This week on the Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE, we go over the F9 weekend box-office (Vin Diesel was RIGHT!) and I share my thoughts on Questlove’s directorial debut, “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). I also talked to Mark Walters & Devin Pike from The Big Film Show, who had lots to say about Chris Pratt’s new film The Tomorrow War and his future with Marvel. We also discussed “Cancel-Culture” (a term none of us are fans of) and how it reflects society’s own underlying views. Listen below or wherever you find podcasts!Continue reading →
I made my first in-person appearance on Good Morning Texas today, after a straight year of Zoom interviews! It felt great to be back in that seat, even though the wind blew my hair into my lipstick and I’ve completely forgotten how to walk in heels. It was my first segment with new GMT host, Hannah Davis too, who is just as adorable in person as she is on TV. We discussed the post-Covid theater experience and what you can do to prepare for it (namely plan ahead) and I gave her my review of A Quiet Place Part 2. We also discussed the other big upcoming releases, like Disney’s Cruella, In the Heights, F9 and Black Widow. Click HERE to watch the segment and remember to check out the brand-new Julie Says So Movie Minute podcast right HERE.
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, Marshall, Get on Up) has paired up with producers Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame) again for 21 Bridges. It’s about an NYPD Detective (Boseman) who uncovers a massive conspiracy while searching for two cop-killers. It also stars Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch and J.K. Simmons (who just joined the Marvel universe in Spiderman: Far From Home) and I have passes to see it all over Texas (and Louisiana)! Continue reading →
Imagine being the first Marvel film released AFTER Avengers: Endgame.
It almost isn’t fair, is it? Following on the heels of a film that brought all of our favorite superheros together (and even took some away) would be an enormous challenge for any picture, but especially one that had such deep connections to one of the departed (I’m just now realizing how hard it will be to write this review without any A) Spider-Man: Far From Home or B) Avengers: Endgame spoilers). Continue reading →
I wonder if Tom Holland felt weird when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse became a monstrous hit. Did he watch it win the Oscar and grumble, “But I’m the real Spider-Man,” or is that just something I would do? Well, it doesn’t really matter because Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters July 2nd and briefly make everyone forget about Miles Morales. It’s already projected to make $150 million opening weekend, so maybe you should skip the lines and see it EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →
I made a joke on social media yesterday about dropping spoilers into my Avengers: Endgame review. It led to actual death threats. That’s one of the reasons I’m so nervous about writing this review, but I also truly don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. So instead of writing about the movie, I’m going to tell you what you need to do before seeing it. Continue reading →
The first thing I noticed about Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was the sound of her footsteps. They are heavy and solid, and signify that something serious is approaching. It’s quite a shift from earlier female superheroes, who are essentially deadly ballerinas. Implied weight is rarely a good thing for a female movie character (think back to ANY time you remember a woman with heavy footfalls in film) but it signifies a shift in how a woman is perceived onscreen. Carol Danvers isn’t light, but skinny can’t be expected to save the world.
Carol Danvers’ heavy steps are one of many progressive female notions you’ll catch in Captain Marvel, and how you feel about that will affect how you feel about the film in general. Will you soak it all in OR (like the woman sitting behind me at the screening) will you say, “Stop force-feeding me GIRL POWER!” Continue reading →
Brie Larson is taking a beating right now! People have been trashing her new movie Captain Marvel before even seeing it, trolling her personally, and even accusing her character of “not smiling enough.” (Seriously?) You won’t hear me buying into any of it, though. I’ve been a huge fan of Brie Larson’s work since her 21 Jump Street days, and I especially appreciate how she supports diversity among film critics. Larson even gave this very website a plug on Twitter once, so I might have a bit of a crush on her. Sure I’m biased, but that doesn’t change the fact that Captain Marvel IS getting great reviews (read some of those HERE) AND ticket sales have already outpaced Wonder Woman. In fact, it’s currently the 2nd highest advanced ticket-seller (for a superhero movie) right behind Black Panther! None of that will matter if you get to see Captain Marvel EARLY and FOR FREE, and I actually have passes to TWO screenings! Continue reading →
If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Continue reading →
Remember the days before Marvel Studios, when superhero movies were uninspired, jumbled messes but we liked them anyway? Well, that’s exactly what Venom reminds me of.
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who discovers a parasitic space-alien that invades his body. Brock must learn to work with it to save himself and becomes Venom.
Hardy is doing the best he can with this role (he’s already slated for two more Venom movies) but a dopey script and shallow character development weighs him down. Venom himself delivers all of the action, but hokey dialogue and lackluster CGI kills any chances for realism. A fun bromance develops between Eddie and Venom though, and their banter gives the movie a much needed lift. That and it’s brisk pace keep Venom from being a complete waste of time.
But can your kids see it? Continue reading →