I should probably be embarrassed by how many times I watched 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet with my kids. That goofy little flick about garden gnomes (James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) from two feuding tribes who fall in love was just sweet enough to pull me in. It had the benefit of a great Elton John soundtrack as well, and was (sadly) my kids’ first introduction to Benny & the Jets. Plus, I’m so sweet on James McAvoy that just his voice is enough to make me swoon. Gnomeo & Juliet didn’t end like the classic it’s based on, so our star-crossed lovers are back and this time, they have to solve the mystery of missing garden gnomes. Johnny Depp joins the cast as Sherlock Gnomes and, even better, Elton John is back to Executive-Produce and help with the soundtrack. So, who want passes to see Sherlock Gnomes EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
Memorial Day Weekend seems like the perfect time to take your family to the movies, but picking a flick that’s worth the money AND appropriate for your whole crew can be tricky. That’s especially true in regards to this weekend’s new releases, Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. While one of these would be fine for you and most of your kids, the other will teach them interesting new terms for certain body-parts. Continue reading →
The biggest trick to radio or television is to make it seem like you’re having so much fun that no one notices all the work that’s involved. It isn’t always easy, but SOME DAYS are so much fun that they don’t feel like work at all. That’s how it was this morning, when I reviewed Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for Good Morning Texas. I have Dawn Hensley (who worked the camera) and Paige McCoy Smith (who really IS that nice) to thank for that. I should also thank the Sandbar Cantina and Grill for mixing those fantastic cocktails for us! We only had one after the segment, but we were laughing like we’d been drinking them all morning! Click HERE to watch the segment, then find links to buy movie tickets below. Also, keep checking the website because some fabulous movies are opening in June and you KNOW I’ll have FREE PASSES!
Baywatch (Rated R) Tickets
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Rated PG-13) Tickets
If I’m being perfectly honest, I’d admit that I haven’t been a fan of Johnny Depp for years now. I’m not entirely sure why that is. Maybe he did too many stinkers like Mordecai and Dark Shadows, or maybe it’s just been too long since I’ve seen him without wigs and make-up. Whatever the reason, I no longer love Johnny Depp UNLESS he’s playing Captain Jack Sparrow. I even liked the last Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides (one of the few critics who DID), because of the delicious back-and-forth between Captain Jack and his ex-girlfriend, Angelica (Penelope Cruz). Depp gets better to me each time he dons the dreadlocks and boots, which is why I’m giving away passes to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Continue reading →
My kids are turning into tougher film critics than I am.
I gave them a lecture recently, about how hundreds of people have been listening to their reviews and basing their movie choices on them. This must have made a big impact on my girls because they didn’t pull any punches for Alice Through the Looking Glass. This is in spite of the free cookies they got at the screening.
Have a listen to their review below and remember that Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in theaters May 27th.
I just wanted to send a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made last night’s screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass happen. We had such a great time and I loved seeing everyone who came out.
First, I have to thank The Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson for showing the movie and for making those lovely cocktails for us. I think the biggest hit of the night had to be the massive EAT ME cookies. I even saw a few people shoving extras in their purses!
Thank you also to OPI and Urban Decay for the nail polishes and make-up they gave to us as party favors. That blue nail polish will go fast in my house!
HUGE thanks also to Disney and to Jenna Doran from Susan Jacobs, Inc. for making this happen. I should also thank Raymond Garcia for being there to help and for looking adorable, like usual. Most importantly, THANK YOU to everyone who came to see Alice Through the Looking Glass and to hang out with us! I hope you enjoyed it and the whole night as much as we did!
Don’t forget that Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in theaters May 26th!
I’m throwing a Girls Night Out cocktail party and you HAVE to come! Wednesday May 18th, we’re all going to meet at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson to watch Alice Through the Looking Glass, but this isn’t your typical watching party. No, we’ll have freebies from Urban Decay and the Drafthouse has planned a special “Wonderland” themed menu for us. Everyone who comes will get an Alice-inspired cocktail, or mocktail for the kids. Yes, Alice Through the Looking Glass is rated PG so this Girls Night Out will be a kid-friendly event! We also won’t turn away any fellas who insist on joining us for fancy drinks and a free movie. You have to get passes first though, so take care of that by clicking HERE, then take a minute to watch the Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer. Listen closely for the voice of dear, departed Alan Rickman too, because this was his final movie.
You have to wonder what went through the mind of Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) when he decided to take on a gangster film like Black Mass. Did he think about classics like The Godfather and Goodfellas, or did he try to put them out of his mind? Did he ruminate over his favorite episodes of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, or did he pretend they didn’t exist? Did he revisit current films about crime in South Boston, like The Town or The Departed, or did he cross his fingers and hope no one saw any similiarities?
The simple fact is that there’s no way to make a gangster movie today without treading on some well-traveled ground. That being the case, how can a filmmaker create a crime story that’s fresh and covers new territory? Continue reading →
I should tell you right away that I didn’t see “Mortdecai” because I had absolutely no desire to. In fact, just looking at the movie-poster above makes me want to go throw a brick through a car window (preferrably Johnny Depp’s car window). I’ve been reading reviews on RottenTomatoes.com where “Mortdecai” is currently getting a 9% (certified ROTTEN), so it appears I didn’t miss much. My favorite comment so far came from Film Critic Robbie Collin, who called the movie “psychotically unfunny.” Here’s a link to his “Mortdecai” review, which I suspect is far better than the movie itself. Continue reading →