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BLOG: The Bigfoot Birthday Party

Emma’s 11th birthday is this weekend and since she’s obviously MY daughter, she wants to have a Bigfoot Party.

“We could take my friends on a hike and go look for Bigfoot. Didn’t you say your friend could make a Bigfoot cake for me?”

Yes, I did and since I was actually jazzed about this idea, I took it a step further. Continue reading →

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BLOG: I REALLY Suck at Easter

***I was reminded of this blog (which I wrote a year ago) when I opened the trunk of my car and accidentally showed my kids a stash of hidden Easter goodies. Yet another Easter FAIL.

I am NOT a fan of Easter. I’m not talking about the Easter we celebrate in church so you can stop that angry letter-writing campaign right now. I’m talking about the big bunny that delivers eggs and candy. Who is this guy and why is he so interested in giving my kids a sugar rush? Continue reading →

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Why I’m Posting Someone ELSE’S “Furious 7” Review…

I couldn’t see Furious 7 this week and I’m hating myself for it.

Not because I care so much about these movies. I don’t think I watched movies 2 through 6, even on basic cable because frankly, it’s not my thing. I was excited to see #7 though because I’ve heard nothing but praise for it and claims that it could be the biggest success story of 2015. Since I can’t post my own review, I’m posting a link to my friend James Wallace’s review. He wrote such a loving tribute to the film and franchise as a whole that I can’t imagine anyone topping it.

Plus, I’m super proud of James for picking up this gig at nerdist.com. Click the link below to read what he had to say about Furious 7 and the link below THAT to purchase tickets.

James Wallace Reviews “Furious 7” & Says Goodbye to a Franchise

Fandango: Furious 7 Tickets in Dallas, TX

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BLOG: Mom and the Panty Trick

This August 2nd will mark the 10-year-anniversary of my Mom’s death. Ten years and some days it still stings like a fresh wound.

I had some intense dreams about Mom right after she died, where we would sit together and talk about what had happened. Sometimes she was mad about having to leave so early and other times she seemed confused about where she was. Once, she even told me that she wasn’t dying after all but was pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. Those dreams scared the hell out of me because they felt so real. If I was honest, I’d admit that deep down I don’t think they WERE just dreams. That’s a little too painful to consider though. Continue reading →

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BOOZY MOVIES Reviews “The Longest Ride”

I changed the name of the Podcast this week. I did this for several reasons. First of all, Richie Whitt & Sybil Summers gave me nonstop hell about it, claiming that it didn’t make sense. I insisted they were wrong but several people also came forward to say the name was confusing. Don’t you hate it when you’re WRONG? So Wine ‘N Film Critics is now Boozy Movies. Happy?

This week was different because we went to a special screening of The Longest Ride WITH the author Nicholas Sparks and the stars, Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood. Also, I was the only one drinking. Fortunately, I’m not above drinking alone.

https://soundcloud.com/julie-hoyt-fisk/boozy-movies-reviews-the-longest-ride

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My “Rent the Runway” Review

“Ooo girl, you need to try Rent the Runway,” my girlfriend Ivonne said before going back to work on my mouth.

Ivonne is my dental hygenist. She’s become a friend over the years though, which is weird because 90% of our time together is spent with her hands in my mouth.

I was telling her that I needed to buy a dress for a party, but Ivonne had a better idea. She showed me the Rent the Runway app on her iPhone, where you can rent designer dresses for a fraction of their retail cost. You pick out a dress, they ship it and a backup dress to you and you return it in 4 days. Easy-Peasy right? 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 →

Wine ‘N Film Critics: “It Follows” For Sexually Transmitted Nightmares!

I saw “It Follows” with Rebekah Black & Guest Film Critic Adelfa Cardenas. We’ve heard LOADS of great reviews about this new scary flick. Does it live up to the hype? Find out here! And pardon the pubic hair jokes.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The New “Cinderella” & Cate Blanchett as the Original Mean Girl

A quick GOOGLE search will tell you that a “Cinderella Complex” describes a woman who isn’t capable of changing her bad situation. She needs to be rescued by a man. I’m very familiar with this term because my mother warned my sister and I about it when we were young. We would read the Disney Princess stories and then discuss the elaborate weddings we’d have with our own beautiful, wealthy Princes.

“YOU have a Cinderella Complex,” Mom would say and even though we were little and didn’t know what it meant, it effectively killed the fantasy. Continue reading →

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Open Letter to My Friend Who’s Turning 40

I am so excited about celebrating your 40th Birthday this weekend, but I know you have mixed emotions. Crossing over from your 30s into your 40s isn’t exactly FUN. Believe me, anyone who says they’re excited about it is secretly crying into a bottle of vodka. There ARE some good things about turning 40 though and I would know. I’ve been in my 40s so long that I’m already mentally-preparing for my 50s, so here’s my birthday present to you. It’s a brief list of the things you actually have to look forward to when you turn 40. Continue reading →