It’s almost like Diablo Cody can’t help herself. The talented screenwriter has so many clever ideas that she’s just gotta stuff ’em all in there, even if the film would actually flourish with less interference. It was the case with her breakout project, Juno, and it’s the case now with her latest effort Tully (her third movie with director Jason Reitman). Tully initially soars, with an outstanding performance by Charlize Theron that’s a meditation on modern motherhood and the dangers of depression. I was all in until the the third act, which goes seriously off the rails with an unneeded twist. Damn it, girl – you were almost there! I hope Diablo finds the strength to lay off the tricks because she’s got a strong voice hiding under the gimmicks, dying to come out. More on my review at MovieBoozer here. xo
I Feel Pretty showcases comedian Amy Schumer as Renee, a woman suffering from debilitating low self-esteem who blossoms after a head injury convinces her that she’s actually gorgeous. Yes, it takes a head injury for Renee to like herself – and man, when she likes herself, she really likes herself. As in she can’t shut up about it. The audience is drug along for the ride, from one extreme to the other with few laughs in between. Have I convinced you to read my review yet? Because it’s waiting for you right here, at MovieBoozer. And unlike Renee, you won’t hate yourself in the morning! Check it. xo
It’s crazy to call a movie named Big Ass Spider! a delight, but that’s exactly what this flick is – an all out silly good time, and a cast with chemistry to spare. Yes, of course it’s ludicrous – and that’s half the fun. Plus with the lean run time, you can’t afford not to watch it! Check out my review on Cinapse here – 200 words of raw movie critic firepower. Woot!
No, YOU be quiet!
What happens when a critically-lauded film isn’t actually that great? In this case A Quiet Place has no sound, and the emperor has no clothes! This is a companion piece to the official MovieBoozer review for fun, and is in no way meant to disrespect the critic’s article or opinion. It’s simply a rebuttal to the movie itself from a mouthy broad who thinks John Krasinski looks mighty hot with a beard. Enjoy my write-up at MovieBoozer here! (Contains loads of spoilers, so read post-viewing.)
I had the honor of conducting a phone interview with the Wild Wild Country co-directors, Chapman and Maclain Way, on March 26, 2018. Their six-part docuseries, currently streaming exclusively on Netflix, is a compelling and engaging piece of work – a MUST-SEE, worthy of adding to the top of your binge-watch list asap. The brothers were an absolute delight to speak with – to learn about how they researched this massive project, what it was like spending time in the presence of Ma Anand Sheela, meeting the Duplass brothers, and more, click here. xo
[Maclain and Chapman Way. Photo Credit]
Attempted murder. Immigration fraud. A sex cult. Election tampering. The rumored act of grinding up live beavers in order to poison a town’s water supply?! No – it’s not a dystopian thriller coming to theaters near you. This the true story of the clash between Rashneeshees and citizens from the small town of Antelope, Oregon – a bizarrely compelling and terrifying moment in the state’s history that captured the eyes of the nation. Wild Wild Country covers one of the most outlandish and controversial times in Oregon’s, and possibly the United States’, history – the years when Bhagwan Shree Rashneesh and his dedicated followers took over the small town of Antelope. (The population hovered around 100 at one point, and is counted at 48 as of 2016.) What followed was an epic struggle as the supposedly peaceful religious cult/sect clashed with conservative ranchers over land use that escalated into accusations of immigration fraud, bioterrorism, attempted murder, and much, much more. The layers of deceit, crime, sex, devotion, betrayal, love, and loss are worthy of a soap opera. The fact that it’s all true will bend your mind. Read my review of this insanely compelling documentary at MovieBoozer now!
What would it be like to be a handsome white man with endless chances and an inherent sense of entitlement that knew no bounds? I assume it would be pretty fucking sweet! Welcome to the final episode in Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s journey to find true loooooove! You may have thought the buck stopped in the verdant valley of Peru when he put that Neil Lane ring on Becca’s slender finger, but friends IT DID NOT! After lulling Becca into a false sense of affiance, he pulled the emotional rug right out from under her ON NATIONAL TELEVISION and then…. proposed to another woman. You know, the usual. It all wraps up right here, in the most dramatic finale recap ever! Thanks for following along – we’ll pick this back up in May when Becca’s Bachelorette journey begins! xo
Holy conundrum, Batman – it’s time for Arie Luyendyk Jr. to choose
a woman to date for a few months a mate for life! Oh, if only we had a crystal ball – or if only Arie had followed his heart instead of his head – we could’ve saved Becca a TON of trouble. Was it worth it see Lauren deflate like a beige balloon? Maybe! But, alas… Read about how Arie proposed, if only for a moment, right here at MovieBoozer.com!
Ooh, la la – it’s time for the infamous Fantasy Suite episode! By now we all now that total dog Arie Luyendyk Jr. is engaged to bland banana Lauren B. – but before that he had a romantical time with not ONE, not TWO, but THREE ladies! Who chose the key to the bone zone? ALL OF THEM! Woot, woot – get it, girls. Read all about the saucy escapades at MovieBoozer.com now!
All of Arie Luyndyk Jr.’s DIRTY secrets come out – in a mild-mannered, indirect way, even though the internet was rife with spoilers! Worth a read to see how Caroline called out our intrepid Bachelor and, most importantly, how Krystal got her comeuppance. All the goods, right here at MovieBoozer! xo