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PODCAST: “mother!” Movie Review & Punctuation Debate

We simply couldn’t stop talking about mother! after seeing it the other night. We debated, then agreed, then flat out fought about it’s meaning and whether or not it has any merits. So, are you planning to see mother! this weekend? If so, you might want to listen to my chat with Rebekah Black and Chic (Red Carpet Crash) from Wednesday night. Given a chance, we’d probably still be sitting at Trinity Hall drinking and fighting about it!

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Reviewing “mother!” & “First They Killed My Father” (directed by Angelina Jolie) on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

Are you planning to see Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie mother! this weekend? If so, I highly recommend that you watch my mother! (yes, the lower-case “m” is intentional) review on Good Morning Texas first. There are several things you need to know about Darren Aronofsky’s latest before you start shelling out money for tickets. I also covered First They Killed My Father, which is based on a true story and directed by Angelina Jolie. Continue reading →

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JULIE SAYS SO Fall Movie Preview on “Good Morning Texas”

I absolutely LOVE IT when I look at the calendar and see nothing but great movies on the horizon. That’s exactly what I was talking about on Good Morning Texas today. I joined Jane McGarry (who apparently cranks up rap music when she isn’t on TV) and Alanna Sarabia (who’s so young, she wasn’t sure who John McEnroe was…but we love her anyway!) to talk about Patti Cake$, Mother!, Battle of the Sexes, Home Again, 9/11, American Made and the movie I simply can’t stop talking about, It. I even had some juicy gossip to share about Jennifer Lawrence’s latest fling and our newest Pennywise the Clown, who scared some child actors on the set so badly, he left them crying. Click HERE to watch the segment, then visit the Free Movie Passes page to see what I’m giving away next. In fact, I should have tickets to see It very soon so check that page DAILY. Continue reading →

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Reviewing December Movies on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today to talk about all the best movies December has to offer. Interested in seeing La La Land, Office Christmas Party or Sing? I can tell you if they’re worth your time. Want free passes to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers, or Collateral Beauty? I can help with that, too! Just click HERE to watch the segment, then check out my Free Movie Passes page to see what’s available.

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Passengers” EARLY & FOR FREE

We all peed our pants just a little when we found out Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence were making a movie together, didn’t we? Honestly, I wasn’t jazzed when I heard the premise for Passengers (thousands of sleeping people are on a spaceship, heading to a distant planet, when 2 of them wake up 90 years early…Really???) but, like the rest of the world, I’m going to see it anyway. I mean, it’s Jennifer-Freaking-Lawrence and Chris-Mouse Rat-Pratt! In a perfect world, I would drink Southern Comfort with them both (and Anna Farris, of course) and then we’d go toilet paper the houses of uptight famous people, like Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. I guess I’ll just have to see them in Passengers instead and, lucky for us, I have FREE PASSES! If you’d like to see Passengers EARLY and FOR FREE, click HERE to make that happen, then watch the trailer below. I’m not giving up on that Southern Comfort night ENTIRELY, though.

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WHAT TO RENT NOW: “Julie Says So” Top 5 DVDs (for the last weekend of April)

Yes, it IS the last weekend of April and though you SHOULD be planting veggies in the garden, you’re probably sleeping off a “Pre-Cinco de Mayo Party” hangover instead.

Hey, if you choose to spend the weekend in bed with a remote in one hand and a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in the other, I am not gonna judge. In fact, I’ll even help you out with a list of DVDs you should be watching while you sweat-out those Palomas. (Seriously, no judgment. Those drinks are goooood.)

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Look, I’m not saying The Forest is a great movie. Hell, it’s barely even a good movie, but the true story of the Aokigahara Forest is pretty incredible. The Forest is worth watching for that alone, but you have to follow it up with the Vice documentary below. Find my original review HERE, if you need to read more about how The Forest is NOT a great movie.
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PODCAST: Oscar Chat with Mike Cohen of WILS Lansing, MI

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Mike Cohen of WILS Lansing, Michigan for having me on yesterday. I had a blast talking about the 2016 Oscars with him, but I was totally WRONG about a few things. First of all, Jennifer Lawrence DID win the Best Actress Golden Globe this year, but it was for a “Comedy or Musical.” I always forget that they break up the categories. Also, Idris Elba CAN’T be an African American because he’s BRITISH! Man, I’m repeatedly smacking my head over that one. Please listen to the podcast below and feel free to tell me what else I was wrong about, except my Oscar picks. We all know I’m right about those. Thanks Again Mike!

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Dishing “The 2016 Golden Globes” on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I joined my friends at Good Morning Texas today, to talk about The 2016 Golden Globes and it was SO MUCH FUN! Seriously, I wish I could get up every morning and talk trash about celebrities with Jeanette Chivvis, Victoria Snee and Jane McGarry. The only thing I would change is the hair, make-up and clothes part because that’s REALLY STRESSFUL. Maybe we could just sit around in bathrobes, with our hair pulled back and clay-masks on our faces. That’s way more my speed!

We started by discussing The Revenant, and all the awards it scored at the Globes. We mentioned Arthur Redcloud from Colleyville, who plays a major role in the movie, and an article about him that ran in Guidelive recently. That was written by my friend Tommy Cummings, and you can read it by clicking HERE. Then watch us drool over Michael Fassbender and fight about Jennifer Lawrence’s cut-out dress by clicking HERE. Can’t wait until the Oscars!

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The BEST, WORST, & WEIRDEST of 2015 Film

I started compiling a list of my favorite 2015 movies, but it was really lame. I got bored just writing it so I can’t imagine how much it would suck for the poor person reading it. The last thing anyone wants right now is another dry Top 10 List, right? I have one, which I will post at the end of this, but it actually excluded some of the coolest theater experiences I had this year. That’s why I decided to compile a list of The Best, Worst and Weirdest of 2015 Film. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Joy” – Man, What A Disappointment

Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, the real-life woman who invented the Miracle Mop and launched an empire in the process. It’s directed by David O. Russell, who won audiences over with the The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, then left us all feeling mildly dissatisfied with American Hustle. We got pretty excited about Russell releasing another Jennifer Lawrence-led project over the holidays, but get ready for another heaping dose of disappointment. Joy doesn’t live up to Russell’s previous Oscar nominees, and that means it’s not even as good as the not-very-good American Hustle.

The problem here is Joy’s family, who unintentionally thwart every chance she has of a normal life. She lives under the same roof as her singer-ex-husband (Tony Miranne), volatile father (Robert De Niro) and neurotic mother (Virginia Madsen), who is so quirky she might have just stepped out of a Wes Anderson flick. Throw a couple of kids in the mix and Joy is so overwhelmed she can barely breathe, much less thrive. Jennifer Lawrence is at her best when she’s slaying dragons but she’s so busy throwing punches here that her character never develops. By the time Joy finally finds some success, we’re all too exhausted to celebrate with her.

There are some moments in Joy that work, namely every shot at the QVC studios (I especially liked how Melissa Rivers played her mother, Joan) and a fun soap-opera story line that pops up occasionally. It’s not enough to save this movie from it’s own phrenetic energy, which is why I’m giving Joy a C. Man, we had such high hopes for this one. I’m honestly as bummed to write this review as you probably are to read it!