Welcome To Chick Flick Chat

Pocket watch book and bottleHello listeners, movie lovers, and television junkies! Welcome to the new Chick Flick Chat site. I am excited to begin anew from this hub to bring you detailed discussions about films, TV series, books, pop culture and more. It was time for a fresh start, and I am excited to chat with you again.

Below this post, you will see a line up of previously recorded content. I am including a select list at this site so you can find other topics I've covered over the years. While this site is a new place to call home, I've been podcasting and writing for over a decade.

I hope you will join me in my future chats. Please subscribe for free updates, or at one of our podcast locations to listen to new content when it's published.

Thank you for stopping by and you'll be hearing a lot more from me soon! ~ Luci

 

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Film Review: Murder Mystery

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Hello summer time movie releases! If you are looking at tons of film and tv series to view from your OnDemand provider, my new Chick Flick Chat series, What To Watch Now, will help you decide. The first podcast in my under-15-minute-review features Netflix's production, "Murder Mystery," starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. 

This movie is ADORABLE! It is a lighthearted "who done it" that is fun from start to finish... The two stars play a married couple, on a long overdue vacation, who are wanna' be detectives thrown into a madcap mystery romp around Europe. You'll come away smiling after watching this entertaining adventure!

Please know that in the podcast there are NO spoilers, so you can listen without any important plot points being given away.

 

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Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci


Book Review: You are a Badass

You Are A Badass Book Cover by Jen SinceroJen Sincero's, "You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life," screamed SHARE once I began seeing the results of her message on my life.
 
Do you ever notice how some things keep showing up in multiple, unsought ways? That is what happened with this book. I remember when it was published and got a lot of good hype, but I just never got around to reading it. In the last few months, I encountered this book threes time on visits to book stores, saw numerous quotes from it on Instagram, and then heard it referenced in a podcast I randomly - or maybe not so randomly - listened to.
 
The message was loud and clear... Read this book! That is my message to you if you are lagging, wondering, self-doubting, or any of those other "evil step-sister thoughts in your head that hold you back." Get thee to the library for free or buy it to learn how to let go and grow into who you are meant to be.

So you thought this post was going to be more like a book report? Nope. I'm just passing along a good thing that has helped me put some issues to rest that I couldn't reconcile and others that I wouldn't recognize. I hope it will do the same for you.

Jen Sincero covers a lot of ground on ultimately living your best life with clear, concise, and full-on-badassery-butt-kicking observations and guidance to get your buttocks into gear.

If you're serious about changing your life, you'll find a way. If you're not, you'll find an excuse. ~ Jen Sincero

Get it, read it, and get going with the life you want. There is no time like today!

 

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Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci


Movie Review: The Beguiled

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In this Sofia Coppola directed film, the Civil War sets the stage for a complex attempt to examine the relationships between men and women, their roles, stereotypes, and desires. Join me as I discuss The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, and all its many layers that could have made for a truly beguiling movie. Interestingly, this film feels a bit like watching an episode of "The Bachelor" show set in 1864! 

 

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Film Review: Cafe Society

Cafe society posterIn his latest movie, Café Society, writer and director, Woody Allen, gives us a look into the beauty and glamour of 1930's Hollywood contrasted with the grittier, hard-living New York lifestyle. He also offers up many deeper messages through this visual exploration of love, marriage, dreams, ideals, money, and vice.  

Like in the film "Midnight In Paris", we are again invited on a journey of dreams vs. reality, taking chances, and finding happiness (or at least examining the search for it). In this Chick Flick Chat, I discuss the details of this film - beyond the roles for women - to get to the underlying meaning of the director's choices. While on the surface, it's all shiny and beautiful, but that beauty belies the reality of the human condition and desires that this story brings to light. All that glitters is not gold.

My favorite quote of this film:

Live every day like it's your last and some day you'll be right. 

