What were you up to at 15? I think I was probably prank-calling friends, looking for parties and doing as little homework as humanly possible. Richard Wershe Jr., on the other hand, was a drug-kingpin and FBI informant by the time he turned 15. Makes you feel kind of lazy doesn’t? Richard Wershe Jr. is also the subject of the new movie White Boy Rick, which hits theaters September 14th. Newcomer Richie Merritt plays young Richard Wershe, while Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey plays his Dad, who was also a dealer. I actually love it when McConaughey plays strung-out, so who wants to see White Boy Rick with me, EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
It isn’t easy for Stephen King fans, when we hear they’re making one of his books into a movie. We know that everything he writes will probably end up in theaters one day, but we’ve been let down so many times before.
It’s like the moment when your kid tells you she wants to do a hula-hoop routine at the school talent show. You smile and try to be encouraging, but you’ve seen her drop that hula-hoop WAY more times than you’ve seen her keep it up.
“Are you SURE, honey,” you ask her, hoping that she’ll change her mind. That’s when she senses your concern and asks, “WHY Mommy? Why SHOULDN’T I do a hula-hoop routine for the talent show?”
You, being the concerned parent, want to warn her about all the horrible things that could go wrong and how the other kids might laugh at her. You want to remind her that she’s actually not that great with a hula-hoop but you can’t bring yourself to do it.
So what happens?
You watch in horror as she drops her hula-hoop so many times during the talent show that the other parents think it’s part of her act. (True story.)
What does this have to do with the big-screen version Stephen King’s The Dark Tower? I’m not really sure but I feel much better now so thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
If you’d like to see The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey EARLY and FOR FREE though, I can help. Continue reading →
Have you ever seen a movie trailer and thought, “Where the HELL did that come from? Why haven’t I heard about this movie???”
Well, that’s how I felt when I watched the trailer for the based-on-actual-events movie Gold. It stars Matthew McConaughey as the head of a failing mining company, who heads to Indonesia in search of gold. The treasure trove that should solve his problems eventually lands him in hot water, which is when Gold supposedly gets great. Click HERE if you’d like to see Gold EARLY and FOR FREE, then watch the trailer below. Also, let’s send props to McConaughey for shaving his head and gaining 25 pounds to look less attractive for this role. I’m sure his wife just LOVED that.
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.
I remember going to see Flash Gordon with my cousins back in 1980. We were all in Conway, Arkansas for the holidays and I was the youngest kid in this particular outing. I felt so cool, hanging out with the big girls (even though the Emperor Ming scared me a little) and I love that stupid movie to this day. My point is that everyone LOVES catching a movie over the holidays, especially if they have fun relatives around, and now you can do it FOR FREE. See, AMC Theaters will be offering FREE SCREENINGS of the movie Sing nationwide the Saturday after Thanksgiving (11/26/16). Continue reading →
There are quite a few new movies out this week so I had to make some updates to my list. Unfortunately, not ALL of the new releases made it into the Top 8 Movies, but I was really surprised by the ones that did. Continue reading →
I walked out of Kubo and the Two Strings last night emotionally exhausted and completely overwhelmed. I blew my nose, wiped my eyes, then turned to my 12 and 8-year-old daughters and asked, “So, what did you think?”
“I didn’t get it,” said the oldest with a grunt. Her little sister followed suit with, “Yeah, what was up with his hair???”
See, my kids and I agree on most things involving movies. We feel that screaming babies should be escorted out IMMEDIATELY and that popcorn should always be covered with butter-flavored imminent death. We agree that popcorn should also be thrown at people who use their phones during a movie, but we apparently DISAGREE when it comes to Kubo and the Two Strings. Continue reading →
The summary for Kubo and the Two Strings reads like an awesome old-school Bruce Lee movie. This is what I copied from IMDB.com: “A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.”
Oh yeah, and he battles demons using a magical instrument, called a shamisen.
See what I mean?
Kubo and the Two Strings is also the latest from Laika Studios, which brought us cool stop-motion projects, like The Boxtrolls and Coraline, AND it’s Matthew McConaughey’s debut performance in an animated feature. Pretty cool, right?
Even better, you can see it EARLY and FOR FREE so click HERE to snag those passes, then watch the trailer below. In fact, watch the trailer first, because how incredible does THAT look???
You know the first sip you take of a great cup of coffee? It’s your first cup of the day and the taste and smell flows all over you in a way that makes it more of an EXPERIENCE than a cup of coffee? And no matter how great that coffee is, nothing compares to the first sip?
Well, that’s how I describe my experience with director Jeff Nichols.
I was introduced to Nichols back in 2011 through his movie Take Shelter. It starred Michael Shannon as a man whose repeated visions could be signaling something sinister, like an oncoming apocalypse. I remember spontaneously bursting into tears at the end of the film and how chills ran up and down my legs.
Take Shelter was my #1 film of 2011 and I still recommend it to friends today.
Jeff Nichols released Mud a year later to even more critical acclaim. It featured Matthew McConaughey and some phenomenal child actors (Tye Sheridan as Ellis and Jacob Lofland as Neckbone, the greatest character name EVER). Mud had a strong story but it lacked the supernatural glow of Take Shelter, so I was mildly disappointed. Continue reading →