on a panel with Dallas Morning News reporter Dawn Burkes and award-winning Writer/Director Paula Goldberg (Unadulterated) as we tackle issues like the wage gap and lack of opportunities for women in film. We’ll also be chowing down on Migas and chugging Mimosas, so it’s going to be fun as well as eye-opening. Tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance so do that by clicking HERE and I’ll see you Saturday!
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MOVIE REVIEW: “45 Years” (Love Never Dies…And Other Bullsh*t)

Romance is currently a big topic of conversation, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Several movies about it are hitting theaters, with shiny, young actors who wistfully gaze at each other.

Then, there’s 45 Years.

It stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Coutenay as Kate and Geoff, a couple who are about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. Romance for them is more about quiet acceptance and a loving rub on the back than steamy nights. It’s born from years of security and a shared history. Their love doesn’t need flowers or sexy songs because it’s solid and peaceful. What happens though, when a secret surfaces that shakes their relationship to its foundation? Can love like that be broken, or have the roots grown too deep? Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Oscar Chat with Mike Cohen of WILS Lansing, MI

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Mike Cohen of WILS Lansing, Michigan for having me on yesterday. I had a blast talking about the 2016 Oscars with him, but I was totally WRONG about a few things. First of all, Jennifer Lawrence DID win the Best Actress Golden Globe this year, but it was for a “Comedy or Musical.” I always forget that they break up the categories. Also, Idris Elba CAN’T be an African American because he’s BRITISH! Man, I’m repeatedly smacking my head over that one. Please listen to the podcast below and feel free to tell me what else I was wrong about, except my Oscar picks. We all know I’m right about those. Thanks Again Mike!

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Son of Saul” (And You Thought “The Revenant” Was Tough)

People keep asking me if The Revenant is really that violent. YES, The Revenant is rough, but it isn’t the most violent movie I’ve seen this year. In fact, I thought Beasts of No Nation was far more disturbing, and covered my eyes AND ears to escape the onscreen violence. I thought it’d be years before I sat through anything that unnerving again, but then came Son of Saul.

This Hungarian picture is about the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz during World War II. These prisoners were forced to clean out the gas chambers after they were used for executions, but it usually wasn’t long before they were executed as well. Saul is a member of the Sonderkommando. He keeps his head down and tries not to see the bodies of the dead, until he recognizes a face among them. After that, his only wish is to have a proper burial for the body, even if it interrupts plans for a secret rebellion. Continue reading →