I hope you enjoy this episode of CFC;I really enjoyed recording it for you. If you do, please give me a review on Apple Podcasts (you will have to sign into your account), share it, and tweet it, so other movie lovers can find it.

Spoiler alert! I let you know at the beginning of the podcast, but I just want to remind you that I detail the whole plot. Let me know your thoughts on this film after you see it. Question: What is with the water locations? (You'll know what I mean after you listen.) Enjoy!

 

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Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci


Film Review: Cinderella

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Click HERE to listen to the Chick Flick Chat featuring the live action film, Cinderella.

If you have not seen this movie, then add it to your viewing list. Every woman should see this recent captivating version; it is truly a treat for the eyes and heart! Not only is it a magical movie experience, thankfully, it is a much more thought provoking adaptation than the original Disney animated movie.

It is a WOW type of film in every aspect from the terrific acting, perfect casting, spectacular costumes, amazing lighting, and detailed sets, to the interesting relationships and complex life lessons. In this film review, I discuss all of these factors as well as the important messages that director Kenneth Branagh's version brings to the screen.

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 ALWAYS REMEMBER,

HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND.

~ Cinderella

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Chick Flick Chat is brought to you by Better Brighter Easier, home of ROOMIGATOR™, The Natural Neutralizer. If films are a treat for the eyes, ROOMIGATOR™ is a treat for your nose, and your home, car, bathroom, basement, dormroom, office, etc.

Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci


Netflix: The Best Series for Binge Watching

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Click HERE to LISTEN to the Chick Flick Chat podcast, The Best of Netflix Television Series To Binge Watch NOW!

There are so many great options for consuming your favorite shows but none surpasses the Netflix library of television series, both old and new. Wondering how to narrow down the vast selection and decide what to watch on Netflix? Join me as I share my "best for binging" TV series to devour this season. I promise there are NO spoilers, so listen with ease, but there are lots of shows to add to your list after this episode… So grab your pen and paper! I wanted to include a lot of options for you and I move through them quickly.

Whether it's Netflix original programming, or television shows produced by other networks now available on Netflix, I cover period pieces, the spy genre, political themes, dark themes, and lighter fare for your binge watching pleasure. My 20+ choices feature strong female characters, great acting, spot on directing, intriguing plots, and more! 

If you like this podcast, please take a minute to review it on Apple Podcasts. It is much appreciated and will help other listeners find these chats, thank you!

 

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Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci


Book Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl: The Novel book coverIf you haven't yet had the chance to pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, now is the time to find yourself a copy. Besides being a great summer beach read, the film adaptation is decent BUT you'll want to read it prior to seeing the movie. If you are an avid reader, you might agree that most books don't translate well over to film because so much of the character development and plot nuance is lost.

In order to avoid revealing the intense story, I am being purposely vague regarding the content. Instead, I will share my experience and impressions of this best seller as each of the three sections unfolded. 

Part One: All I kept thinking was that I was reading a thinly veiled version of the true Scott and Laci Peterson murder case. In fact, at the end of the first section, I abandoned the book. It was curiosity about it's popularity that made me pick it up again. 

Part Two: As the story unfolded, immediately I was glad I gave this book a second chance. Gillian Flynn hooks the reader with a plot twist few will see coming. From that point on, it's hard to put it down. That's all I'll say on this part, other than, "Keep reading!".

Part Three: The dissection and exploration of relationships, love, marraige, friendship, and selfishness, as well as selfelessness, through events and subtext that the author explores gets very deep. She writes it in a way that is both subtle and profoundly authentic (if you are or have ever been married, you are sure to see yourself and your relationship reflected in bits and pieces of the text and dialogue). It is this part of the book where I am skeptical of it every translating authentically to film; plus, I was surprised by the casting of Rosamund Pike in the role of the main character (I had Michelle Williams in mind). 

So if you missed this best seller, get going on "Gone Girl" this summer, and don't talk to anyone about it until you've read it! Enjoy.

