The French Dispatch: Is this Wes Anderson’s Cry for Help?

I should start by saying that, as a long-time devotee of Wes Anderson’s work, I thoroughly enjoyed The French Dispatch. It’s charming and beautiful in a way that only his movies are and, since it works through multiple vignettes, there’s a little something for every Wes Anderson fan.

That said, I simply can’t sit through another WA film without questioning his repetition. Those of us who watch every film he makes have certainly noticed his tendency to copy the cadence of his dialogue and similarly frame each scene. I understand that his oeuvre represents a style that has become a genre unto itself, but are we not limiting him as a filmmaker by accepting it?

Is it possible that Wes Anderson wants desperately to break all of his molds and try something new but doesn’t want to disappoint his fans? Or is he simply stuck?

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Thanksgiving

The JULIE SAYS SO Top 5 Movies to See Over Thanksgiving (& Beyond)

Thanksgiving is a great time to see family, show gratitude for the blessings in our lives, and eat until we positively hate ourselves. It’s all of those wonderful things, but Thanksgiving is also a ticking time bomb. You know it’s only a matter of time before the toxic cocktail of wine, food and years of simmering tension boil over so what should you do? Head to the movies, of course! And here’s a list of my TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE OVER THANKSGIVING, to help you out. Continue reading →

Three Billboards

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” EARLY & FOR FREE

I could write a 3-part essay about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, explaining why you REALLY want to see this movie. I could tell you about the cast, which includes Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Dinklage OR how it’s written and directed by Martin McDonagh, who made those other two movies you loved (Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges). I could talk all day about it’s incredible performances and Oscar chances, but the thing that will REALLY make you want to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is it’s trailer. I posted that below so watch it, then grab passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE Continue reading →

Sarabia, McGarry, Fisk

Talking About SCARY MOVIES (& Not-So-Scary November Releases) on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I joined Jane McGarry and Alanna Sarabia today on Good Morning Texas to discuss the big November movies everyone should watch for. Since it’s Halloween, they also asked me to show up in costume and talk about my favorite SCARY movies. I learned a number of things from the costume I wore today (see above), namely that Kylo Ren is forever shutting his skirts in car doors and struggling to keep them out of toilets. Click HERE to watch the segment, and remember to check the Julie Says So FREE MOVIE PASSES page to see what I’m giving away next. I’m also posting the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri trailer below, since we discussed it today. Be warned that it is PACKED with really REALLY foul language, which is probably why I love it so. Continue reading →

MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “The Good Dinosaur”- Pixar Has Us Crying In Our Popcorn AGAIN

My daughters think they are EXPERTS when it comes to Kids’ Films. They see every Kid Flick that comes out and since I write about movies, I usually interview them afterwards. My girls also spend time (more than I’m willing to admit here) on TV channels that are devoted to kids, so they’ve seen all the Made-For-TV Kid Flicks as well. They have a broad point of reference and are quicker to voice their opinions about movies that I ever was at that age. That is why I listen closely to their reviews, because they usually mirror what other kids their ages will say.

That said, Emma and Lucy were not excited about seeing The Good Dinosaur. Lucy thought the animation looked rote and Emma said The Good Dinosaur was derivative of better movies, like Ice Age and The Land Before Time. Okay, those weren’t the exact words they used but you get the point. Continue reading →