Most people in the movie industry DREAD the idea of being called a Neanderthal right now or, even worse, a Cave Man. The folks at Aardman Animation (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit) don’t really see it that way, though. In fact, the hero of their latest release, Early Man, just happens to be a Cave Man who has to save his tribe from the evils of the Stone Age. It has a stellar cast of voice-actors too, including Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Eddie Redmayne. Even better, I have passes to see Early Man EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
I’ll talk about Thor: Ragnarok in a moment but first I’d like to address the big picture…
LIFE is hard.
If you need proof, just look around you. Everyone I know is going through something awful right now. I have friends who are fighting cancer, and friends who are caring for parents who are fighting cancer. I have friends who have lost their jobs, and friends who are trapped in jobs that they HATE. I have friends who worry desperately for their children, and who can’t turn the TV on at night because the bad news they see freaks them out even more.
In other words, everything seems to suck right now, for just about everyone.
Don’t we all deserve something GOOD? Don’t we deserve a moment to escape and feel light, or powerful, or maybe to just laugh our asses off?
Now, I’m ready to talk about Thor: Ragnarok. Continue reading →
My daughters and I have been pumped about Thor: Ragnorak for AGES. You know what has us the most excited though? Not the fact that Mark Ruffalo shows up as The Hulk, or that Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki. Nor were we jazzed that Cate Blanchett plays Hela the Goddess of Death or that Benedict Cumberbatch makes an appearance as Dr. Strange. No, the thing that has us excitedly tittering over Thor: Ragnorak is the fact that Chris Hemsworth cut his hair. And it looks GOOD. Sorry, not my proudest moment but it’s true. If Hemsworth’s new ‘do isn’t enough to get you excited about Thor: Ragnorak as well, maybe you haven’t heard that it’s getting rave reviews, or that I’ve got passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →
Those of us with kids are about to spend a whole week with them at home and you know how that goes. They spend extended periods of time on their chosen devices until parental-guilt kicks in and you HAVE to take them somewhere. This is a great time to catch up on the movies you’ve missed and fortunately, there’s some fun stuff currently in theaters. I put together a list of the Julie Says So Top 5 Movies to See Over Spring Break, but these are primarily for kids 13 and under. If you have older kids (or just kids who like movies for older kids) I would add Logan and especially Get Out to the list. Both of them are rated R and contain hefty portions of violence and profanity, but they’re also GREAT! The following five movies would be great for older kids too, they just won’t gleefully chant your name for suggesting them. Continue reading →
I was on Good Morning Texas with Shannon Powell Hart yesterday, to talk about ALL the big new movies opening in March AND to give my review of Logan. I didn’t get to see The Shack but the reviews are coming in and sadly, they’re not so good. Click HERE to read some of those and then watch my segment by clicking right HERE. Make sure you check the FREE MOVIE PASSES PAGE as well, to grab some of those Kong: Skull Island tickets! Continue reading →
Is it just me, or did Kong: Skull Island come out of nowhere?
How did we miss this?
Maybe we were all too busy talking about Beauty and the Beast or the insanity at the Oscars to notice, but another honest-to-goodness King Kong movie is coming out.
It’s even got a great cast, with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly. Kong: Skull Island looks surprisingly GOOD, too. So seriously…
how did we miss this?
Well, it doesn’t really matter because I have passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith. She is a Victorian-era novelist who falls in love with a mysterious blue blood, played by Tom Hiddleston. She travels with he and his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain) to their dilapidated mansion, which appears to be infested with ghosts. Can Edith’s love save them from that which haunts them? Or will the terrible secrets buried within destroy them all?
Well, obviously it’s the latter. Continue reading →