JSS Movie Minute Podcast: “Stillwater” Review & the Difference Between “Val” & “Roadrunner”

WARNING: This review contains references to suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to reach a trained counselor at the Crisis Text Line.

This week, the Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE revisits the Anthony Bourdain documentary and compares it to Val Kilmer’s autobiographical Val (watch the trailer HERE– it looks amazing). Julie & Rebekah also review Matt Damon’s new movie Stillwater and almost come to blows over HBO’s White Lotus. Julie shares initial reviews of Adam Driver’s latest, a rock-opera called Annette (yes, that IS a puppet-baby) & they wrap it all up with the new trailer for Dune. Remember to find more Movie Reviews (& maybe even some Free Movie Passes) at JulieSaysSo.com.  

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Movies are BACK!

Movies are BACK!
We’re Back!

It’s been a long year. Hell, after Covid, I had decided to hang up my “Film Critic” hat and donate my giant purse (the one I use to smuggle candy and tiny wine bottles into screenings) to Goodwill. I even came this close to shutting down this website. Then I made an appearance on Good Morning Texas to give my Oscars predictions (watch that HERE if you want). It was the most “normal” I’d felt in a straight year and I loved it so much, I decided to load up the giant purse and don that hat again. I even have my first in-theater screening next week to see A Quiet Place Part 2! That will give me a better opportunity to see how theaters are operating in a Covid world but AMC, Cinemark, the Angelika and the Alamo Drafthouse have their protocols posted online. There will hopefully be Free Movie Screenings in our future but, for now, I’ll focus on the films that are opening in theaters soon like Cruella, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and, of course, Black Widow. I’ll kick off with a review of A Quiet Place Part 2 next week so have a look at the trailer below. Now, want to add anything to my giant purse?

Golden Globes

Golden Globes Predictions on “Good Morning Texas”

The Golden Globes have always been loosey-goosey (yes, that presenter is probably drunk) and they’ve been known to throw curve-balls in the past (I’m still not over that Bohemian Rhapsody win). This year, the race is especially tight with legends like Martin Scorcese, Al Pacino, Renee Zellwegger and Jennifer Aniston in the mix, but (relative) newcomers like Awkwafina, Bong Joon-Ho and Billy Porter might surprise them all. Click HERE to watch my Golden Globes predictions on WFAA Good Morning Texas, then tell me your own predictions in the Comments below. And check the Julie Says So Free Movie Passes page while you’re here, to score freebies to the next big Golden Globes winner!
(Extra special thanks to Vintaglio Jewelry for providing the bling today!)

Movie Reviews

What to See this Weekend: Reviews for “Harriet,” “Motherless Brooklyn” & “Jojo Rabbit”

There’s a little something-for-everyone in theaters this weekend, including two interesting takes on history. If you’re wondering which film to throw your money at, I’ve seen all three and can help. Continue reading →

Bernadette

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” – Fans of the BOOK Review the MOVIE

Have you ever wondered how film critics get to see movies before everyone else? Well, early screenings are usually held to promote the film’s release, but sometimes those screenings occur on the same damn night. That’s what happened this week with Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and Good Boys, so I had to chose one. I desperately needed a Comedy and picked the latter while some girlfriends offered to cover Bernadette for me. I’m tempted to NOT share their review though, because it’s far funnier than anything I’ve ever written. Well, read it anyhow and remember that I do have my funny moments (they’re just few and far between).
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Good Boys

MOVIE REVIEW: How BAD is “Good Boys” (& Parent Review)

Remember when you were about 11 or 12-years-old and were suddenly expected to know everything? It happened right around middle school, when you could still comfortably sit in a child-sized desk but your peers inexplicably became familiar with sex, drugs and other decidedly adult things. It forced you to either fake knowledge or be labeled a “baby,” even though you had no real interest in that stuff anyhow.
I remember that time clearly because my incorrect use of the word “organism” made my friends laugh until they heaved.
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Lion King

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Lion King” Disney Fixes the Unbroken (Again)

Are you wondering about Disney‘s remake of The Lion King? Well, here’s my review in the form of an analogy.
Remember the time you went to see that band you loved in concert? You waited all night to hear your favorite song but when they started playing it, you realized it was a brand new version? Continue reading →

Parabellum

MOVIE REVIEW: When Reality Came Crashing Into “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”

I am crazy about the John Wick movies (okay, maybe not the second) and this new one does not disappoint. It’s like a shinier, rowdier, deadlier version of the first, but made better with even more dogs. I don’t need to write a summary of the John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum plot, do I? You already know that John Wick is going to kill a bunch of slick bad guys while making it look like an art form. That’s why we go to these movies, right? To scream, laugh, cover our eyes, and ultimately have a great time. That’s exactly what I did for about 3/4 of the movie until one scene in particular sucked the air out of my lungs. Continue reading →

Theron & Rogen

MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Long Shot” Worth a Shot?

I’d completely understand if you saw the trailer for Long Shot and decided to blow it off. This rom-com with a side of politics doesn’t exactly scream “Must See,” but you absolutely should anyway. Long Shot is far better than the trailer lets on and, if you haven’t noticed, it ISN’T a superhero movie! Continue reading →