BONUS: If you like Gillian Flynn's writing, and perhaps, like millions of others have already devoured "Gone Girl," check out her first novel, Sharp Objects. It is also a good read, but be warned, the subject matter can be a bit disturbing. 

 

 

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Film Review: Gravity

Gravity with Sandra BullockHold your breath... Gravity is a fabulous ride of infinite, weightless space, made ethereally beautiful by Alfonso Cuarón's moment-to-moment direction of Sandra Bullock's flawless performance. Oh, and lest I forget to mention the adorable, spacesuit clad, George Clooney. He floats in and out of the story - with his star-power wattage dial turned up to high - in a small, but pivotal role, as the experienced astronaut and voice of reason.

The visuals are stunning. If you can see this film in its 3D version, do it. I am not a fan of 3D, but this is the best I've ever seen in terms of technical fluidity that adds value to the visual impact. The special effects never feel heavy handed, in fact, you might find yourself feeling as if you are floating alongside the shuttle.

The aesthetics combined with the audio - expertly contrasted with quiet moments - and edge of your seat pacing, all make for a full sensorial experience. There was a scene where I realized I was holding my breathe as Sandra Bullock's character was gasping for air. 

On the surface, the film is really good, but delve a little deeper and you will find many an issue seemlessly examined. Bullock's character takes the audience on a wild and serene ride as she deals with islolation, loss, life, death, love, forgiveness, and rebirth. Questions of survival and risk take centerstage as she learns to accept "what is" and embrace the journey regardless of the outcome. 

In this role, Bullock is physically and emotionally comfortable in her own skin. This confidence connects us to her in this movie with every small step of the way; that combined with a strong and sensitive female character makes this a giant step for women in film.

 

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Flim Review: The Heat

The Heat Movie Promo PicThere are many funny moments in the hot, hot, hot, buddy comedy, The Heat. The unlikely, but perfectly matched, female leads of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, sizzle on the screen in their scenes together. Director Paul Feig does a brilliant job of keeping the two very different characters separate while allowing them to morph into fuller, more well-rounded versions of themselves by benefiting from the transformative friendship. 

The film features Bullock as a smart, single, nerdy brunette with a Type-A personality that is all but lost on the men who can make or break her career. The feedback she receives, when reminding her boss that she has closed more cases as a Special Agent in the FBI than any other in her division, is that he has only gotten complaints of "arrogance, competitiveness, and showmanship" from her peers. This sets her off on the quest to reach the next level in her career sending her bumping directly into McCarthy's brazen, foul-mouthed, but decent cop persona. She, too, is misunderstood and under-appreciated by her male peers and disfunctional family. 

Bullock's approach to police work is all by the book, setting up a fun, and sometimes, over the top contrast with McCarthy's take no prisoners style. The dichotomy is well presented, a bit predictable, but very satisfying to the audience. It's a bumpy road for both characters as they try to uncover the identity of a drug lord. Feig allows for physical humor, women's intuition, and sharp, well-delivered, dialogue to carry the plot. He does not use car chases, large explosions, superheroes, gratuitous sex, or CGI, to tell the story; instead, it is old-fashioned movie making at its finest, fully invoking the star power that is Bullock and McCarthy. 

While the leads are women, this is a film for everyone. I was surprised at how much the men in the audience laughed throughout the film. As for the female audience, we see some of ourselves in each character, but will identify more strongly with one or the other (for me it was Bullock - especially in the Spanx scene - and those of you who know Spanx, know what I'm talking about! In life, you are either a Spanx girl or you are not.). Ultimately, there is a lot of change for Bullock's character, less so for McCarthy, but they are smoking hot together on screen... And where there is smoke, there is fire, and I smell a big sequel!

 

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Film Review: The Call


The Call Film PosterHang on to your hat with Halle Berry's new movie, The Call, because you may need it to cover your eyes during this thriller! If you are a woman, this film contains content that is sure to scare you silly, but it will make you more aware of your surroundings (and possibly more prepared if faced with a similar situation). You will also come away with a new respect for all 911 operators.

