MOVIE REVIEW: “Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot”

You’ll notice immediately that this documentary about Dirk Nowitzki is unlike any other sports story you’ve seen before. The music is what gives it away. It’s light and almost comical (I think I even heard a mouth-harp at one point). It’s quite a change from the dramatic music and camera shots we see on sports shows here in the U.S. That’s because Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot was made by German Filmmakers Sebastian Denhardt and Leopold Hoesch. It’s appropriate because Dirk Nowitzki is quite unlike most sports stars anyhow. He is already a basketball legend, but he stays out of the spotlight and directs attention away from himself. So much so in fact, that this movie ABOUT Dirk actually features his peers. The whole first half of Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot focuses on other people, like Dirk’s family and his mentor, Holger Geschwindner. It’s amazing to think that an accomplished athlete like Dirk Nowitzki still listens to the man he trained with as a teenager, but it’s a relationship forged in years of trust. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” & A Cocktail Party!

Have you seen the trailer for Guy Ritchie’s latest movie The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? Holy Balls, just look at THIS:

Yes, that’s Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer playing a CIA Agent and KGB Operative who’re forced to work together. Two of the HOTTEST dudes in movies today AND they’re joined by the phenomenal Alicia Vikander, who absolutely KILLED IT in Ex Machina. It’s not opening in theaters until August 14th but GUESS WHO HAS FREE PASSES TO SEE IT NEXT WEEK! Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “MINIONS” (Where Are The Girl Minions?)

Am I the only one who thought Gru created the Minions?

Well, we were wrong because according to Minions the movie, they evolved like everything else. They even walked out of the sea speaking their own weird language, which appears to be a mix of French, Spanish, English and Drunk. It’s unclear if the Minions procreated over time (I couldn’t find a single female in the bunch) but they spent the rest of their existence on Earth searching for a Bad Guy to serve. Minions the movie, you see, takes place pre-Gru, so they have yet to find their ultimate Master. A few scouts are sent in search of one, which is why Kevin, Stuart and Bob end up in 1960’s London, courting Scarlet Overkill as their new Villain. Continue reading →

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BLOG: Would You Kill This Snake? (Why You Should Be On The “What Kind of Snake Is This” Facebook Page)

My husband picks on me when he catches me giggling at my iPhone. He’ll see me with a goofy grin on my face and say, “OK, what is it?” I’m usually watching a stupid cat video but lately, I’ve been smiling over snake pictures. I know that last part sounds weird and it IS new for me, but it’s all thanks to the What Kind of Snake is This: North Texas Facebook page.

Look, I’m not a snake fan and I’ve never owned one as a pet. I’m not scared of them though and use to play with the little Garter Snakes I found in our backyard when I was a kid. I was introduced to this page when my daughters and I stumbled across a Copperhead while hiking in Fort Worth. Here’s the video I posted, in case you missed it the first time. Yes, I know I was holding my phone the wrong way. Cut me some slack.

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Mommy-Movie-Review: “Batkid Begins” (And Some Free Movie Passes!)

If you’re active on social media, you just might remember the day that a tiny Batman took over San Francisco.

It was November 15th, 2013 when thousands of people helped 5-year-old Leukemia survivor, Miles Scott live out his dream of being Batman. If you weren’t one of the hundreds of THOUSANDS who watched it in real-time on Twitter, it’s OK because now there’s a movie that chronicles not only Miles’ Dream-Day but also the years leading up to it. Continue reading →

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BLOG: You Need to Know THIS If You’re Heading to “Kaboom Town”

Did you know that I use to be the voice of Kaboom Town in Addison?

Of course you didn’t. Why WOULD you know that? It isn’t like being the voice of Big Tex, where you get to wear a costume and greet visitors. That would’ve been awesome. I could’ve walked around dressed as Uncle Sam on stilts and said, “Howdy Folks! Welcome to KABOOM TOWN! The line for the bathroom starts here!” Continue reading →

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BLOG: Birthdays In The Social Media Age

I don’t understand people who aren’t on Facebook. They say they’re too busy for such nonsense and don’t want the world prying into their personal lives, but I still don’t get it. How do they find out who their ex-boyfriends ended up marrying or who gained lots of weight? How do they conduct a proper background check on potential suitors or quietly stalk that girl from high school they were always so jealous of?

More importantly, how does everyone know when it’s their birthday? Continue reading →

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BLOG: Reviewing (my friend) B.J. Cleveland in “The Nance”

You never know who your real friends are until things get ugly. I didn’t know that B.J. Cleveland WAS a real friend until he came to my rescue, TWICE.

We were just acquaintances who chatted through social media until last fall, when I got caught in a storm. I was driving down Northwest Highway when it hit and took conditions down to zero visibility. I pulled off the road to get out of the high winds when I noticed a group of people standing next to a building. They were motioning others to come in so I, in a state of panic, ran from my car and followed them. Continue reading →

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BLOG: Volunteering With My Kids at the East Lake Pet Orphanage

If you’ve driven by the building above in Dallas, you’ve probably noticed how cute it is and wondered what was going on inside. I even watched as it was being built, and thought it must be a real estate office or maybe a Bed & Breakfast. It isn’t though, and I promise that what IS happening inside this building is far cuter than it’s exterior.

This is part of the East Lake Pet Orphanage by White Rock Lake in Dallas. The ELPO is a no-kill animal shelter and hospital, which cares for orphans and animals who have homes alike. They’re also known for taking in the pets who are abandoned by the lake, which happens with heartbreaking regularity. The vets and technicians at the ELPO do everything they can to rehabilitate these animals and get them ready for life in a NEW home. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Movie Chat With Trudi & Jim at WCSX in Detroit

I started reviewing movies for Trudi & Jim at WCXS in Detroit back in February when Fifty Shades of Grey came out. I love these guys because A) Trudi is awesome and because B) Jim lived in Plano & worked at KVIL for a while. He is awesome as well. I also love these guy because C) they will let me talk & talk & TALK. Any other radio stations I talk to keep my reviews under five minutes. This review is 14 MINUTES LONG! Lord knows, I could talk for DAYS if given the chance.
This week we discussed Magic Mike XXL, Ted 2, and your chance to see Trainwreck WITH Amy Schumer in NYC!
Thanks again to Trudi & Jim! Hope we can get cocktails together one of these days!