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MOVIE REVIEW: “Hello, My Name Is Doris” (Can something be cute & depressing as Hell at the exact same time?)

DORIS has a problem. Her mother just passed away and after years of caring for her, Doris’ life suddenly lacks purpose. She looks to her friends and a self-help guru for guidance, but only finds real hope in the shape of a much younger, male co-worker. Before long, Doris is completely obsessed and in totally over her head.

The best thing about Hello, My Name is Doris has to be it’s star, Sally Fields. She gives Doris a spunk and cuteness that makes her funky ensembles seem more artsy than old-lady. Fields also brings a pathos to Doris that makes you feel for her, even when you’re laughing at her. This, however, is also my biggest issue with Hello, My Name is Doris. We laugh long and hard at her dirty daydreams and sexual repression at the start of the film, then feel rotten about it when we see she has real problems. Isn’t it unseemly to chuckle at this woman, when she’s so badly in need of help? Continue reading →

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BLOG: Is It Bad Luck or Stupidity? (aka “Farting In Front of Blythe Danner”)

I’ve had a remarkable string of bad luck this week. Sure, we all have the occasional stubbed toe or traffic jam, but when the bad incidents string themselves together over several days you’re left wondering, “What is the DEAL?”

Fortunately, nothing REALLY bad has happened (hope I didn’t just jinx myself) but I’ve broken my favorite lasagna pan, stomped on my cat, ruined dinner, gotten lost in the woods (see previous blog) and had a TV movie-segment (that I was PUMPED about) get canceled. Just last night, I showed up for a movie screening a whole week early. Even worse, I had friends driving in from McKinney to join me. When I got home from that last fiasco, I said to my husband, “Well, this doesn’t bode well for my interview tomorrow.” Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “I’ll See You In My Dreams” & Blythe Danner at the DIFF!

Emmy and Tony winning actress Blythe Danner is coming to town!

She will be at the Dallas International Film Festival’s Opening Night on April 9th, where she will accept The Dallas Star Award. Blythe is known to many as Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother, which is too bad because she was a great actress before she ever became a mom. Danner starred in Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides long before she made any of those Focker movies, and who can forget her run as Will’s mom on Will & Grace?

Blythe will also attend a screening of her latest film I’ll See You In My Dreams on DIFF’S Opening Night. Continue reading →