There are 3 big new movies opening this weekend and if you’re interested in one of them, odds are you couldn’t care less about the other two. Let’s start with what will probably take over the #1 spot at the box-office, Blade Runner 2049.
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It isn’t easy for Stephen King fans, when we hear they’re making one of his books into a movie. We know that everything he writes will probably end up in theaters one day, but we’ve been let down so many times before.
It’s like the moment when your kid tells you she wants to do a hula-hoop routine at the school talent show. You smile and try to be encouraging, but you’ve seen her drop that hula-hoop WAY more times than you’ve seen her keep it up.
“Are you SURE, honey,” you ask her, hoping that she’ll change her mind. That’s when she senses your concern and asks, “WHY Mommy? Why SHOULDN’T I do a hula-hoop routine for the talent show?”
You, being the concerned parent, want to warn her about all the horrible things that could go wrong and how the other kids might laugh at her. You want to remind her that she’s actually not that great with a hula-hoop but you can’t bring yourself to do it.
So what happens?
You watch in horror as she drops her hula-hoop so many times during the talent show that the other parents think it’s part of her act. (True story.)
What does this have to do with the big-screen version Stephen King’s The Dark Tower? I’m not really sure but I feel much better now so thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
If you’d like to see The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey EARLY and FOR FREE though, I can help. Continue reading →
Kids are spoiled when it comes to movies these days. If I compare what passed as Kids’ Movies when I was young (Benji, Willow, Ernest Goes to Camp) to what kids see today (Inside Out, Zootopia, Big Hero 6), I can’t help but get jealous. Even sweet and beautifully animated films like The Good Dinosaur get tossed into the “Meh” pile because they’re not as great as Wreck It Ralph or Frozen.
And now they have The Jungle Book. Sigh…it almost isn’t fair.
People have been asking me for months if this one is too intense for kids, which is understandable given the snake and tiger-heavy ads. My daughters and I saw The Jungle Book last night though, and can finally answer those questions. There are two things I should mention first, though. If you DO decide to see The Jungle Book, pay the extra money for IMAX-3D. It’s worth it. Also, forgive Lucy for being sassy and surly in this podcast. That kid needed to go to bed!
I’ve made it abundantly clear that I LOVED Zootopia, right? Click HERE to read my review of it but all you really need to know is that it’s fantastic and that I gave Zootopia an A+. Yes, I’m aware that’s the second A+ I’ve given in recent weeks (I was pretty crazy about Deadpool too) but I’m not getting soft. That’s just how good Zootopia is and best of all I HAVE FREE PASSES! Click right HERE to grab those and then watch the trailer with me again. Omigod, THAT SLOTH!
Judy Hopps is a bunny with a dream. She wants to move to the big city and become the first ever Rabbit Police Officer, but no one believes she can. Even Judy’s parents tell her to give up her dream, but she’s a tough cookie who keeps on trying.
Sounds like a trite little bedtime story you’d read to your kids, but don’t be fooled. Zootopia is anything but trite with directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) steering the ship. Throw in a writing staff that includes Jim Reardon (WALL-E), Josie Trinidad (The Princess and the Frog) and Jennifer Lee (Frozen), and you just might have a classic on your hands. Because Zootopia isn’t just about Judy Hopps’ struggle to realize her dreams or the discrimination that holds her back. At it’s heart, Zootopia is about the ignorance and FEAR we are all capable of, and how often we let it guide us. Continue reading →
I love talking to Trudi & Jim on WCSX in Detroit because they just let me GO. Other radio stations that I review movies for keep me under 10 minutes, then go back and edit me down. Some people have even told me to keep it under 3 minutes, which is next to impossible. My friends in Michigan, however, don’t give me time constraints which is why this little ditty clocks in at a half-hour. IT’S CRAZY, RIGHT? We discussed the highs and lows the the 2016 Oscar Nominations, and I had to pull the soap-box out a couple of times. You can listen to that by clicking HERE and make sure you check out Trudi & Jim any time you’re in Detroit, on 94.7 WCSX.
Did I tell you that I’m a member of the DFW Film Critics Association? Of course I did, because I brag about it constantly. See, I started covering movies as a side-gig to my regular radio job. I never expected anyone to pay attention to my reviews, much less take them seriously. I was shocked when the DFW Film Critics Association approached me because some of my favorite critics EVER are members. I sit with them at the screenings now, and it feels like I’m sitting at the Cool Kids Table.
Anyhow, the DFW Film Critics Association voted over the weekend and released a list of our BEST of 2015. I’ll post them below, along with MY picks, which didn’t always make the cut. I’d like to add that we are presenting this list in honor of Philip Wuntch, a longtime critic for the Dallas Morning News who passed away this October. Track down The Lady Eve, one of his all-time favorite classics, and watch it with Wuntch in mind.
BEST PICTURE OF 2015- Spotlight
Okay, this one was tough for me because Spotlight was my favorite movie of the year until this past weekend, when I saw The Revenant. It did come in 2nd place and I was happy to see that one of my other favorites, Sicario also made it in the top 5. Continue reading →
Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu, a boy who is separated from his family in an unnamed, war-torn African country. He struggles for survival in the jungle until a nearby rebel militia takes him in. This is when young Agu begins his life as a violent soldier. It’s also when Beasts of No Nation becomes almost unbearable to watch, but you need to. Continue reading →