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Movie Review of Ingrid Goes West - An #AllTooReal Depiction of Generation Me by Kelly A. Byrne

A week ago, my buddy who works in comedy took me to see a movie I knew almost nothing about. It was getting great reviews, so in I went, blind as a bat, to see Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olson, Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. Directed by Matt Spicer. What a time it was. 


A quick logline;  A young woman, Ingrid, who has just suffered the loss of her mother moves west to Los Angeles to pursue and befriend an Instagram model who lives the “perfect” life. Anyone who has interacted with social media knows the fraudulent nature of it. It’s the sliver of life that everyone wants you to see – even strangers. When Ingrid can no longer make life work for herself at home, she takes the $60K her mother left her and travels to the land of Instagrams and model living: Venice Beach, California.
Read more: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/08/movie-review-of-ingrid-goes-west.html


Review of Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson Leading the Way for Disney’s New Feminist Heroines 
By Kelly Byrne
After almost a year long marketing campaign, there were two popular and opposing sentiments surrounding Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast: excitement and indifference. The latter comes as no surprise since Princess movies tend to target specific audiences, namely daughters and their parents. Many who grew up with the 1991 animated film questioned the necessity of this live-action addition; what would director Bill Condon add that Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise failed to incorporate in the original? http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/03/review-of-beauty-and-beast-emma-watson.html




Movie Review: Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman Is Not Only The Summer’s Biggest Blockbuster But Also The Most Important Film Of The Millennia 
Review by Landon Funk: I have said before that I hate films based off of comic books. While there are a few outliers, this pretty much rings true for I find that studio executives are more interested in making a film with expensive explosions than one with substance. Deadpool and The Dark Knight showed the industry that you can have both, but Hollywood still churned out superhero films that lacked anything real. Read more:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/06/movie-review-patty-jenkins-wonder-woman.html


Review: La La Land Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling: Simply a Delight for the Eyes and Ears
I had to see what all the rave was about regarding La La Land.

I went to see it, and I can't get the song "City of Stars" out of my head.  Read why -http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2016/12/review-la-la-land-with-emma-stone-and.html



Movie Review of  James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Tries A Little Too Hard To Mimic The First One But Features Hilarious Performances From  Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper

Review by Landon Funk:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/05/movie-review-james-gunns-guardians-of.html
Movie Review of Snatched: Jonathan Levine’s SNATCHED features a Hilarious Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn 
Review by Landon Funk

Okay, so I have to admit that I went into SNATCHED thinking that it was going to be complete and total garbage. It has been getting ripped to shreds in the reviews, but it also looked like it would be mildly entertaining. I mean Amy Schumer can always deliver some laughs. Which is exactly what my friend and I kept in mind as we decided to go see Jonathan Levine’s film about a mother and daughter’s misadventure in Ecuador. Click to read:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/05/movie-review-of-snatched-jonathan.html



Movie Review: Anne Hathaway Gives A Monstrous Performance In Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL


Review by Landon Funk
Anne Hathaway is either really on point or really not. There is no in between. Starting with her star-making performance as “Mia Thermopolis” in Disney’s THE PRINCESS DIARIES, Hathaway ranges from total trash like her leading role in THE INTERN or quite literally Academy Award winning gold like her turn as “Fantine” in LES MISERABLES. Like I said, there is no in between.
So when I read that Colossal was a film that finally put Hathaway back on the map after her post-Oscar-win downfall, I knew that I had to go see it.
Click here for rest of article:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/05/movie-review-title-anne-hathaway-gives.html





Review: Winner of the Prix de la Mis en Scene at the Cannes Film Festival, Olivier Assayas Delivers a Haunting Horror/Thriller in his Kristen Stewart Starrer PERSONAL SHOPPER

Personal Shopper Review by Landon Funk
There is something so beautiful about going to see a film without knowing anything about it. I think that part of the problem with today’s film consumption culture is that we love to know the ending before we see the film. Whether that be through a review in Entertainment Weekly or a brief skim of Wikipedia while in line to buy a ticket, we want instant gratification.

But that is not what film is, and I had the pleasure of revisiting this antiquated, superior idea on Monday evening when I settled into my dead center of the room seat after purchasing a ticket to see PERSONAL SHOPPER at Nashville’s The Belcourt Theater.



