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Ten Years as a Film Critic: My Top 10 Movies of the Decade

Something big fell into my lap ten years ago.
Kurt Johnson, my boss at CBS Radio, approached me and asked, “What do you think about being a Film Critic?”
I was doing freelance voice-work for Jack FM at the time and always wanted more airtime, but I was still unsure. Two little girls at home kept me pretty busy and honestly, the idea of starting something brand new scared the crap out of me.
I said yes though, and it changed the course of my life.
I started covering movies for KRLD, then KVIL, then CBS11 with the wonderful Tracy Kornet. I was voted into the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association not long after, which was a big deal since I’ve never been voted into anything.
That all changed in 2014 though. I lost my morning show job at CBS Radio and, with it, my side-hustle as a Film Critic.
I can’t tell you how much it hurt.
I kept covering movies though. I started the Julie Says So website and, with the help of Jeff Crilley at Real News PR, became the Film Critic for radio shows all across the country. Then I became an entertainment contributor for Good Morning Texas and the side-hustle became my main-gig.
I don’t think I ever thanked Kurt Johnson for that surprise suggestion, but I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing today if he hadn’t made it.
I saw that Film Critics were listing their Top 10 Movies of the Decade and figured I had to jump in. This is about more than ten years of film for me, though. It represents the movies that truly changed my life. Continue reading →