While I don't want to give away too much of the story, the movie starts with Halle's character, a 911 operator, receiving an emergency call from a teenage girl being pursued by a serial killer, played masterfully by Michael Eklund. The frightening and sadly realistic plot, while a bit uneven, and sometimes predictable, does hold its own in terms of keeping the audience on the edge of their seat from start to finish. This is mostly due to the director, Brad Anderson, seamlessly weaving the moment to moment interactions between Halle's character and each 911 caller. We are right there with her for most of the twists and turns, especially during the nail-biting, "real time," drama that unfolds. 

Abigail Breslin, of Little Miss Sunshine fame, does a great job as a kidnap victim. This young actress brings us from teenage innocence through survivalist mentality. I was excited to see Micheal Imperioli in the cast list; unfortunately, even though he puts in a good performance, his talent is underutilized in a small role. The same goes for the always superb Roma Maffia as the 911 floor manager; and the handsome, and very capable, Morris Chestnut, who plays Halle's love interest.

Halle Berry puts in a believable performance in this role. Unfortunately, the wig she wears is quite distracting. There is no downplaying her beauty and onscreen presence; trying to do so is an unnecessary, obvious ploy. She holds her own in this part, even when faced with some weak dialogue. It won't win her another Academy Award, but she does stretch her acting chops by working with a headset most of the film instead of face to face with another actor. 

The film is rated "R" because the violence against women is unnerving and blatant. If you are faint of heart, then I recommend skipping this film. If you like a thriller and can get past the serious subject matter, this movie delivers fast-paced, heart-pounding, real-time elements that make for an exciting, yet disturbing ride.

 

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Film Review: The Roommate & Single White Female

Single White Female Movie PosterListen to Chick Flick Chat, featuring the classic psychodrama, "Single White Female" and its recent remake, "The Roommate."

You can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends... And roommates! These films remind us that you never can tell who might be a closet psycho!

These types of people often show up wearing a smile, but beware of the hidden fangs of jealousy, competition, and possessiveness... If you've seen either or both of these films you'll enjoy the comparisons discussed in this CFC detailing these nightmare tales. Both stories feature the classic female fear fest that can arise from twisted friendships and hidden agendas.

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Film Review: The Descendants

The Descendants Movie PosterListen to Chick Flick Chat featuring, The Descendants.

 

My family feels like an archipelago...

All part of the same whole but drifting slowly apart.

~ Matt King; George Clooney's character, The Descendants

 

This film takes you on a trip! While it's not the Hawaiian vacation of your dreams, it does take you on a journey of love, loss, family ties, emotional and physical crisis, and personal growth. George Clooney, masterfully directed by Alexander Payne, gives a simple, yet deep performance as Matt King, a disconnected father and husband who finds himself sorting through unexpected upheaval while juggling the burdens and benefits of his heritage. 

Joining me is guest co-host, Debbie Woodbury, of the popular website, Where We Go Now. Debbie offers her unique perspective on survivorship as viewed through the lens of this poignantly moving film. We also chat about location shots, casting, how this movie represents dark challenges families often face, shocking surprises, and self-discovery; as well as the female roles, issues of "money," and this film's slant on "time." 

Debbie Woodbury is the founder and editor of Where We Go Now, an inspirational Debbie Woodbury slogan, WhereWeGoNow.com  pic community of survivors celebrating joyous growth after trauma. Debbie's cancer survivorship is just the tip of her iceberg. Before cancer, she survived family and career dysfunction, being laid off, a cheating boyfriend, miscarriages, and infertility. Cancer gave her the label of "survivor," but she's learned that she has been a survivor for some time. Long before she heard the words, "You have cancer," she was someone who "continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship or setbacks." Debbie is the embodiment of the word "survivor" and her mission is to share the message that you are, too.

 

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Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci


TV: The Bachelor, S. 16, The Women Tell All & The FINAL ROSE & After...

