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MOVIE REVIEW: Why I Walked Out of Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow”

I’ve been struggling to write a review of Red Sparrow, and not just because I don’t know how it ends (yeah, I walked out). See, even I was surprised by the strong reaction I had to this dull, but not entirely awful film about a ballerina who is forced to become a Russian spy. Dominika suffers a career-ending injury but must still care for her ailing mother. She accepts the help of her creepy Uncle, who just happens to be the head of a dangerous Russian Intelligence Agency. This is where Dominkia is taught to be a Red Sparrow, which is essentially a spy who uses sex to get information.
What follows is a seemingly endless montage of sex, sometimes violent, sometimes not, but always starring Lawrence in some ridiculous bathing-suit, lingerie, or slinky dress. Later in the film, we are treated to a full-blown torture scene where Lawrence, in various stages of nudity, suffers some of the worst abuse I’ve seen onscreen.
This is nothing new, but it reminded me of a scene in mother!, where Jennifer Lawrence is kicked and punched until her boobs fly out of her shirt.
I remember asking in a podcast afterwards, “Why are they beating Jennifer Lawrence up in movies? Who wants to see that?
I found myself asking the exact same question as her character was sexually-assaulted a second time in Red Sparrow.
Who wants to see this and, more importantly, why are we making movies for them? Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Red Sparrow” EARLY & FOR FREE

Before I say anything about a FREE Red Sparrow SCREENING, I’d like to write an open letter to it’s star, Jennifer Lawrence.

Hey Jenn,
How’re you holding up? It’s been a weird time for you, hasn’t it? I mean, your career has turned some major somersaults since you were nominated for your first Oscar in 2011. What were you, like 20-years-old when you starred in Winter’s Bone? And you were soooo gooooood. Then you WON an Oscar only 2 years later for Silver Linings Playbook, and scored huge hits with the Hunger Games AND X-Men series. You, young Jennifer Lawrence, were adored by pretty much everyone in the world, including me, when things got wobbly. First there was Serena, then Joy, and then Passengers, which couldn’t even be saved by dirty rumors about you and Chris Pratt. You took a beating for those, then you took a LITERAL beating in the movie mother! last year. People didn’t even notice how great you were in that because they were so busy debating what the movie MEANT. And here you are in Red Sparrow, which has fans like me crossing our fingers and HOPING that it’s good. Not because we prefer GOOD movies (which we DO), but because, dammit Jennifer Lawrence, YOU ARE DUE.
So know that I’m rooting for you JLaw, and if you hear me making fun of your Russian accent in this one, it’s only because I’m jealous of all that beauty, fame and talent of yours. And GOOD LUCK!

So, who wants passes to see Red Sparrow EARLY and FOR FREE? Click HERE for those, then watch the trailer below. See what I mean about that accent? (Sorry Jenn!)

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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!