It’s been a long year. Hell, after Covid, I had decided to hang up my “Film Critic” hat and donate my giant purse (the one I use to smuggle candy and tiny wine bottles into screenings) to Goodwill. I even came this close to shutting down this website. Then I made an appearance on Good Morning Texas to give my Oscars predictions (watch that HERE if you want). It was the most “normal” I’d felt in a straight year and I loved it so much, I decided to load up the giant purse and don that hat again. I even have my first in-theater screening next week to see A Quiet Place Part 2! That will give me a better opportunity to see how theaters are operating in a Covid world but AMC, Cinemark, the Angelika and the Alamo Drafthouse have their protocols posted online. There will hopefully be Free Movie Screenings in our future but, for now, I’ll focus on the films that are opening in theaters soon like Cruella, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and, of course, Black Widow. I’ll kick off with a review of A Quiet Place Part 2 next week so have a look at the trailer below. Now, want to add anything to my giant purse?
Something big fell into my lap ten years ago.
Kurt Johnson, my boss at CBS Radio, approached me and asked, “What do you think about being a Film Critic?”
I was doing freelance voice-work for Jack FM at the time and always wanted more airtime, but I was still unsure. Two little girls at home kept me pretty busy and honestly, the idea of starting something brand new scared the crap out of me.
I said yes though, and it changed the course of my life.
I started covering movies for KRLD, then KVIL, then CBS11 with the wonderful Tracy Kornet. I was voted into the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association not long after, which was a big deal since I’ve never been voted into anything.
That all changed in 2014 though. I lost my morning show job at CBS Radio and, with it, my side-hustle as a Film Critic.
I can’t tell you how much it hurt.
I kept covering movies though. I started the Julie Says So website and, with the help of Jeff Crilley at Real News PR, became the Film Critic for radio shows all across the country. Then I became an entertainment contributor for Good Morning Texas and the side-hustle became my main-gig.
I don’t think I ever thanked Kurt Johnson for that surprise suggestion, but I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing today if he hadn’t made it.
I saw that Film Critics were listing their Top 10 Movies of the Decade and figured I had to jump in. This is about more than ten years of film for me, though. It represents the movies that truly changed my life. Continue reading →
Been wondering what movies you need to see? I was just on Good Morning Texas, talking to Alanna Sarabia about that very thing. I covered some big Oscar-buzz flicks, like The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, as well as the new Jungle Book film, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. We also talked about the new Marvel projects, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 that everyone’s so excited about. Click HERE to watch the segment, then buy tickets to the movie of your choice HERE:
Check the website for more movie reviews, if none of these new ones strike your fancy, and you might as well take a look at the Once Upon a Deadpool trailer while you’re here. Omigod, seriously…Fred Savage???