Review: Pixar's Inside Out - Portrayal of Females off the Mark, But Overall Message Perfect for Kids          by Di's Dish
Spoiler alert! I took my 11 year old son to see this movie and although it is getting rave reviews, I found some of it to be disappointing. Let’s start with the positives.

Yes this film is inventive and creative with a wide range of likeable characters. The absence of a “bad or evil character” was refreshing. In its place, as my son pointed out, was a problem that needed to be solved. It’s a thinking movie, which makes sense since it is a story about an 11 year old girl’s (Riley) emotions. The animated short (shown immediately prior to Inside Out), Lava, was sweet, charming and gorgeous. It’s a perfect addition to the brilliant Pixar catalogue. For trailer and full article click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/07/review-pixars-inside-out-portrayal-of.html


Review: Sharknado 3: It's Out of This World and My Predictions for Sharknado 4


If you didn't say "huh?", or what? or "you've got to be kidding me!" you were not watching Sharknado 3.

Sharknado 3, I dare say, left its fans wanting more. Sharks in space, births in bellies, limbs in limbo, this movie's mundane was a normal person's outrageous. So many twitter fans in agreement wondering about just exactly what these wacky, wonderful writers were on when they wrote their weird and wild words.

Nothing was too stupid or ridiculous to show. Science and logic went out the broken windows that the Sharknados caused. I don't think the writers ever threw out an idea on the basis of "but that could never happen.". Rather, that was their goal.

I didn't care about all the product plugs for Comcast, I rather enjoyed the familiarity of Universal Studios. I liked the attempt to bring plausible explanations to the ridiculous. I liked the character development and the Walking Dead van.

And I especially enjoyed watching the actors saying their lines with a straight face, not just the main characters but all those recognizable personalities than joined in on the fun

Then again, they are walking straight to the bank with this franchise.

It  left me wanting more, and dreaming (rather I say, hallucinating) of what comes next. So, based on the absurdity of Sharknado 3, here are my predictions for Sharknado 4. And I am assuming #Aprillives.

1. David Hasselhoff survives on the moon because dead sharks fall there and he survives on shark sushi. He invents some new dishes calling it "Shushi". For full article:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/07/review-sharknado-3-its-out-of-this.html



Review: The Re-Write Starring Hugh Grant - 
It's Right on for Hugh Grant Fans


If you're a Hugh Grant fan, you'll like the Re-Write. You won't love, love it, the way you love Love Actually or Bridget Jones' Diary, but you'll actually like it.

Hugh Grant plays the same type of character we've often seen him as n the past, a womanizer, someone who doesn't play by the rules, and as in several of his past movies, like About a Boy and Music And Lyrics (same writer on this one), he plays a washed-up has been. One that we root for to accomplish something more.

This movie is on-demand, not in any theaters that I have seen in the NY metro area. I was happy to see that Hugh made the rounds on the top TV talk shows in this area, including the Today Show, to talk about the movie, even though it is not in theaters. That speaks volumes about the changing world of cinema and the profitability of independent movies.

Or, it just means that Hugh Grant is still a hunk and people want him on their shows.
To read full article click here:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/02/review-re-write-starring-hugh-grant-its.html



Broad Street Pictures Launched by Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas in NYC


Perched on the 9th floor of The # 3 West Club overlooking Rockefeller Center invited guests were the first to learn about the first venture of Broad Street Pictures, LLC.  Broad Street Pictures is founded by Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas. Producer/Actress Alysia currently plays the roles of  Fig in the wildly successful Netflix drams Orange is the New Black and D. A Parks in the new Shonda Rhimes ABC hit How To Get Away With Murder. Philadelphia's Sarah Megan Thomas is the executive producer and writer of the movie Backwards, now available nationwide in stores including Walmart and on most on-demand services. She also starred in it. Both of these ladies have substantial resumes of acting roles in familiar shows.
 
To read the rest of this article click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/12/behind-scenes-launch-of-new-female.html


Break out the Holly, Just in the Nick of Time, It's Holiday Movie Season Again: What to Expect and Where to Find Them    by Suzee


Ah, holiday movie seasonIt seems to start earlier and earlier each year. And, it's expanding like the universe. I used to be glued to Falalala Lifetime, now I find my home mainly on the Hallmark Channel, checking in on the weekends on Lifetime, clicking the Channel to Up every so often and tuning into the classics on ABC Family at night. Speaking of ABC family, it is just impossible to have watched the Home Alone or Santa Clause franchises too many times, and I will never get sick of Elf either. 
This year, I am also hearing commercials for holiday movies on Ion and TVone which just overwhelms me because not only are there too many movies enticing me to watch them on the channels I already know but I have no clue what numbers these other stations are. I already had to break out the cable guide to find UP and too much is just too much.