 

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CLICK Here To Listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of Episode #10, The Women Tell All, of ABC-TV's Season 16, "The Bachelor" show.

CLICK Here To Listen to the CFC review and discussion of Episode #11, The FINAL Rose.

Episode #10: The Women Tell ALL... And did they ever! They told us more about themselves than they realized during this Courtney Robertson bashing episode. Besides the lack of self-reflection, there was so much backstroking going on they should have taped this episode next to a pool!

Episode #11:  The FINAL Rose... Finally! It was a long, anticlimactic season for Bachelor Ben Flajnik, his 25 Bachelorettes, and the viewers. The final rose was offered and accepted, along with a gorgeous ring, among many references to it all being a fairytale.

Episode #12: The final episode of Season 16's "The Bachelor" gave us an eye and ear full about the drama that ensued after the final rose was handed out. In the last installment of this recurring Chick Flick Chat series, AFTER The Final Rose, the discussion offers a recap of the season, plus it covers the issue of trust (which seems to be the thorn that pricked the final recipient), the producers antics, the audience reaction, the missing rejected bachelorette, and more!

 

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Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci


Film Review: Midnight in Paris

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CLICK HERE to listen to the Chick Flick Chat episode of the film, Midnight In Paris.

Whether you are a world traveler or prefer a staycation, seeing this film will make you feel like you've taken a fabulous trip in the City of Light. A play upon the CinderFella theme magically blends the concepts of art imitating life with life imitating art in a journey within a journey. Is it fantasy or reality?

In this film, like so many other Woody Allen projects, nothing is as it seems. Love, dreams, life, and literature, break the barriers of time and logic. Truth and clarity arrive in ways Owen Wilson's character, Gil, never expects as history plays a part in every moment.

In a pivotal scene, Ernest Hemingway shares, "No subject is terrible if the story is true and the prose is clean and honest;" setting the tone for our imagination to venture alongside Gil on his quest. And what a good time it turns out to be! {NOTE: Hemingway is played by the talented Corey Stoll - who puts his stamp on the roll in a way that will change how we think of the iconic author forever.}

We covered everything in this movie... from the location shots, historical figures, subtext, to the wardrobe and more before this movie gets to DVD or OnDemand. We just couldn't wait AND neither should you! If you haven't seen it, treat yourself to this movie treat! Offrez-vous ce délice de cinéma!!

 

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Film Review: Valentine's Day

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CLICK HERE to listen to this Chick Flick Chat episode featuring the film, "Valentine's Day."

 

For some people love doesn't exist unless you acknowledge it in front of other people. ~ George Lopez's character

 

Love is love anytime of the year! Here's to hoping love is in the air!

So many character's... so many issues... We chat about it all in this fun film. This all-star ensemble cast, featuring Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner, share their love trials, triangles, and tribulations stirred up by commercialism, societal pressure, and expectations that drive the Valentine's Day holiday.

Of all the films we've reviewed, this is definitely the most Chick Flick of all. While it is glossy, it offers some insight into the tangled webs we weave with lovers and friends. Hold on to your candy hearts and your score card as we examine who finds love, looses love, rethinks love AND what it all means!

 

 

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Film Review: The Switch

The Switch Movie PosterCLICK HERE to listen to the episode of Chick Flick Chat featuring the movie, The Switch.

Wow! Talk about the mother of all surprises... This film seems like a simple romantic comedy, but it is filled with many modern day issues women encounter. While the title refers to the bombshell that is The Switch, it only skims the surface in this delightful film, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

We covered everything from motherhood, marriage, men, and single-parenthood, to the dreaded ticking biological clock and more. Join us as we discuss, dissect, and dish the details this film swimmingly offers up; even the lines, "Life is in session" and "Fate works its magic and you're connected," helped switch this podcast into overdrive. In fact, there was so much to chat about that we went over our usual thirty minutes so we could fit it all in!

 

 

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Read our reviews and find out! ~ Thank you, Luci