Julie Says So: What’s Streaming NOW (5/22)

I was so excited when Good Morning Texas expressed interest in sharing the Julie Says So “What’s Streaming” segments, THEN I attempted to film one on Zoom. Three days (and multiple meltdowns) later, I still couldn’t find a way to fix my hair. You’ll just have to pretend it isn’t magically disappearing and then reappearing as you watch the segment, but you’ll still get some excellent streaming ideas for Memorial Day Weekend. Watch it HERE and huge “Thanks” to Good Morning Texas for sharing my work!

As always, thank you Vintaglio Jewelry for providing the bling. Take a look at their website and gorgeous hand-made pieces HERE.

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Julie Says So: What’s Streaming NOW (for 4/23)

Don’t you miss hanging out with your squad?
Getting dressed up, meeting your friends and then having a massive fight in the middle of some overpriced restaurant. Maybe even flipping some tables?
If that’s your kind of fun, you’ll be thrilled to know that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is BACK. Sharpen your nails for added drama because Garcelle Beauvais has been added to the cast. You can watch it on Bravo (and catch up with Episode 1 below). Continue reading →

Shows to Watch

Julie Says So: What’s Streaming NOW (for 4/16/20)

According to a recent study, Americans are currently streaming about 8 hours of TV a day and binging 3 new series a week! If that’s the case, you probably need something new to stream Continue reading →

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What to Watch After “Joe Exotic”: Streaming NOW for 4/2/20

How’s everyone holding up? Are you staying at home? I just tried online grocery-shopping and like it much more than getting sneezed on in the check-out line. Give it a shot but know it will take 3-4 days (sometimes more depending on the store) to get your food. You’ll need something to watch while you’re eating all those beans and I can help. Continue reading →

Love, Simon/ Queer Eye

FREE PASSES to “Love Simon” (& a quick review of Netflix’s “Queer Eye”)

I promise I’ll get around to talking about Love, Simon in just a minute. First though, I want to talk about this new Netflix show that my kids and I can’t get enough of. It’s Queer Eye, which is an updated version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy from 2003. I didn’t expect to like this new cast as much as the original, but I’ll be damned if they don’t have me and my daughters happy-crying on nightly basis. In fact, we were watching last night when they helped a young man who wanted to come out to a family member (apparently they don’t just help straight guys these days). In a show of solidarity, each of the Queer Eye hosts talked about their own difficulties coming out to friends and family. It was incredible, imagining that these confident, sparkling men could ever be insecure or scared. Once again, I was crying but it also made me especially excited about Love, Simon. This movie tells the story of a high-school boy (Nick Robinson from Jurassic World and The Kings of Summer) who struggles to share his long-held secret, and I think the Queer Eye guys would love it! If you would love it too, Continue reading →

The “Julie Says So” Top 4 DVDs to Rent NOW (& one to BUY)

I know we usually talk about movies to RENT but I’m taking a break from that to make sure EVERYONE is aware of THIS:

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5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on DVD APRIL 5TH! As in NEXT FREAKING WEEK! If you haven’t already preordered it, you can do so now. We bought it for my daughter since her birthday is coming up but everyone in my house is about to pee their pants over it. Continue reading →

The TOP 5 DVDs to Rent This Weekend

Well, it’s time to officially catch up on the REST of the big Oscar-Buzz movies because FOUR of them landed at Redbox this week. It’s perfect because you’ll probably spend Saturday and Sunday recovering from your St. Patrick’s Day hangover, anyhow.

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5. Bryan Cranston received a Best Actor nomination for his role as a blacklisted Hollywood writer, but obviously lost to DiCaprio. It’s funny because, as much as I LOVE Cranston, I found his portrayal of the cigar-chomping, prose-spouting Communist to be a little annoying. Trumbo is an excellent Hollywood history lesson though, and I love seeing Louis CK in anything so I still have to recommend it.

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4. I gave Crimson Peak a C+ when it came out (read my review HERE) and chided it for being predictable. Movies that aren’t worth the inflated ticket price at the theater though, are often much better at home. Crimson Peak is beautifully shot and though it’s a ghost story, it’s also crazy sexy. There’s even a tiny glimpse of Tom Hiddleston’s naked butt. I’d say more but I think that sealed the deal for many of you.

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3. I was honestly shocked that Kate Winslet didn’t win Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film. I was also surprised that Michael Fassbender was nominated for his role as Steve Jobs, but only because I assumed he’d be nominated for Macbeth (also awesome IF you like Shakespeare). The non-traditional layout of the story might be annoying for some but you can’t beat Aaron Sorkin’s tight script. You’ll end up hating Jobs, but loving the film.

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2. Carol tells the story of two women who meet and fall in love in 1950’s New York. Cate Blanchett plays the title character and Rooney Mara is her swooning girlfriend, roles they were BOTH nominated for. I didn’t love Carol as much as every other film critic in the world, but I did appreciate the sex scene. Oh yeah, Blanchett and Mara both nude-up and get busy and for that, the world is grateful. Rent Carol, but don’t try to watch it until the kids are in bed…for like, an hour.

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1. I gave The Big Short an A+, even though it made me feel profoundly stupid. Director Adam McKay went to great lengths to explain the collapse of the U.S. housing market in simple terms, but they still weren’t simple enough for me. That didn’t keep me from loving the smart-but-douchy Ryan Gosling and desperately disillusioned Steve Carell. No other film had a stronger, more star-studded cast last year (Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo) and not a moment of their screen time was wasted. Rent The Big Short first but prepare yourself. It will leave you feeling scared and stupid…and also craving Led Zeppelin.

MOVIE REVIEW: “Beasts of No Nation” Shows How Monsters Are Made

Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu, a boy who is separated from his family in an unnamed, war-torn African country. He struggles for survival in the jungle until a nearby rebel militia takes him in. This is when young Agu begins his life as a violent soldier. It’s also when Beasts of No Nation becomes almost unbearable to watch, but you need to. Continue reading →