Besides, I can only watch two movies simultaneously using the "last" button on my remote but any more is just not fun anymore. To read the rest of this article click here:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/12/break-out-holly-just-in-nick-of-time.html



Hayes Walsh and Spencer Muhlstock Produce a Riveting Thriller, Smash's Christian Borle and Local Fave Rosie McCooe Star


It’s always exciting to see young people following their passion, and when they follow through, and do it right, it’s a sight to behold.

I happen to be speaking to an actor friend of mine, Rosie Gunther McCooe, and she mentioned how she was in a new film by two students at her local high school, called Shutterflies. As with many independent films these days, it was funded through Indiegogo.

The movie was premiering at a local theater in NJ, the gem of Ridgewood smack in the middle of Ridgewood’s downtown area. I went with my son, who is doing music for another student film in my town along with the two student film makers doing that film. I figured they would want to see what some fellow juniors in another town could do.

It was a freezing cold night in November with barely a soul on the street but inside the lobby it was a whole different world. The excitement there was contagious.

Hayes Walsh and Spencer Muhlstock were the savvy 17-year olds that wrote, directed and produced the short film. Hayes also starred in it and showed that acting is also one of his talents. He was truly believable as the amateur photographer Declan who found himself in the middle of danger, possibly so convincing because as a filmmaker capturing life through a lens is the way he sees and creates his world. In the movie we see the tale told through his eyes, through the lens of his own being. View the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtKUWgS40Gg

To see the rest of this article and photos click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/05/review-of-shutterflies-snapshot-of.html



NJ Director Caytha Jentis Takes a Poke at the Soccer Parent

        Movie Available in Target, On Amazon, Netflix and Coming to HBO

It's a typical beautiful, stately Ridgewood home, perched on top of just enough of a hill to add to its grandeur. It's on a typical Ridgwood street, tree-lined, calm and very, very, suburban. It's much like the kind of street you see in the movies, in fact very similar to the idyllic lane at the end of both the new and old Miracle on 34th Street films. 

As a publicist I was there for a meeting about a movie entitled "Bad Parents" that was opening for a four night run at the Ridgewood Clearview Cinema in January of 2013. The opening was just 2 weeks away and there was so much to do. On the agenda was getting the word out on it and planning the Red Carpet event.

At the table in the traditionally-styled dining room, a group of ladies busily discussed all that needed to be done. Each had their own specific tasks. I was new to the project and could see it was a tightly run ship.

At the helm was Caytha Jentis,  a petite woman with an athletic build, running the show, literally.  She looked just like any other Ridgewood or suburban mom for that matter that you would see dropping off a child at a ballfield for practice. But she is not. 

"We think we've got a screening in Clifton, and then maybe Long Island", she said.  She continued, "Let's see who we can get for the Red Carpet. Can Park West provide us with anything afterwards? Can we send out an email to some soccer clubs? Is the mayor coming? What media will cover it? Who is meeting with the Ridgewood Guild? The questions were flying fast and answers and ideas were coming even faster. 

Caytha, a mother of two, had done with her life what she wanted to do, make money with something she loved doing. In the highly competitive world of entertainment, she is slowly making a name for herself as successful independent movie producer.

Caytha Jentis is the writer, producer and director of "Bad Parents". This is her fourth film, and she is having success showing her films in festivals, on DVD and VOD.

Bad Parents is aptly named. It is about parents behaving badly. Click here to read rest of article:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/p/bad-parents-movie.html

Visit Badparentsmovie.com. The movie is also available as a fundraiser for soccer teams and other organizations, please see the website.




Adam Sandler: Totally LOL

I remember the first time I heard The Chanukah Song on Saturday Night Live. It was all the rage with my friends and I. Who sings that? He's so funny!! That was back in 1994. 

Two decades later he's turned that same zany, off-the-wall, out-of-the box and sometimes ridiculous sense of humor into a comedy empire. 

