Ronan & Metcalf

MOVIE REVIEW: Messages From Mom in “Lady Bird”

My mom and I used to have the same fight every single day. It was the summer between my Junior and Senior year of high-school, so she would make a list of chores for me before leaving for work. She would call every day around 11 o’clock to make sure I had completed them, but I was always still in bed.
This enraged my mother.
I finally asked her one morning why she continued to call when she knew exactly what was going to happen.
“Why do you call when you know I’m still in bed? You know I’ll do the chores eventually, but not until I get up. You’re just going to get mad so why bother calling?”
There was a brief moment of silence, when Mom might have considered my question.
Then she completely lost her mind.
This particular conversation is what the movie Lady Bird is all about.
Saoirse Ronan plays Christine, or as she calls herself, Lady Bird. She is a senior in high school who is trying to make her way in a world that keeps pulling the rug out from under her. She has one best-friend she can count on, and a father who spoils her, but Lady Bird’s relationship with her Mom is essentially one long fight.
Any woman (or man who grew up with sisters) will recognize these patented mother-daughter arguments. They’re persistent, infuriating and usually over the same 3 or 4 things. These battles eventually turn into a kind of love-language though, that you hate as a child but smile about when you grow up. They’re also one of the reasons women run as far and as fast from their moms as possible, only to find themselves longing for the very thing they escaped.
Writer-Director Greta Gerwig says that Lady Bird is only semi-autobiographical, because Christine’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) is nothing like her own. Gerwig wanted to examine the singular tension between Moms and daughters though, and how it stems from being essentially the same person. It’s something I’m constantly aware of as I raise my own daughters. They simply want to live their own lives, but I see the things I want to “fix.” I remember the things my own Mom did that made me crazy, and try not repeat them. Minutes later, I’m chasing my daughters with a hairbrush and screaming, “Surely you’re not going out like THAT!”
The cycle continues.
As I drove away from Lady Bird last night, I remembered the very last fight I ever had with my Mom. Continue reading →

Metcalf & Ronan
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Lady Bird” EARLY & FOR FREE

I’ve been hearing little whispers about Lady Bird for months now.
It’s one of those movies that I know will be important to me, even if I don’t love it. I know this because Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, two exceptional actresses we simply don’t see enough of. It’s also written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who touched me with her performances in 20th Century Women and Frances Ha. I think I’m most excited to see Lady Bird because I’m a mother of daughters though, and a daughter in my own right. I watch the trailer for Lady Bird, and feel like I’ve known every woman on the screen, and even BEEN some of them. If you’d like to see Lady Bird EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →

January Movies

January Movie Reviews on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today to talk about the weekend box-office and all the great movies that opened this month. Yes, we might be officially out of Oscar Movie Season, but there are still some good flicks to see, like 20th Century Women, Hidden Figures, The Founder and Split. Click HERE to watch my reviews, then check the Free Movie Pass page to see what I’m giving away now. Hey, if the upcoming movies aren’t that great, you might as well see them for free!

Natalie Portman

MOVIE REVIEW: What “Jackie” Says About Politics Today

Jackie stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy, in the days following John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It depicts a woman who is starkly alone, and thrown into a spotlight during the worst days of her life. This movie is beautifully shot and well acted, but it doesn’t tell us anything new about that moment in time. Jackie does, however, offer an interesting perspective, given our current political climate. Continue reading →

Natalie Portman in "Jackie"
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Free Movie Passes: See “Jackie” EARLY & FOR FREE

If you stop and think about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as a real human being for a moment, it’s a bit overwhelming. She’s such an iconic part of our history, it’s easy to imagine her as some kind of animatronic figure in Disney’s Hall of Presidents. She was a real person though, and when you consider everything she went through, from the assassination on, it takes your breath away. Jackie tells the story of the days surrounding that event and what likely happened behind the scenes. Natalie Portman plays the title character and it’s no surprise to anyone that she receiving Oscar Buzz. So, would YOU like to see Jackie EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →