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MOVIE REVIEW: “In The Heart Of The Sea” Might Make You Seasick

In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of a monstrous white whale, but it’s not the same whale story we’re familiar with. No, this one tells the REAL story of the doomed Essex, which Herman Melville based Moby Dick on. Chris Hemsworth plays the First Mate of a ship that is attacked by a whale and then lost at sea for months. We learn about the ordeal from Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), who is the only surviving crewmember of the Essex. He has been wracked with guilt for years and reveals big secrets to Melville as he recounts the whole, harrowing tale.

In the Heart of the Sea is directed by Ron Howard, who brought along his favorite crew members from the movie Rush (including Hemsworth, who can still pull off beefcake when he’s gaunt and scarred). Howard also uses his Rush cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle, which brings me to my biggest problem with In the Heart of the Sea. The camera is EVERYWHERE, constantly being thrown around to the point of losing focus and sometimes even sight of its subject. I think Mantle wanted a new and interesting way to convey the motion of a ship at sea, but the camera is shaky even when they’re docked. It’s distracting to the point of frustration and sometimes even dizzying. The commotion is exaggerated by the 3D effects (which is how I saw it) so I recommend seeing this movie in a traditional 2D format. Believe me, the 3D effects do not enhance the movie enough to justify barfing up your Junior Mints.

There’s also the issue of a big reveal later in the film. It’s a terrifying secret of the Essex crew but the audience will see it coming from miles away. Maybe we’ve seen too many lost-at-sea pics lately (Unbroken and Life of Pi come to mind immediately) but this has become familiar territory for us. In the Heart of the Sea feels anticlimactic and predictable, thanks to this, despite attempts to tell an old story a new way. I’m afraid that I can only recommend In the Heart of the Sea to those who love a good seafaring adventure, who are also not prone to motion sickness. – C-

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MOVIE REVIEW: Can the new “Vacation” Top The Old One?

I’m not a fan of what I call “Disaster Comedies.” You know, those movies where everything that CAN go wrong DOES go wrong? The original Vacation of 1983 set the Gold Standard of “Disaster Comedies” for me and no others (including the Vacation sequels) have been able to top it. If you go back and watch the first one again though, you’ll remember how truly ridiculous it was. We forgave it at the time because the rest of the movie was so darn funny. The new Vacation follows that same pattern, with each plot twist growing more outlandish than the last.

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), is now grown, married and the father of two quarreling boys. He and his wife (an adorable & totally underrated Christina Applegate) are in a rut so for something new, he decides to take his family to Wally World. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything of course. Continue reading →

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Mommy-Movie-Review “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (But Can My KID Watch It?)

New in theaters this week is the highly anticipated sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. If your family is like mine, this movie and whether or not my kids can see it has been a constant topic of discussion. Fortunately, I already saw the film so I can give you the low-down. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: I Drove ALL THE WAY to Plano for the “Zazza Mornings” Podcast!

I went to see Tony Zazza because he SAID he wanted to talk about the Avengers: Age of Ultron. HE LIED! Evidently, Tony had a “bone to pick” with me and boy, did he ever! I thought he might jump across the desk & stab me with a Sharpie at one point. Click HERE and go to Podcast #24 to hear what happened but WATCH OUT for that Tony Zazza. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry!

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PODCAST: Boozy Movies Reviews “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

I didn’t like superhero movies in 2012, when I went to see the first Avengers. I remember looking at my movie-buddy Rebekah Black and saying, “This is gonna suck.”

What can I say? Sometimes I’m really REALLY wrong.

We were BEYOND pumped about this new treat from Joss Whedon but also a little scared. Would it compare to the first? Would it suck so bad that we’d stop liking the Avengers altogether? What if it was so awful that even THOR lost his sex-appeal. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen but listen to the podcast to hear our thoughts.

https://soundcloud.com/julie-hoyt-fisk/boozy-movies-reviews-avengers-age-of-ultron

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