If you want a good laugh, and have a good sense of humor,  his movies will make you laugh. Not every movie is for everyone, and perhaps there are people out there that don't think he's funny, but his movies span a wide range of topics and emotions. Though some are more appealing to the male gender, the majority are funny to anyone with an appreciation of his style of humor, which is consistent throughout his movies, except for perhaps his more serious movies, like Click or Spanglish. To coincide with the release of Grownups 2  FX recently ran a Sandler Marathon. I watched some movies I had previously passed on.  Even though 50 First Dates and Just Go With It are more my style, I was pleasantly surprised by even Don't Mess With The Zohan; it was a comedy with satire and a message. They showed the The Wedding Singer which I absolutely love. Growing up in the same decade and area of the country as Adam, I thoroughly enjoy the clothing, hair styles, bright neon colors, accents, and dialogue. Some  of the lines are just classics. "I'm tired of getting paid in meatballs." And don't forget the music of The Wedding Singer. Between the B 52's, BIlly Idol, The Flying Lizards, Musical Youth, New Order, Elvis Costello and The Cars to name just a few, it plays like a perfect mix tape for an 80's dance party.

I was curious as to just how many movies and shows he has under his belt. He's been in over 49 movies and TV shows. He has produced 44 and written 18. He has also written for several TV shows including The Cosby Show and the Larry Sanders show. Here are some of his most popular movies. Consider this a hit list for a rainy day:

BIlly Madison- writer and producer
Happy Gilmore - writer and producer
Jack and Jill - writer and producer
Waterboy - writer and producer
You Don't Mess with the Zohan - writer and producer
Grownups (and Grownups 2 just released) - writer and producer
Just Go With It - producer
Paul Blart, Mall Cop - producer
Bedtime Stories - producer
Benchwarmer - producer
Mr. Deeds - producer
Anger Management - producer

To read the rest of this article click here:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2013/07/adam-sandler-totally-lol.html



Attention all RHONJ Fans! Did You Know That RHONJ's 
Jaqueline Laurita is in a Movie? 

Does anyone know that RHONJ Jaqueline Laurita is in a movie? She may be the first of any of the  "Real Housewives" franchise to appear on the big screen - only Andy Cohen would know for sure- but for certain she is the first Real Housewife of NJ to be in a full-length feature film. 
Truth be told it's just a cameo appearance, so you really have to keep an eye out for her when you're watching the movie... but she looks great and "healthy" in the movie - hint hint! Jacqueline is in the movie Bad Parents, which was released for a limited theater run earlier this year. It's now available on Amazon, at Target and on Redbox. It is coming to NETFLIX in December.

Bad Parents was made in Jacqueline's home state by a NJ director. The movie was filmed in and around northern NJ, so pretty true to life Jacqueline may well have frequented the places seen in the movie and the place she if featured being seen in. Here's the trailer:


The move is a satirical slice-of-life film about obsessed soccer parents. That's enough said there if you have children or have been at any organized sport activity where the parents have just a little too much to do with what is going on. Bad Parents is LOL. It stars Janeane Garofalo (Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Jerry's female equivalent in Seinfield), Michael Boatman, Kristen Johnston (Third Rock, Music and Lyrics), Cheri Oteri (SNL, Grownups2), and Christopher Titus (Titus). Also in the cast is Ben Bailey (Cash Cab),
Reiko Aylesworth (Hawaii 5-0, Lost), and Rebecca Budig (All My Children) and Bill Sage (American Psycho).

Director/Writer/Producer Caytha Jentis (The OneThen Came Love)  and Producer Dorothy Fucito said that they were happy to have Jaqueline in the movie and that she was a pleasure to work with.

You will have to watch the movie to find Jaqueline. I'm not giving an more hints. You can buy it now on Amazon  at http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Parents-Janeane-Garofalo/dp/B00CRWDKWY or rent it on Redbox. Or, you can see it when it when it premieres on Netflix in December. This movie is not rated but it is really for adults and not young children. You can also enter to win a FREE COPY ON SUZEEBEHINDTHESCENES  as I will be giving away a Bad Parents DVD and t-shirt package on this site. Just scroll to the bottom of the homepage, enter in your email address and write "Bad Parents Movie Contest" in the box. (Your name won't be shared or used for anything but this contest.)

Happy Hunting for Jacqueline!


Guiding Light's Rebecca Budig Stars in Bad Parents

We Love Soaps: Rebecca Budig Plays a 'Mean Mom' in 'Bad Parents' ...: Are you the soccer mom or dad that screams at all the games? The parent that watches every move your child makes as well as every move ever...